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Will of Hugh HOWELL
signed 6 March 1777 - 12 May 1777
found in Loudoun Co., VA

Transcribed and Submitted by Pat Obrist,

In the name of God amen the sixth day of March in the Year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred and seventy seven, I Hugh HOWELL of Shelburn Parish in the County of Loudoun and State of Virginia farmer being very sick and weak in body but of perfect mind and memory thanks be Given to God, calling into mind the mortality of my Body and knowing that it is appointed for all men once to die, do make and ordain this my last will and testament, that is to say Principally and first of all, I Give and recommend my soul into the hands of almighty God that Gave it and my body I recommend to the Earth to be buried in a decent christian burial. Imprmis(?) I will and desire that all my just Debts which I shall owe at the time of my Decease together with my Burial charges be duly observed and paid. I do hereby Constitute Depute and appoint William HOWELL, my son, and Timothy HIXON both of the same place to be my Sole executors of this my Last will and testament to act jointly or severally as the case may require; Item I give and bequeth unto Margret HOWELL, my well beloved wife, all my Land together with all my moveable Estate as long as She remains my Widow or during her natural life and in case She should marry to have what the Law allows a third. Item and after her Decease the Land with all the moveable Estate be sold and jointly divided among all my Children. Andrew HOWELL, Abner HOWELL, John HOWELL, Benjamin HOWELL, Daniel HOWELL, Ruben HOWELL, and Rachel and Ann HOWELL each having equal share ... all my land and estate to be ... by her freely possessed and enjoyed and I do utterly disallow revoke and disannul all and Every other former testament and will Legacies and Bequest and executors by me any ways before named willed and bequeathed, ratifiing and confirming This and no other, to be my last will and Testament in _____ whereof I have hereunto set my hand and Seal the day and year above written--

Signed sealed Published Pronounced and Declared by the said Hugh HOWELL as his Last will and testament In presence of us

his Hugh HOWELL seal mark

At the Court held for Loudoun County May 12, 1777. This Will of Hugh HOWELL Deceased was proved by the Affirmation of Francis HAUGUE and Cash of Timothy HIXON witnesses ___ thereto and ordered to be Recorded. And on the motion of William HOWELL, and Timothy HIXON Executors therein named, who takeing the usual Oath Certificate is granted them for obtaining a Probate thereof they giving security Whereupon the said William and Timothy with Francis HAUGUE and William HIXON their Securities entered into and acknowleged Bond in the Penalty of one Thousand Pounds in the Condition as the law directs__