Selected Mecklenburg Co., VA Wills

Submitted by Shirley Lafleur May 9, 2014

 

 

Wills for:

·         James Tucker          

·         Ann Mason

·         John Hutcheson

·         William Roffe

·         John Keeton

·         Paulina Smith

·         Chiles Hutcheson

·         Richard Hutcheson

·         William Poole

·         Samuel Puryear

·         Richard Thomson (or Thompson)

·         William Ballard

·         Joseph Keeton

·         Sarah Puryear

·         Leonard Keeton

 

 

Mecklenburg County, VA

Will Book 1, page 84-87

Will of James Tucker

 

In the name of God, Amen.  I, James Tucker --?-- of Mecklenburg County, being sick and weak in body.  I do this nineteenth of October 1770 but of a perfect and sound memory, thanks be to God therefore, calling to mind the mortality of my body do now make and dictate this my last will and testament in the following manner and form.  First and principally, I recommend my soul to God, who gave it and my body to the earth from whence it came to be buried in a Christian like & decent manner and as for such estate where with it hath pleased God to bless me in this life, I give and dispose of in the following manner.

 

Item:    I give unto my son Robert one hundred acres of land known by the name of his clearing and so Eastward up to my son James Tucker’s line for the complemant; to him and his heirs forever.

 

Item:    I give to my son Elijah the plantation where on I live with ___?___ hundred acres of land joining Robert’s at the dividing line between ___?___  after the death of my wife.

 

Item:    I give unto my son George one hundred acres of land being on James’ line and being the last part of my first tract I bought of my son James Tucker to him and his heirs forever.

 

Item:    I give the last tract of land I purchased of my son James Tucker and known by the name Belbow to be equally divided between my other three sons my son Matthew’s part to be laid off on the south side. The __?___  Branch to make his complement(?) and my son Harbert’s part to be laid off next to Murphrey’s line and to include the clearing and barn and for my son ___?___ to have his part of land between Harbert and Elijah and I do hereby give the above said tracts of land to the above said sons as they are named and their heirs forever.

 

Item:    I leave to my beloved wife Elizabeth Tucker one Negro man named Joe and one Negro woman named Sarah during the said Elizabeth’s life or widowhood and after her decease or marriage, I give the above said Negro Joe to my son George Tucker and his heirs forever and I give the above said Negro Sarah unto my son Matthew Tucker and his heirs forever.

 

Item:    I give and bequeath unto my son Robert Tucker one Negro man named Will and to his Heirs forever.

 

Item:    I give unto my son Harbert Tucker one Negro boy Peter to him and his heirs forever.

 

Item:    I give unto my son Bartlett Tucker one Negro ___?___ to him and his heirs forever.

 

Item:    I give unto my son Elijah Tucker one Negro boy named Tom to him and his heirs forever.

 

Item:    I give unto my daughter Lucyetia Burton __?__ copper kettle.

 

Item:    I give unto my son  ___?_hall Tucker ten shillings sterling.

 

Item:    I give unto my son James Tucker ten shillings sterling.

 

Item:    I give unto my son Warner Tucker ten shillings sterling.

 

Item:    I give unto my son Hudson (?) Tucker ten shillings sterling.

 

Item:    I give unto my daughter ___?___ Hudson  ten shillings sterling.

 

Item:    I give unto my beloved wife one feather bed and furniture.

 

Item:    I give all the residue of my stock and household goods and chattels to my well beloved wife and to her to dispose of as she thinks fit among my children and I constitute and ordain my wife and Benjamin George whole and sole executors of this my last will and testament and my will is that any estate should not be brought to appraisement, neither sold by outcry (?) and I declare this and no other to be my last will and testament.

 

In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and affixed my seal this 19th day of October 1770.  Signed, sealed and delivered in presence of:

            Thomas Freemen

            Holeman Freeman                          James Tucker (his mark)

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Mecklenburg County Virginia Will Book 1, page 260-1

Ann Mason Will

In the name of God amen.  I, Ann Mason being sound in memory tho infirm in body do constitute & appoint this my last will and testament as follows first recommending my soul to the Lord who gave it being.  Imploring God almighty when it shall be His divine will to demand it from this lump of dust that by and through the merits of my dear redeemer he will receive it into his everlanting protection To whom is justly due all honour glory praise and admiration world without end Amen.

Imprimis I give and bequeath to my children James Thomas John Richard Elizabeth Saint John & Ann Ritchie one shilling sterling each.

Item I give and bequeath to my daughter Mary Tyler all the remaining part of my estate to her and her heirs forever.  lastly I do appoint my son in law William Tyler executor to this my last will and testament.

In Witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal this 12 day of April Anno Dom. 1775

                                    Ann Mason (her mark)

signed sealed and acknowledged

in the presence of

William Leigh

Diana Leigh

 

At a court held for Mecklenburg County the 11 day of May 1778

This will was proved by the oath of William Leigh a witness thereto & ordered to be recorded and on the motion of William Tyler the executor therein named who made oath thereto & together with Isaac Brown his security entered into and acknowledged their bond in the penalty of fifty pounds conditioned as the law directs certificate was granted him for obtaining a probat thereof in due form.

                                    John Brown, cc

 

 

Mecklenburg County, Virginia, Will Book 1, Page 413

John Hutcheson’s Will

 

In the name of God, Amen, I John Hutcheson of the County of Mecklenburg & Commonwealth of Virginia being in a lingering state of Health but of sound & Perfect memory Thanks be to the Almighty for the same & calling to mind the mortality of this life & that it is appointed for all men once to die; do make and declare this my last Will and Testament in manner and form following, Viz.

