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Anderson Wills and Probate Records

Jordan Anderson, Sr.

Chesterfield Co., VA


[Page 264]

In the name of God amen. January 1st 1805. I Jordan Anderson senior of Chesterfield county being by the course of nature near my dissolution but in my reason and senses to make and declare this my last Will and testament and do make all my other former wills void. First and principally I give my soul to God who gave it trusting only in the merits of Jesus Christ for my salvation who hath redeemed me from destruction and brought me again unto a lively hope of the resurrection of the dead to live under his {s}miles to all eternity Glory be to God for the gift of his dear Son and for his unspeakable love and unmerited favour and as touching such worldly estate as God has trusted me with I give and bequeath as follows.

Item, I give and bequeath unto my son Edward Anderson and his heirs forever five hundred dollars Item, I give and bequeath unto my son Charles Anderson and his heirs forever, one hundred and seventy six acres of land in Prince Edward County that I bought of my son David Anderson, a part of the land he the said David bought of Patrick Henry, which he has given me a bond of one thousand dollars to make a good and lawful title to any person as I shall direct by will or otherwise but if my son Charles shall choose to have the one thousand dollars in stead of the land, my son David shall pay the said sum of money to Charles and keep the land aforesaid, also I give Charles {V} one bed & furnitures. Item, I give and bequeath unto my son John Anderson and his heirs forever one stud horse named Juniper now in his possession. Item, I give and bequeath unto my son James Anderson and his heirs forever all the tools I lent to him in Lunenburg County. I also give to his children and their heirs forever all the stock and all the other property lent to him at the same time and place now in his possession and also give them and their heirs forever, two hundred and fifty pounds, the sum I leave in my son Jordans hands to be paid by him to the said children as they shall come to age or marry, and have a right to give a lawful discharge. I give unto them also one bed and furniture to be deposited in their mothers hands for them Item, I give and bequeath unto my son David Anderson and heirs

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forever, four hundred dollars and one bed and furniture. Item. I give and bequeath unto my son Jordan Anderson and his heirs forever that tract of land he now lives on, one hundred and fifty acres, and after the death of my beloved wife (his mother) the tract of land I now live on, two hundred and fifty acres, on his paying his brother James's children their legacies as above, but if my son Jordan shall fail to pay the money as above directed, the said two hundred and fifty acres of land shall be sold to pay the same money given those children. Item, I give and bequeath unto my son Thomas Anderson and his his [sic] heirs forever, all my right and title to all lands I have any right and title to in Kentucky, also the land I had of Captn. Hezekiah Rudd, according to my bargain with said Rudd, so that now he stands in my place essentially as his own bargain. I also give him {V} Two hundred dollars.

Item I give and bequeath unto my son Nathan Anderson and to his heirs forever Five hundred dollars, deducting the money and interest he owed me on two bonds, and also for seven hundred and forty five pounds of pork in the year 1791 to be paid for at Forty shillings per hundred, having had it thirteen years to this date I also give him the labour and raising of my young Negroes namely Annica's increase and Tom, and Patt, and Peter, F{ulis}'s Children and her future increase, not to be moved out of the state or so far as to deprive them of their freedom. It is further my will and desire that my son Thomas shall have all the labour and the raising of my young Negroes namely Amey's and Milley's increase and Sall, but come to age of twenty one years but not to move them out this state or so far as to prevent their freedom, but Matt is excepted now with Charles. It is further my will and desire that my son Jordan shall have the labour of and the raising of all Rachel's increase, but not to move them out of this State or so far as to prevent their freedom. It is further my will that my son Jordan shall account for the Pork I lent him five hundred and fifty five pounds and pay off his bond to me of Ten pounds on interest in short that all my children shall pay to my estate all the debts any of them may owe to it as there are two young negroes with Charles and two with James. They and all the others to be free at Twenty one years old. Item, it is further my will and desire that after my death all of my estate that can conveniently be spa{r}ed of wasting property shall be sold and the money applyed [sic] in discharging the money legacies with the last crop if any can be spared in proportion to each, also all the money in hand or to be collected then due my estate, excepting one thousand dollars which I devise an [sic] give as follows that is to say, I give the interest of one thousand dollars for ten years from this date to be applyed [sic] for the spreading the Gospel of Jesus Christ if it shall be wanting for that purpose out if is not wanting for that purpose then it shall be applied to the relief of the most indigent and distressed pious methodist saint, and after that term of years then the principal one thousand dollars shall be equally divided among all my sons and their heirs forever is is [sic] to me observed I mean by the money legacies that I have given to my sons Edward and David and Thomas and Nathan and that James's children are to come in for a part of the one thousand dollars in stead of him self. Item it is my will and desire that this plantation {V} shall be occupied with the negroes and stocks {V} on it for raising money to support my beloved wife Mary Anderson and for advantage of my children after her death equally to be divided and I have in trust this business to my three sons Jordan and Thomas and Nathan to see my desires fulfilled, espesially [sic] see their mother duly taken care of so that she

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shall want for nothing that this world affords that can be got for comfort & support, and as she is incapable of judging or determining for herself, may the Lord give you to remember her exertions for your temporal interest, and give you the tenderest feelings for body and soul. and keep a just account of the cost and expence [sic] she may be, also the profits of the estate and I desire you shall secure a just and reasonable compensation for your troubles out of the profits. It is my will and desire that all my negroes that shall be twenty one years old now living with me and my sons Jordan, Thomas and Nathan shall be free on the first day of January after mine and my wifes death, and they shall be well cloathed [sic] both males and females and shall have their working tools, and and [sic] bread corn for one year and liberty to settle on 33 acres of land where my son Thomas shall choose for them and I earnestly request that no advantage may be taken of them or suffer any to be taken of them that can conveniently be prevented, but let them have woodland as well as cleared and it is my desire that my estate shall not be appraised and that my loving and beloved Wife shall live where she shall choose and any one of the negroes she may choose to wait on and attend her during her life, and if any of my executors shall move away they shall then settle with the others the estate affairs

Item, it is further my will and desire that a thousand dollars shall be be [sic] put into the bank of the United States or into the hands of my executors for the presiding elders of this district to collect the interest for the purpose above mentioned, who shall give up a just account to my executors and bishops how the same is expended, with receipts for it, the same to be collected annually and expended. And lastly, I do appoint Jordan Anderson, Thomas Anderson and Nathan Anderson, my sons, executors of this my last Will and testament. Witness my hand and seal the day and date above written.

Jordan Anderson senior

Published and signed {V} in presence
of {_____}Interlined before signed
and published

Peter Rowlett
Thomas Cavender junr

It is my desire that the thousand dollars I give the interest of for then [sic] years shall be put into the treasury of the united States if it can be done that the interest may be the more easily or readily collected and it is to be observed that I mean by Bishops Mr. Francis Asbury Coke and Watcote as they have a more copious view of what manner of expending with the money for the Glory of God. Witness my hand and seal the day and year above written.

Jordan Anderson senior (seal)

Interlined before signed

Thomas Cavender junr


Source:  Chesterfield Co., VA Will Book 6, pp. 264-266; Virginia State Library Archives microfilm reel #28.  Transcribed by Susan Shields Sasek (16 Aug 1988).


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