JAMES MAJOR APPERSON
James M. Apperson of New Kent and State of Virginia, of sound mind and disposing
memory, do make this Will as follows:
1st - It is my desire that after my death, all my just debts and funeral
expenses be paid.
2nd - I loan to my wife, Mary A. E. Apperson my entire estate to be kept
together for the support of herself and my children and for their education, so
long as she may live and then to be divided equally amongst my three children
Cornelius J., Martha M., and James R. Apperson.
3rd - It is my desire that my father, Major D. Apperson have a home at my house
so long as he may live.
4th - To meet the expenses and carry out the provisions of this, my will, it is
my wish that all the stock and any of my personal estate that can be spared be
disposed of first.
5th - I leave my wife, Mary A. E. Apperson, executrix of this, my will and
testament, with the request to the court that no security be required of her.
Given under my hand this 9th day of May in the year 1866.
JAMES M. APPERSON
Delivered in presence of
Jno B. Vaiden
J. C. Timberlake
At a Court held for said County, July 11, 1867, the foregoing writing was proved
by the oaths of the subscribing witnesses and ordered to be recorded as the lst
Will and Testament of James M. Apperson, Dec'd.
Bat D. Christian, ct cur.
Reference New Kent Will Book 1, pg. 101
In the name of God Amen
I, John, C. Richardson of the County of New Kent and parish of Blissland, being
sick and weak in body but of perfect mind and memory, do make, constitute and
ordain this to be my last Will and Testament as follows:
First - I Recommend my soul to mercy of Almighty God who gave it being, hoping
through mercy and love of my blessed Savior Jesus Christ, to receive free pardon
and remission of all my sins.
Item: It is my will and desire that my executors, hereinafter named, sell such
part of my estate as may be necessary for the payment of my just debts, also as
much there of as they may think perishable.
Item: It is my will and desire that the balance of my estate be kept together as
it now stands, for the use and benefit of my beloved wife Susanna Richardson and
the whole of my children, for her and their maintenance and for the schooling of
my children, until such time that some of my children arrive at lawful age, or
marry, then it is my will and desire that my wife shall take the one-third of my
land during her natural life, and that such child should take an equal
proportion of the two-thirds that remains, with what children I then have living
and I give and bequeath the same to him or her and their heirs forever. The
balance after such child's part is taken out, to continue together as above
directed, and so on as my children come of lawful age, or marry, to receive
their part as above directed, which part when received, I give and bequeath to
such of my children as may at that time be living or their heirs, is any of them
should leave issue, lawfully begotten of their bode, the one-third part of my
estate that has been lent to my beloved wife to be equally divided amongst them.
Item: I mean to be understood that my land is to be equally divided between the
whole of my children, as well as the other property of my estate.
Item: It is my will and desire that my friend John Mitchell should continue to
live on my land, where he now lives, as long as he thinks proper on paying six
pounds per year, tending only the same land as he formerly has.
Item: I lend to my friend Robert Taylor, twenty acres of my land at the upper
end thereof, adjoining Mr. Benjamin Moore, during his natural life, where he has
a new house build, the same land to be free from control of any person or
persons whatever, and only for the use of him, the said Taylor, so long as he
lives. And lastly, I appoint my loving brother, Turner Richardson, and my
friend, John Mitchell, executors to this my last Will and Testament, hereby
revoking all other wills heretofore by me made, as witness my hand and seal this
10th day of May, 1802.
(S) John Richardson - Seal
Frances Apperson x - her mark
Wm. Parrish More
Last Will and Testament of William Bassett
In the name of God Amen, this Twenty eighth day of the Month of April in the
Year of Our Lord God One Thousand Seven Hundrey and Twenty, I William Bassett of
St. Peter's Parish in the County of New Kent & Colony of Virginia being of
sound mind and perfect memory praise be God for the same but considering with my
Self that all flesh must yield to Death and being desirous to settle mine
affairs in Order before I go hence and be no more seen, do make this my Last
Will & Testament in manner & form following.
Imprimis, I give & Bequeath unto Thomas Bassett, my grandson all that part
of land which is between Charles Flemin's Spring Branch and the corner ash which
is on Charles Fleming's line on Black Creeks Main Run hence up the Main Run of
Black Creek unto the aforesaid Charles Fleming's Spring Branch, To Have & To
Hold the said parts and parcels of land with all the rights and privileges to
the said land unto my Grandson Thomas Bassett and the heirs of his body lawfully
begotten and for the default of such heirs then to descent to my next Heir in
blood and so to proceed and escent from heir to heir in a right line forever.
