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At a Court held for Kanawha County at the Court House thereof on Monday the 13th day of September 1824.

This last Will and Testament of Joshua Morris dec was this day proven by the oaths of Elijah G. Seamonds, James Hume Sr and David Corbin subscribing witnesses thereto and a codicil thereto attached was also proven by the oaths of Elijah Seamonds amd David Corbin and ordered to be recorded.

I Joshua Morris of the County of Kanawha and State of Virginia being in a very low and lanquishing condition and well aware of the certainty of death, and uncertainty of life, but of sound and perfect mind and memory blessed be almighty God do make constitute and ordain this my last will and testament in manner and form following in the in the first … I commit my mortal body to the dust from whence it sprang to be buried in a decent christian burial at the discretion of my executors herein after appointed or … named, and my immortal soul I commend in the hands of the almighty God who gave it to be disposed of agreeable to his most holy will and pleasure and with respect to my worldly estate it is my will and desire that all my just debts be speedily and punctually paid and after the full payment of all my just debts it is my will and desire that all the balance, remainder or residue of my Estate real and personal be disposed of to the best possible advantage by my executors, and the total and full amount of the proceeds of the whole of my estate after the payment of my just debt, as aforesaid to be equally distributed among my surviving children and the children of my deceased children, that is to say namely, William, John, Edmund, and Henry Morris, Elizabeth and Lucy Chapman and Nancy Harriman each an equal part after the whole Estate being divided into nine equal parts, the above named seven children to have each an equal part and the children of my deceased son Thomas Morris to have one ninth part be equally divided among them that is Armsted A. George K. and Malon Morris and Frances Thompson, and Polly, Kitty, Juliann, Cassandra, and Janet Morris children of Thomas Morris decd provided they claim no debts, dues or demands on my estate from contract, prior to the signing and sealing of this my last will and testament but if any demands are made of the Estate for any claim previous to making this bequest it is my will and desire that such claimant be disannulled and not considered a legatee in any part of my Estate, and it is further my will and desire that the children of my dec daughter Mary Chapman namely Joshua Morris Chapman, Malon Chapman and Frances, Mary and Nancy Chapman should jointly and equally share the remaining ninth part of my estate.

Nevertheless before the division of my estate in any way whatsoever it is my will and desire that my beloved wife Frances Morris should enjoy the privilege of receiving the profit of one third part of my estate during her natural life or widow hood and that she should agree with my executors in any way most agreeable to all concerned concerning her part, and lastly it is my will and desire that my executors should make use of all legal means to improve the property on the best manner they can and dispose of it to the best advantage in their favor and at the proper time to give each and every legatee their just due of these bequests. All be in peace and unity, No disputation or trouble about any division that takes place. And I hereby appoint my sons Edmund and John Morris, and Joshua M. Chapman my grandson executors to this my last will and testament, hereby revoking and annulling all former wills and testaments by me made and declaring this to be my last will and testament. In witness whereof I have set my hand and seal this 31st day of July, 1824.

Joshua Morris

Signed Sealed and delivered in presence of Joshua Morris and at his request have subscribed our names as witnesses to his last will and testament.

E G Seamond, James Hue, Sr., David Corbin


I the said Joshua Morris do hereby annex this codicil to my last will and Testament that is it is my will and desire that my executors have a special and particular case taken of my old negro man Jack and his wife Rose granting them liberty of choosing their own master and mistress of any legatees concerned in the estate and see that they are well used during their lives. Witness of my had and seal as above.

Joshua Morris

E G Seamond David Corbin

At a court held for Kanawha County at the Court House thereof on Monday the 9th day of May 1825.

This appraisement of the Estate of Joshua Morris decd amtg to $ was this day presented in court and ordered to be recorded.

Pursuant to an order of the worshipful court of Kanawha to us directed we have proceeded to appraise the Estate of Joshua Morris dec, shown to us by the Executors of the last will and testament of the said decd September 17, 1824 October 1st 1814, March 12th 1825

One negro woman & child $350.00

One negro girl $100.00

One negro woman his wife 100.00


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