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Will of Thomas Berry


Washington County Will Book 2, pages 209-210

In the name of god amen, the sixteenth of December one thousand seven hundred and ninety eight.  I, Thomas Berry, of the County of Washington and State of Virginia, being weak in body but sound in mind and knowing that all flesh must yield to death when it shall please god to call, I do hereby make constitute and ordain and declare this to be my last Will and Testament in manner and form following revolking and anuling by these present all and every testement or testaments will or wills heretofore by me made and declare either by word or writing and this to be taken only for my last will and testament and none other and now for the settling my temperate estate and such goods and chattals and debts as it pleased god for above my deserts to bestow on me.  I do order, give and dispose the same in manner and form following, And first I do will that all my just debts be paid within convenient time after my decease by my executors hereafter named and seconded, I do give and bequeath to my well beloved wife Esther the third part of all the moveable Estate except the negros as I have left her the third part of the price of my land already.  I do leave to my son George a negro named Adam and all my wearing apparel and George is to give to my daughter Rebeckah fifty dollars. I do also leave to my daughter Esther a negro girl named Phili to her and her heirs and if the girl has any children they are to go to Esther and her heirs, also my negro woman named Tawney I do allow her to be free and I leave her a milch cow.  I also leave to my son John, four dollars.  I also leave the rest of my estate to my children hereafter named, son James, son Thomas, my daughter in law Mary Berry, wife to son William deceased, my daughter Mary, my daughter Barbara, daughter Rebeckah, my daughter Elizabeth, my daughter Susannah, my son Francis to be equally divided among them.  I also leave to my grandson Thomas Dryden my best saddle.  I also will that David Dryden and Samuel McChesney and David Lowry shall be my Executors given under my hand and seal this sixteenth of December 1798. 

Witnesses present 
Jonathan Dryden 
William Palmer 
Thomas Berry
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Washington County Will Book 2, pages 239-240

At a court held for Washington County by the 20th day of August 1799. The last will and Testament of Thomas Berry deceased was exhibited into court and proved by the oaths of Jonathan Dryden and William Palmer the witnesses thereto and ordered to be recorded. And on the motion of David Dryden, David Lowry and Samuel McChesney the Executors thereon named who took the oath of Executors presented by law and together with David Craig, David McCord and James Maxwell their securities entered into and acknowledged their bonds in the sum of four thousand dollars with conditions as the law directs. A certificate for the probate of the said will is therefore granted them in due form excud. 

Teste Andrew Russell


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