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Johnson Wills transcribed from Mecklenburg County, VA Will Books

contributed by Shirley (Johnson) LaFleur

 

Name Date Will Date

Written Book-Page Probated

Johnson, Caroline W. Apr 30, 1892 25-313 Jun 20, 1892

Johnson, Daniel May 23, 1767 1-42, 43 Nov 9, 1767

Johnson, Elizabeth Mar 26, 1818 9-126, 127 Jun 19, 1820

Johnson, James May 25, 1779 2-78, 79 Nov 8, 1784

Johnson, James Nov 1, 1886 25-335 Feb 21 1887

Johnson, Jessee Jan 2, 1847 16-430 Nov 1847

Johnson, John Oct 1, 1793 3-186, 187 Dec 9, 1793Johnson, Thomas 16-291 Oct 19, 1846

Johnson, Warner K. Dec 4, 1891 26-445, 446 Jan 15, 1894

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Mecklenburg County, Virginia

Will Book 25, page 313

Will of Caroline W. Johnson

I, Caroline W. Johnson, of the County of Mecklenburg and State of Virginia do, on this the 30th day of April 1892 make and constitute this my will as to my real estate. In case of my death before my sister Mary Ann Eubank or her husband James C. Eubank, I loan to then or either one of them my land to have and hold during their lives, or life. In case of the death of my sister Mary Ann before her husband then I loan to hem as long as he lives, the said land. Given under my hand and seal this day and date before written

Signed, sealed and delivered in the

presence of the testator and of each other: Caroline W. Johnson

E. L. Petty

J. L. Petty

Mecklenburg County Court June 20th 1892

The last will and testament of Caroline W. Johnson late of the county deceased was this day presented to the court and fully proved according to law by the oaths of E. L. Petty and J. L. Petty the subscribing witnesses thereto and was therefore ordered to be recorded.

Teste. W. A. Jamison, Clerk

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Will Book 1, page 42-43

Will of Daniel Johnson

May 23, 1767

In the name of God, amen. I, Daniel Johnson of the county of Mecklenburg, planter, being sick and weak but of perfect sense and sound memory do make this my last will and testament. First, I give my soul to Almighty God in hope of its being received by Him __(lower left edge damaged)__ sake and my body to the earth to be decently buried.

Item: I lend to my well beloved wife Mary Johnson during her widowhood all and every part of my estate. Really and personally except 400 acres of land lying on Keethe Branch which I give to my son Hailey Johnson and 200 acres of land lying on Roanoak River being the plantation whereon I now live which I give to my son John Johnson at my wife's decease, my desire is that all my estate at my wife's death or any time before may be disposed of as she thinks proper amongst my children.

I do also constitute and appoint my well beloved wife Mary Johnson and my friend Samuel Hopkins executors of this my last will and testament.

Signed sealed and acknowledged, Daniel Johnson

In presence of:

John Munroe

Thomas Stevens

Thomas Carter

Samuel Hopkins

At a court held for Mecklenburg County the 9th day of November 1767.

This will was proved by the oaths of three of the witnesses thereto subscribed and ordered to be recorded, and on the motions of Mary Johnson and Samuel Hopkins the executors therein named who made oath and entered into and acknowledged bond __?__ security certificate is granted them for obtaining probat in due form.

Teste. ___?____

(portion of page is damaged, but John Tabb Teste. to documents listed before & after )

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Will Book 9, page 126-127, Elizabeth Johnson Will

probat 19 June 1820 teste. Edward L. Tabb, cmc

In the name of God, amen. I, Elizabeth Johnson of Mecklenburg County and Commonwealth of Virginia being aged and infirm in body but of perfect sound mind and memory, recollecting that it is appointed to all to die do make and declare this to be my last will and testament in manner and form following, to wit,

I give, grant and bequeath to my daughter Molley Hendrick one Negro girl named Luck to her and her heirs and assigns forever.

It is my will and desire that my Negro woman Durcus (Darcus or Dorcus?) shall be annually hired out by my son Thomas Johnson during the life of my daughter Sally Pitchford and the proceeds of every year's hire be applied to the support and benefit of my said daughter Salley Pitchford so long as she lives and at her death the said Negro Dorcus and her increase if any to be equally divided between my 5 grandchildren Branch Pitchford, Wells Pitchford, David Pitchford, Miles Pitchford and Elizabeth Pitchford to them and their heirs forever.

