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JOSEPH THOMAS 1759-1839
In the name of God Amen, I joseph Thomas of the county of Kanawha and state of Virginia being of sound mind but being debilitated in body and knowing the uncertainty of life, do make and ordain the following to be my last will and testement hereby revoking all other wills. Imprimis: It is my will and desire that all my just debts shall be punctually paid and that the residue of my estate real or personal to be distributed in the following manner viz: Item 1st To my dearly beloved wife Rebecca Thomas. I give and bequeath the plantation upon which I now live containing 200 acres more or less with the profits and benefit arising therefrom during her natural life or widowhood. I also give and bequeath all the negro slaves which I now own to my wife Rebecca consisting of the following; one negro woman slave named Lydia, one negro man slave named Adam, one negro man slave named Jack, and one negro man slave named William to have and to hold the same during her natural life or widowhood. Also one third part of the livestock and household and kitchen furniture together with the one third part of the farming utensils and this third part of the above articles to be left to her own choosing and the remaining two thirds of the above to be assessed to sale and the proceeds to be equally divided among my surviving children or the legal heirs of such as any have deceased. Item 3rd To my daughter Helena Thomas, wife of Henry Roberts Thomas, I give and bequeath one set of silver table spoons to be hers and her heirs forever, also one set of silver tea spoons; each set consisting of five spoons to be hers and her heirs forever. Item 4th To my daughter Jane, the wife of Valentine Wood, I give and bequeath the sum of ten dollars to be hers and her heirs forever. Item 5th To my daughter Dolly, the wife of William Wood, I give and bequeath the sum of one dollar to be hers and her heirs forever. Item 6th After the decease of my wife it is my will and desire that the aforesaid land of 200 acres whereon I now live together with the farming utensils, household and kitchen furniture, be sold by my executor or executors and the money acquiring therefrom to divided equally among my surviving heirs or the heirs of those who may die before my decease viz; Lewis, Henry, Matthew, and Norbourn, my sons and Polly, Rebecca, Jane, Dolly, and Helena, my daughters, to be theirs and their heirs forever. Item 7th It is also my will and desire that the executor or executors herein after mentioned, of this my last will and testement shall out of my funds now in the hands of Col. A. Donnally, James A. Lewis, and Aaron M. ****
Pay three hundred dollars towards the support and education of Addison Thomas, a youth under my special care and education provided he may not have received a sufficient education before my decease. I further will and desire that the residue of those funds if any, remain in the hands of my executors until the demands against my estate, if any, be satisfied, then to be equally divided among my children aforementioned to be theirs and their heirs forever. Item 8th and lastly I do hereby appoint my son Matthew Thomas and my son-in-law William Wood both of the county and state aforesaid to be the executors of this my last will and testement. In witness of each and all above items I hereunto have set my hand and seal, this 21st day of June in the year of our lord one thousand eight hundred and twenty eight. Signed, sealed, and published in the presence of; I. Reuben, John Nichols, Addison B. Thomas, John E. Smith, Joseph C. Thomas
Joseph's will was eleven years old when he died and so many of his children had moved away or had died. Henry Thomas was already dead (see will of Mary Teays, because Henry married Katherine Teays). Norbourn had moved to Indiana (According to Molly Hansford his nickname was Nob). Jane and her husband Valentine Wood were living in Wayne County, Indiana (Kanawha co. deed book). Lewis and his wife Dorothy went west to Fountain County Indiana (Kan. Deed book). Mary "Polly' married Levi Jones and moved out west. Rebecca and David Julius Wood moved to Wayne County, Indiana. Dolly and Helena died in Kanawha County.
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