Igleheart Will

While I have not succeeded at finding a will, probate file or even a mention of the death of John Thompson’s father, it was fairly easy to locate a will for his father-in-law, Jacob Igleheart. I originally found this will on Ancestry, in their Ketucky, U.S., Wills and Probate Records, 1774-1989 database. While that database included images of the will, it also provided the date and page numbers which allowed me to locate the original in the Ohio County, Kentucky will books.

Kentucky, U.S., Wills and Probate Records, 1774-1989
Ohio — Wills, Vol A-D 1801-1988

Image 473
page 161

In the name of God amen
I Jacob Igleheart of the County of Ohio and
State of Kentucky, being of sound mind and
[disposing] memory (for which I thank almighty
God) and Cling to mind the uncertainty of
human life, and being desirous to dispose
of all such worldly estate as has pleased
God to bless me with I give and bequeath
the same in manner following that is to say
First – I give and bequeath to my dear wife
Easter Igleheart all my home property both
real and personal during her natural life
and at her death I will and wish disposed
of as follows to wit:
Secondly, I give and bequeath to my daughter
Juliann Bennett fifty dollars cash also
one feather bed and furniture
Thirdly — I give and bequeath to my daughter
Sally Thompson fifty dollars cast
Fourthly I give and bequeath to my son
Jacob H Igleheart fifty dollars cash
Fifthly I give and bequeath to my daughter
Eliza Igleheart heirs ten dollars cash
Sixthly I give and bequeath to my son
William B Igleheart Heirs (Anne William
Igleheart) ten dollars cash
Seventhly I give and bequeath to my
daughter Jennette Miller heirs ten
dollars cash
Eighthly I give and bequeath to my
daughter Matilda Miller ten dollars and
Ninthly I give and bequeath to my son
John D Igleheart heirs ten dollars and
Tenthly I give and bequeath to my daughter
Rebecca Bennett for the benefit of his
and her heirs my black woman Ann and
her child (boy named Joshua.

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Also one feather bed and furniture
for the same
Eleventhly I give and bequeath to my
son James Sopen Igleheart my black
man named John (Jack) and also all
the real (land) estate I may and shall
own and be seized with (of) at my
death — Provided he the same James
Sopen Igleheart at the death of his mother
Easter Igleheart will well and truly pay
all the legacies named in this my last
will and testament and also all and
singular each and every piece and particle
of the farming utensils and appurtenances
thereunto belonging and appertaining
Named will included and as for the
house hold and kitchen furniture (be the
same more or less) often filling all the
above bequests I will shall be equally
divided between my son James Sopen
Igleheart and my daughter Rebecca Bennett
at and after their mothers death Provided
nevertheless the said James Sopen Igleheart
is bound on [doer] and will well and truly
support and maintained his father and
mother during their natural lives and
after their deaths pay all their just
debts and funeral (burial) expenses and
give to my son Jacob H Igleheart or his
heirs one good feather bead
And twelfthly and lastly I appoint my
dear wife Easter and my son James Sopen
Igleheart as my executors of this my
last will and testament
In witness whereof I have hereunto set
my hand and affixed my seal this tenth
day of March in the year of our

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Lord One Thousand Eight Hundred and fifty
Jacob Igleheart (Seal)
Signed Sealed & Published
and declared as and for
the last will and testament
of the above named Jacob
Igleheart in presence of us all
Jacob L Condict Senr
Charles A Tanne[n]
John (his mark) France

I Jacob Igleheart of the County of Ohio
and State of Kentucky do hereby make and
public this codicil to be added to my
last (foregoing) will and testament in manner
following to wit:
I do hereby declare that my will is that
my daughter Rebecca Bennett or her heirs
on the reception of the black boy Joshua
as named in the tenth bequest of my
last will shall well and truly pay to my
son James Sopen Igleheart or his heirs the sum
of fifty dollars cast and of their own
And lastly it is my will and desire
that my powers of Codicil be annexed
to and made part of my last will and
testament aforesaid
In witness whereof I have hereunto set my
hand and affixed my seal this thirteenth\
day of March in the year of our Lord
Eighteen hundred and fifty two
Jacob Igleheart (seal)
Signed sealed and
published & declared
as and for a codicil to test

