Will of WILLIAM DAILEY SR.
of Brunswick Co., VA

Submitted by Shirley Hargrove August 21, 2006

In Brunswick County Deed Book #3 page 417 it is recorded that on May 5, 1748 William Malone of Bristol Parish in Prince George County sold to William Dailey of St. Andrews Parish in Brunswick 139 acres on the south side of the Meherrin River. The land was part of the patent 279 acres granted to John Ezell on January 12, 1741. William Dailey's will of Jun 28, 1777 reads:

In the name of GOD amen. I William Dailey Senior of Brunswick County being very weak in body but of sound and perfect mind that it is appointed for man once to die do make and ordain this my last will and testament praying to ALMIGHTY GOD to receive my soul that gave it to me hoping for the resurrection of eternal life and my body to the dust to be buried in such decent manner as my executor hereafter mentioned shall think fit and as for my worldly estate that the LORD of his infinite mercy has been pleased to bestow on me I give and divide in manner and form following...

ITEM My debts being well and truly paid, I lend unto my dearly beloved wife FRANCES DAILEY one bed and furniture during her natural life ., also the plantation wherein I now dwell, also eight cows, two bay mares, that goes by the name of Fanny and Steamer. Likewise all my stock hogs and sheep and geese and all my household goods of every kind during her life or widowhood, but after her death or marriage My will and desire is that my whole estate then left that is not mentioned out in legacies should be sold and the money equally divided among my children then living.

ITEM I give and devise unto my eldest daughter ELIZABETH MALONE one cow and calf to her and her heirs forever.

ITEM I give and devise unto my daughter MOLLY DAILEY one cow and calf to her and her heirs forever.

ITEM I give and devise unto my daughter SALLY DAILEY one cow and calf to her and her heirs forever

ITEM I give and devise unto my daughter PATTY DAILEY one cow and calf to her and her heirs forever

ITEM I give and devise unto my son WILLIAM DAILEY the plantation whereon he now dwells with the third part of THREE HUNDRED TWENTY ACRES of land to him and his heirs forever

ITEM I give and devise unto my son DENNIS DAILEY the third part of the said tract of land where my son WILLIAM now lives also one bed and furniture to him and his heirs forever

ITEM I give and devise unto my son BENJAMIN DAILEY the plantation where SILVANUS SHELTON now lives with the third part of the tract of land and also onebed and furniture to him and his heirs forever

ITEM I give and devise unto my son ARTHUR DAILEY the great barn and all the lanc I own in the place execpting the plantation and one hundred acres wherein I now dwell, also one desk, one gun adn one bed and furniture to him and his heirs forever

ITEM I give and devise unto my son EDMUND DAILEY the plantation whereon I now dwell with one hundred acres of land also the black walnut chest and table to him and his heirs forever

ITEM My desire is that my other mare and year old colt and the remaining of my estate may be sold and the money equally divided among all my children then living.

ITEM My will and desire is that all the money that is due to me should be received and my debts paid out of the same. and the remainder be returned to my wife in order to supply her and my little children and lastly I appoint GEORGE MALONE AND SACK PENNINGTON executors of this my last will and testament. Signed Sealed and Delivered in presence of JAMES MARSHALL; SACK PENNINGTON; and WILLIAM ROBERTSON

His widow Mrs. Frances married Joseph Williams on May 25, 1789 in Brunswick County Virginia