In the name of God Amen I Matthew Tucker of the County of Amherst being in my perfect Sences and sound memory do make and ordain this my last will and Testament in manner and form following: it is my will and desire that all my Just debts of every denomination, whatever, shall be paid at the discretion of my executors hereafter to be named. In premise I lend unto my beloved Wife Esther during her natural life, or Widowhood one hundred Acres of Land on the eastern part of the tract I purchased of James Franklin including half the apple orchard on the said Tract one negro wench named Dinah One bed and furniture one mare one cow and calf and one sow and pigs. Item To my son Josiah I have given one negro Fellow Joel which he had in possession as p Deed bearing date the 17th day of March 1790. To my son Jesse I have given Two negroes (Viz) Harry & Aggey which he had in possession as P Deed bearing date the 17th March 1790. To my son Whitefield I have given Two negroes (Viz) Ralph and Jenny which he has now in possession as P Deed bearing date the 17th March 1790. To my daughter Betsey Ann Hurt I have given Two negroes (Viz) Pinkey and Betsey which she has in her possession as P Deed bearing date the 17th day of March 1790. To my daughter Scena I have given Two negroes Viz Molly and Adam which she has in her possession as P Deed bearing date the 17th March 1790. Item all the rest of my estate not heretofore disposes of both Real and personal I desire may be sold by my Executors upon such credit as they shall think proper and the money arising from such sale after paying all my Just debts to be equally Divided among my Ten Children Viz. Joseph John Isaiah Jesse Whitefield Sarah Mary Ann Eady Betsey Ann and Scena but before my son Joseph shall Receive his part of the said Divided he is to pay up to my Executors the sum of Eight Two pounds current money with Legal Interest thereon from the first day of January one thousand seven hundred and Eighty Seven It being money I paid Capt. James Dillard for the said Joseph It is my will and desire that the estate which I have lent to my Wife Easter at her death or marriage may disposed of by my Executor and the money arising from such sale to be equally divided among my Ten Children as named above. Lastly I appoint my friends, Gabriel Penn David Crawford, Hugh Rose and James Franklin Executors to this my last Will and Testament and I do hereby utterly disanul Every other form Will and Testament In Witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and affixed my Seal this 18th day of March ano Com. 1790.
Signed by Mattw. Tucker
Signed sealed and acknowledged
by the Testator to be his last Will
and Testament in the presence of us
At a Court held for Campbell County June 2nd 1796 The within Last will and Testament of Matthew Tucker Deced. was proved by the oath of James Ham one of the witnesses thereto Subscribed and it appearing to the court that all the other subscribing witnesses to the said Will are departed this life & that Henry Franklin another of the Subscribing witnesses to the said Will are departed this life and James Franklin appearing in Court and made oath that Henry Franklin another of the Subscribing Witnesses to the said Will is the proper hand Writing of the said Henry Franklin Therefore it is ordered that the said Will be admitted to Record and at a Court held for the said County the Sixth day of October following administration with the will annexed is granted to John Irvine Gent on the said decedents Estate he giving security Whereupon he together with Nathaniel Rogers gent. his Security entered into and acknowledge their Bond in the penalty of One Thousand Dollars Conditioned as the law Directs for the due and faithful administration of the said decedent Estate and performance of his Will and mad oath according to Law. Esther the Wife of the Said decedent having Relinquished her Right of administration in favour of the Said John Irvine.
Will Book 1, page 301, Campbell County, Virginia