Will of Richard Williams
Signed Oct 1, 1769; Proved: May 10, 1770, Lunenburg Co, VA:  WB # 2 p. 347-350
{Not final proof}
 
In the name of God Amen I Richard Williams of Lunenburg 
County  Planter do Will & dispose  of such worldly goods with which it hath 
pleased God to bless me, in the form & manner following, to wit.  Imprimis, I
give and bequeath to my son Nicholas Williams that half of my land which lies 
off from the Rudy Creek & up my great branch, which shall be by a dividing 
line arising from Hamlin's line across the said land to my brother Lazarus 
William's line to him & his heirs or assigns forever, but if my said son Nicho-
-las should die without lawfull issue, then the above mentioned land to revert 
to my son Eldred Williams & his heirs or assigns forever.  And if my two 
sons Nicholas & Eldred should both of them die without such lawfull issue, 
then the above land to go to my son William Williams to him & his heirs for-
-ever.    I give to my said son Nicholas Williams (immediately) two Cows & 
Calves & a
three year old heifer, one grey colt, two breeding sows, two ewes
& lambs, one good feather
bed & furniture & one saddle & bridle, and I lend
him my negroe boy called Sam
until my youngest daughter comes of the age
of eighteen years or marries
of which he hath all now in possession.     Item, I give and bequeath to my son Daniel Williams (when he comes to the
age of twenty-one years) two Cows
& Calves & a three year old heifer, one
young horse or mare fit for use, two
breeding sows, two ewes & lambs, one
good feather bed & furniture & one saddle & bridle to
to be made good out
of my estate.  I likewise lend him my negroe boy called Ned until
my youngest
daughter comes of the age of eighteen years &c.   I give and bequeath
to my said son Daniel Williams the other half of my land which lies on the 
Rudy Creek
whereon my plantation now is, to him & his heirs or assigns
forever, but if my
said son Daniel should die without lawfull issue then this
above mentioned land
whereon my plantation now is, shall revert to my son
William Williams & his
heirs or assigns forever and if my two sons Daniel &
William should both of
them die without such lawfull issue then the last above
mentioned land to go to
my son Eldred  Williams to him & his heirs &c.       Item, I give and bequeath unto my son Eldred Williams fifty pounds cash which
is in lieu of land, but if by the
death of my older son Nicholas that my son
Eldred should enjoy his land then the
above fifty pounds shall return to my son
William Williams & that my said
son William shall hold & enjoy that fifty pounds
together with other fifty pounds 
hereafter mentioned, also I give to my said son
Eldred ( when he comes of the age of
 
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twenty-one years) two Cows & Calves & a three year old heifer, one young 
horse or
mare fit for use, two breeding sows, two ewes & lambs, one good
feather bed & furniture
& one bridle & saddle to be made good out of my
estate.  I likewise lend him one Negro
of which my Execs. shall think proper
to choose for him until my youngest
daughter comes of the age of eighteen
years or marries.         Item, I give &
bequeath unto my son William Williams fifty pounds cash which
is in lieu of
land, but if by the death of my son Daniel that my son William
should enjoy
his lands then this above fifty pounds shall return to my son
Eldred Williams &
that my said son Eldred shall hold & enjoy this fifty pounds
together with other fifty
pounds above mentioned, also I give unto my said
son William Williams (when he
comes to the age of twenty-one years)  two
Cows & Calves & a three year old heifer,
one young horse or mare fit for
use, two breeding sows, two ewes & lambs, one good
feather bed & furniture
& one saddle & bridle to be made good out of my estate.  I likewise
lend
him one Negro (of which my Execs. shall think proper to choose for him) until
my youngest daughter comes of the age of eighteen years or marries.     
     Item The above fifty pounds mentioned in each of the last two legacies Viz. 
Eldred & William is to be raised out of my estate (that is not Well's away) within the 
term of seven years from this date, that my Executors immediately may put the 
said money out at interest in order to be paid to my said sons   Eldred & William,
when they come of age, and if either of my two younger sons  Eldred & William 
should die
without lawfull issue that then the survivor shall have & enjoy the other
fifty
pounds which shall make the whole sum one hundred pounds to the survivor
&c.    
     Item I have given to my daughter Ann on her marriage with John Hardy as 
much of my estate as I shall give to either of my daughters.  I lend her one negroe
girl named Judith until my youngest daughter comes to the age of  eighteen 
years or marries.         

