I Samuel Ewing of the county of Russell in the State of Virginia being of sound and disposing mind and memory do make this my last Will and Testament in the manner following I give and bequeath to my daughter Margaret Ewing the sum of one thousand dollars to be paid to her by my executors in three equal annual installments the first of which is to be paid one year after my decease. I give and bequeath to my son Joshua Ewing one hundred and fifty four acres of land adjoining the tract this day conveyed by me to him in Elk Garden, and also a negro boy between the age of twelve and fifteen years which is to be purchased by my executors out of the proceeds of my estate for him. I give and bequeath to my daughter Jane the tract of land on which I now live in the county of Russell containing about two hundred acres during her life after the death of her husband Oliver Hughes should she survive him, and not before, and after her decease, I give and bequeath the same to my granddaughter Sally Ewing Hughes - during the life of the said Oliver Hughes and previous to the death of his present wife, I further direct that the said tract of land be rented out by my executors and that the profits thereof be equally divided between the said Sally Ewing Hughes and my granddaughter Sally Ewing daughter of my son Samuel Ewing - I give and bequeath to my daughter Nancy Hays my tract of land in the county of Russell which I purchased of Drury Woods and also my two slaves Ben & Dine I also direct that my executors purchase a horse and furnish the said slaves with money enough to bear their expenses to the State of Kentucky to the residence of my daughter the horse so to be purchased to be of the value of fifty dollars. I give and bequeath to my son Samuel one dollar only to be paid to him by my executors and recommend him to the bounty of my other devisees as his necessities require. I direct that my slave Calo be sold by my executors, but not without permitting him to make choice of a master. I direct that 7291 (7791?) acres of land or thereabouts conveyed to me by Joseph Scott Marshall of the district of Virginia by seven seperate deeds of conveyance be equally divided between my children aforesaid except my son Samuel whose children is to have the portion of one of my other children and he is excluded. I direct that all my personal estate of every description be sold by my executors on the usual credit and after the payment of all my just debts and funeral expenses. I further direct that all the residue of my estate not herein specifically devised be equally divided between my children above named, except my son Samuel who is excluded from any part in the residue of my estate.
I hereby constitute ordain and appoint my friend Robert Craig, Sen'r of the county of Washington, Andrew Russell of the same county and Col. John Tate of the county of Russell executors of this my last Will and Testament revoking all former wills and declaring this only to be my last Will and Testament. In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal this twentieth day of February in the year one thousand eight hundred and fifteen.
Samuel Ewing (Seal)
At a court held for Russell County the 11th day of March, 1817.
This instrument of writing was exhibited in court as and for the last Will and Testament of Samuel Ewing dec'ed and proven by the oath of Henry Parrott one of the subscribing witesses thereto, and, ordered to be recorded - to record as to the personal estate therein mention and the executors therein named refusing to take upon themselves the burden of the executors of the said will. On motion of Oliver Hughes and Thomas Dickenson who made oath as the law directs and entered into bond in the penalty of four thousand dollars, with Henry Dickenson, Sen'r and James Dickenson, Sen'r their securities conditioned according to law certificate is granted the said Oliver and Thomas for obtaining administration of the said decedent estate with the will annexed in due form.
James P. Carrell, D. C.