Will of Lydia Purvis Colyer reads:
As life is uncertain and death is certain, I deem it prudent wilst in the enjoyment of sound mind and discretion to dispose of my worldly effects and wish to do so in the following manner to wit: I sold to Manerva Richardson several years ago a (pop?) that I never bequeath to her my (sadale?) and a white counterpaine. I give to Harriet Black for services rendered one bed quilt, to Martin Colyer my beds and their clothing and my furniture I will sold to the highest bidder. I wish after my debts are collected, my burial expenses and other debts paid, the remainder be equally divided between my children, Manerva Richardson, excepted as I have given her all I wish her to have. I wish my son, C. W. Colyer to act as executor to this my last will and testament and to afixed my name and seal this 8 day of April, 1874. Done at C. G. Colyer's in Pulaski, State of Ky.
Signed: Lydia Colyer