The last will and testament of THOMAS HOLLOWELL, SENIOR of Lower Norfolk Co. being sick and weak in body but in perfect mind and memory I do make this my last will and testament following: 1 stly I do bequeath both my Soul to God that gave it and my body to the Earth to be buried and my worldly goods as followeth: 2 ndly - I do give unto my sonne HENRY HOLLOWELL all the Land hee now Liveth on and that hee has Cleared and builte upon and all along to the Weather Edge of the thickett next to his Cleared ground and called ye Great Thicket and soe along to the corner of the Swampe and soe along ye Swampe side to the head of the land taking in Chinckepin Ridge and the Thickett and all of which land I doo give unto my sonne HENRY HOLLOWELL and to his heirs of his body begotten forever and in defaulte of such heirs then the land to go to the next Brother. 3 rdly - I doo give unto my loving wife ALCE HOLLOWELL, my plantation I now liveth on and all the rest of my land that I have not given away for my said wife to enjoy and make youse of dureing hurr naturall life and after hurr decease I doo give the said land unto my two Sonnes EDMOND HOLLOWELL and JOHN HOLLOWELL to them and to the heirs of their body begotten forever and to be equally divided between my two sonnes EDMOND and JOHN with all houses, orchards and fences that I have shall be ye said land and my sonne EDMOND to have ye furst choyce and in defaulte of such heirs then ye land to go to ye next brother of the youngest sonne. 4 thly - I doo give unto my sonn THOMAS one cow. 5 thly - All that is left of my estate of whatsoever nature I do give unto my loving wife ALCE HOLLOWELL and after hurr decease of what is then left to be divided equally by two naibors among my five sonns and three daughters herein named to say: HENRY, JOSEPH, BENJAMIN, EDMOND, and JOHN and my daughters SARAH HOWARD and ELIZABETH and ALCE and if aney do so decease before such division then to be divided among them that are heare named and to be then living. Lastly I do appoint my wife Executrix and my sonne HENRY executor of this my last will in witness heareof I have set my hand and seale this 23rd day of March 1686. THOMAS HOLLOWELL and Seale. Witness: ROBERT BOWERS, HENRY BOWLES, THOS. HODGIS. (Proved in court 17th May 1687, Lower Norfolk Co., VA, Book 5 - File 22).
In the Name of God Amen I THOMAS HOLLOWELL being Sick & Weak of body but of Sound and perfect memory doo Make this my last Will & Testament revoking all other wills by me made and this to be held and Deemed my last will in manner and form following: First I give my Soul to God who gave it more trusting in the above Merrits of my Savior and Redeemer Jesus Christ for Redemption, and my body to the ground to be decently buried acording to the discretion of my Executor hereafter named; and my worldly goods it hath pleased God to bestow upon mee to be disposed of as followeth: Imprimes my will is that all my just debts bee paid by my Executor hereafter named. Item I give unto my Daughter MARY HOLLOWELL fower hundred acres of Land lying & being at the head of the westerne branch of Elizabeth River to her & her heirs lawfully begotten of her body. Item I give and bequeath unto my Sons THOMAS and JOHN HOLLOWELL a parcle of land, being part of the Land which I live upon, being at the fishing Creeke and Soe running to the white Oak branch & Soe right over to MORRIS DEALES (VEALES), my Son THOMAS to have that parte where I live and my Son JOHN to have that part next the fishing Creek to bee Equally Divided between them which said Land I give to them and those heirs lawfully begotten for Ever. My wife must have her thirds of the plantation and all the Orchards during her widow hood, and the rest of my land backward I give and bequeath unto my Sons WILLIAM and LUKE to them and their heirs lawfully begotten forever to Enjoy it when they come to Age to bee Equally divided between them. Item I give unto my Daughter MARY, one feather bed and bedstead, two pillows, one pair of blankets & one Rugg, two Cows with Calves or Calves by their sides & one Iron Pott & pot hooks & two pewter Dishes & two Ewes & Lambs to bee Delivered to her at the day of her Solemination of her marriage. Item I give & bequeath unto my Son THOMAS HOLLOWELL two Cows in full of his portion and all the right of my personale Estate, after my death and those two legacyes (viz) my Daughter MARY, and my Son THOMAS are paid. I give and bequeath unto my loving wife SARAH HOLLOWELL, one Mare and one Side Saddle & one third part of all the rest of my personale Estate and the other two thirds my will is Shall be Equally Divided between my Children (Vizt) JOHN, WILLIAM, ELIZABETH, KATHRIN, and LUKE and I do make and ordain my loving wife SARAH HOLLOWELL to be whole & Sole Exectrix of this my last Will & Testament & I doo desire my Said Executrix that whereas I have a poll of very good Carpenters tools that they not bee sold but kept & paid to my Sons JOHN & WILLIAM in part of their portions when they come to Age. In Witness to all and singular ye promise I have herewith sett my hand and fixed my Seale this 16th day of June 1693. THOS. HOLLOWELL & Seale. Signed Seald in presence of us ye mark of BARTHOLOME HIGHSMITH, ELEAZER TART, JOHN NICKELLS. (Proved 15 Sept. 1693, Book 5, p. 208a).
