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Will Book: Vol. 1 - 22
Court/Repository: Hampshire County Court House, Romney, WV
Executor: Henry Smith
Date signed: 20 February 1826
Date proved: 16 October 1826
Signature: Thomas Athey
Witnesses: William [his mark X] Tanney, Samuel Davis, Reuben Davis
Bequests, Devises, etc.: 1. Perishable estate should be sold to satisfy debts and funeral expenses. 2. Any surplus should not be sold, but remain in the hands of wife, Martha, for the support of minor children, Samuel, Nancy, Martha, and Joseph until they reach the age of twenty-one. 3. After the above stated children arrive at the age of twenty-one, all land should be sold and the money arising from such sale to be equally divided between all surviving children; Sarah, Elizabeth, Walter, Thomas, Emma, Susan, Verlinda, Mary, Samuel, Nancy, Martha, and Joseph.
Codicil: Wife, Martha, should she live and remain in widowhood till the time shall come when the land is sold, should have an equal part of the money arising from the sale, that is to say, a child’s part.
"I leave all my property to Papa as long as he lives, then at his death to pay Chris and Lou each $300, apiece; and the rest to go to go to Johnnie, Dora, Henry & Joe.
"This is my will."
/s/ Mary Harm
West Virginia to wit:
In the Clerk's Office at the County Court of Hampshire County, on the 3rd day of January 1923, the last Will and Testament of Mary Harmison, decd., was presented in said office and proved by the oaths of Lelia H. Houser and Mary Elizabeth Iren Houser to be wholly in the handwriting of the said Mary Harmison, dec., they stating upon oath that they were well acquainted with the handwriting and signature of the said Mary Harmison, decd., and had often seen her write and sign her name, that the whole of the said writing is in the handwriting of the said Mary Harmison, decd., and said Will is here admitted to Probate.
Teste: /s/C W Haines Clk. Cty.
[Note: Lelia and Irene were her nieces. The persons named in her will were her children, except Papa, who was her husband, Charles Van Harmison.]
proved at Febuary
Court 1810 _____
Recorded Bo. 5
_____ page 81
At a Court held for Hampshire County the 19th day of February 1810
This last Will & Testament of Sylvester
Welsh deced, was presented in Court by Dempsy welsh the
Executor therein named. proved by the oath of Josiah Smoot
one of the witnesses thereto, and the signature of Rodham
James deced another of the subscribing witnesses to the said Will.
proved by Jacob Vandiver, and thereupon the said Will
is Ordered to be recorded. the said Executor having taken
the oath of an Executor, and entered into and acknowlewdged
Bond with Jacob Vandiver his security in the penalty of
Five Thousand Dollars. conditioned as the law directed
// In the name of God Amen, I Silvester Welch of Hampshire County in the state of Virginia Being of a sound mind and Memory and in a good state of health in body blessed be God, do this 30th day of September 1800 make and publish this my last Will and Testament in manner Following that is to say, First I give to my son Demcey Welch a bed and Furniture his choice in my house, also I give to my daughter Luraner Welch a bed and Furniture her Choice after Demcey in my house I give And bequeath to my loving Wife Jemima Welch the tract of land I now live on with all my movable Estate Except the legaceys afore mentioned to her during her single life and if she should see cause to marry she is to have no more than the law allows her, I give and bequeath to my sones Silvester Welch and Demcey Welch the place or tract of land I now live on after the death of my wife Jemima to them and theirs for Ever to be Equally Divided between them, also I give and bequeath my land in harrison County to my son Benjamin where he now lives to him and his heirs For Ever. also after the single or Naturel life of My wife Jemima Welch I leave all my movable Estate Except the legaceys aforementioned to be Equally divided Between all my Children as followeth, Isaac Welch Silvester Welch Demcey Welch Benjamin Welch Nancey Smith Mary Mott dec. Elizabeth Fleming Sarah good Levraner Welch only Nancey Smith her part of the Estate is to be given to her by my Executor and Executrix as She is in need of it and if she should die before she has received her part her Children Reuben Jemima and Dorcas Shall receive the rest Equally divided between them by my Executor and Executrix, Mary Mott Deceased her part shall be Equally Divided between her Children Silvester Mott Sarah Mott Lucey Mott and Jemima Mott after the death of My wife Jemima Welch, and I make and ordain Jemima Welch My Executrix and Demcey Welch my Executor of this my last Will and testament in trust for the Intents and purposes in this my Will Contained, In witness whereof I have set my hand and seal
In presence of
P Flemings Will 1838 Oct 22 pro by Josiah Smoot & the ________ of Benj Arnold ______ Jno Sloan qualified ______ in M book Recorded Book 11 page 225 211 At a court held for Hampshire County on the 22 day of October 1838 This last will and testament of Patrick Flemming dec was presented in court proved by the oath of Josiah Smoot and with affirmation of Benjamin Arnold witnesses thereto and ordered to be recorded and on motion of John Sloan the parties here in name who made oath according to law certificate of the probate thereof is granted him in deed of or in law whence from herewith _______ Sloan his____ entered into and acknowledged cond in the penalty of $3000, condition as the laws direct test of B White_____ I Patrick Flemming of the County of Hampshire do make this my last will and testament. 