Search billions of records on


Will of William Robertson

May 29, 1809

County of Augusta,

State of Virginia


In the Name of God Amen I William Robertson of the County of Augusta and State of Virginia knowing that it is appointed for all men once to Die doe make this my last will and testament ~ ~


IMPRIMIS I give and bequeath unto my son Matthew Robertson the plantation or tract of land upon which I now live and upon which my mills stand with all it appurtenances (Except what is herein after directed to be sold or otherwise bequeathed and, one Dollar to him his heirs and assigns forever ~ ~


Item I give and bequeath to my son in law Robert Givens Two Dollars ~ ~


Item I give and bequeath unto my son James Robertson my clock and case ~ ~


Item I give and bequeath unto my son James Robertson my negro man Jimm and Negro woman Esther which is not to be sold by him during his life nor by his heirs or Executors after his decease if they should outlive him ~ ~ and further if at my decease it should appear to my Executor that they appear to be a charge to him or likely to become so I otherwise (authorize)  my executors to retain money in their hands to indemnify him for their support and sufficient maintenance during their lives nor is the said negroes to be hired out to any person ~ ~ 


Item it is my will and I doe hereby direct that all the remainder of my property real and personal to be sold Viz one tract of land adjoining the lands of my son in law Thomas Downey containing three hundred acres be it more or less one pair of Burr mill stones and one screen with all their furniture one pair of Mill stones and three bolting cloths all my stock of Horses meat cattle and hogs two waggons with all their gear all my farming utensils and implements of Husbandry my household furniture of Every Kind and every other article of my property tho not herein mentioned and that the money arising from such sales together with what cash bonds bills notes or book debts which may be on hand or due to me at the time of my decease or becoming due after my decease (after paying all my just debts and funeral expenses) I allow to be divided in nine equal shares and distributed in the following manner


Viz to my son James Robertson one share ~ ~


To my Daughter Jane Givens wife of John Givens one share ~ ~


To my daughter Isabella Givens wife ofGeorge Givens one share ~ ~


To my Daughter Elizabeth Douglas wife of Robert Douglas one share ~ ~


To my Daughter Lettice Rankin wife of William Rankin one share ~ ~


To my Grandson Edward Downing son of Thomas Downing one share 


To my Daughter Rebecca White wife of David White one share. 


To Lettice Robertson and Ann Robertson daughters of my son Alexander Robertson deceased one share between them ~ ~


To Dorcas Allison and Phebe Allison Daughters of William Allison one share between them ~ ~


Item it is the desire of the testator that five hundred Dollars bond on Thos. Downing be received in two annual payments if not paid before his decease this indulgence he directs that it may not oppress him in one payment but it is not to extend to any indulgence for any other Debts he may owe his estate ~ ~


Item I do hereby constitute and appoint my son James Robertson Alexander Givens and William Patrick Executors of this my last will and testament ~ ~ In Witness of all and each of the foregoing particulars I have here unto set my hand and affixed my seal this 29th day of May in the Year of our Lord one thousand Eight hundred and Nine.


Signed and acknowledged in the               William Robertson (seal)

presence of William Patrick

John Porterfield

Chas Patrick



Transcribed by

Antoinette Waughtel Sorensen

January 1, 1990

(I do not recall who sent this to me but

if they will inform me, they will receive credit)