Imprimis my will & desire is that my whole estate be kept together (Except the effects hereafter Devised) till my youngest child comes to the age of ten years to raise my children upon then all my negroes (except the negroes hereafter lent to my wife) to be appraised thrown into lots according to appraisement,  As many lots as my wife & Children (Except my son Chiles Hutchison ) and those of my wife or Children that gets the best lot for him or her ????? according to age  ????(bottom of page unreadable)  said Negro left him by his grand father should and as much as the rest  of my Children’s Lots that they the rest of my Children Lots shall be so as to make his Lot equal with theirs of the negroes ---  Item I give and bequeath to my son Chiles Hutcheson at lawful age One horse saddle & bridle one feather bed & furniture & my desire also is that all the rest of my children should have the same as I have in the last Clause Devised to my son Chiles when they come to age or marry; in an equitable a manner as possible.   

Item my will & desire is that that if any of my Children should marry or settle out that such Negroe or Negroes as can be best spared be lent to them for their conveniency during pleasure of my Executor hereafter named

Item I lend unto my beloved wife Betty Hutcheson one choice negro out of my stock of Negroes in my estate at the time of Division and not to be lotted off with the rest also one good horse saddle & bridle Six head of Cattle six head of Sheep Ten head of Hogs also a bed and furniture a Chest & table Two Iron pots three dishs Three Basons six plates six Chares & an equal part of earthenware as may be at that time all her choice of such effects During her natural life. 

Item my will & desire that at the said division of Negroes among my wife & Children as aforesaid that all my Land except One hundred Acres including the plantation and improvements (which said hundred Acres I lend to my wife during her natural life) be sold and the Money thence arising be equally divided amongst all my Children.  also at the decease of wife my desire is that all the estate both real & personal lent her as aforesaid be sold and the Money thence arising be Equally divided among all my Children (to wit) Chiles Hutcheson, John, Samuel, William, Jemima, Mary, Susannah, Elizabeth, also the one my wife is Big with if it comes to perfection my desire is that it may have an equal part with the rest. 

Item my will ad desire is that if any my said Children die before they arrive to a lawful age or Marriage that then their part of my estate shall be equally divided among the survivors.

Item it is also my desire that if either of my Children aforesaid should after the Division aforesaid loose by Misfortune their Negroe before they come of age before mentioned that half their loss shall be made up to them by the other Children which was not so unfortunate.  Also the slaves that may fall to them at the said division To them & their Heirs lawfully begotten or their assigns forever.

Lastly I appoint my Friend & Brothers Charles Richard & Peter Hutcheson also my two sons Chiles & John Hutcheson Executors of this my last Will & Testament  In Witness whereof I have hereunto set my Hand and affixed my Seal this twenty fifth day of June Ano. Domini 1781

                                               

                                                                        John Hutcheson

Signed Sealed in the presence of

Thomas Pettus

Clus. Coleman

Wm. Baber

 

At a court held for Mecklenburg County the 13th day of April 1782

This Will was proved by the oaths of Thomas Pettus & Cluverius Coleman Witnesses thereto and ordered to be recorded and on the motion of Richard Hutcheson & Peter Hutcheson two of the executors therein named who made Oath thereto & together with Cluverius Coleman & Charles Hutcheson their securities entered into and Acknowledged their Bond in the Penalty of two thousand five hundred pounds Specie conditioned as the Law directs Certificate was granted them for obtaining a probat of the said Will in due form Liberty being reserved for the other Executors therein named to join in probat when they shall think fit

 

                                                                        Teste.  John Brown ClCur

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Mecklenburg County, Virginia

Will Book 2, page 161-164, William Roffe’s Will

 

In the name of God, Amen.  I, William Roffe, Sr. of the County of Mecklenburg and the Commonwealth of Virginia being sick and weak of body but of sound sense, mind and memory, do make constitute and appoint this my last will and testament in manner and form following.  That is to say Imprimis:  I give unto my eldest son William Roffe one Negro man named Humphrey one other named Will and one Negro wench named Fann and her increase to him and his heirs forever.  Which slaves above mentioned my son William Roffe has had possession of before my making this instrument of writing.

 

Item:    I give my said son William Roffe one book called Burketon, the new Testament also one desk to be delivered him at the death of me and my wife to him and his heirs forever. 

 

Item:    I give unto my second son Lewis Roffe a Negro woman named Jude a boy named Sam one other boy named Jacob, a Negro girl named Charlotte one other girl named Kesiah and a newborn man child born of the said Jude and the future increase of the said Jude and the other females above mentioned to him and his heirs forever.  Which slaves above mentioned my son Lewis Roffe has had possession of before my making this instrument of writing.

 

Item:    I give unto my third son Edward Roffe a Negro woman named Luck, a Negro boy named Allan, a Negro boy by the name of Sam and one other boy by the name of Dave one sorrel horse bridle and saddle bed and furniture and all future increase that may descenf from the said Luck to him and his heirs forever. 

 

Item:    I give unto my fourth son John Roffe one Negro boy named Moses one other boy named Alexander, one Negro girl named Viney and one other girl named Pheba and the increase of the above mentioned Viney and Pheba to him and his heirs forever.

 

Item:    I lend to my loving wife Elizabeth Roffe my land and Plantation where I at present live containing by estimation three hundred and twenty five acres all my stock of cattle hogs and sheep all my household and kitchen furniture and all the slaves that I die possessed of that I have not before bequeathed to my children and a sufficiency of corn and fodder to take care of her and family also the stocks left in her hands and as much tobacco as may be sufficient to cloth and feed the hands left her for her support during her natural life and at her death my will and desire is that the plantation above mentioned be equally divided between my sons Edward Roffe and John Roffe but if either of my said sons Edward or John die without issue the survivor to take the whole of the land.

 

Item:    I give unto my fourth son John Roffe one horse bridle and saddle one bed and furniture to him and his heirs forever.

