WILLS OF PITTSYLVANIA COUNTY

Will of AbrahamCampbell

Deed and Will Book 11, page 289-290, Written Feb 9 1805; Proved Jan 20 1806

LAST WILL AND TESTIMONY. In the name of God, Amen, I Abraham Campbell of Pittsylvania County, weak in body but of sound mind and memory, do make my Last Will and Testament in manner and formfollowing to wit. In the first place, I give and bequeath to my son, RichardCampbell and his heirs forever, the old plantation whereon I now live,also all that part of my said tract of land situated and lying on the eastside of the road, that deed in the court house of this county, the nearestroad which I live. Secondly, it is my will and desire, that all the remainderof land and also all my personal estate shall be sold on a reasonable creditfor the best price than can be obtained, and it is my further will anddesire, that the money arising from the said sale shall be money equallydivided between my daughters as follows to wit: Agga Adams, Milly Kerby,Anna Thomas, Franky Watson, Betsy Campbell, Sally Richards, Lucy Worshamand Molly Worsham. Thirdly, I give to my son Henry Campbellone shilling. I hereby appoint my two sons-in-law Nathan Adams andFrancisWorsham, Executors of this my last will and testament, hereby revokingany will or wills I may have made of a date or dates prior to this.

Abraham (x) Campbell

wit: Jeduthan Carter, William Welch ,RichardElliott, John Long. John Adams, son of Nathan Adams ,deceased, security of executors Nathan Adams and Francis Worsham.

At a court held for Pittsylvania County the 20th day of January 1806, within, Last Will and Testament of Abraham Campbell, deceased, was presented in court and proved by the oaths of two of thesubscribing witnesses, thereto and ordered to be recorded, and on the motionof Nathan Adams and Francis Worsham, the executors therein named who madeoath according to law and together with John Adams, (son of Nathan, deceased,their security entered into and acknowledge their bond in the penalty fivehundred pounds, conditions as the law directs certificate is granted themfor obtaining a probatge of the said will in due form.

Teste: Will Tunstall, clk

Submittedby Carol Adams



ABSTRACT OF WILL WILLIAM THOMAS ,written May 10 1842, proved July 18 1842. Wife, but not named. Sons: Cammell,Benjamin, Abram and daughter Mary, and my several children.

Ex: Sons Ben and Abram. Wit: William H. Payne,O.E. Hambleton, William Payne (Note: Although his wife is not named, he married Ann Campbell, daughter of Abraham Campbell, marriage consentdated and signed by Abraham Campbell November 20, 1791)

Submittedby Carol Adams

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Will of BENJAMIN MORRIS,written Dec 13, 1791, proved July 21, 1794. Names son Samuel, daughterElizabeth Donelson, wife Mary Morris, names Mathew Creeland Mary Hedger (Hedges?) but doesn't state relationship, to Benjamin Morris's children, son John, son William.

Ex: Son Samuel Morris and his wife, Mary.

SubmittedCarol Adams


Will of WILLIAM MORRIS,written December, 1819, proved February 1831. Daughters Sarah Morris,Renthy (?) Morris, son John Morris, wife Mary Morris, and "mychildren". Witnessed: William Holley, E. Powell (?) and John ------?

Submittedby Carol Adams


Will of WILLIAM FINCH GARDNER ,written Sep 30, 1872, proved Aug 18, 1873. Names wife Martha Jane Gardner (Note: This is Martha Jane Shelhorse, daughter of Jacob Shelhorse) ,names son Jacob S. Gardner. Ex: wife, Martha Jane Gardner.

Submittedy Carol Adams


Will of BARNET SHELHORSE, Written July 18 1837, proved Aug 21 1837. Names wife, Mary, daughters Elizabeth,Sally, Nancy, Catherine, Jane and Susan. To William Yates, "whomarried my daughter Polly", son Jacob, son William, son Henry.

Ex: sons Jacob and Henry. Witnesses: RichardJones , William Thomas and William A. Anthony.

Submitted by Carol Adams



Will of GREENWOOD ADAMS,Written November 23, 1837, proved Jan 18, 1838, names wife Nancy(This is Nancy Thomas, daughter of William and Ann CampbellThomas ) Names granddaughter Mary Ann Adams, daughter of my son,JamesAdams. Names grandson Jesse G. Adams. Says, "each of my ownchildren".

Ex: is wife Nancy. Witness: B.F. Williams and A. G. Pritchett

Submitted by Carol Adams


Will of NATHAN ADAMS, written Oct 28, 1801, proved Sep 20, 1802. Wife Anne Adams, son JohnAdams , son Joel Adams, children William Adams, Sarah Belges,Betty Prosize and Rebeccah Mabry, daughter Polley Adams.

Ex: Anne Adams, wife. Witness: Tho H.Wooding,John Adams and James Sands (?)

Submittedby Carol Adams


Will of NATHAN ADAMS, written Feb 14 1823, proved May 19 1823. Names wife Aggy. (This Aggy is AgnesCampbell, the daughter of Abraham Campbell). Names children Greenwood,Mabry, Nancy, Harrison, Gabriel, Rossey, Polly, Susanna, Allen, Frankey.Names son Henry Campbell. Ex. nephew,James Adams, son ofmy brother John Adams. Wit: Thomas H. Wooding, Lewis Hagood, Redman Adams.

Submitted by Carol Adams


Will of BENJAMIN THOMAS, written Jan 27, 1863, proved Dec 2?, 1863. Names wife, Mary Thomas, "all my children". Names William Guerrent?, executor. Witnesses: JohnW. Guerrant, F. A. Swanson and C. H.

Submitted by Carol Adams

Will of GEORGE W. ADAMS, written March 15, 1856, proved Aug? 14?, 1856, to my beloved wife and child or children "as the case may be". R. V. Barksdale, ex. Witnesses, R.V. Barksdale, John W. Douglas and Judith? C. Man?.

Submitted by Carol Adams


Will of Richard Farthing

Pittsylvania County, Virginia Deed and Will Book 11-343 Page 150, Line 13

In the name of God amen! I, Richard Farthing ,of the County of Pittsylvania, being of sound mind and memory, do makemy last will and testament, that is to say;

I give to my son Landy Farthing, 30 acres of land more or less agreeable to the lines around the land whereon henow lives and being part of the tract whereon I now live.

I give to my son John Farthing 30 acresof land more or less agreeable to the lines around the land whereon henow lives and being part of the tract whereon I now live.

I give to my son William Farthing 30 acres of land more or less agreeable to the lines around the land whereon henow lives and being part of the tract whereon I now live to be laid offagreeable to the lines now established. I also give my son William theuse of the spring he now uses forever in common with his brother RichardFarthing.

I give to my son Abner Farthing 30 acresof land more or less agreeable to the lines around the land whereon henow lives and being part of the tract whereon I now live.

I give to my son Solomon Farthing 30 acres of land more or less agreeable to the lines around the land whereon henow lives and being part of the tract whereon I now live.

I give to my son Dudley Farthing one feather bed and furniture

I give nothing more to my daughters MichaelNicholas and Rebecca Parsons than what I have heretofore givenit them on their intermarriage that being in my opinion equal to theirportion of my estate.

I give to my son Richard Farthing the remainder of my estate real and personal subject to the payment of my just debtsand the maintenance of his mother Grisell Farthing during the remainder of her life and in the event of his failing or refusing to afford his mother sufficient maintenance for her comfort then and in that case it is my will and I direct accordingly that my wife the said Grisell Farthing shall enter upon and be possessed of all that part of my estate which I have conditionally given to my son Richard for and during her life and at her death it ismy will that the same revert to the said Richard Farthing his heirs andassigns forever.

lastly I do appoint my son Richard Farthing andmy friend Thomas H. Wooding executors to this my last will and testamenthereby revoking all former wills by me made.

In witness wherof I have hereto set my hand andseal this 11 th day of March 1807.

/s/ Richard Farthing

in presence of David Bradley Zachariah Riddle Examined Susana Wooding

At a court held for Pittsylvania County the 18th day of June 1810. This will was presented in court proven by the oathsof David Bradley and Zachariah Riddle two of the subscribedwitnesses thereto and by the court ordered to be recorded.

Teste Will Turnstall C.S.

Submittedby Barbara Farthing Bonham


Last Will and Testament Jeremiah Gray 23 May 1820

In the name of God Amen. I Jeremiah Grey ofthe County of Pittsylvania and State of Virginia being sick and weak in body but of sound mind and memory do make and ordain this my last willand testament in manner and form following (Imprimis) my will and desireis that my Executor hereafter named shall pay all my just debts.

Item. I lend unto my beloved wife, Nancy Grey, the tract of land lying on Sandy River where I now live including the mill and all other appurtainances during her natural life - and after her death to be equally divided between my following children: John Grey, CalvyGrey, Sally Grey, Adin Grey, Benjamin Grey and Itavia Grey tothem and to each of them and their heirs forever.

Item. I give unto my daughter Rebecca Fisher one Dollar to her and her heirs forever. Item. I give unto my son Joshua Grey one dollar.

Item. I give unto the living children of my daughter AneyPearson one dollar to be divided among them and their heirs forever.

Item. I give unto my daughter Elizabeth Williams one dollar to her and her heirs forever.

Item. Unto my son William Grey, one sorrel mare, saddle and bridle now in his possession and the one half of my Tract of land lying on Bean's Creek in Pittsylvania County to be laid off tohim on the West end of said Tract of land to him and to his heirs forever.By the last will and testament of my Brother Adin Grey at the death ofhis wife Elizabeth Gray he has willed me a proportion of his Estate andat her death my will and desire is that my wife Nancy Grey shall receiveone third of that Estate if she be then living during her natural lifethe other remaining part to be equally divided between the following childrenWilliam Grey, Jeremiah Grey, John Grey, Calvy Grey, Polly Grey, BenjaminGrey, Adin Grey and Itavia Gray to them to each of them and their heirsforever.

Item. I give all the remaining part of my Estate not heretofore mentioned to my wife Nancy Grey and for her to keep anyyoung children together till they come to the age of twenty one years oldor marry and shall school them as well as she can and at her death theone third of my brother Adin Grey's Estate mentioned in the above clauseshall be divided between the children mentioned in the said clause aboveprovided that each child therein named shall distribute his proportionablepart for the maintenance of my son James Grey who is of and unsound mindand my will and desire is that he shall remain with his mother during hisor her life and if he should be the longest liver that he shall be providedfor by my children that is mentioned in the above clause.

Lastly, I appoint and nominate my wife Nancy Gray and my son William Grey to be executors to this my last will and testament. In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and affixed my seal this23rd day of May in the year of our Lord 1820.

Jeremiah Gray

Signed sealed and acknowledged to be my Last Will and Testament in the presence of James Trotter David Boaz John PritchettJames Bullington

At a Court held for Pittsylvania County the 21st day of August 1820. This Last Will and Testament of Jeremiah Grey deceased was presented in Court and proved by the oaths of three of the subscribing witnesses thereto ordered that the same be recorded. And at another court held for the said county on the 21st day of August 1822 - the Executorsin this Will named having been summoned for that purpose and failing totake upon themselves the burden of the execution thereof -it is orderedthat Robert Walters Sheriff of the said county do take the Estate of thesaid Jeremiah Gray deceased into his possession and administer the samewith the Will annexed agreeable to law

.Pittsylvania County Circuit Court

Teste: Will Tunstall

Will Book 2 Clerk of Court Pages 537-538

Submitted byMolly Shumate


Last Will and Testament Nancy Gray 22 April 1850

My last will. I, Nancy Gray of the County of Pittsylvania and State of Virginia, do make and publish this my last Will and Testament, hereby revoking and making void all former wills by me at any time heretofore made: and first I direct that my body be decently interred in my old burying ground in the said County, according to the rights and ceremonies of thechurch of which I am now a member, and as to such worldly estate, as ithath pleased God to entrust me with, I dispose of the same as follows -First, I direct that all my debts and funeral expenses be paid as soonafter my decease as possible, out of the first moneys that shall come intothe hands of my executors, from any portion of my estate real or personal.

Secondly, I give to my son John my tractof land and its improvements. I give to my grandaughter Elizabeth A.Gray (daughter of my son John), one bedstead, bed and furniture. Igive to my son William one dollar Va. currency. I give to my sonJeremiah one dollar Va. currency. I give to my daughter Calva one dollarVa. Currency. I give to my daughter Sarah one dollar Va. currency.I give to my son Aden one dollar Va. currency and all the residueof my estate that has not been disposed of by me in this my will. I giveto my son John , my son Benjamin and my daughterItavia-to be equally divided - and to effectuate this my intention I do herebyvest in my executors full power and authority to dispose of my estate asabove named - And, I do hereby make and ordain my esteemed neighbours,ThomasMurphy and Peter D. Guerrant and my son Benjamin.

In witness whereof I Nancy Gray the Testatrixhave to this my will written on one sheet of paper, set my hand and sealthis twenty second day of April in the year of our Lord One thousand eighthundred and fifty.

Signed sealed and delivered in the presence ofus, who have subscribed in the presence of each other

Nancy (X) Gray

John Green

John B. Green, Jr

. William I. Davis

(Clause) concerning the above will, and lastlymy expressed will and desire is, and I do hereby ordain and appoint thatif any difference or dispute, question or controversy shall arise or happenconcerning any gift, bequest or other matter or thing in this my will,given or bequeathed, expressed or contained that then no suit or suitsin law or equity or otherwise shall be brought or commenced or prosecutedfor and concerning the same, but the same shall be forwarded, wholy, tothis award, order and determination of my esteemed neighbours James Stilland John Keen, with power for them to choose an umpire and if they or eitherof my said neighbours shall from any cause not be able or willing to actin premises, then I do direct that my son Benjamin and daughter Itaviashall each appoint an arbitrator or arbitrators in the place and steadof either or both of my esteemed neighbours James Still and JohnKeen, with the same power of choosing an umpire, and what the saidarbitrators of if any umpire be appointed what a majority of the said arbitrators,shall order direct or determine therein shall be binding and conlusiveto and on all and every person or persons therein concerned. Whereas, Iwitness my hand and seal as above to this my will and testament as abovewritten.

Nancy (X) Gray

Signed sealed and delivered in presence of uswho have subscribed in the presence of each other by her request

John Green

William Davis

John B. Green, Jr.

At a court held for the county of Pittsylvaniathis 17th day of June 1830. This Last Will and Testament of Nancy Graydeceased together with the codicil thereunder written was presented incourt and proven by the oaths of three subscribing witnesses each, andordered to be recorded.

Pittsylvania County Circuit Court Will Book 2Pages 102 and 103

Submitted byMolly Shumate


Will of Moses Thornton 2 August 1847

I Moses Thornton of the County of Pittsylvania do make this my last will and testament as follows:

First I give to my wife Sally during life all that portion of my land lying on the East Side of the Henry Road, onwhich I now reside together with one third of my slaves for life. Alsoone third of all other personal property owned by me and such portion ofmy household and kitchen furniture as she may desire all of which she maytake at the appraised value.

Secondly I desire my Executor hereinafter namedto sell all the balance of my land except that held by my wife to conveythe same and divide the proceeds thereof equally among my seven childrenand to divide the balance of my slaves and personal property (after allowingmy wifes portion) equally among them. Such division of my slaves to bemade either in kind or by sale as may be desired by my children or a majorityof them.

In the division of my estate among my childrenI desire and direct the following advancements heretofore made to be accounted for vis:

My son Wiley Thornton to account for $228.78, my daughter Susan, wife of Turner Gosney for $233.00; mydaughter Mary, wife of John Thornton for $229.50; my sonLeonardH. for $29.23; my son James E. Thornton for $58.25; my son Harden N. Thornton for $69.22; my son Presley D. Thornton for $567.20.

Thirdly after the death of my wife Sally I givethe portion of my estate held by her for life to be equally divided amongmy aforesaid children. The land above designed for my wife is all thatpart my land lying on the East side of the road leading from Col. JosephMartin's in Henry towards Danville.

Lastly I do hereby constitute and appoint my son Wiley Thornton my Executor. Witness my hand this 3rd day of August 1847.

Witness: Moses (X) Thornton WilliamM. Tredway Ezekial Giles Greenberry Thornton

At a county court held for the county of Pittsylvania on the 16th day of July 1860. The last will and testament of Moses Thornton was proved by Ezekiel P. Giles and Greenberry Thornton two of the subscribing witnesses thereto and was ordered to be recorded - And on the motion ofWiley Thornton the Executor therein named who made oath and with DruryBlair, Greenberry Thornton and Jefferson Dalton as his suretieswho made oath to their sufficiency entered into and acknowledged a bondin the penalty of thirty six thousand dollars, conditioned according tocertificate is granted him for obtaining probate of said will in due form.

Teste: L. Scruggs, Clk Pittsylvania County Circuit Court Will Book 2 Pages 328 and 329

Submitted by Molly Shumate

 

Last Will and Testament James Strange 3 September 1808

In the Name of God Amen I, James Strange ofthe County of Pittsylvania and State of Virginia being of sound mind, memory and understanding do this 3rd day of September one thousand eight hundred and eight do make publish and declare this my last will and testament tobe as followeth vis: I return my soul to almighty God beseeching his mostgracious acceptance of it trusting in the merits of my Blessed Redeemerfor the remission of all my sins and my body to its mother earth expectingits resurrection at the last day and to be buried at the direction of myExecutors and as for the worldly estate it has pleased God to bestow uponme, I give and bequeath it in the following manner and and force aftermy just debts and funeral charges are paid I lend to my loving wife Susannatheplantation and land I now live upon with all the appurtenances thereuntobelonging also, a negro man by the name of Steponey, also a sufficientpart of my household and kitchen furniture, also two horse creatures andfour cattle and my stock of hogs to hold the same and every of them duringher life or widowhood and at the expiration of either of these periodsI then give it in the following manner to be equally divided among allmy children vis: Smith Strange, John Strange and JesseStrange, Elizabeth Shewmate, Frances T. Strange and MaryStrange and the lawful heirs of their body forever and as I have alreadygiven to my three children that has married and left me some things along,I think proper to give to my other three children and their heirs forever the following property, vis: I give to my son Jesse Strange onecow and calf and I give to Frances T. Strange and Mary Strangeeach seven and a half pounds of feathers making in all fifteen pounds tobe raised out of my estate, hereafter mentioned. I also give FrancisT. Strang e one featherbed and furniture also one cow and calf and two______heifer also I give to Mary Strange one feather bed and furnitureone cow and calf and a three _____ heifer also it is my desire that mytwo daughters last mentioned that they live with their mother and havea support with what I have given them during their single life or my wife'slife or widowhood, also it is my desire that out of the present crop thatmy wife and two daughters each mentioned have a sufficient support forthe ensuing year as my executors hereafter mentioned shall think proper,also it is my wish that the negro man Dick and my stock and other ____________sold after finishing of the present crop and that to be equally dividedamong all my children whatever the property should fetch, it is also mydesire that there shall be no appraisment of my estate. Lastly I constituteand appoint Capt. Isaiah Morton and Thomas Harris executorsof this my last will and testament. In witness whereof I have hereuntoset my hand and affixed my seal the day and date above written.

