In the Name of God, Amen. I Charles Bickley a citizen of the County of Russell and State of Virginia being sick and weak in body, but of sound mind and disposing memory, for which I thank God and calling to mind the uncertainty of human life, having already disposed of the greater part of the wordly estate (to my several children) with which it hath pleased God to bless me, and being desirous of disposing of the remainder, I give and bequeath the same in the manner following. that is to say, All my debts are to be punctually paid, and the legacies herein after mentioned to be discharged as soon as circumstances will permit, and in the manner directed.
Item. To my son John Bickley, I give and bequeath that part or portion of land on which I now reside (consisting of two surveys,) which is not already conveyed to him, together with my interest in the grist mill and san mill, on the condition that my son John Bickley shall pay over to my executor the sum of five hundred dollars, which sum shall be disposed of as herein after mentioned, to him and his heirs forever.
Item. To my daughter Elizabeth Dickenson I give and bequeath the best bed and furniture that I have remaining. My other bed and furniture I give and bequeath to Christian Powers.
It is also my will that all the rest and residue of my estate, real and personal not disposed of in manner aforesaid, in whatever consisting, wheresover lying, and wheresoever found, may be sold by my executor, at such times and in such manner, and on such credits, as in his judgement shall be most conducive to the interest of the parties concerned, and the moneys arising therefrom, together with the sum of five hundred dollars which my son John Bickley is to pay as above stated, after my just debts and all secessary expenses are paid, shall be equally divided betrixt my five children now residing in this country, namely, John, William, Sebastian H., Charles W. Bickley and Elizabeth Dickenson, to them and their heirs forever.
Lastly. I constitute and appoint my son Sebastian H. Bickley, my executor of this my last Will and Testament. In witness of all and each of the things herein contained I have set my hand and affixed my seal this 31st day of May in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and thirty nine.
Charles X Bickley Seal
Signed seal & acknowledged
in the presence of
Samuel W. Aston
Jno. C. Ferguson
At a court of quarterly session held for Russell County on the 4th day of June 1839.
This instrument of writing was exhibited in court as and for the last Will and Testament of Charles Bickley deceased, and proven by the oaths of Samuel W. Aston and John C. Ferguson the subscribing witnesses thereto, and ordered to be recorded. And on the motion of Sebastian H. Bickley executor therein named who made oath, and together with Dale Carter and Richard B. Long his securities, entered into and acknowledged a bond in the penalty of $1500.00 conditioned as the law directs, certificate is granted him for obtaining probat of the said will in due form.
James P. Carrell CRC