Will of Henry Howard, 1839, Chesterfield County, VA - Submitted by SisLynn@aol.com
CHESTERFIELD CO. VA/
WILL BOOK 15, PG. 312-313
HENRY HOWARD, WILL DATED MARCH 8, 1839,
PROVED JUNE 14, 1841
I Henry HOWARD of the county of Chesterfield, do constitute, make and ordain this my last Will and testament, Towit: My debts are to be paid with due dispatch; I give to the children of my brother William HOWARD my Three slaves David, Tillis and Linda and their increase, to them and their heirs forever.~
My will and desire is that after my death, that all the balance of my negroes (except those above given away), towit: Sally and her children and her grand children namely Amy, Rebecca, Fanny, Mary, Isham, Allen, Ala, Delia, Delitha, Edward, William, James, Francis, Anderson, Elijah, Polly, Emeline,
Louisa and Jordan be emancipated and set free, with all their increase from this date.
My will and desire is that all the balance of my property both real and personal not heretofore given away, emancipated or set free, be sold by my executor hereafter appointed; and my will that my executor give my negro woman Sally whom I have above emancipated, Five hundred dollars, and The balance of the money arising from such sale, with any money that I may leave at my death, to constitute a fund for The purpose of removing my said emancipated slaves to some free state, and the balance after such removal to be paid out in the purchase of land in such state, for the benefit of all such negroes as I have emancipated in this will I ________, to them and their heirs forever. I appoint my friend Higgison
HANCOCK executor to this my last will and testament. In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal this 9th day of March 1839.
Signed, sealed and delivered in presence
of us and the testator
H. HOWARD (Seal)
Samuel C. ROPER
In Chesterfield county court June 14th, 1841 The last will and testaments of Henry HOWARD deceased was proscribed in court, proved by the oath of A. SPEARS and Samuel C. ROPER subscribing witnesses thereto and ordered to be recorded ~
Higgison HANCOCK The executor in said will named renounces his right to qualify as such, which is ordered to be entered of record.
Teste P. Poindexter, Clk