James Strange Signed seal published and declared by James Strange to be his last will and testment in presence of us Tapley Akin Smith Strange Jesse Strange

At a Court held for Pittsylvania County the 19th day of December 1808 this last will and testament of James Strange deceased, was presented in Court and proved by the oaths of the subscribing witnesses and ordered to be recorded, and on the motion of Isaiah Morton and Thomas Harris the Executors in the said will named who made oath according tolaw and together with Smith Strange, Jesse Strange, Thomas Curry andRichard Johnson their securities entered into and acknowledged theirbond in the penalty of One Thousand Dollars conditioned as the law direct.Certificate is granted them for obtaining a probate of the said will indue form Teste: Will Tunstall, C.P.C. Pittsylvania County Circuit CourtWill Book 2 Pages 320 and 321

Submitted by MollyShumate



Will of Presley Thornton

In the name of God amen, I Presley Thornton of Pittsylvania County and state of Virginia being in good health in body and of perfect mind and memory being sensable that is appointed for manonce to die and knowing that my latter end is drawing near I do by thesepresents make and ordain this to be my last will and Testament, I resignmy soul into the hands of almighty God who gave it and my body I recommendto the earth to be buried in decent Christian burial at the discretionof my Executors nothing doubting but at the general resurrection I shallreceive the same again by the mighty power of God and as touching suchworldly Estate wherewith it has pleased God to bless me in this life Igive devise and dispose of the same in the following manner and form, FirstI lend unto my beloved wife MARY THORNTON one third of my estateduring her natural lifetime thence to be divided amongst all the lawfulheirs of her body in like manner, secondly I give and bequeath unto myson ZACARIAH THORNTON one equal share of my hole Estate thirdlyI give and bequeath unto my son BOLEN THORNTON an equal share ofmy hole estate, Fourthly, I give and bequeath unto my MOSES THORNTONoneequal share of my hole estate Fifthly I give and bequeath unto my daughterElizabethNance one equal share of my hole estate, Sixthly I give and bequeathunto my daughter JANE WILSON one equal share of my hole estate,seventhly I give and bequeath unto my son JOHN THORNTON one equalshare of my whole estate, Eightly I also give unto my son WILLIAM THORNTONforty pounds sterling to be raised and levied out of my estate NinthlyI also give unto my daughter FANNY OAKES forty pounds sterling tobe raised and levied out of my estate, I also give unto my son PRESLEYTHORNTON one shilling sterling, I also give unto my daughter BarbaryJones one shilling sterling, I also give unto my daughter SUSANNAHWATTS one shilling sterling, I also give unto my daughte r LUCY BARNETTone shilling sterling. Lastly I do hereby constitute and ordain my sonsROWLAND THORNTON and MOSES THORNTON to be lawful Executors ofthis my Last Will and Testament investing them with lawful and sufficientpower to execute the same. In witness whereof I have hereunto set my handand seal this sixth day of January in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and twelve. s/Presley (x) Thornton

Signed Sealed, Published, pronounced, declaredby this the said Presley Thornton as his Last Will and Testatment in thepresents of us, who in his presents, and in the presents of each otherhave herto subscribed our names Clement Wilson, Agnatius Wilson,Mary Wilson

At a Court held for Pittsylvania County the 15th day of May 1815, The within Will of Presley Thornton dec'd was presentedin Court and proved by the oaths of two witnesses thereto subscribed andorderd to be recorded, and on the motion of Moses Thornton and RowlandThornton the Executors therein named who made oath thereto according tolaw and together with Ellis Wilson and Randolph their securities entered into and acknowledged their hand in the penalty of sixthousand dollars conditioned as the law directs. Certificate is grantedthem for obtaining probate of the said Will in due form. Teste: Will TunstallCDC

Submitted by MollyShumate


Will of William Inman

1798 p. 291 Dvn Bk 11, Pittsylvania County Virginia

In the name of God Amen and on the twenty fifthday of July and in the date of our lord Christ one thousand seven hundredand ninety eight I William Inman of Pittsylvania County being weake and sickly in body but in perfect mind and memory Ithank God for it I thought knowing I am mortal and not knowing how suddendeath may fall on me I do make ordain and appoint this to be my last willand testament.......... First that my body be decently buried and all myjust debts duely paid & discharged Then I give to my beloved wife SusannahInman during her life my whole estate and at her decease thepursonal estate to be equally devided amongst my five children namely Henry Inman, Nancy Inman, Edmund Inman, Shadrach Inman, Jesse Inman tothem and their heirs for ever and my lands all to be sold at the discretion of the executors and the money to be equally devided amongst all my children namely William Inman, Polly Morris, Sarah Morgin, Lydia Boaz and the five children above mentioned. I likewise constitute make and ordane Daniel Boaz and William Inman to be my sole executors ofthis my last will and testament and I do here by utterly revoke disanulall other former testaments wills and so forth in (_____?) where of I havehave unto set my han and seal the day and date above mentioned signed sealedand acknowledged as my last will and testament in presents of us his (testees?)

Signed William Inman

Signed: James Fulton

Shadrach Boaz

Edmund Boaz

(At a court held_?)for Pittsylvania County Junethe 20, 1803 this last will and testament of William Inman deceased waspresented in court and(prayed ?)by the oaths of the subscribing witnesseshere to and by the court ordered to be recorded. And on the motion of DanielBoaz and William Inman the executors here in named who made oath accordingto law and together with Robert Bullington, Edmund Boaz and John Thurman and sons their (securities?) entered into and acknow ledged their bond in the penalty of five hundredpounds for the purpose conditions as the law directs certificate is grantedthem for obtaining a probate of said will in due form..

: Submitted by JamesE. Inman


Will of John Watson of Pittsylvania County, Virginia

Written 22 October 1794 Proved 19 April 1802

In the name of God Amen: I, John Watson of Pittsylvania County, Virginia, being of perfect health, body, and mind and knowing that it is appointed for all men once to die,do make, constitute and ordain this my last Will and Testament that isto say principally and first of all, I recommend my soul unto the handsof God who gave it to me and as for my body, I recommend it to the earthto be buried in a Christian like and decent manner at the direction ofmy executors, hereafter named, and as for my worldly goods wherewith ithath pleased God to bless me with in this life, I give and bequeath, deviseand dispose of in the manner and form as following:

Item: It is my Will and I do order in the firstplace all my just debts be paid and burial charges paid and settled.

Item: I give and bequeath to my beloved son, Williamand his heirs forever my dwelling plantation and all the land thereto belongingand as for my moveable estate, I also give and bequeath the whole I possessto my son William whom I constitute and ordain to be my only sole executorof this my last Will and Testament.

Item: I give and bequeath to my son Thomasand to my son John and to my daughter GrisellFarthing to my daughter Ceziah Hughesand to my daughter Anphilda Tounsend and totheir heirs forever one shilling sterling to each of them their full shareof all my whole estate to be paid out of my estate by my executor as witnesswhereof I have hereto set my hand and seal this day and year. October 22,1794

/s/ John Watson

Witnesses: John Hammond, Josiah Ferguson and Elisha Burton

Teste Will Tunstall

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Last Will and Testament of of WILLIAM REYNOLDS in perfect health, sense and memory.

Deed Book 9, pg. 37-39 written 16 January 1791,probated 18 July 1791

To my loving wife Martha REYNOLDS the plantation with improvements where I now live, together with one moeity of whole tract being 104 acres on the same side of the road with my plantation during her life.

To my beloved son Joseph REYNOLDS at the decease of my wife, 54 acres of said land and plantation.

The other 50 acres and plantation on Gease Branch where my beloved son Richard Coyle REYNOLDS now lives, to him and his heirs.

To my wife, two feather beds and furniture, thepewter, 2 chests, spining wheels, rest of the household furniture, my ridinghorse, her saddle, 2 cows, 1 heafer, 9 head of hogs to be hers during herlifetime. At her decease, to be sold and divided among my children: Sally,Tiffey, Betty, Thomas, Johan, Jessey, William, James, Alice, Thomas, Lucy,Joseph, Richard Cole REYNOLDS and Anna DAVIS.

Appoint my wife and Robert WALTER, Jr.executors.

WILLIAM (X) REYNOLDS

Wittnesses: Thomas CISSELL, Samuel CONSTABLE, John WILSON, and William LYNCHsecurity for executors.


Last Will and Testament of of JOHN BARROTT i very sick and weak of body but sound mind and perfect memory.

Deed Book 9, pg. 69-70 written 29 December 1790, probated 15 Aug 1791

To my beloved wife Elizabeth BARROTT, all my estate real and personal, except one shilling which I give to my son JohnBARROTT.

At the decease of my wife, she may give the estate to whom she pleases.

John BARROTT

Witnesses: Mathew McGLASSON, Thomas BARROTT, Ubeboth (X) McGLASSON, Thomas TUNSTALL and Thomas BARROTT security for Elizabeth BARROT.


Last Will and Testament of John WRIGHT of sound mind and memory.

Deed Book 9, pg. 83-84, written 30 July 1791,probated 17 October 1791

To my beloved son John, negro Lucy and cow and calf.

To my beloved son THOMAS, the land and plantation whereon I now live, containing 182 acres and anegro Stephen.

To my beloved daughter Susanna KERBY, negro Dll.

To my beloved daughter Elizabeth KERBY, negro boy Daniel.

The balance to be divided between the 3 children: ThomasWRIGHT, Susanna KERBY and Elizabeth KERBY.

JOHN (X) WRIGHT

Witnesses: Charles CADER, Mary (X) MEACHUM

William PRICE and Mark CHELTON security for Thomas WRIGHT.


 Last Will and Testament of THOMASMUSTAIN weak in body.

Deed Book 9, pg. 119-120, written 6 November 1791, probated 16 July 1792

To my beloved wife Mary MUSTAIN, a sufficient maintenance suitable to her surcomstance, free and undesturbed during her life or widowhood.

To my son Jesse, 200 acres to be taken off the upper end of the tract where I now live.

The rest of this tract to be sold.

To daughter, Rebeckah and Molly ,twenty shillings each from the sale of the above land.

To daughters Mary Ann and Sally, ten pounds each.

To son Avery MUSTAIN anddaughters Anna BUCKNER, Milley KEESE, Tabeth BRUCE, WinneyLEWIS and Siludey SHELTON one equalpart of the money from the sale of the land.

To Thomas MUSTAIN, son of Jesse MUSTAIN and his wife Jenney, has promised to live with me and my wife during our lives for which I giveand bequeath unto the said Thomas MUSTAIN a tract of land on both sidesof Nixes(?) Creek, 170 acres.

The balance of my moveable property to be divided among my last six named children.

Appoint son Jesse MUSTAIN andJoelSHELTON executors.

THOMAS (X) MUSTAIN

Witnesses: Francis (X) IVY ,NathanielFARIS, Griffith DICKINSON Vincent SHELTON and Charles LEWIS, Jr.security for executors


Last Will and Testament of WILLIAM DURRETT being sick and weak.

Deed Book 9, pg. 257-258, written 13 September1792, probated 16 July 1792

I lend everything to my wife Molley DURRETT as long as she is a widow, then at her decease the landto be equally divided between my three sons: Francis DURRETT,Wiat DURRETT and Tandy DURRETT. If any should die before of age, then to the survivors.

The rest of my estate to be divided amongst mychildren: Leah HARRIS, Caty DURRETT, Roday DURRETT, FrancisDURRETT, Polly DURRETT, Wiat DURRETT, Tandy DURRETT, Elizabeth DURRETTand Molley DURRETT.

To Gabriel RICHARDS, to whom I sold 50 acres 13 years ago last May, and have never made a deed, I give and bequeath this 50 acres to him.

Appoint Durrett Richards, Asa Thomas and my wife Molley Durrett executors.

WILLIAM DURRETT

Witnesses: Noel WADDELL, Jr., Allen WADDELL, Charles WADDELL

William THOMAS and Noel WADDELL, Jr. securityfor MOLLEY DURRETT and DURRETT RICHARDS


Last Will and Testament of of THOMAS PRICE being very sick and weak.

Deed Book 9, pg. 258-259 written 31 March 1792,probated 16 July 1792

To Easter ROBINSON five shillings. To Reese PRICE five shillings. To Martha CREWS five shillings. To John PRICE five shillings. To Thomas PRICE fiveshillings. To David PRICE five shillings. ToIsaacPRICE five shillings.

To Elizabeth BAKER PRICE 1beast, saddle, feather bed and furniture, cow and calf, two English pounds, and 20 shillings cash, the beast at ten pounds value, one gound(?) at forty shillings and the other at thirty shillings price.

Lend unto my wife Mary PRICE all my whole and sole estate, land, negros, stock and furniture duringher natural life or widowhood to raise her children on. Should my wiferemarry the executor to take the estate and divide it among my last wife'schildren.

Appoint my wife Mary PRICE and son JOHN PRICE as executors.

THOMAS PRICE

Witnesses: Abram PARRISH,Godfrey (X) BURNETT, John TURTLE

Presented secondly 17 March 1800 by the executrix Mary PRICE with securities Richard JOHNSON, Joshua SAFFOLD, William SHELTON, and Tarlton PRICE.


Last Will and Testament of of THOMAS CORBIN in perfect health and memory.

Deed Book 9, pg. 342-343 written 8 October 1786, probated 21 January 1793

To my beloved wife Elizabeth CORBIN the tract of land wheron I now dwell and the personalestate during her lifetime.

After the decease of my wife my land is to beequally divided between my daughters LUCY and SUSANNAH.

My daughter LUCY is to have the plantation thatlies across the road and SUSANNAH to have my dwelling plantation.

The personal estate, after my wifes decease tobe equally divided between my two daughters above mentioned.

To my son Amegi(?) five shillings.

To my son RAWLEY five shillings with these payments made after the decease of my wife.

Appoint my wife Elizabeth CORBIN executrix.

THOMAS (X) CORBIN

Witnesses: John HAMMOND, Sr., Sabra (X) HAMMOND


PittsylvaniaCo. Accounts Current Book 34, p. 400 Approved:
2/7/1874
    Account of Sales of the realestate held in trust by John
Patrick, Trustee, for the benefit of Mildred Scruggs,deceased
and the children under the Last Will and Testamentof George
Dejarnett deceased and sold by the saidTrustee in pursuance of
said Last Will and Testament of said Testatoron the lst day of
August 1870 on a credit of 12 months.
    1 tract of land containing163 acres purchased by Robert and
John Waller
    @ $4 per acre . . .  Filed: 5/31/1871


Pittsylvania Co. Accounts Current Book 36, p. 143 - 3/18/1875
    Estate of Milly Scruggs- D. H. Pannill of Counsel - County
Court of Pittsylvania 18 March 1875 in matterof John F. Patrick
Trustee for Milley Scruggs decd under the Willof George
DeJarnett, decd.
    To: Nancy Farish
        Personal representative of Eddie Cook, decd - $115
        Trusteeof Morton Scruggs under the deed of 18 March 1863
- $115
        Locky Scruggs- $115  (her share)
        Allen Scruggs- $25.03
        Miles Tuckerin right of Mary his wife - $90.71
        Personal representative of Coleman Scruggs - $231.26
        Personal representative of Martha Chumbley - $67.56


Pittsylvania Accounts Current Book 36, p. 136  Date: 5/18/1875
    Scruggs and heirs v.John F. Patrick
    In account of the heirs of Milly Scruggs, decd entitled to
the balance in the hands of John F. Patrick Trustee of the said
Milly Scruggs under the Will of George Dejarnett:
    The heirs of Coleman Scruggsare entitled to receive 2/9
    1/27 James H. Scruggs
    1/27 Robert Scruggs
    1/27 Benjamin Scruggs
    1/27 Eliza Ann Scruggs
    1/27 Fanny Scruggs
    1/27 Sarah Scruggs
    The heirs of Martha Chumbley areentitled to receive 1/9
    1/54 Charles Chumbley
    1/54 Sarah Chumbley
    1/54 Morton Chumbley
    1/54 Edney Chumbley
    1/54 Martha Chumbley
    (John William Scruggs notmentioned as heir.  Was he dead?)


Pittsylvania Co. Accounts Current Book 36, p. 143
    Estate of Milly Scruggs w/JohnPatrick, the Trustee 11/1874
    1/9 of $5118 to Allen Scruggs
    1/9 Morton Scruggs
    1/9 Miles Tucker and wifeMary
    1/9 Lockey Scruggs (her share)
    1/9 Coalman Chumbley and wifeMartha
    1/9 William Cook and wifeEda
    1/9 Heirs of Coleman Scruggstheir distributive share:
      James Faris andwife Nancy
    1/9 Warfield Scruggs
    (Note: Each of the above got$568.00 each)
    (Neither John William Scruggsor Elizabeth Scruggs Dawson are
mentioned
     here.)

  Pittsylvania Co. WB 3, p. 264 4/24/1874Probate: 7/19/1880
    Will of Allen Scruggs
    to wife Mary - land I liveon 163 3/4 acres and personal
goods
    to son Langhorne - 1/7
    to son John - 1/7
    to son William - 1/7
    to son James 1/7
    to daughter Mary 1/7
    to daughter Mary Booton 1/7
    to grandson - Allen Peadue,son of Thomas Peadue - 1/7
7.  Partition of Estate of Allen Scruggs- Pittsylvania Co. 1882
6/7/1883
    1/7 to James
    1/7 to John W.
    1/7 to Langhorne
    1/7 to Mary
    1/7 to William
    1/7 to Milley
    None to George's children(only 6 heirs listed above)
    Langhorne refused to qualifyas Administrator

Will of Coleman Scruggs: Pittsylvania Co. WB 2,page 461
   7/22/1864 Rec: 3/30/1865
   a. Directs that debts and funeralexpenses be paid
   b. Requests estate be kept togetherfor the sole use and
maintenance of my wife during her natural lifeand at her death
to be equally divided among my children.
   c. Requests all monies or presentsmade to any of my children
by me is not to be charged to them in the finaldistribution of
my estate.
   d. Appoints Anne Scruggs, Executor  s/Coleman W. (X) Scruggs
   Witnesses: Walter Nangle, DanielT. Walker
   Morton Scruggs surety for Anne Scruggs on Letters of
Administration

Last Will and Testament of William S. Lewis -Pittsylvania Co. WB
2, page 275 9/7/1855 Rec: 6/21/1858
"I William S. Lewis of the County of Pittsylvaniado hereby make
my last will and testament to wit: After payingall my just
debts, I give unto my wife Nancy A. Lewis allmy real and
personal estate and after her death and whatremains I wish it to
be divided between our children (unreadable).  I leave to
her to get her own council and manage for herself.  I am not in
good health of mind and body, but knowing thatwe all have to
die, being old.  I give up everything Ipossess and go to my home
in peace.  s/William S. Lewis
Wit: John P. Lewis, Robert M. Lewis

Pittsylvania Co. WB 2, p. 275 10/18/1858
    At a County Court held forthe County of Pittsylvania on the
18th day of October 1858.  On the motion of Nancy A. Lewis who
made oath and with John D. Glenn and Sherwood T. Mustain as their
securities who made oath to their sufficiencyentered into and
acknowledged a bond in the penalty of $2500
conditioned according to law certificate is granted for obtaining
letters of administration on the Estate of WilliamS. Lewis
deceased with his Will annexed in due form.

Will of Preston Gilbert - Pittsylvania Co. 8/30/1805 Prov.
12/16/1805 P. 286-289 (Abstract of PittsylvaniaCounty, Virginia
Wills, 1767-1820 compiled by Lela C. Adams, Bassett, Va.)
To: wife Jemiah Gilbert, negros and lands andhouses located on
Staunton River nd mill branch, use of livestock,household
furniture
    dau: Mary Edds - negroes Tomand Jack, furniture, etc.
       L evena Hodges - negroes Micajah and Jenny, furniture,
               etc.
        Betsey Preston Scruggs - negroes Ceasar and Easter, a
               mare, etc
        Catharine Gilbert - negros Billey and Alee, furniture,
etc.
        Nancy Gilbert - Negros Jesse Fanney, furniture, etc.
        Lockey Gilbert - Negros Guye and Pheby, cow, calf, etc.
    son: John Gilbert - tracton Staunton River including mill
        George Gilbert - residue of land, negro Charles, etc.
Wit: Thomas Cock, David Hamrick, John League
Thomas Cock, George Gilbert and Drury Scruggssecurity for John
Gilbert.



Submitted by Molly Shumate 
 Pittsylvania Co. D&W Book 11, P. 142 6/6/1784 Prob: 10/18/1784

Will of  JOSEPH BURTON
Wife: ANN - 100 acres of land - dwelling plantation then to son LEVI
Eldest son: WILLIAM - 100 acres next to crsosroad .
Third Son: JOSEPH - remainder . . . estimation100 acres.
Daughter: ANN BURTON - 1 black mare
s/ Joseph Burton
Wit: Jos. Conn, Ignatius Wilson, Robert (x) Walker

Pittsylvania D&W Book 11, p. 419 7/17/1815Prob: 11/20/1815
Will of GEORGE BURTON
Mentions "children" - then
Dau: ELIZABETH
     LYDIA
Son: EDMUND
s/George Burton

Pittsylvania Co. WB 1, p. 116 6/12/1826 Prob:3/19/1827
Will of WILLIAM BURTON
Mentioned Lucy, Eliza B., Nancy, Matthew, James
s/William (x) BURTON
Wit: William Simpson, Robert Watkins, Lewis Simpson

Pittsylvania Co. WB 2, p. 329 Prob: 7/16/1860
Will of JAMES BURTON
Mentioned: BETSY R., WILLIAM, SAMUEL, JAMES,BENJAMIN, JAMES M. BURTON,
AMANDA M. P. WALNE, FREDERICK CO., JOHN M., SARAH,CLEMENTINA.

