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At a Court held for Kanawha County the 10th day of August, 1829

The last Will and Testament of Benjamin Morris decd was proved by subscribe being witnessed thereto and ordered to be recorded (and is as follows)

Kanawha County, State of Virginia I Benjamin Morris being now sick but perfecly in my propper cincus make this my last Will and Testement

This is to say I give to my loveing wife Nancy the two tracts of land that I bought of Shrouck and Jesse Childress on which I now live dureing her natural life, I also give her all the Slaves I possess to dispose of as she may think propper. I also give her all my house furniture, farmeing utensils and still also as much y stock as she may think, best to keep. I also will that two hundred dollars be sent to my son Ak..ess Morris with directions to lay it out for land to give to the children of my daughter Frances Shelton and to …. A life estate for .. daughter and give her the … of it which shall be count.. out of her part of my estate after the death of her mother and when there is a fund division of all my property cash. I also will that on the day my daughter Virginia being of age or married that she shall have one hundred and fifty dollars paid her out of my money. I also will that the lower end of my plantation that is not will as above shall be rented out until the death of my wife and immediately after her death all my land shall be sold with all my estate that maybe left at that time and the one equally divided among all my children. I also appoint my son in law Jacob Johnson of Munroe County my executor to execute this my last will and testement.

Benjamin Morris (SEAL)

Signed and Sealed this 4 July 1829.

Test Felix G. Hansford, Alvah Hansford, Benjamin Morris

Agreeably to an Order of the Court of Kanawha made at the August Term there of we the undersigned after having been duly sworn proceeded to appraise the personal estate and Slaves of Benjamin Morris decd as follows viz:

1 Gray Horse $55.00

1 Bay Horse 55.00

1 Bay Mare & Colt 50.00

5 dows and calves $8.00 per head 40.00

3 work stears 41.00

4 young stears at 10.00 40.00

3 cows at 7.00 per stead 21.00

10 head of young cattle at 5.00 per head 50.00

2 .. of sheet at 1.25 25.00

1 waggon and gear 50.00

22 head of hogs at 1.25 27.60

1 Negro Man Jerry and Polly his wife 50.00

1 Negro Boy Caleb 250.00


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