Bruce-VA-1795-Will

Will of Alexander BRUCE 7 Sept 1795
Nottoway County, VA, Will Book 1

In the name of God Amen: I Alexander BRUCE Sen of Nottoway County being of sound mind and memory, do make and ordain this my last will and testament, Vidz:

I lend unto my beloved wife Ann BRUCE during her life one half the land whereon I now live, including the houses, also the negroes as follows, Tom, Doll, and John, including the household and kitchen furniture with five head of choice horses with all my cattle, sheep & hogs except five head of cattle to my son Woodson BRUCE & one feather bead and furniture. One horse & two negroes, named Peter and Isham with the other half of my land, whereon I now live not devised to my wife Ann, to him and his heirs forever.

I give unto my son Alex BRUCE the land whereon he now lives, to him and his heirs forever.

The land devised to my beloved wife Ann BRUCE I give after her death to my son James BRUCE, to him and his heirs forever, with one negro named Jesse.

I give to my daughter Lucy BRUCE one negro girle named Silva.

I give unto my daughter Janey BRUCE one negro girle named Mollie, to her and her heirs forever.

My household and kitchen furniture with my stock of all kind to be divided between my three youngest children as my beloved wife may think proper as they become of lawfull age or marry, that is to say, to Lucy, James and Janey BRUCE (also the 3 negroes Tom, Doll & John to be divided between my three youngest children before mentioned).

I give unto my son Lemuel BRUCE one negro boy named Charles, to him and his heirs forever.

I give unto my son Armsted BRUCE one negro boy named Dick, to him and his heirs forever.

I give unto my daughter Ridley ELLINGTON one negro girle named Agga, to her and her heirs forever.

The residue of my negroes with every other property not yet devised to be equally divided between my children as follows, Prudence HUDSON, Rachel CLAY, Polley CUSHENBURY and Lemuel BRUCE, Alex BRUCE, Armsted BRUCE, Woodson BRUCE, James BRUCE, Lucy BRUCE, and Janey BRUCE when my youngest daughter becomes of lawful age or marryes, to them and their heirs forever.

It is my will and desire that my stud horse be sold by my Executors to pay my just debts.

Lastly, I constitute and appoint my beloved wife Ann BRUCE, Executrix and my sons, Alexander BRUCE, Lemuel BRUCE, Armsted BRUCE with my best friend Daniel VERSER, Executors to this my last Will and Testament.

In witness whereof, I have hereunto set my hand and affixed my seal this 7th day of September 1795.

Signed, Sealed and Published and declared to be my last Will and Testement in present of:
Daniel VERSER
Alexander A BRUCE Sen (his X mark) {Seal}
John MANN Jr
John HALL

Contributed by: DFGM43A@prodigy.com (MS LOUISE T OVERTON)


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