Pittsylvania Co. WB 1, p. 431 Prob: 9/20/1841
Will of WILLIAM BURTON
Mentioned: Lucy, Nancy, Eliza B, Matthew, James

Pittsylvania Co. WB 1, p. 432 Proved: 9/20/1841
Will of LUCY BURTON
Mentioned: Oliver ANNITY, Nancy IRBY, James Burton, Matthew Burton,
William Burton

Pittsylvania Co. WB 1, p. 248 Rec: 11/14/1833
Will of CHLOE COLEMAN
Son: Spilsby Coleman
       StephenColeman
Dau: Polly Soyars
       Chloe I.Soyars
       Aney Price
Grandau: Martha A. D. Price
(This was a nucuperative Will)

Pittsylvania Co. WB 1, p. 402 6/17/1831 Rec: 2/15/1836
Will of SARAH COLEMAN (widow of StephenColeman)
Dau: Elizabeth McDaniel (wife of ClementMcDaniel)
       Patsy Turner 1/9
       LucyPrice 1/9
       Mary Ward
Grandaughter: Judith Coleman Harrison
Son: Daniel Coleman 1/9
       StephenColeman 1/9
Grandchildren: George Townes, Robert Towns, StephenTownes- 1/9
Grandchildren: Sarah Watson Coleman, Stephen Coleman, Spilsby
Coleman - 1/9
Excluded: daughter Elizabeth McDaniel - her interest which I
purchased of her in the
  Estate of DANIEL COLEMAN
Exec: Daniel and Stephen Coleman and son in law Daniel Price
Wit: George I. Glasscock, Chesley Martin, GeorgeBruce

Pittsylvania Co. D&W Book 1, p. 204 9/22/1797 Prob: 9/17/1798
Will of STEPHEN COLEMAN
Son: Daniel - land where he lives
Wife: Sarah Coleman, land and plantation/mansionhouse/slaves
Son:  Stephen - land where he lives
Eight children: heirs of dau Anney Townes1/9
                     Elizabeth McDaniel 1/9
                     Stephen Coleman 1/9
Dau: Patsy Turner 1/9
Son: Daniel Coleman 1/9
Dau: Lucy Price 1/9
Dau: Judith Turner 1/9
Dau: Polly Coleman 1/9
Son: Thompson Coleman - all interest inState of Ky
Exec: Wife Sarah and son Daniel
Wit: Isham Turner, James Welch, Henry Stephen



Submitted by Molly Shumate

Will of John Quinn
    Pittsylvania Co. WB 1, p.247.  7/2/1827 Prob: 11/13/1833

    I, JOHN Quinn of the Countyof Pittsylvania do hereby dispose
of of my property and effects in the followingmanner in the
first place I wish all my just debt immediatelysettled by my
Executor hereafter named.  In the next place,I leave to PATSEY
NANCE one feather bed and furniture, and the remainder of my
property, I wish my Executor to sell on suchcredit as he may
think most advisable and the proceeds togetherwith every part of
the remainder to be paid over to my son, REDMONQUINN. If
PATSY NANCE should leave me (she now lives withme) the above bed
and furniture I wish sold and the proceeds paidover to my son
REDMON.  I appoint BENJAMIN WATKINS myExecutor.  Given
under my hand this 2nd day of July 1827. s/John (x) Quinn

Wit: John W. Atkinson
     John D. Watkins



Submitted by Molly Shumate

Pittsylvania Co. WB 1, p. 353-357 4/16/1838
Will of JAMES M. WILLIAMS
Wife: Wilmoth
Son: Thomas
Dau: Sarah C. Leftwich, wife of Maj. Williams Leftwich, Jr.
       Wilmoth M. Mattox
       Martha McAlister
Grandson: Thomas D. Neal
  and lots more heirs listed - these arethe major ones.



Submitted by Molly Shumate

Pittsylvania Co. Will Book2, p. 100 Prob: 7/15/1850
Will of Wilmoth Williams
1. Give to R. W. LYLES of PittsylvaniaCo. in trust for benefit
all the lawful children of my son WILLIAM M.WILLIAMS
2. Grandchildren: James M., Martha W., Alice,Mary Lemuel
Williams, children of my son JAMES M. WILLIAMS
3. Grandson: WILLIAM D. WILLIAMS and JAMES M.WILLIAMS, both
children of my son JAMES M. WILLAMS
4. WILLIAM M. TREDWAY of Danville - slaves,furniture in trust
for daughter MARTHA MCALLISTER
5. JOSEPH MARTIN of Henry Co in trustfor children of my son
ROBERT W. WILLIAMS except his 2 eldest sons,BENJAMIN W. and
ROBERT M. children by his first wife
6. To Col. JOSEPH MARTIN - slaves for benefitgrandson BENJAMIN
W. WILLIAMS
7.  same to benefit grandson ROBERT M. WILLIAMS
8.  same to benefit lawful children of son,THOMAS WILLIAMS
9.  To grandson JAMES M. WILLIAMS - slaveand horse
10. To grandson BENJAMIN W. WILLIAMS - horse
11. To Col. DANIEL COLEMAN of PittsylvaniaCo. - furniture, etc.
to benefit daughter WILMOTH MOTLEY
Executors: Sons: JAMES M. and ROBERT W. WILLIAMS
Wit: Joseph A. Luck
       James Terry, Sr.
       WilliamAdams



Submitted by Molly Shumate

Pittsylvania Co. WB 1, p.425 6/21/1841
Will of DAVID C. WILLIAMS
Wife: Lucy
Son: Thomas T. Williams, dec'd
        MatthewB. Williams
Dau: Judith Marr
       Sarah Marr,dec'd
       ElizabthD. Akins (and 2 children she had by Lewis)
       Lucy L.Adams
       Ann Ferguson
Grandson: William C. Williams
                David Williams
                Samuel C. Williams
          (sons of my son Thomas T. Williams, dec'd)
Grandaughter: Sarah E. Marr, daughter of my dauSarah L. Marr,
dec'd.
 Note: There is much more to this will. These are the major
players.



Submitted by Molly Shumate

Pittsylvania Co. D&W 11, p. 283 1/29/1801 Prob: 10/21/1805
Will of CHARLES WILLIAMS, Parish of Camden,Pittsylvania Co.
Wife: SALLY - land where he lives and tract givento him by JOHN
WILSON
Dau: NANCY WILLIAMS
        SUSANNAH CROUCH, wife of JOHN CROUCH
Son: PETER
       CHARLES
Grandaughter: POLLY WILLIAMS CROUCH
Ex: Charles Williams, George Adams
Wit: William Ware
William Russell
Levi (x) Stone
Bond: $10000 by Williams Harrison andWilliam Ware



Submitted by Molly Shumate

Pittsylvania Co. D&W 11, p. 163
Will of LUCY WILLIAMS 6/25/1788 Prob:7/21/1788
Son: David Champness Williams
       Joseph TerryWilliams
       John Williams
       James MastinWilliams
       Thomas TerryWilliams
        DoctorCrawford Williams
Wit: John Fitzgerald, David Terry,John Terry
s/Lucy Williams



 Submitted by MollyShumate

Pittsylvania Co. D&W 11, p. 231
Will of LEONARD WILLIAMS 11/21/1800 Prob:2/16/1801
Brother: BENNETT WILLIAMS - Dix Branch, WarrenCo., NC 107 ac
                left to me by father FRANCIS WILLIAMS
Mother: Margret Williams
Ex: Bennett Williams, Uncle HERMENAS WILLIAMS
Wit: James Williams, Thos. Worsham, Rowland THORNTON
Securities: Thomas Worsham, Dreury Pulliam,Halcott Towner



Submitted by Molly Shumate

Pittsylvania Co. D&W 11, p. 231
Will of WILLIAM WILLIAMS 3/2/1795 Prob:2/16/1801
Wife: Constant Williams - land where he lives
Son: William - 1 shilling
        Richard- 1 shilling
        Levy- 1 shilling
        Steven- 1 shilling
        George- 1 shilling
Dau: Elizabeth Spurlin - 1 shilling
       Ann Sebastian -1 shilling
        Sarah Rae- 1 shilling
        AlseWilliams - equally divided between Alse, Judith and
dau Constant and stepdaughter Ann Ballenger)
       Judith Williams
       ConstantWilliams
Stepdaughter - Ann Ballanger           s/Williams (x) Williams

Wit: Nathan N. Frizzell
William (x) Eliot
Charles Blakeley



Submitted by Molly Shumate

Pittsylvania Co. WB 11, p.114 12/10/1777 Prob: 5/16/1780
Will of WILLIAM WILLIAMS County of Pittsylvania, Colony of
Virginia
1. son: Lewis Williams 1/8 and 10 pounds
2. Dau: Susannah Williams 20 pounds
3. Wife: Lucy Williams - remainder of personaland real estate
until son THOMAS TERRY WILLIAMS shall arriveat age 21 . . .
Names 7 sons:   Joseph Terry Williams
                John Terry Williams
                James Martin Williams
                Thomas Terry Williams
                David Champness Williams
                William Mastin Williams
                Doctor Croford Williams
s/William (x) Williams
Executor: Wife, David Terry, ChampnessTerry



Submitted by Molly Shumate

Will of John WIMBISH 15February 1796 Proved: 12/20/1802
Pittsylvania Co. Deeds & Wills Book 11, p.246
Wife: Mary - tract I now live on - 670 acresincluding
        townof Peytonsburg.
Sons: John, William, Samuel
Executors: Friend John Wimbish of Halifax andsons John and
        William
Wit: James Ryburn, Jacob Anderson,RobertTompkins
Bond in the amount of $10000 provided by Clement McDANIEL,David
PANNELL, William IRBY, CrispinSHELTON, John A. FOWLKES



Contributed by Jean Duncan

Will of George Sutherlin filed Pittsylvania Co Va 1804:

In the name of God now I George Sutherlin Res of the County of Pittsylvania Being Weak in body but in perfect Senses & Memory thank God for it do make this my last will and Testement abolishing all other wills.  Firstly I commend my soul toGod my maker in hopesof a sound & perfect resurrection and my body to the grave to be buriedin a Christian manner at the direction of my executors hereafter mentionedand my worldly goods which it hath pleased God to lend me I dispose ofin manner following after all my just debts are paid.

Names children:

1.  John Sutherlin
2.  George Sutherlin
3.  Thomas Sutherlin
4.  William Sutherlin
5.  Adams (sic) Sutherlin
6.  James Sutherlin
7.  Millia Gwin
8.  Elisebeth Michelborrough
9.  Nany McDaniel
10.  Sally Smith

Lastly I desire that all my property not allready given away be sold and equaly divided among all my children  and Ido appoint my Trusty Sons Thomas Sutherlin & Adams Sutherlin to bemy Executors to See that this my last will and Testement be fully Executedas Witness my hand and Seal this 17th day of January 1803

In the Presence of Thomas Dienes (X) andMatthew Brooks (X)

Signed/ George Sutherlin (X - his mark).



Contributed by Lance Fallin
                                                                           lfallin@cysource.com (Lance Fallin)
  Found this in a book in salt Lake Cityat the FHC.

Page 152-153
16 June 1784
Pr: 17 April 1786

LWT Redman Falling being weak in body but of sound memory.

To my wife Susannah *Fallon*, my blackhorse, a side saddle and a bridle,
bed and furniture, and all the pewter I had withher, 2 wheels and cards, 2
cows and calves, one chest, one pale, and one*pigon* (my note
here..pigeon???), one tin can.

Falling (Fallon) will cont'd:

To my son Edmond Fallon all my land on that side of the creek where he now
lives.

to my Grandson REDMOND FALLON, son of EDMOND FALLON, all my land and
plantations this side of the creek, and the tools.

To my Grandson Edmond Fallon, son of Edmond Fallon, my bay mare and he is
to pay my daughter HANNAH WHITWORTH, FortyShillings.

To my two Grandaughters, Daughters of Edmond Fallon, all of my part of the
pewter.

To my Daughter Ester Little, forty shillings in the hands of Edmond Fallon
and the box iron.

To my Daughter HANNAH WHITWORTH, forty shillings from Edmond Fallon and my
big iron pot.

Appoint my wife Susannah Fallon executrix.

I make my loving JAMES MC DONALD overseer of this my will to take care and
see that the same is performed to the true intentand meaning.

                    REDMOND FALLING

Wit: William Coleman, Geo. Ho. Guin ,David Lay
 

I only saw this type-written.....but I want totry and find the microfilm
of the original as soon as I can....



Contributed by JeanDuncan

WILL OF JAMES SUTHERLIN, dated 19 December 1811

 In the name of God Amen

I   James Sutherlin of Pittsylvania County Virginia do hereby
make my last will and Testament in manner andform
following that is to say

1stly I desire so much of the personal part ofmy Estate be
immediately sold after my decease and out ofthe monies
arising therefrom all my just debts to be paid

2dly after the payments of my debts I desire that my wife
Patsey Sutherlin mother to my Two Children Fanny
Jefferson Sutherlin & James Madison Sutherlin may have a
resonable support out of my Estate During hernatural life as
my Executors may think proper

3dly I give to my Daughter Fanny JeffersonSutherlin half of
my personal Estate also one half of my Real Estateto her
and her Heirs for Ever --

4thly I give to my Son James Madison Sutherlin Half of my
personal Estate Also one half of my Real Estateto him and
his Heirs for ever

5thly All the rest of my Estate both real &personal of what
nature or Kind soever it may be not Herein before
mentioned to be Equally devided among my TwoChildren
herein before named which I give to them theirHeirs
Executors administrators or assigns for ever

And lastly

I do hereby constitute and appoint my Friends JohnWalton
& Nathaniel Wilson Executors ^&Patsey Sutherlin my Exct
^ of this my last will & Testament herebyrevoking all other
or former wills or Testaments by me heretoforemade

In witness whereof I have hereunto set my handand affixed
my seal this 19th day of December Eighteen Hundred&
Eleven

S/James Sutherlin (Seal)

Signed, Sealed, published and Declared as and

for the last will & Testament of the aboveJames

Sutherlin in presence of us

the words Patsey Sutherlin Execux interlined before Signed

S/ James D. Patton

S/Robert Glasco

John Ware (X his mark)

Samuel McCollough

 In the efforts to prove the will, the following names appear:

January 1812, Adams Sutherlin opposed admitting the will
to record.

February 1812, witnesses: James D. Patton;Robert Glasco;
Samuel McCulley (McCollough); John Ware; Nathaniel
Wilson; John Watton (Walton?); Joseph Taylor;John
Moseley; Sally Watton (Walton); Peyton Lumpkin.

March 1812, Patsey Sutherlin and Peyton Lumpkin made
bond; witnesses: Peyton Lumpkin; John Watten& wife
(Walton?); John Mosely; Samuel McCullock;John Ware;
Matthew Brooks Sparks; Ann McDaniel. (Note:spelling
varied with document.)



Contributed by William G. Hall
       "William G. Hall" <bhall@fgi.net>

(From Abstracts of Pittsylvania Wills, 1767-1820, compiled by Lela C.
Adams, Bassett, VA, 1986, Southern HistoricalPrinting, Inc.)

page310-312
11 December 1807
Pr:18 January, 1808

LWT Thomas Harper being of sound mind and memory.

I lend to my beloved wife Ann HARPER during her natural life or as long
as she remains my chaste widow, all my estateexcept for the land on
Sandy Creek joining HENRY HALL and JOHN MAY.

To my daughter SALLY HALL, wife of HENRY HALL, $1.00, should my daughter
survive her husband then my son GEORGE HARPER is to pay her $10.00 for
20 years.

To my son NICHOLAS HARPER $1.00, shouldhe survive his present wife
NANCY, at the decease of my wife a negro Lyshto him.

To my son JACOB HARPER $1.00, and the mare he has in his possession.

To my daughter ANNA HARPER, all my landon the west side of West Branch
of Sandy Creek not to be conveyed as long asher mother lives, also at
the death of my wife, a negro girl Rachel. Should ANNA die without
issue then to my son GEORGE HARPER.

To my son GEORGE HARPER at the expiration of my wifes chaste widowhood,
all my estate both real and personal.

Appoint my wife ANN HARPER my executrixand friend WILLIAM WALTON and
son GEORGE HARPER executors.

THOMAS HARPER

Wit: ALLEN STOKES, SR., JESSE WALTON, JR.,CHRISTOPHER ROBERTSON, SR.,
RANDOLPH SMITH, SAMUEL THOMPSON.


Page 447-448
20 November 1778
Pr: 25 February 1779

LWT  THOMAS HARDY sick and weak in body but of perfect mind and memory.

To my daughter ELIZABETH one shilling.

To my daughter MARY, 200 acres on the south side of Bannister River that
joins ZACHARIA WALLER.

To my eldest son JOHN one shilling.

To my son THOMAS one shilling.

To my daughter SARAH during her widowhood 200 acres on the south side of
Double Creek with the plantation she is now possessed of at her death to
fall to her daughter SUSANNAH.

To my daughter ANN 200 acres more or less on the south side of Double
Creek at the lower end of SARAH's land also atmy decease my riding
horses and saddle, bed and furniture that I nowlye in.

To THOMAS HARDY, the son of WILLIAMHARDY , deceased, 100 acres on Cherry
Stone Creek with my plantation and 400 acreson north side of Double
Creek, should he die without issue, all the landsand premises to my son
THOMAS HARDY.

Appoint THOMAS HARDY, JR., and JOHNBAILEY executors.

THOMAS HARDY

Wit: JOHN ALLEN, FREDERICK RAGSDALE, JAMES(X) ALLEN RICHARD GWYNE
security for THOMAS HARDY, JR.

Codicil:
12 December 1778

THOMAS HARDY, SR.

200 acres on the north side of Bannister and asmall piece not 100 acres
on the north side of Bannister and a small piecenot 100 acres on the
north side of Bannister that joins HENRY HALL I give to my son THOMAS
HARDY for the raising and maintainingof the son of WILLIAM HARDY,
deceased.



Submitted by Virginia Baxter

Barksdale Wills:

21 May 1866 Anna T. Barksdale Will Bk 2, pg 488&ndash; names John H.& Wm. E.
Barksdale, &  Louisa Eaton
21 Oct 1878 William Barksdale Will Bk 3, pg 220&ndash; names his widow, Chas P.,
Wm. P, Eleanor M. & Patsy Barksdale
15 Jul 1819 Cordelia S. Barksdale Will Bk 3 pg238 - Renunciation
21 Jun 1885 Cordelia S. Barksdale Will Bk 3 pg400 &ndash; names Wm.P, Maud C,
Pattie H, and Elli P. Barksdale
05 Mar 1926 David Barksdale Will Bk 6 pg 354&ndash; names Roxie Barksdale

Barksdale Probate Records: - (Books & pages too complicated to list.)

Henry H. Barksdale 1812
Champ. T., Martha H, Lizzie W., & SallieE.  Barksdale 1872
Mary A. Barksdale 1877
Wm. P. Barksdale 1879, 1881, 1882, 1885, 1886,1887, 1885
Brice Barksdale orphans 1850
C.B. Barksdale 1851-1860
Wm. H. Barksdale 1853
Armistead Barksdale 1854, 1856
Wm. H. Barksdale 1858
Anna T. Barksdale 1868
Beverly J. Barksdale 1841, 1843
Brice Barksdale 1846, 1848
J. H. Barksdale 1885
Rich'd. L. Barksdale 1886
Mrs. C. S. Barksdale 1886, 1887
Chas. R. Barksdale 1892, 1893
W. P. Barksdale 1899
W. B. Barksdale 1907
 



Following is the will of my Pittsylvania County ancestor, Ann WALLER.  Widow
of John Waller Sr.

Their children were (1) John Waller Jr. (wifeLydia),   (2) Zachariah Waller (
1st wife Dinah, 2nd wife Fanny Bridgewater).I am a descendant of Zachariah
Waller and Fanny Bridgewater.