Will and Testament of
the above named Jacob
Igleheart in presence of us all
Jacob L Condict Senr
Charles A Tamen
John (his mark) France

State of Kentucky, Ohio County
Monday June 2nd 1856
J. R. Seth Mosely clerk of the county
Court of said county certify that this
last will testament and codicil of
Jacob Igleheart Decd was produced in
court and duly forever to be the act
and Decd of said Jacob Igleheart by
the oaths of Jacob IL Condict Senr
and John France subscribing witnesses
thereto which being examined and
approved of by the court in order to
be recorded and thereupon on motion
of James S Igleheart who took the oath
to qualify him as excr aforesaid entered
into bond as the law directs with James
B Bennet and J. H. C. Lindley as his [a?t?]
The widow of said deceased relinquished
her right to administration qualify by her
consent in writing filed duly from
R eth Mosely Clk
Ohio Co [?]

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by the Court is ordered to be recorded
And thereupon Richd T Brown came
into court and took the oath to qualify
him as Admr with the will annexed of
Paulett Clark Decd and entered into bond
to the commonwealth of KY conditioned as
the law requires with Moses T Reid &
S A Taylor his securities
R Seth Mosely, Clk

Kentucky, U.S., Wills and Probate Records, 1774-1989, Jacob Igleheart, 10 March 1852; database with images, Ancestry.com (www.ancestry.com : viewed online 3 May 2023).

Since I was able to locate this will in the county records, I was also able to attach it to Jacob Igleheart along with everyone mentioned in his will. Below is FamilySearch’s citation for the will.

“Kentucky Probate Records, 1727-1990,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:33S7-9P3K-9F62?cc=1875188&wc=37R5-L29%3A173618801%2C174121601 : 20 May 2014), Ohio > Will records, Index, 1841-1862, Vol. C > image 89 of 148; county courthouses, Kentucky.

Friday Finds

Have you been researching your family history for a while? If so, do you have either photocopies or scanned images from books and other sources buried in your files? Unfortunately, I do.

Thus, I’m using my ‘Friday Finds’ blog posts to not only dig thru those old files and see what I have but to also share those finds with others. Today’s find comes from my folder of Igleheart research. My 4th great grandfather, John Thompson, married Sarah Iglehart in 1820 in Ohio county, Kentucky. At some point I found the book, Ohio County Kentucky Records Volume 1 by Michael L. Cook and Bettie A. Cummings Cook. Unfortunately, I didn’t photocopy a table of contents or introduction. Based on the pages I did photocopy, this book appears to be a transcription of marriage records.

Page 49 – Marriage Records
Groom Bride Marriage Official
Igleheart, Benjamin T Tichenor, Lucinda November 22, 1876
Igleheart, Dennis Humphries, Winnie P. March 23, 1815
Igleheart Henry D. Bennett, Amelia Ann December 10, 1834 by William Sandefu
Igleheart Henry N. Bell, Eliza October 5, 1853
Igleheart, Jacob Tichenor, Ann September 17, 1829 by Wililam DOwns
bond Timothy Tichenor
Igleheart, James B. Humphrey, Sally no date by James Davis
Ministers return November 7, 1813
Igleheart, Jame sB Humphrey, P. J. November 1,4 1863 by John Davis
Bond: Dan Humphrey
Igleheart, John Conditt, Emaline November 29, 1832 by William Downs
Bond: Jacob Conditt
Igleheart, John C. Prewett, Pelina E. November 29 1862
Igleheart, John C Tichenor, Martha E May 6, 1875
Igleheart, Levi J Chapman, Louvina September 9, 1861
Iglehart, Moses C. Bennett, Hannah A March 14, 1857
Igleheart, R. T. Pruden, Lucy C. January 31, 1876
Igleheart, Silvester Condict, Rhoda E November 18, 1872
Igleheart, Thomas Warden, Nancy February 17, 1835 by William DOwns
Bond James Warden
Igleheart, Thomas N. Igleheart, Eliza March 16, 1826 by J. Tichenor
Bond: J. Igleheart
Iglehart, Thomas N. Warden, Nancy March 19, 1835
Igleheart, Warren L. Igleheart, Jane August 13, 1879
Iglehart, William Conditt, Rhoda November 1, 1827 by George McNeilly
Bond: William Condit

