I Stephen Gose Sr. of Russell County and State of Virginia, do hereby make my last will and testament, in manner and form following that is to say:
First, I desire after my decease that all my just debts be paid out of my personal estate & funeral expenses.
Second, I give to my wife Catherine Gose one third of my estate, both real and personal for and during the term of her natural life, and after her decease I give the same to my children herein after mentioned, equally to be divided among them and to be enjoyed by them forever.
Thirdly, I give to my son George Gose all my real estate in land that I am now in possession of in Russell county, Virginia, with certain conditions herein after mentioned, my land comish of these several tracts containing 400 acres more or less bounded on the North side by Clinch River, on the East by the lands of Richard B. Long, on the west by the lands of Nathaniel Dickenson, the above described land I give to him to be enjoyed by him and his heirs forever in consideration of the above named land that I give my son George Gose for which if he takes the said land him or his heirs or execution he or they shall pay my other said heirs hereafter named the sum of two thousand one hundred dollars in current money of Virginia, said sum of $2100.00 shall be due three years after my decease, to be recovered by my six heirs hereafter named to be equally divided between them namely John Porter & Catherine his wife, Jesse Bonbra? and his wife, John Banner & Elizabeth his wife, Joseph Sinclair & Mary his wife and the legal heirs of my son Stephen Gose deceased, and James McFarlane my grandson the son of my daughter Martha deceased.
Fourthly, I give my grandson James M. McFarlane one negro common name of Linny & all her present children & all future increase, her present children are four in number, namely, Nathan, Alenad, Patton, Jefferson, my will is that of my grandson James M. McFarlane should die without having any lawful issue or legal heirs the aforenamed negros together with their increase of Linny, if there should be any, to return to my lawful heirs heretofore named to be equally divided between them.
Fifthly, All the rest of my estate both real & personal of what nature or kind so even it may be equally divided among my several children herein before named which I give to them & their heirs forever.
Lastly, I do hereby constitute & appoint my son George Gose my executor of this my last will and testament hereby revoking all other or former wills or testaments by me heretofore made.
Stephen Gose (Seal)
Sgned, sealed and published & declared by Stephen Gose Sr. as and for his last will and testament in the presence of us who at his request & in his presence have subscribed our names as witnesses this the 12th day of February 1842.
James Wheeler Hugh Fraley his William F. x Jessee markAt a Court held for Russell County at the Courthouse on Tuesday the 8th day of February 1848. This instrument of writing was exhibited in Court as and for the last will and testament of Stephen Gose deceased and proven by the oath of James Wheeler and William F. Jessee two of the subscribing witnesses thereto, and ordered to be recorded, and on the motion of George Gose executor therein named who made oath and together with Samual Leece and Charles H. Gilmer his securities entered into & acknowledged a bond in the penalty of $4000.00 conditioned as the law directs, certificate is granted him for obtaining probate of the said will in due form.
Teste, James P. Carrell