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WILL OF ELISHA PAXTON

I Elisha Paxton of Rockbridge County Virginia, do make this my last Will and testament, revoking all wills previously made.

First, I direct that all my just debts be paid.

Second, I direct that my executors hereinafter named shall sell all my property real and personal at public or private sale and upon such terms as they may deem best

Third, I direct that my estate which may remain after the payment of my debts be divided into six equal parts which I devise and bequeath as follows: One sixth part to my son William H. Paxton, one sixth part to my son Alexander M. Paxton, One sixth part to my son Andrew J. Paxton, one sixth part to my son James G. Paxton, one sixth part to the children of my deceased daughter Rachel E. M. Buckner to be divided among them as follows: two tenths to Elisha Paxton Buckner, two tenths to Calen Buckner, three tenths to Mallie Buckner, and three tenths to Mollie Buckner, and the remaining one sixth part of my estate to the children of my deceased son Elisha F Paxton to be divided equally among them.

Fourth, I direct that no account be taken of advancements to my children or grand children.

Fifth, I give my gold watch to my son William H. Paxton. My sliver and silver plate to my grand daughter Mallie Buckner and my family portraits to my son James G. Paxton and direct that my executors have five copies of said portraits made and delivered one set to my son William H. Paxton, one set to my son Alexander M. Paxton, one set to my son Andrew J. Paxton, one set to my daughter Elizabeth A. Paxton, and one set to my grand son Elisha Paxton Buckner.

Sixth, Should I pay security debts for any of my children or should my estate have to pay such debts I direct that the amount of debts so paid for any child shall be deducted from the share bequeathed to such child or from the share bequeathed to grand children in case security debts were paid for their parents.

Seventh, I appoint my sons William H. Paxton, Alexander M. Paxton, Andrew J. Paxton and James G. Paxton my executors and direct that they shall not be required to give securities in their official bond.

Witness my hand and seal this 24th day of Dec, 1866.

Elisha Paxton

Signed and sealed and acknowledged by the testator Elisha Paxton in the presence of us who in his presence, at his request and in the presence of each other have subscribed our names as witnesses.

James Compton

G W Shield

C P Wilson

At Rockbridge County Court Dec 2., 1867

The last Will and Testament of Elisha Paxton deceased was produced in Court proved by the oaths of James Compton and G W Shields to of the subscribers witnesses thereto and ordered to be recorded

Teste J K Edmondson, C C

At Rockbridge County Court March 2, 1868

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At a Circuit Court held for Kanawha County at the Court House thereof on the 14th day of June, 1876.

In the matter of the probate of the Will of Elisha Paxton dec

James H. Paxton a ……. Of Elisha Paxton, decd having this day exhibited to the Court a duly authenticated copy of the last Will and Testament of Elisha Paxton decd late of Rockbridge County and State of Virginia, together with a duly authenticated transcript of the record and orders of the County Court of said County of Rockbridge Virginia in relation to the probate of said will in said Court of Virginia and the grant of letters of administration …… testaments amend by said Court to said James H. Paxton upon the State of said decedent from which transcript or copies of said order it appears to the Court that said Will has been proved admitted to Probate in said County Court of Rockbridge & was executed so as to be valid will of lands in this state by the law thereof It is ordered that said authenticated copy of the last Will and Testament of Elisha Paxton decd be admitted to Probate and recorded in this Court.


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