In ye name of God Amen I JOSEPH HOLLOWELL being sick of body but of Sound & perfect mind & Memory considering the certainty of death & the uncertainty of ye time of dying for the Settling of my worldly estate doe make this my last will & testament hereby revoking & adnull all former wills by me made in manner & forme as followeth, Comitting my body to ye earth from whence it was taken to be buried in _______ & decent order by my Executors hereafter named, & my Soule to God that gave it me in hopes of ye reserection unto life. I give & bequeath unto JOSEPH SMALL ye son of JOHN SMALL all my Land northerly from ye two cattle bridges to ye Red oake branch ____ a cross my Land To him & his heirs lawfully begotten of his body after my desease & he comes to age. 2ly I give & bequeath unto my wellbeloved wife GRACE halfe the remaining part of my land & halfe my plantation & other conveniences thereunto during her life. 3ly I give & bequeath unto my daughter in Law MARY COURTNAY the remaining part of my Land & plantation to her & her heirs lawfully begotten of her body & after her Mother's decease to have the part that was given her Mother to her & her heirs lawfully begotten & for want of such heirs to JOHN HOLLOWELL ye son of THOMAS HOLLOWELL & his heirs lawfully begott of his body & if no Such heirs to THOMAS HOLLOWELL the son of HENRY HOLLOWELL to him & his heirs lawfully begott of his body. 4ly I give & bequeath uto JOSEPH SMALL ye son of JNO. SMALL two Cows when he comes to age. 5ly I give & bequeath a Cow unto MARY DIXON ye daughter of JNO. DIXON at my decease. 6ly I give & bequeath unto JOHN DIXON, JUNR. my pistols & holster at my decease & EDWARD DIXON my Sword. 7ly I give & bequeath to JOHN HOLLOWELL ye son of THOMAS HOLLOWELL my long gun & my Carpenters tools at my decease. 8ly I give & bequeath unto my Daughter in Law MARY CORTNAY one feather bed & furniture six pewter dishes six plates six porengers six Cows foure hors two Iron potts & two Negroes after her mothers decease if then living Cam & Pan to her & her heirs forever the personall estate named before the Negroes I give to be delivered at my decease. May the 5th 1705. JOSEPH HOLLOWELL. JAMES WILLSON, JUNR., GEORGE BURGESSE, ADAM MACOY. Proved In Court this 15th day of Oct 1705 by all the widness & ordered to be recorded. 9ly I give & bequeath unto my Brother JOHN HOLLOWELL two Steers one of five & one of foure years old within a twelve months after my decease. 10ly I give & bequeath unto my well beloved wife GRACE all of my estate personall goods & chattles to her & her heirs forever and I doe here make & appont my welbeloved wife GRACE my whole & sole Executrix of this my last will & Testament as writen my hand & Seale This 5th of May 1705. JOSEPH HOLLOWELL. JAMES WILLSON, JUNR., GEORGE BURGES, ADAM MACOY. Proved 15 Sept. 1705. (LDS Film #32828 Norfolk County, VA, Deed Book 7, P. 88).
In the Name of God Amen March the fifteen Seventeen hundred & sixteen I JOHN HOLLOWELL of the county of Norfolk in the Colony of virginia being Sick in body but praised be god in perfect ans Sound Memory Doe make and ordaine this my Last will and Testament in Manner and forme following (viz). In the first place I recommend my Soule to God the Giver trusting in the Meritorious Satisfaction and Suffering of my Dear and Loveing Saviour Jesus Christ to Receive Redemption for the Same and Since it is appointed once for all Die I commend my body to the Earth in a Decent Christian manner at the Discretion of my Exectx hereafter Named and as for worldly Estate it hath pleased God to bestow upon me in his mercy I give and bequeath in Manner & forme following. Imprimis I Give and Bequeath to my Loveing wife MARY HOLLOWELL my Gray horse & Side Sadle and my best feather bed and furniture and one Small [chest]. Item I Give and bequeath unto my Son JOSEPH HOLLOWELL my Negro boy Sam to be Delivered to him at the age of Twenty one and in Case my Son JOSEPH Should Die without Lawful Issue of his body then the aforesaid Negro boy to my Daughter COURTNEY HOLLOWELL to her & her heirs for Ever I Likewise give my Son JOSEPH my Copper Still and ..... belonging to it and tub and one bay mair with her Increase and my one Shooting Gun. Item I Give and bequeath unto my Daughter MARY HOLLOWELL my Negro Girle Rachael with her Increase to be Delivered her at the day of her Mariage or at the age of Eighteen and Incase my Daughter MARY May Die without Lawful Issue of her Body to my Daughter SARAH I Give and bequeath to my Daughter COURTNEY HOLLOWELL one Good feather bed with a Rugg and a paire of Blankets a pare of Sheets to be Delivered to her when she comes of Age or at the day of her Mariage. I Give unto my Daughter SARAH HOLLOWELL one Good feather bed with a pare of sheets and one pare of blankets and one Rugg and Boulster and Two pillows to be Delivered to her when comes of age or at the day of her marriage. And all the Rest of my Goods and Chatels not before Given away [to be] Equally Divided between my wife and Children Revoking all other wills by me heretofore made I ordain this to be my Last will and Testament ordaining my wife to be my whole and Sole Extrx of this my Last will and Testament as [set] my hand and Seale the year and day above written. JNO. HOLLOWELL. Signed Sealed & Delivered in the presence of us SOLO. WILSON, JAMES CUMMING, JOHN PRESCOT. (Codicil) I Give and bequeath to my brother LUKE my Druget Suite of Cloths & my Blew Riding Coat. Witnesses: SOLOMAN WILSON, JAMES CUMMING, JOHN PRESCOTT. JOHN HOLLOWELL (Seale). (Dated 15 March 1716 - Proved 18 May 1716, Book 9, page 498, Norfolk Co., VA).
In the Naim of god Amen I SARAH HOLLOWELL widow of the aforesaid County of Norfolk being at this present in good helth Blessed Be god for it & for good reasone Doo make this and ordaine it to be my Last will and Testament in Naim & form as follow. Imprimas the first and foremost I give and bequeath my Soul to almighty God who first gave it to me in hopes of a Glorious Resurrection at the Last day; & my body to the Earth the common Mother of us all and as for my worldly Estate as the Lord hath Indod me with I give as followeth (viz). Item I give and bequeath to my Loveing Son JOHN HOLLOWELL one hanging Glass Shelfe. Item I give and bequeath all the rest of my moveables within Dores & Without Quick claim To my Loveing Son LUKE HOLLOWELL after my Debts & Legacys paid hereafter mentioned. Item My Loveing Grandson WILLIAM RUSSELL one mare or horse foal after he comes to the age of twenty and one year to be paid by my Loveing Son aforesaid LUKE. Item I give to my Loveing Grand Children JOSEPH, MARY and ELIZABETH RUSSELL one you apeace to be paid by the above Mentioned LUKE HOLLOWELL after they come to age and to my Loveing Daughter CATERN RUSSELL all my warin Clothes after my Decease. Item I doo appoint my Loveing Sone afore mentioned LUKE HOLLOWELL to be my True & Lawful Exr to this my Last will and Testament Revoking & making void all other former wills & Testaments by me formerly made in Witness hereof I have hereunto Set my hand & fixed my Seale this 19th of July & in the year of our Lord good 1715. SARAH (X) HOLLOWELL her mark. Teste: THOS. SCOTT, ELIZ. SCOTT. Norfolk County Proved by THOMAS SCOTT oath in open Court the 19th of July 1717 & is admitted to record. Test. LEON WILSON CC. (Dated 10th of July 1715 - Proved 19th of July 1717, Norfolk County, VA).
