In the name of God amen. I George Dickenson of the County of Russell and State of Virginia, being indisposed in health, but of sound mind and memory calling to mind the mortality of my body, and knowing that it is appointed for all men once to die- with those reflections I make this my last will and testament to dispose of what wordly goods it hath pleased God to bless me with.
First, I recommend my soul to Almighty God who gave it and my body to the dust from whence it came, to be buried decently by my executrix hereafter named, nothing doubting but it will be raised again by the Almighty power of Almighty God.
Secondly, I give my nephew George Dickenson, Lewis Dickenson's son, and his heirs forever one black mare, saddle and bridle, which he now claims.
Thirdly, I give to my neice Martha Dickenson, Lewis Dickenson's daughter, and her heirs forever one black mare, saddle and bridle, and one good cow, and one good feather bed and furniture.
Fourthly, I lend to my loving wife Martha Dickenson during her widowhood, all the balance of my estate both real and personal of what nature or kind it may be and at her intermarriage if ever, I give to my nephew, the said George Dickenson and his heirs forever one half of my land and one third of my personal estate, and to my said neice Martha Dickenson one third of my said personal estate, and the other third of my said personal estate to my wife to dispose of in any way she may think proper, and at the death of my wife Martha I give and bequeath to my said nephew George Dickenson all my land with the appurtances thereto belonging. I wish and desire that there be neither appraisement or sale of any part of my estate and that all my just debts and funeral expenses be paid by my legal representatives.
Lastly, I do hereby constitute and appoint my wife Martha Dickenson my executrix of this my last will and testament hereby revoking all other or former wills and testaments by me heretofore made. In witnesss I George Dickenson have hereunto set my hand and affixed my seal this 25th day of April in the year of Christ one thousand eight hundred and thirty two.
his George Dickenson markSigned sealed publeshed and declared as and for the last will and testament of the above named George Dickenson in the presence of us.
Henry P. Dickenson
At Russell March Term 1850:
This writing purporting to be the last will and testament of George Dickenson deceased, was presented in court for probate by George W. Dickenson, and objected to by Griffith Dickenson, whereupon the parties interested in the contest, waiving the necessity of serving a summons upon them, the contest is continued until the next April Term.
At April Term 1850:
This instrument of writing was again exhibited in court for probate and proven by the oath of George Snodgrass one of the subscribing witnesses thereto, and the handwriting of Robert Dickenson another of the subscribing witnesses thereto, was proven by the oaths of two other witnesses, and said will was ordered to be recorded.
Teste James P. Carrell