1st. I will and direct that my debts and funeral expenses be paid 2. I will and bequeath to my son James Flemming the plantation upon which I now reside called the “Home place” to him and his heirs and assigns forever subject however to the following incumbrances, the first James is to pay to my daughter Ann Shirley the sum of one hundred and ninety four dollars, to my grand son James Thomas Shirley the sum of one hundred and fifty dollars, to my grand daughter Elizabeth Shirley the sum of one hundred and fifty dollars and to my daughter Catherine Flemming the sum of four hundred and ninety four dollars amounting in the whole to nine hundred and eighty eight dollars, the said sum to be paid in instalments of eighty dollars per annum to be apportioned according to the several sums above devised the first instalment to be paid within one year after my decease, the sum above devised to my daughter Ann Shirley is to be for her sole use& benefit & not to be subject to the controul of her husband or liable for his debts & my son James is to be master for the purpose of carrying my will as to her into affect 3. I will that a debt due from me of seventeen dollars & 50 cents to Ann Shirley my daughter be paid to her out of my personal estate or the assets which may come to the hand of my executes 4. I will and bequeath three undivided fifth parts of the land now in the occupancy of William S. Kline to James Flemming my son to be held by him in trust for the use and benefit of my daughter Christiana Kline the wife of the said William S. Kline, the said James to pay her the rents & profits of the farm or to let her have the use of said land but in the event of the death of the said William S. Kline before his said wife, then said trust is to cease & the said land become the absolute property of the said Christiana to dispose of as she may think best. And in case of the death of my said daughter Christiana before the said W.S. Kline then it is my will that the lands hereby devised in trust as aforesaid shall become the property of my grand children being the children of said Christiana which she may leave at the time of her death, but the said land is under no circumstances to be vested in the said W S Kline, nor is he ever to have any controul or authority over the same in any way whatsoever 5. I give & bequeath the two undivided fifth parts of the land now in the occupancy of William S. Kline not here to for devised to my son Edward Flemming his heirs and assigns forever 6. I give & bequeath to my son James Flemming to be paid out of my personal estate one hundred and ninety four dollars 7. I give & bequeath to my son Edward Flemming to be paid out of my personal estate on the first day of January 1841 the sum of one hundred and fifty dollars 8. It is my will that all the residue of my estate after the payment of my debts, funeral expenses and the above named legacies be divided equally among the following persons, my children viz James Flemming, John Flemming, Edward Flemming, Ann Shirley, Christiana Kline & Catherine Flemming and that the portions of said Ann Shirley & Christiana Kline of _____ ______ be held by my executor in trust for their benefit & or to their use either principal or interest as to him may seem best during the time they may continue married womans, but when they or either of them shall cease to be ______ ______ then they shall be entitled to receive the same as they may chose Lastly I hereby appoint my friend John Sloan executor of this my last will and testament revoking & annulling all other & former wills by me here to for made. In testimony whereof I now hereunto set my hand and seal this 27 day of September 1838 signed, sealed, published pronounced Patrick Fleming & declared by the testator as _____ in presence of us for his last will & testament who in his presence, at his request& in presence of each other have subscribed the same as witnesses Josiah Smoot Benjamin Arnold
William Kimsey will 8 May 1778 "In the name of god Amen Be it remembered that on the eigth day of May in the year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred and seventy eight 1778. I William Kimsey of Hampshire County in the Colony of Virginia yoeman, being very sick and weak of body but of perfect mind and memory. Thanks be given to god therefore calling to mind the mortality of my body and knowing that it is appointed for all men once to dye do make and ordain this my last will and testament, that is to say principally and first of all I give and recommend any soul unto the hands of god that gave it and for my body to recommend it to the eart to be buried in a christian site, decent maner at the discretion of my executors and for any such worldly estate where with it hath pleased god to bless me with in this life. I give devise and dispose of the same in the following manner and form. Item: it is my will and I do order that in the first place all my just debts and funeral charges be paid and satisfied Then I give and bequeth unto Elizabeth Kimsey my dearly loved wife my whole estate both real and personal to her own proper use during her natural life and if there should be any thing left after my beloved wife's decease--my will is that it should be equally devided between my brothers Benjamin's son Benjamin Kimsey and my dearly beloved wifes brother James Cunninghams oldest daughter Sarah Cunningham. Item I do hereby constitute and ordain my beloved wife and George Stump my only sole executors of this my last will and testament and I do hereby utterly disallow revolk and disolve all and every other former testaments, wills legavies and xecutos by one and anywys before this time and no other to be my last will and testament. Witness where of I have unto set my hand and seal. Signed sealed and delivered by the said William Kimsey as his last will and testament in the presence of us the s--? Stephen Prudall William McHandy William , his mark, Kimsey seal 9 Feb 1779 proved At a court held for Hampshire Co on the 9th day of February 1779. This last will and testament of William Kimsay deceased was presented in Court by Elizabeth Kimsay the executor therein named. Proved by the oath of Stephen Prudell one of the witness thereto. And ordered to be recorded. And on the motion of the said executors who made oath, according to law. Certificate is granted her for obtaining a probate. There of in dur form giving security. Therefore she together with Jonathan Fletcher, Stephen Prudell her securities entered into and acknowledged bond in the penalty of two thousand pounds for her due and faithfull administration of the said decedents estate and performance of this will Test Gabriel Jones Jr Co Clerk 10 Aug 1779 At court held for Hampshire County the 10th day of Aug ust 1779. This last will and testament of William Kimsay deceased was proved by the oath of William McHendry. The other witness thereto which was ordered to be certified. Test Gabriel Jones"