 

Item:    My will and desire is that after the death of my loving wife Elizabeth that the Negroes remaining at her death be equally divided between my four sons William Roffe, Lewis Roffe, Edward Roffe, and John Roffe and if either of them die with out heir then the Negroes be divided among the surviving brothers. 

 

Item:    I desire after the death of my loving wife Elizabeth Roffe my executors hereafter named my make sale of so much of my household furniture or stocks of cattle, hogs or sheep as may be sufficient to raise money to purchase two Negro children of a year old each which children I give and bequeath as follows.

 

Item:    I give one to my grandson William Brame, son of James Brame to him and his heirs forever.

 

Item:    I give the other Negro child to my granddaughter Lucy Brame, daughter of Thomas Brame to her and her heirs forever.

 

Item:    I desire the balance of the stock and household furniture that may remain after the purchasing the salves above directed may be equally divided between my two daughters Sarah Brame, wife of James Brame and my other daughter Elizabeth Brame, wife of Thomas Brame which I give to them and their heirs forever. 

 

Lastly, I do nominate and appoint my friend William Johnson and my eldest son William Roffe executors of this my last will and testament.  In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and affixed my seal this 30th day of December 1784.

                                                                                                Will Roffe (his mark)

Signed, sealed published and declared by the said William Roffe to be his last will and Testament in presence of us. . . . . .

            Elizabeth Pool (her mark)

            Mary Pool (her mark)

            Mary Johnson

 

At a Court held for Mecklenburg County the 13th day of March 1786

This will was proved by the oaths of Elizabeth Pool and Mary Pool witnesses thereto and ordered to be recorded and on the motion of William Johnson & William Roffe the executors therein named who made oath thereto and together with Reuben Vaughan Edward Goode and Thomas Burnett their securities entered into and acknowledged their bond in the penalty of two thousand pounds conditioned as the law directs certificate was granted them for obtaining a probat thereof in due form.

                                                            Teste.    John Brown  C. C

 

Mecklenburg County, Virginia

Will Book 3, page 244-245, John Keeton’s Will

 

In the name of God, Amen.  This eighteenth day of October the year of our Lord, One thousand seven hundred and ninety-four, I, John Keeton Sr., of Mecklenburg County being very sick and weak in body but of perfect mind and memory, thanks to God for the same, and knowing that it appointed for all men to die do make and ordain this my last will and testament, that is to say, first and principally I recommend my soul into the hands of God that gave it hoping at the general resurrection to receive the same again through the merits of Jesus Christ and my body recommend to the earth to be buried in a Christian and decent burial at the discretion of my Executors hereafter named.  And as touching such worldly estate as it hath pleased God to bless me in this life with, I give devise and dispose of in manner and form following (all my just debts being first duly paid):

 

Item:    I give unto my son John Keeton five shillings cash, to him and his heirs forever.

 

Item:    I give unto my daughter Mary Cardin five shillings cash to her and her heirs forever.

 

Item:    I lend unto my loving wife Elizabeth Keeton during her natural life two Negroes to wit, Jane and Peter, also the best featherbed and furniture, four head of cattle of her choice, six hogs, and all the sheep as also one black mare and saddle, likewise the cart and yoke of oxen One table and best chest, four chairs and all the pewter together with the use of the plantation.

 

Item:    But that nothing of the articles before lent should be moved out of this county, neither off the said plantation.

 

Item:    My desire is that the rest of my estate be it of what kind so ever shall be kept together until my youngest child arrives to the age of ten years and then to be equally divided among all my children hereafter named to wit, Fanny, Hannah, Anne, William, Joseph, Warner, Thomas, James, Betsy, Edmund and Sally Keeton to them and their heirs forever in case either of my children should die before the expiration of the time (having no issue lawfully begotten of their body) for their part to be equally divided among those then living.  My wife being now great with child, in case it should live to share equally with the rest of my children.  At the death of my wife, all that I lent her shall be equally divided among all my children before mentioned in division to them and their heirs forever.

 

Lastly, I appoint my friend John Coleman and my loving wife Elizabeth Keeton my whole and sole executor and executrix of this my last will and testament revoking all others before made by me and confirming this alone to be my last will and testament.

 

In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and affix my seal the day and year first above written.

                                                                                    John Keeton

Singed sealed published and declared by the said John Keeton as his last will and testament in presence of :

William Algood

Peter Burton

 

At a court held for Mecklenburg County the 9th day of February 1795

This will was proved by the oaths of Peter Burton witness thereto.  And at a quarterly court held for the said county the 9th day of March following.  The said will was further proved by the oath of William Algood another witness thereto and ordered to be recorded.

 

                                                Teste.

                                                            William Baskerville, Clerk court

 

At a court held for Mecklenburg County the 3rd day of June 1795

On the motion of Elizabeth Keeton the executrix named in the said will made oath hereto and together with William Creath.  __?__?__ her securities entered into and acknowledged their bond in the penalty of one thousand pounds conditioned as the law directs certificate was granted her for obtaining a probate the said will in due form liberty being reserved for executor therein  named to join in the probate when he shall think fit.

                                                            Teste.  William Baskerville, C C

 

(last line of note on side of page unreadable on copy)

 

 

Mecklenburg County Virginia

Will Book 4, page 240, Paulina Smith Will

 

In the name of God amen I Pollina Smith of the County of Mecklenburg and State of Virginia being weak in body but of sound mind do make this my last will and Testament I give to my Son John P. Smith & his Heirs forever a negroe Man named Davy one white Cuched huckaback

Counterpin one blue flowered homespun Blanket Item I give to my Son Robert Smith one Cow and calf one Pine Table one new Bed quilt one Checked huckaback Counterpin and twenty Pounds to be paid him by John P. Smith within six months after my death Item I give to my Son Robert Smith one new bed quilt and new Cuched bed cover.  Item I give unto my grand Daughter Patsey Pennington my riding saddle In Witness whereof I hereunto set my hand and seal this twenty seventh day of March in the year of our Lord Eighteen hundred

In Presence of                                                                      Paulina Smith

Joseph Sped Jr.

