In the name of God Amen
I John R. Straughan of Spotsylvania County, and State of Virginia,
calling to mind the uncertainty of human life, and wishing to dispose
of all such worldly estate, as it hath pleased god [sic] to bless me
with; do hereby make this my last Will and Testament, in manner and form
following; revoking all former wills or testaments by me heretofore
Item 1st. I desire that all my just debts shall be paid.
Item. After the payment of all my just debts I desire that my wife Anna
B.E.H. Straughan may possess and enjoy the residue of my estate, both
real and personal, during her natural life, and after her death it is my
wish that it may be equally divided amongst all my surviving Children to
be Enjoyed by them and their Heirs forever.
Item. Lastly I do hereby constitute and appoint my friends John Stewart
and Benjamin Dismukes executors to this my last will and testament.
In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal this 23rd day of
May in the year of our Lord 1827.
/s/ Jno. R. Straughan [Seal]
Signed and acknowledged
In the presence of
/s/ Nathl. Dismukes
/s/ Nathaniel H. Gray
/s/ Thurston Oliver
At a Court held for Spotsylvania County the 11th day of August 1828
The last Will and testament of John R. Straughan deceased was proved by
the oaths of Nathaniel Dismukes and Thurston Oliver two of the witnesses
thereto and ordered to be recorded and John Stewart and Benjamin
Dismukes the Executors therein named came into Court and refused to take
upon themselves the burthen of the execution thereof and in the motion
of Nathaniel Dismukes who made oath thereto and together with Benjamin
Dismukes his security entered into and acknowledged a bond in the
penalty of $500 conditioned as the law directs Certificate is granted
him for obtaining letters of administration on the estate of the said
John R. Straughan with his will aforesaid annexed in due form.
R. L. Stevenson, C. C.
Recorded liber M folio 72
Spotsylvania Original Will File
This will was transcribed for the USGenWeb Project by Barbara Bower on 9 January 1999. Any and all commercial use of this transcription is prohibited.
Return to Will Book M Index tab S & T
Return to Missing Will Books Every Name Index