Analyzing an Ancestor’s Will
I find it interesting that Caspar didn’t name his Negros as slaves. I believe from researching this Kuhn family, the Negros were considered family.
As I have researched the Caspar Kuhn families it seems that Caspar was a man of great wealth, educated and religious. He was one of the founders of a Lutheran Church during his lifetime. He gives his two sons Conrad and Lewis two hundred acres of land. He has already mentioned giving Maryan and Adam two hundred acres of land. He is specific about the land and the location, the land lying on Bull Swamp.
Careful analysis of a will is important to family history researchers because these documents can provide information that help in putting together a family unit. This will helped in proving previous research that I had done on this family.
Over the last fifteen years as I have researched I have learned there are limitations to the information that may or may not be found in wills. Wills can be one of the most accurate sources of genealogical evidence if they have the right information in them. However, keep in mind there are limitations in some wills. Remember those limitations as you search for a will of your ancestor.
Lastly, one limitation to keep in mind is there are no every name indexes for the persons named in the will. Write down those names listed in the will, where you found them, and keep them for future research.
U.S., Revolutionary War Pensioners, 1801-1815, 1818-1872
for Adam Coon T718: 1818 - 1872 18: Widow Pensions,
1835-1850. Adam Kuhn, son of Caspar, widow Mary is listed on this form.
Image from Ancestry.com. U.S., Revolutionary War Pensioners, database.