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Will of John Jones, Sr. 
Mecklenburg Co., VA - Will Book 3, 1788 - 1798, Reel #23
Transcribed by Ron Jones 10/1/2000.





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In the name of God amen, I John Jones Senior of the Parish of saint James
in the county of Mecklenburg and colony of Virginia being in perfect helth and 
sound memory thanks be to God for the same and knowing the uncertainty of this 
life do make and declare this my last will and testament in the manner and form
following Vizt. first principally I recommend my Soul to God who gave it 
trusting in his Mercies and in the merits of my dear redeemer for the remissions 
of all my sins, desiring my body to be decently Entred? at the discreation of my 
Executors hereafter named and as to the temporal Estate it hath pleased Almighty 
God to be stow upon me, after all my just debts are paid, I give and bequeath 
and dispose of in the following manner Vizt. Item. I give and bequeath to my son 
James Jones my Negroe man named Roger to him and his heirs and assigns forever. 
Item. I give and bequeath to my son Benjamin Jones all that tract or parcel of 
land and plantation he now live on also my Negroe man named Sam and his first 
choice of my horses to him and his heirs and assigns forever. Item. I give and 
bequeath to my son John Jones my Negroe man named Harry and his next choice of 
my horses to him and his heirs and assigns forever. 

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Item. I give and bequeath to my Daughter Ann Blanks my negro woman named Sarah 
and her first choice of my feather beds and furniture and my trunk to her and 
her heirs and assigns forever. Item. I give and bequeath to my daughter 
Philadelphia Yancy her next choice of my feather beds & furniture to her and her 
heirs and assigns for ever. Item. I give and bequeath to my daughter Amelia 
Vaughan her next choice of my feather beds & furniture to her and her heirs and 
assigns forever. Item. I give and bequeath to my Daughter Frances Wilkins my 
chest and her choice of two of my cows and calves to her and her heirs and 
assigns forever. Item. I give and bequeath to my two grandaughters Sarah Griffin 
& Frances Griffin all the tract or parcel of Land joining the land of the revd 
Mr. John Camerons land and the land whereon Mr. John Wilburn now lives formerly 
calld  Reeds land containing 433 acres to be Equally divided between them two to 
them and there heirs and assigns forever. Item. I give and bequeath to my two 
gransons Joseph Blanks and John Blanks all the track of land and plantation 
whereon I now live to be equally divided between them two other wise to sell the 
land and divide the money Equally between them two, but not against their 
mothers consent in case she should want to live on it, to them and their heirs 
and assigns forever. Item. I like wise give and bequeath to my said granson 
Joseph Blanks my copper still worm cap __ and my saddle and gun to him and his 
heirs and assigns forever. Item. I give and bequeath all of the tract or parcel 
of land joining Smiths land and known by the name of the Mountain tract 
containing 470 acres to my four Daughters, namely Philadelphia Yancey Amelia 
Vaughan Ann Blanks and Frances Wilkins also all my other Estate not already
mentioned to be equally divided  between them four to them and their and
assigns forever. And I appoint my sons Benjamin Jones James Jones and Joseph 
Blanks Executors of this my last will and testament In witness whereof I have 
unto set my hand and Seal this 27th of September 1791

Test
John (his + mark) Willburn
Peter (his + mark) Overbee                         John Jones  (LS)
Mackodiah (his + mark) Overbee


At a court held for Mecklenburg County the 9th day of January 1792 This Will was 
proved by the Oaths of Peter Overbee and Mackodiah Overbee Witnesses thereto and 
ordered to be recorded. And on the motion of Benjamin Jones one of the Executors
therein named who made Oath thereto and together with John Worsham and Francis
Lewis his securities entered into and acknowledged their Bond in the penalty of 
five hundred pounds. Conditioned as the Law directs Certificate was granted him 
for obtaining aprobat of the said Will in due form liberty being waived for the 
other Executors therein named to join in the probat when they shall think fit.
                                                                                      
Teste
                                                                                      
John Brown