I give, grant and bequeath to my daughter Betsey Tally one Negro girl named Gathee to her her heirs and assigns forever.

I give, grant and bequeath to my daughter Leah Ellington one dollar to her her heirs and assigns forever.

I give, grant and bequeath to my daughter Sally Pitchford the sum of one dollar to her her heirs and assigns forever.

I give, grant and bequeath to my son William Johnson one horse to be of value Eighty dollars and one feather bed and furniture and one cow and calf to him his heirs and assigns forever.

I give, grant and bequeath to my son Leonard Johnson one cow and calf to him his heirs and assigns forever.

I give, grant and bequeath to my four sons Michael, John, Jessee, and Thomas Johnson the sum of one dollar each to them and their assigns forever.

It is my will and desire that all the residue of my slaves not heretofore willed be equally divided between my eight children, Michael Johnson, John Johnson, Jessee Johnson, Thomas Johnson, Leonard Johnson, William Johnson, Molley Hendrick, Betsey Tally and my two families of grandchildren. To wit, the children of Salley Pitchford and Leah Ellington and that all the residue of my estate be sold by my executors on 12 months credit (Except the crop that may be on hand at the time of my death, which I consider belongs to my son Thomas Johnson) and equally divided between my eight children above named and the children of Salley Pitchford and Leah Ellington to them and their heirs forever, its my will that the Slaves and estate hereby descending to the children of Salley Pitchford and Leah Ellington should be kept by my son Thomas Johnson whose duty it shall be, annually. to hire out the slaves, which hires with the interest on the money legacy he shall annually pay over to their mothers Salley Pitchford and Leah Ellington for their general Support and as the said children arrive at age pay over to each an equal portion, and where as my son Thomas Johnson is entitled to the profit of all my crop or crops and all debt due me it is my will that he shall pay all debt due from my estate for contracts of any kind made since the first day of January the year one thousand eight hundred and eight.

Lastly I nominate constitute and appoint John Johnson, Thomas Johnson and Clement Read Executors to this my last will and testament hereby revoking all others declaring this and this only to be my last the 26th day of March 1818.

In the presence of:

A. Paschall Elizabeth Johnson

Jessee L. Dortch (her mark)

Samuel Young

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Mecklenburg County, Virginia

Will Book 2, page 78-79, James Johnson's Will

In the name of God, Amen. I, James Johnson of the County of Mecklenburg being sick and weak in body but of perfect sense sound mind and memory do make this my last will in manner and form following (that is to say)

First: I recommend my soul into the hands of Almighty God who gave it and commit my body to the earth to be buried in a decent manner my estate defraying my funeral charges and what worldly goods God has been pleased to bestow on me I give and bequeath as follows. Imprimus, I give and bequeath to my loving wife Sukey (Susanna) Johnson during her natural life the plantation I now live on containing two hundred acres also all my furniture all my stock of cattle except eight head such as she can best spare all my hogs and sheep the gray horse, black mare and sorrel filly and my wench Dafney my desire is that at the death of my said wife the furniture, stock of cattle, sheep, hogs and horses above mentioned be sold to the highest bidder and the money arising from such sale to be equally divided between all my children.

Item: I give unto my son John Johnson one hundred and fourteen acres of land where he formerly lived adjoining my plantation to him and his heirs forever.

Item: I give and bequeath to my son Howell Johnson my stallion colt called Jack of Diamonds, also eight head of cattle such as his mother chooses to spare to be delivered him at my death also my wench Dafney at his mothers death to him and his heirs forever.

Item: I give unto my son James Johnson Jr. my sorrel horse and saddle called Call, my gun and Bayonet also the plantation whereon I now live at his mother's death containing two hundred acres more or less to him and his heirs forever.

Item: I leave my eldest son John Johnson & William Johnson, Jr. son of Phil Johnson of James City executors of this my last will and testament. In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and affixed my seal this twenty-fifth day of May in the year of our Lord 1779.

Signed sealed published & declared by the

? James Johnson, Sr. for his last will & testament

in presence of us ...

