Will of William Rowland
Botetourt County, Virginia Will & Probate: 4 November 1776
"The Nuncupative Will of William Rowland dec taken on the oaths of James Rowland John Potts senr & John Potts junr on Monday the 4th of November 1776 being the third Day after his Decease. The Deponants being severally examined agree and say that three Days before William Rowland Departed this Life James Rowland and John Potts senr asked William if he would not make a will and regulate his affairs.
William answered it was his desire. James asked him in what Mannner he would make it William answered that he would give every child he had an equal Part James said it may be you have some objections viz to have some more than others perhaps you intend to leave your land to your Boys and an equal share of your Moveable Estate to which said William no answer but turned his Head from them.
They say further that they the Deponants twice put the same Questions to said William during his last sickness and received from the him same answer and that to the best of the Knowledge he was at the Time in proper use of his Reason. They further say that they have often in his Lifetime & when he was in perfectHealth heard him say that it was fit that Children alike near should fare alike and that if ever he would make a Will it should be in that manner and not that one Son should possess the whole of his Land and further say not
Taken before me the Day & year above written. Andrew Woods. James Rowland, John Potts junr, John Potts senr. At Court held for Botetourt County 11th of March 1777 This Instrument of Writing was presented in court as & for the Nuncupative Will of William Rowland decd & proved by the oaths of James Rowland and John Potts junr and John Potts senr and ordered to be recorded. Testd John May C.B.C."
NOTE: Will in Oral will, Book A., p. 76
Botetourt County Court Records
Will Book A, 1770-1801 (Reel 20)
p. 80-81. Inv. & Appr. rec. 12. Aug. 1777.
p. 203-204. Accounts rec. April 1784.
p. 76-77. Nunc. will pro. 11. March 1777.
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