23 November 2012

John Patillo's Name On Givens Will

Found in the Illinois, Probate Records, 1819-1970, Pope Probate records, 1822-1838, vol B:

October Term 1833

More from this source (Laird Family):

The will of Eleazer Givens, of Hopkins Co., KY, was dated 25 Aug. 1833, witnessed by James Rankin, H.O. Thompson, Newton D. Clark, and John Pittullo, and it was proved in the court of Judge James Rankin in Pope Co., IL, on 7 Oct. 1833, because all four witnesses were residents of Pope Co., IL.

Givens was shot and killed while in pursuit of a runaway slave in Smithland, KY, which is on the Ohio River just across the border from Pope Co., IL, and the will was apparently dictated on his deathbed to the witnesses, who were from Illinois.

Hat Tip:  John & Ginger

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