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Groom Bride Marriage Official
Thompson, Drury Roby, Jane December 15, 1870
Thomson, Franklin (col) Lindley, Sophia September 30, 1870
Thompson, Henry Harris, Mahala July 24, 1832 by Bluford Henry
Bond: J. Berryman
Thomson, Henry Bell, Catherine January 8, 1844
Tomson, John Igleheart, Sarah February 1, 1820 by T. Taylor
Bond: Jacob Igleheart
Thompson, Nelson Owen, Nelson January 9, 1854
Thomson, R. B. Duke, Sarah A March 10, 1859

Page 10
Bennett, James Iglehart, Julia no date by Benjamin Talbert
Ministers return September 14, 1817
Bennett, James Moore, Rebecca January 13, 1838 by B. Burden
Bond: Jacob Igleheart

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Miller, Hiram Iglehart, Matilda September 4, 1828 by J. Tichenor
Bond: Jacob Iglehart

page [65]
Moore, David Iglehart, Rebecca May 23, 1833 by William DOwns
Bond: Jacob Iglehart

Ann 86
Delila V 102
Eliza 4, 49
Emma 71
Jane 49
Janet 64
Julia 10
Julian 7
Martha 86
Matilda 4, 64
Nancy S. 22
Polly 9
Rebecca 66
Rebecca I. 80
Rhoda 28
Sallie C. 11
Sarah 90, 94
Sarah M. 74
Sue M. 15

Thompson, Thomson
Annie J. 31
Catherine 44
Hetty (Catherine) 31
Manerva Jne 99
Margaret 11
Margaret B. 41
Mary 59
Mary Ann 34
Mary L. 37

It also appears that I was not aware of the FAN club method of researching since I did not photocopy all of the pages for the Igleheart or Thompson brides. Fortunately, others have submitted transcriptions of the marriage records to the Genweb archives for Ohio County AND those pages are still available on the Internet!

I also found a PDF file titled: Ohio County Unindexed Marriages by Jerry Long. Unfortunately, I did not find a digital copy of the book, Ohio County Kentucky Records Volume 1. According to World Cat, a copy of Ohio County Kentucky Records is in the Midwest Genealogy Center.

This index of marriage records will help me locate the records of these marriages in the county records. While I need to search for the marriage records for the siblings of John Thompson and Sarah Igleheart, I already have the record of their marriage.

I certify that the following persons have been married this year viz
John Tomson to Sarah Iglehart on the 1st day of February 1820

Given under my hand the first day of ? 1820
Thos Taylor

Ohio, Kentucky, Marriage Bonds, V. A-F 1808-1865:Vol. A page 39, image 74, John Tomson – Sarah Iglehart, 1 Feb 1820; digital image, Clerk of the County Court, Morgantown, Kentucky. film 494956 DGS 6463424. digital image. Family Search (www.familysearch.org: accessed Sept 2018).

Oaken Heart

Do you have goals for your genealogy research? Are you making progress on those goals? I have to admit that I’m not making much progress on my goals. Lately, I’ve been researching the descendants of John Thompson and Sarah Iglehart. Even though this research is slow, it will hopefully help identify my Thompson and Evans DNA matches.

At times, I get bored with the monotony of adding children, census and Find a Grave records. During those times, I often research county records or follow hints for my 3rd or 4th great grandparents. In other words, I follow those ‘shiny bright objects’. Until recently, I felt somewhat guilty about these diversions. That was until I watched a recent video by Amy Johnson Crow titled, “My Most Controversial Genealogy Advice”

Now, I don’t feel guilty about diverting from my descendancy research. And that diversion led me to some really interesting information about my Igleheart ancestry.

My ancestor, John Thompson (1797-1857) married Sarah Iglehart in 1820 in Ohio County, Kentucky. Sarah was the daughter of Jacob Iglehart and Ann Beall. One of the hints for Sarah Iglehart was a photo of a newspaper clipping about the Jacob Igleheart family.

Fortunately, this article had enough information to allow me to locate the article and an article with additional information about the Igleheart family.

