Laura Sutton Bruce, Last Will and Testament, Probate Place: Fayette, Kentucky; Written: October 21, 1903; Probate Date: June 27, 1904; County Court (Fayette County); Kentucky, Wills and Probate Records, 1774-1989.
Will of Laura S. Bruce
"In the name of God - Amen -"
I, Laura Sutton Bruce, born in the City of Lexington, County of Fayette, State of Kentucky, being of sound mind, do make. publish and declare this my last Will and Testament. First, I direct my executor, hereinafter named to pay all my just debts and funeral expenses, as soon as the same can be conveniently done after my death.
Second. I give, and bequeath to each one of my sisters the sum of one dollar. ($1.00)
Third. I give to my namesake, Laura Bruce Carrier, one hundred dollars ($100.00) and all my jewelry, except my diamond ring, with a bar containing five diamonds and smaller ones around it. This I bequeath to my friend, Laura Clay.
Fourth. I give, devise, and bequeath to Laura Clay, as Trustee, my cottage on N. Broadway #718, also my part of lot on Bruce Street - both of these pieces in the City of Lexington, with shares of stock sufficient to make five thousand dollars ($5000.00) (house and lot included in this amount.) This amount is to be used for the work of the National Suffrage Association. The trustee is to use her judgment to how the money should be used.
Fifth. To "The Good Samaritan Hospital," incorporated in the City of Lexington, State of Kentucky, I bequeath all moneys not herewithin mentioned and all property & moneys that I may acquire; since the date of this my will and testament; making the aforesaid "Good Samaritan Hospital," my Residuary Legatee, for real estate, moneys and bonds. The interest on principals to be used for hospital purposes. The principal not to be used.
Sixth. To my cousins, Nannie E. Barrow of Philadelphia, State of Penn., Lizzie Bruce, of Lexington, Ky., and Julia Bruce Morgan, I bequeath all my clothing, books, silver, paintings, drawings, all my personal effects, to be divided between them, Julia B. Morgan, to make the division. I wish her with other things, to keep the "Epirque(?)." I would request these three devisees to give to the Carnegie Library of Lexington, Kentucky, three of my paintings, viz: (a watercolor) "A Girl Spinning," (a watercolor) "A Boy Leaning against a Wall", and an oil painting, "A girl with four-leaved clover in her hand."
I hereby appoint the Security Trust & Safety Vault Company of Lexington, Ky., my executor of this my last will and testament, hereby revoking any and all wills by me at any time made. In witness whereof, I have hereunto set my hand, this twenty-first day of October, in the year of Our Lord nineteen hundred and three (1903). In my own hand writing this is written.
Laura Sutton Bruce
October 21, 1903
191 N. Mill Street
State of Kentucky June Term, 1904
Fayette County Court June 27th, 1904
The foregoing instrument of writing purporting to be the last will and testament of Laura Sutton Bruce, deceased, of Fayette County, Kentucky, was this day produced in open Court for probate and filed and said writing was fully proven on the oaths of Charles Kerr and W.B. Brock, to be wholly in the proper handwriting of the Testator. Whereupon it is ordered by the Court that said writing be and the same is hereby admitted to probate and ordered to be recorded as the true last will and Testament of Laura Sutton Bruce, deceased, which has been done.
Attest, R.L.Baker, Clerk