[from Pittsylvania County, Virginia, Deeds and Wills Book 5 (1767-1780) page 394]
In the name of God amen, March the 10th day in the year of 1773, I George Roberts, senr. of Pittsylvannia County, being sick and weak in body but of perfect memory and Calling to mind the mortality of all men have made and ordained this my Last Will and Testament to wit, as touching such Wordly estate where with it hath pleased god to bless me with to be disposed of in the following manner and form-
Item. I will and desire my Land to be equally Divided between four of my Children, viz. George Roberts, Junr. Dorothy Coldwell, Sarah Blair, and Alie Hamlin and my bed and furniture to my Daughter, Dorothy Coldwell.
Item. I give to my Daughter, Alie Hamlin, all the woman Close that is now in my Chest and all rest of my estate of goods and Chattels to be equally Devided between the above sd, four Children., except one shilling Sterling to all the rest of my Children, namely, Mary Hamilton and John Roberts, to the which sd. Tennement, goods and Chattels to be I Joyd as their proper estate forever.
I also ordain and Constitute Allen Coldwell and William Durrett my sole Executors of this my last Will and Testament and I do hereby disalow and disanull all other Wills or Legacies whatsoever and this and no other to be my Last Will and Testament.
In Witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and afixt my seal the day and the year above written.
George Roberts L. S.
John C. Coldwell
Mary M. Durrett
At a Court held for Pittsylvannia County the 27 day of May 1773
The within last Will and Testament of George Roberts, Deceased, was presented in Court by William Durrett and Allen Coldwell, the Executors therein named and proved by the oaths of the Witnesses thereto and ordered to be recorded and on the motion of the sd. Executors who made Oath according to Law, a Certificate is granted them for obtaining a probate thereof in due form. Giving Security, Whereupon they together William Thomas, their Security, entered into and acknowledged their bond according to Law.
Will. Tunstalle Cl.
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