The Will of Richard Blanton who died Spottsylvania County Virginia in 1734 was badly damaged when the Courthouse was ransacked by Union Soldiers. This is a partial transcription of his Will.
In the name of God Amen. I, Richard Blanton of the County of Spottsylvania in Virginia, being sick in body but of perfect sence and memory thanks and praise be unto Almighty God for the same, and considering the frailty and _____inty of human life do make this my last will and testament in manner following:
First and principally, I commit my Soul unto Almighty God and most merciful Father, hoping by the merits of my Lord Jesus Christ to have remifsion and forgiveness of all my sins and that at the burial and resurrection my body ____ be reunited to my soul and together with ______everlasting life and happiness in heaven ______ true delight and purification which Almighty God hath ______ for those that love ____ and praise _____ forever my body I commit _____ be decently ________.
Elizabeth Blanton to have and to hold _________ natural life ______ and bequeath all my aforesaid land _______ loving son Richard Blanton and to _____ _____ _____ Sarah, Will and Bristo my negro woman Sue be equally _______ my 5 children.
To Wit: Richard, _____ Blanton. It is my will that if either _____ before they come of age or marry _____ that the mentioned negroes and the increase _____ of the wench be equally (?) divided amongst my surviving children: They to be divided as my children come to age or marry.
I will that my loving son Richard Blanton be put to school 2 years at the charge of my estate.
I will that my loving son Thomas Blanton be put to school four years at the charge of my estate.
I will _______ loving dau. Prissilla Blanton and Elizabeth Blanton and Mary Blanton be put to school two years each at the charge of my estate.
I give to my l. son Thomas Blanton my ____ of pistols and holsters and my gun.
I give to my loving wife my negro woman Unity and her Increase and my negro woman aforementioned but she not to have any right or title to any of her increase before they are before (?) given to my children, the aforesaid two negroes to her and her heirs forever.
I will that all the profit made by my still be equally div'd equally between my wife and loving son Richard Blanton during my wife's life and after her decease I give my still and all that belongs to it to my aforsaid son Richard Blanton.
Note: The will continues; is quite long and extremely difficult to read; certain portions are obliterated entirely. The above information tells us that Richard Blanton died in Spottsylvania County, Virginia 1734; had wife Elizabeth Blanton; five children. Two sons Richard and Thomas Blanton and 3 daughters Prissilla, Elizabeth, and Mary. None of these children was of age at time of father's death in 1734.
Above copy is interpretation of original wording of Will made by Mrs. Martha Blanton, Mrs. Virginia Harper, Mrs. Louise McDonald. April 1954.
Spelling is that of the original transcription by the above-mentioned ladies. This was found in the William Blanton papers in the Missouri Archives.
Submitted by: Deborah Blanton McCoy
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