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First--It is my will and desire that all my just debts be paid---
Secondly---That it is my will and desire that my beloved wife Tabitha Tavenner keep possession of and enjoy the use of my dwelling house in which I now reside together with the kitchen, smoke house, milkhouse, cornhouse, stable and garden which are now in my possession and that my son Eli Tavener furnish her with six barrels of flour, ten barrels of corn, one thousand pounds of Bran and Shorts and six hundred pounds of pork yearly and every year during her natural life and that the said Eli do furnish her with sufficient firewood delivered at her door, and to pasture one horse and three cows and furnish them with a sufficient quantity of hay and straw each and every winter during her life and I also give to my said wife one horse and three cows of her own choice with as much of my household and kitchen furniture as she may think sufficient for her use and to have the thousand dollars which I shall hereafter direct to be paid by my son Eli.---
Thirdly---I give to my daughter Hannah Wildman her heirs and assigns forever one half section of land (which I purchased from Jesse Hirst) in the state of Ohio in Township No 15 and now in possession of her----
Fourthly--I give to my son Richard Tavener the sum of ten shillings having already given him what I believe to be nearly his part of my estate. My son Joseph Tavener has likewise had my assistance in purchasing his land. I also give him ten shillings having already advanced a considerable sum to him. Unto my son Jonah Tavener his heirs and assigns forever I give and devise the tract of land he formerly lived on and which he sold to David Reece for which I have made a conveyance I give and devise to my son Isaac Tavener his heirs and assigns forever one moiety of all that tract of land which I purchased of David Taylor that part on which the said Isaac now lives, but the said Isaac is to pay to my Executors within two years after my decease the sum of one hundred pounds Virginia currency unless he discharges the same after the date hereof and previous to my decease ---I give and devise unto my daughter Barsheba Silcott her heirs and assigns forever the other moiety to half of said Barsheba is to pay to my Executors within two years after my decease the sum of one hundred pounds Virginia currency subject to the same exceptions as in her brother Isaac's case. I do hereby direct my executors to pay my daughter Sarah Hatcher one hundred dollars per years for five years provided she should live so long which sum I consider sufficient having previously given her a part of my estate. Unto my son James Tavener I give the sum of ten shillings having given him what I believe to be his part (as can be seen by referring to an article of agreement recorded in the office of the county court of Loudoun dated January 1823 and it is my will that my son James be released from the payment of all the money I have charged him with before this date. I give to my daughter Mary Tavenner one thousand dollars and one feather bed and bedding the money to remain in the hands of my executors and they to pay her the interest annually, and what ever more they think will be sufficient for her support unless she marry and have lawful issue then and in that case the money to be at her disposal. But if the said Mary should die without lawful issue it is my will that her daughter Betsy be entitled to her legacy to be paid to her the said Betsy when she arrives to the age of eighteen years or should marry. I also give to my granddaughter Betsy daughter of my daughter Mary one hundred pounds Virginia currency, the money to remain in the hands of my executors they to pay the interest annually to support and school the said Betsy until she arrives to the age of eighteen or marries. I do hereby direct my executors to pay to my daughter Tabitha Batson two hundred dollars annually for four years provided she should live so long, having previously paid her the sum of two hundred dollars--
I give to my son Eli Tavenner the plantation or tract of land whereon I now live to him his heirs and assigns for ever (excepting what is already laid off to my other children and lot of woodland containing about eighteen acres which I sold to my son Joseph Tavenner and was purchased back by me) supposing to contain one hundred and forty six acres more or less but the said plantation shall be subject to all encumbrances and expenses respecting the provisions and privileges first mentioned to be made for my wife during her natural life--
I likewise direct my son Eli pay to wife Tabitha Tavenner one thousand dollars in five equal annual payments; the first payment to be made in twelve months of my decease. I likewise give to my son Eli all my farming utensils; and I do hereby direct my executors hereafter named to sell to the best advantage either at private or public sale all the land I may die possessed of excepting such as has been herein devised, by this my last will and to convey the same to the purchaser or purchasers, and after paying the before mentioned legacies to my children and others the remainder of my Estate to be equally divided amongst Richard Tavenner, George Tavenner and his children collectively (to have one share equal to the above named legatee excepting his son Hiram Tavenner and him have the sum of two hundred dollars, the balance whatever it may be shall be equally divided into nine parts, one part to my son George Tavenner and one ninth part to each of his children except the aforesaid Hiram him to have as above stated if any of the children of the said George should die before they are of age or have lawful issue their part of the estate to be equally divided between the survivors of them, none of the children to receive their legacies until they are of age or should marry--)
Joseph Tavenner, Jonah Tavenner, Isaac Tavenner, Barsheba Silcott and Mary Tavenner and the children of James Tavenner collectively to have one equal share to the above named legatees and the said share to remain in the hands of my executors the interest of which to be applied toward to education of the children of James Tavenner and the dividend of the said share to be paid to them as they become of age. I have four shares in the Leesburg turnpike road company which I give; two shares to my grandson George Tavenner, son of my son Eli; when they arrive to the age of twenty one years, if either of them should die before they arrive to that age the one who may survive to be entitled to the four shares. I give to Lucinda Roach (now living at my son Eli's) daughter of Hannah Roach the sum of sixty dollars to be paid to her when she arrives to the age of eighteen years, but if she should die before she arrives to that age the legacy to revert back to my estate and be divided as before mentioned. And I further direct my Executors to pay to Hannah Roach the sum of twenty dollars per year so long as she lives with my wife after my decease.----
But I do hereby direct that if my son George Tavenner does not exonerate me or my Executors from the securityship wherein I am now bound with him to the Estate of George Nixon deceased that he shall received no part or dividend of my Estate as before mentioned excepting the sum of two hundred dollars aforesaid which I direct my executors to pay to his son Hiram Tavener when he arrives at the age of twenty-one years but the interest to be paid annually towards supporting and schooling the said Hiram. And lastly I hereby nominate and appoint my sons Richard Tavenner, Joseph Tavenner and Jonah Tavenner Executors of this my last Will and testament fully authorizing them to make conveyances for any land I have sold and not conveyed or what they may sell of mine mentioned in this my last Will, hereby revoking all former wills made by me. In Witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal this twenty fifth day of November in the year of our Lord eighteen hundred and twenty three 1823.
his George X Tavenner mark
Sealed, signed and delivered in the presence of
J. B. Hamilton
At a Court held for Loudoun County March 13, 1826--A paper purporting to be the last Will and testament of George Tavenner dec. was presented to the Court and proved by the Oaths of Jonah Sands and C.W.B. Hamilton and ordered to be recorded---And at another day to Wit---At a Court held for Loudoun County March 16th 1826 On the move of Jonah Tavenner and Joseph Tavenner the Executors therein named who made oath as such and who together with Seve White, Richard Tavener, Isaac Nicholls and Garret Walker their securities entered into and acknowledged their bond in the penalty of $23,000 conditioned according to Law Certificate is granted him for obtaining a probate thereof in due form.
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