Will of Thomas Hill

dated 7 April 1795, recorded 14 January 1799


Anderson-Lathem Papers, 1771-1881, Library of Virginia Accession #23634, Box 6, Folder 30, Will of Thomas Hill, 1799.

Submitter's note: Thomas Hill died unmarried and childless and the legatees in his will were his sister Mary Jones and her children James Jones and Priscilla Jones, children of his deceased sister Jane Campbell, half brothers William Courtney, Thomas Courtney, John Courtney and Philip Courtney and the children of his deceased sister Elizabeth Dillard.

The use of xxxxs in the transcription denotes that the word was illegible to the transcriber.


In the name of God amen I Thomas Hill of the County of King & Queen and parish of Saint Stevens being of Sound and xxxxxxing mind and memory do make and ordain this writing to be my last will and testament Item I give unto my sister Mary Jones (Subjecting her to the payment of the money hereafter mentioned) one of my certificates which is for six hundred and eighty six dollars and six cents all the money that may be in the house all my xxxxx all my household and kitchen furniture and plantation utensils. all my horses cattle sheep and hogs. all my crops. my large gun and every thing in and about my house except my smallest gun & saddle & bridle to her and her heirs forever. ---

Item I hereby xxx my sister Mary Jones for and during her natural life my land and plantation whereon I now live together with all my negroes and their increase with liberty to dispose of by will those negroes that may be under the age of twenty one years at the time of her death untill the said negroes shall respectively attain to the age of twenty one years --- Item from and after the death of my sister Mary Jones I do hereby emancipate and set free all my negro slaves that xxxx shall have attained to the age of twenty one years and those negro slaves that are under the age of twenty one years at the time of the death of my said sister Mary Jones I do xxxxxxxxxx emancipate and set free as they shall respectively xxxxxx xxx the age of twenty one years. Item after the death of my sister Mary Jones it is my will and do direct that the land and plantation whereon I now live be equally divided as to quantity the dividing line to begin on the river and to run to xxxx’s line The upper half of the land I give to my Nephew James Jones together with my smallest gun to him & his heirs forever. and the other half of the land including the houses I give to my neice Priscilla Jones to her & her heirs forever --- Item In case the above named James Jones and Priscilla Jones or either of them or any person for them or either of them shall commence suit for anything due or said to be due from me as the administrator of their deceased father William Jones or for or on account of my having failed to settle my account of my administration of the estate of the said William Jones It is my wish that such suit shall considered as a forfeiture of his her or their legacy or legacies given him her or them so suing and I do hereby xxxxxxxx it to be a forfeiture as aforesaid Not withstanding any thing herein before contained to the contrary and such forfeited legacy or legacies I give to the children of my deceased sister Jane Campbell equally among them to them and their heirs forever. --- Item I give to the children of my deceased sister Jane Campbell (subjecting them to the payment of the money hereafter mentioned) three of my certificates. one given for nine hundred and fourteen dollars & seventy three cents one other for four hundred & fifty seven dollars and thirty seven cents & the other for two hundred & eighty six dollars & sixty three cents amounting in the whole to one thousand six hundred & fifty eight dollars & seventy three cents to be equally divided between them to them & their heirs forever. --- Item I give to my half brothers William Courtney Thomas Courtney John Courtney and Philip Courtney and to the children of my deceased sister Elizabeth Dillard (subjecting them to the payment of the money here after mentioned) my other two certificates one for one thousand and sixty one dollars and sixty five cents the other for five hundred & thirty dollars & eighty three cents amounting to one thousand five hundred and ninety two dollars & fifty one cents. I give one fifth thereof to each of my said half brothers and the other one fifth part thereof, to the children of the said Elizabeth Dillard equally among them to them & their heirs forever. --- Item I give to the above named Philip Courtney my saddle and bridle. --- Item In case Judgment shall be obtained against my executors and my estate made liable for the payment of the money or any part thereof, for which I became bound together with George Lyne John Harwood. and Robert Curtis as security for one William Shackelford Since deceased It is my will and do direct that my sister Mary Jones shall pay towards discharging the said judgment the sum of two hundred and twenty pounds and that the residue of the said Judgment be paid by the children of the before named Jane Campbell the said William Courtney Thomas Courtney John Courtney Philip Courtney and the Children of the said Elizabeth Dillard each one of them paying in proportion to their several and respective legacies herein before given them. Item It is my will and desire that there be no appraisement of my estate --- Lastly I xxxxxxxxxxxx and appoint the before named William Courtney and Robert Pollard executors of this my last will and testament to whom I give twenty pounds to be equally divided between them or to the one that shall prove and take upon himself the execution thereof and it is my will and desire that my sister Mary Jones pay the said legacy of twenty pounds In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and affixed my seal this 7th day of April in the year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred and ninety five ---
Sealed published & declared
by the testator to be his last
will & testament in presence of
John Carlton Sen’r
Benjamin Pace
Thomas Hill    Seal

A Codicil to this my last will and testament
It is my will and desire that all of my certificates be held by my executors untill the interest for twelve months thereon shall be received which interest I give to my sister Mary Jones notwithstanding any thing in my will to the contrary

Witness my hand and seal the 7th day of April 1795
Sealed & delivered
In the presence of
John Carlton Sen’r
Benjamin Pace
Thomas Hill    Seal

At a Court held for King & Queen County at the Courthouse on Monday the 14th of January 1799 this last will and testament of Thomas Hill dec’d and the codicil thereunto xxxxxxx were offered for proof by Robert Pollard one of the executors therein named and were proved by the oaths of John Carlton and Benjamin Pace the witnesses thereunto subscribed and also by the oath of the said executor and are ordered to be recorded
 Teste
    Robert Pollard CC
A Copy
    Teste

Virginia; King and Queen County Court
I Robert Pollard Clerk of the county aforesaid do hereby certify that the foregoing writing is the true last will and testament with the codicil thereto, of Thomas Hill xxxxx and recorded in my office. --- In testimony whereof I have hereunto xxxxxxxxxxxxx and caused the seal of the county to be affixed this xxxx day of November xxxx.
 Ro. Pollard C.C.


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