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Will of John S. Lee

Charlotte Co., VA WB 12 1855-1859 - microfilm

Page 297

In the name of God my Redeemer Amen this is my last will and testament revoking al other heretofore made by me I appoint my friend Joshua Thornhill my sole Executor, if he refuses to act I desire William T Gilliam to act.

My will is that the executor should sell everything I own and after paying all my debts to pay over to my wife the balance for her use and benefit (the last line is very hard to read; I don't think the wife was named by name/jgs) during her lifetime. Should anything remain at her death I will that it go to my niece Jane Wright? or Wightman?

Sig: John S. Lee

Wit: R. W. January Senr

John W. King

R. W. January Jr

The Commonwealth of Virginia to any Justice of Peace of the town of Murfreesboro state of Tenn Apr 15 1858 Greeting: Know you that we trusting to your fidelity and provident circumspection in examining R. W. January Senr, John W. King and R. W. January Jr the witnesses attesting the will of John S. Lee dec'd hereinto annexed authorize and require you that at such certain day and place as you shall appoint the (this is extremely hard to read on microfilm)

At a Court held for Charlotte County the 7 day December 1857 the foregoing last will and testament of John S. Lee late of this county was this day produced in court for probate and it appearing to this court that the witnesses attesting the same reside out of the commonwealth to wit in the town of Murfreesboro in the state of Tenn. On motion of William T. Gilliam one of the executors therein named a commission is awarded to be directed to any Justice of Murfreesboro in the state of Tenn authorizing him to take & certify attestation of the said witnesses.

Charlotte Co., VA WB 12:318

To the clerk of Charlotte County Court

In obedience to an order of the county court of Charlotte bearing date 3 May 1858 as directed we the undersigned Comrs have made the following inventory and appraisement of the estate of John S. Lee dec'd.

Tract of land supposed to contain 85 acres

1 Buggy and harness

1 cow & calf

Lot old plantation tools

2 bedsteads and bed and furniture

1 candle stand and sugar box

10 chairs

Lot of books

Saddle and bridle

Amount probably due for books sold in different parts of the counties Charlotte, P. Edward, Appomattox &c sums of one or two dollars.


H. E. Vaughan

Joshua Thornhill

James P. (X) Dickerson

July 26, 1858

Recorded August 1858


1855 Char Co Land Tax: Lee, John S. char fee 85acres Horse Pen SE11 2.50 NONE (bldg tax) 212.12 0.42 From Moseley & Lipscomb

1856 Same with $200 bldg tax added

1857 1858, same as 1856.