In the name of God Amen The tenth day of June in the year of our Lord one thousand Seven hundred and Eighty Seven I Branch Tanner of the County of Amelia being of a sound disposin [sic] mind and memory yet considering the uncertainty of this mortal life to think it Necessary to mak [sic] and ordain this my Last Will and Testament which is as followeth Viz: In the first place my will and Desire is that all my Just debts be paid Item I give and bequeath to my daughter Frances Archer Eighteen negroes that she now has in p[_]ce[__]ssion by the names of Jeaney Steven Abraham Pompoy Simon Amy Lidey M[_____] Rachel Sarah Chany Pheby Bety Charles Frank Poly Sen Sam with all their increase from this time forwards all which I give to her and her heirs forever I also give to my daughter Frances Archer Seven more Negroes which I now have in procession [sic] by the names of Old Will New Will and his wife Sarey Tom Jeaney Isaac Abey with all their increase from this time, all which I give to hir [sic] and her heirs forever I also give my daughter one Charriot [sic] and harness which she has in procession [sic] also what horses she has in procession [sic] I also give her three feather beds and furniture one of which she now has in Procession [sic] all which I give to her and her heirs forever I also give to my Daughter Frances Archer my Part of alot and houses that is held by [Col.] George Robertson and my Self [sic] in the town of Petersburge [sic] which I give to her and her heirs forever; and I give to my daughter Frances Archer one half of what debts debts [sic] is due my Estate and one half of the Crop of Wheat and Tobacco that is made in Amelia, the year that I die Item I give to my Grandson William Archer Two Negroes one a boy by the name of Edmund son of New Will and a girl by the name of Dilsy which I give to him and his heirs forever Item I give to my grand Daughter Mary Page Finey [sic] Archer two negroes one a boy by the name of Lewis son of New Will and a girl by the name of Molly Daughter of Simon which I give to her and her heirs forever. Item I give to my grand son Branch Tanner Archer Two Negroes one a boy by the name of [Jeammy] son of Aby the other a girl by the name of Palierica Daughter of Sary which I give to him and his Heirs forever. Item I give to my son Branch Tanner all the rest of my Estate not already wiled [sic] away both Real and Personal to him and his Heirs forever I Desire my Estate may not be appraised I Constitute and Appoint my son Branch Tanner and Peterfield Archer Executors of this my last will and Testament
T. B. Willson
At a Court held for Amelia County the 25th day of April 1793
This last will and Testament of Branch Tanner deceased with Exhibited into Court and Proved by the oaths of Tom Branch Willson Henry Walthall John Clayton Joseph Osborne and Branch Osborne five of the witnesses thereto Subscribed Sworn to by Branch Tanner one of the Executors therein and was ordered to be Recorded and on the motion of the said Executor who together with Tom Branch Willson Joseph Osborne and Branch Osborne his Securitys entered into an Acknowledged Bond in the penalty of [pounds] 30,000 as the Law directs Certificate is granted him for obtaining Probate in due form
James Townes cac
At a Court held for the said County 23d Oct 1794 -- sworn to by Peterfield Archer the other Exor and gave Security
James Townes cac
Source: Amelia Co., VA Will Book 5, Pages 13-14. Transcription by Susan Shields Sasek
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