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WILL OF WILLIAM TOMPKINS
In the name of God, Amen
I William Tompkins of Kanawha County, Virginia, being of sound mind and memory but inform in bodily health, do make this my last Will and Testament, hereby revoking all others
1st I desire that all my just debts shall be paid.
2nd I give to my much beloved wife Rachel all my estate of whatsoever kind to have and hold the same during her natural life, remainder to our children; and upon these trusts and conditions, that my beloved wife in whom I have perfect confidence, shall have the sole control of my estate during her life, for her own support and personal expenditure in such style as she shall think proper to live; for the purpose of maintaining and educating our children and starting them in life. And for these purposes, she may at all times sell and dispose of any of my personal estate and purchase other and make such use and disposition of it as I might during my lifetime.
3rd It is my desire that she shall make such advancements to the children from time to time, as she shall think best for them, in lands, money and slaves or either, and make & execute any necessary conveyances, but each advancement is to be charged to the child that received it so that an equitable & equal division may be made at or after her death, among all my children or their heirs; but my wife is not to charge to any of my younger children any of the necessary expenses for their maintenance or that may be incurred in giving them a good education, until they arrive to the age to twenty one years.
4th My wife is requested, whenever she may need the counsel or aid of other in the management of my estate, to call on such of our children as she shall think proper, or such other persons as she shall deem best, and make them reasonable compensation therefor.
5th I do hereby appoint & make my beloved wife Rachel sole executrix, of this will and desire that she may be permitted to qualify without security and I desire she shall have the management and guardianship of all my children who are under the age of twenty one years.
Witness my hand & seal this 29 April 1857.
Signed, sealed & published by William Tompkins, the testator, as for his last will & testament in our presence, we all being present at the same time, and called on to witness the same.
R E Putney
At a Circuit Court held for Kanawha County the 8 day of April, 1857
This last Will and Testament of William Tompkins deceased, was this day presented in Court, and duly proved by the oaths of C. Hedrick and R. E. Putney subscribing witnesses thereto and is ordered to be recorded.
A W Quarrier, Clerk
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