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The Will of James Wilkins

JAMES WILKINS - Will 1781 - Mecklenburg Co., VA

Edited 11 Jan 1999 to read wife "Arabella" instead of "Anabella."

Files of Jo Lee Gregory Spears
Will of James Wilkings [James Wilkins, by tradition]
Mecklenburg Co., VA Will Bk 1:384,385
Dated 11 Jul 1781; Proved 6 Oct 1781
In the name of God Amen I James Wilkings of the parish of St. James
in the County of Mecklenburg of Sound mind & Memory do make and
ordain this my last will and Testament first I assign my Soul unto
the hands of almighty God hoping for pardon & remission of my Sins
through the merits and [word not readable] of my blessed Saviour
Christ Jesus & my body I commit to the Earth to be buried in a
Decent & Christian like manner. Item I lend unto my Dearly beloved
wife Arabella during her natural life the use of my plantation
whereon I now live containing by Deed six hundred acres Land I
likewise desire she may have the use of all my stock of Cattle,
horses, hogs & sheep except four Cows and Calves and twelve head of
Sheep, it is further my desire that she may have the use of my
Negroes with all Kitchen & household Furniture except two Feather
Beds & their furniture to her during her life. Item I give and
bequeath unto my Daughter Mary Wilkings the land I purchased of
Henry Howard containing by estimation one hundred and fifty acres
Land whereon there was a mill with all the conveniences there
belonging unto the said Mill, I likewise desire that? My said
Daughter Mary may have two cows [an unreadable line on copy] and
furniture to her and her Heirs for ever, Item I give & bequeath unto
my Grand Daughter Sarah Vaughan now living with me two Cows with
their Calves & a bed with its furniture to her and her heirs for
ever. Item I give and bequeath unto my Daughter Milla Newton Six
head sheep to her and her heirs forever, Item I give and bequeath
unto my Son Charles Wilkings after my wifes decease the plantation
whereon I now live to him and his heirs forever. Item it is further
my will and desire that the sale of my estate both real and personal
shall be sold after my wifes decease at publick auction and [the
moneys there arising ?] may be equally divided between my
Children, Charles Wilkings, Martha Wilkings, Sukey Vaughan, Mary
Wilkings & Milley Newton they first discharging all just debts, then
an equal division to be made, Item I appoint my Son Charles
Wilkings, Jno Puryear & Thomas Feild Executors to this my last will
and Testament, Revoking all will be me formerly made. I [unreadable
word] & Declare this to be my last will & Testament in Witness
whereof I have set my affixed seal this 11 day of July 1781.
James [his ^ mark] Wilkings
Thomas Feild
John Puryear
Wm Hundley
At a Court held for Mecklenburg County the 6th day of Oct 1781 This
Will was proved by the oaths of John Puryear and William Hundley
Witnesses thereto and ordered to be recorded And on the motion of
Thomas Feild and Charles Wilkings two of the Executors therein names
who made oath thereto and entered into and acknowledged this Bond in
the penalty of one hundred thousand pounds conditioned [unreadable
to bottom of copy of page]
[Files of JoLee Gregory Spears. Note: Suggest reading a better