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Patricia Henderson-London 



ASA MOORE WILL

In the name of God Amen.  I Asa Moore of the County of Mecklenburg and 
State of Virginia being in feeble health but of sound mind and 
disposing means and wishing to dispose of what property it has pleased 
God to bless me with,  I make,  constitute and appoint this my last 
will and testament in manner and form as follows to wit. 1st my wish is 
that all my just debts and funeral expenses be paid from any source my 
Executrix hereafter named shall deem best. 2. I Loan to my beloved wife 
Eliza Ann all my estate both real and personal or mixed which I may die 
Seized and fortified with, for and during her natural life or 
widowhood, and if it should be necessary  to sell any property either 
real or personal for her benefit or the Support, raising or educating 
of the children, then she is hereby empowered to sell and convey the 
same.  In the event my beloved wife should marry before the youngest 
child should become of age. (21) my desire is that my estate shall be 
kept together, my children educated until the youngest becomes of age 
(21) or marries, then divided as follows, one third to my wife to be 
held by her during her life, and at her death to be divided equally 
between my six children hereafter named , and the balance two thirds 
also equally divided between my six children namely, Martha  S. Garner, 
wife of Thomas Garner,  Lewis M., Henry M., Althea G., Goodridge B., 
and Cornelia Ann Moore, to them and their heirs and assigns forever.  I 
hereby constitute and appoint my beloved wife Eliza Ann Moore Executrix 
to this my last will and testament revoking all other wills and 
testaments made or said to have been made by me.  Signed by me and 
sealed with my seal this day of August A.D. 1856.

Signed Sealed and delivered, in the       Asa Moore,(Seal)
presence of  and at the request of Testator}

George M. Perkins
E.F.R. Pool

Mecklenburg County Court October the 20th 1856
    The foregoing last will and testament of Asa Moore dec. was this 
day produced in Court and partly proved by the oath of E.F.R. Pool one 
of the subscribing witnesses thereto and ordered to be certified.

    And at another court held for the said County on the 20th day of 
April 1856 the said will was again produced in court and fully proved 
by the oath of George M. Perkins the other subscribing witness thereto 
and ordered to be recorded.  And on motion of Eliza A. Moore the 
Executrix named in the said will who made oath thereto and together 
with E.F.R Pool, her security entered into and acknowledged, a bond in 
the penalty of Eight Thousand dollars with condition as the law directs 
certificate is granted her for obtaining a probat thereof in due form.
                                   Teste      R. B. Baptist Clen