In the name of God amen January 22nd one thousand Seven hundred and Thirty two/3 I JOSEPH HOLLOWELL of the County of Norfolk in the Colony of Virginia being Verry Sick and Weak but Praised be to God in perfect Sence and memory do make and Ordain this my Last will and Testament in manner and form following: (Viz:t). In ye first place I recomend my Soul to god the Giver and Sence it is appointed once for all me to Die I Commend my body to the Earth, and for what worldly Estate it hath pleased God to bestow upon me in his mercy, I give & bequeath in manner & form following (viz't:). Imprimes, I give & bequeath to my Loving mother my Gould Buttons. Item I Give all my Cattle to my Loving Grandmother READING. Item I Give to my father in Law JOSEPH RUSSELL and my Loving Sister MARCHANT one Still and worm between them. Item I give my Gold Ring to my Loving Sister SARAH WILLIAMS and her husband my Gun. Item I give my Negro Girl Patiance to GRACE RUSSELL & AGNESS & MALACHY: her and her Encrease to be Divide when MALACHY comes to the age of fifteen years. Item I give a Small remnent of oz: to STEPHEN WILLIAMS. Item I give and bequeath all my Lands lying in the Western branch to my Loving Sister MARCHANT and her heirs. Item I Give LUKE RUSSELL all my Wearing Clothes and what money I owe to my Grandmother and my Sister MERCHANT must be allowed by my Legattees they bearing part. I Ordain this to be my Last will and Testament Ordaining my father in Law JOSEPH RUSSELL to be my hole & Sole Exer of this my last will and Testament as Witness my hand & Seale ye Year & day above Written. JOSEPH HOLLOWELL. Signed Sealed In the Presence of RICHARD CHURCH, JOHN WILKINS. (Proved March Court 1732, Norfolk Co., VA).
In the Name of God amen. I BENJAMIN HOLLOWELL being in prefect Health and memory do ordain this my last will viz: Item I give and Bequeath unto my well beloved Daughter ELIZABETH HOLLOWELL one parcel of Land that is to say the Dogwood Ridge with two hundred acres for to begin in the Bottom of the thick neck So running with a Streight Line to the GALLBERRYS so along to the white oak noiell So still along that side to make up the said Land I give the aforesaid Land to her and her Heirs for Ever. Item I give and bequeath unto my Welbeloved Daughter BRIDGETT HOLLOWELL to her and her Heirs for Ever, one piece of Land that is for to Say that of SLACKS which now DAYLEY LATTER lives on with two hundred acres thereto. Item I give and bequeath to that Child as my wife is with with Child with now whether Son or Daughter to it and it Heirs for Ever. two Hundred acres of Land it beginning at the mouth of the Maple Branch so running the upper side of the said Branch Even against the white oak noiele then turning to the head to the head Line to make up the said Compliment of Land to it, and it Heirs for Ever. Item I give and bequeath unto my well beloved Wife BRIDGETT HOLLOWELL the use of all my Estate both real and personall during her Widdowhood and if she my aforesaid wife MARY, then for all to be equally divided. I likewise ordain my wife BRIDGETT HOLLOWELL whole and sole Executrix of this my last will and Testament as [set]? my hand and Seal this 1st day of October 1732. * Item I Give & bequeath all the rest of my Land with the manner Plantation to my well beloved son HALSTED HOLLOWELL. BENJAMIN HOLLOWELL. Signed Sealed and Delivered in presence of us CALEB HODGES, SOLO. WESTER, JN. C. WARNER. (Proved 17th May 1734, Book 12, p. 1, Norfolk Co., VA).
I ROBERT SCOTT of the Colony of Virginia & County of Isle of Wight being at present very weak of Body but in Sound and perfect Sence and memory and calling to mind the uncertainty of this Life I think fit to make this my Last Will & Testament to dispose of all my worldly Goods and Estate which it hath pleased God to Bless me with as followeth: Committing my Soul to God that gave it and my Body to the Earth from whence it was taken to be decently Buried at the Discretion of my Exr. heretofore named. First I give and Bequeath unto my sister KATHERINE WATKINS one feather Bed on Rugg one pr. Blankets and one Negro Man named Tom and my Riding Horse Her & Her Heirs for Ever. 2ndly I Give and Bequeath unto my Couson JAMES TOOKE SCOTT five pounds cash to him and his heirs for ever. 3rdly I give and bequeath unto my Couson THOMAS SCOTT five pounds cash to him and his Heirs for eve. 4thly I give and bequeath unto my Couson ELIZth BACON Daughter of JOHN HOLLOWELL the vallue of five hundred pounds of Tobacco to her & her heirs. 5thly I Give and Bequeath unto ELIZth DENSON Daughter of JOHN SCOTT one cow and calf to her and heirs for ever. 6thly I Give and Bequeath unto my Couson JOSEPH HOLLOWELL two Negro Boys named Gideon and Jonas to him and his Heirs for ever. 7thly I Give and Bequeath unto my Couson SARAH HOLLOWELL three Negros named Hagar, Stephen and Nathan and also my Loomb and all the yearn thereto belonging one Iron Pott one frying Pot four Pewter Dishes one Dozon Spoons and two Cows and Calves and three year old Cattle and Ten Hoggs one bras Spice Mortor and Pestle one feather Bed one Rugg one pr. Blankets one pr. sheets Bedstead matt and cord the Choice of my Beds and two Ewes and Lambe and one black walnut Table and six Charis and one small Chest to her and her Heirs for Ever. I also Give to her the said SARAH HOLLOWELL the use of the new Room of my Dwelling House and the New Kitchen and Priviledge of what Land she can tend with fire wood and ___ sheep sufficient for her use untill she shall marry or Depart this life which shall first happen. 8thly I Give and Bequeath unto my Couson WILLIAM SCOTT son of my Brother WILLIAM SCOTT my Plantation whereon I now live and all the appurtenances thereto belonging and my Water Mill and all the Conveniences belonging to him. I also give unto him all the remainder of my Estate and goods moveable and immoveable to him and his heirs for ever. 9thly I Constitute Ordain and appoint my Loving Brother WILLIAM SCOTT and his son WILLIAM SCOTT to be my whole and sole Executors to see this my Last Will and Testament performed and ended and this I vow to be my Last Will and Testament hereby Renouncing Revoking and making null and void all other Will or Wills by me heretofore made. In Witness whereof I hereunto Set my hand and Seal this 24th day of May in the year One thousand Seven Hundred Forty three. ROBERT SCOTT. Sign'd Seald Acknowledged to be his Last Will and Testament In Presence of JOSEPH WHITE, WILLIAM DAVIDSON, HENRY (H S his mark) SANDERS. (LDS Film #0032023, Vol. 4, 1733-1745, p. 400-401, Isle of Wight Co., VA).
