Will of Ralph Alexander CLEMENT, dated 13 Sep 1859
Pittsylvania County, VA, Will Book 3, page 340
Transcript by Richard W. Kesler, 4 January 2001, posted here by permission
Being about to go to attend
to the taking of Depositions on the part of my Brother Jas. R. Clement
where I have been apprised the other party intends to bring on a difficulty
in which death may occur I hereby give and bequeath to my wife E. A. Clement
during her life or widowhood all my property real & personal remainder
to my daughter M. W. Clement with the right of making such advancements
& provisions for my said daughter as my Said wife shall think proper.
Should my said daughter die before she attains the age of 21 years my
said wife surviving I give and bequeath all my slaves to my wife absolutely.
My land I wish to go back to my nearest of Kin on my Father's side. Should
my wife marry whilst my said daughter lives I wish her to own a third
of my estate for life. remainder to my daughter. Given under my hand this
13 of September 1859.
At a County Court held for
the county of Pittsylvania on the 17 day of December 1860 A writing bearing
date 13 day of September 1859 purporting to be the last will and testament
of R. A. Clement deceased was brought into court in order be proved whereupon
it appreaing to the satisfaction of the court that the said writing is
wholy in the hand writing of the testator it is ordered that the said
writing be recorded and the testator failing to appoint an executor on
the mothion of Elizabeth Ann Clement who made oath and with Washington
Dickinson as her security who made oath to his sufficiency entered into
and acknowledged a bond in the penalty of thirty thousand dollars conditioned
according to the law certificate is granted her for obtaining letter of
administration on the estate of R. A. Clement deceased with the will annexed
in due form.
Created December 2000