Jacob Ladd

 

At a court held for Mecklenburg County the 6th day of December 1800

This will was proved by the oath of Joseph Speed Jr. a witness thereto and ordered to be recorded                                         Teste.  William Baskerville, cc

 

Mecklenburg County Virginia

Will Book 5, Page 180-181, Chiles Hutcheson’s Will

 

In the name of God amen I Chiles Hutcherson of Mecklenburg County and State of Virginia being in a low State of Health but of a Perfect and sound mind and knowing the certainty of having Once to Die do make this my last will and Testament First my soul to God that gave it me & as to my worldly affairs to be Disposed of as follows;

Imprimus  I lend to my beloved wife Fanny Hutcherson one Negro man named Davey one third of the land I now live on one bed and furniture one choice Horse During her Natural life and at her Decease to return to my Daughter Elizabeth C. Hutcheson to her and her heirs forever.

Item  I give to my Daughter Elizabeth C Hutcherson the remainder of the land  I live on, one Negro Woman Phillis one negro Boy Frank one Bed and furniture to her and her lawful heirs forever.  but in case my Daughter Elizabeth C. Hutcherson Should Die before she enters into marriage then and in that case my will is it should be equally Divided between my three Brothers and two Sisters to wit John Hutcheson, Samuel Hutcheson, Richard Hutcheson  My Sisters Jimmia Ferrell, Polly Johnson to them and their heirs forever.  Item my will and Desire is the remainder of my Estate should be sold and all my Just Debts Paid and in that case if there should be any money arising therefrom to be Divided as follows my beloved wife to have one third and my Daughter Elizabeth C Hutcherson to have balance.  Lastly I constitute my Brother John Hutcherson Richard Hutcherson and Allen Johnson my Executors to this my last will and Testament in Witness whereof I have Hereunto set my hand this 20th day of April One thousand Eight Hundred and three.

                                                                        Chiles Hutcherson

Witness:

Jonathan Bailey

Jessee Insco

Peter Hutcherson

 

At a court hold for Mecklenburg County the 10th day of September 1804

This will was proved by the oath of Jonathan Bailey Jesse Insco and Peter Hutcherson Witnesses thereto and ordered to be recorded and on the motion of John Hutcheson one of the Executors therein named who made oath thereto and together with Pettus Phillips & William Brown his securities entered into & acknowledged Their bond in the penalty of ten thousand dollars Conditioned as the law directs Certificate was granted him for obtaining a probat of the said will in due form liberty being reserved for the other execs. therein to join in the probate when they shall think fit.

                                                            Teste.  William Baskerville, c cur

 

Mecklenburg County Virginia

Will Book 5, page 398-400, Richard Hutcheson’s Will

 

In the name of God amen I Richard Hutchuson of Mecklenburg County and state of Virginia being in perfect health. sound in mind and of a disposing memory do constitute and ordain this my last will & testament this second day of December eighteen hundred and six.

Item  I lend unto my beloved wife Mary Hutcheson during her natural life the plantation whereon I now live together with all the improvements and appurtenances thereunto belonging also four negros slaves to wit Mingo, Fanny, Tabby and Loremoore and all their future increase likewise two first choice of horses, one yoke of steers head, eight choice head of Cattle. six Choice head of sheep, ten head of hogs, thirty Barrells of Corn. two Choice feather beds and furniture one Chest and table. four pewter Basons, four Dishes, one Dozen plates, six sitting Chairs, two Iron pots, one Dutch oven, one skillett and spice Mortar, one case of knives & forks, one loom and gear, two spinning wheels, one flax wheel, two pair of cotton Cards and one pair flat irons also a sufficient quantity of plantation utensils for the above mentioned hands to work with my will and desire further is that if I should die in any short time after laying in my pork that in lieu of the hogs devised to my wife that she may have one third part of the  pork and 2 first choice of sows and pigs and after her Death all the above mentioned property to be disposed of as may be hereafter mentioned.

Item  whereas I have furnished and given those of my children who have gone from me and are now acting for themselves with several articles of property therefore in order to do equal justice to those who are now under my care I give unto my Daughter Elizabeth Chiles Hutcheson one horse and one feather bed and furniture to her and her heirs forever I also give unto my son Charles Hutcheson one horse bridle and saddle and one feather bed and furniture to him and his heirs forever provided neither of them are furnished with above mentioned articles before my death.

Item  my will and desire is that my tract of land on the Meherrin River together with all my property of what nature or kind soever be sold by my executors on a credit of twelve months and the money arising from the sale thereof I give and devise as follows to wit.  To my son William Hutcherson I give one ninth part to him and his heirs forever.

Item  I give & devise to William Brown and my Daughter Sally his wife one ninth part to him and his heirs forever.

Item  I give and Devise to my son Richard Hutcheson one ninth part to him and his heirs forever.

Item  I give & devise to my son Peter Hutcheson one ninth part to him and his heirs forever.

Item  I give unto my son Ambrose Hutcheson one ninth  part to him and his heirs forever.

Item  I give unto John Turner and my Daughter Polley his wife one ninth part to them and their heirs forever.

Item  I give and devise unto my Daughter Elizabeth Hutcheson one ninth part to her and her heirs forever.

