Charlotte Co., VA Will of Thomas Collier

Submitted 3 June 1999 by Ed Dolan 


  This is the will of Thomas Collier, who bought land in 
Charlotte Co. in March, 1767. His wife was Mary Frances Dabney-
both from Hanover Co. Thomas was the son of John Collier, of 
Hanover Co.:

 ------- Charlotte County Will Book 1, 1765-1791. [Microfilm 
obtained through interlibrary loan from the Virginia State 
Library]. p. 403. Will of Thomas Collier. Executors: John 
Collier, Jr., Benjamin Collier, John Daniel. Proved in court by 
oaths of: Paul Carrington, esquire, John Collier, John Hutcheson. 
Proved in Dec. court, 1787.

 TEXT OF WILL:

      I Thomas Collier of the County of Charlotte, sick and weak 
of body, of sound mind and memory, knowing the Certainty of 
Death, and the uncertainty of life, do make Constitute and 
ordain, the following writing to be my last Will and Testament --
- I give and devise to my dear beloved wife Frances the 
unmolested use and occupation of the tract of Land and 
plantation, whereon I reside on the Horsepen Creek, during her 
natural life; I also give to my said Wife, two negro Slaves, 
named David and Sue during her natural life. I give and bequeath 
to my said Wife Frances, my large bay mare, one third part of my 
stock of Cattle, Hogs and Sheep, and as much of my household and 
kitchen furniture, as she in her discretion think proper to take 
for her Convenience, in which she is permitted to Judge. It is my 
will and I do ----- and direct, that after the death of my Wife, 
the tract of Land and plantation whereon I now live and [  ] 
devised to my Wife for life be sold by my Executors for such 
price as may be had, and that the Money arising therefrom, be 
equally devided, between all my Daughters, meaning Elizabeth, 
Ann, Patsey, and the Child my Wife is now pregnant with if it 
should prove a Daughter.

 -------- Also of interest:
  Charlotte County Va. Will Book 2, p. 60. Division of slaves of 
Thomas Collier. Dated Jan. 1788. To Charles Collier, Benjamin, 
Betsey, John, Frances, Patsy, Anny, Dabney. Certified 1 Mar. 1795 
by Thomas Williams, James Hamlett. Rec. 6 Apr. 1795. Mentions 
that P. Carrington is guardian of Betsey Collier. [Microfilm from 
Virginia State Library, through interlibrary loan].