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WILL OF  LEONARD MORRIS

In the name of god, amen, I Leonard Morris of Kanawha County and Commonwealth of Virginia being in good health of body and of sound disposing mind and memory, do this twenty second day of February in the year of our Lord Christ One thousand eight hundred and thirty one, make and ordain this my last will and testament in manner and form following that is to say - First, I will that all my debts and funeral charges be paid, and discharged by Executors herein after named Second, also I give and bequeath unto my beloved wife Peggy all my household and kitchen furniture of every kind and description, whatever, as her absolute property, also my Negro man Simon and his son Manuel and my Negro woman Lucy, also my Negro girl Harriet, during her natural life only I also give and bequeath unto my beloved wife Peggy all that part of my plantation where I now live as follows. Beginning on the river bank where my black man Simon lives and running straight line to the mountain so as to include my peach orchard, thence down with the mountain to Joshuas and Hiram Morris’ line and running with their line to the Kanawha River, thence up said river to the beginning, I further will unto my beloved wife Peggy the liberty of timber to support the far and buildings, I also e.. all the Salt Water or all that can be obtained except all the neat profits arising therefrom, for one third of the neat profits to be applied to the benefit of my wife, during her natural life I also will that at my wife’s death, that all the property willed to her shall fall to my sons Madedon and Dickinson Morris.

A memorandum of the money and property given to my different children by way of advancement. So my son John Morris two thousand dollars, Also to my son Leonard Morris fifteen hundred dollars, Also to my son Charles Morris two thousand Dollars, Also to my son Joshua Morris two thousand dollars, Also to my son in law Samuel Hensley two thousand dollars, also to my son in law John B Crockett two thousand dollars, Also to y son Hiram Morris one thousand dollars, also to my son in law John D Shrewsbury, one thousand and fifty dollars, Also to my son in law Fleming Cobb one thousand dollars, Also to my son in law Robert Lewis eight hundred dollars, Also to my son in law Lawrence Bryant eight hundred dollars, I also will my part of the Brownstown well of Salt water and Salt furnace to my son Peter Morris. It is also my will that all my Negro slaves shall be sold at my death by my executors at twelve months credit, but not to be bid off by any other person only my heirs…I further will that my sons, Joshua, and Hiram Morris has the liberty of Timber off any of my back lands to support their farm or buildings, I further will that my beloved wife shall have my two copper stills and all the appurtenances belonging thereto, It is my will that Charles and Joshua Morris shall be my Executors, this 26th February, One thousand eight hundred and thirty one.

Leonard Morris

Teste D C Montgomery, Saml Burke, Frances Meadows

At a Court held for Kanawha County the 11th day of July 1831, the foregoing will was proven and ordered to be recorded and probate thereof granted to the executors of therein named.

Teste A. W. Quarrier, Clk


APPRAISEMENT AND SALE BILL OF THE STATE OF

LEONARD MORRIS

At a court held for Kanawha County at the Court House thereof on Monday the 12th day of December, 1831 the following appraisement Bill of the Estate of Leonard Morris decd was presented in Court and ordered to be recorded.

Inventory and apparisement bill of the personal estate of Leonard Morris as sworn to us by Charles Morris and Joshua Morris, Executors.

Etc,

Negro Man Dick 200.00

Negro Woman Fanny 125.00

Negro Woman Nancy 1.00

Negro Woman Judy 1.00

Negro Man Bob 450.00

Negro Boy Jim 400.00

Negro Boy Jacob 400.00

Negro Girl Silvy 300.00

Negro Boy Jonathan 225.00

Negro Girl Minenva 150.00

Negro Boy Moses 200.00

etc.

Pursuant to an order of the County Court of Kanawha We the undersigned after being duly sworn proceeded to make the foregoing inventory and apprise the personal Estate of Leonard Morris as shown to us by Charles and Joshua Morris of said Estas.

Van B Reynolds

Samuel Burke

Middleton Harmon

An inventory and appraisement bill of the personal estate bequeathed to Mrs. Peggy Morris by her husband Leonard Morris decd, viz

Household and Kitchen Furniture

Negro Woman Lucy

Negro Woman Harriet

Negro Man Simon

Negro Boy Emanuel

etc.

We the undersigned after being duly sworn proceeded to make the foregoing inventory and to appraise the personal estate left to Mrs. Peggy Morris by the will of her late husband as shown to us by Charles and Joshua Morris, Executors.

Van B. Reynolds

Samuel Burke

Middleton Harmon

At a court held for Kanawha County at the Court house thereof on Monday the 12th day of December, 1831 the following Sale Bill of the personal property of the Estate of Leonard Morris decd was presented in Court and ordered to recorded.


Sale Bill of the personal property of Leonard Morris decd, Kan. County, Virginia Sept 13th, 1831.

Peggy Morris 1 Bay Horse

Madison Morris 1 Black man Jim

Charles Morris 1 Black man named Bob

Lawrence Bryant 1 Black man Jacob

Peter Morris 1 Black man Dick

Peggy Morris 1 Black woman Judah

Peggy Morris 1 Black woman named Fanny

Charles Morris 1 yellow girl named Silva

Charles Morris 1 yellow boy named Moses

Lawrence Bryant 1 Black boy named Jonathan

Peter Morris 1 Black woman named Nanny 1 Black girl named Minerva

etc.


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