Item  I give & devise unto my son Charles Hutcheson one ninth part of him and his heirs forever provided that each of them of the above named Children pay the respective charges that may appear in my books at the time of my Death.  My will and desire further is that the other ninth part of the money arising from the sale heretofore directed be laid out by my executors in a young negro or negroes between the age of ages of eight ad twelve and lent to my Daughter Anna Brame during her life provided they are not sold by her husband but if the Anna should be dispossessed of them by any person or persons my will and desire is that they be immediately taken by my executors or a Guardian appointed by the Court for the heirs of her body and the negro or negroes so purchased be sold or hired for the said heirs and 2 thirds of the profit arising from the interest of the money or hire of the negros be given to my Daughter during her life and at her death the principal and interest of in money if not the negros be equally divided amongst the heirs of her body of the said Anna Brame but the said Anna is to pay my Charge that I have against Richard Brame before she should be entitled to any part of the above mentioned sale nevertheless it may be paid out of the said sale money.  Item after the death of my beloved wife it is my will and desire that the land. slaves & their increase, stock and their increase, and also the furniture & plantation utensils which is lent to my wife shall be sold at public sale and the money arising therefrom equally divided between all my Children except Anna and my will and desire is that the one ninth part of the money arising from the sale be laid out by my execs. for the said Anna and the heirs of her body in the same manner as the profit arising from the other sale and under the same

Lastly I constitute and appoint my friend John Hutcheson son of Charles William Hutcherson and William Brown executors of this my last will and testament  In Witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal the day and year above written

                                                                        Richard Hutcheson

Witness:

Redmond Smith

William H. Smith

John Hutcheson

 

At a Court held for Mecklenburg County the 12th day of January 1807

This will was proved by the oaths of Redmond Smith and William H. Smith witnesses thereto and ordered to be recorded and on the motion of John Hutcheson Sr one of the exec. therein named who made oath thereto and together with John Hutcheson (son of John) and William Davis his securities entered into and acknowledged their bond in the penalty of twenty thousand dollars conditioned as the law directs certificate was granted him for obtaining a probat of the said will in due form liberty being reserved for the other excrs therein named to Join in the probat when they shall think fit

                                                                        Teste.  William Baskervill, cc

 

 

Mecklenburg County Virginia

Will Book 7, page 5-6

Will of William Poole

 

In the name of God, Amen I William Poole Sr. of the County of Mecklenburg, being of sound mind and memory do make and ordain this my last will and testament in the manner and form following to wit.  I leave unto my son William all my estate real & personal to him and his heirs etc forever. 

Item I give unto my son-in-law John Morgan the sum of one dollar current money of Virginia to be paid to him by my son William immediately after my death.

Item I leave to my daughter Elizabeth thirty pounds current of Virginia to be paid to her by my son William as soon after my death as it may be applied for.

Item I leave to my two grand daughters Nancy Morgan and Rebecca Morgan each sum of five pounds current money of Virginia to be bestowed on them by my son William as he may think proper either for their education or other necessary purposes under age or directly after

Item the balance of my estate of any description and kind whatsoever I give and bequeath to my son William and his heirs forever.  My Will and desire is that my estate shall not be appraised.  Lastly, I appoint my son William Poole and Wilson Walker executors to this my last will and Testament hereby revoking all other heretofore made by me.  In Testimony whereof the said William Poole Sr. hath hereunto set his hand and affixed his seal this 24th day of October 1807.

 

Witnesses:                                                                William Poole Sr.

William Ezell

Thomas Farmer

Richard Farmer

 

At a court held for Mecklenburg County the 16th day of July 1810,  This will was proved by the oath of William Ezell and Thomas Farmer witnesses thereto and ordered to be Recorded;  and on the motion of William Poole Jr. one of the Executors therein named who made oath thereto and together with James Harwell William Ezell and Wilson Walker his securities entered into and acknowledged their bonds in the penalty of one thousand pounds conditioned as the law directs Certificate is granted him for obtaining a Probat of the said will in due form  Liberty being reserved for the other Executor therein named to join in the probat when he shall think fit.

 

                                                                        Teste.  William Baskerville

 

Mecklenburg County Virginia

Will Book 7, page 50-53

Will of Samuel Puryear

 

In the name of God Amen, I Samuel Puryear Sen. of Allens Creek in the County of Mecklenburg and State of Virginia being of sound mind and disposing memory do constitute appoint and ordain this to be my last will and testament.  It being my wish to dispose of all the estate both real and personal with which I am seized possessed of or have title to, among my Wife, Children and Grand children.  I Give devise and bequeath the same in the manner following and under the following Conditions.

ToWit: I lend unto my Wife during her life or Widowhood part of the land on Which I now reside Known by the name of Crowder’s Tract, lying on the south side of Creek and bounded by the lands of John Oliver and my son Peter Puryear, I also lend to my wife during her life or Widowhood a Negro fellow by the name of James, one cow and calf one feather bed and furniture one Bay Horse Known by the name of Bird, one sow and Pigs and one years provision in corn meat and wheat, commencing from the first day of January ensuing the time of my death.

            I give bequeath and devise to my sons Peter Puryear and John Puryear and their heirs equally to be divided between them all my lands lying on the North side of little Creek except that from the said Peter’s share is to be deducted the value of the land which I gave him to erect his mile on, the said value to be ascertained by these disinterested person who shall be appointed by the Court of Mecklenburg.  I also devise and bequeath to my two said sons Peter Puryear and John Puryear and their heirs the tract of land which I have lent as aforesaid to my wife during her life, to be equally divided between their heirs after death or marriage.

            I give devise and bequeath to my Grand Children of my late son Thomas Puryear to Wit Robert Puryear, Samuel Puryear, John F Puryear, Lucy Burton and Sarah Puryear one half of my tract of land lying on Butchers Creek to them and their heirs forever....