James Johnson (his mark)

William Johnson

Enos Matthews (his mark)

Mary Johnson

At a court held for Mecklenburg County the 8th day of November 1784

This will was proved by the oaths of William Johnson a witness thereto and at a court continued and held for the said county the 9th day of November the said will was further proved by the oath of Enos Matthews another witness thereto and ordered to be recorded. And on the motion of John Johnson one of the executors therein named who made oath thereto and together with William Johnson his security entered into and acknowledged their bond in the penalty of five hundred pounds conditioned as the law directs certificate was granted him for obtaining a probat of the said will in due form.

Teste. John Brown, Clerk Court

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Mecklenburg County, Virginia

Will Book 25, page 335

Will of James Johnson

I, James Johnson, do make this my last will and testament.

Item 1st: I desire that all my legal debts be paid.

Item 2nd: I loan to my wife Caroline E. Johnson all my property, both real and personal, until my youngest child shall be twenty one years old, being confident that she will need it to rear and provide for my minor children as I have reared and provided for my older children, and fully confident further that she will judiciously manage said property.

Item 3rd: It is my desire and will that, as soon as my youngest child becomes twenty one years old, all my property be divided among my legatees as the law directs.

In testimony of which I have signed my name in presence of witnesses this Nov 1st, 1886.

Signed, sealed and delivered

in the presence of the testator James Johnson

and of each other:

John D. Petty

Jas. A. Wynn

Mecklenburg County Court Feb 21st 1887

The last will and testament of James Johnson late of this county, deceased, was this day produced in court and fully proved according to law in such cases made and provided, by the oath of John D. Petty one of the subscribing witnesses thereto and was therefore ordered to be recorded as and for the true last will and testament of said James Johnson, deceased.

Teste. J. M. Sloan, Clerk

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Will Book 16, page 430

Jessee Johnson's Will

In the name of God, Amen. I, Jesse Johnson of the county of Mecklenburg and State of Virginia being of sound mind do make this my last will and testament in manner and form following (Viz.) I give to my son John W. Johnson the land of which he now lives and at my death should that not be an equal portion of land with the rest of my children I wish it be made so or if it be more than an equal part he must refund as I wish all my children to have an equal portion of my real Estate. I give to my son Ephram Johnson the land on which he now lives To my daughter Matilda Balthorp the land on which her husband formerly resided adjoining the land of Wm. Marshall, dec. I give the land on which I reside to my son Stephen R. Johnson. The negroes Wm. and Job now in the possession of J. W. Johnson and Ephram Johnson I give to them. I give to Matilda Balthorp a negro named Lucy. I give to S. R. Johnson Charles and Clarinda. I give to S. R. Johnson and Matilda Balthorp my household and kitchen furniture to be equally divided between them. The balance of my negroes I wish divided equally between my several children. my stock of all sorts, plantation utensils etc. I wish equally divided between my children. I hereby constitute and appoint J. W. Johnson and S. R. Johnson Exec. of this my last will and Testament. In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and affixed my seal this 2 nd day of January in the year of our Lord eighteen hundred and forty seven.

Jesse Johnson

Witnesses

Geo. Jefferson

John Langley

Samuel Walker

Mecklenburg County November Court 1847

The last will and Testament of Jesse Johnson, dec. was this day produced in court and proved by the oaths of George Jefferson and Samuel Walker subscribing witnesses thereto and ordered to be recorded. And on motion of John W. Johnson one of the Exec. therein named who made oath thereto and together with Ephram Johnson and John Langley his securities entered into and acknowledged bond on the penalty of $20,000 conditioned according to law certificate is granted him to obtain probat thereof in due form. Liberty being reserved for the other Exec. to qualify when he think fit. and at another court held for said county at the court house thereof on the 21 st Feb 1848, The foregoing will was again produced in court and on motion of S. R. Johnson, the other Exec therein named who made oath thereto & together with A. H. Davis & R.B. Chappell his securities entered into and acknowledged bond in the penalty of $20,000 conditioned according to law certificate is granted him for obtaining probat thereof in due form. Exam.

Teste. Richard B. Baptist

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Mecklenburg County, Virginia

Will Book 3, page 186-187, John Johnson Will

In the name of God, Amen. I, John Johnson senior of the County of Mecklenburg being in my perfect senses but weak as to body make and ordain this my last will and Testament this 1st day of October in the year of our Lord One thousand seven hundred and Ninety-Three.