 Item I give and bequeath to my daughter Lucy Williams one cow & calf, two 
two, year old heifers, two ewes & lambs, one good feather bed & furniture
one woman's saddle & bridle which she now has in her possession & one large
pewter bason
likewise I lend her one negroe boy named Moses until my
youngest daughter
comes of the age of eighteen years or marries.          Item I give and bequeath to my daughter Susanah Williams one cow & calf,
two, two year old heifers, two ewes &
lambs, One good feather bead & furniture
one woman's saddle & bridle & one large
pewter bason.  I lend her one negroe
all which  legacies is to be delivered when they
 
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comes to the age of eighteen or marries, and the loan of a Negro until my 
youngest daughter comes to the age of eighteen or marries.     Item I give to my daughter Patience Williams one cow & calf, two, two year
old heifers, two ewes &
lambs, one good feather bed & furniture one woman's
saddle & bridle & one large
pewter bason to be delivered at the age of 18 years
or her marriage.  I likewise lend her
one Negro as aforesaid to the rest of my
children &c.      Item I give & bequeath
to my daughter Martha Williams, one cow & calf, two,
two year old heifers, two
ewes & lambs, one good feather bed & furniture
one woman's saddle & bridle, one large
pewter bason to be delivered at the
age of eighteen years or her marriage. 
also I lend her one negroe, until my
youngest daughter comes to the age of  eighteen
years or her marriage.          

Item I give & bequeath to my daughter Mary Williams, one cow & calf, two, 
two year old heifers, two ewes & lambs, one good bed
& furniture one
woman's bridle & saddle, one large pewter bason, to be delivered at the
age
of eighteen years or her marriage.     Item it is my will & desire that all
my
negroes and their increase be collected together, at the time whence my youngest
daughter come to the age of eighteen or at her marriage, I lend 
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a child's part of my negroes to my loving wife Agness
during her life, and the
remainder of my negroes to be equally divided between
all my children & their heirs
&c.  But in case of the death of either of my sons
leaving no lawfull issue after
the aforesaid division of negroes it is my will that
such deceased sons moveable estate
allotted him (or the value thereof) by this
my Will be equally divided between the
surviving sons or their issue lawfully
begotten, and in regard to my daughters, after
the division of my negroes
aforesaid.  It is my will that such deceased daughters estate
allotted her
(or the value thereof) by this only Will to be equally divided between the
surviving daughters or their issue lawfully begotten.        Item I lend the use of my plantation with all the improvements thereon to my
loving wife Agness
together with land sufficient for the maintenance of herself
& children & for raising
money & household goods & stock for the paying of
legacies & educating the children
& after the aforesaid division of the negroes,
I then lend the use of the remaining part of my estate
that has not yet been
mentioned in this my Will to my beloved wife Agness during
her life, except
a reasonable part of the plantation & improvements when my son
Daniel
comes to age and after the death of Agness my wife, my Will is that the
remaining part of my estate shall be equally divided between all my children
 
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& my Will & desire is that the Court shall have nothing to do with this my 
last Will &  Testament but to order it on the Record.      Lastly, I constitute 
& appoint my son Nicholas Williams and my son in law John Hardy my 
whole & sole Executors of this my last Will & Testament.  In Witness 
whereof I have here unto set my hand and seal this first day of October one 
thousand seven hundred and sixty nine.
Signed, Sealed & Declared                       Richard Williams  {seal}
in Presence of 
Thom. Edwards, Zachariah Davis, Lazarus Williams, Ben Williams,
Isaac Williams
 
In a Court held for Lunenburg County the 10th day of May 1770.  
The above written last will & testament of Richard Williams decd. was 
exhibited in Court by Nicholas Williams one of the Executors therein named 
and was proved by the oaths of three of the witnesses thereto subscribed and 
ordered to be recorded.  An on the motion of the said Executor (who made 
oath according to law) certificate is granted him for obtaining a probate of 
said will in due form (he giving security) where upon he together with 
Thomas Edwards and Thomas Tabb Gent. his securities entered in to and 
acknowledged bond for that purpose according to law, and John Hardy 
the other Executor refused here in Court to join in probate.
                                       Test.     Wm Taylor   Ck__ 
 
 
 

 
Abstract and notes;
 
Richard Williams    - Decedent
Agness Williams    - Wife
Lazarus Williams   - His brother - Witness
Nicholas Williams  - son - Executor
William Williams    - son
Eldred Williams     - son
Daniel Williams     - son
Ann Hardy             - daughter
John Hardy            - son in law - Executor
Susanah Williams - daughter
Lucy Williams       - daughter
Martha                 - daughter
Patience              - daughter
Mary                     - daughter
Thom. Edwards    - Witness
Zachariah Davis    - Witness
Ben Williams          - Witness
Isaac Williams       - Witness
 
 
 
“of seven years” -- does this mean that the youngest child was 11 years old?