             I give devise and bequeath the other half of the aforesaid Butchers Creek tract to my Grand Children the children of my son Samuel Puryear. To Wit Jane Hudson, Mary Puryear, Nancy Puryear, Frances Avery and McIntosh Puryear to them and their heirs forever with respect to the division of the aforesaid land between the children of my son Thomas and my son Samuel it is my will and desire that the division which is as made of the same by my two sons when living shall be valid and binding upon my aforesaid Grandchildren.

            It is my will and desire that my tract of land lying in Warwick County and containing by estimation one hundred and twenty five acres shall as soon as convenient after my death be sold and the money therefrom arising be equally divided between my grand Children, Betsey Brown, and Patsy Brown or any other children of my Daughter Sarah Brown who shall be living at my death. 

After all my just debts are paid it is my will and desire that all the rest and residue of my Estate not heretofore dispensed of be divided unto five equal parts and distributed as follows To Wit: One share to my son Peter, one share to my son John, one share to the children of my Daughter Elizabeth Crowder, one share to the children of my son Thomas and one share to the children of my Son Samuel excepting therefrom Elijah Puryear to whom I give one shilling and it is my will and desire that when the said division takes place of my personal estate the advancement or gifts land money or other property which I have made any of my Children or the fathers or mothers of my Grand Children and particularly a Negro man named Ben which I give to my son Samuel in his lifetime) are to be considered in the above distribution.  I also give and bequeath to my Daughters Elizabeth Crowder the sum of Thirty pounds to be paid to her as soon as convenient by my Executor after my death,  I also give and bequeath to my Daughter Elizabeth after the death of my wife all the personal property which I have lent to my Wife during her life.

I hereby Constitute and appoint my sons Peter Puryear and John Puryear Executors of this my last Will and hereby revoking all former Wills by me made, I have this the tenth of April 1810 written my hand and affixed by seal

                                                            Samuel Puryear (his mark)

Test.

Wm. Brown (son of James0

John Hudson

Robert Oliver

 

At a court held for Mecklenburg County the 17th day of December 1810

            This will was proved by the oaths of William Brown, son of James, and Robert Oliver witnesses thereto and ordered to be recorded and on the motion of Peter Puryear one of the executors therein named who made oath thereto and together with William Brown (son of James) Joseph Butler and Walter Frayser his securities entered into and acknowledged their Bond in the penalty of Four Thousand Dollars, conditioned as the law directs, certificate is granted him for obtaining a probat, of the said Will in due form, Liberty being reserved for the other executor therein named to Join in the probat when he shall think fit,

                                                            Teste:  William Baskervill, ct cur

 

Mecklenburg County Virginia

Will Book 7, page 93-94, Richard Thompson Will

 

In the name of God, amen.  I, Richard Thomson of Mecklenburg County being infirm in body but in perfect mind and memory do make and ordain this my last will and testament in form following, that is to say, I recommend my soul into the hand of Almighty God that gave it and my body I recommend to the earth to be decently buried and such worldly estate which it hath pleased God to bless me with I lend to my beloved wife Sarah Thompson during her life.

 

 I will in the following manner: I give unto my son John Thomson one hundred acres of land lying on Buckhorn Creek on the north side of the road beginning on Tisdale’s line thence on the said Tisdale to the said Thomson line thence up the said Thompson’s to Leffords old place to him and his heirs forever. 

 

I give to Mary Stringer ten shillings. 

 

I will and bequeath to my son Richard Thomson One Negro man by name Peter to him and his heirs forever. 

 

I will and bequeath to my son Randolph Thomson one Negro boy by name John to him and his heirs forever. 

 

I will and bequeath to my son William Thomson my land and plantation whereon I now live the quantity being three hundred acres be the same more or less to him and his heirs forever. 

 

I give to my daughter Elizabeth Johnson ten shillings

I give to my daughter Sarah Curtis ten shillings

I give to  my daughter Lucy  Thomson one bed and furniture

I give to my daughter Patty (?) Thompson one bed and furniture

 

and the remainder of my estate to be equally divided between my children by name, James Thomson, Charles Thompon, Lucy Thompson, Lurany  Thompson and Patty Thompson my son James Thomson shall reduct ten pounds Virginia money out of his part for a rifle that he took out of my possession

 

I direct and constitute my son Randolph Thomson and William Thompson to be my executors to this last will and testament In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal this twenty-seventh day of January seventeen hundred and ninety eight.

 

Signed and sealed in presence of:                                  Richard Thomson

Robert Allen                                                  (his mark)

Matthew Allen

John Allen

 

At a court held for Mecklenburg County the 20th day of May 1811

This will was proved by the oaths of Robert Allen and John Allen witnesses thereto and ordered to be recorded.  And on the motion of William Thompson one of the executors therein named who made oath thereto and together with John Hutcheson and John Allgood his executors entered into and acknowledge their bond in the penalty of $5000 conditioned as the law directs Certificate was granted him for obtaining a probat of the said will in due form Liberty being reservied for the other executor therein named to join in the probate when he shall think fit.

 

                                                                        Teste.

                                                                                    William Baskerville

 

Note: Names Thomson and Thompson used interchangeably in this document.

 

Mecklenburg County Virginia

Will Book 7, pages 245-247

Will of William Ballard

 

In the name of God I William Ballard of Mecklenburg County and State of Virginia being in my usual senses and memory do make and Ordain this to be my last will and testament revoking all others by me heretofore made. 

First and principally, I recommend my soul to God my maker and my body I desire may be buryed at the discretion of my executors.  My estate I dispose of in the following manner.  to wit

I give and bequeath unto my daughter Faitha one negro woman by the name of Nelly one horse saddle and bridle One feather Bed and furniture including all the Bed Cloths called hers.  One pine chest one spinning wheel and one hundred dollars cash to her and her heirs forever. 

