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Mercer Co. Ky
Will Book 3 page 207
March 1803
Will of Isham Prewitt
To sons Isham, David and Joseph 5 shillings as as they have been given their part
To daughter Molly Petty 5 shillings has had her part
To his daughter Frances Walker
To his youngest son Anthony Prewitt 100 acres of land which he had bought from his son David Prewitt
To son Anthony also a slave named Peter
Executors: Son Anthony and Phillip Walker
Will proved Dec. 1806
Note: In the Charlotte Co., VA taxes this slave Peter is listed in the property of Isham Pruitt Sr.
Isham Pruitt by deed in Charlotte Co. VA had given each son: Isham Jr., David and Joseph 100 acres in 1778

Powell vs. Powell
Mercer Co. KY - Deed Book 6 pg 372-376
Charles Powell Sr. to Jeremiah Briscoe
Whereas some unhappy differences has taken place between me Charles Powell and my wife Sarah Powell…
For $600 to Jeremiah Briscoe five Negroes to wit:
Lid, a black woman 27 years old and Tony, Jeff, Jordain, and Mirah, children of said black woman except Tony, also half my stock of cattle, sheep and hogs and the whole of the kitchen furniture, twenty barrels of Indian corn to be paid next fall…
Note: It seems likely from other legal documents related to the separation of Charles and Sarah Powell that one or more Lid's children was fathered by Charles Powell. Possible surnames for the children: Powell, Briscoe, Briscro, or Gholson
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Charles Powell Will
Mercer County Kentucky
Will Book 4
Pages 112-114
…I will that all my just debts be paid and that my Negro man Tom and my Negro woman Doriah be emancipated and enjoy their freedom from and after my death…
set my hand and affixed my seal this 27th day of March 1810
Proved July 1810
Note: Surname of Tom and Doriah is likely Powell but could possibly be Gholson
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