In the name of God amen, I John Easter of Mecklenburg County and State of Virginia being of sound mind and memory thanks be to almight God for the same and knowing it is appointed for all men once to die do make and ordain this my last will and testament, first and principally I recommend my soul into the hands of almighty god who give it me [sic] and my body to be buried in a decent manner at the discretion of my ex[e]r, and as touching what worldly goods it hath pleased almighty god to belefs [sic] me with I dispose of in the following manner (to wit)
first I desire all my Just Debts may be paid, Secondly I give to my beloved wife, Elizabeth Easter two feather beds and furniture to each one Chest and one Safe to be at her own disposal. Item I give to my son Richard Easter five shillings. Item give [sic] to my son Joseph Easter's Children five shillings. Item I give to my son Enus Easter five shillings. Item I give to my son Thomas Easter five shillings. Item I give to my Daughter Margret [sic] Anderson five shillings. Item I give to my Daughter Sarah Wright five shillings. Item [sic]
Item I give to my Daughter Susannah Turner five shillings. Item I give to my Daughter Elie Easter five shillings. Item I give to my son Matthew L. Easter all the tract of land I now live on together with all my Stock of All kind & my plantation tools. Lastly I appoint my son Matthew L. Easter whole ex[o]r of this my last will. In witnefs whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal this 17 day of October 1803.
John Easter (seal)
Robert Baley his + mark
At a Court held for Mecklenburg County the 12 day of January 1807 This will was proved by the oaths of William Stone and Lewis Roffee [sic] Witnefses thereto and ordered to be recorded, and on the motion of Matthew L. Easter the ex[o]r therein named who made oath thereto and together with William Stone & Lewis Roffe his securities entered into and acknowledged their bond in the penalty of five thousand Dollars conditioned as the law directs certificate was granted him for obtaining a probat [sic] of the said will in due form
William Baskervill [_____]
Source: Mecklenburg Co., VA Will Book 5, 1802-1807, Pages 396-397. Transcribed by Susan Shields Sasek.
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