In the name of God Amen
I William Tate of the county of Russell in the state of Virginia, being in a weak and infirm state of body but of sound mind and desirous of settling my worldly affairs do make this my last will and testament giving and bequeathing as follows:
After my lawful debts and funeral charges being paid Item, To my wife Elizabeth Tate the land that I now live on during her natural life; After the decease of my wife Elizabeth I give and bequeath to my son William Tate that part of the tract of land aforesaid including the house thats now live in and with an with a direct course from the west side of the house to the sugar camp and a direct course with the west side of said house crossing the creek to the line of said land including the upper end of said tract.
Item, To my son Joseph Tate and my son Robert Tate all that part or tract of land from the house aforesaid with the aforesaid conditional lines including the lower end of the above tract of land.
Item, To my wife Elizabeth Tate one besion mare & one grey mare, three cows and two calves, eleven head of sheep and all the hogs that now own and all my household furniture now belong to me and all the tools and emplements belonging to me during her natural life exepting the grey mare which my son Robert is to have when he arrives at twenty one years of age and all my moveable property that is not otherwise directed after the death of my wife Elizabeth shall be disposed of as herein after directed that is to say to my son Isaac Tate my son Joseph Tate my son William Tate my son Robert Tate and my daughter Peggy Tate each to have equal share.
Item, To my son William Tate one sorrel horse colt.
I do further appoint Robert Tate Junr. Executor of my estate; confirmed and subscribed by me this 15th day of September 1803.
William X Tate
Robert Tate Junr.
At a court held for Russell County the 25th day of October 1803. This instrument of writing was exhibited in court as and for the last will and testament of William Tate deceased and proven by the oaths of Robert Tate Junr. And John Tate and Samuel Tate witnesses hereto and ordered to be recorded. And on motion of Robert Tate Junr. Executor therein named certificates is granted him for obtaining Setters Testamentary in due form he having first made oath and entered into and acknowledged his bond in the sum of two thousand dollars together with John Tate his security conditioned as the law directs.
Nathan Ellington DC