Will of Ann WALLER
Pittsylvania County, Va.
Deed Book 5, pg. 42

Nov. 7, 1778
To all people to whom these presents shall come.I , Ann WALLER, of the County
of Pittsylvania County of Parish of Camden forand in consideration of the
love good will and affection which I have anddo bare towards my granddaughter
Ann Waller, daughter of Zachariah WALLER havegiven and granted and by these
presents do freely give grant unto the said AnneWALLER one Brindle cow marked
with two smooth crops under keel in the leftear and over keel in the right
ear to her and hers forever. Also, I give untomy granddaughter Doshey WALLER
one Brindle hefer marked with the same mark abovementined cow. Also I give to
my grandson Pleasant WALLER one white face cowmarked with the same mark to
him and his heirs forever. Also, I give untomy granddaughter Marian  WALLER
one Pided heifer with the same mark as the aboveto him and their heirs. Hence
forth as their proper estate absolutely withoutany manner of condition. In
witness where of I have hereundo set my handand seal this Day of November the
Seventh Day 1778.
Ann WALLER.....X...her mark.
Signed sealed and delivered in the presence ofJohn Mading.

Submitted by Silla <Silla@aol.com>



The Last Will and Testament
of
William Witcher

In the name of God amen. I, William Witcher Sr., of the County of Pittyslvania being of

weak body but of sound memory, and knowing thatit is appointed for all men to once die,

do make and declare this my last Will and Testament (revoking all others) in manner and

form as follows:

ITEM: My will and desire is that all my just debts should be paid out of my estate hereafter

mentioned by my executors of a perisgable kind.

ITEM: I give and bequeath to my son, John Witcher, my negroes, Sarah, and her

children, Sinda, Ceala and Anna, in addition towhat I have already given him and

his heirs forever.

ITEM: I lend to my son, Daniel Witcher, my negroes Stephen and Anderson during his

lifetime, and after his decease my will and desire is that his heirs should inherit them forever.

ITEM: I give and bequeath to my son, William Witcher Jr., my negroes Tamer and her

children Phebe, Betsy and Peyton in addition towhat I have heretofore given him, all of

which I give him and his heirs forever.

ITEM: I give and bequeath to my son, Ephriam Witcher, my negroes Bob, Abraham,

Sam, Phillis, Jacob and Will: also the land Iposses in the County of Pittsylvania

aforesaid on the North side of the Pigg Riverwhereon I now live, bounded by the lines

of John Smith, John Witcher, Daniel C. Edwardsand William Swanson Jr. and Pigg River,

all of which property both real and personal Igive to him and his heirs forever.

ITEM: I give and bequeath to my son, JamesWitcher, my negroes Hannah, and Sellar

her child to him and his heirs forever.

ITEM: I give and bequeath to my son, Caleb Witcher, one hundred pounds for the

purposes of discharging a Judgement oblained against him by John Smith in the County

Court of Pittyslvania, also to discharge his bond to George Herndon, both of which sums

my will and desire is for my to pay them out ofthe sum specified and the surplus if

any to go to my son Caleb Witcher and to his heirs forever. Also I lend to my son

Caleb Witcher during his natural life, my negroe girl, Bethseba and after his decease my

will and desire is that his eldest child Thillada should inherit the negro girl Bethseba with

her increase forever, and in case that Thilladashould decease without lawful heirs of her

body, then my will and desire is that the restof my son Caleb's should inherit her

(Bethsheba) with her increase forever.

ITEM: I give and bequeath to my daughter, Rachel Morrisonand her heirs forever all my

tract of land whereon William Morrison ( her husband) now lives on the South side of the

Pigg River, bounded by Pigg River, Herman Cook' slines and William Parker's lines

containing one hundred acres more or less allof which I give to her and her heirs forever.

Also two cows and calves I give to her and herheirs forever.

ITEM: My will and desire is that what money isin hand at my decease, after discharging

my debts, my will and desire is that it be equally divided between my sons, John Witcher,

William Witcher Jr., Daniel Witcher, Ephriam Witcher, and James Witcher.

ITEM: My will and desire is that after my decease all my stock of every kind, plantation

utensils, household and kitchen furniture, withthe crop on hand, be sold to the highest

bidder on a credit of twelve months, and afterthe later is finished, the money arising

themfrom be equally divided between my sons, John Witcher, William Witcher Jr.,

Daniel Witcher, Ephriam Witcher, and James Witcher.

And lastly I do constitute, appoint and ordainmy two sons, John Witcher, and William

Witcher Jr., the whole and sole executors of this my last will and testamnet in witness

thereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal this eight day of December, one thousand

eight hundred and six.

William Witcher (seal)

Sealed and delivered in the presence of

Joseph Matchett, Donald (illegible), Peyton Graves
 
 

Probate of Will

At the court of Pittyslvania County the 18th day of July, 1808, the last will and testament

of William Witcher (deceased) was presented inCourt and proved by the oaths of

Joseph Matchett and Peyton Graves two of the subscribing witnesses and ordered to

be recorded, and on the motion of John Witcherand William Witcher Jr., the

executors in the said will named, who made oathaccording to law, and together with

Peyton Graves, William Swanson, Ephriam Witcher, William Witcher Jr., and

their securities, entered into and acknowledgedtheir bond in the penalty of Thirty

Thousand Dollars for that purpose conditionedas the law directs, cerificate is granted

them for obtaining a probate of the said willin due form.

Fiske Will Lemstall- (?)

(signature illegible)

896 words

Seal
 
 

A copy teste: E.E. Friend Clerk

Pittyslvania Circuit Court

Chathem, Virginia
 
 

NOTE: William Witcher Sr is brother to our JohnWitcher

Submitted by Jean     JBrand1056@aol.com & JBrand@sierratel.com



Will of John Owen
Recorded in Deed & Will Book II Page 153-155
Chatham, Pittsylvania County, VA
Dated:  06 September l785
Probated: 20 March 1786

Owen, John
his Will

In the Name of God Amen I John Owen ofthe Parrish of Camdon in the
County of Pittsylvania in the State of Virginiabeing in parfect mind
and sound memory and in good health praise beto God I do make and
ordain this my last Will and testament in themanner following, to witt,
I bequeath my Soul into the hands of AlmightyGod my maker and redeemer
hoping through the meritorious death and passionof Jesus Christ my
Saviour and redeemer to receive free pardon ofall my Sins and my body
to be buried at the discrecion of heir afternamed Item ________ I give
and bequeath to Abram Legrand Senr of Halafax County the Plantation and
Land where my eldes Son William Owen now liveas he has sold the Land to
the said Legrand for four hundred pounds currentmoney to several
payments and I have given my bond for to makethe said Legrand a good &
Lawful write to the said Land. to witt, boundedas followeth Beginning
at a sweet Gum standing my line near the IndianC__ing branch runing
South fifty Seven degrees East to a black Gum,thence South twenty two
degrees East twenty two pole to a white Oake,thence South thirty seven
degrees West forty eight pole to a red Oake,thence South twenty degrees
Eaighty pole to three trees ___ inwantly thenceNorth seventy six
degreesEast thirty two pole to mulbery tree standing on Dan River bank,
thence up the south side of the River as it wonderto a large red Oake
standing on the river bank at the uper cornerof Wil1iam Owen plantation
thence a strate line to the first mentioned SweetGum   we judged the
Land within the lines to be near One hundredAcres, more or less.
Item I give and bequeath to my eldes Son Wi1liam Owen five shillings
Starling   Item I give and bequeathto my daughter Lucy Legrand one
feather bed and furniture Also two Cows and Calves  Item   I give and
bequeath to my daughter Agness Owen onefeather bed and furniture Also
one young Mare that came of Jane Farleyand two Cows and Calves.  Item I
give and bequeath to my youngest son ObadiahOwen one horse he not to be
over four years Old worth ten pounds.  oneSaddle and bridle at two
pounds ten shilling.  Also one Suit Clotheat twenty shilling, a Yard
and Linnen for Shirts at _____ a hat at thirtyshillings price to be
paid him at the age of Eighteen years Also onefeather bed and furniture
and two Cows and Calves at twenty years of ageor maried   Item I give
and bequeath to my two Sons John Owen and David Owen twenty five pounds
a peace to each of them to be pay&rsquo;d to them out of a bond of fifty
pounds due from Abram Legrand of halifax to bepay'd the twenty fifth
day of December one thousand.  seven hundredeaighty six   I leave my
young horse calld Carlos and my Still for topay my just debts item   I
lend to my beloved wife F~i7abeth Owen my Plantation and horses and all
the Land that lies above the Rocke branch andone feather bed and
furniture and Negros Sue and Harrey and one call'd? Flucet,  one Mare
call'd Pole, one called Fancy Cr___ and all myStock of Cattle after
paying the legaces that I have above mentionedand my Stock of hogs as
long as she live a widdow, but if she marriesshe is to up all my estate
to my Executors to be sold, but as long as shelive a widdow for her not
to be mislisted and at my Wife death for allmy Lands on Dan River for
to be sold by my Executors, the tracks of Landthat I do leave to he
sold by my Executors at the death of my WifeElizabeth Owen in
followath   is remander of the landas I bought of John Parris it lies
on __ River above the Land as William Owen soldto Abram Legrand and for
the Island to be sold with the rest of Lands Also one hundred acres of
Land I bought of Thomas Williamson Also one hundred and thirty acres
joining Carolina line, the Lands to be sold forone years Credit for one
half the Money and two years credit for the otherhalf with good
security And all my personal Estate to be asthe Executors and Legatee
can agree   I desire the first of theMoney that can be corlacted for my
Executors to by four young Negros about twelveyears old, three Garls
and one boy, one Garl and the boy is to be givento my son Obadiah Owen,
and one Gal1 is to be given to Lucy Legrand andthe other Gall is to Be
given my daughter Agness Owen these Negros isto he bought out of the
Land money when it is corlected   Igive to my Sons John Owen and David
Owen after these four Negros are pay for thirtypounds a peace to each
of them when the last of the Money is corlectedfor the Land.  I desire
my Executors for to by and give to my daughterAgness one Woman Saddle
and bridle at three pound ten shilling price,and after all these before
mentioned Legaces is pay&rsquo;d up if there is a money left for and to be
equally divided between my youngest Childrenthat John Owen, David Owen.
Obadiah Owen, Lucy Legrand, Agness Owen, If Obadiah Owen or Agness Owen
or both of them should dye before they shouldhave lawful begotten heir
of there body all there part of there Estateto return my last name
Children to be equally divi'd between them thatis alive that is John
Owen, David Owen, Obadiah Owen, Lucy Legrand,Agness Owen. And lastly I
contitute and apoint my Sons David Owen JohnOwen and my friend George
Adams my Executors of this my last Willand Testament hereby revoking
all the other former Wills made by me Acknowledging and confirming this
to be my last Will and Testament in witness whereof  I have heirunto
sett my hand and fixed my Seal this Sixth dayof September one thousand
seven hundred and eighty five

Signed and Sealed
in the presence
of
John Owen. S S,
Simon Adams, Peter Wilson
John Nichols

At a Court held for Pittsylvania County the 20th day of March 1786 This
last Will and Testament of John Owen deceasedwas exhibited into Court
by David Owen one of the Executors therein namedand proved by the Oaths
of two of the witnesses thereto and Ordered tobe recorded and Elizabeth
Owen wife of the said deceased relinquished herExecutor-ship to the
said David Owen, who made Oath According to Law,and on the Motion of
the said E'or Certificate is granted him forobtaining a Probate thereof
in due form of Law on giving security Whereuponhe together with George
Adams and Peter Wilson his securities enteredinto Bond as the Law
directs and acknowledged the same.

At a Court for Pittsylvania County the 15th ofJune 1812   The (?
arrived) will of John Owen dec&rsquo;d being proven in court and it appearing
that David Owen the only Executor who took uponhimself the ________ the
execution of said will hath departed this lifeAnd that Eliz&rsquo;h the widow
_______ also departed this life.  On themotion of George Adams one
other of the Executors nam_______ oath accordingto law & together with
Peter Wilson & Rich&rsquo;d Johnson his securities in _______ bond in the
penalty of $3000 conditioned as the law _______Certificate is granted
him for _______

Contributed by Gayle M. Holmes <gmholmes@concentric.net>



 

John Ghent Pigg's Will

Will of John Pigg
recorded D & W Book 11, Page 145-147 Pittsylvania County, VA
Dated October 10, 1782,
Proven February 21, 1785

In the Name of God Amen the 10th day of Octoberone thousand seven
hundred and eighty two.  I John Pigg ofthe County of Pittsylvania being
sick in body but of good and sound memory, thanksbe to Almighty God and
calling remembrance the uncertain Estate of thistransitory life and
that all flesh must yield to death when it shallplease God to call, do
make, constitute, ordain and declare this mylast Will and Testament in
manner and form following, revoking and annullingby these present all
and evry Testament or Testaments Will and Willsheretofore by me made
and declared either by word or Writing and thisis to be taken only for
my last Will and Testament and none other andfirst being penitant and
sorry from the bottom of my heart for my Sinspast most humbly desiring
forgivness for the same, I give and commit mySoul unto Almighty God my
saviour and redeemer in whom and by the Meritsof Jesus Christ I trust
and assured by to sav'd and to have full remitionand forgivness of all
my Sins and that my Soul with my body at a generalday of the
resurrection shall rise again with joy and throughthe merits of Christs
death and passion possess and inherit the Kingdomof heaven prepared for
his elect and Chosen and my body to be buriedin such a place where it
shall please my Executors hereafter named Soappoint And now for the
setling of temporal Estates and such Goods Chattles and debts as it hath
pleased God far above my desarts to bestow uponme I do order give and
dispose the same in manner and form followingThat is to say, first I
Will that all those debts and dues as I owe inright or conscience to
any manner of person or persons whatsoever shallbe well and truly
contented paid or ordained to be paid withinconvenient time after my
deceas by my Executors hereafter named.
Item: I lend to my beloved Wife Anne Piggall my real and personal
Estate during her life or widowhood Except halfthe Mill I lend to Son
Hezekiah Pigg during my Widows life eachto atend with their hands to
keep the Mill in good repair. I give and bequeathto my son Hezekiah
Pigg, to wit, two negroes named Joe and Ned,also two guns one Rifle and
one smooth boar, also one set of  SilverBuckles, Shoe, N____ and Stock,
I give and bequeath to my daughter KeziahHubbard two Negros named Simon
and Rose to her and heirs of her body lawfullybegotten, also all the
land I hold on the North side of Barskin CreekI give to the same heir
to be disposed on as before directed I give andbequeath to my daughter
Eady Owen two Negroes named Luce and Nellto her and the heirs of her
body lawfully begotten Also all the Land I holdon the south side of
Barskin Creek Except a peace I give to my SonHezekiah Pigg agreeable to
Contract between him and me for a peace againstthe Mill  I give and
bequeath to my Grandson Field Robertson oneNegroe named Jack and if he
dies without heir lawfully begotton then to returnto the heirs of my
body  I give and bequeath to my daughterElizabeth Robertson two Negroes
named Fisher and Ned to her and to the heirsof her body lawfully
begotten And in case any of the Legusyes shoulddie negroe harry shall
supply the place or places, if not to be equallydevided.  I give  and
bequeath my Watch to Jesey Robertson aftermy Wifes decease, and all the
Estate after my Wifes decease not bequeathedto be equally devided
amongst my Children, and I do constitute andordain Anne Pigg and
Hezekiah Pigg sole Executors of this my lastWill and Testament.  Given
under my hand and Seal the date above writtenSign'd, Sealed and
acknowledg'd

        JohnPigg, S. S.

                     r             his
Wm. Short Sn., James X Allen, William Short
                                   mark
Contributed by " Gayle M. Holmes" <gmholmes@concentric.net


Will of Josias Payne

Deed and Will Book-11, page-150
Josias Payne 12 Jan 1785
In the name of God Amen.   I JosiasPayne of  Pittsylvainia Co. being at this
time in perfect health, mind, and memory do makeand ordain this my last Will
and Testament in manner and form following: First I recommend my soul to God
hoping for a happy resurrection and my body theEarth to be buried in a
Christian like manner at the direction of myExecuter hereafter mentioned, and
after all my just debt and funeral Charges arepaid I give and disperse my
Estate in the following manner.   ----Igive and bequeath to my son WILLIAM
the Negroes he has now in population, I likewisegive to my son WILLIAM the
tract of land whereon he now lives in the FluvannaCounty containing Four
hundred acres, with the following Negroes, LONGTOM, SQUIRE AND PAT.  I Item
Confirm the Gift formerly made my Son Josiasof Seven hundred acres of land in
Goochland County on the Waters of Beaver damcreek with the following Negroes,
LONDON, NED, AND NICE, Item I confirm the giftformerly made to my Son GEORGE
of two hundred acres Land on Licking hole Creek,Also two hundred acres on the
three chop? Road with the following Negroes,WILL, BONE, AND JUDE, and the
fifty pounds I gave him in cash in lieu of aNegro.  I confirm the Gift made
to my Son JOHN of two hundred acres of Land onthe Little bird Creek and also
four hundred acres in the fork of James River,with following Negroes, PETER,
NED AND BOB, IALIO.
Confirm the gift made to WILLIAM HEALE who married my Daughter SUSANNA three
hundred and sixty-five acres of land on the Watersof the little Bird Creek
with the following Negroes, PHILLIS AND HER CHILDREN AND A NEGRO GIRL NAMED
TILLER.  Item I give and bequeath to myson ROBERT PAYNE all that tract of
land in Goochland County on licking hole Creekcontaining eight hundred acres
being the Plantation and Land whereon I formerlylived.  I like know? Is a
confirm
the Gift of Negroes I formerly made him, whichhe has now in population with
the following Negroes, JOE, NAN, SUSY AND JAMES,with their future increase,
together with my Still, my Household and Kitchenfurniture and all the
plantation Utensils to him and his heirs forever?  Item I give to my Daughter
AGNES MICHEL the Negroes she rec of meafter her Marriage with the following
Negroes, JANE MOLE AND HER CHILD HANAH with theirfuture Increase. Item I give
my Daughter ANNA HARRISON the Negroesshe has now in population with the
Negroes following. TOM, HANAH HIS WIFE AND BONTHEIR SON, with their future
increase.  Item I give and bequeath to myGranddaughter ANNA the daughter of
my son ROBERT one Negro Girl named MILLEY withher future increase to her and
her heir for ever.  Item I give to my Grandaughter,KENTURAH daughter of my son
ROBERT Negro girl named BETTY, with her....increase to her and her heirs
forever And all the rest of my Estate not heretofore given in consisting of
Stock? I equally divided amongst all my Children.  I do hereby constitute and
appoint my two Sons WILLIAM AND ROBERT PAYNEand my Son in Law WM. HARRISON
Exuetors of this my last Will and Testament,revoking disannualling all and
every Will or Wills by me heretofore made In....whereof I have hereunto set
my hand Seal this 12 Day of January 1785
Signed, sealed, and delivered published-to belast will in presence of JAMES
SANERS, CHAS DIXSON,SA HOPSON?
JOSIAS PAYNE, LS,
Will proven 19 Dec 1785. Teste WILL TUMBALL CS.
I will send other this week.
Contributed by Katherine Snow


Willof William Mitchell

Contributed by   Howard Nichols <hcnich@vii.com>
The following is taken from "Abstracts of Pittsylvania County,
Virginia Wills, 1767-1820" compiled by L.C. Adams:

Page 298-99
15 August 1805
Pr: 20 October 1806

LWT   WILLIAM MITCHELL,  blacksmith, being in perfect health.

I relinquish and forgive my brother JAMER MITCHELL whatever sum he owes
my both bonds and open account and further givehim 100 acres of land
which join JACOB BURGER, LEONARD CLASS ,CHRISTIAN TURKE   and CHRISTIAN
CREAMER.

To my brothers son HENRY MITCHELL a bed and furniture.

To my dearly beloved wife HELEN MITCHELL the use of my estate, real and
personal, during her life.

After my decease, I desire that PETER CLARK and his family to continue
to live on my plantation and transact all businessfor my wife and care
for her.

After the decease of my beloved wife, in consideration for all the
favors and service done by PETER CLARK the remainder of my estate, real
and personal, I bequeath to PETER CLARK.

Appoint my friends Maj. JOHN SMITH andPETER CLARK my executors.
 

WILLIAM MITCHELL
Wit: Samuel Calland, William Calland, Henry J.Callaway.
PEYTON GRAVES security for executor PETERCLARK.



WILL  OF  MOSES  SWINEY

(From Deed & Will Book # 2 or # 11, page# 144)

IN THE NAME OF GOD, A-MEN,  April the30, 1784.   I Moses Swiney of Pittsylvania County am now at thistime in proper health and in my right mind and senses, do apoint, constituteand ordain this my last WILL and testament follows, to wit;  I give and bequeath to my son James Semore Sweney my land only his motheris to have her thirds till her decease-------except by her consent theland should be sold and then she is to have the third of the price andI give and bequeath to my wife Anne Swiney all my personal estate aftermy just debts and funeral charges are paid.   Furthermore I constituteand apoint my well beloved wife Anne Swiney to be my whole and sole exectrixof this my last will and testament utterly revoking all other wills heretoforemade by me and at the decease of my well beloved wife all the moveableproperty is to be equally devided between my children and Josiah Mapples. Also it is my desire that this my estate be not apprais'd.

As witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal this day and date above written.
Witness present:
Thomas Sackey,
Chas. Rigney,
Jesse Rigney                                                              Signed,   Moses Sweney, S.S.
 

At a court held for Pittsylvania County the20th day of June 1785 the above last will and testament of Moses Swinney,deceased, was proved by the oaths of two of the witnesses thereto and thesame was ordered to be recorded by the court.

                                                                                 Test:   Will Tunstall, C.C.
Contributed by Bill Bentley


Joshua D. Pritchett, Sr.
Will 29th April 1828 Pittsylvania county, Virginia
(Source: Will Book 1, pg. 154-155 for Pittsylvaniacounty, Virginia)
IN THE NAME OF GOD AMEN. I, Joshua Pritchett,Sr., of the County of Pittsylvania and state of Virginia being much afflictedin body but of sound mind and disposing memory do hereby revoke formerwills whatsoever made by me make and ordain this my last will and testamentin manner and form following: Virginia my body I commit to it's motherearth, requesting my friends to do Christian burial thereon and my soulto God it's divine maker. Item my will and desire is that the first ofall, all of my just debts paid out of my crop now on hand and that whichmay be paid the present year on my plantation reserving to my dear wifeample support out of the same or out of such other property as my executorsherein after named shall think most advisable to the interest of my estate.Item I give to my dear wife during her natural life the tract of land whereonI now live with all and singular it's appurtenances my stock of all kindsmy house and kitchen furniture and plantation utensils with the followingslaves: Beginning Old Sam & Tiny, his wife, young Sam, Hannah, Jackand Harriet, and at the death of my wife my further wish and desire isthat my son Robert and daughter Julie Pritchett should have and enjoy tothem and their heirs forever my tract of land aforesaid to be divided betweenthem in the following manner. Beginning to my Daughter Julia aforesaid I wish one hundred and fifty acres allotted to be taken off from the West end of my tract of land, as shall be thought most equitable between herand her Brother and to my son Robert I give and bequeath the balance ofmy aforesaid tract of land with all and singular the appurtenances thereuntobelonging to him and his heirs forever. Item I give and Bequeath to mySon Robert aforesaid to him and his heirs forever the following propertyto wit: one horse, bridle and saddle which he has received one cow andcalf one bed and furniture and one Negro man slave called Dick. Item Igive and bequeath to my Daughter Julia aforesaid the following propertyto her and her heirs forever to wit: one woman slave called Charlotte,one horse bridle and laddle one bed and furniture and one cow and calfand at the death of her mother the girl Harriet hereunto before devisedto my wife. Item I give and desire is that my Son Joshua Pritchett shallas soon as it can be raised receive out of the estate the sum of two hundredand fifty dollars in cash to make him equal in land with my other sons.Item my further will and desire is that my estate be kept together until the crop now to be made shall have been made and delivered at which timeit is my wish that all specific legacies herein given shall be disposedof and the residue of my estate not herein before divided, my will anddesire is should be equally divided between my several children hereinafter named. to wit: My son's William, John, Joshua, Henry and Robert andmy daughters Ann Trotter, Eliza Anderson, and Julia Pritchettto them and their heirs forever and my further will and desire is thatat the death of my wife her dower intact (except the girl Harriet hereinbefore divided to my Daughter, Julia) should be equally divided betweenmy several before mentioned sons and daughters Beginning: William, John,Joshua, Henry and Robert Pritchett, and Ann Trotter, Elise Anderson andJulia Pritchett to them and their heirs forever and whereas the tract ofland herein devised to my son Robert exceeds in value the land given tomy other sons, my will and desire is that he pay the balance of the purchasemoney due for the same and remain with and take care of his mother duringhis life and lastly I hereby constitute and appoint my sons William andJohn Pritchett my Executors to this my last will and testament. In witnesswhereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal this 29th day of April 1828
. Joshua Pritchett, Sr. (Seal)
Signed sealed & delivered in presents of:
James R. Thomas
Armistead Pritchett
John M. Inge
At a court held for Pittsylvania county the 21stday of July 1828 this last will and testament of Joshua Pritchett, Sr.,was proved by the oaths of James R. Thomas and Armistead Pritchett twosubscribing witness and ordered to be recorded. And on the motion of WilliamPritchett and John Pritchett the Executors in said Will and Testament namedwho made oath to the same and together with Jonathan Carter
Submitted by Jan Pritchett-Litvin

Bryan Ward Nowlin Will

  In the name of God amen - I Bryan Ward Nowlin of Pittsylvania County Virginia,
being of sound judgement and in perfect healthdo make, constitute and ordain
this to be my last Will and Testament in themanner following. I bequeath my
soul to God my Maker and my body to the earthto be decently interred at the
discretion of my executor's hereafter named.
IMPRIS - I will and desire that all my just debtsbe duly paid out of a rising
crop and the sale of my stock of all kinds andhousehold furniture, except
that which I leave my beloved wife during herlife. If that should be
deficient I desire that my mill and three acresof land whereon the mill
stands be sold at the usual credit for as muchmoney as will be wanting for
the payment of my debts and the balance to beon credit until my son Sherad
comes of age twenty one years which will be November 13, 1810. The three acres
to begin at a Spanish Oak corner tree in thedividing line between Thomas
Thompson and me - run a straight line to theeast side line for three acres
and should any line leave any part of the damon the south side of the creek,
the purchaser to continue the dam and dig dirtand rock for the use there of
on the land I now possess adjacent to the dam.
ITEM - I give to my wife Mildred Nowlin, one Negro woman named Luna with her
future increase, to her and her heirs forever- also my right and title of a
Negro woman named Esther which she has receivedfrom her father with her
present and future offspring, the present increaseas follows to wit: Isaac,
Mary Jane, Lucretia and Ben and at her deathto go to Will of her father
Christopher Hutchings, also one bedstead andfurniture, one side saddle, two
pine chests, clothing which she brought withher to her heirs forever. I lend
to my beloved wife Mildred Nowlin, one hundredand fifteen acres of land
beginning on the east side line of the firstbranch below the Plantation
crossing the creek at the mouth of the branchthence a straight line to the
dividing line between the widow Thompson andmyself including the house and as
much of the Plantation as will be within theboundary whereon I now live with
the following furniture to wit: one bed, bedstead,black walnut chest, two
black walnut tables, one corner cupboard, andall the furniture belonging
thereto. All table and kitchen furniture, alsotwo work horses and geld, two
ploughs, a yoke of oxen and cart, four cows andcalves, a beef, four ewes, two
sows and pigs, six hundred weight of pork, twoaxes, four hoes - which at her
death or marriage to be sold at twelve monthscredit and the money arising
from the sale thereof to be equally divided amongmy children in after named.
ITEM: I lend to my daughter Elizabeth Devin,a Negro girl named Hannah and her
offspring during her natural life and at he deathmy will and desire is that
the said Negro and increase be equally dividedby lot or by sale as best may
suit the children of my daughter Elizabeth Devin,which she now has or may
hereafter have lawfully begotten, to them andtheir heirs forever which she
has agreed to take as her part of my estate.
ITEM: I have formerly given my son Bryan WardNowlin as much of my estate as
he was satisfied with for his part then and forever but as a token of the love
that I bear him I will give him five pounds Virginia Currency to be paid out
of the money arising from sale of my stock atthe division of my estate.
ITEM: My will and desire that my eleven Negro'sto wit: Pat and daughter
Esther with her two children to wit: Peter andLisa: Phyllis and her five
children, Candace, Wheeler, Frances, Milly andCalvert and Davie with future
increase of the females be divided by equal lothaving them valued separate or
by lot as the case may best fit at the time between my eleven children, Peyton
Nowlin, Lucy Bennett, Susan Devin,James Nowlin, David Nowlin, Nancy Mahan,
Richard Wade Nowlin, Cathy Berger, SamuelNowlin, Anne Nowlin and Sherad
Nowlin and their heirs forever. The divisionto take place as before
mentioned. At the division these eleven childrenmust account for what they
have or may hereafter receive of my estate beforethe division to bring it
equal to prevent dispute on that day. I willendeavor to estimate what each
child has received.
ITEM: My son Peyton Nowlin has received twentypounds, thirteen shillings
value.
ITEM: My daughter Lucy Bennett has received twentythree pounds value.
ITEM: My daughter Susan Devin has received sixteenpounds value
ITEM: My son James Nowlin has received fifteenpounds value.
ITEM: My son David Nowlin has received twelvepounds value.
ITEM: My daughter Mary Mahan has received eightpounds value.
ITEM: My daughter Cathy Berger has received twelvepounds value not charging
her for the Negro that died on her hands as shewas sick when she received
her.
ITEM: My son Richard has received four poundsvalue.
ITEM: My will and desire is that my father bekindly treated and continue to
have his house and bed and be supported as usualand should he survive until a
division take place among my children then tobe supported out of the rents of
the land, mentioned. After the death or marriageof my wife I desire that my
land the residue of all stock, household andkitchen furniture, Plantation
utensils lent to my wife be sold and the moneyarising from the same be
equally divided among my aforementioned elevenchildren with the residue of
the money arising from the rents of my land afterthe maintenance of my
father.
ITEM: My will and desire is that at the divisionof my estate my wife shall
have forty barrels of grain with sufficient fodderand forage for her
livestock until she can raise another crop.
ITEM: Lastly I hereby contiture and appoint mythree sons; James Nowlin, David
Nowlin and Samuel Nowlin executors of this mylast Will and Testament, hereby
revoking all former Wills and Testaments by meheretofore made. In witness
where of I have hereunto set my hand and affixedmy seal.
ITEM: No security required of executors.

BRYAN WARD NOWLIN (SEAL)

Probated 16th day of July 1810

A true copy - Mrs S.H.F. Jones Feb. 7, 1931
Submitted by   JNHoover@aol.com


Will of Richard Parsons
Court Orders Book 5, page 139 Pittsylvania County,VA
December 22, 1783

 In the Name of God Amen I Richard Parsons of the County
of Pittsylvania being old and weak in body butenjoying my usual reason and
memory and calling to mind the mortality of mando make and ordain this my
last Will and testament in manner and form following, to wit, First my
desire is that my Soul assends and rest withGod that gave it and secondly
my desire is that my body be decently buriedThirdly I give and bequeath to
my well beloved daughter Hannah Madkiffand her husband Joseph Madkiff one
shilling Sterling to them my said daughter HannahMadkiff and her husband
Joseph Madkiff and their heirs forever. Forthly I give and bequeath to my
well beloved daughter Agness Madkiff and to herHusband John Madkiff one
shilling Sterling to them my said daughter AgnessMadkiff and her husband
John Madkiff and their hiers forever.  Fifthly I give and bequeath to my
well beloved son George Parsons one shillingSterling to him my said Son
George Parsons and his heirs for ever, SecondlyI give and bequeath to my
well beloved son Joseph Parsons one shillingsterling to him my said son
Joseph Parsons and his heirs forever, SeventhlyI give and bequeath to my
well beloved son John Parsons one shilling sterling to him my said son John
Parsons and his heirs for ever Eighthly I giveand bequeath to my well
beloved son Samuel Parsons the land whereon henow lives to be divided by a
line which my said son Samuel and my son Williammarked themselves to him
my said son Samuel Parsons and his heirs andassignes for ever Ninethly I
give and bequeath to my well beloved son WilliamParsons the land whereon
he now lives to be divided as above mentionedto him my said son William
Parsons and his heirs and assignes forever Tenthlyon the land above
mentioned is mortgage for which my son SamuelParsons is liable to pay said
mortgage if he does not then my will is thathis part of the land that is
to say the land whereon he now lives is to besold by my executors to off
said morgage Eleventhly I give and bequeath tomy well beloved daughter
Lydia Yates and her husband Stephen Yatesall my Black Smith tools to her
my said daughter Lydia Yates and her husbandStephen Yates to them and
their heirs for ever Twevlthly and lastly asI and my wife is now living
with my daughter Lydia Yates and her husbandStephen Yates and they using
us with the greatest kindness my will and desireis that they the said
Lydia and Stephen Yates to have all the remainderof my estate that is to
say my cattle and my black mare and also allmy household furniture which
is now in their possession but not til aftermy decease and the decease of
my Wife.  Furthermore I revoke all formerwills by me made and do confirm
this my last will and testament.  I do appoint and constitute my loving
sons Joseph and William Parsons executors ofthis my last will and
testament Witness my hand and seal.

Richard (his mark) Parsons SS

Test
John Parks, Samuel Parks, RichardJohnson

At a Court held for Pittsylvania County February the 21, 1785 This last
Will and Testament of Richard Parsons deceasedwas presented in Court and
proved by the Oathes of two of the witnessesHands and by the Court ordered
to be Recorded

Teste Will Turnball (?)

===============================================

Will of Joseph Parsons Senr

FILM 0033318 VOL 31 page 233  Order to Record Will

In the Name Of God, Amen, I Joseph Parsons Senrof Pittsylvania County
being of Sound Mind though infirm of body domake and publish this,my last
will and testament in manner and form followingthat is to say, first, I
desire to give my soul to God who gave it tome in trust for his
use...Secondly I desire that all my just debtsshall be paid out of any
part of my Estate.  Thirdly, I give theuse and possesion of my whole
estate real and personal to my wife Sarah Parsonsfor and during her
natural life and no longer, and at her deathI give the whole of my real
estate to my Grand Son Joseph Parsons, Son ofmy son John Parsons, his
heirs and assigns forever and whatever remainsof my personal estate at her
death, it is my will shall be equally dividedamong all my children in
equal ________.  Lastly, I appoint ThomasH. Wooding Executor of this my
last will, hereby revoking all others or formerWills by me made.  In
witness whereof I have hereto set my hand andseal this 3rd day of January
1826.

Joseph (x) Parsons

Witnesses:  Tho. Williamson, John Wooding,Thomas H. Wooding

At a court _____ for Pittsylvania County the 26(?) day of January 1834,
this last will and testament of Joseph Parsons,decd was proved by Thomas
H. Wooding and John Wooding and ordered to berecorded........



Willof John Parsons, Sr

(JOHN PARSONS SR., d. 1808, PittsylvaniaCounty, Virginia; m. SARAH ATKINS).

Notes for JOHN PARSONS SR.:
FILM 0033313 VOL 15, PAGE 226

The Last Will and Testament of John Parsons, Sr. probated June, 1808 gives
the name of his "beloved wife Sarah"  sonsEli, Frederick Gabriel, Jesse,
William, Richard, and John and daughters Leviney,Sally, and Lydia Midkiff.
 William Atkinson was the executorand the will was witnessed by Martin
Wagoner, and Coonrod Train.



Will of William Atkins
FILM 0033290
ATKINS, WILLIAM
Deed and Will Book 11, p 136
Dated:  January 22, 1784
Probated:  March 15, 1784

Names:  Dau:  Elizabeth Shockley
               Dau:  Liddy Witcher
               Dau:  Agness Polley
               Dau:  Nancy Witcher
               Dau:  Sarah Parsons
               Son:  Owen Atkins - negro girl Milley
               Son:  Jesse Atkins - negro wench Eady - also land on NS of
creek that my Mill is on with the plantationand buildings
               Son:  William Atkins - all land on SS of creek that the Mill
is on, with my Mill and all the balance not willedto son, Jesse and negro
girl Ginney and half of the stock
Witnesses:  Noton Dickinson, IssacMartin ,Joseph Standley
s/ William (x) Atkins


Samuel Parsons
FILM 0033314

May 20, 1816  Samuel Parsons, Sr.   Administrator qualified for estate.
June 17, 1816 Samuel Parsons, Sr.  Orderto record Inventory & Appraisement
Volume 17, pages 135,153

FILM 0033315
VOL 20 PG 256
NOVEMBER COURT 1819

John Parsons is appointed guardian of Joel Parsons orphan of Samuel Parsons
,decd & with Sm Clark - his Surityask bond in the penalty of $100 cond as
the law directs.

Dudley Nichols is appointed guardian ofDudley Parsons, orphan ofWilliam
Parsons who was the son of Samuel Parsons, decd,and with Wm Farthing - his
surety asked bond in the penalty of $100 condas the law directs


Will of William Parsons

        vii.    WILLIAM PARSONS, m. MARY (POLLY) BLANKS.

Notes for WILLIAM PARSONS:

FILM  0033270
VOL 15 PG 236
December 15, 1806 William Parsons gives to hisdaughter, Elizabeth
Farthing, a gift (horse).

I William Parsons of Pittsylvania CountyState of Virginia being advanced
in life and calling to mind the mortality ofthe body though at the time of
sound and disposing memory do make this my LastWill and Testament as
follows viz First I desire that all my just debtsshall be speedly and
promptly paid   Secondly After my ebts& funeral expenses are paid Igive to
my beloved wife Mary Parsons the whole of myEstate both real & PErsonal or
perishable of every kind during her natural life.  Thirdly after the
decease of my wife I give the whole of my landViz fifty acres more or less
to my Son Richard Parsons and that my unfortunateson Henry shall be
supported out of my perishable Extate Agreeableto the will I wish of my
wife to each of my other chidlren or their heirsof their body I give Oen
dollar n additiion to what I have already giventhem.

I do hereby constitute & ratify this my last will and testament all
_________all others.  In Testimony WhereofIhave hereunto set my hand &
seal this 22nd day of February One-Thousand eighthundrede & eighteen.
Also I desire that Richard Jones shallbe the whole & Sole Executor of the
my Last Will
Signed in the presence of
Will _______
Richard (x)Parsons
Molley (x) Farthing                                            William (x)
Parsons

At a Court held for Pittsylvania County the 16Day of March 1818 The ____
Last will & Testament of William ParsonsDecd was presented in Court and
proved the Oaths of the three Witnesses thereuntosubscribed and ordered to
be recorded and Richard Jones the Executor namedin Said will refusing to
take upon himself the burden of the excutionthereof on the motion of Mary
Parsons widow of said William who made oath according to sa____ _____ James
Barnett, Abner Farthing and Richard Parsonsher securities entered into and
acknowledged there bond in the Penalty of $500.  Conditioned as the Law
directs certificate is granted her for obtainingLetter of Administration
_________________________
in due form

Contributed by  Donna Parsons Price <prices@mail.advertisnet.com>



Will of  Thomas Walters
D&W 10, Page 366-368  Pittsylvania County, Virginia

To my beloved wife Lucy Walters the landand plantation whereon I now live and negroes:  Hector, Sam, Bettand Fillis, and half the furniture and stock except that which will hereinafterbe given during her natural life or widowhood.

To my son Clement Walters negro Cate.  Tomy son William Walters the land and plantation that joins  CharlesCooley, and negro Anthony.  To my son Abraham Walters negro Daniel,horse, saddle and after the decease of my wife the land and plantationwhere I now live.  To my grandson, John Walters, son and heir of myson Thomas Walters, deceased, 200 acres and the plantation that joins McMurrey,it being the land where the said Thomas, dec'd, formerly lived and a horse. Also the bond that is against me for his fathers effects.  To my daughterMargaret Walters a negro Pat, also a horse and saddle and one third partof the pewter, a bed, furniture, cow and calf, and a ten pound note onWalterGooding.

After the decease of my wife all my personal estate remaining to be divided between my children:  John, Robert, Archer,Obediah, William, Abraham, Wilmoth Scott, Agatha Matthis,Lucy Walker and Margaret Walters.

Appoint my sons John and Robert Walters executors. Signed 25th day of August  1795.

