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The Will of Robert S. Gregory

WILL OF ROBERT S. GREGORY
written in 1851- proved April Court 1855
Mecklenburg Co., VA WB 17:600
(transcribed by Betty P. Rose & submitted 11-10-2007)


In the name of God amen. I Robert S. Gregory of the County of Mecklenburg and the State of Virginia being of sound mind and memory, do make and ordain this my last will and testament , in manner and form following: 1st. I give to my son in law Alexander Smith who intermarried with my daughter Elizabeth C. my two negroes Martha and Joe and one bed of furniture and one horse and saddle and one bureau all of said has already been advanced to him and I gave to his heirs forever.

2nd I give to my son James A. my two negroes George and Jim , one horse and saddle and one Bed and furniture, which property is already advanced to him and at my death my will is that my said son James A. shall receive from my estate seven hundred dollars in money, which sum of money I give to him instead of land, all of the foregoing named property and money I give to him and his heirs forever.

3rd. I give to my son John E. my two negroes Davy and Mariah, one horse and saddle, one bed and furniture and one tract of land known as Pettus Tract all of which property has already been advanced to him which I give and bequeath to him and his heirs forever.

4th  At my death I give and bequeath to my son William D. my tract of land known as “Norments Tract”, and my three negroes Eliza , Levy{?} and Reuben and one bed and furniture. The above tract of land called Norments is bounded by a new chopped line, which line was chopped by myself. I have already advanced to my said son William D one horse and saddle. All of said property I give to him and his heirs forever.

5th.  At my death I give and bequeath to my son Robert T. my tract of whereon I now reside which tract of land is divided from the Norment tract by the {aforementioned ?} chopped line. And my three negroes, Jacob Daniel and Henry, Jr. and one bed and furniture. I have already advanced him one horse and saddle all of said property I give and bequeath to him and his heirs forever.

6th I give to my daughter Mary F.Crafton my negroes Betsy, Edmund and James and the future increase of the female from the time they were advanced and one bed and furniture and one Bureau. All of said property has already been advanced which I give and bequeath to her and her heirs forever.

7th. I give to my daughter Julia M. Floyd my negroes Becky and her child Nancy and girl Peggy and their future increase from the time they were advanced. One bed and furniture and one Bureau, all of said property has already been advanced which I give and bequeath to her and her heirs forever.

8th. After all of my just debts and funeral expenses are paid, my will and desire is that all the rest of my estate of every kind and description not before dispensed {disbursed ?} of in this my will shall be equally divided between my seven children. My son James A. to have one seventh part. The heirs of my deceased daughter Elizabeth C. who intermarried with Alex. Smith to have one seventh part. My son John E. to have one seventh part. My son William D. to have one seventh part. My son Robert T. to have one seventh part. My daughter Mary F. Crafton to have one seventh part.And my daughter Julia M. Floyd to have one seventh part, which I give to them and their heirs forever.

Lastly, I hereby appoint my son James A. my Executor to this my last will and testament hereby revoking all others by me made or intended to be made. In Testimony whereof I have hereinto set my hand and affixed my seal this ____
day of _____ 1851.

        Robert S. Gregory (seal)

Signed sealed and delivered
in the presence of
J. F. Finch
Jno. R. Finch
John D. Brame

Mecklenburg County, April Court 1855
The foregoing last will and Testament of Robert S. Gregory deceased was this day produced in court and proved by the oaths of John F. Finch, and John D. Brame , two of the subscribing witnesses thereto and ordered to be recorded. And on the motion of James A. Gregory, the executor thereto {named?} and who made_{an oath thereto?}and together with Reuben A. Puryear and William Dodson his securities  entered into and acknowledged a {loan?} on the {penalty} of Thirty thousand Dollars, conditioned according to law. Certificate is granted here for attaining a probate of the said will in desc. form.
Teste
R. B. Baptist, Clerk

THE LAST PART OF THE WILL IS VERY HARD TO READ.