Location: King George, Virginia, United States
The following is an in-process attempt to transcribe the will of Nathaniel Harris Hooe, 1777-1844. Nathaniel lived in King George County, Virginia and owned plantations in several states.
The original will is available on Ancestry here: https://www.ancestry.com/discoveryui-content/view/1532889:62347
Anyone is welcome to add or correct information.
In the name of God Amen, I, Nathaniel Harris Hooe, of Forest Hill, King George County, state of Virginia, being of sound mind and <?> memory, for which I thank God, calling to mind the uncertainty of human life, being desirious to dispose of such worldly estate as it has pleased God to bless me with, I bestow it in manner of form as follows to wit:
1st Item. My will is that my Executors herein after named, dispose of my perishable(?) estate in King George County only (excepting such as they may deem necessary to retain on the different plantations as for the supplies of the slaves use of this plantations until the plantations are sold as in herein after directed . ? on a credit they may deem best, taking bonds and security of the buyers, pay all my just debts, of which I know of none in this state but the debt due with James D. Thomas to Sebastian's Estate for wood, the annuity of $100 to my sister Hansbrough. Also pay all the debts due at my death by my poor(?) son William D. Hooe.
2nd Item: As my son William Daingerfield Hooe lacks the gift of managing property, and refuses to be contracted or advised by me, what interest cn I take in him,on whom all culture is thrown away. Why should ? cherish(?) him. He is too feeble to support my increasing age. What I lay such on him, I lay only to settle <?>. expend it with <?>, even receiving only thanks. He forgets his life <concedes?> only to remember his birth, I will make the following conditional missions for him. I loan to him, William D. Hooe, if he lives on it for and during his life, that portion of my <?> Hill Estate embraced by the following bounds: Beginning at my lines near Mrs Rollins' western gate on the main road and the boundaries mentoned above, also the five thousand dollars due us by John Hooe, eighty negroes above mentioned, But if he the said Wm D Hooe refuses to abide by the above devices to <?>, and fails to give up any slaves to my Executor, then I in that case, I do hereby make void all of each of my desires to him, I will give to Wm D. Hooe in lieu thereof fifty dollars, no more to be paid by my Executors and the Pine(?) Hill land mentioned for him, the $5000 due by John Hooe, the eighty negroes mentioned above, my Executors are to fully dispense of as the other lands, slaves and money are herein after directed.
3rd Item. I give to my grandson Nathaniel Harrison, when he <reaches> to the age of twenty one years my gold watch, if he be living, if he dies to Elizabeth Brahanen?, Marten? City, Mississippi. The said Elizabeth to wear the watch until the said Nathl. comes to the age. I also give my grandson Nath'l all ..
4th Item: I will that ten thousand dollars may be paid as interest not exceeding five thousand dollars in .....be applied to the cond?, expenses of baording, clouthing and educating of my natural daughter Elizabeth Magee, Daughter of Susand Magee, now living on my nick? Quarter estate, and when she Elizabeth Magee comes to lawful age or marry, then all the interest that may have accrued beyond her supplied during her minority must be paid over to her, also the ? interest that may and will accrue on the $10,000 for and during her life, the ten thousand dollars she Elizabeth may will at her death as she may be pleased to her children, if any, and my Executors are requested then to collect the ten thousand dollars and pay it over according to her will, if she Elizabeth has no children then living, then in that case the interest of the $10,000 may go I decree? to her sister Serviz, Magee, if they Elizabeth Magee and Servez Magee have no children living at their deaths, then the money devices to themmust be collected by my Executors and equally divided among the living children of Mary Ann Bleathman? Now of Baltimore as they come of age as ?. I also leave to Elizabeth Magee herheirs?, two sections of my Texas land ....I give in fee simpleto Elizabeth Magee my one sixth interest (bought of George Hudson) in the negroes held by Mrs. ? It is particularly requiested of my Executors that Elizabeth and Servez Magee be educated generously in Baltimore or Philadelphia and kept at good boarding.
5th Item. I leave to my natural dau, Sistr? Serviz Magee, <?> and mother? ten thousand dollars in annuity on good? funds <?>, also two sections of my Texas land ...their mother Susan Magee, <?> be paid thirty? dollars yearly from the interest for her childs support as long as it remains necessarily with her, and then Susan Magee shall receive twenty dollars of the interest arising? from this services during her life after Servez is removed to be educated as above.
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