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In the name of God Amen! I Valeria Jane Blaine, of the County of Kanawha and State of Virginia, in delicate health but of sound mind & memory, do make and publish this my last will and testament.
I give and bequeath to my brother Charles Blaine my negro boy John, about twelve years of age.
I also give and devise to my brother Charles Blaine all my right, title, and interest in and to a certain mill seat; inherited from my father and situated on the Kanawha River just below the residence of my brother Robert Blaine.
I give and devise to my brothers Robert Blaine and Charles Blaine, to be held by them jointly & equally, all of my right, title, and interest in and to an island in the Kanawha River known as "Blaine Island"; and situated opposite or nearly opposite the residence of Robert Blaine, my interest in said island being one-third.
I give and bequeath to my brother Robert Blaine, my mare named Alice.
I give and bequeath to my niece Lavinia Ann Thomas my colt, of which Alice is mother.
I give and bequeath to each of my three sisters; Victoria M. Cobbs, Ruth P. Thomas, and Rachel M. Gillespie the sum of twenty dollars to be paid to them by my brothers Charles Blaine and Robert Blaine in proportion to the value of the estate which I hereby give and devise to them. It is my will and desire that my brother Charles Blaine, to whom I have willed my negro boy John, shall pay to Ruth P. Thomas the sum of money with which for her benefit I was charged in the division of the negroes, in order to make the division equal.
Given under my hand and seal, this the 12th day of March in the year of our Lord, 1857. Valera J. Blaine
Signed, sealed, and acknowledged by Valeria Jane Blaine, the testatrix, in her presence and in the presence of each of us, as and for her last will and testament. Teste. John L. Carr, John L. Mosely
At court held for Kanawha County the 18th day of May 1857.
This the last will and testament of Valeria Jane Blaine, deceased, was this day presented to the court and fully proven by the oaths of John G. Carr and John L. Mosely, subscribing witnesses thereto and thereupon.
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