The Ohio County Times (Hartford, Kentucky)
April 6, 1972
page 15

The Family Tree
By Mrs. Agnes D. Ashby of Centertown

Jacob Igleheart
Jacob Igleheart was born in Maryland on March 30, 1774. He was the brother of John J. These 2 brothers came to Ohio County in 1816. Jacob was married twice, first to Anna Beall and by her he had 8 children:
Julia Ann was born November 8, 1798 and died March 1, 1861. She was married on September 14, 1817 to James Bennett. He was the son of Thomas and Nancy Ann (Tillet) Bennett. They had 8 children:
Samuel Bennett was born July 5, 1830 and died February 20, 1898. He married Fannie Ann Brown who was born February 26, 12837 and died August 12, 1920. She was the daughter of Isaac and Sally (Tichenor) Brown. This family I gave some time ago.
Charles Bennett
James S. Bennett
Jacob T. Bennett was born November 127, 1837 and married Fannie Jagoe on September 23, 1859. They had: Mary who married Richard Tichenor, Horace who married Sudie White, Lola who married Herman Render, Nancy who married Sciota Hocker, William who never married and Nellie who married W. E. Pate.
Mary Jane Bennett married George W. Barnard. These 5 lived in Ohio county
Alfred Bennett married Anna W. Igleheart.
Matilda Bennett married Joseph. These lived in Warwick County, Indiana.

  1. Sallie Igleheart ws born November 24, 1800 and died February 5, 187. She married John Thompson on February 1, 1820. They resided in Warrick County, Indiana, then onto Iowa. Their children were William T., Jacob, Benjamine F., Martha John, Jackson, Mary, Marion, and James.
  2. William B. Igleheart was born March 21, 1802 and married Rhoda Conditt in October of 1827. He was drowned in the Ohio River on April 10, 1828, at the time of the collision between the steam ship “General Carol and Lady Huntley”. They had one daughter, Anna William who married her cousin, Alfred Bennett.
  3. Janet Igleheart was born December 21, 1803 and married Jesse B. Miller. They moved to Warwick County, Indiana. She died on February 5, 1843. They married on March 17, 1825 and had 7 children: David L., Jacob H., Isaac N., John, Hester, Jesse Jr., and Janet.
  4. Eliza Igleheart was born December 14, 1805 and died August 12, 1834.
  5. Jacob Henderson Igleheart was born May 27, 1807 and died in August 1871. He married Anna Tichenor on September 17, 1829 and they had 12 children: William B. was born March 4, 1831 and died December 31, 1921 and married on June 13, 1866 to Davidella Long who was born March 3, 1848 and died February 29, 1908. They had 3 children, Jacob, David and Lula.
    Matilda J. Igleheart married Elias Atherton and had William. They lived in Central City and Jacob died in youth.
  6. Rebecca Urusla Igleheart was born in 1836 and married John Plain Rowe. They had Richard Perry, James A., Jacob and Robert Rowe.
  7. Levi Judson Igleheart was born November 25, 1838 and was married on September 9, 1861 to Louvenia Chapman. She was the daughter of Ellis and Nancy (Southard) Chapman. They had 4 children: Ellis F., was born September 25, 1862 and died in 1864; William was born December 8, 1864 and died in 1945; Ada – was born May 15, 1867 and died October 12, 1925; and Ettie was born April 22, 1871 and died February 20, 1922.
  8. John Collins Igleheart was born on November 25, 1840 and died on November 16, 1927. He married Mattie Ellen Pruitt who was born October 20, 1847 and they had 1 child.
  9. Nancy Sydney Igleheart was born in 1845 (had a twin sister who died at birth). She married James E. Coleman, son of Nathan and Judith (Southard) Coleman. They had Cortis, Jacob, Mary and Onas.

The next week, another column appeared in the paper with additional information about the Igleheart family.