I give and bequeath unto my Daughter Mary one negro girl by the name of Phobe One horse saddle and bridle one feather bed and furniture including all the bed cloths called hers one pine chest and one hundred dollars cash to her and her heirs forever. 

I give and bequeath unto my daughter Elizabeth Wilson, wife of Caleb Wilson, One negro woman by the name of Jenny One saddle and bridle one feather bed and furniture all of which she is already in possession of to her and her heirs forever.

I lend unto my daughter Rebecca Daws wife of John Daws during her natural life one negro girl by the name of Lucinda One horse saddle and bridle one feather bed and furniture all of which she is already in possession of

I give and bequeath unto my son-in-law John Overton one horse saddle and bridle and one featherbed and furniture all of which he is already in possession of to him and his heirs forever.

Having heretofore by deed recorded  in a Mecklenburg Court given to my grandchild Faitha Gray and William B. Overton children of John Overton two negroes.  I decline Giving them any thing in addition thereto.  the said negroes and other future increase being all Intended for them of my estate.  My will and desire is that my executors hereafter named or any One or more of these be and are hereby empowered to sell my Lands in such manner and on such credit as they or any one or more of these may think proper and make good and sufficient right in fee simple to the purchase thereof also my household and kitchen furniture my stock of every Kind and also disposed of and all my plantation Utensils and my Crop and the money arising therefrom to be applied to the payment of all my Just debts and the two hundred dollars to my daughters and should it be necessary to make further provision for this purpose aforesaid I desire that my executors or any One or more of them sell such of my negroes as they think proper for the purpose of paying any balance of my debts or the two hundred dollars aforesaid.  But should the sale of any of my negroes be rendered unnecessary and those should remain a surplusage from the sale of my Lands stocks plantation Utensils and crop after the payment of my just debts and the aforesaid two hundred dollars I desire that my daughter Mary, Faitha, Elizabeth shall each have of such part thereof and the children of my Daughter Rebecca have also one fourth part thereof to be applyed and used for their benefit by my executors as they shall think fit.  My will and desire is that all my negroes (excluding Fanny now in the possession of John Overton, and whom I direct a suit to be commenced for)  not already disposed of that may remain after the payment of my just debts and the cash legacies be equally divided between my daughters Mary, Faitha, Elizabeth and Rebecca and that the proportion that may be allotted to my daughters.  Mary Faitha and Elizabeth I give and bequeath to them respectively and to their heirs forever and the proportion that may be allotted to my Daughter Rebecca I lend her during her natural life and after her death I give them and their future increase together with Lucinda heretofor mentioned  and her future increase to her Rebecca’s children to be equally divided between them to ??? I give them and their heirs forever. 

I hereby charge the Legacy for my Daughter Rebecca and her children with the sum of fifteen pounds which my executors are required to make by sale of such part thereof if necessary—having paid about that sum on account of her husband John Daws since his removal from this county.

I constitute and appoint my friends Jess Hutcheson, Jones Gee ad William Baskerville executors fo this my last will and testament In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and Seal this ninth day of January 1811.

                                                                        William Ballard (his mark)

In presence of :

Charles Baskervill

Henry Hicks

Adam Davis

John Garer

Edw. Delony

 

At a court held for Mecklenburg County the 15th day of June 1812

This will was proved by the Oaths of Henry Hicks and Edw. Delony witnesses thereto and Ordered to be recorded.  And at a court held for the same County the 20th day of July in the year aforesaid, On the motion of Wm. Baskervill one of the exec. herein named who made Oath thereto and together with Mark ???  ???? and Chas. Baskervill his securities entered into & acknowledged their bond in the penalty of Fifteen thousand dollars conditioned as the Law directs certificate is granted him for Obtaining a probat of the said Will in due form liberty being reserved to the other exec. named in the said will to join in the probat when they shall think fit.

                                                                        Teste: William Baskerville

 

Mecklenburg County Virginia

Will Book 9, page 473- 474

Will of Joseph Keeton

 

    In the name of God, Amen, Joseph Keeton of the County of Mecklenburg and State of Virginia being of perfect and sound memory thanks be to Almighty God, and Calling to mind the Inmortality (sic) of the body and knowing that it is appointed for all men once to die do make ordain constitute and appoint this to be my last will and Testament and first and principally I recommend my soul to Almighty God who Gave it and my body  to the earth to be buried in a decent and Christian manner and as to the worldly Estate is had pleased God to bless me with, I give and divide in manner and form following.

    Imprimis, I will and desire that all my Just debts be well and truly paid.

    Item, I lend unto my Beloved wife Martha Keeton during her life the whole of my Estate not herein devised, Consisting of land negro or stock of all kind and every Other article I own or possess and my will and desire is that she should sell or dispose of any part thereof for her Comfortable, maintenance during life. 

    Item, the negro Boy Jesse which my son Leonard Keeton has now in his possession I give to him and his heirs forever as a part of his share in my Estate.

    Item, I give unto my son Joseph fifty one acres of land which is deeded to him and his heirs forever as part of his share in my Estate.

    Item, I lend unto my Daughter Susanna Tucker, one negro Boy Peter, during her life with fifty acres of land to be laid off in the most convenient manner where she now lives, not taking any part of my plantation to be delivered to her without further obligation or receipt for the same and at her Death I give the said negro boy Peter and the fifty acres of land to be equally divided among all her children to them and their heirs forever.

    Item, the negro boy Ned which my Daughter Agnes Johnson has now in her possession, I give to her and her heirs forever as a part of her share in my Estate.

    Item, I Give unto my Children Mary Turner, John Keeton, Achoredge Talley, Martha Keeton and Elizabeth Day to each of them five Shillings current money of Virginia to them and their heirs forever.

