Hume was born in Charleston,
(which was then the Colony of South Carolina) and moved as either a child or
(which was then part of the Colony of Virginia).
Both were British colonies.
was married twice, first to a woman named Long
and then to Jean Glenn who was born in 1755 in Shelby County, Kentucky.
and his first wife had one child, a son named John Hume
who was born in about 1767 in Jefferson County,
Kentucky. This child died in 1783.
and Jeane then married and had three children: Sarah (Sally) Hume,
and Elizabeth Hume.
The research available to me shows Sarah as having been born on January 1, 1767. Since it is unlike that John had
two children by different wives in the same year, it is likely that one or both
dates are off a little.
June 3, 1782, a group of Jefferson County,
settlers sent a message to the Virginia General Assembly asking it to declare
that marriages that had been performed by civil official without the benefit of
the clergy were valid. One of the
signatories to this petition was John Hume.
The text of the petition follows:
the Honorable the Representatives of the Freemen of the
Representation and Petition of our numbers of Inhabitants of the
Frontiers on the Western Waters Humbley shewth that your petitioners
being settled in that large extensice Country, and by reason of the
present war have been oblig'd to make their respective settlements at
considerable distance from each other on which account and the want of
Ministers of the Gospel amonst them, some of the Magistrates and
principal inhabitants of the Country have (after the reason of
Pennsylvania and other states) at diver times undertaken though (nessfsity
of the case) to celebrate marriages in different parts of the Country
which marriages as the Law now stands are declared to be illegal by
reason whereas much contention may arise amongst the people and tend to
heart of the ifsue of such marriages unlefs some remedy is provided for
Petitioners therefore pray that such marriages as have been celebrated
in the aforesaid form, mabe be declared good and valid inlaw.
your Petitioners as in duly bound will ever pray
petition was signed by John Hume and twenty-six other men.
to one source, John and Jeane Glenn and moved to Long Run in what is now Hart County, Kentucky
in about 1783.
Hume's will is recorded in the Jefferson County records.
THE NAME OF GOD. AMEN.
I, John Hume, of Jefferson
County, do make, constitute and ordain this my last will and testament; that
is to say, I give Thomas Sturgeon three hundred acres of land, including
the plantation whereon he now resides, and to be laid off in north
corner of my pre-emption, to him and his heirs forever. I give to
Christian Young three hundred acres of land including the plantation
whereon he now resides; to be bounded on the North by Huse's Branch, to
join the northeast line of my pre-emption and to extend southwardly from
the branch and to join the southeastern boundry of said pre-emption to
him and his heirs forever, and in the event of the death of his wife,
Elizabeth, the said three hundred acres shall go and descend to her two
sons, John and Peter Young, to be divided between them according to
quantity and quality.
It is my will and desire that
my beloved wife, Jeane, hold and enjoy the remaining four hundred acres
of my said pre-emption, including the plantation whereon I now reside,
during her widowhood, and in the event of either her marriage a second
time or death, the said four hundred acres shall go and descend to John
Sturgeon and Hume Sturgeon, my grandsons, to be equally divided between
them according to quantity and quality.
It is my desire that my executors hereinafter named, cause to be
made the sum of two hundred pounds current money, out of my personal
estate and debts due me, which is to be equally divided between the
children of Mary Loverain.
It is my will and desire that
my negro wench, Ella, remain with my wife during her widowhood and in
the event of her marriage a second time, or death, the negro shall go
and descend to my daughter, Sarah Sturgeon and her heirs forever. I give
to my beloved wife her choice of two cows out of my stock of cattle, and
the balance of all my stock of every kind I give to Thomas Sturgeon and
Christian Young, to be divided between them, an equal portion to each.
I constitute and appoint
Thomas Sturgeon and Robert Breckinridge executors of this my last will
Signed, sealed, published and
pronounced in the presence of A. Breckinridge, John Potts, Geo. R. C.
Floyd and Ro. Breckinridge.
May 2, 1798
. JOHN HUME. [Seal]
know that John died by October 4, 1802, since that is when his will was probated
in Jefferson County court. Will typically are probated in the county of
one's residence. Sources, however, say that he died in Hart County,
Kentucky forty or so miles away. However, Hart County was not created
until 1819. In 1802, it was still part of Hardin County.
The foregoing will of the late
John Hume was written by me, agreeable to the directions of the said
Hume and that all the devises therein contained were made at his
particular request; that after the said will was written the said Hume,
as well as I recollect subscribed and acknowledged the same before the
subscribed witnesses thereto, that immediately afterward the said Hume
deposited it with me for safe keeping, and that in sundry conversations
which the said Hume held with me relative to the manner in which he had
devised his estate, he uniformly mentioned the will deposited with me as
his last will and that the provisions met his approbation and desires. I
have subscribed the foregoing will as a witness upon the conditions
above stated, and if called upon to make oath thereto it is to be under
Oct. 4, 1802. Ro. BRECKINRIDGE.
At a court held for Jefferson
County, October 4, 1802, the within instrument of writing, purporting to
be the last will and testament of John Hume deceased, was produced in
court and proved by the oaths of Geo. R. C. Floyd and Robert
Breckinridge, witnesses "hereunto and ordered to record,
Test. WORDEN POPE
Clerk, S. C.
Attest: WM. P. JOHNSON, Clerk.
By Lenne Lubeck, D.C.
named his son-in-law, Thomas Sturgeon, as one of the executors of the
will. He gave 300 acres to each of
his sons-in-law, Thomas Sturgeon and Christian Young.