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Washington County, Virginia
Will Book 1, Page 40
Written 29 Mar 1782

Note: This will is actually found in the Washington Co. records, but is being included here because the Dorton's were a Russell Co. family.

In the name of God Amen I William Dorton, Sr. of the County of Washington and State of Virginia, being very sick and weak in body, but of perfect mind and memory Thanks be given unto God and Calling to mind the mortality of my body and knowing that it is appointed for all men once to die, do make this my last Will and Testament that is to say principally and first of all, I give and recommend my soul to God who gave it and my body to the earth, to be buried in decent Christian burial at the direction of my Executor nothing doubting but at the general resurrection I shall receive the same again by the mighty power of God and as discharging such worldly estate wherewith it hath pleased God to bless me in this life I give demise & dispose of the same in the following manner and form. First, I give and bequeath to Elizabeth my dearly beloved wife the plantation we now live on containing two hundred acres of land and all the plantation tools and household furniture as long as she lives single and at her decease falling to my son Edward Dorton. Likewise I give to my son William Dorton Ten pounds that he was owing to me that I do discount. Likewise I give to my son Moses Dorton two hundred acres of land lying between my line and my son William Dorton's line likewise two horses and three head of cattle. Likewise I give unto my son Edward Dorton, two head of horse beasts & four head of cattle. Likewise Sally Dorton my Daughter I give two head of horse beasts & four head of cattle and likewise a childs part to my wife of two head of horse beasts and three head of cattle and at her decease this is to be divided among them all. I revoke all wills before named, willed and bequeathed ratifying & confirming this and no other to be my last willl and testament. In witness whereof, I have hereunto set my hand & seal this Twenty Ninth Day of March one thousand and seven hundred and eighty two, signed sealed published pronounced & declaared by the said William Dorton as his last will and testament in the presence of us who in his presence and in the presence of each other have hereunto subscribed our names.


John Damron
Wm Dorton, Jun

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