Does anyone have access to "Early Wills, 1765-1799, Mecklenburg County, Virginia" and/or

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Does anyone here have access to "Early Wills, 1765-1799, Mecklenburg County, Virginia" by Katherine B. Elliott?  I'm looking for the will of Thomas Moore-25923 which is supposed to be in Will Book 3, p. 272, written 31 Mar 1793, proved 13 Jul 1795.

According to Alvan Holmes' "Some Farrar's Island Descendants", p. 143, the children listed are:

  1. Thomas
  2. Seth
  3. "Tephana" Hudson
  4. Elizabeth
  5. George
  6. Field
  7. Judith
  8. Nancy Crowder
  9. Mary Franklin
  10. Lucy Willis
  • Children:  Thomas Moore, Seth Moore, Taffanus Hudson, Elizabeth Davis, Prescilla Nunn
  • Refers to six younger children:  George Moore, Feild Moore, Judith Boyd, Nancy Crowder, Mary Franklin, Lucy Willis
The difference here is that there is no Prescilla/Priscilla in the Elliott quote, and a couple more girls are married in Ancestry.  I really need to know about my ancestor Priscilla Moore-1586 Nunn.
Any help is greatly appreciated.
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in Genealogy Help by Kerry Larson G2G6 Pilot (163k points)

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Here's a transcription (found on ancestry) of the will:


Last Will & Testament of THOMAS MOORE


In the name of God.  Amen.  I, THOMAS MOORE, of the County of Mecklenburg, State of Virginia, being in weak and low state of health at present but of a sound mind and memory thanks be to Almighty God for the same and do make and ordain this my last will and Testament.  Viz:  I give, devise and dispose of my worldly estate in the following manner and form.  Impremis – It is my will and I do order that all my just debts and funeral expenses be first paid and satisfied.  Item, I give to my beloved daughter TAPRENUS(?) HUDSON one negro girl called by the name of Winney together with her increase to her and her heirs forever.  Item, I give to my son THOMAS MOORE the sum of five shillings current money to him and his heirs forever.  Item, I give to my son SETH MOORE five shillings current money to him and his heirs forever.  Item, I give to daughter ELIZABETH DAWS five shillings current money to her and her heirs forever.  Item, my will and desire is that my negro man called by the name of Pope may choose his master among the whole of my Legatees but he shall be valued by three honest men of good judgment at six months credit and his owner shall pay unto my estate his valuation to be divided in manner following or hereafter mentioned.  Item, I give to my daughter PRECILLA NUNN the seventh part of my estate hereafter mentioned provided she does and shall save harmless the estate of the said THOMAS MOORE, SENR in consequence of his being security for the obtaining Letters of Administration on the Estate of ELIJAH STONE, Dec’d, in time of her widowhood otherwise my will is that she my daughter PRISILLA NUNN shall have the sum of five shillings current money and no more to her and her heirs forever.  Item, I give to my six children hereafter mentioned, to wit, GEORGE MOORE, FIELD MOORE, JUDITH BOYD, NANCY CROWDER, MARY FRANKLIN and LUCY WILLIS the balance of my estate (exclusive of the legacies before mentioned) together with the increase and the valuation of the negro Pope to be equally divided between these six persons as above mentioned in this clause and provided my daughter PRECILLA NUNN shall save harmless my estate my will is for her to have an equal proportion with the above mentioned six children of that part of my estate mentioned in this clause to each of them their heirs forever.  Item, I do hereby constitute and appoint my beloved frends GODFREY CROWDER, GEORGE MOORE and HUGH FRANKLIN Executors of this my last Will and testament and I do hereby wholly disannul and revoke every other Testamentary, Will, Legacy and Executor by me [p. 273] any ways before mentioned ratifying and comprising this and no other to be my last Will and testament.  In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand & seal this 31st day of March 1793.

                                                                                       [Signed] THOS MOORE

Signed sealed and delivered in presence of: 

            William (his R mark) Cunningham

            John Wynn

            Thomas Earles

At a Court held for Mecklenburg County the 13th day of July 1795 this will was proved by the oaths of William Cunningham and John Wynn witnesses thereto and orderd to be recorded.


Source: Mecklenburg County, VA, Will Bk. 3, pp. 272-273


NOTE: every published transcription or abstract of THOMAS MOORE’s will that I’ve ever seen have transcribed the married name of his daughter Elizabeth as “DAVIS”.  That is incorrect!  As it is written in Mecklenburg County, VA, Will Bk. 3, p. 272 it is plainly “DAWS”.  I’m forever indebted to Gerald Dawes, a descendant of Lt. THOMAS MOORE’s thru his grandson THOMAS DAWS (ca1789-ca1865), for kindly taking the time and going thru the trouble of not only correcting me on this matter but for proving it as well.  [RT]


by JT Strong G2G6 Mach 7 (79.3k points)
selected by Kerry Larson
Thank you, thank you, thank you!  I really appreciate you posting the full transcript.

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