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I, Robert Elgin, being of sound mind, and disposing memory, but feeble in body, calling to recollection the uncertainty of life and wishing to dispose of my property, do make this my last will and testament, revoking all others by me heretofore made.
First: I wish all my just debts paid, and to the accomplishment of which, I desire that my property be kept together so long as it is likely to accomplish that end, but should it, at the discretion of my executor hereinafter named be advisable to sell my personal estate, I hereby direct it to be done. and after the payment of my debts the proceeds of such sale with all my other property, to be equally divided among all my other children. My object is to secure the payment of my just debts.
Secondly: I hereby constitute and appoint my sons Robert, and Gustavus Fayette, executors of this my last Will and testament; and that they settle my estate without charging commission. I ? whereof thereunto set my hand and affix my seal this 28th day of February 1844.
Robert Elgin (Seal)
M. C. Shumate
At a Court held for Loudoun County April 8th 1844 This writing purporting to the last will and testament of Robert Elgin dec'd was this day presented to the Court and having been proved by the oaths of M. C. Shumate and Wm. Fulton two of the subscribing witnesses thereto and ordered to be recorded. And on the motion of Robert Elgin one of the executors therein named who made oath as such, and together with W. S. McPherson, Francis E. Thrift, Gustavus Elgin Exec. and John Littleton this securities are entered into and acknowledged a bond in the penalty of $10000 conditioned as the Law directs. Certificate is granted him for obtaining a probate thereof in due form. Inv. Appr. 2B62 An Inventory of Robert Elgins possessions was presented on April 13, 1844 by Wm. Fulton, M. E. Shumate and E. Hammatt, and was accepted by the Court.