When a person wrote his will an executor was named to perform certain tasks after the testator had died. The executor's duties were to collect and satisfy debts and credits of the estate, make a just and true accounting of his actions and deliver all legacies specified in the will. The executor signed a bond to show that he would faithfully perform his duties. In some cases, the executor was unable to complete the settlement of the estate and another person was appointed to complete the settlement. This person was called the "administrator with will annexed." The following information comes from Livingston County, Kentucky Executors Bonds 1853 - 1916, a bound volume in the county clerk's office in Smithland. The date listed below is the date the bond was signed.
Anthony Birdwell was named administrator with will annexed of the estate of James H. Boyd 7 Feb 1854.
James L. Hodge was appointed executor of the estate of David Wilson 7 Mar 1853.
M.J. Hurley was appointed executor of the estate of A.J.R. Hurley 22 May 1854.
Robert Samuel Harmon and Charles G. Halstead were appointed executors of the estate of Henry A. Harman 2 Jul 1855.
Henry W. Woods was appointed executor of James Rutter 5 Nov 1855.
James H. Ray was appointed executor of the estate of Joseph Ray Sr. 19 Nov 1855.
John W. McKee was appointed administrator with will annexed of the estate of J.H. Smith 8 Mar 1856.
Sarah Bigham and Lewis Hunter were appointed executors of the estate of James H. Bigham 1 Sep 1856.
H.F. Given and A. Birdwell were appointed executors of the estate of E.P. Ross 6 Oct 1856.
Henry F. Given was appointed executor of the estate of Wm. McCrosky 3 Nov 1856.
James Bigham was appointed executor of James H. Bigham's estate 7 Mar 1857.
Jesse Olive was appointed executor of Mrs. Evaline Olive's estate 28 Mar 1857.
M.J. Anderson was appointed executor of the estate of W.H. Anderson 6 Apr 1857.
Martha Breeden was appointed executor of A.R. Breeden's estate 1 Jun 1857.
John Stalion was appointed executor of the estate of Josiah W. Bryan 10 Oct 1857.
Thomas J. Barrett was appointed executor of Patrick H. Barrett's estate 17 Oct 1857.
Published 11 July 2019, Western Kentucky Genealogy Blog, http://wkygenealogy.blogspot.com/