In the Name of God Amen, May 7, 1744, I Frances Hicks of Brunswick Co., being sick and weak but in my perfect senses and memory (for which I glorify God) and being willing to settle my affairs and dispose of my estate do make constitute and appoint this to be my Last Will and Testament in manner and form following: Imprimis I commit my body to be decently interred and my soul in the hands of Almighty God hoping for salvation by and through merits of that Innaculate Lamb my Saviour Jesus Christ the Righteous. Item I give to my son George Hicks one large iron Pott a currying knife a fleshing knife and two satchels. Item I give to my son John Hicks all my horses and mares. Item I give to my son James Hicks six leather chairs six head of cattle and one large iron Pott. Item I give to my son Charles Hicks my slave Hatt and her child Hamme six head of cattle one bed six pewter plates and on table. Item I give to my daughter Frances Ransom two slaves Will and Kate four silver spoons two pewter dishes one pewter basin and one large table. Item I give to my grandaughter Elizabeth Ransom one girl slave named Susy. Item I give to my granddaughter Tabitha Irby one slave name Pepper four silver spoons two pewter dishes six pewter plates and six head of cattle. Item I give to my daughter Rachael Davis one bed a pair of sheets two blankets a large ragg bolster two pillows bedstead and cord four silver spoons two pewter dishes six pewter plates a firetong and shovel and one pewter bason. Item All my wearing clothes I give to my three daughters Frances, Elizabeth and Rachael to be equally divided. Item All the remainder of my estate after my debts are paid I give to my 3 sons George Hicks James Hicks and Charles Hicks to be equally divided between them and I do order that no appraisement to be made of my estate. Item I revoke and make null and void all wills heretofore by me made. Item I constitute and appoint my two sons George Hicks & James Hicks executors of this my Last Will and Testament. In Witness Whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal the day and year first above written. Signed by Frances Hicks. Signed sealed published and declared in presence of John Wall, Henry Beddingfield, and William Beddingfield.
At a court held for Brunswick Co., July 5, 1744, this last Will & Testament of Frances Hicks, widow, deceased was presented in court by James Hicks one of the executors therein named who made oath thereto according to law and the same being proved by the oath of John Wall, Gent., and Henry Beddingfield two of the witnesses thereto and ordered to be recorded on the motion of the said James certificate is granted him for obtaining a probate thereof reserving liberty to George Hicks, Gent., the other executor to join in the executorship if he thinks fit.
At a court for Brunswick Co., August 2, 1774, on the motion of George Hicks gent. one of the executors named in the last Will & Testament of Frances Hicks, widow, deceased and his making oath according to law certificate is granted to him for obtaining a probate in conjunction with the said James Hix the other executor in due form.
Will Book 2, page 93, Brunswick County, Virginia