    Item, after my wife’s death I Give and Bequeath unto my Daughters Agnes Johnson and Susannah Tucker the whole of my household and Kitchen furniture consisting of Bed and furniture with every Other article whatever it may be to them and their heirs forever.

    Item, after my wife’s death my will and desire is that the residue of my Estate not herein devised shall be sold and a credit of twelve months and the proceeds arising there from to be equally divided among my children, Leonard Keeton, Joseph Keeton, Agnes Johnson and Susannah Tucker to them and their heirs forever,

    and lastly, I appoint Churchwell Curtis, John Hutchinson (Capt.) and my Beloved wife Martha Keeton Executors and Executrix of this my last will and Testament revoking and disannulling all others in Testimony whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal this thirteenth day of July in the year of our Lord One thousand Eight hundred and Twenty.

Signed, sealed and acknowledged                                  Joseph Keeton

In presents of

Churchsell Curtis

Allen Hunt

Warner C. Keeton

 

At a Court held for the County of Mecklenburg the 16th day of February 1824

The within written last will and testament of Joseph Keeton, Dec’d, was exhibited to the court and proven by the Oaths of Churchwell Curtis and Warner C. Keeton subscribing witnesses thereto and ordered to be recorded.  and on the motion of John Hutcheson the Executor therein named who made Oath thereto according to law, and together with Churchwell Curtis and William Hutcheson (their securities) entered into and acknowledged their bond in the penalty of five thousand Dollars conditioned as the law directs Certificate is granted him for attaining probate thereof in due form.  Liberty being reserved for the other Exec. & Exex to join in said probat when they shall think fit.

                                                            Teste.  Edw. L. Tabb, Cmc

 

 

Mecklenburg County Virginia

Will Book 13, page 10

Sarah Puryear’s Will

  

I Sarah Puryear of Mecklenburg County do make my will in manner and form following – that is to say – my will & desire is that all my interest both real and personal in the estate of my late father John Puryear, deceased, shall at my death be equally divided between my brother Peter & my sisters Mary, Lucy S & Rhoda Puryear with whom I now reside and in the event of either of their deaths my will & desire is that the property before mentioned shall revert to and remain with the survivor or survivors and hereby appoint my said brother & sisters above mentioned my executors & executrixes this my last will & testament. 

  In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand & seal this 22 day of Dec. 1824

                                                                                    Sarah Puryear

Test.

Alex L Field

R. H Walker

J F Field

At a court held for Mecklenburg County at the Court house thereof on sixteenth day of July1832  The foregoing last will and testament of Sarah Puryear deceased was this day produced in open court and proved by the oaths of the three subscribing witnesses thereto and ordered to be recorded.

                                                                                    Teste:  I G Baptist

(margin note)

At a court held for Mecklenburg County at the court house thereof on the 17th day of Dec 1838 – on motion of Peter Puryear who made oath thereto and together with Thurgood Jones his securities entered into and acknowledged their bond in the penalty of $6000 conditioned according to Law license is granted him to obtaining letters of administration in due form on ??? Sara Estate??? with the will aforesaid annoted.

                                                                        Test: R B Baptist

 

Mecklenburg County, Virginia

Will Book 17, page 174

Will of Leonard Keeton

 

In the name of God, Amen.  I Leonard Keeton of the county of Mecklenburg in the State of Virginia being of sound mind and disposing memory and taking into consideration that once it is appointed for all men to die Do make constitute and ordain this to be my last will and testament in manner and form following hereby revoking and annulling all other wills by me heretofore made.  In the first place I will my soul to God who gave it and my body to be decently buried.  Secondly I will and desire that all my just debts together with my funeral and burial expenses be first paid by my Executors hereinafter named.  Thirdly I will devise and bequeath unto my Daughter Elizabeth J. Keeton one featherbed bedstead and furniture subject to her choice out of the stock of beds and furniture now in my home or which may be at my death.  one large hair trunk four Calico bed quilts one white figgured and one dimity counterpain one calico bed cover one spotted blanket five sheets one table cloth six towels and six pillow cases.  Fourthly I will devise and bequeath unto my daughter Emily Keeton one feather bed, bedstead and furniture, out of the remainder left.  one morrocco trunk one blue pine chest one stuffed and one dimity counterpain.  Three calico bed quilts one spotted blanket, one calico bed cover four sheets one table cloth six towels and six pillow cases.  Fifthly  It is my will and desire that the balance of my Estate both real personal and perishable be sold on Twelve months credit out of the sales of which I will and desire that my daughters Elizabeth J. Keeton and Emily Keeton be paid the sum of one hundred Dollars each.  The remainder to be equally divided between my eight children hereinafter named (to wit) Mary B. Ferrell Caroline B. Coley, Nancy B Ferrell Elizabeth J. Keeton, Emily Keeton Susanah Perkinson William A. Keeton and Joseph A. Keeton to them and their heirs forever except as hereinafter directed.  Sixthly It is my will and desire that should my daughter Susannah die without leaving a lawful Heir of her body, then and in that case her proportion shall remain or descend as the case may be to the remaining seven mentioned in the fifth clause of this my will to be equally divided between them.  Seventhly  It is my will and desire that should any of my children or any person interested for them attempt to overturn annul or destroy the force and effect of this my last will and Testament they shall receive no part of my estate whatever.  Lastly  I do hereby constitute and appoint Thomas Keeton of the County of Lunenburg and John W. Pettus of the County of Mecklenburg Executors of this my last will and Testament  In testimony whereof I have hereunto set my hand and affixed my seal this 20th day of April in the year of our Lord eighteen hundred and fifty                                        

 

                                                                        Leonard Keeton