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In the name of God Amen. I, William Clayton of the county of Brunswick and Parish of St. Andrew's being sick of boddy but in sound memroy do make and ordain this my last will and testament in manner following to wit. Item my will and desire is that all my just debts should be just paid and then my will and desire is that my hole estate both land , Negros and everything else should be equally divided between my five children: Anneliza Clayton, Robert Clayton, Richard Clayton, Edward Clayton, and William Clayton. My will and desire is that every thing should be kept together and a crop made for the present year and at the expiration of the present year my will and desire is that my executor should have it in his power to seel lmy land and negroes and everything else belonging to my estate or is do what every he may think will be most profitable for the benefit of the children. I do appoint Richard Clayton my executor to the present will and a guardian for all my children before witness this the tenth day of January 1815.
Signed, sealed delivered in
presence of
William L. Coleman                                 William Clayton (seal)
Giles Crook
Nehemiah Nolly
Jeremiah Allen
Richard (his mark) Crittensew [?]

Brunswick County Court January 22, 1816,
the last will and testament of William Clayton dec'd was proved by the oaths of William L. Coleman, Nenemiah Nolly and Jeremiah Allen witnesses thereto and ordered to be recorded. Test: [can't read]

Will Book 8, pages 232 - 232, Brunswick County, Virginia

Submitted by Judy Spears