----April 24, 1854
...to the State of Missouri and now being of sound mind and reposing
memory do hereby make --- and ordain this to be my last Will and
Testament in ---- and for the following viz:
Item 1st It is my wish and desire that all my just debts and funeral
expenses shall first be paid.
Item 2nd It is my wish and desire that should I die before investing the
money I have in land, that the --- of the money shall be laid out in
land, and that land to be held by my beloved wife Martha Harris during
her remaining my widow and after her death to be equally divided between
my three daughters namely-Mary Elizabeth Harris, Virginia Harris and
Lavinia C. Harris. But should my wife die before the money I have is
invested in land, then and in that event the money is to be divided
equally between my said three daughters.
Item 2nd It is my wish and desire that all the land that I may die
pofsefsed of, shall be held by my wife during her reamining my widow and
after her death equally divided between my three daughters namely-Mary E.
Harris, Virginia Harris and Lavinia C. Harris.
Item 3rd It is my wish and desire that all my Negroes and all other
property shall be equally divided between my five sons, Lewis M. Harris,
Thomas B. Harris, Hillary Harris, Cullin Harris and Hiram Harris and my
daughter Bertha Ann Whitlock, but should this property amount to more for
each than the land property that I give to my three daughters above
named, it is my wish that the overplus(?) be equally divided between my
five sons named above and my four daughters above named.
Item 4th I have heretofore given to my three sons by a former marriage a
Negro apiece & and in my opinion as much as I shall have to give to my
other children, I therefore give them none of the property I now or that
I may die pofsefsed of.
Item 5th I hereby constitute and appoint my wife Martha Harris Executrix
and my son Hillary Harris Executor to this my last Will and Testament.
In writing whereof I have --- to set my hand and affixed my seal this
18th September 185?
Signed Lewis Harris
James W. Carpenter
Wm F. Chiles
State of Virginia County of Louisa
Be it remembered that on 1st day of July A.D. 1853 the subscribing
witnesses to the within and foregoing will personally appeared before me
Edward H. Lane a Notary Public in and for the county of Louisa and --- by
me only sworn defendents say that they can --- the written named Testator
Lewis sign the written and foregoing instrument of writing which he has
listed as his Will and Testament --- that he the said Testator was at the
time of sound mind and over the age of twenty one years and that these
Defendents attested said will as witnesses thereto by subscribing their
names to this in the presence and at the request of said Testator
subscribed and sworn to before me this 1st day of July A.D. 1853.
James W. Carpenter
Wm F. Chiles
In witnefs of which I have hereto set my hand and affixed the seal of my
office on the 1st day of July 1853 at the said county in the state
Edward H. Lane, Sr.
This is the will of Lewis Harris listed in the 1850 Louisa Co., Va census, age 76, with family who moved to Pike Co., MO sometime after 1850 and died in Pike Co. 1853, leaving his Louisa Co. will filed there in Pike Co. Lewis m Martha Smith 1816 Orange Co., Va and had three sons by a previous marriage; namely, John Harris, William Harris and Robert Harris--former wife's name unknown. These three sons contested Lewis' will and was listed as plaintiffs in an 1854 document which case ended up in the Supreme Court of Missouri who found favor of Lewis' widow, Martha, and their children. This will comes from a direct descendent (email@example.com) of Lewis Harris who asked to have his will put on this list. The will was difficult to decipher.
Lewis' ancestors/descendents are listed on my Rootsweb site: