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Submitted by Shirley (Johnson) LaFleur September 2010
This file contains the following HOLMES wills filed in Mecklenburg Co., VA:
Will Book 1, page 18
In the name of God, Amen. I, Samuel Holmes of Lunenburg County, being in good health and sound mind and memory but calling to mind the uncertainty of life and being willing to settle my worldly affairs, I make and ordain this to be my last will and testament in manner and form following, viz. First,
Item: I give unto my son, Isaac Holmes, one shilling over and above what I have put him in possession of.
Item: I give unto my daughter, Mary Lark, one shilling over and above what I have left her in possession of.
Item: I give and devise unto my son Samuel Holmes and his heirs forever all the remainder of my land that lies on the same (side) of the creek where my said son Samuel Holmes now lives.
Item: I give and devise unto my son William Holmes and his heirs forever after the death of my wife all the remainder of my land and the plantation whereon I now live.
Item: I give and devise unto my daughter Ann Holmes and her heirs forever the sum of fifty pounds current money of Virginia and the bed and furniture where on I commonly lie to be paid and delivered to my said daughter after the death of my wife and so forth.
Item: I give and devise unto my Grand Daughter Elizabeth Pool 10 pounds Virginia currency.
Item: I give and devise unto my above said son William Holmes and his heirs forever after the death of my wife, my funeral charges, just debts and the above legacies paid all the rest and residue of my Estate in whatsoever articles as lieth or may be found and so forth.
Item My will is that my beloved wife Ann Holmes have the use of all my Estate which I die possessed of after my funeral charges and just debts paid during her natural life for reasonable maintenance only with this reservation that in case my said wife should marry then my will is that my son William Holmes have ameaditt (immediate) possession of one negro man named Nick (?).
Lastly I nominate and appoint my son Isaac Holmes and my son William Holmes Executors of this my last Will and Testament In testimony whereof - - my hand and this my seal this - - ______ day of September one thousand seven hundred and sixty two.
At a Court held for Mecklenburg County the 9 June 1766 this last Will and Testament of Samuel Holmes deceased was proved by the oaths of Henry Delony Gent. a witness thereto and ordered to be certified.
At a Court held for Mecklenburg County the 14 July 1766 the Will was further proved by the oath of Rebecca Delony another witness thereto and ordered to be recorded sworn to William Holmes one of the Executors thereto named and on the motion of the said Executor certificate is granted for obtaining a probate therein due from herewith. Henry Delony his security entered into and acknowledges bond. Teste John Tabb
Mecklenburg County Virginia
I Samuel Holmes of the County of Mecklenburg & State of Virginia do make & ordain this my last will & testament in manner and form as follows. First. It is my Will & desire that all my Just debts and funeral expenses be paid. Secondly. It is my will and desire & I do hereby direct and empower my Executors hereafter named to dispose of all my negroes to wit. Hannah, Harry, Mima, Hinton & Isham together with all my other property as soon after my death as conveniently may be at twelve months credit for hard money, taking bonds with good security. Thirdly. I give to my daughter Joyce Goode six shillings Virginia currency. Fourthly. It is my Will and desire that the money arising from the said Sale or sales together with what money I may have on hand and such sum or sums of money as may be due to me, as also all my property of every sort and kind whatsoever may be equally divided between my six Children hereafter named, to wit, Martha Lee, Elizabeth Warren, Anne Hundly, Sarah Reeks, Mary Fox, and Susanna Baskervill. Fifthly. and whereas it is probable that my daughter Elizabeth Warren may die without issue, It is my will and desire that her share of My Estate which is before devised her Shall return to such of my Children as are hereafter named, to wit, Martha Lee, Anne Hundly, Sarah Reeks, Mary Fox and Susanna Baskervill to be equally divided between them or the representatives of such as may be dead, in case she should not have Issue and therefore I direct my Executors when they Pay her legacy aforesaid to take a bond with Security for the same to be returned agreeable to this my Will not meaning that she shall be accountable for interest upon the money she may receive. Lastly. I do hereby appoint my Nephews Samuel Holmes, John Holmes, & Pennington Homes Executors of this my last will & testament hereby revoking all others by me made, In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and affixed my seal this 4th day of May in the year of our Lord one thousand Eight hundred & two
Samuel Holmes (his mark)
