Martin Phillips Will

Submitted by David Clark Dorsey

Return to the VAGenWeb Mecklenburg Co. Project



Will of Martin Phillips 
July, 26 1781, Proved Sept. 10 1781, Mecklenburg Co, VA WB 1 p. 373, 374, 375, 
{not final proof)
 
In the name of God Amen I Martin Phillips of the County of Mecklenburg 
Gentleman, being sick and weak in body
but of perfect sense sound
mind and memory do make this my last
will in manner and form following,
that is to say' First I recommend
my soul into the hands of the almighty
God who gave it and comit my
body to the earth to be buried in a decent
manner at the discretion
of my executors and what worldly goods God
has been pleased to
bestow upon me I give and bequeath as follows.
Imprimis
I give
and bequeath unto my loving wife Ann Phillips out of the
love
and tender affection I have for her the following slaves, George
Bailey, Abraham, Jefrey, Ester a Negro woman Rachel Sukey and her 
child Tom to have and to hold the said slaves to her own
separate use
and not subject to the control of any person whatsoever
together with
my plantation on the Long Rudy Branch where I at present
live, all my
stock of cattle, hoggs and sheep, three beds and furne
ture, half of all
my household and kitchen furniture, a young
mare colt called Cala, also
the following horses Jack, Dick
Ballard, Flower during her natural life
and after her
decease for all the slaves and their increase land and what
furniture stock etc as may be left after raising my children, to return 
unto my children Dabney Phillips, Pettus Phillips,
Sarah Jones, Anne
Phillips, Betty Phillips, & William Phillips,
also Mary Jeters five children
to come in for a childs portion
 to be equally divided between them,
The plantation I at present
live on excepted as I intend that for my
son _____________
Item, I give and Bequeath unto my eldest son ______________
Plantation he at present lives on to him and  _______________
I give and bequeath unto my second son Pettus ___________ hundred 
and ten acres of land adjoining W. Fran _______________and his brother 
Dabney's Plantation, also a Negro women ____________  his grand-
Father named Isabella, and a Negro ___________________ a bed and 
Furniture also a sorrel mare, if nev__ ____ ________takes the Blasit {Black} 
Face colt that at present sucks to _______________  heirs forever. 
Item but in case I should meet _____________ fortune of losing my 
son Pettus and he _________________________ body In that case 
I desire the above___________________________ my son William 
( “Z” tear is taped must look at original copy.)
 
Mecklenburg Co, VA WB #1, p. 374
 
as above.    

Item I give unto my daughter Anne Phillips a a Negro girl named 
Pheby a
saddle that she rides on also a feather
bed and furniture
to her and her heirs forever. Item but in case of
the death of the
said Anne Phillips without issue in that case
I desire her estate
my be equally divided among her brothers &
sisters.  Item I give
unto my daughter Betty a Negro girl
named Lucy also a feather
bead and furniture a saddle to be
purchased for her out of my
estate a mare called
Fancy to her and her heirs forever.  Item But in case of the death of the said Betty without issue in
that case I desire her estate may
be equally divided among her
bothers and sisters.  Item I give
unto my son William Phillips a
Negro man named Denis
also a girl named Fanney, one
feather bed and furniture a
Desk looking glass and table a
Jolley colt the plantation
I at present live on containing by
estimation three hundred
Acres, my riding saddle to him
and his heirs forever.  Item
But in case of the death of the said William Phillips and
leaving
No issue and not arriving to proper age in that case I
Desire his estate may be equally divided among his 
brothers and sisters. Except the land which I desire my 
son Pettus Phillips may have. Item I give unto my daughter 
Sarah Jones a Negro woman named Pattey and her increase 
to her and her heirs forever.  Item I desire as soon as I am 
dead my Stone colt may be sold and the money arising 
from such sale be towards defraying expenses, Item I 
leave my beloved wife Anne Phillips my son Dabney Phillips 
and William Johnson Executors of this my last will and testament 
In Witness where of I have here on set my hand and affixed my 
______ twenty sixth day of July in the year of our Lord 1781 
_________Published and ________
_________ Martin Phillips for his
____________ and Testament in presence
                                                 of us
                                                                       Martin Phillips  (seal)
___________son
_____________Roffe
_________________g
 
 
At a _____________Mecklenburg County the 10th day of Sept. 1781
_________________Edward Roffe and George
Bing _____________to be recorded and on the 
motion  ___________Phillips and  Wm Johnson the 
( “Z” tear is taped must look at original copy.)
 
 
 
 
 
Transcriber's Abstract and notes:
Martin Phillips      - decedent
Ann Phillips         - wife   {thought to be Ann Pettus}
Dabney Phillips      - son  - Executor
Pettus Phillips        - son
Sarah Jones          - daughter
Anne Phillips          - daughter
Betty Phillips          - daughter
William Phillips       - son
Mary Jeter              - daughter –five children
William Johnson     - Executor
Edward Roffe        - Witness
George Bing         - Witness
 
Slaves
    George,Bailey, Abraham, Jefrey, Ester,Rachel, Sukey and her child Tom,   
Isabella (old his Martin's father named her),Pheby, Lucy, Denis, Fanney, Pattey