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William S. Marye, Last Will and Testament

The information on this page was originally part of the Genealogical Society of Page County (GSPC) website. GSPC was dissolved in 2005. Permission has been granted for use by Teresa Kelley

GSPC Newsletter, Vol. 7, No. 2, Spring 1996
The following will is recorded in Will Book No. A, page 379, housed at the Page County Clerks Office, Luray, Virginia

I, William S. MARYE, of the County of Page do hereby make my last Will and Testament in the manner and form following:

To my wife, Mary MARYE, I give and bequeath the Plantation on which I at present reside, to have and to hold during her natural life, but after her death it shall fall to my son, Frederick A. MAREY at a valuation to be immediately after my death by three persons to be appointed by the County Court of Page and out of the amount of valuation thereof, I wish my son, F. A. MARYE, to have Two Hundred Dollars more than any of my other children on account of his having served me longer than any of the others and in case it should so happen that a part of the tract hereby devised should have to be cut off to pay my debts, I wish it to be done by discreet persons, also appointed by the County Court of Page and the said division, should it be necessary, to be made so as to do the least possible injury to the tract. An in the event of said land being cut off, then a revaluation must take place, and the amount of which it is valued in either case, I wish to be equally divided among my following children, namely: F. A. MARYE, James T. MARYE, George T. MARYE, Lewis C., Simon Bolivar, Willis Young, and Mary Ann MARYE. F. A. MARYE retaining as above stated Two Hundred Dollars the advantage, and to pay off the rest of the above named heirs in three equal annual installments. To my three married daughters namely: Elizabeth SIBERT, Eleanor SIBERT, and Dianna RUFFNER, I give and bequeath the sum of one dollar each to be paid them by my Executor herein after named. Believing that they already received their full share of my estate is the reason and the only reason for naming them in this manner. It is further my will and desire that as soon after my death as my Executor herein after named may find it most convenient or advantageous he shall proceed to sell at public auction all my personal property consisting of all my slaves except Negro, Esther and her infant child, Sara Ann Stock, of every description household and kitchen furniture, pork that is killed this fall also excepted, which I wish to be for the use of my wife and family, said Executor shall also proceed to sell at such time and on such credit as he may judge best all my Town Lots in Luray and a tract of land on Stony Run and he is hereby empowered to sell, convey, and make title to the same in as ample form and manner as I could or would devise were I personally present, and the proceeds to the above sales it is my will and desire should be applied to the payment of my just debts as speedily as it can be done. The above named Negro, Esther and her child, Sara Ann and their increase, I give and bequeath to my wife, Mary MARYE and her heirs forever. To my son, Lewis C. MARYE, I give and bequeath a new broad cloth coat made for myself and my home spun great coat. To my brother, James T. MARYE, Sen., I give and bequeath all my other coats, waist coats, and pantaloons of which I die seized and possessed. To my friend, Henry S. ROSE, I give and bequeath a pair of old silver rim spectacles, and a remaining two pair of silver rim spectacles, I give and bequeath to my wife, Mary MARYE. Item: I hereby declare it to be my last will and desire that my son, Frederick A. MARYE, shall not be compelled to pay the first installment to the rest of the heirs herein named, until one full year from and after the death of my wife, Mary MARYE shall have passed away.

Lastly: I do hereby nominate and appoint my son, Frederick A. MARYE, my sole Executor of this my last Will and Testament, hereby revoking all other wills by me in anywise made satisfying, allowing and confirming this only as my Last Will and Testament. In witnesses whereof, I have here unto subscribed my name and affixed my seal, this 11th day of September in the year of our Lord 1837.

Wm. S. Marye (Seal)

Signed, sealed, published and declared by the said Wm. S. Marye to be his Last Will and Testament in presence of us who in his presence and in the presence of each other have subscribed our names as witnesses:

J. R. Robertson
Milly G. Gordon
James Wm. Modesitt

1st Codicil - It is my will and desire furthermore that my said wife, Mary MARYE shall school and board my two youngest children, Bolivar and Willis, and that Mary Ann my daughter, shall continue to live with her mother as she has done until her death or marriage, and in addition to the reservation made of the pork that may be laid up this fall, I will and desire that there be sufficience of corn and wheat also reserved to last my family one year and it is further my will and desire that my wife retain and keep three of my beds and furniture such as she herself may choose, and also one milk cow of her own choice. In testimony of which I have unto set my hand and seal the above date:

Wm. S. Marye (Seal)

Signed, sealed and published and declared in the presence of us:

J.R. Robertson
George Young
Gabriel Gordon

Hillside - Page County, Virginia September 20, 1837
2nd Codicil - I, Wm. S. MARYE, do constitute this as an additional codicil to my Will heretofore made, my wife shall retain every species of silver plates that I may die possessed of, consisting of spoons, sugar tongs, etc. She shall also retain one bureau. The bureau and book case in the parlor belongs to my daughter, Mary Ann MARYE, together with the desk upstairs which I wish her to retain. I give and bequeath to my daughter, Mary Ann MARYE, the dressing glass and table in her room upstairs. Witnesses my hand and seal the date above written:

His Mark
Wm. S. Marye

Geo. T. Marye
George Young
Lucy Booton

Page County To-Wit:
At a Court held for the said County of Page on Monday the 2nd day of October 1837, the foregoing Will and Codicils were produced to the Court and the Will was proved by the oaths of Jas. R. ROBERTSON and James William MODESITT, witnesses thereto and ordered to be recorded and the 1st Codicil was proved by the oaths of James R. ROBERTSON and George YOUNG, witnesses thereto and ordered to be recorded, and the 2nd Codicil was proved by the oath of George YOUNG, a witness thereto which is ordered to be certified and Frederick Augustus MARYE, the Executor, therein named made oath thereto and together with John LIONBERGER, John R. BURNER, Edward ALMOND, and Wm. C. C. ABBOTT and his securities entered into and acknowledged a bond in the penalty of $140.00 conditioned according to law a certificate is granted him for obtaining a probate of the said Will and first Codicil in due form.

Wm. A. Harris, C.C.

A Copy, Teste:
James S. Campbell, Clerk

Recorded in Will Book No. A, Page 379