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REUBEN RUCKER BURFORD
In the name of God, Amen;
I Reuben R. Burford of the county of Kanawha in the State of West Virginia, being feeble in body but of sound disposing memory as ***, Knowing the uncertainty of life, and desiring to make provision for the *** lien of my property's both real and personal, do by presents, make, constitute and ordain this the herein under written to be my last Will and Testament.
First- I desire that all my just debts, which are but few, be paid by my executor as soon as possible, and also my funeral and burial expenses, out of such of my personal estate, as I may have possessed.
Second- It is my Will and desire that my beloved son, Hezekiah Burgess Burford, keep and use all the residue of my estate both real and personal for his own benefit, and to use and benefir of my beloved son, Calow Rucker Burford, and my beloved daughter Lucinda Ellen Burford, the two last being minors of tender age, and that he Hezekiah Burgess take care of, raise and control and provide for them the said minors out of the property I leave in his hands, until the two shall have attained the age of twenty-one years. And when the youngest shall have attained to that age, or may die, then it is my will and desire, and I do bequeath unto my said Hezekiah Burgess, Calvin Rucker and Lucinda Ellen, jointly and equally in fee simple, all the residue of my said property, after the payment of my debts, funeral and burial expenses, and the use of the same, until the youngest of them hath become of lawful age as of *** which said property or estate, they, my aforenamed sons and daughter may divide equally or sell, and divide the money just as may *** their intersets in the same.
In Witness Whereof, I hereunto set my hand and affix my seal, this 30th
day of March in the year 1871.
Reuben R. Burford
Signed, sealed and delivered in the presence of Hezekiah Agee, William
H. Lanham, James R. Baber, & Jennings Skidmore.
Kanawha County Recorders Office, 27th. May, 1871.
Submitted by Lorna Corns Workman firstname.lastname@example.org