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ABRAHAM HESTER WILL In the name of God Amen. I Abraham Hester of the County of Mecklenburg being weak in body but of sound mind memory and understanding and calling to mind the uncertainty of this mortal life do make and ordain this my last will and Testament in manner and form following(to wit) Imprimis I lend to my loving wife Ann Hester all my estate both real and personal during her widowhood (except what I hereafter give to my Daughter Susannah) but in case she should marry my desire is that my estate may be divided as follows... Item I gives and bequeath to my son Samuel Hester one half of the land on which I now live containing 423 acres and half my other tract adjoining containing 300 acres to begin a dividing line at the mouth of this farm branch on Butchers Creek thence to run a line as will answer to make an equal division between my said son Samuel and my son Robert my said son Samuel Hester to have which half he chooses the said three hundred and ninety one acres of land to my said sons Samuel Hester and his heirs. Item I give and bequeath to my son Robert Hester the remaining half of my lands above mentioned according to a line of division above mentioned the said three- hundred and ninety one acres to my said son Robert Hester and to his heirs Item I give to my Daughter Susannah my young bay mare and one good feather bed and furniture to be delivered to her at the age of eighteen years the said mare and bed to her heirs. My will and desires that if my wife should marry that then my estate (except the lands and mare and bed which is disposed of as above) may be equally divided between my then surviving children (except my sons Samuel Hester and my son Robert Hester) and my wife Ann Hester. I Nominate and appoint my loving wife Ann Hester and my Brother James Hester executors of this my last will and Testament as witness my hand and seal this 12th day of April 1779. James Hester Edward Walton Abraham Hester Abraham Walton At a Court held for Mecklenburg county the 12th day of July 1779 this will was proved by the oaths of Edward Walton and Barbara Walton witnesses thereto and ordered to be recorded and on the motion of James Hester and Anne Hester the executors therein named who made oath thereto and together with Edward Finch and Tingnal Jones Jun their securities entered into and acknowledged their bond in the penalty of eighteen thousand pounds conditioned as the Law directs. Certificate was granted them for obtaining a probate thereof in due form. Teste John Brown at Law
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ELIJAH GREGORY WILL In the name of God amen. I Elijah Gregory of the county of Mecklenburg state of Virginia being in feeble health but of sound disposing mind and viewing the uncertainty of life. Therefore constitute and ordain this my last will and testament revoking all others as follows. 1St__ after all my just debts and funeral expenses I give to my wife Nancy Gregory (with the exceptions Andrew and Lavica) stock of all kinds, crops, plantation tools, household and kitchen furniture for her lifetime. Item 2nd_ I give to my daughter Mary A. Gregory a negro man named Andrew and a negro girl named Lavica forever at my death she is to have said negroes-Item 3rd_ I give to Frances L. Moore a negro woman Harriet forever. Item 4th_ I give to Theba M. Moore a negro Boy named Thomas and a negro girl named Fanny forever. Item the 5_ I give to James Gregory a negro girl named Rachalle. Item 6th_ I give to William Gregory a negro girl named Mariah and negro Boy named William forever. Item 7th_ I give to Eliza Ann Moore a negro girl named Ritta and a Boy named David forever __Item 8th at my wife’s death It is my desire that my land and crop of tobacco, corn, wheat and oats, fodder and stock of all kind, household and kitchen furniture and plantation tools shall be sold and an equal distribution be made among my above named children. Item the 9th_All the negroes which I now hold (with the exception of Andrew and Lavica which I have disposed of to my daughter Mary at my death) I leave to my loving wife her lifetime and at her death are to be equally divided among my children Mary, James, William, Fanny, Theba, and Eliza___Item 11 The negroes or money which my son James may draw at the division of my estate at my wife’s death I loan to my son James Gregory for the special benefit of his four children William Henry Gregory, Martha Ann Gregory, Elijah Thomas Gregory and Mary Caroline Gregory children of said Jas. Gregory my son which property is for their special benefit support Education and this property is to be held by James Gregory my son and is not to be out of his hands for the Payment of any debts of I. Now ifsoever of the above named children should die before becoming of age or marrying it shall be equally divided among the survived. Item 11th I loan to my daughter Theba M. White her proportional part of my estate at the division at my wife’s death for the special benefit of her daughter Manerva White which property is not to be sold for the payment of any debts or otherwise save in the support of said child Manerva if said Manerva should die before she is of age or Marries and her mother should not make a disposal by will of said property it is my desire that it shall revert back to my estate and be equally divided among my children with said possession as regards my son James pay for the benefit of his four children above named. Item the 12th I constitute and ordain Asa Moore my executor and to manage for my wife during her life. In testimony whereof I have hereunto set my name and affixed my seal Nov. The 26, 1840. Witness David G. Smith Elijah Gregory seal John B. Williams Latteny M. Gregory Mecklenberg County March Court 1848. The last will and testament of Elijah Gregory was this day presented in court and proved by the oath of David G. Smith and ` Latteny M. Gregory and ordered to be recorded and on motion of Asa Moore the executor therein named who make oath thereto and together with Birth Records and...
