Location: Halifax, Virginia, United States
Surname/tag: Edwards, Coleman, Glass, Whitlock, Carrington
Transcribed Will of William Edwards
1780 William Edwards last will and testament In the name of God Amen I William Edwards of the County of Halifax and the Parrish of Antrim being in my perfect health and strength senses and memory but knowing the uncertainty of this life not knowing when I may please the Almighty God to take me out of this world I do make and ordain this my last will and testament in the following manner I give my soul to God who gave it me and Lord to take it to thy self and not let it be lost and as to my worldly Estate that the Lord as been pleased to Bless me with I Dispose of that in the manner and form following Imprimis I give to my loving wife Elizabeth Edwards during her natural life or widowhood the following Negroes Robin(possibly Robert) Lucy Hannah and Matt. I give to my son John one Negro named Isaac. I give to my daughter Sarah one Negro named Milly. I give to my daughter Elizabeth one Negro girl named Lucy. I give to my daughter Mary Ann one Negro named Rachel. I give to my son Richard one negro named Frank. I give to my daughter Dosha one Negro Nell. I give to my son Claburn one Negro named Bob. I give to my son William one Negro named Patt. And if any one of the said Negroes should Die before any of the above named ligates should receive it my will and desire is a negro named Fann should be put in the place of the dec'd one and to the same legatee. And my will is as soon as my youngest child comes to lawful age that all my land may be sold to best advantage and the money arising from the sale of the land to be equally divided between my four sons. I give to my daughter Sarah one Black Mare. And all the rest of my estate my desire is to be equally divided amongst all my children. Declared this to be my last will and testament this 21st day of June 1780. I appoint James Coleman and Richard Edwards Exetr's (signed) William Edwards Signed sealed in the presence of us Jno Glass, Thomas his mark Whitlock, Betty Glass, Sally her mark Glass At court held for Halifax County the 19th day of October 1780 this Last Will and Testament of William Edwards dec'd was Exhibited in Court and the same was proved by the Oaths of two of the subscribing witnesses and ordered to be recorded. Teste Geo Carrington CHC
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