In the Name of God. Amen. I SARAH HOLLOWELL of the County of Isle of Wight being at this Time in Perfect Sense and Memory Do make and Ordain this my last Will and Testament in manner and Form following Vizt. I give and Bequeath unto my Sister JUDITH HOLLOWELL Seven yards of Silk Persian. I give and Bequeath unto MOURNING HOLLOWELL the daughter of my Brother JOSEPH HOLLOWELL Ten pounds Current Money and one Gilded Trunk. Item. I give and Bequeath unto my Brother WILLIAM HOLLOWELL the use and Labor of three Negros / to wit / Hagar, Stephen and Nathan, and their Increase, during his Natural Life an after his Decease to such of his Children as he shall think fit, if any, if not Then I give the sd Negros and their Increase to such of my Brother JOSEPH HOLLOWELL's Children as my Brother WILLIAM shall think fit. I also Give & Bequeath unto my Brother WILLIAM HOLLOWELL all the Rest and Residue of my Estate / not before Given / be it of what Nature or Kind soever. And so Appoint my sd Brother WILLIAM HOLLOWELL my whole and sole Executor of this my last will and Testament. In Witness whereof I have hereunto set my Hand and Seal this 16th Day of February 1745. SARAH HOLLOWELL. Sign'd sealed and Acknowledged by the sd SARAH HOLLOWELL to be her last Will & Testament In presence of JOHN MURRY, SARAH (X) MURRY her mark, BENJA. (X) HODGES his mark, BENJA. DAVIS. At a Court held for Isle of Wight County April 14th 1748, The last Will & Testament of SARAH HOLLOWELL Deced was presented in Court by WILLIAM HOLLOWELL the Execr. therein named, who made affirmation thereto and being proved by the Oath of JOHN MURRY and BENJAMIN DAVIS two of the Witnesses thereto; is Ordered to be Recorded.. (LDS Film #0032023, Vol. 5, 1745-1752, p. 102, Isle of Wight Co., VA).
In the name of God Amen. I THOMAS SCOTT of Newport Parish on Isle of Wight County being sick and weak of Body but of sound Manner and Form following. My Will and Desire si that all my just Debts be first paid as soon as xxx conveniently they may. Item. I Give to my dear Mother the use and labour of my three Negroes Namely Titus, Bowman & Hulday during her Natural Life and after her Decease I give the sd. Titus and Hulday to THOMAS SCOTT Son of my Brother JAMES TOOKE SCOTT and to his Heirs forever. Item I Give unto ANN SCOTT Daughter of my Brother JAMES TOOKE SCOTT my Negro Man named Bowman to her and her Heirs forever. My Will and Desire is that all my Stock of Cattle Hogges & Sheep and my old Horse be sold at publick auction and the Money arising on the Sales thereof I give to my dear Mother to dispose of as she shall think proper Except three Postoles which I give to my Sister-in-Law CHRISTIAN SCOTT. My Will is that my Horse Colt may not be sold untill he is three Years Old and the Money arising on his Sale I Give to my dear Mother. Item. I Give to my Brother JAMES TOOKE SCOTT my Desk and the six Head of Cattle which I put out on half Stocks with him at his Plantation on Fishing Creek. Item I Give unto GEORGE NORSWORTHY SCOTT (Son of my Brother JAMES TOOKE SCOTT) all the Rest and Residue of my Household Goods to him and his Heirs forever. Item I appoint and constitute my dear Mother JOAN SCOTT and my Brother JAMES TOOKE SCOTT my whole and sole Executors of this my last Will and Testament revoking all other Wills by me heretofore made. In Witness whereof I have hereunto put my Hand and Seal this seventh Day of January 1748. THOMAS SCOTT. Sealed and Declared to be my last Will and Testament in Presence of JAS. BAKER, WM. HOLLOWELL. At a Court held for Isle of Wight County August 3rd 1749. The last will and Testament of THOMAS SCOTT deceased was presented in Court by JOAN SCOTT one of the executors therein named who made affirmation thereto and being proved by the affirmation of WILLIAM HOLLOWELL and the oath of JAMES BAKER, the Witnesses thereto is Ordered to be Recorded. (LDS Film #0032023 Vol. 5, pp. 195-196, Isle of Wight Co., VA, 1745-1752).
In the Name of God Amen. I ALICE MILLER of Isle of Wight County in Virginia being very weak of Body but of perfect Sence and Memory Thansk be to God for the same I think fit to make and ordain this my last Will and Testament in Manner and Form as followeth. Item Give and Bequeath unto my Son GEORGE MILLER my Mare to him and his Heirs forever only the sd. George is to raise the Colt till it be two Years old and no longer and then to deliver it to his Sister MARTHA MILLER. Item Give and Bequeath unto my Daughter MARTHA MILLER my Feather bed and the Furniture to it belonging to her and her Heirs. Item Give and Bequeath unto my three Children namely - GEORGE, THOMAS and MARTHA, all the Rest of my Estate be it in what Kind or Sort soever moveable or immoveable to be equally divided betwixt them three. And I do appoint my Son GEORGE MILLER my whole and sole Executor of this my last Will and Testament. In Witness whereof I have hereunto set my Hand and Seal this 16th day of January 1750. ALICE (D) MILLER her mark (Seal). Signed Sealed & Acknowledged by the sd ALICE MILLER to be her last Will & Testament in Presence of WM. HOLLOWELL, JAS. TOOKE SCOTT, JOHN GIBBS. At a Court held for Isle of Wight County March 7th 1750. The last will and Testament of ALLICE MILLER deced was presented in Court by GEORGE MILLER the Exr. therein named who made oath thereto and being proved by the oath of JOHN GIBBS and the afirmation of WILLIAM HOLLOWELL & JAMES TOOKE SCOTT the Witnesses thereto is ordered to be Recorded. (LDS Film #0032023 Vol. 5, p. 312, Isle of Wight Co., VA 1745-1752).
