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Mecklenburg Co., VA Will of Samson Powers  1813
Submitted 28 Feb 2000 by Kevin Lett
Revised 15 Mar 2000

Will of Samson Powers

Mecklenburg County, Virginia Will Book #8, page 8:
"In the name of God Amen I Samson Powers of the County of Mecklenburg
being of a perfect mind and memory thanks be to God for it and knowing
that it is appointed of God for man once to die do make and ordain this
my last will and testament in manner and form following.  Viz.  First of
all my will and desire is that all my just debts be truly paid.  Item I
lend unto my well beloved wife Sarah Powers my whole estate in land,
Negroes, money and bonds and with all the other property of every kind
during her natural life or widowhood.  Item on condition that my son
Samuel Powers pays unto my two daughters Sally Curtis and Patsey Jackson
five pounds in pure Virginia currency then at the death or marriage of my
wife Sarah Powers I give to him the said Samuel Powers, the residue of my
land on which I now live, together with an equal share (with my other
three children) of every other part of my whole estate.  Item my will and
desire is at the death or marriage of my wife Sarah Powers or as soon
after as my executors hereafter named shall think proper that they
proceed and have all my Negroes placed into four lots and then drawn for
by my legatees and those of my heirs that shall draw that lot which is
best or most naturable? shall pay to the others to make them equal and
then my will and desire is that all my other property of every
description whatsoever be sold and all the money arising therefrom be
equally divided between my four children namely William Powers, Patsey
Jackson, Sally Curtis and Samuel Powers to them or their heirs forever
(Betsey Fagerson daughter of Flemming Jackson, deceased excluded for it
is my will that she the said Betsey Fagerson should not heir anything of
my estate forever).  Item my will is that my son William Powers shall
have in the division of my estate twenty five pounds Virginia money less
than my other children, by reason of property he has already received. 
Lastly I appoint my wife Sarah Powers, executrix and Zachariah Curtis and
Cavil Jackson, executors of this my last will and testament.  In witness
whereof I have hereunto set my hand and affixed my seal this 25th day of
February in the year of our lord 1813.  Samson Powers.  Signed and sealed
in presence of: Sanford Bowers, Peter T. Fargeson.

At a Court held for Mecklenburg County the 18th day of October 1813. 
This will was proved by the oaths of Sanford Bowers and Peter T. Furgeson
a witness there to and ordered to be recorded.  And on the motion of
Cavil Jackson and Zachariah Curtis two of the executors therein named who
made oath thereto and together with William Powers and Samuel Powers
their securities entered into and acknowledged their bond in penalty of
fifteen thousand dollars conditioned as the law directs.  Certificate is
granted them for obtaining a probate of the said will in due form. 
Liberty being reserved to the executrix therein named to join in probate
when she shall think fit.  Teste.  William Baskervill, Cl. Cur."

Mecklenburg County, Virginia Will Book #8, page 70:
On October 19, 1813 an inventory and value of the property belonging to
the estate of Samson Powers was recorded by John Hutcheson - SJ,
Pennington Lett, Thomas Ryland, Zachariah Curtis and Cavil Jackson. 
Their report was entered into Court on August 15, 1814.  Samson's estate
was valued at 826-10-1/4.  It included six Negroes namely Bob
(100-0-0), Tell (140-0-0), Hannah (100-0-0), Cary (100-0-0), Sucky
(45-0-0) and Mary (40-0-0).  Samson also possessed a black horse named
Toin (18-0-0), two mares, numerous cattle, hogs, sheep, some pewter and
earthen ware, a man and a womans saddle, three spinning wheels, three
dutch ovens, a loom, numerous bushels of wheat, oats, fodder, a small
looking glass, a pine chest, 600 pounds of seed cotton, a folding walnut
table, a chest of drawers, five old books, an arm chair, 45 barrels of
corn, 889 pounds of tobacco (10-13-4 1/4) and many other plantation,
kitchen and household items.

Mecklenburg County, Virginia Will Book #12, page 539:
On October 5, 1831 Zachariah Curtis, executor of Samson Powers, entered a
record of the estate sale he held.  The sale brought a total of $141.57. 
The following individuals made purchases at the sale.  Items in
parenthesis were those of enough interest to mention however each
individual may have purchased others.  Those making purchases were Dabney
Farrer, Zachariah Curtis (a mans saddle, an arm chair), Thomas Seaton,
John Hutcherson, Welsher Simmons, Green Crowder (a chest of drawers,
toilet, an old womans saddle), Robert C. Tucker (a toilet), Green
Jackson, James Holmes, Sherroad G. Colley, Augustin Smith, John
Hightower, Robert B. Crews, Jessee Parrish (15 sitting chairs), Thomas
Johnson, Charles C. Philips, William McCleachy, William Bowers, Alex
Steegall, Warner Keeton, Cluverious Coleman, Pettus Farrer, Cargel
Thompson, William H. Taylor, Joseph Talley, William Quincey, Claiborne
Curtis, Daniel Tucker, Robert A. Walker, Wiley Tucker, Daniel W. McDaniel
and Spotsford Thompson (a large sorrel horse).

Mecklenburg County, Virginia Will Book #13, page 459:
On April 17, 1833 Zachariah Curtis, executor of Samson Powers, submitted
an accounts current report to the Court.  After paying Court costs,
Samson's estate settled at $132.09.  The money was divided as follows:
Waddy J. Jackson received $8.36 in his own right.  He also received $8.36
each for both Archer and Cavil O. Jackson of whom he was the legal
guardian.  Waddy also paid Samuel F. Jackson, Green Jackson and William
G. Hogan in right of wife Rebecca Jackson Hogan, $8.36 each as heirs of
Martha Jackson, deceased.  Zachariah retained $81.93 in the right of his
wife, Sally Powers Curtis.  As an addendum to the record, on June 15,
1835 their was a lawsuit filed between Waddy J. Jackson and others versus
Zachariah Curtis but I do not know what became of that action.  (This
report was made jointly with the accounts current of Sarah Powers.  See
her notes for more details.)