I, Hartwell Tucker of the County of Brunswick & State of Virginia do make and Constitute this my last will & testament in manner & form as follows viz: I give and bequeath to Martha Pegram & Kissia Boisseau, daughter of my sister Martha Goodwyn decd. the following slaves viz: Little J_n, Caty, Amy, Oreby?, & child to be equally divided between them, to have & to hold the said Slaves with the future increase of the females to the sd. Martha Pegram & Kissia Boisseau, to them & their heirs forever. I give and bequeath to Dr. Wood Tucker the following Slaves viz: Jerry?, Mith?, his wife & his two children Stephen & Amy?, with the future increase of the females, and the one moiety of all my right & interest in & to the negro slaves now in the possession of Mary Ann Tucker, which on her death my revert to me, with the future increase of the female slaves. I loan to George W. Tucker the one half of the other moiety of all my right & interest in to the negro slaves now in the possession of Mary Ann Tucker & which on her death may revert to me with the future increase of the female slaves, for the purpose of enabling the said George W. Tucker to support & educate the children which he now has or may hereafter have, untill the youngest shall attain the age of twenty one years, then to be equally divided among the said children. I also give and bequeath unto George W. Tucker to his own use, to him & his heirs forever, the sum of three hundred dollars. I loan to Joseph G. Tucker the other one half of the other moiety of all my right & interest in & to the negro slaves, now in the possession of Mary Ann Tucker, which on her death may revert to me, with the future increase of the females, for the purpose of enabling him to support & educate the children which he now has or may hereafter have untill the youngest shall have attained the age of twenty one years, then to be equally divided among the children of the said Joseph G. Tucker. I also give & bequeath unto Joseph G. Tucker to his own use, to him & his heirs forever the sum of three hundred dollars. I hereby order & direct that, William, son of Willa, be sent four years to school afterwards bound as an apprentice to some trade for the term of four years & when he shall have attained the age of twenty one years be manummited & paid by my executor the sum of One thousand Dollars in hand. I hereby also order & direct that Washington, son of Willa, be manumitted bound two years as an apprentice to some trade (the particular trade being left entirely to his selection) & then paid by my executor One thousand dollars in hand. I do hereby manumit Adam, China & his child, with her future increase & order & direct that my executor pay one hundred dollars in hand to Adam should my executor be unable to obtain permission for above manumitted slaves to remain in this state after making application to the legislature for that purpose, which he is hereby requested to do, he is then directed to have them removed to Some other state or place which free persons of colour are permitted to immigrate, at the cost and charge of my Estate. I give and bequeath unto Col. John Tucker, to him & his heirs forever, all the rest & residue of my estate (not heretofore disposed of) both real personal & mixed; in possession, remainder or reversion; embracing & including all & every thing in & to which I have a right, title, claim or interest and which I have the right & power to bequeath or devise. lastly, I hereby constitute and appoint Col. John Tucker executor of this my last will & testament; I order and direct that no security be required of him & that there be no inventory or appraisement of my estate. In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand & affixed my seal this the 12th day of April in the year of one thousand eight hundred & thirty four. Signed by Hartwell Tucker and witnessed by Robert Vaughan, Armistead Short, Charles M. Short, and Edwd. B. Tucker.
Brunswick County Court April 27th 1835. This last Will and testament of Hartwell Tucker decd. was proved by that oaths of Robert Vaughan Armistead Short and Edwd. B. Tucker three of the witnesses thereto and ordered to be recorded. and on the motion of John Tucker the executor therein named who made oath thereto according to law (the will directing that so security should be required of him) & entered into & acknowledged a bond of the penalty of one hundred thousand Dollars conditioned according to Law Certificate is granted him for obtaining a probat thereof in due form.
Will Book 12, page 302, Brunswick County, Virginia