Will of Thomas Harris, Feb. 18, 1826, Hanover Co., Va.
Source: Hanover County Chancery Wills and Notes
Compiled by William Ronald Cocke, III
Lawrence &C. VS. Harris' Exor. &C., 1837
Thomas Harris' Will
"I, Thomas Harris of Hanover County in a state of Soundness of mind
but weakness of Body do constitute and appoint this my last will and
testament in manner following. I desire that all my Just debts may be
fully paid and that my Dear daughter Sarah Ann should have five
hundred dollars given her, and then my whole estate should be divided
into four equal lots, to be loted drawn for, and that my Grand Son
Robert Barclay Lawrence and his Father Thomas Lawrence shall take one
lot Equally between them but Thomas Lawrence shall hold the real
estate of his lot, only for life, and at his Death it shall be equally
divided between my three Daughters who shall take the other three
lots to them and their heirs forever, and lastly I do appoint my son
in law Joel Cook my executor of this my last will and testament
desireing that he may not be required to give security for his
performance and I hope he may not charge more than will well apy
himself for his Trouble."
Thos. Harris (Seal)
2nd Mo. 18th 1826
John P. Kimbrough
"Richmond Jail 9 Mo. 18th 1826
I, Thomas Harris, make this codocil to my will. That whereas I have
been for somtime past considering by many to be in a state of
derangement and whereas I have had several trials before the
Magistrates of the City of Richmond and declared by them to be of
sound mind except that of believing it my duty in obedience to divine
impression on my mind to undress . . . and exhibit my self naked
before a congregation as a prophetic sign. Now therefore failing and
believing myself to be of sound mind it is my will and desire that my
will now in the hands of James Honeycut of Goochland County be
continued except in the particulars herein mentioned, Viz. my will
and desire is that my dear Daughter Sarah Ann Harris should be given
in addition to that will five hundred dollars out of my estate
therein mentioned, and that my Grand children who have lost their
mother, towit Deborah Cook's children and Isabella Lawrence's son
Robert Barclay Lawrence shall each receive five hundred dollars in
additon to what is given them in the will now in the hand of James
Honeycut of Goochland County. I wish no other alteration to be made
in my said will. Given under my hand and seal this 18th day of 9th
Signed in the presence of
Robert H. Branch.
At a Court of Monthly Session held for Hanover County at the
Courthouse on Tuesday the 27th of November 1832. This last will and
testament of Thomas Harris dec'd was proved by the oath of Charles
Vest and by the affirmation of James Hunnicutt two of the witnesses
thereto: and the Codicil thereafter written was also proved by the
oaths of David White and Robert H. Branch witneses thereto, which
will and codicil are ordered to be recorded.
Teste, Philip B. Winston, C.H.C.
Philip B. Winston, C.H.C.
Will Of Thomas Harris Jr, of Hanover. Will dated 18 November 1826,
Codicil 18 September 1832. Probated 27 November 1832. Owned land in
Hanover County and in the State of Ohio. "Possessed considerable real
estate and a small personal estate." Joel Cooke qualified as executor.
Issue, of whom only two survived the Testator:
1. Sarah Ann, wife of Nathan Parker.
2. Rebecca, wife in 1837 of Joseph Jordan, of the State of Ohio.
3. Isabella, dec'd, married Thomas Lawrence, survived by an only
child: Robert Barclay Lawrence, an infant in 1837.
4. Deborah, dec'd, married Joel Cooke who survived, with five
infant children: Clotilda Cooke, Jonah T. Cooke, Lyddia Cooke,
Isabella Cooke, Joel Cooke.
Others mentioned: Robert Ellett and William Priddy who purchased land
of the Harris Estate, J. M. McDowell, who auctioned the land; Nathan
C. Crenshaw and Wm. O. Winston, Commissioners, Samuel Crew, Master
Commissioner of Chancery, James D. Kimbrough.
Does anyone recognize this Harris family?
Ira L. Harris III
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