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Josephus "Cephas" Gregory


 
Will of Josephus "Cephas" Gregory :

Lunenburg Co., VA will of Josephus Gregory   1877/1880
Recorded Will Book 14, pp 275-277
Transcribed by JoLee Gregory Spears     12 Sept. 1998


Lunenburg Co., Va Sept 7, 1877

I Josephus Gregory of the county of Lunenburg and state of Virginia being of
sound mind and disposing memory do hereby make and disclose this to be my last
will and testament.

     My real estate I wish divided as follows:

1st  Run a straight line from the point where the long branch east of my house
passes through the line between the estate of W. T. Couch decd and my land in a
westerly direction to a point where the first drain or Gully north of what we
call Saunders flat passes through the fence running south from my house, thence
down the drain to where it empties into the creek thence along the fence a south
westerly direction to Dr. S. Saunders line.  All the land South and east of this
line I give and bequeath to my son J. W. Gregory his heirs or assigns forever.

2nd  Run a straight line from the point at which Dr. S. Saunders and Thos.
Spencer corner on my line to where the creek strikes the woods at the lower end
of the [*****] spring flat thence up the center of the creek to the lower end of
the Ivy Bank. Thence along the present fence on the Ivy Bank bluff to a forked
Poplar tree near the woods, both forks marked X thence a straight line to Mr. J.
W. Ellis' gate south from his house all the land south and west of this line I
leave to my son E. J. & H. C. Gregory in Trust to be managed by them for the
benefit of my two grandchildren Laura Stokes Duke and Edward Lucian Duke, the
rents accruing from it to be used for their support or education until Laura
Stokes Duke is eighteen years of age, at which time she shall have one half of
said land and at the age of twenty one years, Edward Lucian Duke shall have the
other half of said land; and if either one of them should die before they arrive
at the ages above specified, the other one shall have his or her interest in
said lands, and if Laura Stokes Duke should die before she is eighteen years of
age and Edward Lucian Duke before he is twenty one years of age the said land
shall then be divided between my children E. J. Gregory, F. J. Gregory, H. C.
Gregory and J. W. Gregory.

3rd  Run a straight line from the Center of the creek at the bush? Spring a
north easterly direction passing at the north west corner of the Barn west of my
house to the line between my land and the land of the estate of W. T. Couch decd
all South of this line and between the two lots previously named with the
privilege of moving the house standing on my yard immediately east of my
residence to this lot I give and bequeath to my son F. J. Gregory his heirs or
assigns forever.

4th Run a line from Mr. E. Griffins at the north east corner of my fence nearest
Mr. Griffins outer gate along the Mt Zion road passing my outer north gate to
the line between me and Mr. Ellis  All north of the line I give and bequeath to
my son H. C. Gregory his heirs or assigns forever.


5th  The remainder of my real estate which includes all that portion lying
between the lots of H. C. Gregory E. J. & H. C. Gregory Trustees for my two
Grandchildren Laura Stokes & Edward L. Duke and F. J. Gregory I give and
bequeath to my son E. J. Gregory his heirs or assigns forever, reserving to my
wife Mary E. Gregory the use during her life of all that portion of this lot
lying east of the road running from my outer gate passing west of my yard to
where it strikes the line of F. J. Gregory's lot and also the use of Half of the
barn north of my residence, two stalls in my stable and half of the corn crib.

6th  The real estate I own in Texas if unsold at my death I wish sold and
divided into equal parts, to E. J. Gregory F. J. Gregory H. C. Gregory and J. W.
Gregory I give each one part, one part I wish put out in interest during the
life of my wife Mary E. Gregory and to her I give the interest that may be
received from it annually.  After her death it shall be equally divided between
my four children E. J., H. C., F. J. & J. W. Gregory.  The sixth part with an
addition of one hundred dollars to it from my personal property and in lieu of
any other interest in my personal property I leave to my son E. J. & H. C.
Gregory in trust to be managed by them for the benefit of my two grandchildren
Laura Duke Stokes and Edward Lucian Duke the interest accruing from it to be
used for their support or education until Laura Stokes Duke is eighteen years of
age at which time she shall have half of it, the other half to remain as above
until Edward Lucian Duke is twenty one years of age at which time he shall this
half.  If either one of them should die before they arrive at the age above
specified, the other one shall have his or her part and if both should die
before they arrive at said ages, it shall then be divided between my four
children, E. J.  F. J.  H C & J. W Gregory.

My personal property I dispose of as follows:

1st  I give to my wife Mary E. Gregory one hundred dollars in money.  I leave to
her two choice mules, or a mule and horse, two choice milk cows two setts of
harness and farming implements sufficient for the use of two hands and as much
of my household and kitchen furniture as she may desire to keep during her
natural life.  I give to her a sufficiency of provisions for herself two hands
and two horses for twelve months.

2nd  I give to my son E. J. Gregory one bed & furniture and the next choice cow
and calf.

3rd  To my son F. J. Gregory I give one hundred and twenty five dollars.

4th  To my son H. C. Gregory I give three hundred dollars.

5th  To my son J. W. Gregory I give two hundred dollars.

6th  To my grandchild Laura Stokes Duke I give my Piano when she arrives at the
age of eighteen years and if she should die before arriving at that age it shall
then be given to my Grandchild Emma Stokes Gregory.

7th  After the death of my wife the personal property she has been using shall
be divided equally between my four children E. J. - F. J.- H. C. & J. W.
Gregory.

8th  I desire this will shall be executed without any further process of law
than the recording of the same in the clerk's office and I leave my sons E. J.
Gregory and F. J. Gregory as Executors.

As witness my hand day and date above given.

Witness                                            Josephus Gregory
Joseph L. Bentley
E. B. White

                                               December 12th 1879
I Josephus Gregory do add this codicil to my will above written bearing date
Sept 7th 1877
Item 1st  I direct that my son E. J. Gregory shall have the use of three rooms
in the west end of my house Viz: the basement first and second floor, whenever
he wishes to occupy them.

Lunenburg County Court June 14th 1880   A paper writing purporting to be the
last will and testament of Josephus Gregory decd was produced in court and
proved by the oath of Jos. L. Bentley one of the subscribing witnesses thereto
and E. B. White the other subscribing witness being out of this commonwealth,
his handwriting was fully proved by the oaths of J. M. Williamson & J. W.
Williams.  Whereupon the same is ordered to be recorded as the true last will
and testament of the said Josephus Gregory decd and on motion of F. J. & E. J.
Gregory the executors named in the said will who appeared in court, made oath
and together with approved security entered into and acknowledged a bond in the
penalty of $8000. Conditioned as the law directs, which bond is ordered to be
recorded.  Certificate is granted the said Executors for obtaining probate of
said will in due form of law.       Teste               J. L. Yates, Clerk
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