I Austin Sandidge of Spotsylvania County and State of Virginia do
make appoint constitute and ordain this as my last Will and
Testament in manner and form following viz
Item 1st. All the right interest or claim to which I am entitled to in
the dower Estate now held by my mother as a part of my Father's
Estate, also all the right title and claim to which I am entitled to under
the wills of my Sister Betsey Sandidge and my Brother Zacharias
Sandidge in the land and the property now held by my mother under
the wills before mentioned, I give to be equally divided between my
sisters Ann Bronaugh Winifred Boxley and the children of my late
sister Sofia Holladay and the children of my deceased brother James
Sandidge, that is to say the children of one brother or sister to have
one fourth part.
Item 2nd. I appoint my friends David Bronaugh Joseph Boxley and
Thomas Bronaugh executors of this part of my will.
Item 3rd. I give to my beloved wife Mary Sandidge all my stock of
every description my ox cart all my household and kitchen furnature
and plantation utensils to her and her heirs forever.
Item 4th. I loan to my said wife for use during her natural life for
her support all my lands and Negroes and the crop of every
Item 5th. It is my will and desire that my Executors herein after
named or such of them as shall act, collect my outstanding debts and
out of such collection pay all my just debts and funeral expenses, and
all the money that may remain after such payment together with all
the money that may be in the House at the time of my death I give to
my beloved wife Mary Sandidge.
Item 6th. After the death of my wife I give all that part of my land
which was formerly assigned to Mrs. Mary Holladay as Her dower
also that part of my Land which I purchased of Joseph Pulliam to
Edward Holladay to Him and His Heirs forever.
Item 7th. After the death of my wife, it is my desire that the residue
of land and Negroes be sold by my executors herein after named, the
land on a credit of three annual payments, and the Negroes to private
sale so as to place them under good Masters on such credit as they
may think most advisable.
Item 8th. The money arising from the sale of the land and Negroes, I
give one half to my wife Mary Sandidge the other half I give to be
equally divided between my sisters Ann Bronaugh and Winifred
Boxley to them and their Heirs forever.
Item 9th. I give to my beloved wife Mary Sandidge the yearly
dividend on my Bank Stock during Her life.
Item 10th. After the death of my wife my will and desire is that my
Bank Stock be sold by my executors herein after named and the
money arising from such sale I give to be equally divided between my
sister Winifred Boxley and my nephew David Bronaugh.
Item 11th. It is my will and desire that if at any time my wife should
think Herself over stocked with Negroes or have any so bad disposed
that she did not wish to keep them that they should be sold by my
after named executors and the money arising from such sale to go as
directed heretofore in the eighth item that is to say I give one half to
my wife the other half to be equally divided between my sisters Ann
Bronaugh and Winifred Boxley.
Lastly I appoint my Friend Malcolm Hart my Brother in law Joseph
Boxley and Edward Holladay Executors of this my last Will
In Witness whereof I have hereunto set my Hand and affixed my seal
this 5th day of September 1823.
Austin Sandidge (LS)
Signed Sealed and
The presence of
James R. Holladay
At a Court held for Spotsylvania County the 6th day of December 1824
The last will and testament of Austin Sandidge decd was proved by
the oath of James R. Holladay witness thereto and it appearing to the
satisfaction of this Court that John Lipscomb the other subscribing
witness to the said will is decd Joseph Herndon being sworn deposed
that he is well acquainted with the hand writing of the said Lipscomb
that he had seen him write and that he surely believes the name of
John Lipscomb subscribed to the said will as a witness was written by
the said Lipscomb whereupon the said will is ordered to be recorded.
And Joseph Boxley, Thomas Bronaugh, Malcolm Hart and Edward
Holladay executors named in this said will came unto Court and
renounced the executorship and David Bronaugh one of the
executors named in the said will qualified and gave bond and security
according to law in the sum of $1500 which is offered to be recorded.
Teste, R. L. Stevenson, C. C.
At a Court held for Spotsylvania County the 3rd of January 1825
On the motion of Joseph Boxley who made oath thereto and together
with David Bronaugh Thomas Bronaugh [unreadable] his security
ordered into and acknowledged a bond with penalty of $15000
conditioned as the law directs certificate is grated him for obtaining
letters of administration on the estate of Austin Sandidge decd with
his will annexed in due form.
Teste R. L. Stevenson, C. C.
Recorded liber L folio 30
Spotsylvania Original Will File
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