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."