I, JOHN HOLLOWELL, of Norfolk County in Virginia, being in perfect mind and memory, do make and ordain this my last will and testament in manner and form as followeth: 1 stly - I recommend my Soul to Almighty God that gave it to me and my Body to the Earth to be decently buried. 2 ndly - I give unto my son JOHN HOLLOWELL my plantation which I now dwell on with all the land belonging to it and the water mill that is on it with the old millstones in the house and Iron Sledge, also I give him my large Bible and Scrawtone all of which land, mill and other things I give unto my said son JOHN HOLLOWELL and his heirs forever. 3 rdly - I give unto my son THOMAS HOLLOWELL the plantation which I bought of my Cousin THOMAS HOLLOWELL with all the land belonging to it containing one hundred and ten acres, also the water mill that is on it and the Iron Crow and my whip saw and currying knife and one good Silver Spoon and other things herein mentioned I give unto my said son THOMAS HOLLOWELL and his heirs forever. 4 thly - I give unto my daughter RACHEL COPELAND one Silver Spoon, also I give unto my daughter MARY HOLLOWELL one Silver Spoon, also I give unto my daughter SARAH HOLLOWELL one Silver Spoon and one pair of millstones. 5 thly - I lend unto my loving wife SARAH HOLLOWELL the use and service of all my estate of what sort or kind soever for her use for herself and family during her Natural life. 6 thly - But my wife shall not sell, waste nor imbezzle any of the estate that is in her care. 7 thly - After the experation of my wife's Life I then give all my estate (negroes, lands, lots, goods, and stock) of all sorts only which is already given away to be equally divided amongst all my children that shall then be living, by three hones men such as my children shall think proper to choose to appraise and divide my said estate among them viz, RACHEL, MARY, SARAH, JOHN and THOMAS. But if any be dead before such division then only among them that are living all negroes and other estate that they shall enter in possession such estate as shall fall to their share I give unto them and their heirs forever. 8 thly - I order that my estate be only inventoried and not appraised after proving this will. 9 thly - In case my wife shall die before my two sons JOHN and THOMAS be of age to take care of themselves I desire my brother THOMAS HOLLOWELL shall take care of them and their estate. 10 thly - I make and ordain my loving wife SARAH HOLLOWELL and my two sons JOHN and THOMAS HOLLOWELL my whole and sole Executrix and Executors of this my last will and testament making void all other will and testaments before made. In witness hereunto I have set my hand and seal this 24th day of the first month 1751. JOHN HOLLOWELL. Witness: WILLIAM POWELL, WILLIAM TART, JOHN JORDAN. (Probated 16 April 1752, Book I, File 246, Norfolk Co., VA).
Virginia, Norfolk County. In the Name of God Amen, I ABRAHAM BESELEY being very Sick and low but in my perfect Sences at this time and not knowing how soon it may please God to Call me away out of this world. So this is my Last will and Testament and first I gave my Soul to God that gave itt me In Hop(e)s that he will receive it to mercy and all my worldly good(s) I gave as followeth. Itame, I gave to my Son BENJAMIN BESELEY my gun and Sord I gave to my Son also three Sows and pigs. Itame, I gave also to my Son ABRAHAM BESELEY two Sows and a heffer. Itame, I gave to my son ROBERTS BESELEY a deep dish and three deep plates I also gave him a Small Iron poott. Itame, I gave also to my daughter ANN SUGES five Shillings Sterling. Itame, I gave also to my Daughter MARTHA BESELEY a box Iron and heators I also gave to my daughter MARTHA a young heffer. Itame, I also gave to my daughter MARGIT BESELEY a large dish and three plats I also gave my daughter MARGIT ye ould mare and her colt. Itame, I gave the remander part of my Estate to my deare wife MARTHA BESELEY during her widow Hood and afterwards my Estate to be Eaqelly to be devided betwen my five children BENJAMIN and ABRAHAM, ROBERTS, MARTHA & MARGIT and I dow futder mak(e) an apint my wife MARTHA BESELEY my hole Excuter to See this my Last will performed. As witnes my hand the first day of Febuary one thoussand Seven hundred and fifty three. ABRAIM BEESLEY. Sined Sealed In the presents of us Test HOLST'D HOLLOWELL, JOHN HOLSTEAD, WILLIS PERSONS. (Collection of Unrecorded Wills Norfolk County, Virginia 1711-1800, Elizabeth B. Wingo, p. 9).
