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David G. Talbot

Last Will and Testament

Campbell County, Virginia
November 4, 1850

I, David G. Talbot of Campbell County and State of Virginia, being of usual health of body and of sane mind do ordain and declare the following to be my last will and testament.

Clause 1st.  I hereby direct the payment of all my just debts and funeral expenses by my Executors hereinafter named.

Clause 2nd.  In the next place, I hereby direct my Executors, hereinafter named, to raise from my Estate by sale on a credit of twelve months, the sum of Eighteen Hundred Dollars for my unfortunate son, Addison Talbot, and for my daughter, Jane B. Epperson's sons, William Jones and Joseph Epperson, to be divided between them.  One Thousand Dollars for Addison Talbot to be put in the hands of a Trustee,  to be appointed by my Executors hereinafter named, on interest and the interest only to be used for his support and maintenance and one half of the annual interest to be paid every six months to the person or persons who may have the support of him and during his natural life and at his death the principal of one thousand as above named to go to his lawful heirs or heirs.  My Executors hereinafter named are particularly directed to require of the Trustee leans with undoubted security for the money and for his performance as Trustee as herein directed and as I wish here to be clearly and distinctly understood for making the above provisions for my unfortunate son I will give some reasons, first, I do not think that he is capable of taking care of money and property or using either to an advantage (Secondly) that he has been a very great trouble and expense and has done my Estate great damage in various ways.  The balance of the above named sum of Eighteen Hundred Dollars which is Eight Hundred Dollars, I give and bequeath to my two grandsons, William Jones and Joseph Epperson, to them and their heirs forever to be equally divided between, my reason for this provision for my two grandsons is in consequence of their mother being a great expense and damage to my Estate and I am positively opposed to John Epperson [to John Epperson] {repeated in the copy} who married my daughter, Jane, having or enjoying any part of my Estate except one Dollar which I hereafter will to him his heirs and as a preventive I have made the above provisions for my daughter, Jane B. Epperson's sons, William Jones and Josiah Epperson.

Clause 3.   I give and bequeath unto Mathias Caneville who married my daughter, Joannah, the sum of one Dollar only and no more to him and his heirs forever as I do not intend and wish him to possess and enjoy any more of my Estate.

Clause 4th.  I give and bequeath unto John Epperson who married my daughter, Jane, the sum of one Dollar to him and his heirs forever {I} do not intend for him to have or enjoy any more of my Estate.

Clause 5.   All the residue and remainder of my Estate my will and desire is that the rest of my children, to wit: Francis B. Winston, Langley I. Talbot, Nancy Street, Geo. W. Talbot, and Eliza S. Faris, shall receive an equal portion except Eliza S. Faris who's portion my will and desire is shall be one hendred and sixty Dollars less than the portion of each of my last named children, to wit, Frances B. Winston, Langley I. Talbot, Nancy Street, and Geo. W. Talbot as I am satisfied she has had that much the advantage of them.  The land and Negroes to be laid off in Lotts and impartially be drawn for by them.  My daughters parts of my Estate is not to be subject for the payment of any debts now or which hereafter be contracted by them or their husbands but to be held by them as a Legacy for their children to be equally divided between them at the deaths of my said daughters, Frances B. Winston, Nancy Street, and Eliza S. Faris.

Clause 6.   As it regards Langley I. Talbot portion of my Estate it is not to be subject to the payment of debts now or which may hereafter be contracted by him and should he die at any time before my death or anytime afterward without a will, my will and desire is his portion of my Estate shall be equally divided between all of Sarah Blank's born since the date Eighteen Hundred and Twenty Three.

Clause 7.   As it respects Geo. W. Talbot portion of my Estate, it is to entirely exempted from the payment of any debts now or which may hereafter be contracted by him, to be held and enjoyed by him with full power to give and will it to whom he may think hereafter but in case he shall not give or will his portion of my Estate , at his death, it shall revert to his sisters and Brother and be equally divided between them, that is, Frances B. Winston, Nancy Street, Eliza S. Faris and Langley I. Talbot.

Clause 8.   And it is my will and desire that the division and apportionment of my Estate before directed be made according to the valuation and assessment of three disinterested and respected men to be chosen by my Executors hereinafter named by mutual consent.

Clause 9.    The advancement of property I have made heretofore to my children which I now hereby confirm be all considered as so much of their several portions of my Estate which advancements are as follows:   

Frances B. Winston

One Hundred and Nine Dollars and thirty four cents

$109.34

Langley I. Talbot

One Hundred and Ninety Five Dollars and ten cents

$195.10

Nancy Street

One Hundred and Thirty Three Dollars and Seventy Five cents

$133.75

George W. Talbot

Two Hundred and Eighty Two Dollars

$282.00

Eliza S. Faris

One Hundred and Eighty Nine Dollars and fifty Cents

$189.50

Clause 10.   Lastly, I do appoint Alanson Winston, Senr, Langley I. Talbot, and Thomas C. Faris to be my Executors to act in conjunction to Execute this my last will and testament with trust and fidelity and of whom there is to be no security required and they are to receive no compensation for their services as Executors and in case they should disagree in Executing this my last will my wish and desire is that they shall refer to three disinterested and respected men to be chosen by them by mutual consent to settle all disputes that may arise between my said Executors respecting the Executing of this will.

In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and affixed my seal this Fourth day of November and year of our Lord, One Thousand Eight Hundred and Fifty.  [Interlined before signed.]

Henry ?                                                                                Teste                   
Thomas Fair                                                                                        D. G. Talbot {SEAL}
John N. Clement