                                                               Thomas (X) Walters
Wit:   George Dodson, JacksonWalters, John Mading

Codicil:
It appears that negro Daniel,bequested tomy sonAbraham Walters is at the point of death, should this happen, Abraham isto have the first child of either Betty or Fillis.  18 Feb. 1796

Submitted by Gayle Austin


Willof John Walters
WB I,  p 407-Pittsyvania County

John Walters of the county of Pittsylvania Virginia do here by make this my last will and Testament in manner andform following that is to say First I desire that all the perishable partof my estate be immediately sold after my decease and out of the moniesarising therefrom all my just debts and funeral expenses are to be paid. Secondly after the payment of my debts and funeral expenses,  I giveto my Daughter Kesiah Walters who married Charles E. Carter tendollars to her and her heirs forever, thirdly I give to my daughter RhodaWalters, the wife of John Walters, six hundred dollars the money to beraised out of my estate and paid over immediately after my decease to herand her heirs forever.  Fourthly, I give to my two sons Ezra Waltersand Spiers Walters the following Slaves to wit:  Anne, Jenny, Lizza,Sandy, Ritter, Jackson, Harry, Wanner(?), Abram, Thillis(?), Martha, RachelMary and William and their increase to them and their heirs Executors --and assigns forever to be equally divided between them, my sons Ezra andSpiers.  Fifthly,  all the rest of my estate of what nature orkind so ever it may be not herein before particularly disposed of I desire may be equally divided between my two sons Ezra Walters and SpiersWalters which I give to them, their heirs, Executors, a-- and assigns foreverand lastly I do hereby constitute and appoint my two sons Ezra Walters and Spiers Walters Executors of this my last will and Testament herebyrevoking all others or formers wills or Testaments by me heretofore made. In witness whereof I have here unto set my hand and affixed my seal this13th day of December 1835.
                                                                                                         his
                                                                                                  John X Walters
                                                                                                         mark
Teste
Branch Waddill
Larkin H. Davis
          his
Wm    X Shackleford
        mark
E. Hunt

At account held for Pittsylvania County the 18th day of January 1836 this last will and Testament of John Walters, Decdwas presented in court and proven by two subscribing witnesses to be theact and deed of the said Walters and ordered to be recorded and on themotion of Ezra Walters and Spiers Walters, the Executors in said will namedwho made oath according to Law and with Timothy Stamps and LarkinH.(?) Davis their securities entered into and acknowledged Bondin the penalty of eight thousand dollars conditioned as the said death(?)certificate was granted them for obtaining a probate of said will in dueform.
Teste
Wm Tunstall

Submitted by Gayle Austin



WILL of Richard Parsons

 Court Orders Book 5, page 139 Pittsylvania County, VA

December 22, 1783  In the Name of God AmenI Richard Parsons of the County
of Pittsylvania being old and weak in body butenjoying my usual reason and
memory and calling to mind the mortality of mando make and ordain this my
last Will and testament in manner and form following, to wit, First my
desire is that my Soul assends and rest withGod that gave it and secondly
my desire is that my body be decently buriedThirdly I give and bequeath to
my well beloved daughter Hannah Madkiff andher husband Joseph Madkiff one
shilling Sterling to them my said daughter HannahMadkiff and her husband
Joseph Madkiff and their heirs forever. Forthly I give and bequeath to my
well beloved daughter Agness Madkiff andto her Husband John Madkiff one
shilling Sterling to them my said daughter AgnessMadkiff and her husband
John Madkiff and their hiers forever.  Fifthly I give and bequeath to my
well beloved son George Parsons one shilling Sterling to him my said Son
George Parsons and his heirs for ever, SecondlyI give and bequeath to my
well beloved son Joseph Parsons one shilling sterling to him my said son
Joseph Parsons and his heirs forever, SeventhlyI give and bequeath to my
well beloved son John Parsons one shillingsterling to him my said son John
Parsons and his heirs for ever Eighthly I giveand bequeath to my well
beloved son Samuel Parsons the land whereonhe now lives to be divided by a
line which my said son Samuel and my son Williammarked themselves to him
my said son Samuel Parsons and his heirs andassignes for ever Ninethly I
give and bequeath to my well beloved son William Parsons the land whereon
he now lives to be divided as above mentionedto him my said son William
Parsons and his heirs and assignes forever Tenthlyon the land above
mentioned is mortgage for which my son SamuelParsons is liable to pay said
mortgage if he does not then my will is thathis part of the land that is
to say the land whereon he now lives is to besold by my executors to off
said morgage Eleventhly I give and bequeath tomy well beloved daughter
Lydia Yates and her husband Stephen Yatesall my Black Smith tools to her
my said daughter Lydia Yates and her husbandStephen Yates to them and
their heirs for ever Twevlthly and lastly asI and my wife is now living
with my daughter Lydia Yates and her husbandStephen Yates and they using
us with the greatest kindness my will and desireis that they the said
Lydia and Stephen Yates to have all the remainderof my estate that is to
say my cattle and my black mare and also allmy household furniture which
is now in their possession but not til aftermy decease and the decease of
my Wife.  Furthermore I revoke all formerwills by me made and do confirm
this my last will and testament.  I do appoint and constitute my loving
sons Joseph and William Parsons executors ofthis my last will and
testament Witness my hand and seal.

Richard (his mark) Parsons SS

Test
John Parks, Samuel Parks, Richard Johnson

At a Court held for Pittsylvania County February the 21, 1785 This last
Will and Testament of Richard Parsons deceasedwas presented in Court and
proved by the Oathes of two of the witnessesHands and by the Court ordered
to be Recorded

Teste Will Turnball (?)

Contributed  by "Bill& Lori Parsons" <bparsons1@trinex.net>


Will of James Bleakley

Will and Deed Book No. 11, p. 314, PittsylvaniaCounty

In the name of God, Amen, I Jams Bleakley,Sr ., of the County of
Pittsylvania being in a low state of health butof sound mind and disposing
memory and calling to mind the certainty of life,I do hereby make this my
last will and testament in manner and form following:  that is to say, I
give and recommend my soul to God, that firstgive it, my just debts to be
honestly paid.  Item, and give and bequeathto my wife, REBECCA BLEAKLEY one
third part of all my estate that I dispose offor and enduring her life.  I
give to my son John BLEAKLEY twenty shillings over and above what I have
heretofore given him.  I give to my daughter LUCYMORTON twenty shillings.
I give to my daughter MARY LOGAN twentyshillings.  I give to my son James
BLEAKLEY twenty shillings, I give to myson Charles BLEAKLEY twenty one
pounds being the price of a horse I gave him,and but when sold I made use
of the money.  I further give the said Charles twenty shillings.  I give to
my daughter Rebecca WARD twenty pounds.  I give to my grand son George WARD
ten pounds for the purpose of schooling him. I give to my sonTHOMAS
BLEAKLEY one hundred acres of land tobe taken of the tract I now live on
and on booth sides of Pigg or Strawberry Creek,but no to crop the said
creek less than thirty poles above the Fork. I give to my sonBenjamin
BLEAKLEY one bed and furniture also twothirds part of all my lands nor
before given and after the death of my wife,her part of the land is also to
be included in the gift of Benjamin to him andhis heirs forever.  And if
any balance left after complying with the abovegifts my Will is that it may
be equally divided between all my children. And lastly I do hereby
constitute and appoint my beloved son JAMESBLEAKLEY and my friend ROBERT
DEVIN, executors of this my last Willand Testament, hereby revoking all
other or former Wills or testaments by me heretofore made.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my handafix'd my seal this
thirtieth day of April in the year one thousandseven hundred and ninety
nine.   James (his mark) Bleakley (SEAL)

Signed and sealed in the present of ROBERTTINLEY, Ph THOMAS,William DEVIN
Junr., William DEVIN Snr.

At a Court held for Pittsylvania County June the 1799 This last will and
testament of James BLEAKLEY deceased, was presented in Court and proved by
the oaths of ROBERT TINLEY and PHILIP THOMAS,two of the witnesses thereto
ordered that the same be recorded.

Submitted by Gail Blankenau gblankenau@email.msn.com



from 'wills of pittsylvania co., va 1820-1845by Mike K. Williams 1993"

Will of Elizabeth Jefferso n,dtd 11 Mar 1828 pro 16 Jun 1828.  Mentions
sons Field, John, Samuel A., Alexander, Archer(dec'd), Thomas (dec'd); daus
Patsy Brewer, Judith Jefferson.  Executrixwas dau Judith.  Wit by James
Hopkins, Samuel & William Jefferson

Will of Moses Hodges dtd 15 Feb 1835 pro 20 Apr1835, "property to be equally
divided with my sons and daughters now living."  Sion P. Hodges only one named.

Contributed by  "Timothy Kreh" <Timothy_Kreh@freddiemac.com>


       Will of William Griffith of Pittsylvania Co., VA

GRIFFETH/GRIFFITH, WILLIAM
Pittsylvania County, Virginia
Deed and Will Book 11, p 118
Dated:  May 13, 1780
Probated:  August 15, 1780

Names:  Wife:  Rachel - The plantation whereon I now live, all
my stock,
except one horse colt, I deliver unto the handof William Persize
till the
year 1784 upon half stocks accowing to me toa contract made
by me with
him, the said William Persize, and at the endof which time I
lend my wife,
Rachel Griffeth the increase of all my stockwith the plantation
whereon I
live, with all my household goods and furnitureduring her life.
Son:
Jonathan Griffeth - at wife's death 100acres of land part of the
tract I
live on with the plantation whereon he lives,being the upper part
of the
land.  Son:  William Griffeth- the remainder of the land where on
I live
with the plantation.  To sons, Jonathanand William - one entry
of land on
Southerton's Branch - divided between them equallyor their
heirs:  The
increase of cattle, after my death, to be equallydivided between
the
following children or their heirs:  Margaret Parsons, Anne
Parsons, Mary
Rigny, Sussaner Adkinson, Sarah Grifeth, Johnathan Griffeth
and William
Grifeth  To son William Grifeth -all my stock of horses, sheep
and hogs
after the death of his mother.  Executor:  Reubin Pain and wife,
Rachel
Griffeth  Witnesses:  Joseph (P) Parsons, William Griffeth,
Reuben Pain,
Seth (P) Colwell, Wil'm Prosise s/ William Griffeth
Will exhibited by Rachel Griffeth, Ex'trx Provedby oaths of two
witnesses
and O.R.  Sec:  Samuel Parsons,Charles Rigney

The known children of William Griffith Sr. (whowas a
non-pensioner of the Revolutionary War) are shownbelow.
My husband is a descendant of William C. GriffithJr. and
Susanna Jones.
 

    Descendants of William C. Griffith, Sr.

1 William C. Griffith, Sr. b: Bef. 1740 in Wales, England d:
August 15, 1780 in Pittsylvania Co. Virginia?

. +Rachel Rigney? d: in Pittsylvania Co., Va.?

... 2 William C. Griffith, Jr. b: November 4,1758 in Franklin Co.,
VA d: July 31, 1834 in Anderson Co., TN (PeakCemetery)

....... +Susanna Jones b: April 6, 1765 in Blackwater Creek,
Franklin Co., VA d: February 10, 1843 in AndersonCo., TN

... 2 Margaret "Peggy" Griffith

....... +Joseph Parsons

... 2 Jonathan Griffith

... 2 Anne Griffith

....... +George Parsons

... 2 Mary Griffith

....... +Mr. Rigny

... 2 Susannah Griffith

....... +Mr. Adkinson

... 2 Sarah Griffith
Contributed by Laura Griffith" <laurawg@mindspring.com


Will of Reuben HALL of Pittsylvania Co., VA

The Will of REUBEN HALL of Pittsylvania County,VA
Date of Record: May 16, 1853   Willbook:W - Volume: 2 - Page: 154

     In the name of God Amen, I Reuben Hall of the county of Pittsylvania and
the state of Virginia being only in tolerablehealth, but of sound mind and
disposing memory and knowing that I have to dieI therefore wish to dispose
of what little property it has pleased the Almighty God to bless me with in
the following manner Vez.  I wish my executorhere after named in this will
to pay all my just debts and funeral expensesout of my estate, and the
balance of my property dispose of in the followingmanner
     First - I will and bequeath unto my beloved son James Hall the horse &
bed I have heretofore given him, also I wishhim to receive one one fourth
part of the amount that my stock of hogs &sheep which is in full his part of
my estate.
     Second - I will andbequeath unto my beloved son William Hall the horse
and the other property that I have heretoforegiven to him, also I wish my
executor heretofore named to pay to my son Williamout of my estate the sum
of twenty dollars which will be in full his shareof my estate.
     Third - I will and bequeath unto my beloved son Robertson Hall the horse
and every species of property that I have heretofore given him which will be
in full of his share of my estate.
     Fourth - I will andbequeath unto my son Reuben Hall the horse & cow I
have heretofore given him, also I give him onegood bed or I wish my executor
to pay my son Reuben the amount of the bed inmoney, also I wish my son Reuben
 to have his fourth part of all the stockof sheep & hogs which will be in
full his share of my estate.
     Fifth - I will and bequeath unto my son Daniel Hall the horse I
havetofore given him, also one bed or the amountin money that the bed may be
worth, also one fourth part of my cattle, sheep& hogs which will be in full
his share of my estate.
     Sixth - I will and bequeath unto my beloved son son Joseph Hall the
horse I have heretofore given him, also I willhim a good bed or the amount
in money the bed may be worth, also one fourthpart of all stock of cattle,
sheep and hogs that I may die seized off whichwill be in full his share of
my estate.
     Seventh - I will andbequeath unto the children of my deceased daughter E
lizabeth Dickson one sixth part of thelands that I may die seized of, said
land is not to be sold unless all the partiesinterested in the lands as
willed away by me shall be willing to a sale.
     Eighth - I will andbequeath unto my daughter Mary Dickson the cow &
other property I have heretofore given - alsoI wish my daughter Mary to be
furnished with a good bed, or money in lieu ofthe bed which will be in full
her part of my estate.
     Ninth - I will and bequeath unto the children of my daughter Mary Dickson
 that she has now or may hereafter have,one sixth part of all the lands, I
may die seized of, not to be sold by them unlessall the parties that the
land is willed to may be willing to a sale.
     Tenth - I will and bequeath unto my daughter Sarah or to the heirs of
her body one negro girl by the name of MillyJane - also one sixth part of
all the lands I may die seized of, together withall and every species of
property that I have heretofore given her.
     Eleventh - I will andbequeath unto my daughter Winifred P. or to the
heirs of her body, one negro girl by the nameof Sarah Elizabeth, also one
sixth part of all the lands that I may die seizedof, together with all and
every species of property that I have heretoforegiven her.
     Twelfth - I will andbequeath unto my daughter Martha E. or to the heirs
of her body one negro woman by the name of Lucinda- should said negro woman
have any more increase I wish for my daughterSally, Winifred P., Martha E. &
Delphia  G. to share equally in the valueof said increase if any. I also
will to my daughter Martha E. one sixth partof all the lands that I may die
seized of, together with all and every speciesof property heretofore given
her.
     Thirteenth - I willand bequeath  to my daughter Delphia G. or to the
heirs of her body one negro girl named MarthaAnn, also one sixth part of all
lands that I may die seized of, together withevery species of property
heretofore given her.
     14th - I will &bequeath unto my daughters Sarah, Winifred P., Martha E.
& Delphia G. a full support out of my cropsthat I may have either growing in
the field or gathered so as my daughters mayhave a plenty to support on,
also I will to my 4 daughters one good horseto be held by them jointly.
     15th - The balance ofmy estate not herein disposed of I wish to be sold
and the money equally divided between my foursons namely, James, Reuben,
Daniel & Joseph.
     16th - I wish for myfour daughters  namely Sarah, Winifred P., Martha
E. & Delphia G. to live together and enjoythe benefit of every thing I have
willed them and the land to remain just as itis unless all the parties that
I have willed the land to are willing to a saleof the lands & should either
of the negroes die that is willed, to my daughtersbefore named, my will is
that the one that looses her negro by death,the other daughters shall make
her equal in the negro property.
     Lastly - I nominateand appoint my son James Hall executor to this my
last Will and Testament. In witness whereof Ihave hereunto set my hand &
seal this 4 day of September 1851.
                                                              Reuben Hall
(SEAL)
Witnesses
Griffith Dickenson
Thomas C. Smith
Martha S. Smith

Codicil: In the twelfth Item, named in the forgoing Will, my will iand wish
is that the increase of a negro woman named insaid Item vez: Lucinda to stop
to alot when my daughters named in said Itemto Wit - Sally, Winifred P. &
Delphia G. or either of them marry's or seperatesand gets apart. My will is
that after that time my daughter Martha E. shallhave all the increase of
said negro woman named Lucinda that she may haveafter said separation - as
witness my hand & seal this 31st day of July1852.
                                                                 Reuben Hall
(SEAL)
Test:
Griffith Dickenson
Thomas C. Smith
Martha S. Smith

     As a County Council held for the county of Pittsylvania on the 15th day
of May 1853. The foregoing last Will and Testamentof Reuben Hall died and
codicil thereto attached were presented in courtin order to be proved and
the said will was proved by Griffith Dickersonand Thomas C. Smith two
subscribing Witnesses thereto and was orderedto be recorded and for reasons
appearing to the court, the motion as to theproof of the said codicil was
continued till the next term -
And at another day to wit. at a County Courtheld for the said County on the
20th day of June 1853 the foregoing codicil wasproved by Thomas C. Smith and
Martha S. Smith two subscribing witnesses theretoand ordered to be recorded
and in the motion of Thomas C. Smith who madeoath and wish, Philip Thomas & D
octor A. Herndon his securities entered intoand acknowledged a bond to Law
certificate was granted him for obtaining lettersof administration on the
Estate of Reuben Hall decd with his will annexedin due form.
                                    Testes    L. Scruggs   Clerk
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Here is will of John W.Adams , s/o Rev. Joel Terrell
Adams and Sarah Fielder. John w.m. Ann Mary Franklin in 22 Feb 1855
Pittsylvania Co. Ann Mary Franklin was the d/oThomas Franklin and Judith
Anderson.  John was killed, per hiswife's Bible, on 14 Jul 1864 (probably
in the siege of Petersburg). He was a memberof the Ringgold Battery,
Virginia Artillery. Ann Mary Franklin Adams m.2. Raleigh T. Vaughan.

Will of John W Adams
 WB3 p 284 Pittsylvania Co VA

I John W. Adams do make this my last will and testament. First I desire all
my just debts to be paid out of my estate andafter the payment of my debts
I give one third of said estate to my wife AnnM. Adams her life time and at
her death my heirs and I give the remaning twothirds to said heirs as they
may become of age of marry and if said heirsshould die before they should
become of age or marry my estate to return tomy said wife to dispose of as
she may decide proper as Witness my hand andseal this the 14 day of Feb
1859.

John W. Adams (seal)
Witness
James E Adams (brother)
Sarah F Adams (sister)
Thomas Franklin (father in law)

At a County court continued and held for the Coutny of Pittsylvania on 20th
day of Apr 1887 The last will and testament ofJohn W Adams dec'd dated 14
day of Feburary 1859 was proved by Thomas Franklinone of the subscribing
witnesses thereto that said will was signed andacknowledged by the testator
in the presence of himself and James E Adamsand Sarah F. Adams the other
subscribing witnesses thereto present at thesame time and that they the
said witnesses suscribed the said will in thepresence of the testator and
it is ordered that said will be recorded whereuponthe motion of R.T Vaughan
it is that said estate be committed to the handsof W. I Overby Sheriff of
this county for administraton with the will annexed
Teste
W.B. Shepard CCk
Submitted by Karen Wood


Here is the  will of Rev.Joel Terrell Adams, s/o Capt. Robert Adams and Mary
Lewis Terrell.  Joel married 1. in1800 Dionitia Walden, by whom he had no
children.  He married 2nd to Sarah Fielder in Caswell Co NC in 1828,
returning to Pittsylvania where he was a Baptistpreacher and performed many
marriages.

