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William Yarbrough, 1748

Transcribed by Linda Carpenter 

Source:  Amelia County, Virginia
Will Book 1, Page 50

In the name of God Amen, I William Yarbrough of Amelia County being sick and weak in body, but of perfect mind and memory thanks be given unto God. Therefore calling unto mind the mortality of my body and knowing it is appointed for all once to dye do make and ordain this my last will and testament. Principally and first of all, I give and recommend my soul unto the hands of God that gave it and my body to the earth to be buried, nothing doubting but at the general resurrection, I shall receive the same again by the mighty power of God. And as touching such worldly estate wherewith it hath pleased God to bless me in this life, I give demise and dispose of the same in the following manner and form.

Imprimis. I give and bequeath to my beloved daughter Priscilla Yarbrough one Negro boy named Jupiter to her and her heirs for ever.

Item. I give to my dear beloved wife Elliner Yarbrough all the profits and means of my whole estate together with the work and labor of two Negroes John and Phillip during her widowhood, and desire the whole may continue in her possession as long as she continues a widow, and when she marries or dyes, my will and desire is that all my personal estate, goods, and chattels be equally divided between every one of my beloved children: Ann Higgons, Samuel Yarbrough, Carymhaporah? Anderson, William Yarbrough, Hezekiah Yarbrough, Moses Yarbrough, Micajah Yarbrough, Priscilla Yarbrough to them and their heirs.

Item. I give and bequeath to my beloved son Micajah Yarbrough four hundred acres of land where I now live, together with the plantation, and all the improvements thereon to him and his heirs forever.

Item. I lend by beloved grand daughter Priscilla Robertson one Negro girl, named Hannah during life, and she should have a child lawfully begotten of her body. I then give the said Hannah and her increase to the said Priscilla Robertson and her heirs forever but if she dyes without heirs lawfully begotten, my will and desire is that the said Negro Hannah and her increase return to my children and to be equally divided between each of  them.

I likewise constitute make and appoint my dear beloved wife, Elliner Yarbrough and my beloved sons William Yarbrough and Hezekiah Yarbrough whole sole executors of this my last will and testament, confirming this and no other to be my last will and testament. In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal this nineteenth day of July one thousand seven hundred and forty eight.

Item. I give and bequeath to my four sons, Samuel Yarbrough, William Yarbrough, Hezekiah Yarbrough and Moses Yarbrough four hundred Acres of Land of the South side of little Nottoway River joining the lines of Robert Bumpass, John Dyons and James Hudson, to be equally divided to them and their heirs. William (his mark-JZ ?) Yarbrough, Seal

Signed, sealed, and delivered in presents of:

Charles Irby

Richard Yarbrough

Richard Yarbrough, Jr.

At a Court held for Amelia County, December the 16th 1748, this will of William Yarbrough was presented by Elliner Yarbrough, William Yarbrough and Hezekiah Yarbrough Executors therein named who made oath thereto and proved by the oaths of Charles Irby & Richard Yarbrough two of the witnesses thereto and ordered to be recorded. Samuel Cobbs, Clerk

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