I Sterling Tucker of the County of Brunswick Knowing that it is appointed once for all men to die do make & constitute this my last Will & Testament in manner & form following Imprimis I lend to my wife Mary Ann during her life in liew of dower the land whereon I now live & the use of the Water Grist Mill. I also lend her during her life the slaves allotted & assigned her as her dower in the slaves which were left by her late husband Thomas Ingram the reversion of part of which slaves I have since purchased. Moreover I give her the following Slaves & property to dispose of as she pleases (to wit) Ben, Hannon?, & her two youngest children & all my Stock & household furniture. I Give & bequeath to my brother Hartwell Tucker my land & plantation sometimes called Belvidere & sometimes the Whitehouse containing by estimation Three hundred Acres more or less, also sundry other tracts, parcels of Land lying on Waqua Creek containing Two hundred & forty Acres more or less which said tracts or parcels of Land I purchased of Thomas & Washington Croft & I also give & bequeath unto my said Brother Hartwell Tucker the one half of a tract of Land lying on the said Creek & Nottoway River purchased by myself & John Tucker of Thomas Simmons containing by estimation five hundred & twenty two acres more or less all which said tracts or parcels of Land I give to him my said Brother Hartwell Tucker & his heirs forever. I also give & bequeath to my said Brother Hartwell Tucker the following Slaves (to wit) Charles, Harry, Sam, Juba, Hamlin, Isaac, Jerry, Tom, Beth, Suky, Rhoda, Vina, Bob, Cate, Amy, Aggy & young Child Wilton, Ephraim, Moses, Jim & Tom the elder & their future increase of the females of them to him & his heirs forever; all the property (including the land whereon I now live or Reside) which I have lent to my wife Mary Ann during her life, at her death I give & bequeath to my said Brother Hartwell Tucker to him & his heirs forever; And I also further give & bequeath all the Residue of my estate of every Kind whatsoever both Real & personal to my said Brother Hartwell Tucker to him & his heirs forever. I Constitute & appoint my said Brother Hartwell Tucker executor of this my last Will & Testament & desire that my estate may not be appraised not he my said Brother Hartwell Tucker bound to give Security for his Executorship. In Witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand & affixed my Seal this twenty Seventh day of April in the year of our Lord, Eighteen hundred & five. Signed by Sterling Tucker and witnessed by Wood Tucker, William Moore (by his mark), WmSon Coleman, and Stephen Goodwyn.
Brunswick County Court June 24, 1805. This last Will and Testament of Sterling Tucker decd. was proved by the Oaths of Wood Tucker & William Moore two of the Witnesses thereto & ordered to be Recorded & On the Motion of Hartwell Tucker the Executor therein named he having made oath thereto According to law Certificate is granted him for obtaining a probate thereof in due form.
Will Book 7, page 101, Brunswick County, Virginia