Mecklenburg County Virginia
In the name of God amen I John Holmes of the County of Mecklenburg being weak in body but of sound mind memory and understanding calling to mind the uncertainty of human life do constitute and make this my last will and testament in like manner as follows, I commit my soul to almighty God my Body to the earth to be decently buried at the discretion of my executors. Item I lend to my beloved wife Milly Holmes during her natural life three negroes (to wit. Solomon, Sam and Harry at the death of my wife Milly Holmes it is my will and desire the negro Harry above mentioned should be sold on a credit of twelve months the purchaser giving bond with security and the money arising from the sale of the said negro to be equally divided among the heirs of my deceased brother William Holmes my other two negroes Solomon and Sam to be sold in like manner as above mentioned and the money arising from the sale of them, the to be equally divided between heirs of my sister Polly Walker and the heirs of my half brother Blanton Cook. Item I give to my wife Milly Holmes the land I now live on together with all my stock. of every kind and all my household and kitchen furniture and all my Crop that is now on hand. Item I lend to by Brother William Holmes’ widow Elizabeth Holmes during her natural life one negroe woman named Milly and for my brothers widow Elizabeth Holmes to dispose of the said negroe Milly as she may see cause among the heirs of my deceased brother I appoint John Lambert with my wife Milly Holmes as my only executors to this my last will and testament as witness my hand and seal this eighteenth day of October in the year of our Lord 1805
At a Court held for Mecklenburg County the 10th day of February 1806
Mecklenburg County, Virginia
In the name of God, Amen. I, Isaac Holmes of Mecklenburg County being sick and weak but of sound and perfect mind and memory, thanks to God for the same, but calling to mind the uncertainty of life do make and constitute this my last will and testament thereby revoking and disannulling all others by me made in manner and form following , Vis:
Item: I give and bequeath unto my well beloved wife Lucy Holmes during her natural life or widowhood all my estate both real and personal being of what kind soever and after decease or marriage in manner and form as followeth, viz.
Item: I give my four sons Samuel Holmes, John Holmes, Isaac Holmes, and David Holmes after the decease or marriage of my said wife Lucy Holmes as aforesaid the tract of land whereon I now live containing by estimation two hundred acres more or less to be equally divided between them four as aforesaid their heirs and assigns forever.
Item: I give and bequeath all the remainder of my estate after the death or marriage of my said wife Lucy Holmes to be equally divided between all my children, to wit. Samuel, John, Isaac, David, Sarah, Anne, Rebecca, (Lucy, Frances, Faitha, Mary, - names unreadable, Elliot book gives missing names as Lucy, Frances, Faith, Mary) Elizabeth & Martha to them and their heirs forever.
Lastly, I ___?___ my beloved wife Lucy Holmes Executrix my __?__ friend John Ballard my friend William Holmes as executors of this my last will and testament. In testimony whereof I have sworn under my hand and seal this 21st day of August 1772(?).
Isaac Holmes (his mark)
(witness names unreadable)
At a court held for Mecklenburg County 11th December 1772
Mecklenburg County Virginia
In the Name of God Amen I William Holmes of the County of Mecklenburg being sick and weak but of sound mind and a disposing memory do make ordain and constitute this my last will and Testament in manner and form as follows---
At a Court held for Mecklenburg County the 13th day of July 1801
Teste. William Baskerville, cc
Mecklenburg County, Virginia
In the name of Almighty God, I, William Holmes, of the County of Mecklenburg being duly inspired with the thoughts of the uncertainty of life, have made this my last will and testament in manner following, viz,
I give unto my son Pennington Holmes two Negroes, Tom who is now in his possession and Jim at my death to him and his heirs forever.
I give unto my son Samuel Holmes one Negro by name of Major to him and his heirs forever.
I give unto my daughter Betsy Jones one Negro now in her possession by the name of Reuben to her and her heirs forever.
I do hereby exonerate my son-in-law James Jones from the payment of any sum of money he may be indebted to me.
I lend unto my daughter Mary Eubanks, during her natural life, one Negro woman named Peggy now in her possession together with her present and future increase. At her death, I give them to her children to be equally divided among them.
I lend unto my son Isaac Holmes during his natural life five Negroes named Hall, Edmond, Tommy, old Isaac and old Ned and after his death I give them to his lawful issue to be equally divided among them, but for want of such, then for them to be equally divided among all my children.
