I Robert Martin of Pulaski County, Va. do make, ordain and publish
this for my last Will & Testament--
Item 1st--I desire & direct that all my just debts & funeral,
c/ burial be paid.
Item 2nd--I give & bequeath to my wife Elizabeth--during her
natural life all that portion of my tract or tracts of land purchased
from William Campbell lying on the North Eastern side of the Va.
& F??? Rail Road, and at her death to my son Robert--and in
the event of his death--before my wife, to his children to be
equally divided between them.
Item 3rd--I give to my sons David & William the Tracts of
land purchased of Robert Sproul, Henry Paton & Henry Hanes
(the land bought of the last named being part of Rankin's land)
to be divided according to a fence now standing and agreed upon
between my son William and myself beginning on the line between
Andrew Muirhead and myself and running nearly a South course with
said fence to a cucumber and thence with said fence nearly an
Eastern course to a black oak, and thence south east with said
fence to a corner of same, thence with said fence N. East to a
corner of same, thence nearly an Eastern course leaving the fence
to a white oak & black oak on Peppers Road,--My son David
to have all the land on the Western side of said line and up to
the lines of the Campbell land & my son William to have all
the land on the North Eastern side of said line and which he is
now in the possession of.
Item 4th--I give to my son William one hundred acres of land,
to be laid out & taken off Mr. Campbell's land at the Western
end thereof adjoining his Harbinson land & Mrs. Bentley beginning
at a white oak on a Roadway bluff, corner to my landPage 2
and Mrs. Bentley's and running a North east course to Mr. Harbinson's
land so as to make out one hundred acres.
Item 5th--I give to my son David a small tract or parcel of land
Patented to me many years ago adjoining the Sproul land herein
before given to him.
Item 6th--I give to my son Robert all that portion of the Campbell
land which lies on the North East side of the Va. & F??? Rail
Item 7th--I give to my son Robert two tracts or parcels of land
which were Patented to me some years ago lying on the Western
end of the Campbell land and adjoining the same.
Item 8th--I give to my son Robert my Negro man Josiah.
Item 9th--I give to my three sons David, William & Robert
my interest (being the one-half, the other half belonging to my
son Robert in his own right) in the Mountain territory or tract
of land purchased of William Hill & known as the Blanchard
land--to be equally divided between them.
Item 10th--Having in the last few years obtained an inclusive
Patent in my own name including and covering all my lands (except
the Mountain tract) I aim and direct that the division line between
my son David, my wife, & son Robert shall be run by the Campbell
& Sproul areas of record in Wythe & Pulaski counties--if
not now sufficiently known and certain.
Item 11th--I desire & direct that all my Personal property
except money on hand and debts due me shall remain on the land
given to my wife for life, for her use & benefit, and at her
death to be equally divided among my four sons David, William,
John & Robert--yet--to remain after the death of my wife one
year on the plantaion for the use and benefit of my son Robert,
unless my four sons can agree among themselves to
Item 11th--divide the property within the year.
Item 12th--I give to my wife Elizabeth (after the payment of debts)
the one fourth in amount of all moneys on hand, debts due me,
absolutely and for her own property; and the remainder I give
to my four sons David, William, John & Robert to be equally
divided between them.
Item 13th--I constitute and appoint my two sons William &
Robert executors of this my last will and Testament hereby revoking
all other wills heretofor made by me.
In testimony whereof I have hereunto set my hand & affixed
my seal, this 26th day of June, 1856.
(signed) Robert Martin (seal)
Signed, sealed & published by Robert Martin for his last will
& Testament in our presences, who were present together at
(signed) P. S. Woolwine
(signed) Wm. J. Wall
(signed) Thomas Pouge
Virginia: At a Court held for the County of Pulaski the 5th day
of May 1859.
The last will and Testament of Robert Martin /deceased was presented
in Court--proven by the oaths of T. S. Woolwine, William J. Wall
and Thomas Pouge describing witnesses thereto and ordered to be
recorded, And on the motion of William J. Martin & Robert
D. Martin the Executors named in said Will with Eitivin Watson,
Uriah Vermillion, Sr. and William M. Miller as their securities
entered into and acknowledged a bond in the penalty of $40,000
with such conditions as the law requires and
having qualified according to law, certificate is granted them
for obtaining a probate of said Will in due form.
S A. Cunin
Recorded in Will
Book No. 1
Black man willed
Jus? /P /Di/
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