Will of Rev Joel Terrell Adams
Will book 2 p 39 Pittsylvania Co VA

In the name of God Amen I Joel T Adams of the county of  Pittsylvania  &
State of Virginia being sick & weak in bodybut of sound mind & disposing
memory for which I am thankful unto my Lord towhom I committ my soul Do
think proper to make my last will & testamentin the manner and form as
followeth
Item my will and wish is that all my Estate realand personal and pershiable
remain with in the possession of my beloved wife Sarah Adams until my last
child arrives at the age of twenty years or marriage & when period arrives
my will is that a division shall take place ofmy personal & perishable
Estate and my wife's dower assigned her of thesame and that child so
arriving at twenty one years of marrying shallhave his or her part of the
two third of the personal & Perishable andson on divide as they arrive of
age or marry down to the youngest child.
Second After the death of my wife Sarah Adamsmy will & wish is that the
dower Estate of my wife with the increase ofthe females as well as my land
shall be equally divided amongst all my childrenor their legal
representatives.
Third my will & wish is that my Exectorsherein after named shall employ
overseers to sell the produce that can be convenienty spared and buy all
necessary food and clothing for the convenience& comfort of the family and
the residue or balance of the money arising fromthe sales of crops if any
shall be paid one third to my wife and the balanceof two thirds shall be
managed for the benefit of my children by myExecutors & further my wish is
that my children should be educated as nearlyequal as may be
Fourthly I give to Elders Henry Finch, ThomasLovelace and Zachariah Angel
each the sum of Twenty Dollars
Lastly I do hereby appoint my BrotherJohn L Adams & my Friend Richard T.
Walden Executors of this my last willand testament without any security
being required hereby revoking all other willsor testaments by  me made.
In witness whereof I have hereunto set my handand affixed my seal this
Eleveth day of December Eighteen Hundred FortySix in presence of John
Franklin  And Cornelius M George
Signed Joel T Adams (Seal)
 

At a court held for Pittsylvania County the 15th day of November 1847 this
Last Will and Testament of Joel T. Adams waspresented in court and proven
by the oaths of two subscribing witnesses tobe the act & deed of said
Testator and ordered to be recorded
And at another day to Wit
At a County Court held for the County of Pittsylvania on the 15th day of May
1848 John L. Adams & Richard T Walden executors under the Will of Joel T
Adams Dec'd refusing to take upon themselvesthe burden of the execution of
the said will on motion of Burwell Leewho made oath and with William A Lee
and  C. Alonzo Hunt as his securitiesentered in and acknowlegded a bond in
penalty of Twelve Thousand Dollars conditionedaccording to Law, certificate
is granted to him to obtain letters of administration on the estate of Joel
T. Adams deceased with his will annexed in dueform.
Wm H Tunstall CCK
Contributed by Karen Wood



Here's will of Mary LewisTerrell Adams, widow of Capt. Robert Adams d. 1790
in Pittsylvania Co while visiting his sister,Mrs. Mildred Ward, wife of Wm
Ward of Edgehill.  Mary Lewis TerrellAdams came to live with her son, Rev.
Joel Terrell Adams. When Robert Adamsdied in 1790, he left Mary with a
number of very young children. By the time shedied in 1842, these were all
the children left.

Will of Mary Lewis Terrell Adams
Will Bk  1 p 414

In the name of God Amen I Mary Adams of theCounty of Pittsylvania and State
of Virginia late of Campbell Co being of soundmind a disposing memory for
which I thank Almighty God do think proper ofrecommending my Sole to God
who gave it to dispose of all of my estate realand personal and all other
Interest that I may own by Law or equity by this my last Will and Testament
in the following manner and form.
1 It is my will and desire that all my just debtsbe paid and all debts owed
me collected by my Exors as soon as they cando so with comvienence
2nd I give to my daughter Polly Adams onebed and furniture I also give my
son Edward Adams one bed and furniture

Third It is my will that my Executor herine (sic) after named do sell my
slaves and the money arising  there andall other moneys of Interest that I
may have in any estate by Law or Equity .

I give in the following manner that is to say
Fourth I give to Edward Adams in Truston fifths part of my estate for the
use and purposes herin set forth which I give to said Edward Adams upon
this express trust and conditions that the saidEdward Adams shall take
charge of the said  fifth for the use andbenefit of my Daughter Milly Web
and to manage the same as he the said EdwardAdams may think but so that my
daughter Milly Web may get the benefits arisingtherefore  and do further
authorize the said Edward Adams to pay the wholeor any part of the
aforesaid estate to my daughter Milly Web atsuch time as he the said Edward
Adams may think Proper
Fifth The Balance of my estate I give to my fourchildren by the names viz;
Joel T. Adams, Polly Adams, John  L.Adams and Edward Adams to be equally
divided between the four which I give to themand their heirs forever.
Lastly I do hereby constitute and appoint JoelT Adams and John S. Adams and
Edward Adams my Executors of this my lastWill and Testament hereby revoking
all former wills by  me . In Witness weherofI have hereunto set my hand and
affixed my seals this 27th day of July in theyear of our Lord one Thousand
eight hundred  and forty two.
Mary Adams LS
Witness John Franklin
Thomas Franklin
Thomas Tuck
Micajah Rowland
At a Court held for Pittsylvania Co the 18thday of December 1843 This Last
Will and Testament of Mary Adams, deceased,was produced in Court and proved
by the oath of John and Thomas Franklin,two subscribing witnesses and
ordered recorded. And on the motion of JoelT Adams and John L Adams two of
the Executor and said Will named who made oathaccording to law and with
Richard  Walden thier security enteredinto and acknowled ged a bond in the
penatly of four Thousand Dollars certificatewas granted them for obtaining
a probat of said Will in due form, Liberty beingreserved to the other
Executor to join in the probat of the said Willwhen he shall think fit.
Teste Wm H Tunstall Clk
Contributed by Karen Wood


Will of William Lewis d.1822
Will Book 1 page 28 -30 Last Will and Test. ofWilliam Lewis

In the name of God Amen, I William Lewis sen. of the cnty of Pittsylvania
being at this time in a low state of health butof a Disposing mind, &
calling into my mind that there is a time appointed for all men onse(sic)
to die first I recommend my body to the dustto be buried at the disenpsion
(sic) of my hereafter named executors & mySoul into the hands ofAlmighty
God who gave it~ and being Desirous of makinga Distribution of What Wordly
Estate It has pleased God in this life to Blessme with do dipose of the
same in form and manner as follows to Wit~Itis my will and desire that all
my Just Debts be paid & those due me be collected ~
Item, I give and bequeath to my son Abram Lewis Negroes Anders and Hanna her
and her Increase to him & His Heirs forever.
Item I give and Bequeath to my son John Lewis one half of my land not
disposed off (sic) a Dividing line to Run Northand South. & one negroe
Delpha her & her Increase to him and hisheirs forever~
Item I give to my son William Lewis onenegroe Phill to him & his Heirs
forever ~
Item, I give and bequeath to my son LittleberryLewis one Negro John to him
and his Heirs forever~
Item I give and bequeath to my son Joel Lewis one Negroe James to him and
his Heirs forever ~
Item I give and bequeath to my son Clayborn Lewis one Negroe Lewis to him
and His Heirs forever~
Item I gvie and bequeath to my Daughter Betsy Shelton one Negroe Mary with
her increase to her & her her (sic) heirsforever~
Item I give and bequeath to my daughter Nancy Shelton one Negro Bob to her
and her heirs forever~
Item I give and bequeath my Daughter Patsey Blackburn one Negro boy Allen to
her & Her Heirs forever
Item it is my will and disire that the residueof my estate both real and
personal be equally Divided among all my childrenas above mentioned. I do
appoint my beloved Sons John Lewis, Abram Lewis, Joel Lewis Executors to
this my last Will and Testament hereby revokingall former Wills heretofore
by me made in Witnefs hereof I have hereuntoset my hand and seal this 10
day of June 18 hundred and twenty two ~
M/B
Item I give and bequeath to the five childrenof my son Thomas Lewis Dec'd
one Negroe girl Amy & her increase &one half of my land not disposed of to
them  their heirs forever~
Item I give and bequeath to the two childrenof my son Coleman one negroe
Girl Suckey also the balance of my land not disposed of ....them and thier
Heirs forever~

William Lewis Senr (seal)
Witnefs
Griffth Dickinson
Crispne Shelton
William M. Waller

At a court held for Pitsylvania County the 15thday of July 1822 this last
will and Testament of William Lewis Sr Dec'dwas presented in court and
proven by the oaths of those subscribing Witnefsesand ordered to be
recorded and on the Motion of John Lewis &Abrham Lewis two of the executors
therein named who made oath thereunto accordingto Law and with William H
Stone, Stephen Coleman, John Dickinson & WilliamLewis thier securited
entered into and acknowledged a bond in the penalty of twnety thousand
Daollars conditioned according to Law. Certificateis granted them for
obtaining brotate (sic) of the Will in due formand liberty is reserved to
the other exor to join in the probate when heshall think proper.

Test Will Tunstall CPC

Contributed by KarenWood



Joshua B. Swain's Will

July 20TH 1867-J.B. Swain do this day comfore my last will and testament I
will the after paying my just debts-all my effectsremain together with one
all the family that remain unmarried till SallyCate become 21 years old, at
whitch time they may sell and divide equallywith all my children, to be
managed by my son J.B. Swain as he andhis sisters and John may agree, if
any of them marry they must leave the familyresidence to those who remain
single, if Joshua repairs the saw mill he isto have the benifit of it for 2
years, after that he may pay a reasonable rentto the family that remain
single, if he repairs the Gris mill and attendsto it he is to have half as
long as he keeps it up, the unmarried part ofthe family to have the other
half if he builds a new saw mill at the cornerlot, he's to have it 5 years.
In testamony of which I set my hand and sealthis the 20 day of July 1867.

                                            Joshua B. Swain(seal)
1867
Witnes
J.G. Witcher
T.R. Wright

   At a county court held for the county of Pittsylvania on the 20Th day of
September 1869. The last will and testament ofJoshua B. Swain dated the
20Th day of July 1867 was proved by J.G. Witcherand T.R. Wright the
subscribing witness there to and it is orderedthat the said will be
recorded and on the motion of Joshua B. SwainJr who made oath and with
Elizabeth A. Swain, Mary A. Swain, MarthaT. Swain, as his sureties entered
into and as knowledged a bond in the penaltyof five hundred dollars
conditioned ascording to law cetificate is grantedhim for obtaining letters
of administration on the estate of he said JoshuaB. Swain deceased with his
will annexed in due form, the testator havingfailed to appoint an
exsecution.

                                           Teste
                                          S. Scruggs

I know some of the words are miss spelled, butthat's the way it is written
in the will. Do you have any information on theSwain's?
Contributed by lavanda newsom
momnewsom@hotmail.com


Virginia State Library
Pittsylvannia County Deeds and Wills
No. 5, 1767-1780, page 394

In the name of God amen, March the 10th day inthe year of 1773, I George
Roberts, senr. of Pittsylvannia County,being sick and weak in body but of
perfect memory and Calling to mind the mortalityof all men have made and
ordained this my Last Will and Testament to wit,as touching such Wordly
estate where with it hath pleased god to blessme with to be disposed of in
the following manner and form-

Item. I will and desire my Land to be equallyDivided between four of my
Children, viz. George Roberts, Junr. DorothyColdwell, Sarah Blair, and Alie
Hamlin and my bed and furniture to my Daughter,Dorothy Coldwell.

Item. I give to my Daughter, Alie Hamlin, allthe woman Close that is now in
my Chest and all rest of my estate of goods andChattels to be equally
Devided between the above sd, four Children.,except one shilling Sterling to
all the rest of my Children, namely, Mary Hamiltonand John Roberts, to the
which sd. Tennement, goods and Chattels to beI Joyd as their proper estate
forever.

I also ordain and Constitute Allen Coldwell andWilliam Durrett my sole
Executors of this my last Will and Testamentand I do hereby disalow and
disanull all other Wills or Legacies whatsoeverand this and no other to be
my Last Will and Testament.

In Witness whereof I have hereunto set my handand afixt my seal the day and
the year above written.

                                his
                            George      Roberts   L. S.
                                mark
Tests.

Gabriel Richards
       his
John C. Coldwell
     mark

       her
Mary M. Durrett
     mark

At a Court held for Pittsylvannia County the 27day of May 1773

The within last Will and Testament of George Roberts, Deceased, was presented
in Court by William Durrett and Allen Coldwell,the Executors therein named
and proved by the oaths of the Witnesses theretoand ordered to be recorded
and on the motion of the sd. Executors who madeOath according to Law, a
Certificate is granted them for obtaining a probate thereof in due form.
Giving Security, Whereupon they together WilliamThomas, their Security,
entered into and acknowledged their bond accordingto Law.

                            Test

                                Will. Tunstalle Cl.

___________________________________________
After Pittsylvannia County.....the Paynes andRobert's wound up in Hawkins
County Tennessee (Wautauga Settlement - HolstonRiver) then the whole clan
moved to Louisiana and Mississippi.
Here is is son George's who married Rhoda Payneof Pittsylvannia County:

St. Helena Parish, Louisiana
Successions, Drawer R-4

Will of George Roberts, Senior

In the name of God a men I George Roberts of Hawkins county State of Tennice
Being in perfect health and memory at presentthanks be to god for it calling
unto mind and mortality of my Body and knowingthat it is appointed once for
man to die do make and ordain this my last willand testament that is to say

principally and first of all I give and recommend my soul into the hand of
the almighty god and give it and my Body I recommend to the earth to be
Buried in a decent christian manner at the discretion of my Executors hoping
at the general resurection I shall receive thesame again By the almighty
power of ----------p

And as touching such worldy estate where withit hath pleased God to blefs me
with I give devise and dispose of the same inthe following manner and form-

first I give to my dearly Beloved wife Rhoda Roberts the land and plantation
where I now live with all the moveables thereto and stock of horse s cattle
hogs and sheep during her widowhood and if sheshould mary then let her be
put to her thirds and if the children Shouldmary then I give them some
things to Begin to keep house with and keep accopmt of such things

    my daughter Anned Lee I giveto her one dollar
    my son George Roberts I givehim also one dollar
    my son John Roberts I givehim likewise one dollar
    my son William Roberts I givehim one dollar
    my son Elisha Roberts I givehim one dollar
    my son Samuel Roberts I givehim one dollar
    my daughter Milla Schim onedollar

    I give to my son Isaac Roberts one hundred and twenty five acres of land
it being the place where he now lives and therest of the land to be devided
between Thomas Roberts and Absolom Roberts andJames Roberts an Equal
division Between them three so the same and Equal division of the whole at
their mothers death and as for my negro womanlettis and her child Catherine
to Belong to my wife as long as she lives andat her death Both to be free

If my wife should dy before the child is twentyseven years of age she may
give it to one of the children to have tel sheis of that age and to be free.
 I have not left the other children onedollar for anything I have against
them I have given to them their part Before

ratifying and confirming this and no other tobe my last will and testament
in witness whereof I set my hand and seal thisnineteenth day of november in
the year of our lord one thousand Eight hundredand five.

Samuel Smith                            George Roberts (Seal)

Wm. Paine

On back

Estate of George Roberts
Last Will of George Roberts
Bogue Chitto
Will of George Roberts

The following two documents were folded within the will:

Whereas William Roberts left a will in the Hands of the Comandant that George
Roberts Snr. made in his lifetime, we have Byour
Consent agreed to Recawl the sd. will Back into our pofeesion as we have
Come on the termes, and agreed to Settle in Regardto the Estate amongst our
Selves

Given under our hand this 29th day of Septembr1809

                                Thomas Roberts
                                James Roberts
                                Isaac Roberts
                                       her
                                Milla Chisum
                                     mark

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 Here is a copy of the will of Overton Pugh, my great(2)
grandfather.  I would love to know what kind of a $45 bond he held on
my great-grandfather.
Will of Overton Pugh
In the name of the lord amen.  I Overton Pugh being of sound mind and
disposing memory do hereby make and ordain this my last will and
testament in the following manner and form.  I leave in the hands of
my son,  Columbus Coleman Pugh as trustee for Martha Ann McDowell one
hundred acres of the tract of land on which I reside the line to
commence on the line from a chestnut to a pine and run parallel with a
line from a pine to a locust crossing Reed Creek this lot will adjoin
Wm O. Worsham.  I leave in the hands of my son Richard K. Pugh as
trustee for my daughter Mary M. Simpson one hundred and ten acres of
the said tract of land the line to commence on the line from a
chestnut to a pine and run parallel with the line of the above
mentioned lot of Martha Ann McDowell across Reed creek to the line
from a locust to the beginning.
I give and bequeath to my son Richard K. Pugh and his heirs one
hundred and ten acres of the said tract of land on which I live to
commence on the line from a chestnut to a pine and run parallel with
the lot of Mary Ann Simpson crossing Reed Creek to the line from a
locust to a kin or stump the last lines run on a plot made by J. D.
Dawson August 25 1832 for Robert Davis and Thomas Adams.  The balance
of the tract of  land on which I live I loan to my wife Matilda Pugh
for and during the period of her life and at her death I give and
bequeath the same to my son Columbus C. Pugh and his heirs.  I give to
my wife Matilda Pugh all the balance of my property of every kind and
character except the five dollars herinafter given to the children of
Sarah J. Inley and the bond of forty five dollars on my son Wm T. Pugh
herinafter given to him and my said wife shall pay all the debts I may
have out of the property given her.  I give to the children of my
deceased daughter Sarah J. Inley five dollars to be equally divided
between them.  I give to my son Wm T. Pugh the bond of forty five
dollars which I hold against him.  In witness whereof I have herinto
set my hand and seal this 16th day of Sept. 1871.
Signed and sealed in the presence of:
Wm. H. Waller
Charles P. Dalton
Overton Pugh (seal)

At a county court held for the county of Pittsylvania on the 18th day
of December 1871.  The last will and testament of Overton Pugh Dec.
dated the 16th of September 1871 was provided by Wm. H. Waller a
person being witness and ordered to be recorded.

L. Suggs   ???
Contributed by Dean Ab-Hugh
deana71@mindspring.com

Here is a copy of the will of my great(2) grandfather Thomas
Henry Brumfield.
I think it's rather humerous that he says if his wife remarries, she
gets nothing.
Dean Ab-Hugh


I Thomas H. Brumfield of the County of Pittsylvania, State of
Virginia, being of sound mind and memory do declare this to be my last
will and testament.
It is my will and desire that Eliza A., my wife shall have, hold,
possess all the benefit of my real estate and personal property and
remain in her undisturbed possession as long as she lives and as long
as she remains my widow.  At her death to be equally divided between
my six children, my real estate to be cut up in parcels from 35 to 40
acres in a lot where is most suitable for a line and assessed by the
good neighbors and the children that gets the advantage to pay to them
that is lacking to make each one equal.  My son Ulysses H. to have the
privilege of the parcel of land where he has put up his building.  If
my children cannot agree on the parcels of land they must draw for the
parcel.  Also it is my will that my children divide my personal
property between themselves as much as they can without selling. If my
wife Eliza A. should at any time marry again this will is to be void
and of no affect on my wifes part.
In witness thereof, I , Thomas H. Brumfield have here unto set my hand
and seal this 30th day of January 1907.


      Thomas H. Brumfield

The above will subscribed by the testator in the presence of us and at
that time declares to us by him as his last will and testament.
       Witness


H. M. Acuff

J. T. Pickeral

Virginia:  In the clerks office of the circuit court for the County of
Pittsylvania, at the courthouse thereof on Wednesday the 1st day of
Sept. 1915.
The last will and testament of Thomas H. Brumfield late of
Pittsylvania county, deceased, was this day probated by the oath of
J.T. Pickeral one of the subscribing witnesses thereto, that said will
was signed and acknowledged by the testator in the presence of himself
and  H.M. Acuff the other subscribing witness thereto present at the
same time that they the said witnesses subscribe the said will in the
presence of the testator and of each other and thereupon it is ordered
that said will be recorded as the true last will and testament of
Thomas H. Brumfield deceased.

                                                                Teste

                                                        S. S. Hunt,
clerk

        Will of John H. Meadows

Will Book 3, Page 457
Pittsylvania County, Virginia

Will of John H. Meadows

I John H. Meadows being of sound mind and disposing memory
make this my
last will and testament.  I desire that all my estate both real and
personal,
my bonds, accounts, and money be held by my wife as her
individual property
for the support of herself and my children, so long as she
remains single and
at her death to be equally divided among my children viz:
Eugene L., Gertrude
S., Allen H., Mary J., Sallie A., Katie R., Luther M.  I hereby
appoint my
wife Annie Louisa sole executrix of my estate, and request that
she will not
be required to give security as such.  I being aware of the law
requiring
Executors Administrators to make annual settlements, it is my
earnest desire
that she my wife and Executrix shall not be required to make
such
settlements.  I also desire that my legacy due me from my
mothers estate
shall be paid over to my wife and disposed off as I directed my
other estate.
 I also state that this is my first, only, and last will.  Witness my
hand
this the 9th day of June 1888.

