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                             Will of Richard Parsons

I know very little of Mary Agnes Parsons and her husband John Midkiff.  I do have, however, an extract of Mary's FATHER's will - made and probated in Pittsylvania County.  Hope this will help someone in Patrick Co. trace roots to Pittsylvania. Regards and good hunting. Dusty Smith

Page 159-160 Pittsyl. Co. Wills
Dated 22, Dec. 1785
Probated Feb. 21, 1785
Last Will and Test.

Richard Parsons being old and weak in body buy enjoying my usual reason and memory.  To my well beloved daugther HANNAH MADKIFF  and her husband Joseph Madkiff, one shilling.  To my well beloved daughter AGNES MADKIFF  and her husband John Madkiff, one shilling. To my well beloved son GEORGE PARSONS, one shilling. To my well beloved son, JOSEPH PARSONS, one shilling.  To my well beloved son SAMUEL PARSONS,the  land where he now lives a dividing line to be made by Samuel and my Son WILLIAM.  To my beloved son WILLIAM PARSONS the land whereon he now lives to be divided as above.  The above land is under a mortgage for which Samuel is liable, should he not pay this, the land to be sold and he mortgage paid. To my well beloved daugther LYDIA YATES and her husband STEPHAN YATES, all my blacksmith tools. My wife and I are now living with my daughter Lydia and her husband Stephan Yates, and they are treating us with the greatest kindness, it is my desire that they have the remainder of my estate at the decease of mysel and my wife.  I appoint my sons Joseph and William Parson  executors.
Richard (x) Parsons.

Witnessed by John Parks, Samuel Parks and Richard Johnson.

SOURCE:  Abstracts of Pittsylvania County, Virginia Wills, 1767-1820 Compiled by Lela Adams.

Please note, that AGNES MADKIFF, wife of JOHN is believed to be MARY AGNES PARSONS.
Please also note the alternative spelling of the surname MIDKIFF.

Submitted by: Dusty Smith
P.S. I am searching the Midkiff/RIGNEY connection if anyone has a lead, however small.

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