The Family Tree
The Ohio County Times (Hartford, Kentucky)
April 13, 1972 page 13

Jacob Igleheart Family

Last week I gave among others, the children of Jacob T and Fannie (Jagoe) Bennett and omitted A. Lee Bennett, a school teacher. He married but had not children.
Also see more notes on family of George W. Barnard and wife Mary Jane Bennett. They had a son Herman W. who was born February 14, 1875 near Smallhouse and died in Bowling Green, Ky. July 23, 1964 at home of his son, Jacob H. Barnard and buried in Cave Hill Cemetery in Louisville. He married Amelia R. Summers who preceded him in death February 1962. Other survivors were Boggess W. Barnard, 3 daughters Mrs. Georgia Zanger, Miss Mary W. Barnard and Mrs. Jane Williams of Los Angeles, California.
The numbers in last week’s paper were slightly mixed. The last listed was Nancy Sydney Igleheart, daughter of Jacob H. and Anna Tichenor. Next in order of birth was Edwin Macay Igleheart, born November 23, 1847 who moved to Oklahoma and had Orville H. Millie M., Ursula Bell, Jacob Henderson, Bessie Grover C., Samuel DeWett, and Rosie B. then March 15, 1851, Sallie Christine Igleheart was born. She died July 2, 1885. She married 1st day of March, 1876 to Thomas Bishop. They had Rada and Minnie.
My near neighbor, years ago, was Lula Melvin Igleheart, born in 1854 and married Elijah Collins Brown, son of Robert and Lucinda (Ashby) Brown. I am sorry, but I have few dates. Igleheart material was given to me in 1957 and put aside and not filled in. They had Justson and William twins. Jutson never married and neither did his brother, Hardin, so many considered. Jut and Hardin twins. Another brother was Otis. Then, Lizzie, Ora, and Ida. Ora, who married Luther Addington is the only one living.
Other descendants of Jacob were James Wade, Betsy, Mary and Benjamine Tolbert Igleheart. Benjamine, born February 17, 1835, 1st married in 1860 to Catherine Patterson of Bullitt County, Kentucky. They had Clinton, Deborah, Harvey, Archie and Clark. His 2nd marriage was to Mrs. Lucy A. (Tichenor) Tichenor and by her he had Eunice.


Curious to see what else I could find about the Igleheart family, I did a Google search and uncovered a reference to a book titled ‘Oaken Heart’. This book was compiled by Donald and Clara Cureton of Evansville, Indiana. Thankfully, it is available on FamilySearch.

According to the book, the surname Igleheart means Oaken Heart and had its origins during the Third Crusade.

The Third Crusade was then organized under Philip Augustus of
France, Richard Coeur-de-·Lion England, and Frederick Barbar­ossa, the German ruler of the Holy Roman Empire. The English and French Knights went to the Holy land by sea, but the Germans marched overland by way of Constatinople and forced their way through Asia Min0r toward Jerusalem, following the course which Alexander the Great had taken centuries before. The German knights defeated the Turks at Iconium in Asia Minor and marched on to Antioch. While camping for the night at river Calycidnus, the Emperor Frederick Barbarossa, fatigued by the day’s march in the heat, ventured to swim in ·the river and was swept away by the cold swift water and drowned. It is noteworthy that Alexander the Great, swimming in the same river, was also swept downstream but fortunately was rescued by his companions. The river, fed by the snows of the Anat0lian mountains is notorious for ite chilling· cold water and treacherous currents. After recovering the body 0f their Emperor, the German crusaders occupied Antioch, where Barbarossa’s remains were embalmed and returned to Germany. They were buried in a cave in the Lyffhauser forest, where it is said that he will sleep until the ravens no longer fly over the mountain forests. Then he will awaken and restore the Golden Age

page I-2
of the Holy Roman Empire. In accordance with the wish of the Emperor, his heart was removed from his body, embalmed and placed in a small oaken casket to be taken to Jerusalem to be buried in the Church of the Holy Sepulcher. the casket was entrusted to one of the most faithful knights of his bodyguard, who overcame all obstacles and, upon reaching the Holy City, was chivalrously permitted to deposit the heart of the Emperor in the Church of the Holy Sepulcher. Having accomplished his mission, the gallent knight returned to Saxony, where he was designated the knight of the oaken heart — in German von Eichelhardt. In 1309, a date which often is used on the family coat-of arms, one of his descendants was confirmed as a count of the Holy Roman Empire.


Unfortunately my adventure into Igleheart family information has not uncovered a family crest with the 1309 year on it. However, I now have quite a bit of information to verify for my ancestor Sarah Iglehart Thompson, her parents Jacob and Ann (Beall) Iglehart and her siblings.

Whether the story about the Crusades has any truth to it or not, this was a fun and interesting side adventure.