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JOHN RUDD WILL In the name of god amen. I John Rudd of Mecklenburg County being of weak body but of perfect sense and memory thanks be to god for the same, do give and bequeath my Estate as follows. First I desire that all my just debts be payed and satisfied to my creditors after mentioned. I give my Estate to my loving wife Sarah during her life or widowhood. I give my Estate to my three Children namely Joseph Rudd, Nancy Rudd and Wilmoth Rudd, to be equally divided between to them and their heirs forever. This I desire now. John Potter may take my rifle gun and sell her to the best advantage and lastly I do nominate my loving friend John Potter and my loving father Joseph Rudd and my loving Wife Sarah Rudd to be my teste and executors of this my last will and testament providing and disannulling all other will or wills here unto made by me. On witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand this 20th day of April 1765 Teste his John Flyn mark his John Clemons John Rudd her mark Elizabeth Cox mark At a court held for Mecklenburg County the 11th day of July 1766, This last will and Testament of John Rudd Deceased was proved by the oath of the witnyses thereto subscribed sworn to by Sarah Rudd one of the Executors therein named and ordered to be recorded and on the motion of the said executors who by surieties Jos. Cox and Daniel Bunge have here witnessing and acknowledging bond as the Law provided and is granted here for obtaining a judgement.
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JOSEPH RUDD WILL In the name of God amen. I Joseph Rudd of the County of Mecklenburg being sick and weak of body but of sound mind memory and understanding and considering the uncertainty of this transitory life do make and declare this my last will and testament in manner and form following (to wit) Imprimis I give and bequeath to my daughter Avis Ahern [Akin] my Negro boy slave named York to her and her heirs forever Item I give and bequeath to my daughter Margaret Owen my Negro girl slave named Molly to her and her heirs forever. Item I give and bequeath to my daughter Wilmouth Avery one negro man slave named Frank to her and her heirs forever. Item I give and bequeath to my daughter Anne Hester my negro girl slave named Pheadyte to her and her heirs forever also one cow and calf. Also I give and bequeath to my daughter Lucy Daniel my negro girl slave named Grace and one cow and calf to her and her heirs forever Item I give and bequeath to my son Joseph Rudd my negro woman slave named Betty to him and his heirs forever also the sum of twenty pounds to be paid by my son Thomas and Field Rudd out of the sales of the land devised them. Item I give and bequeath to my son Thomas Rudd my negro slave named Robin also one cow and calf to him and his heirs forever Item I give and bequeath to my son Field Rudd my negro man slave named Dick also two cows and calves to him and his heirs forever. Item I give and bequeath to my son Harwood Rudd one majority of the tract of land and plantation whereon I now live and containing by estimation six hundred acres he my said son to have the part whereon I now live to be divided as follows (to wit) Beginning at a scrub oak in John Puryears line running from thence along to Nauls branch then to John Puryear's land paying to my grand daughter Anne Rudd daughter of my late son John Rudd the sum of one hundred pounds to him and his heirs forever also give my said son Harwood Rudd my negro man slave named Jimmy together with my bay horse Prince to him and his heirs forever. Item my will and desire is that the other morsel of the land before mentioned be sold by my son Thomas Rudd and the money arriving from such sale be equally divided between my two sons Thomas and Field Rudd. They paying to my son Joseph Rudd the sum of twenty pounds to them and their heirs forever. Item I give and bequeath to my Grandson Elijah Rudd my negro boy slave Scipio together with the bed and furniture he now lies on and one cow and calf to him and his heirs forever. Item I give and bequeath to my Grandson William Rudd son of my late son William Rudd sixty six pounds thirteen shillings and four pence to him and his heirs forever. Item I give unto my Grandson John Rudd son of my said son William the sum of sixty six pounds thirteen shillings and four pence to him and his heirs forever. Item I give and bequeath to my Granddaughter Sally Rudd daughter of my said son William the sum of sixty six pounds thirteen shillings and four pence to her and her heirs forever. Item I give and bequeath to my Granddaughter Wilmouth Rudd daughter of my late son John Rudd the sum of one hundred pounds to her and her heirs forever. Item I give and bequeath to my Granddaughter Anne Rudd the sum of one hundred pounds to be paid her by my son Harwood Rudd in consideration of my giving my said son the plantation whereon I now live and my paying the above mentioned sum for the plantation whereon my said son now lives to her and her heirs forever. Item my will and desires that if my said Sons Thomas and Field should refuse or neglect to pay the legacy to my within named son Joseph Rudd the twenty pounds and my said son Harwood should refuse to pay my said Granddaughter Anne the said sum of one hundred that in that case so much of their part of my estate be sought as will be sufficient to discharge the said legacy. Item my will and desire is that in order that there be an equal division of the remainder of my slaves not there before devised they be set up to the highest bidder and that none shall have a right to buy except my five daughters and four sons hereafter named (to wit) Avis Ahern, Margaret Owen, Wilmouth Avery, Anne Hester, Louisa Daniel and my said sons Joseph, Thomas, Field, and Harwood Rudd and that the amount of such sales be equally divided amongst my said children share and share alike to them and their heirs forever. Item my will and desires that the residue or remainder of my estate not heretofore devised be equally divided(after paying all my just debts and funeral expenses) amongst my said five daughters Avis Ahern, Margaret Owen, Wilmouth Avery, Anna Hester, and Louisa Daniel and my said sons Joseph, Thomas, Field, and Harwood Rudd or the survivors and their heirs. I do hereby constitute and appoint my sons Thomas Thomas