John H. (his mark) Meadows
Witnesses:
Chas Bilharz
Geo. S. Norman
 

At a county court continued and held for the County of
Pittsylvania on
the 22nd day of March 1889.  The last will and testament fo John
H. Meadows
dec'd was proven by George S. Norman one of the subscribing
witnesses
thereto, that said will was signed and acknowledged by the
testator, in the
presence of himself and Charles Bilharz the other subscribing
witness
thereto, present at the same time and they the said witnesses
subscribed the
said will in the presence of the testator, and it is ordered that the
same be
recorded.  And on the motion of Annie L. Meadows the Executrix
therein named
who made oath and entered into and acknowledged a bond in
the penalty of two
thousand dollars conditioned according to law, certificate is
granted her for
obtaining probate of said will in due form.  The testator
requesting the
Court, not to require security of the said Executrix.
Teste
W. B. Shepherd, Clerk
 

Note: John H. Meadows was the son of William H. Meadows and
Sarah Vaden
Meadows.  His wife, Louisa Taylor, was the daughter of John W.
Taylor and
Annie Robertson Taylor.

Contributed by   Maribeth Lesley McNaull   LEXY888@aol.com



        Will of William H. Meadows
 
Will Book 2, pages 161-162
Pittsylvania County, Virginia

Will of William H. Medder (Meadows)

In the name of God, Amen.  I William H. Medder of the County of
Pittsylvania,
State of Virginia, being sick and weak, but of good mind and
memory do make
this my last will and testament.
I recccomend my soul into the hands of the Almighty God who
____ it my body.
I reccomend to the earth, to be buried in Christian burial, my just
Debts to
be paid and then I lend my whole res. _____ to both real and
personal to my
wife Sarah Medder during her widowhood and after her death to
be equally
divided betw4een all my children.  Made this 28th day March
1853.

William (his mark) Medder [seal]
Witnesses:
Jameson Corbin
Wilson H. Giles
Benjamin Corbin

At a County court held for the County of Pittsylvania on the 19th
day of
September 1853.  This the last will and testament of William H.
Medder decd
was proved by Jameson Corbin and Wilson H. Giles to
subscribing witnesses
thereto to be the act of the testator and order to be recorded.

Teste
S. Scruggs, Clerk
 
 

Note: William H. Meadows was the son of William Meadows and
Jincy Mart.  His
wife, Sarah Vaden Meadows, was the daughter of Sylvester
Vaden and Polly
Chatten.

Cintributed by Maribeth Lesley McNaull   LEXY888@aol.com


        Will of P.P. Shepard
 
Will Book 3: 241-242
Pittsylvania County, Virginia

Will of P. P. Shepard

Pittsylvania County to wit:

I Philip P. Shepard, Sr. of the County of Pittsylvania and State of

Virginia being advanced in age but of sound mind and disposing
memory do make
and Constitute this my last will and testament in manner
following to wit:
First it is my will and desire that all my just debts and funeral
expenses be paid first out of any assets of which I may
possess.
Second I give to my son John W. Shepard and to my three
daughters
Elizabeth B. Shepard, Clementine P. Shepard and Eliza A.
Shepard respectively
one bed and bedding.
Thirdly I give and bequeath to my beloved wife during her life or
so long
as she remains my widow, all of the property both real and
personal of which
I may die possessed, after the payment of my just debts as
above mentioned
and I hereby authorize her to give to any of the heirs of my body
any portion
of my estate during her life provided and equal share thereof shall
be given
to all my children hereafter named.
Fourthly, It is my will and desire that my beloved wife Parthenia
L.
Shepard shall have full control of all my estate during her life and
shall
have perfect right to consume so much of all the rents and profits
accruing
there therefrom as may be necessary for her comfort and
support, together
with either or all of my daughters who may remain unmarried and
remain with
her after my diseased [sic].
Fifthly it is my will and desire that after the death of my wife
Parthenia L. Shepard all of my estate both real and personal
which may then
exist and not consumed shall be sold at public auction and
proceeds accruing
from said sale to be divided equally between all the heirs of my
body after
taken in consideration the amount of advancements made to
them respectively
during my life as well as during the lifetime of my said wife.
Sixthly.  It is my will and desire that after all the existing debts of

the firm of P. P. Shepard, Sr. shall be fully paid and settled up
that my son
P. P. Shepard, Jr. shall be entitled to one half of all the goods
that may
then remain on hand.
Seventh.  Having the utmost confidence in the integrity of my
beloved
wife Parthenia L. Shepard, I do hereby constitute and appoint her
my
Executrix to this my last will and testament and do most
respectfully request
the Judge of the County Court to permit her to qualify without
giving any
security.  In testimony whereof I have hereto set my hand to this
my will
dated 29" day of March 1879 in the presence of the undersigned
as witnesses
to the same.
Philip P. Shapard, Sr.
Witnesses
Stephen H. Townes
William W. Boothe

At a County Court held for Pittsylvania county on the 19" day of
January
1880.  The last will and testament of P.P. Shapard, Sr. was
proven by the
oaths of Stephen H. Townes and William W. Boothe the two
subscribing
witnesses thereto and is ordered to be recorded.  And on the
motion of
Parthenia L. Shapard the Executrix therein named, who made
oath and entered
into and acknowledged a bond in the penalty of eight thousand
dollars
conditioned according to law, certificate is granted her for
obtaining
probate of said will in due form, the testator requesting the Court
not to
require security of the said Executrix.

Teste
W. B. Shepherd, Clerk
 

Note: Philip P. Shapard was the son of John and Elizabeth
Shepard.  His wife,
Parthenia L. Dodson Shepard, was the daughter of Elijah
Dodson and Sally
Ferrell Dodson of Halifax County.

Contributed by Maribeth Lesley McNaull   LEXY888@aol.com



        Will of Robert W. Carter
 
Will Book 3: 104
Pittsylvania County, Virginia

Will of Robert W. Carter

I Robert W. Carter of sound mind and disposing memory do in
the presence
of Almighty God make the following will and testimony.
First.  I will that all my just debts be paid out of such property as
my
wife Saly C. Carter may choose to dispose of for that purpose.
Secondly.  After the payment of any debts.  I give to my wife
Sally C.
Carter the whole of my estate to be held by her for the benefit of
herself
and our children during her life provided she does not marry
again, and to be
given aft to the children at such time and in such proportion as
she may
choose, at her death all of the children are to be made equal.
Thirdly.  In case my wife Sally C. Carter should marry again then
I give
to her one third of my estate during her life and the balance I give
equally
to all my children.  This 28th August 1861.
Robert W. Carter

Teste
Wm S. Carter
Edmond M. Johnson

At a County court held for the county of Pittsylvania on the 15th
day of
September 1873.l The last will and testament of Robert W.
Carter decd. Dated
the 28" day of August 1861 was brought into court in order to be
proved.
Whereupon it was proved by Edmund M. Johnson a subscribing
witness to have
been executed according to law, and it appearing to the court
that Wm. S.
Carter the other subscribing witness has departed this life, it is
ordered
that the said will be recorded, and on the motion of Sarah C.
Carter who made
oath and with Stephen H. Townes and Jesse L. Carter who made
oath to their
sufficiency entered into and acknowledged a bond in the penalty
of two
thousand dollars conditioned according to law certificate is
granted her for
obtaining letters of administration on the estate of Robert W.
Carter decd.
With his will annexed in due form.
Teste
L. Scruggs, Clerk
 

Note: Robert W. Carter was the son of Robert Carter and
Rebecca Wynne and the
great-grandson of Jesse Carter.  His wife, Sally C. Townes
Carter, was the
daughter of Stephen C. Townes and Catherine H. Williams.

Contributed by Maribeth Lesley McNaull   LEXY888@aol.com


Will of Jonathan Weldon
Vol. 11, page 129, 18 Dec 1781

"In the name of God. Amen, I, JONATHAN WELDON of Pittsylvania County, being sick and weak of body but in perfect sense and memory do make and ordain this to be my last Will and Testament in manner form following -
 
Item - I lend to my wife, MARY WELDON, my plantation, whereon I now live and stock of all kind and one bed and furniture during her life.
 
Item - I give to my son, ISACK WELDON, one hundred acres of land joining Jonathan's crossing from line to line.
 
Item - I give to my son, WILLIAM DALE HENDON, fifty acres of land where I now live, after my wife's decease, also ten lbs cash.
 
Item - I give to my daughter, SUSANAH WELDON, one feather bed and the furniture.
 
Item - I give to my daughter, FRANCES WELDON, one feather bed and the furniture.
 
Item - I give to my four youngest daughters, ELIZABETH, WELDON, SARAH WELDON, MARY WELDON, and LIDA WELDON, all my movable estate that my move is possessed with at her death; only the ten pounds to be out of it to my son, WILLIAM DALE WELDON.  After the ten pounds is paid, then the rest to be equally divide between my four youngest daughters.
 
I likewise ordain and appoint my wife, MARY WELDON and MOSES HANK and JOHN WALLER to be the true and lawful Executors of this my last Will and Testament as witness my hand and seal this eighteenth Day of December, one thousand seven hundred and eighty one.
 
                                                  JONATHAN (His Mark) WELDON, S. S.
 
Test.
JOHN CREEL
JAMES AIDAMES (ADAMS)
JOHN POND (His Mark)
FORTAN DODSON
 
At a court held for Pittsylvania County the 15th day of Oct. 1782, the within last Will and Testament of JONATHAN WELDON, deceased was Exhibited into court by MARY WELDON, the Executrix therein named, and proved by the oaths of two of the witnesses thereto and ordered to be recorded and on the motion of the said Ex-, who made oath according to law, certificate is granted her for obtaining a probate thereof in due form of Law on giving security, where upon she, together with JOHN POND and JAMES ADAMS have Securities entered into bond and acknowledged the same according to law.
 
Teste
WILL TURNSTALL, C.D.
 
Note:  According to information in the DAR Patriot Index, NSDAR, 1966, MARY ELIZABETH HANK WELDON's second husband was WILLIAM PEARMAN, SR., shown born c1730; d. 9 Feb 1788, and he lived in Halifax Co., VA.  He was a widower with children.  They had a son together, named WELDON PEARMAN, born 6 Sep 1786, Halifax Co., VA..
 
Of the children named, I am descended from "LIDA" (LYDIA WELDON), who married WILLIAM HUGHES, a son of NATHANIEL HUGHES of Pittsylvania Co., VA, who died about 1783, and who's widow, REBECCA, had moved to the Pendleton Dist. SC, where she remarried a widow, SAMUEL NEAL, SR.  A large group NATHANIEL HUGHES line moved from SC, about 1820, to St. Clair Co., AL; and, in 1834, many of them moved on to Texas.   WILLIAM and LYDIA WELDON HUGHES, remained in Alabama, moved to St. Clair Co., AL, then Talladega Co., AL, and  finally in nearby Cherokee Co., AL, where WILLIAM HUGHES died in 1846.  LYDIA WELDON HUGHES was last shown on the 1850 US Census, Cherokee Co., AL.  Their descendents often used both WELDON and PEARMAN as middle names.   
 
<>Ann Strickland Grainger, Huntsville, AL
MASGrainger@knology.net 

____________________________________________________________________________
Will of Anne A. McDaniel
 dated 21 Sept 1794
Probated 19 Jan 1795
Pittsylania County
Virginia
.......
Item, my just debts being first paid and satisfied, I give unto my son Joel McDaniel, the Plantation whereon I now live three years from the first day of January next, at the expiration of which time it is my desire that it should be sold and the money arising from the sale there to be equally divided amongst all my children, namely, William, Clement, Chloe, James Smith, Collin, Nancy, Polley and Joel.

Item, if there should be any stock or movable estate to be divided amongst my five younger children after my decease agreeable to the Will of their deceased father. I give to my daughter Polley Price the part of such division as by the Will of their deceased father aforesaid would fall to my son James Smith he being one of the five younger children aforementioned having bought his part of such division and paid him for it as will appear by receipt.

Item I give to my son Joel McDaniel all my stock of Hogs.

Item I give to my son, Joel McDaniel the use of my horse Jock three years from the first day of January next, at the expiration of which time he is to be delivered to my son Clement McDaniel as his right and property forever.

Item; I give and bequeath to my grand Daughter Ann Smith McDaniel, daughter of my son Clement McDaniel my riding horse “Rock” which she is to receive at my decease.

Item; it’s also my desire that all my stock of cattle remain in the possession of my son Joel McDaniel three years from the first day of next January next for his ...... at the expiration of which time they and their increase to be equally divided amongst all my children above mentioned.

And I do hereby appoint my son, Clement McDaniel, Executor of this my last Will and testament in witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and affixed my seal this twenty first day of September one thousand seven hundred and ninety four.

Ann A McDaniel (her mark)

witnesses present:
James, Absolem and Abrelm (?) McDaniel (?)

At a Court held for Pittsylvania county the 19th day of January 1795 the foregoing last Will and Testament of Ann McDaniel, deceased was exhibited in court by Clement McDaniel, the executor therein named and the same being proved by the oaths of two of the witnesses thereto was ordered to be recorded and on the motion of the said executor, who having first ... the oath by law ..... together with Daniel Coleman and Holiott Townes his ... .... into bond and acknowledged the same certificate was granted him for obtaining......
Submitted by Janice Roden
areta@flash.net
__________________________________________

Will of William Parker of Pittsylvania County, VA   1834

 
 <>I, William Parker of the County of Pittsylvania and the State of Virginia do this sixth day of July in the year one thousand eight hundred and thirty four make this my last will and testament in manner and form following.
  1st - I give unto my son John Parker four negroes namely Hall,Silva and her two children, Rily and Milly, also feather bed stead and furniture besides what I have heretofore given him to him and his heirs forever.

  2nd - I give unto my daughter, Milly Craft one negro man, Jack, besides what I have heretofore given her to her and her heirs forever.
  3rd - I give unto my son Elijah Parker, the entire tract of land I now live on together with my stock of horses, cattle, sheep, hogs, plantation  stills, household and kitchen furniture my little ……..??…….that I leave which I may not will to others to him and his heirs forever.
  4th - I give unto my Grandson Howard Craft, three negroes Mary and her two children, Milton & Elizabeth to him and his heirs forever.
  5th - I give to my Granddaughter Camilla Davis,  Mary and her child Randol, also one hundred dollars to her and her heirs forever
  6th - I give unto the heirs of my son James Parker, three negroes,  George,  Sam & Isaac, to be equally divided between them to them and theirs heirs forever besides what I have already given them.
  7th - I give to  the heirs of my daughter, Sally  Kessee each to her heirs forever.
  8th - I give to my Granddaughter, ?? Bradner  sixty dollars in money to her and her heirs forever.
  9th - I give to my Grandson, George Craft, fifty dollars to him and his heirs forever.
  10th - I give unto my Granddaughter, Permelia Craft, fifty dollars in money to her and her heirs forever.
  11 th - I give unto my faithful friend, William Hosley ? Seventy dollars in money to him and his heirs forever.
  12th - I give unto Elizabeth Hosley, daughter of William Hosley (?) for the respect  I have toward her ,one negro, Henry, to her and her heirs forever.
  13th My wish and desire is that my faithful servant  ..?.. may have the liberty of choosing her home to live with any of the  young  masters as she might think.
  14th - And lastly I do hereby  constitute (?) and appoint my son, Elijah Parker executor of this my last will and testament hereby revoking all other former wills … by me heretofore made.
  In witness whereof I have unto affixed my seal this day and year.
  
Signed with “X” by William Parker
Witnesses:
R. Rorer  (Rudolph)
Christopher Booth
?  Young
  <>
<>

The legatees in this will are:
John Parker, 1777-1854, married Susannah Sarah Webb in 1802,Franklin County, VA
Milly Craft, 1785-1854, married Geo. Craft in 1803, Pittsylvania County, VA
Elijah Parker, 1792-1873, married Elizabeth Permillia Bennett in 1819
Howard Craft, 1803-1857, son of Nancy Parker and Phillip Craft
Camilla Craft, 1809-1899, married William Davis, dau. of Phillip and Nancy
James Parker, no info, may have married Eleanor Board
? Bradner, Elizabeth Parker married a Bradner, but no documented info
William Craft, 1803, grandson, was the son of Geo. and Milly Craft
Grandson George Craft, 1805, son of George and Milly Craft
Granddaughter Permelia Craft, 1816, dau. Of George and Milly
Can’t read the name of his faithful friend and the friend’s daughter, but looks
like “Hosley”.
William’s wife, Henrietta, was apparently dead by 1834 when the will was written.  The Craft/Kraft family bible lists William and Henrietta Parker as the mother of Nancy and Milly Parker, thus proving that Henrietta was William’s wife.

Submitted by Sallie Hurt [slhurt@charter.net]
_______________________________

MADDING, John Senior - His Will

December the 3 1774, I John MADING, Senior of the County of Pittsylvania and Colony of Virginia being very sick and weak of body. But perfect mind and memory thanks to God for his --- Calling to mind the mortality of my body and knowing that there is a time appointed for me and all flesh to die. I do hereby make and ordain this my last Will and testament. In the first place I do recommend my Soul to God that gave it and my body to be buried in a decent manner until the day of resurrection nothing doubting but I shall then receive it again to be reunited to the Soul--. An as for my worldly Estate which God--pleased to bestow upon me I dispose of in the following manner, and first I desire that these should be do much money levied out of my movable Estate as will pay off my debts and raise my part of the money to clear out the land. ITEM I give and bequeath unto my Son William MADING that piece of land he now lives on receiving according to Agreement. ITEM I also give and bequeath unto William PETTY as much of my land as lies in his enclosure at present the quantity unknown. ITEM I give and bequeath to my Son Robert MADING the half of the land I now possess taken off the upper and the tract to possess when he comes of age and also my saddle. ITEM I desire that my well beloved wife Mary MADING should have quiet possession of the lower and my land and plantation during her life and then return to my Son Champniss MADING. I also appoint  my well beloved wife Mary MADING and George DODSON Executors of my last Will and testament and if there is anything more I desire itshould be left to my wife's discretion to dispose of. Signed, Sealed, certified and confirmed this now and no other to be my last Will and testament.

John MADING, SS (his mark)

Signed, Sealed, Ratified and confirmed this within and no other to be the last Will and testament of the within named John MADING in our presence who in his presence and the presence of each other have hereunto set our hands.

William PETTY, Thomas MADING and Robert MADING

John's Will has probated 17 Oct 1780

submitted by: Barbara Dempsey
e-mail demp2004@bellsouth.net
_______________________________________________
Will of John Madding, Jr - 13 Aug 1814

Pittsylvania County and State of Virginia this thirteenth day of August in the year of our Lord Christ one thousand eight hundred and fourteen_ In the Name of God Amen, I John MADDING being in perfect health and sound mind, as is appointed unto all men to die, I do make this my last Will and testament, first of all bequeathing my body to dust from whence it came. and as to my worldly Estate I dispose of as follows (viz)__ I give and bequeath unto my sister Sally MADDING the right of living on my land lying in the County of Pittsylvania, on the old river road or near, to have during her life, except she was to get married, then to be no more hers__ And then I give the said land containing ninety acres lying on the waters of the double creek, to my two sons to be equally divided between them namely Smith H HENDRICKS and John H HENDRICKS sons of Polly HENDRICKS, and my personal Estate I give as follows. I give household furniture to said Polly HENDRICKS during her single life to raise and support my two sons, and after her death to be equally divided between them, And I give my sorrel horse, cows, hogs, and sheep in like manner during her single life and then to be equally divided between Smith H HENDRICKS and John H HENDRICKS sons of Polly HENDRICKS, And my hands to be collected by my Executor and put out on interest until my first son comes of lawful age, and them to be equally divided between them_ Now I constitute and appoint Larking MADDING my Executor, disannulling and breaking all other Wills leaving this my last Will and testament. As witness my hand and seal this day and year above written__
Witness: Allen C TANNER, ____GARDNER and Creed TANNER

Will probated 16 Jan 1815 - Teste Will Tunshall Clerk

Submitted by: Barbara Dempsey
e-mail demp2004@bellsouth.net


 
                                                   

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