Will of Robert Smith   1827/1828
June 21 1827, Proved March 7, 1828 Mecklenburg Co VA, WB 11 p.290 
{not final proof} This transcription may be from the original will.
 
In the name of God Amen.  I Robert Smith of the County of 
Mecklenburg and the state of VA, being of sound mind and memory do 
make and ordain this being my last will and testament in the manner and 
form following to wit It is my will and desire first that all my just 
debts and funeral expenses be paid after wch{which} I lend unto my beloved 
wife Nancy Smith during her natural life or widowhood a part of the 
tract of land where on I now live.  it is a new choped{chopped}line 
beginning at a
hickry in the line of the estate of Arch Smith decd and
runs nearly an
east course between the schoolhouse and the schoolhouse
spring to Thos 
Peck‘s line including the whole of the track purchase of
Wm Christopher
and a part of the two tracks purchased of Moses Overton
& Daniel Smith
containing by estimation 500 acres be the same more or less.
   I give unto my son William N. Smith the track of land whereon he now 
lives
containing 200 acres be the same more or less.  I lend unto my said
son Wm Smith my man Nat & Paul and woman Tisk and her four children namely 
Peter, Dick, Lucy, Celia and her child and their
future increase during
his natural life, and at his death to be equally
divided between his
children, which land and negroes he now has
in his possession.    
I lend unto my daughter Polly Garner my woman
Hannah and her four children
to wit, Jane, Mariah Nancy and Simon
and their future increase and at her
death to be equally divided
between her children which properties already
advanced. 
   I give unto my son John Smith the residue of the two tracts of land 
purchased
of Moses Overton and Daniel Smith lying south of the new choped
line
running by the school house containing by estimation 400 acres of
land be
the same more or less, and my women Mary with her child and their
future increase together with one thousand dollars which sum of money 
he has received from the sale of certain negros hereafter mentioned
in this will, two cows and calves one of which and four sheep he has in
his possession.      I give unto my son Archer N. Smith my
Loveless, Boy
Adam, & girl Rachel and their future increase
 
                     

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together with one bedstead bed & furniture, two cows & calves and four 
sheep.     I give unto my daughter Nancy Smith my man Armistead and 
girl Lilly already advanced and girl Mariah not as yet advanced with 
their future increase. 
  I give unto my daughter Frances Finch  my girl Emily, already already 
(repeated
)
advanced and her future increase with one thousand dollars
which
is the balance of the money arising from the sale of certain negros
sold by my son John Smith & John Finch, namely Doeter, Laban, Molly, 
Betty, Lisha, Clarica, Daniel, Jane, & old Rachel
which negros of value
at two thousand dollars. One thousand
of which I have before given to
my son John Smith
     I give unto my daughter Jane Smith, five negros to wit Becky 
and her two children Martha and Pips, Tamer, Hercules and their future 
increase with two cows and calves & four sheep
one bedstead xxx bed &
furniture.
    I give unto my daughter Betsy my boys Minney and Gilbert, Prudence 
& her two children Cyllah and James and their future increase
two cows
and calves four sheep one bedstead bed and furniture
    I give unto my daughter Harriet Smith four negros Dilsey, Banister, 
Silvia and Asia and their future increase two cows and calves four 
sheep one bedstead bed and furniture. 
    I give unto my daughter Eliza Smith four Negroes John Goode, 
Mike, Hannah and Peter and their future increase two cows & calves 
four sheep one bedstead bed and furniture. 
I lend unto my beloved wife Nancy Smith all the rest of my property 
both real and personal not before disposed in this will
during her
natural life or widowhood.  I give onto my son Archer
N. Smith the
tract of land lent to my wife Nancy Smith during
her natural life or
widowhood, the same being a part of
the tract whereon I now live,
containing by estimation 550 acres
be the same more or less. 
 
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It is my will and desire after the death of my wife that the land 
purchased
of James Webb adjoining the lands of Elijah Gregory,
Dan'l Smith and
Others containing by estimation one hundred and
twenty acres be the
same more or less should be sold and the money
arising therefrom
be so divided as to give my daughter Harriet  2/5
and the remainder
to be equally divided between my daughters Jane,
Betsy and Eliza
Smith.  After the death of my wife it is my will and
desire that all the
rest of my estate lent to my wife during her
natural life or widowhood
and not previously disposed of in this will
should be equally divided
Among all my children namely Wm N. Smith,
John Smith, Archer
N. Smith, Nancy Smith, Frances Finch, Jane Smith,
Betsy Smith
Harriet Smith, Eliza Smith, and my daughter Polly Garner
whoes
proportionable part I wish to be deposited by my executors
hereafter
named in this will, in the hands of my two sons John and
Archer Smith
and be disposed of at their discretion for her benefit
during her
natural life and at her death to be equally divided between
all her
children.  Lastly I hereby appoint my son Archer N. Smith and
my
son in law John Finch executors of this my last will and testament
in witness whereof  I here unto set my hand and seal this 21st of 
June 1827
 
Signed sealed and
Acknowledged in
the presence of                            Robert Smith  seal
Witnesses
Giles R. Smith
Edward S. Roffe
John F. Moseley
J. S. Couch
 
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At a Court held for Mecklenburg County the 7th day of March 1828
        The foregoing Last will and testament of Robert Smith
was produced in Court and duly proved by the oath of Giles R Smith and
and John S. Couch and ordered to be recorded and on motion of John F 
Finch and Archer N. Smith the exers. Therein named who made oath
thereto and together with Lyddall Bacon Jr., Richard C. Perryman
Thomas C. Balle and James Cunningham their securities entered into and
acknowledged bond in the penalty of $50,000 conditioned according 
to law, Certificate is granted them for  obtaining probate thereof in due
form
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     Robert Smith      
        Will           
         Recorded   
 

 Notes
Identities
Nancy Smith       - wife
Wm N. Smith       - son        
John Smith        - son 
Archer N. Smith    - son 
Frances Finch     - daughter,   m. John Finch
Jane Smith        - daughter   
Betsy Smith       - daughter     
Harriet Smith     - daughter     
Eliza Smith       - daughter      
Polly Garner      - daughter      
 
Archer Smith deceased before 1827?   (Brother?) Page 1, line 8:  
Giles R. Smith  (Pastor of Clarksville Baptist Church)
John S. Couch  (bother in law? m. Susanna Smith 1799 witnessed by 
Archer Smith)
Edward S. Roffe
John F. Moseley
Lyddall Bacon Jr    (age 56 in 1850 Meck census)  Lyddall Bacon  
at the beggi
ng of the Civil War, Col. Bacon was the 2nd wealthiest
planter in  Mecklenburg Co., VA, owning 15 plantations and about 150
servants, valued on the assessor's books  at half a million dollars.
His home was called "Ten Oaks."
Richard C. Perryman
Thomas C. Balle
James Cunningham
James Webb       - Bought land from
Wm Christopher  - Bought land from, -Neighbor
Moses Overton   - Bought land from
Daniel Smith       - Bought land from, brother?