Will of Mary Pennington - widow and second wife of Philip Pennington Submitted on 7/20/1999 by Kevin T. Lett Mecklenburg County, Virginia Will Book #5, page 165: "In the name of God amen I Mary Pennington of the county of Mecklenburg and state of Virginia being in a low state of health but of sound mind and memory and calling to mind he mortality of my body do make and ordain this my last will and testament in manner and form following viz. Item I give and bequeath unto John White one feather bed and furniture to him and his heirs forever. Item it is my will and desire and do hereby order and direct under an act of the general assembly of Virginia and provided for the free emancipation of Negroes by will that Nelly and her child Spencer with all her future increase is hereby by me declared free citizens of the United States of America from the claim of myself, my heirs, executors or administrators or from the claim of all and every person or persons whatsoever. Lastly I constitute, appoint and ordain my friend Charles Ogburn my whole and state executor to this my last will and testament authorizing my said executor to take into his hands all the estate I have or may be entitled to and the money arising from such estate in his hands to keep to pay and discharge the incident attending the recording this will and complying with the law made and providing for freeing Negroes by will in case my estate dothe not raise money sufficient in that case it is my will and desire that my said executors shall hire out my said Negro Nelly and her child Spencer until they raise money sufficient to pay the same into its full effect. In testimony whereof I hereunto set my hand and seal this 16th of October 1803. Mary Pennington. Signed, sealed and declared this my last will and testament in presence of Thomas Burnett, Varney Andrews, George Andrews. At a court held for Mecklenburg County the 11th day of June 1804. This will was proved by the oaths of Varney Andrews and George Andrews witnesses thereto and ordered to be recorded. And on the motion of Charles Ogburn the executor therein named who made oath thereunto and together with Varney Andrews his security entered into and acknowledged their bond in the penalty of two thousand dollars conditioned as the law directs. Certificate was granted him for obtaining a probate thereof in due form. Teste. William Baskervill, Cl. Cur."