I SAMUEL PERSON of the Isle of Wight County being of perfect sence and memory do institute and ordain this to be my last Will and Testament in manner and form as followeth (Viz). I give to my Cousin SAMUEL PERSON son of FRANCIS PERSON one Negro Boy named Peter to him and his Heirs forever. I Give to my Cousin JESSE PERSON son of FRANCIS PERSON one Negro Boy named Benn, to him and his Heirs forever. I Give to my Cousin GEORGE GLOVER son of JOHN GLOVER one Negro Boy named Robin to him and his Heirs forever. I Give to my Cousin BENJAMIN HARGRAVE son of JESSE HARGRAVE one Negro Girl named Venus to him and his Heirs forever. I Give to SAMUEL PRETLOW and his Brother JOHN PRETLOW one Negro Man named Sampson he that shall make Choice of the said Negro shall pay half the vallue of the Negro to the other that is half the Negro shall be valued to. I Give to my Cousin JOSEPH PERSON son of FRANCIS PERSON one Negro Boy named Jimmy to him and his Heirs forever. I Give to my Cousin JOHN PERSON son of HENRY PERSON one Negro Wench named Hannah and her increase forever. I Give to my Cousin SAMUEL HARGROVE son of SAMUEL HARGRAVE, dec'd one Negro Girl named Molinder and her increase forever. I Give to my Sister MARY GLOVER one Negro Man named Frank and to her Heirs. I Give to my Cousin MARY PERSON Daughter of FRANCIS PERSON one Feather Bed and furniture, two Cows, six pewter Plates, one small Iron pott, one Gilt Trunk. I Give to my Cousin HENRY PERSON son of FRANCIS PERSON one feather Bed and furniture and four head of Cattle that shall be vallued to four pounds. I Give to my Cousin GEORGE GLOVER above said one feather Bed and furnitre two Cows and Calves. I Give to my Cousin WILLIAM PERSON son of FRANCIS PERSON ten pounds Cash to be paid when demanded after the settling of the above Estate. I Give to my Cousin JAMES PERSON son of FRANCIS PERSON one feather Bed and furniture and four head of Cattle that shall be vallued to four pounds, one Iron pott. I Give to my Cousin JACOB PERSON son of FRANCIS PERSON Ten pounds Cash and two Cows and Calves. I Give to my Cousin ABSOLOM HOLLOWELL's Daughter Ten pounds Cash to be paid her at the age of Eighteen or married if she shall die before that age, it shall be paid to the next that shall be living at that time. I Give to my Cousin HENRY PERSON son of FRANCIS PERSON the Plantation that I now live on and all the Land thereunto belonging to the Heirs of his Body Lawfully begotten and if he shall die without such Heir, it shall return to his brother JESSE and his Heirs. I Give to my Cousin JOHN PERSON son of FRANCIS PERSON Ten Pounds Cash and one feather Bed and furniture one Iron pott. I Give to my Cousin SAMUEL PERSON son of FRANCIS PERSON my ___ Water Still and my Young Mare Bridle and Saddle. I Give all the remainder of my Estate both Real and personal equally to be divided between my Cousins hereafter named GEORGE GLOVER, ELIZABETH GLOVER and SARAH GLOVER, JACOB PERSON, SAMUEL PERSON, JESSE PERSON and HENRY PERSON sons of FRANCIS PERSON and MARY PERSON, SARAH PERSON and JESSE HARGRAVES son BENJAMIN. Likewise, I do institute and ordain JORDAN THOMAS and THOMAS PRETLOW to be whole and sole Executor of this my last Will and Testament. Likewise it is my Will and desire that all my Estate not given away to be sold and the money divided as before mentioned. In Witness whereunto I have set my hand and Seal this Seventeenth Day of February 1753. SAMUEL PERSON. Witnesses: JOSEPH MANGUM, HENRY MANGUM, SAMUEL PERSON, CONTANT (her mark) MANGUM. At a Court held for Isle of Wight County October 3rd 1754. (Isle of Wight Co., VA, Will Book 6, pp. 123-125).
In the Name of God Amen I SARAH HOLLOWELL Widdow of THOMAS HOLLOWELL Late of Norfolk County Deceased being Sick but Thanks be to almighty God Of perfect Sence & Sound Memory I doe ordain this to be my Last Will and Testament. Firstly, I Recomend my Soul into the Hands of the almighty God that gave it me. Second, I give & Recommend my Body to the Earth to be Buried in a Christian like & Decent manner at ye Discretion of my Executor. And as Touching what few worldly Goods it hath been please the Lord to bless me with I give & Despense of in the manner & form as followeth. 1stly I will & Desure that all my Lawfull & Just Debt shoul be Sattisfied & Paid. 2dly I give & bequeath unto my Son ABSOLOM HOLLOWELL my Stilyards & Ten Shillings in money. 3dly I give & bequeath unto my Daughter MARY BACON my Trunneld Bead, Bead Stead & Furniture one gallon Stone Jugg and Thirty Shillings in money. 4thly I give & bequeath unto my Daughter CHARRITYE SANDERS forty Shillings in money, one pair of Sheets & four yards of Cotton Cloth. 5thly I give & bequeath unto my son SAMUEL HOLLOWELL one pair of Sheets. 6thly I give & bequeath unto my Son DEMCY SCUTCHENS HOLLOWELL one Three Gallon Iron Pott and Hooks, one Iron Spitt, one Iron Pestle & Three Pounds in money. 7thly I give & bequeath all the Remaining Part of my Estate to be Sold to the best advantage & the money to be Equally Divided between my Two Sons SAMUEL HOLLOWELL & DEMCY SCUTCHENS HOLLOWELL Provided my Son SAMUEL HOLLOWELL Returns from Sea again And if he does not The money aforsaid to be Equally Divided between my Two Sons ABSOLOM & DEMCY SCUTCHENS & my Daughter MARY BACON. 8thly I doe Ordain Substitute and appoint my Son in Law RICHARD BACON, JUNIOR to be my whole & sole Executor of this my Last Will & Testament, hereby making void and Disanualing all other Wills & Testaments heretofore by me made as witness my Hand and Seal this the 1st day of November 1758. SARAH (X) HOWELL (Seal). Signed Sealed and Delivered in presence of JOHN JORDAN, MARY (X) JORDAN her mark, SARAH (X) LASHER (LASKER) her mark. (Sarah Hollowell Will, Virginia State Archives Copy of Original).
In the Name of God Amen, I HOLSTEAD HOLLOWELL being in Health and think it proper to give my worldly Goods to my Son & Daughter as I think best &c of Norfolk County. Item I give and bequeath unto my well beloved Son BENJA. HOLLOWELL the upper part of this Plantation joining to HENRY HOLLOWELL as I now live on begining at a small Pine by the Swamp Side, then runing up a Ditch cross the Plantation, then streight across the said Land to the back Line that divide JNO. PINKERTON & the said Land being two hundred and fifty Acres of Land more or less also the said Land I bought of PETER HERBERT and also the Place called the Island as I bought of DANL. SWENY. Item I give and bequeath to him three Negro Mans called old Robin and young Robin and Will and Negro Woman Nancy also two Feather Beds and Furniture stand up Stairs one Desk and two cows and Calves and two Ewes and Lambs four Sows and twenty Piggs six Pewter Plates, one small Bason, two Dishes and sound Iron Pott, Pine Table, one Bible and common Prayer Book and my Gun & furniture belonging to the Gun, three Weeding Hoes and Club Axx and five lone Chains. I give and bequeath to my well beloved Daughter LOVE HOLLOWELL the remaining part of this Plantation with a Place called Thick neck joining to it, being two hundred Acres more or less, also a Negro Fellow called Catnes & Negro Boy called George, and two Negro Girls called Patience & Jenny my moveable Estate ungiven. Item. My Will is that all my just Debts be paid out of it and the remaining Part that is left both within Doors and without to my Daughter LOVE HOLLOWELL. Item My Will and Desire is that my loving Wife SAPPHIRE HOLLOWELL shall have the use of my Daughter LOVE's Legacies during her Life and my Son BENJAMIN Legacies till he come to the Age of twenty Years. Item I ordain and appoint my loving Wife SAPPHIRE HOLLOWELL my whole and Sole E:E: of this my last Will and Testament as Witness whereof I have set my hand and fixt my Seal this twenty day of May 1762. HOLSTEAD HOLLOWELL & Seal. JOSEPH FULFORD, EDEN FULFORD, JNO. FULFORD. Norfolk County. At a Court held the 18th day of November 1762. The above Will was this day proved by the oath of JOSEPH FULFORD and EDEN FULFORD and ordered to be recorded. And SAPPHIRE HOLLOWELL the Executrix therein named sworn &c. Test: SAMUEL BOUSCH. CC. (Norfolk Co., VA Will Book I, p. 692).
