Will of Thomas Edwards - 1772
(Will Book 3, page 300, Chesterfield Co.VA.)
In the name of God amen I Thomas Edwards of the Parish of Dale & County
of Chesterfield being weak of Body but of perfect sense & memory but
knowing the uncertainty of this Life do make this my last Will &
Testament in manner & form following.
Item. I give to my Wife Mary Edwards the use of my Plantation
containing one hundred & twenty five Acres of Land more or less as long
as she remains a Widow and then I give & bequeath the said Plantation
to my Son William Edwards to him & his Heirs forever.
Item. I give & bequeath to my Son Thomas Edwards a negro Girl named
Dinah to him & his Heirs forever.
Item. I give & bequeath to my Daughter Mary Edwards a Negro Boy named
Frank & a Chest that belonged to her Mother to her & her Heirs forever.
Item. I give & bequeath to my Daughter Martha Ashbrook a Negro Girl
named M_____r to her & her Heirs forever.
Item. I give & bequeath to my Daughter Phebe Baugh a Negro Girl nam'd.
Agge to her & her Heirs forever.
Item. I give to my Wife Mary Edwards the Labour of Hanner Ned & Gean
as long as she remains a Widow & then I give & bequeath Ned to my Son
Thomas Edwards to him & his Heirs forever.
Item. I give & bequeath Hanner to be equally divided between my first
five Children Thomas Peter Mary Martha & Phebe to them & their Heirs
Item. I give & bequeath Gean & her increase to my five Children Sarah
Prisilia Elizabeth Obedience & William to be equally divided between
them when my Son William shall arrive to the Age of twenty one years to
them & their Heirs forever & if either of the said Children should die
without a lawful heir the said Negroes shall be equally divided between
Item. I give & bequeath all the remainder part of my Estate Stock &
Household Furniture to be divided between my Wife Mary Edwards & my Son
William Edwards when William comes of Age to them & their Heirs forever
My Will & Desire is that my Estate shall not be appraised.
Item. I also constitute & appoint Thomas Edwards & John Nunnally
Executors of this my last Will & Testament revoking all other Wills by
me made Declaring this to be my last Will & Testament In Witness
whereof I the said Thomas Edwards have hereunto set my hand & affixed
my seal this twenty sixth Day of June Anno Dom. one thousand seven
hundred & seventy two.
Signed sealed published & declared
In presence of.........
Henry Moody Jun'r.