Item - I give and bequeath unto my son John Bassett a parcel of land which is
between Wayoke Main Swamp and Charles Fleming's Spring Branch which branch runs
down to Thomas Ellyson's land with all it's rights and privileges as above said
unto John Bassett and his heirs to descent to my next heir in blood and so to
proceed and descend from heir to heir in a right line forever.
Item - I give & Bequeath unto my daughter Anne More a parcel on the North
side of Waynoke Main Swamp with all its rights as above said unto Anne More and
the heirs of her body and so to proceed and descend and descend from heir to
heir in a right line forever.
Item - I give unto my daughter Ursula Bassett one feather Bed & furniture
which she now lieth on. Also, I give unto my daughter Ursula Bassett two cows
and one horse.
Item - I give unto my daughter Mary Boughan one shilling.
Item - I give unto my daughter Elizabeth Howle one shilling.
Item - I give unto my son John Bassett one shilling.
Item - I give unto my daughter Urecilia Bassett one shilling.
(Few words lost in fold of paper) give unto my loveing wife Anne Bassett during
her widowhood and after her death what estate that shall be left then half of it
to be equally divided between my son John Bassett and my daughter Urecilia
Bassett and the other half to be equally divided between all my other children
that is to say, Mary, Anne, Elizabeth, Frances. Likewise my will and desire is
that my dear wife Anne Bassett shall live upon the plantation whereon I now live
with all the land running to the Branches which is called Charles Flemin's
Spring Branch and the same peaceably and quietly to enjoy and possess without
any molestation or trouble whatsoever during her natural life and after decease
the said plantation my will and desire is that my daughter Ursellia Bassett
shall live upon the aforesaid plantation during her natural life and after her
decease to return to my son John Bassett and his heirs forever, as is aforesaid
expressed. Also I desire and my will is that my wife Anne Bassett shall have
timber for building on the aforesaid plantation any part of my now said land and
hereby appointing my said wife Anne Bassett to be my true and lawful Exetx to
see my debts paid out of my Estate my funeral right somemnized and this my last
Will & Testament Fulfilled but no appraisement or inventory to be taken of
my estate. In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal this 15th of
Will Bassett (SEAL)
Sealed before us
Elmore Garrard Ellyson
New Kent 14: May 1724
Was presented in Court by A
The Execx therein named who made
Oath thereto and being proved
By the oaths of Peter Elmore
And William Elmore two of the
Witnesses thereto subscribed
Is admitted to record and probate
Thereof granted the said Execx.
On Reverse: Wm. Bassett Will for
By order of Danl Maggrur
To be copied off for ye sd Lewis
George Lyddall was in command of the Fort at Mattaponi during Bacon's Rebellion.
After this time he was established in New Kent Count on Black Creek until his
death on January 10, 1705. He died testate with a will made on 15th November
1703 which was proved on January 28, 1705 at New Kent Court:
Last Will and Testament of George Lyddall, November 15, 1703
In the name of God Amen: I, George Lyddall of ye Parish of St. Peter's in ye
County of New Kent in Virga, Gent: doe & imprimis, I give and bequeath unto
my well beloved son in law Capt. Joseph Harwood and his wife, my father and
mother's pictures in Little, they have in their possession.
Item - I give and bequeath unto my grandson George Wilkinson my mare Benny, ye
first mare foul she brings maybe and remain to his sister Judith Wilkinson.
Item - I give and bequeath unto my grandson Thomas Harwood, son of Capt. Joseph
Harwood my Black Rapier.
Item - I give and bequeath unto my deare and loving wife Jane Lyddall my two
Negroes by name Harry & Hannah & their future increase and I hereby
ordain and appoint my Beloved wife Jane Lyddall Full and & sole Executrix of
this my last will and testament giving and bequeathing unto her all my whole
Estate that Remains after ye payment of ye above Legacies. I say all my Estate
that remaineth both Real & Personal whether here or in England, and in
Witness whereof I have here (Revoking all other wills) sett my hand & Seale
this fifteenth day of November 1703.
Proved January 28th 1705 by ye oaths of Thomas Henrson and James Melons.
Witnesses Thos. Henderson, Sarah Henderson, James Melons and Stephen Sunter.
Reprinted from Planters, Plantations and Places in New Kent County, by Dr.
Malcolm Harris, with permission of author's son.