I WILLIAM HOLLOWELL of the Isle of Wight County in Virginia being in Perfect health and Memory at this time considering the uncertanty of this life & the mortality of the same do think fit to make & ordain this my last will & Testament in manner & form as followeth viz. Item I Give & bequeath unto my Son SCOTT HOLLOWELL the land & plantation whereon I now live and one Negroe man named Gideon and a Girl named Betsy one pair of money scales one Iron Spitt and a large pan of stillyards and half my tools to him and his heirs. Item I give & bequeath unto my son WILLIAM HOLLOWELL one Negro man named Mingo & Girl named Hodah one Iron Spitt & half my tools & his Choice of the chests that I leave in the House to him & his heirs. Item I give & bequeath unto my Daughter COURTNEY HOLLOWELL one Negro man named Titus one negro boy named Micah to her & her Heirs. Item I give & bequeath unto my Daughter SARAH HOLLOWELL one Negro boy named Anson to her & her heirs. Item I give & bequeath unto my Daughter MARY one Negro boy named Jonas & one small Gilted trunk to her & her Heirs. Item I give & bequeath unto my son THOMAS HOLLOWELL one Negroe man named Moses & one feather Bed & the furniture thereunto belonging to him & his Heirs. Item I give & bequeath unto my wife SARAH HOLLOWELL the use & labor of Stephen, Hagar, Dinah, Samson, during her Widowhood & all the rest of my Estate during her Widowhood not to be wasted by her nor no body See an Inventory to be taken of my estate adfter my Wifes Decease or marriage then my Estate is to be divided as followeth: if Dinah has three Chilren more that lives one for each of my youngest children to wit SARAH, MARY & THOMAS if not Item I give & bequeath unto my Daughter SARAH HOLLOWELL I give negro Stephen and unto my Daughter MARY HOLLOWELL I give negro Dinah and as for my maid Hagar I give her liberty to live with any of my children as She Shall see fit and as for all the rest of my estate it is to be Divided amongst all my children & I do appoint my Wife SARAH HOLLOWELL & my two Sons SCOTT HOLLOWELL & WILLIAM HOLLOWELL my whole & sole Executors and Executrix of this my last Will & Testament in Witness where of I have here unto set my hand & Seal this twenty second day of May 1780. WILLIAM HOLLOWELL. Signed Sealed & acknowledged by the Said WILLIAM HOLLOWELL to be his Last Will & Testament in Presence of THOMAS SCOTT, WILLIAM OUTLAND. (Proved 7 Feb. 1782).
In the name of God Amen. I JOHN HOLLOWELL of County of Norfolk Virginia being of a sound memory and in my perfect senses doth make and ordain this my last will and testament that is to say first in order to pay my just debts I will that a certain piece of Land bounded thus beginning on the streight road at DEMPSEY WATTS line running from thence down as the road runs to the head of a small branch that makes from the creek from thence a streight course to the creek from thence as the creek runs to WATTS's line from thence to the first station should be leased out on the best terms not above thirty years or to be sold if the above terms wont answer the purpose two other small lots of Land to be leased out on the same terms twenty acres each more or less bounded as the ditch runs to the creek. Another lot to be leased out where WM. BOULTON now lives not above twenty years beginning at the road on the large Branch running as the north prong runs to HARBOT's line thence down his line to BUFKINs. All the residue of my lands houses and mill I give to my son THOMAS and his heirs forever and the Lease lands after the lease is out to return to my son THOMAS and the heirs of his Body in case of my son THOMAS dying without heirs of his body I give the plantation whereon I now live houses and mill to my daughter SARAH HOLLOWELL and my grand daughter SARAH WAINRIGHT and their heirs of their body to be equally divided my will is that all profits arising from my mill should be converted to the repairs of her untill she is thurley repaired. My will is that my wife should have the use of the whole of my lands that is not to be leased out houses and all the moveable estate that shall be inventoried after my death during her natural life provided she make no waste thereof only for plantation use. After her death the whole of my moveable estate that shall be remaining to be divided between my four daughters and JAMES DUFF him to have one third which is due to his mother by law: one Bed to be excepted out of the division for my son THOMAS after he comes to the age of twenty one years I will that my son THOMAS should have the whole of my carpenter's and Joiners tools. And lastly I appoint GEORGE WAINRIGHT executor to this my last will and testament and my wife MARY exox. Also with full and absolute power to act in all respects whatever, as witness my hand and seal this twenty first day of July one thousand seven hundred and eighty five. JOHN HOLLOWELL. Signed sealed and delivered in presence of us: ADAM ARMSTRONG, THOS. BATSON. Shedal. In case my son THOMAS should die with without heirs of his body I give my woods plantation to be equally divided between my two daughters MARY and ANN and the heirs of their Body forever. JOHN HOLLOWELL. ADAM ARMSTRONG, THOS. BATSON. At a Court held for Norfolk County the 15th day of September 1785. This last will and testament and Codicil thereto of JOHN HOLLOWELL deceased were this day proved by the oath of ADAM ARMSTRONG and THOMAS BATSON; & ordered to be recorded: MARY HOLLOWELL the exox. therein named having taken the oath and given Bond and security according to law: Certificate for obtaining a probat in due form was granted her. Teste. JNO. BOUSH, CNC. (Norfolk Co., VA, Will Book 2, p. 62-63).
