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In the name of God Amen January 9th 1750/1 I James Anderson of the parish of Southwark and the county of Surry being well in Body and mind for which I praise almighty God and do mak[_] and declare this my last Will and Testament in manner and form following that is to say first and principally I commend my Soul into the hands of Almighty God that gave it and my Body to the Earth to be decently buried at the Descretion [sic] of my Executors hereafter mentioned and as touching such worldly Estate as it hath pleased almighty God to blefs me with in this life I give and devise of the same as followeth viz.
Item I give and devise to my son Thomas Anderson all my Estate that he hath now in his Pofsefsion, one Book called [_____] prudence, one other Book called the whole D[_____]y of man and five pounds current money of Virginia.
Item I Give to my Son James Anderson all my Estate he hath now in his pofsefsion and also five pounds current money of Virginia and after the Decease or marriage of my wife Rebecca one Negro man named Peter and my large Bible to him and to his Heirs forever.
Item I give to my son Jordan Anderson all my Estate he hath now in his pofsefsion also five pounds current money of Virginia. One Book called the fountain of Life and after the Death or marriage of my Wife Rebecca one Negro man named robin to him and his Heirs forever.
Item I give to my son John Anderson and to his Heirs forever One certain parcel or Tract of Land lying and being in the county of Amelia joining to Thomas and Jordan Andersons Land it being the Remainder of a Tract of Land given to the said Thomas and Jordan Anderson containing by Estimates Two hundred Acres more or lefs as also fifteen pounds current money in the lieu of a Tract of Land that I formerly designed to give to him joining to my Land I now live on as also f[ive] pounds Current Money more and after the death of my Wife Rebecca or Marriage one Negro Boy named Aaron
Item. I wish all my wearing apparel to be equally divided between my sons namely Thomas James and Jordan and John Anderson.
Item. I give to my Daughter Mary E [can't read - paper torn] all the Estate she hath now of mine in her Pofsefsion and five pounds current money of Virginia
Item I give to my Daughter Lyddey Averifs Five pounds current Money of Virginia and all the Estate she hath now of mine in her pofsefsion
Item I give to my Daughter Priscilla five pounds current money of Virginia and all the Estate she hath now of mine in her pofsefsion
Item I give to my Daughter Faith Five pounds Current Money and all the Estate she hath now of mine in her pofsefsion
Item I give and Devise to my son William Anderson all my Land in Surry County to him and his Heirs forever as also one Snuff Box, one Pockett Book, One Gun, called mine, and after the death of my Wife Rebecca one Negro woman named K[ale] and her increase & One Negro Boy named Ned, one Still, and also my Desk
Item I give to my wife Rebecca and my son William Anderson all my Estate that I have not Disposed of to be equally divided between them and it is further my will and Defire that if my son William Anderson should die before he is of age or married that all the Estate I have given to him may be equally divided between all my children then living.
Item I give to my wife the use of the following Negros [sic] During her Life Viz: Cale and Ned, as also my Still, Gun and Desk I also give my wife Rebecca the use of the following Negro's [sic] during her life of Widowhood Viz: Peter, Robin and Aaron.
As I have given my wife the use of all my Negro's [sic] and the plantation I live on during her life or widowhood it is my further my [sic] will and desire that if she should marry that then she should have nothing to do with that tract of Land known by the name of A[m]ols.
And lastly do appoint Rebecca my wife whole and Sole Executor of this my last Will and Testament. In Witnefs whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal this 9th day of January 1750/1
Jas Anderson (seal)
published & c
in presence of
John [his J mark] Bishop
John [his C mark] Ray
At a Court held for Surry County the 21st Day of January 1752.
The aforewritten last Will and Testament of James Anderson deceased was proven in Court by Rebecca Anderson the Executrix therein named who made Oath thereto according to Law and the same was proved by the Oaths of Lemuel Cooke and John Bishop two of the Witnefses thereto and by the Court ordered to be Recorded and on the Motion of the said Executrix Certificate is granted her for abtaining [sic] a Probate thereof in due form
A Claiborne Clk
Source: Surry County, VA Deeds, Wills, etc. 1738-1754; Virginia State Library Archives Microfilm Reel #6. Transcribed by Susan Shields Sasek 4 Aug 1988
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