Will of Christopher MOTTHERSHEAD
In the Name of God Amen. I Christopher Motthershead of Washington Parish in the County of Westmoreland being sick of body but of perfect memory and mind, praise be given to Almighty God, and for divers good causes to me hereunto moving, do make and ordain this my Last Will and Testament in manner and form as followeth; First, I recommend my Soul into the hands of Almighty God hopeing (sic) through the merits of my Saviour Jesus Christ to have pardon for all my sins and to merit Eternal Live, and my body I commit to the Earth to be decently buried at the discretion of my Exors: And concerning all such worldly and temporal Estate as it hath pleased God to bestow upon me. I give and dispose as follows:
Item. I give to my Son, Christopher Mothershead the Plantation whereon I now live with all the land adjoining together with four Negroes (to wit) Tom, Rose, Dick and Bess, with their and every of their offspring and increase to him the said Christopher Mothershead and the heirs of his body lawfully begotten forever; and for want of such heirs to descend or fall to Alvin Claytor, son of Thomas Claytor the Elder and his heirs forever.
Item. I give to my Son, Christopher Mothershead, after my debts are paid and the legacies deducted hereafter mentioned, one half of all my stocks and household furniture of every sory or kind whatsoever as likewise one half of all my Crop of Tobacco and Corn now made or growing, and one Servant Man named Francis Stephen to him and his heirs forever.
Item. I give to my Loving Wife, Eleanor, during her life the use of my two Negroes Sam and Bess and the other half of all my stocks and household furniture and my Servant Man named Francis Burgess and her riding Mare saddle and bridle together with one half of all my Crop of Tobacco and Corn now made or growing after my debts are paid and the legacies before and hereafter deducted.
Item. I give to the Child my Wife goes with one Negro boy named Bob and after my Wife's decease all the Estate that I have gave her the use of. I give the said Negro, Bob with the said Estate to the said Child and its heirs forever.
Item. I give to my daughter, Sarah Pope, Wife of John Pope, twenty shillings current money to her and her heirs forever.
Item. I give to Alvin Claytor my Saddle and Bridle and all my Cloths except my Shoe Boots which I give to John Claytor.
Item. I give to my Sister, Anne Claytor, two hundred and fifty pounds of lawfull tobacco to be paid her out of the Crop now made and my will and desire is that my Wife, Son and the Child my Wife goes with with their and every of their Negroes, Servants and Stock live and remain upon my said Plantation, and the Crops made thereon to be equally divided in proportion to their and every of there (sic) working Negroes and Servts. during the time of my said Wife's Widowhood and no longer but immediately after her decease or marriage the said Plantation to be & remain in the hands of my Executor for the use and benefit of my said Son, Christopher, till he shall arrive at full age; And my will and desire further is that my Executor hereafter named be Guardian to my Son as likewise to the Child my Wife goes with in case it be a boy, but if a Daughter, my Wife to dispose of it as she thinks proper; And that my Son, Christopher, be well educated and maintained according to the profits of his Estate and the overpluss (sic) if any of the profits of the said Estate I give to my Executor and his Guardian hereafter names, and likewise my will and desire is that my Executor and Guardian to my said Son be and remain til my Son comes of age upon his said Plantation in case he shall think it necessary to take care of his affairs and likewise if he shall think it convenient after he had gave my said Son or Sons Education to bind him or them to such Trade or Trades as he shall thinks best suits their capacity. My Will and desire further is that my Servant Man, Francis Burgess (provided he behaves and demeans himself as becomes a good and faithfull Servant) be discharged from his said service directly after the 25th day of December in the year 1746. And further I do appoint my Loving Wife Executrix and my Friend, Alvin Claytor, Executor of this my Last Will and Testament, and likewise my said Executor, Alvin Claytor, Guardian to my said Son or Sons aforesaid and I do hereby revoke disannull and make void all former Wills and Testaments by me heretofore made; As Witness my hand and seal this 11th day of June 1745.
Signed Sealed and Delivered in the presence of us:
R. Vaulx, Nathl: Mothershead,
Thomas Claytor, Thomas T. Claytor
Westmoreland Sct. At a Court held for the said County the 25th day of June 1745 This Last Will and Testament of Christopher Mothershead, deceased, ws presented into Court by Alvin Claytor, one of the Exors. in the said Will named who made Oath thereto and being proved by the Oaths of all the witnesses thereto (except Thomas Claytor) is admitted to Record; And upon the motion of the said Exor: and his performing what is usual in such cases, Certificate is granted him for obtaining a Probate thereof in due form. Teste: George Lee, C.W.C.