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John Jeffries' Will


     In the name of God, Amen. I John Jeffries of the County of Mecklenburg being aged and infirm, but of perfect mind and memory. Thanks be to God. Calling to mind the mortality of my body and knowing that it is appointed for all men once to die, do make and ordain this my last Will and Testament, that is to say, principally and first I commend my soul into the hand of Almighty God who gave it and my body to be committed to the earth and buried decently at the discretion of my executors. Nothing doubting but at the general resurrection I shall receive the same again by the mighty power of God. And as to ----- such worldly estate which it has please Go to bless me with after my funeral expenses and my just debts be fully satisfied and paid, I give as followeth. Viz:

     ----- by will and desire that my beloved wife continue her life with my son Richard Jeffries as long as she lives and in case of his death or any other unforeseen accident that she should lack or have as maintain and my will and desire is that them my three sons her after mentioned have a proportionable part in maintaining her out of their respective parts here after given them. I also give unto my wife the following Negroes (to wit) Jack, Moll, and Frank together with one bed and furniture and one horse called Logan with a saddle during her natural life.

     Item: I give and bequeath to my son Swepson Jeffries the following Negroes: viz. Waggoner, Cloe, George, Annica, Dick, Jane, and Marie.

     Item: I give to my son Achilles the following Negroes: Viz. Tom, Harry, Judy, --- , Isaac, Letty, and Sarah with her future increase.

     Item: I give and bequeath to my son Richard Jeffries the tract of land whereon I now live containing six hundred and thirty acres to be the same more or less to him and his heirs. I also give unto my son Richard the following Negroes: viz. Charles, York?, Same, Dashey, and Frank at my wife's death. My will and desire is that at the death of my wife, Jock, Moll, and Frank. Increase bay be equally divided between my three sons, Swepson, Achilles, and Richard Jeffries.

     Item: I also give to my son Richard all my household and kitchen furniture together with sixteen head of cattle, sixteen head of sheep, one dark bay horse, and all my stock of hogs provided he pays to my grandson Thomas Jeffries Forty shillings and to my granddaughter Jane Jeffries Forty Shillings and one bed and furniture and that he pay the balance due my grandson from me as guardian for which I give him my young sorrel mare and colt.

     Item: My will and desire is that the residue of my horses, cattle and sheep not before mentioned to be divided between my two sons Swepson and Achilles. Also that the Negroes may be kept together this year to made a crop and that be applied to the purpose of paying my debts --- --- --- to the moneys due me which is to be collected and apply'd to that purpose and when complied with, the balance to be divided between my wife and three sons, Swepson, Achilles, and Richard Jeffries in proportion to their hands. Lastly I do constitute and appoint my loving wife and my beloved sons Swepson, Achilles and Richard Jeffries executors to this my last will and testament revoking and disannulling all former wills by me or for me made, In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and affixed my seal this 10 day of January 1788.

John Jeffries

In presence of:
William -- Baptist
William --------------his mark
Robert Smith
Andrew Gregory

     At a court held for Mecklenburg County VA 13th of Feb 1792:
     This was proved by the oaths of Robert Smith and Andrew Gregory witness. Thereto and ordered to be recorded on the motion of Richard Jeffries one of the executors therein named who made oaths thereto and together with Thomas Burnett, Richard Winn, Thomas Norment and Thompson Fowlkes his securities entered into and acknowledged their bond in the penalty of two thousand pounds conditioned as the ------ direct certificate was granted him for obtaining ----- ----- thereof in due form liberty being reserved for the other executors therein named to join in the probate when they shall think fit.

                                                                teste
                                                                John Brown



Swepson Jeffries Will

I Swepson Jeffries of Mecklenburg County, Virginia being weak in body but of sound mind and memory do make this my last will and testament in manner and form following.

(Viz) I lend unto my beloved wife Isabella Jeffries all my land that lays this side the North Fork Little Creek during her life or Widowhood, and in case she should marry she is to have one third part of my land. I lend unto my beloved wife Isabella Jeffries three beds and furniture, one cupboard, one trunk, one chest, two walnut tables, half dozen sitting chairs, two horses, one riding chair, ten head of cattle, twenty head of hogs, and ten head of sheep, with all my earthen and glassware and all my kitchen furniture and at her death the property left her to be sold (if any remaining, and the money arising from such sale to be divided between my three sons, Swepson Jeffries, John Jeffries and Achilles Jeffries, and all the rest of my stock and household furniture not lent to my wife except the beds and furniture to be divided between my two sons John and Achilles Jeffries.

Item: I lend to my wife Isabella Jeffries the following Negroes (that is) Tom and his wife Juno, Lyyda, Sina, Mima, Lott, Lewis, Lilla. I also lend unto my beloved wife Negroes Cloe and Juno during her life and at her death the following Negroes to be free from the claim or claims of any person or persons whatsoever or any estate they may afterwards acquire and these are their names: Waguse?, Cloe and Juno, or if they choose they may live with any of my children they make choice of.

