Dated 18 Jun 1770; Proved 20 Sep 1770 WB 2X:328

In the name of God, amen, the eighteenth day of June one thousand seven hundred and seventy, I William Lea of Amelia County and Parish of Nottoway, being very sick and weak, but of perfect mind and memory, thanks be given unto Almighty God, calling unto mind the mortality of my body and knowing that it is appointed for all men once to die, do make and ordain that, this my last Will and Testament, that is to say- principally and first of all, I give and recommend my soul into the hands of God that gave it, and my body I recommend to the earth to be buried in a decent Christian burial, at the discretion of my Executors, nothing doubting but at the general resurrection I shall receive the same by mighty power of God, and as touching such worldly estate wherewith it has pleased God to bless me in life. I give and devise and dispose of the same in the following manner and form.

Imprimis: I will that all of my debts be paid being first proved.

ITEM: I will that my estate not be appraised.

ITEM: I lend my whole estate, be it real or personal, to Rachel, my dearly beloved wife, enduring her natural life of widowhood, and I desire my wife would lend any part of the personal estate as could best spare to those of my children as shall think are in most want, returnable to the estate again, and I likewise will that she raise out of my estate, one hundred and twenty pounds for the use of my six daughters to-wit: Elizabeth Clark, Mary Tisdale [I believe Tisdale should be Walden as in the next ITEM/jgs], Anne Bennett, Sarah Penn, Milly Dudley, and Lucy Lea, the said sum to be equally divided and Elizabeth Clark’s part to be left in the hands of the Executor, to be dealt out to her as she shall stand in need, the other daughters to possess their parts when raised.

ITEM: My will and desire is that my personal estate be equally divided among my children after my wife’s death or widowhood, to-wit: Elizabeth Clark, Mary Walden, Anne Bennett, William Lea, Sarah Penn, Joseph Lea, Andrew Lea, Milly Dudley, Lucy Lea and John Lea, and my son Ambrose Lea’s (dec’d) children, being seven in number, to have the eleventh part of my estate divided among the said children, and whatever is Elizabeth Clark’s part, I leave in the hands of my Executors, to be a support to her, the said Elizabeth, and after her decease I give her portion to be equally divided among her children. But provided my said daughter, Elizabeth Clark should become a widow, then I will that my Executors deliver her portion to her enduring her life, and then to be divided as before mentioned to her children.

ITEM: I will that all my lands be sold at Verdue (after my wife’s decease or widowhood) and the money divided among my sons William Lea, Joseph Lea, Andrew Lea, John Lea and my son Ambrose Lea’s (deceased) children (seven) to have the fifth part of the money which my lands sell for, to be equally divided among them.

ITEM: My will and desired is that if either of my sons or daughters dies before a lawful heir, that then my desire is that the deceased’s portion shall return to my estate to again and be equally divided among the surviving children. But provided either of my sons should died leaving his wife with child, then I will that his invisible heir possess his portion.

ITEM: I do hereby constitute, make and ordain my sons William Lea, Joseph Lea, and Andrew Lea, my sole executor to this my last Will and Testament, all and singularly my land, messuages, and tenement, by them freely to be possessed and enjoyed. And I do hereby utterly disallow, revoke and disannul all and any other former Testaments, Wills, Legacies and Bequests, and Executors, by mine any way before named, willed and bequeathed, ratifying this and confirming it and no other to be, my last Will and Testament.

In witness I have hereunto set my hand and seal the day and year first



Simeon Walton
Thomas Dudley Jr.
Philip P. Easton

Transcribed by Pearl McPherson, 1932

Amelia Co., VA DB 3:697
9 April 1750, Richard Willis X of Brunswick Co. to William Lea of Drysdale Parish, King & Queen Co. for 30 pounds sterling 262 acres of land, granted to said Willis, 1 October 1747, lying on both sides of Buffalo Bed Creek in the fork of Nottoway River.

Amelia Co., VA DB 4:56
5 December 1776, William Lea, Joseph Lee, Andrew Lea, John Lee, and George Lee sold to Richard Bennett of Amherst Co. for 500 pounds Sterling 262 acres of land lying on the branches of Buffalo Bed Creek and Horsepen Creek branches of Great Nottoway River.


The below will proved in Charlotte Co., VA is obviously the son John LEA named in the 1770 Amelia Co., VA will of William LEA, and not the same as John Lee Senr who died 1805 in Charlotte Co., VA

Undated ; Proved 6 Jan 1783

John Lea of Amelia County. Named Nephew George Lea. Brother Joseph Lea. Three brothers and six sisters: William Lea, Joseph Lea, Andrew Lea, Elizabeth Clark, Mary Walden, Ann Bennatt, Sarah Penn, Milley Elliot, and Lucy Green. Exec brothers William Lea, Joseph Lea, and friend Abraham Hatchett. Wit: Milner Bennatt, Ann Perimon, Richard Bennatt. Security John Watkins.

(See George LEE, son of Ambrose LEE deceased in Amherst Co., VA file.)