I SCOTT HOLLOWELL of Isle of Wight County being of sound mind & memory do make and ordain this to be my last will and testament, disannulling & revoking all former Wills or bequeaths heretofore made by me. First I Give & bequeath to my Brother WILLIAM HOLLOWELL the land & plantation where I now live, to him & his Heirs forever. Secondly I desire that all my Just debts shall be paid, and the remainder of my Estate of every kind & quantity I give and direct to be equally divided amongst my sisters CORTNEY & MARY & my Brother THOMAS HOLLOWELL to be at their disposal & lastly I Constitute & appoint my Brother WILLIAM HOLLOWELL to be my whole & sole Executor of this my Last will & testament. Witness my hand this 19th Day of the first month in the year 1803. SCOTT HOLLOWELL. Signed & Published In presence of THOMAS PRETLOW, JAMES PEEBLES, WILLIAM BAILEY, SEN. At a court held for Isle of Wight County the 6th day of June 1803 this will was presented in court and affirmed to by the affirmation of THOMAS PRETLOW & JAMES PEEBLES two witnesses thereto and ordered to be recorded. (Isle of Wight Co., VA, Book ___, p. 730).
I WILLIAM HOLLOWELL of the County of Isle of Wight & State of virginia being weak and sick of body tho of a sound mind & memory do see fit to make and ordain this to be my Last Will & Testament in manner & form following. First I Give & bequeath unto my sister COURTNEY HOLLOWELL my sister MARY HOLLOWELL & my brother THOMAS HOLLOWELL the land & plantation whereon SCOTT HOLLOWELL formerly lived who gave the same in his last Will and Testament to me that is to say I Give the said Land to be equally divided between my above mentioned two sisters COURTNEY & MARY and my brother THOMAS HOLLOWELL, to them their heirs & assigns forever. Secondly I lend the use of a Negro boy named Ephraim to my sister COURTNEY HOLLOWELL until he shall arrive to the age of twenty one years. Thirdly I lend the use of a negro girl named Lucresay to my sister MARY HOLLOWELL until she shall become eighteen years of age. Fourthly I give unto the above mentioned two Negroes, to wit, Ephraim and Lucreacy five Pounds of Law full money to each of them paid by my Executor out of my Estate as soon as they shall arrive to the ages above mentioned. Fifthly I Give & bequeath unto my sister COURTNEY HOLLOWELL, MARY HOLLOWELL, & THOMAS HOLLOWELL all the rest & residue of my Estate to be equally divided between them after paying my Just debts & funeral expenses. Lastly I do hereby nominate and appoint JAMES BARLOW SENR., COURTNEY HOLLOWELL and MARY HOLLOWELL my whole & sole executor & Executrix of this my Last Will & Testament. In Witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand affixed my Seal this 15th day of April 1803. WILLIAM HOLLOWELL. In presence of WM. PATTERSON, ROBERT GLOVER. THOS. (X) BRANTLEY his mark. At a Court held for Isle of Wight County the 6th Day of June 1803. This will was presented in Court by JAMES BARLOW one of the executors therein named who made oath thereto according to law, and the same being proved by the oath of ROBERT GLOVER & THOMAS BRANTLEY two of the witnesses thereto and ordered to be Recorded - and on the motion of said Executor who together with THOMAS GIBBS & ROBERT GIBBS his securities entered into and acknowledged their bond int he penalty of five thousand Dollars with condition as the Law directs. Certificate is granted him for obtaining probate in due form of law. (Isle of Wight Co., VA, Book ___, p. 749).
I THOMAS HOLLOWELL of the County of Isle of Wight and State of Virginia being weak in body tho of sound mind and memory do think proper to make this my last will & Testament in manner and form following: First I Give and bequeath to my two sisters COURTNEY HOLLOWELL and MARY HOLLOWELL all my Land which was given me by my brother WILLIAM HOLLOWELL to be equally divided between them & I give the same to them & their heirs & assigns forever, Secondly, my will and desire is that all the rest and residue of my estate be it of what soever nature or kind it may I Give to be equally divided between my above mentioned two Sisters COURTNEY and MARY HOLLOWELL to them and their heirs and assigns forever, and lastly I do appoint my Sisters COURTNEY and MARY HOLLOWELL my whole executrix of this my last will & Testament. Witness my hand and Seal this day October 1803. THOMAS (X) HOLLOWELL his mark. Witnesses: JAMES BARLOW SENR., THOS. (X) BRANTLEY his mark. At a court held for Isle of Wight County the 4th day of June 1804. This Will was presented into court by MARY HOLLOWELL one of the executrix therein named who gave affirmation thereto according to Law, and the same being proved the oaths of JAMES BARLOW and THOMAS BRANTLEY the witnesses thereto and ordered to be Recorded & on the motion of said executrix who together with JAMES BARLOW her Security entered into and acknowledged their bond in the penalty of Two thousand Dollars with Condition as the Law directs. Certificate is granted her for obtaining a probat thereof in due form of Law. (Isle of Wight Co., VA. Book ___, p. 22).
In the name of God Amen. I, ABSALOM HOLLOWELL of Norfolk County and State of Virginia being of sound understanding do make this my Last Will in manner & form as follows. Item I leave my Tract of land containing about sixty acres being in the County of Norfolk and bought of BATEMAN MILLER to be sold by Executor hereafter appointed and the money arising from the sale of said land to be equally divided between my brother RIDDICK HOLLOWELL, WILLIAM HOLLOWELL, and my sister MILLICENT OLDNEY of the County of Perquimans and State of North Carolina my Brother FREDERICK HOLLOWELL of Norfolk County State of Virginia that to say one fourth to each and their heirs forever. Item I give after my funeral expenses and all my just debts is paid all this property and money I have on hand and all that may be due me to be equally divided as above that is to say to Brother RIDDICK HOLLOWELL, Brother WM. HOLLOWELL, and my sister MILLICENT OLDNEY of Perquimans county north Carolina and my Brother FREDERICK HOLLOWELL of Norfolk County and State of Virginia to them and their heirs forever. And lastly I constitute nominate and appoint my Brother FREDERICK HOLLOWELL Executor to this my last Will hereby revoking and annulling all other wills either written or verbal by me heretofore made. In witness whereof I hereunto set my hand & seal the 14th day of December 1822. ABSALOM HOLLOWELL. Signed sealed and delivered as his last will & Testament in presence of us JOHN BARRETT, NATHANIEL HERBERT. (Proved 1823).
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