In the Name of God, amen. I John Clay Sr, of the county of Amelia being of sound mind and perfect memory Do this twelfth day Of October In the year of our Lord Christ One thousand seven hundred & Eighty two make & publish my last will & Testament in manner and form following, to wit, First I give & devise to my son John Clay Junior & his heirs for ever all that piece or parcel of land which he sold to David Crawley containing 150 acres joining to my own Lands on deep creek, I also give to my said son & to his heirs all those negro slaves, stocks of cattle, horses, pigs, sheep & Household furniture which I have already given him by pofsefsion of & also give him 5 lbs [spicie] to be raised out of my Estate as soon as it can conveniently be paid.
Also I give & bequeath to my daughter Amy Clements & to her heirs for ever the two negro slaves & all their increase also the stocks of cattle & Household furniture which I some years ago gave her the pofsefsion of also give her 10 lbs [specie] to be paid out of my Estate as soon as it can conveniently be raised.
Also I give to my beloved wife Sarah Clay the tract of Land & plantation whereon I now live containing 250 acres joining to the Land which my son John has agreed to sell to David Crawley together with all the profit & advantages therefrom to arise to be held & enjoyed by her for & during her natural Life. I also lend unto my said wife during her Life the following Negro slaves, to wit, George, James, Le[n], [Bott], Rachel, Miles, Pegg, M[at], Jefse & Efsex & all my Stocks of Horses, Meat Cattle, sheep & Hoggs & all other of my Estate be it of whatsoever nature or kind I leave & lend unto my said wife for & during her natural life , And upon the death of my said wife I give devise & bequeath all the lands, slaves, stocks, household & kitchen furniture & all my other Estate so as aforesaid [s]ent unto my wife during life unto my beloved Daughters Sarah, Martha, Dorothy & Phebe to them & their heirs for ever Equally to be divided amongst them and if either or any of my said daughters shall depart this life before marriage then & in that case her or their part or parts so dying unmarried shall be equally divided amongst the survivors & their heirs as afore said
And Lastly I appoint my Friends Peter Jones and Thos Griffen Peachy Executors of this my last Will & Testament. In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand & affixed my seal the day & year as w[ithin] [m_tter]
Signed, Sealed, Published
& declared by the said John
Clay to be his last will &
testament in presence of
John Tayloe Peachy
Peter Lamkin Jr
Source: Amelia Co., VA, Will Book 3 (1780-1786)
Transcribed 30 July 1987 by Susan Shields Sasek from the microfilm copy at the Virginia State Library Archives. [SSS note -- I made copies of the will from microfilm, but so far haven't been able to get a good scan of it (one of those where part is very light & part very dark). I'll keep fiddling around w/ the scanner settings & if I can get a decent (even halfway decent) scan, I'll put it online too]
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