First: I commit my body to the earth to be decently buried and my soul to God who gave it.-------My estate, both real and personal I wish to be given as follows:

Item. I give and bequeath to my loving wife, Elizabeth Johnson, the Plantation whereon John Hopkins now lives during her life or widowhood also the whole of the stock of every kind with the whole of my household furniture with my Negroes for her to give as she sees proper among my now surviving children and it is my will that the land be equally divided among my six sons also for my son Michael to have his part of the said tract of land immediately and that to be laid off adjoining Robert B. Newton's known to be the place of John Tommass. I also leave my wife Elizabeth Johnson Executrix Michael Johnson Sen. and my son Michael Johnson Jr. Executors of this my last will and Testament.

Signed and sealed in presence of: John Johnson Sen.(his mark)

John Hopkins

John Johnson

Thomas Carter

At a court held for Mecklenburg County the 9th day of December 1793.

This will was proved by the oaths of John Johnson and Thomas Carter witnesses thereto and ordered to be recorded. And on the motion of Michael Johnson, Jr. one of the executors therein named who made oath thereto and together with Thomas Carter and (Zacharia??) Woodson. His securities entered into and acknowledged their bond in the penalty of two thousand pounds conditioned as the law directs certificate now granted him for obtaining a probate thereof in due form. Liberty being reserved for the other executors therein named to join in the probate when they shall think fit.

Testa.

John Brown, Clerk of Court

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Mecklenburg County, Virginia

Will Book 16, page 291, Thomas Johnson Will

In the name of God, I, Thomas Johnson, of the county of Mecklenburg and State of Virginia being in low state of health but of sound mind and memory do make constitute and ordain this my last will and testament in manner and form following.

Item 1st: It is my will and desire that all my just debts be well and truly paid.

Item 2nd: It is my will and desire that all the residue of my estate be kept together during my wife's life at her death to be equally divided among all my children to wit Warner K. Johnson, James Johnson, Benjamin Johnson, Elizabeth Hawkins, Martha Johnson, Mary A. Johnson, Caroline Johnson to them and their heirs forever

In a court held for Mecklenburg County at the court house thereof on the 19th October 1846 the within paper purporting to be the nuncupative will of Thomas Johnson was produced in court and Pleasant Vaughan and James Johnson being sworn proved the said will according to law the same is admitted to record and on motion of Warner K. Johnson who made oath thereto entered into and acknowledged his bond in the penalty of $5000 with security condition according to law certificate is granted him for obtaining letters of administration with the aforesaid will annexed in due form.

Testa. R. B. Baptist, C(lerk?)

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Mecklenburg County, Virginia

Will Book 26, page 445-446

Will of Warner K. Johnson

I, Warner K. Johnson, of the County of Mecklenburg and State of Virginia, do make this my last will and Testament. I First desire to be decently buried and all of my just debts paid. After which, I loan to my beloved wife Sophia Johnson, all of my property both real and personal, during her life or widowhood for her support and for the support of my son John, whom I do not think competent to care and manage for himself. I desire that he remain with her during her life. If the income from my property should not be sufficient for their support my wife shall have the power to sell any part of my property sufficient for their support, as she may think best. At her death or marriage of my wife, I desire that my executor hereinafter named shall sell or divide as he thinks best all of my property remaining at the death of my wife and the proceeds to be equally divided between my children, as I shall divide.

I loan to my son R. H. Johnson in trust forever the one fifth part for the benefit of my son John. I give to my daughter Mary Mason the one fifth part to her and her bodily heirs forever. The remaining three fifths I desire shall be equally divided between my other three children namely, M. E. Johnson, R. H. Johnson and Sarah Butts (?), which I give to them and their heirs forever. I hereby appoint M. E. Johnson and R. H. Johnson my executors. In testimony whereof I hereunto set my hand and affix my seal, this the 4th of December 1891.

Signed, sealed and W. K. Johnson

acknowledged in the

presence of the testator and

of each other

A. B. Hutcheson

R. M. Hutcheson

Mecklenburg County court January 15, 1894

The last will and testament of W. K. Johnson late of this county deceased was this day produced in court and fully proved by the oaths of R. B. Hutcheson and R. M. Hutcheson the two subscribing witnesses thereto and was therefore ordered to be recorded.

W. A. Jamison, Clerk

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