Andrew Gregory will - 1817/1822

Mecklenburg Co., VA Will Book 9, pp 295,296

Transcribed from the original by JoLee Gregory Spears 6-23-98



In the name of God Amen I Andrew Gregory of the County of Mecklenburg and
the State of Virginia Considering the Frailty and uncertainty of life do
make this my last Will and Testament in manner and form following to Wit
First it is my will and desire that all my just debts and Funeral charges
shall be paid, after which I lend unto my Beloved wife Frances Gregory
during her natural life, the Tract of land whereon I now live including
that part of the land purchased of Daniel Coleman adjoining the old tract
on the north side of the road leading from Prudence Jeffries's to Thomas
Norments, - Four choice Negroes, Four Choice Beds and Furniture and such of
the rest of the Household and kitchen Furniture as she may wish to keep,
Two choice horses one Cart, one Yoke of oxen and third part of the rest of
the stock of every kind except Horses, and one third part of the crop of
Tobacco Grain etc - I give unto the children of my Deceased Daughter
Susanna Elam namely Andrew Daniel, Frances, Pheby, Nancy and John Elam
Ninety Pounds Cash to be equally divided between them, I give unto my
Deceased Son James Gregorys Children namely Patsey, Frances, Latney M.
Andrew, Salley, Polley Y. and Nancey W. Gregory one Hundred pounds cash to
be equally divided between them. I give unto my Deceased Daughter Frances
Callis's Children namely Daniel, Henry, Elijah, James Elizabeth, and
William Callis one Hundred Pounds Cash to be equally divided between them.
I give unto my Daughter Sallie Couch one hundred pounds Cash.  I give unto
my Daughter Elizabeth Stembridge one Hundred pounds Cash, I give unto my
Daughter Pheby Gregory one Negro Girl named Elina and one hundred pounds
Cash, I give unto my son Elijah Gregory Two hundred and Fifty Acres of Land
including the plantation on which he now lives in the Northwest corner of
the Tract of Land purchased of James Webb, I give unto my son Thomas S.
Gregory Two hundred and Fifty Acres of Land adjoining the above Tract given
to my son Elijah Gregory on the East to extend to Cooks Road.  The Above
two Tracts of land containing five hundred Acres Given to my two sons Elijah
and Thomas to be laid of by a line running paralel with North line
extending from the west end of the land to Cooks Road.  I give unto my Son
John S. Gregory the Residue of the Tracts of land purchased of James Webb
containing by estimation Eight hundred and Fifty four Acres, I give unto my
Son Robert S. Gregory Sixty pounds Cash and the Tract of land Purchased of
Thomas Coley containing by Estimation Two Hundred Acres adjoining the land
of Ludwell Evans-Richard Russell and Others on the Waters of Kittle Creek,
I give unto my son Silas M. Gregory the residue of the land purchased of
Daniel Coleman including all the houses plantation etc lying on the South
Side of the Road leading from Prudence Jeffries's to Thomas Norments and
after the death of my Wife I likewise give unto my Silas M. Gregory all the
land lent to her during her natural life before named in this Will, Which
lands bequeathed to my five sons namely Elijah. John. Robert. Thomas and
Silas I give unto them and each of them and their heirs forever. It is my
will and desire that all the rest of my Estate not disposed of in this Will
may be equally divided between Salley Couch, Pheby Gregory, Elijah Gregory,
John S. Gregory, Robert S. Gregory, Thomas S. Gregory, Silas M. Gregory and
the children of my deceased Daughter Frances Callis namely, Daniel, Henry,
Elijah, James, Elizabeth, and William (I wish it to be understood that the
Children of my Deceased Daughter last named shall receive only the Eighth
part of this legacy to be divided between them) Which I give to them and
each of them and their heirs forever - It is my Will and desire that after
the death of my Wife all the property lent to her in this Will except the
land may be equally divided between my Five sons namely Elijah, John,
Robert, Thomas and Silas, Which I give to them and each of them and their
heirs forever,  It is my Will and desire that the Cash Legacys bequeathed 
in this Will to my Children and Grand Children shall be paid as soon as the
money can be collected from such Bonds as may be on hand at my death and
from the sale of such property as my Executors hereafter named may dispose
of for that purpose--Lastly I hereby appoint my Trusted Friend Daniel Smith
and my two sons Robert S. Gregory, and John S. Gregory Executors of this my
last Will and Testament---- but my two sons Robert and John shall not be
compeled to give Security for their Executorship
In Witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal this Twenty seventh
day of October one Thousand Eight Hundred and Seventeen--

Signed Sealed                        [Signed] Andrew Gregory          Seal
and ratify'd
In presence of
William Richards
Ludwell Evans
John W. Harwood

At a Court held for Mecklenburg County the 15th day of July 1822
     The within written last Will & testament of Andrew Gregory was
     Exhibited in Court and proved by the oaths of two of the Witnesses
     thereto Subscribed, and ordered to be recorded.  And on motion of Robert
     S. Gregory One of the Executors therein named, who made oath thereto
     according to Law, and together with his securities entered unto &
     Acknowledged bond in the penalty thirty thousand dollars, conditioned
     as the law directs, certificate is granted him for obtaining a probat
     of said Will in due - reserving Liberty to John S. Gregory & Daniel
     Smith the other Exors thereon named to join in the probat thereof when
     they shall think proper.
     
                                       Teste,
                                           E. L. Tabb Clk