Transcribed by Bryson C. Cook
Will of Charles Lewis, Jr. of Pittsylvania and Patrick, VA
In the name of God, Amen. The twenty-fifth day of December One Thousand Eight Hundred and Thirty. I, Charles Lewis of Patrick County State of Virginia being very sick and weak of body but of perfect mind and memory thanks be to God. Therefore calling unto mind the mortality of my body do make and ordain this my last Will and Testament in the following manner.
As touching such worldly estate wherewith it hath pleased God to bless me with in this life I give desire and dispose of the same in the following manner and form.
First of all it s my will that all my just debts should be paid out of my estate.
Second, I give to John Foster all my land lying between Boyd Spring and my upper crop fence with a straight line to the top of the ridge.
Also, I give unto Thomas Ogle all my land beginning at the ford of the creek at the at the said Ogles mill thence east to Wm Cloud line thence with P--- lin south to the creek as it wanders up to the beginning.
Also I give to my son Archibald a parcel of my land founded as follows beginning near Boyd Spring running west to the top of the ridge by Hillsbranch then with the county line to a black walnut tree standing near the grave yard thence a strait line to the ford of the creek at Ogles Mill thence east with Ogle’s line to his corner thence northerly opposite Boyd Spring thence west to the beginning.
Also, I give to my son William a parcel of my land bordered as follows: beginning on the ridge near Hall’s branch at Archibald’s corner I the county line thence south west to the back line then as --- so as to include all my land lying between the above name south west line and Ogle’s line and Archibald’s line.
The balance of my land I give unto my three sons, Fielding, Charles and Warner to be equally divide between them.
Also, I give to my daughter Jane a Negro girl named Ruth.
Also, I give to my son Archibald a Negro by named Samuel by his paying Levi Johnson one hundred dollars in trade to be applied to the support of his family to be pain in installments yearly.
Also, I give to my son Archibald my Negro woman Eliza by his talking care and supporting his sister Nancy while she lives.
Also, I give to my daughter Molly a Negro girl named Sally.
Also, I give my Mill to my two sons William and Archibald.
Also, it is my will if any of the persons of the witness names a negro in my will should die without him the Negro or Negros should be equally divided between the rest of my children except Fielding and Charles and Levi Johnson.
Also, it is my will that all my personal property be sold to pay my debts.
Also, I constitute make and appoint my two sons, Charles and Archibald, my executors to this my last will and testament and I do hereby revoke and dismantle all former testaments and wills by in any way made ratifying and confirming this and no other to be my last will and testament.
In witness where of I have here unto set my hand and seal this day and date above written.
Singe sealed and delivered by the said Charles Lewis in presence of us the subscribers:
James W. Wackop
Recorded, Patrick County, VA Court, March1831.