I John Stroud, Sr. of the County Muhlenberg and the State of Kentucky, being in my proper mind and memory, having thought proper to make this my last will and testament.
Second - I will and bequeath to my Wife Racheal during her natural life my negro girl Tishia.. After her death I will and Desire said girl sold together with her increase should she have any and proceeds equally divided between my six living children.. That one of the said six children take said girl at her value and pay the five children thier equall portion of said valuation.. I also will and give my wife five hundred dallars and one bed bedstead of furniture..
Third - I will and desire that all my negro property not herein desposed of be valued and divided between my six living children. and should my daughter Easter Williams die without children that her portion of the above property decend to my children and thier heirs...
Fourth - I will and desire that my farm and all property not herein otherwise disposed of be sold and that the proceeds of same together with what may be due, so divided as to give a Childs portion to the heir of Zacheous Stroud, dec'd and the heirs of Elizabeth Casebier, dec'd and the heirs of Polly Cundiff, dec'd my six living children, Viz Daniel Stroud, John Stroud, Jr., Jesse Stroud, Easter Williams, Fanny Cundiff, and Cynthia and Vickers be charged with the above negroes at thier appraisement and should the negro property not make their equal porportion that shall be made up to them from the proceeds of my property, giving them two thirds and the others, the heirs of my deceased children one third of my estate.
Fifth - It is my will and desire that the amounts going (to) Zacheus Stroud's children, Elizabeth Casebier's children and Polly Cundiff's children be loaned out of intrest and paid to them as they arrive the age of 21 years,
Sixth - I will, desire and appoint my two sons Daniel Stroud (and) John Stroud, Jr. my executors of this last will and testament.
Seventh - I hereby revoke and void all former wills and declare this and no other to be my last will and testament..
In witness thereof I herewith set my hand and seal
The foregoing last will and testament of John Stroud, deceased was Exhibited in court on the 15th day of December, 1863 and proved to be the act and deed of said decendent by the oath of Jonathan Kittingter one of the subscribing witnesses thereto, and on the 16 day of December 1863...The same again produced incourt and fully proven to be the act and dec'd by the oath of John E. Reno another subscribing witness there to ...
Forrest Withers Arrested in Butler Trapped By Fellow Convict; Reward of 1,000 Standing For His Capture. Located in Grayson county by a former fellow prisoner in the State penitentiary, a man alleged to be Forrest Withers, 44 years old, formerly of Central City, said to be wanted in Kentucky, Tennessee, Oklahoma and elsewhere on bank robbery and other charges, was arrested in Morgantown last Friday. Withers was taken to the Warren county jail in Bowling Green for safekeeping. Louisville officers have been seeking him in connection with the robbery of the Bank of New Hope, in Nelson county, November 13, 1929, according to officers.
Central City's chief of police, Virgil Gish, said he had circulars that Withers was wanted in a Memphis bank robbery and on a similar charge in Oklahoma. Withers was convicted in a robbery of a South Carrollton bank in 1920.
Delbert Gary, and his brother, Studie Gary, of Butler county, said they enticed Withers into Butler county for a hunting party and aided by a Grayson county deputy, arrested him. Delbert Gary, convicted in a Butler county killing and paroled a year ago, knew Withers in prison, he said. They inquired about a reward.
Louisville police officials said a reward of $1,000 had been offered by the Kentucky Bankers' Association for Withers' arrest in the New Hope robbery in which Daniel Pershing, alias O'Brien; Robert Davenport and Carl Gray were given five-terms in 1931. Withers was in Louisville at the time the others were caught but eluded capture, officials said.
Withers was also indicted in Louisville in connection with the robbery there in January, 1927, of Sam Newman, New York jewelry salesman, of $100,000 worth of uncut diamonds. At the time the indictment was made public, word was received that he had escaped from a jail in Eldorado...[corner torn].
Source The Messenger November 16, 1933
Killed By Member of Own Crowd at Spekeasy [sic]; Burial Will Be In Cincinnati.
Forest Withers and a companion in crime, Robert Stattery, alias Dan O'Leary, shot each other to death last Sunday night in Cincinnati after a quarrel in a speakeasy over a hijacked car of liquor. Forest Withers grew up in and around Central City. He is alleged to have been in turn bootlegger, petty lawbreaker and twice sentenced to the penitentiary on charges of bank robbery. He served a term in the penitentiary when he held up the Citizens Bank at South Carrollton some 14 years ago. He was serving a term in the reformatory at Frankfort and escaped there by tunneling on Wednesday night of last week. Withers was 46 years of age.Source Central City The Messenger May 3, 1934