I lend unto my daughter Sarah Ann Holmes during her natural life two Negroes, viz. Ben and Liza and after her death I give them and their increase to her lawful issue but for want of such, then for
Item: I give unto my grandchildren (my son Edward Holmes, deceased children) Luke W. Holmes, William Holmes, John Holmes, Allen Holmes, Ansel Holmes and Nancy Holmes one hundred and ten pounds to be put out on interest for each to draw his part when they come of age or marry.
I give unto my son Isaac Holmes one bed and furniture, one horse and cow and calf, one sow with pigs, to him and his heirs forever.
I give unto my daughter Sarah Ann Holmes one horse saddle and bridle one bed and furniture and also all her patched work bed quilts to her and her heirs forever.
I lend unto my wife Sarah Holmes during her life one hundred acres of land so as to include my present dwelling house and house near thereto to be laid off by my executors to this my will. Also I lend her four Negroes, viz. Old Tom, Beck, Silvey and Charles also two choice horses two cows and calves two sows and pigs with corn and pork sufficient to last her one year and also the one third part of all my household and kitchen furniture and plantation utensils. But the whole of the above I lend on these express conditions: first, that my wife does not marry. If she should my desire is that everything except the land and Charles should be sold and the money equally divided between my daughters Betsy, Polley, and Sarah Ann; and Secondly, if she should break up housekeeping or rent the land or any part thereof she forfeits the whole, and my son Isaac to have it immediately. But if she continues to keep house as above expressed to have no interruption and after her death every article of my estate lent her as above expressed, the land and Charles be equally divided between my three daughters, Betsy, Polley, and Sarah Ann Holmes.
I give to my son Isaac Holmes also all the balance of my tract of land including the old place with it. But if he should die without lawful issue, then the above land to be equally divided between my two sons Pennington and Samuel.
And I also give unto my son Isaac after the death of his mother, Charles to him and his heirs forever.
Lastly, my desire is that the balance of my stock, house hold and kitchen furniture and every article of my estate not given away should be sold to raise the money willed to my grandchildren,
I hereby constitute and appoint my sons Pennington Holmes, Samuel Holmes and Isaac Holmes and John Simmons executors to this my last will and testament hereby revoking all previously made by me in my perfect mind set my hand and affix my seal this 7th of February 1809.
William Holmes (his mark)
Mecklenburg County, Virginia
In the name of God amen I Sack P. Holmes of the county of Mecklenburg and state of Virginia being blest with the reason of my mind and memory and calling to my mind that I must die do make and ordain this my Last will and Testament in manner and form follow (viz.) Item the first my will and desire is that all my just debts be first paid – if not otherwise by selling or disposing of such of my property as my Executor may think proper Item 2nd My will and desire is that all my property of any description be then kept together and I do hereby dower the same to my beloved wife Susan F. Holmes during her widowhood or until my youngest child becomes eighteen years of age at which time I wish my wife Susan F. Holmes to take her third and the balance of my property to be equally divided among all my children Item the 3rd My will and desire is that all the property which my wife may have at her death belonging to my estate be equally divided between all my children Item the 4th and last My will is and I do hereby appoint my brother James Holmes and James W. Simmons Executors to this my last will and testament. In Testimony whereof I have hereunto set my hand and affixed my seal this first day of November one thousand eight hundred and forty-four
Sack P. Holmes
At a court held for Mecklenburg County at the Courthouse thereof on the 15th day of December 1845 the foregoing last will and testament of Sack P. Holmes dec’d was this day returned into court proved by the oaths of R A Walker & Jack M Hawkins subscribing witnesses (now named??) to be recorded and on motion of James Holmes one of the Executors therein named who made oath thereto and together with R. A. Walker and John W. Simmons has severally entered into and acknowledged their bond in the penalty $5000 conditioned according to Law and certificate if provided him for obtaining probat of said will in due form liberty is reserved for the other Executor to join in the probat when he shall think fit
Estate appraisal located on page 235, amounting to $1,383.00
Mecklenburg County, Virginia
In the name of God amen I Lucy B. Holmes of the county of Mecklenburg and state of Virginia feeling the uncertainty of life and the certainty of death do make this my last will and testament to wit. Item It is my wish and desired that all my debts be first paid
acknowledged in the presence of
Mecklenburg County Court November 15th, 1852
Test. R. B. Baptist
Appraisal of estate on page 521 amounting to $2,559.50