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WILL OF THOMAS FIFE
In the name of God Amen
I Thomas Fife, of the County of Putnam, in the State of Virginia of lawful age, in good health, and of sound mind and deposing memory, but imp .ed with the uncertainty of life do make publish, ordain and declare the following as my last will and testament revoking annulling all other and former wills by me made. This day
First, I give and bequeath to my two sons, William E Fife and Charles T Fife, in trust and hereafter stated, the following described property to wit my house and lot situated in Charleston in the County of Kanawha known as my home place, and where David W Snyder now lives, with all singular the premises and appurtenances Also the Frame House and lot of ground now occupied by John Rundle situate opposite to the first described property And the Stone house on the river bank opposite the Court House Lot, how occupied by Mr. Saughem, as a Store. Also, my negro woman Susan and two negro children named Selia and George. To have and to hold the said Real Estate and Slaves, and any future increase of the females thereof, to them and their heirs forever. Upon and in trust however for the sole and separate use of my daughter Mary Katherine Snyder the wife of D H Snyder, for and during her natural life, remainder in use to her children, who may be living at her death, and to the use of any such of her children who may have died before her, leaving use of any - such issue if any living at her death, taking the parent share of the parent had been living- But in the event that my said daughter Mary Katherine should dec leaving no issue of her body or in the event she should leave such issue living at her death who should die without use of the bodies unmarried and before they have attained the age of twenty one years, the and in either event, as the case might be, the remainder aforesaid after the termination of the life estate shall be and is hereby given and bequeathed to my sons living children and the children of any that may be deceased at the time and to be equally divided between them.
Second - I give and bequeath to my said live sons Wm E and Charles T as Trustees in trust the following property. All that lot or lots of ground situate in the said County of Kanawha adjoining or near the back line of the Corporation of Charleston and lying on the Elk Road to the left thereof going out being the entire property now in the occupancy of Alex T Laidley, including the dwelling and other houses on the same, and may be betters described as the property purchased of Frederick Brooks, Richard E. Putney and Mrs. Cox and conveyed to my by deeds duly recorded the exact quantity of this .. in not now known but it is now all in the of said Laidley and used by him as a Garden, Meadow and a field. Also my brick stone house in Charleston opposite the Court House and now occupied by E. Baines as a Dry Goods Store and situated on the said River bank. Also my lot of ground situate I the said river bank and opposite said court house lot, in Charleston aforesaid, and which piece of ground is held by J H Fry and myself jointly - purchased of Sanders Estate my interest in said ground being one half. Also my Slaves, My Negro woman Adelaide and her two children Polly and Hary and my negro boy Henry To have and to hold the said real estate and Slaves with the future increase of the females to the said Wm E and Charles T Fife be them and their heirs forever. Upon and in trust however for the Sole and Separate use of my daughter Julia A Fife for and during her natural life remainder in fee to her children, living at her death, and to the use of any such of her children who may have died before her, leaving .. , if any, such .. of any living at her death taking the parents share of the parent had been living. But in the event that my said daughter Julia A should die leaving no issue of her body or in event she should leave such living at her death who should die without heirs of their bodies, unmarried and before they had all attained the age of 21 years, them and in either event as the case might be, the remainder aforesaid after the termination of the life estate, shall be and is hereby given and devised to my surviving children and the children of any that my be deceased at the time, to be divided equally between thm
Thirdly I give devise and bequeath to my sons, the said William E. Fife and Charles T Fife in equal proportions my farm on which I now live. Situate in the County of Putnam aforesaid, together with all the stock, grain, farming utensils and other property belonging to the said farm, which may be thereto at the time of my death. To have and to hold the same to my said two sons, and to their heirs forever. Also my three negro men, Frederick, George and Alfred. And after the payment of all my just debts, which I may owe at the time of my death, I likewise give and bequeath to my said two sons, all money which I may have on hand, and all bonds, notes and outstanding debts due me, and all stocks in Bank or otherwise.
Fourthly - I give and devise to my said son Wm E Fife my interest in the piece of ground on the river bank opposite the Taveron House of Orstes Wilson in Charleston to him and his forever. The interest I have in the said ground, being one fourth and is the same purchased by Truslow, Wilson, Estill and myself,
Fifthly - I give and devise in equal proportions to my four children, my lands on Breir Creek and Davis Creek in the County of Kanawha the interests of my said daughters Mary Katherine and Julia A to be held in Trust by my said sons on the same terms and conditions as expressed and provided in the two clauses of this my will in relation to property given to them for the benefit of my said two daughters.
Sixthly - and all the rest and residue of my property which I may have at the time of my death, not herein disposed of I give to my said four children, in equal proportions And I do hereby nominate and appoint My two Sons the same William E. Fife, and Charles T Fife, Executors of this my last Will and Testament.
In testimony thereof, I said Thomas Fife do hereto set my hand and affix my seal at Charleston in the County of Kanawha aforesaid this 21st day of April .. the year of our Lord Eighteen hundred and Sixty
Signed, sealed and acknowledged by the said Thomas Fife the testator in our presence, who were both present at the same time, and at the instance of the testator witnessed the execution of this will
April 21st 1860
Elliott R Hudson
Alex T Laidley
State of West Virginia SS
As a Circuit Court held for Kanawha County on Tuesday the 5th day of December 1865
A paper writing purporting to be the last Will and Testament of Thomas Fifth deceased, was this day presented in Court and duly proven by the oaths of Alexander T Laidley & Elloitt A Hudson. Subscribing witnesses thereto and is ordered to be recorded.
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