Rudd and my son in Law Thomas Ahern [Akin] my sole and sole executors of this my last will and testament hereby revoking and making void all other will or wills by me heretofore made In Witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal this thirty first day of January one thousand seven hundred and seventy nine. Signed , sealed published and his declared by the said testator of Joseph R. Rudd his last will and testament mark in presence of us. Clausel Clausel Dolphia Williams John Puryear Samuel Puryear At a court held for Mecklenberg County the 11th day of June 1779, this will was proved by the oaths of John Puryear and Clausel Clausel witnesses thereto and ordered to be recorded and on the recommendation of Thomas Rudd one of the executors named in the said will who made oath thereto and together with Richard Swepson and James Hester his securities entered into and acknowledged their bonds in the penalty of twenty thousand pounds conditioned as the Law directs certificate was granted him for obtaining a probat thereof in due form, liberty being reserved for Thomas Akin the other executor therein named to join in the probat when he shall think fit. Teste Examined John Brown Co lun
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PLEASANT GOLD WILL In the name of God I Pleasant Gold of the County of Mecklenburg in the State of Virginia do make and direct this to be my last will and Testament to wit. It is my wish that my Executor hereunto named shall make immediate provision for the payment of all my just debts in any way which may appear most advisable to him. To those of my children who have already married I have given as much of my property as they are to have until after the death of my wife. Those who have not yet married it is my will and desire that they shall in case of their marriages during the lifetime of their mother have allotted to each as they may mean = as a portion equal to what I have already given to any one of my married children. It is my wish and intention that my whole estate shall be kept together during the lifetime of my wife, after her death I wish it to be equally divided between all my children or their legal representatives. I hereby constitute and appoint my friend Colonel Newman and my son Moore Gold my Executors to this my Will . In testimony whereof I have hereunto set my hand and affix my seal this 9th day of August 1832. Pleasant Gold seal Signed and acknowledged in presence of us Franklin Wilkinson William Childers Lewis N. Yancy At a Court held for Mecklenburg county on the 15th day of October 1832. The foregoing last will and Testament of Pleasant Gold deceased was this day produced in open Court and proved by the other subscribing witnesses thereto and ordered to be recorded. Whereasfor Moore Gold one of the sons named in the said will having appeared in Court and refused to take upon himself the burden of the Executor thereof, on the motion of Executor Newman the other executor therein named who made oaths thereto and together with Thomas Owen and Elijah Griffin his presenters instead take and acknowledge their bond in the penalty of good outstanding acending to Law, certificate is granted him for obtaining a probat thereof in due form. Teste John G. Baptist
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THOMAS OWEN WILL I Thomas Owen, of the County of Mecklenburg, State of Virginia being of sound mind and posing memory, well knowing that it is allotted to all men to die, I hereby ;constitute and appoint this my last will and Testament and revoking all others heretofore made or since made by me. In manner and form as follows: to wit, 1: I desire and wish my wife to have the land lying North of my land, commencing at Little Buffalo and going to the cow south during her natural life and then to be returned to my estate. 2nd I desire and wish her to have the fourth part of all of my stock, of all things used and also choice, devise and made & 1 fourth part of any plantation, tools, also 1 fourth part of my household and kitchen furniture. 3rd I desire that she shall have choice Negro of all of my Negroes, this last mentioned property I give her a right to go to her or assignees forever. 4th I desire and wish for my granddaughter Julia Tilloson to have one hundred dollars and also my niece Martha Wortham to have one hundred dollars. 5Th I desire and wish the balance of my property both real and personal to be sold and divided equally between all my children: William Owen, Susan now Susan Gregory, Nancy now Nancy Gregory, Elizabeth now Elizabeth Gold, Sarah, now Sarah Gold, Margaret, now Margaret Blunks, Thomas W. Owens, Martha now Martha Averett, Francis, now Francis P. Pool and Parham Owen, which is now deceased. I wish that his part of my estate to be equally divided between his two children Elizabeth and Francis Owen the daughters of Parham Owen. John Owen who is excused without fees, I leave him one dollar. I leave a Book for my Executor to go by, which I left as much assistance as I could so as to make all of my children equal in my Estate. I hereby constitute and \appoint my son and in law, William P. Pool my executor to this my last will and testament. And I desire that he shall sell the property both real and personal and for compensation for his troubles have lawful personae. My hand and seal this 11th day of February 1866. Thomas (x his mark) Owen Witnesses William P. Pool R.H. Walker Daniel (+ his mark) Sizemore Daniel Elias At Court held for Mecklenburg county at the Courthouse thereof on the 15th Day of March 1866 the foregoing last will and testament of Thomas Owen age? Was this day produced in Court and proved by the oaths of R.H.Walker, Daniel Sizemore, and Daniel Elias subscribing witnesses these and Polly Owen widow o the deceased appeared__and ordered to be reasonable and on the motion of William P. Pool the executor therein named who service with these and together with Daniel Sizemore and Daniel Elias his executors entered into law will acknowledged their bond on the penalty of $10,000.00 consideration according to law certificates as granted him for obtaining ----thereof on one form From Tester RB Baptist
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