Charlotte Co., VA Will of James Hamlett - 1819


The will is on LDS microfilm and the original was very faded. 
Ed Dolan 


WILL OF JAMES HAMLETT. CHARLOTTE CO., VA. 
WILL BOOK 5, P. 35.    

[very faded text at times]
In the name of God Amen I James Hamlett the older of the 
county of Charlotte being sick but of sound mind doth hereby 
make my last will and testament in manner and  form following 
viz first my desire is that my beloved wife...shal enjoy..... 
possession of  my mansion house and plantation with such part 
of the personal estate as she may think  proper for her support 
and shall be at liberty to lend any part there of to such of my  
children as she may think proper for her support but if she should 
lend any part there of  to any of them, my will and desire is that 
at her decease the part so loned shall be  returned....to make a 
fair and equal division as I may here after direct. But if my wife  
should marry my desire is that she should no longer reside on the 
plantation where she  now lives or have possession of any part of 
my land in Virginia but remove to the  plantation where she 
formerly resided in North Carolina in Person County which she is 
to  enjoy instead of my estate in Virginia with the whole of the 
personal estate and negroes  thereon except Dick and Anne. 
Item..I give unto my son James all the land I possess on  the 
west side of Twitties Creek and the whole of my land on the east 
side...as a gut  called the island gut which includes all the east 
side between the creek and Mosby's line  as...as the aforesaid 
gut but he is not to disposses my wife during her widowhood. I 
give  him and his heirs forever. Item..I give unto my son George 
Hamlett the tract of land on  which he now lives to him and his 
heirs forever...Item..I give unto my two grandsons  Thomas B. 
Hamlett and James E. Hamlett all the land I possess on Twittie's 
Creek. Item I  give unto my two grandsons Drury J. Major and 
Samuel B. Major sons of William Major  deceased all the land 
which I possess in the county of Halifax to them and their heirs  
forever. Item..I give unto my daughter Narcissa Jeffress four 
negroes  viz Christian,  Jane, Edith and Coleman, one horse 
worth one hundred dollars, six head of cattle and six  head of 
sheep to her and her heirs forever. Item..I give unto my son 
George Hamlett three  hundred dollars to be paid to him by my 
executors. Item..my desire is that after the  decease of my wife 
the whole of my estate except the part herein before disposed of 
may  be divided in the manner and form following viz equally 
among James Hamlett, Mary C.  Jeffress, Patsy Wilson, Nancy 
Jeffress, Narcissa Jeffress, the children of my son George  
Hamlett and Lucy his wife, the children of my daughter Elizabeth 
Averitt, the children of   my son Bedford Hamlett dec'd  and the 
children of my daughter Obedience to them and to  their heirs 
forever. Lastly, I do hereby constitute and appoint my son James 
Hamlett and  William Green executors of this my last will and 
testament hereby revoking all other  former wills by me 
heretofore made. In witness whereof I have hereunto set my 
hand and  seal this twenty-sixth day of September one thousand 
eight hundred and nineteen. 
 Signed, sealed and  delivered as the last will and testament of 
the above named James  Hamlett in presence of us Wm. B. 
Green, Wm. B. Price, James Morton.  

  At a court held for Charlotte County November 4, 1819 this last 
will and testament for  James Hamlett Senr. dec'd was presented 
in court and proved by the oaths William B. Price and James 
Morton  and ordered to be recorded and on the motion of James 
Hamlett Jr. one of the executors in  the said will named who 
made oath thereto according to law, probate of the said will is  
granted him on giving security whereupon e with Jennings M. 
Jeffress and Williamson Price  his securities entered into and 
acknowleged their bond according to law reserving liberty  to the 
other executor to join in the probate thereof when he shall think 
fit. 
 Teste Winslow Robinson cc 
 duly recorded Winslow Robinson cc