Item: My will is that the following Negroes to be hired out (Viz) Cain, Robin, Carey? and her children and the money arising from such hire to be applied the schooling of my three sons: Howel Lewis Jeffries, Charles Jeffries and Richard Jeffries. My will that at my wives death my land be divided between my two sons John Jeffries and Achilles Jeffries. I lend unto my son John Jeffries one Negro Boy named Seymore twenty one years if the said Negro should lived as long and then to be free from the claim or claims of any person or persons whosoever or any estate he may afterward acquire. I give unto my son John Jeffries one bed and furniture, also one Black Mare which he ----- away with John Bugg.

Item: I give unto my son Achilles Jeffries one bed and furniture, also one small colt name Flagelator. I also lend unto my son Achilles Jeffries the child that Tiller is now pregnant with twenty five years if it should live and do well and then to be free from the claim or claims of any person or persons whosoever or any estate (let be male or female) he or she may afterwards acquire.

Item: I give to my three sons Howel L. Jeffries, Charles Jeffries, and Richard Jeffries two Negroes Boys, Lot and Lewis, also to each of them a horse, saddle and bridle -- -- of my last named sons one bed and furniture.

Item: my will is that after my death my Man Billy be hired out for five years and the money arising from such hire to be divided between my three sons Howel L. Jeffries, Charles Jeffries, and Richard Jeffries.

Item: my will is that at my death my Black woman Tiller be hired out for five years and the money arising from such hire to be divided between my three sons Howell Lewis Jeffries, Charles Jeffries and Richard Jeffries and at the expiration of the five years the said Negro woman to be free from the Claim or Claims of any Person or Persons whatsoever on any Estate she may afterwards acquired.

Item: I give unto my daughter Elizabeth Burnett one Bed and furniture which be and furniture my said daughter has received, also I lend unto my said daughter Elizabeth Burnett one Negro woman named Jain, with her increase during my said daughter life and after my said daughter’s death the said Negro woman to be free from the Claim or Claims of any Person or Persons whatsoever on any estate she may afterwards acquire and the said Negro woman increase to serve if any until they arrive to twenty five years to be judged by the court and then to be free from the claim or claims of any person or persons whatsoever or any estate they may afterwards acquire but in case the said Negro should be removed out of the State the said Negro to be returned into my estate and to be free as foresaid.

Item: I give unto my daughter Martha Burnett one Mare, saddle, bridle, also one bed and furniture which property she has had, also my will is that my Negro girl Mille be hired out for ten years and the money arising from such hire to be for the use of my said daughter Martha Burnett.

Item: I give unto my daughter Sarah Bugg, one horse saddle and bridle also one bed and furniture which property she has received. I also lend unto my said daughter Sarah Bugg, one Negro woman named Juno for five years and then to be free from the claim or claims of any Person or Persons whatsoever or any estate she may afterwards acquire. I also lend unto my said daughter Sarah Bugg the said woman’s increase until they arrive to twenty five years and to be judged by the Court and then to be free from the Claim or Claims of any person or persons whatsoever or any estate they may afterwards acquire , and in case any of the said Negroes are to be removed out of the state for the said Negroes to be returned to my estate and to be hired out for the benefit of my three sons Howel L Jeffries, Charles and Richard Jeffries.

Item: I give unto my daughter Lucy Brown one mare, saddle and bridle, one bed and furniture which property she has received. I also lend unto my said daughter Lucy Brown one Negro girl named Jain with her increase if any until they should arrive to twenty five years to be judged by the court and then to be free from the claim or claims of any Person or Persons whatsoever or any Estate they may afterwards acquire and in case of any of the said Negroes should be removed out of this state for said Negroes to be returned to my estate for the benefit of my family.

Item: I give to my daughter Jain Barnes one mare and eighty dollars and bed and furniture which property she has received. I also lend unto my said daughter Jain Barnes one Negro girl named Fanny for the space of fourteen years and then to be free from the claim or claims of any person or persons whatsoever or any estate she may afterward acquire. I also lend to my daughter Jain Barnes the increase of the said Negro if any until they arrive to twenty five years to be judged by the court and then to be free from the claim or claims of any Person or Persons whatsoever or any estate they may afterward acquire and in case any of the said Negroes should be removed out of this state for the said Negroes to be returned to my estate for the use of my family.

Item: I give unto my daughter Susannah Jeffries one Horse bridle and saddle, one Bed and furniture. Also I lend unto my said daughter one Negro girl Sally with all her increase until they arrive to twenty five years to be judged by the court and then to be free from the claim or claims of any person or persons whatsoever or any Estate they may afterward acquire and in case any of the said Negroes should be removed out of this state the said Negro or Negroes to be returned to my Estate for the use of my family.

Item: My Desire and Will is that after my death that each of my daughters should receive twenty shillings each which is all they are to have out of my Estate together with what I have given in my Will. I appoint my friend Richard Boyd, Alexander Boyd and my two sons John Jeffires and Achilles Jeffries Executors to this my last Will and Testament. In Testimony where of I have here unto at my hand and Seal this 27th day of Jan Eighteen hundred and three.

In Presence of.......

Samuel Scott.                                           Swepson Jeffries

Samuel Bland

John Bugg

At court held for Mecklenburg county the 13 day of June 1803.

This will was proved by the Oath of Samuel Scott and John Bugg witness thereto and ordered to be Recorded