[WV] Hampshire County, Lawson Family 1795 and 1796.
(West) Virginia, Hampshire 15 Sep 1795 Will of Thomas Lawson.
(See Hampshire County (West) Virginia Wills, FHL film #1854709.)
“First I give and bequeath to my beloved wife Hannah Lawson her choice of my two plantations. If she chooses my plantation lying on the South Branch of the Potomac it is my will that she is to have Negro Sam, Negro Abraham & Negro Grace with said plantation during her natural life. If she chooses my plantation lying near the town of Frankfort on Patterson’s Creek, it is my will that she is to have Negro Dan’l, Negro George & Negro Grace………….
“I give & bequeath to my son James Lawson what he has received of me, say Negro Tamar & no more. I give and bequeath to my son William Lawson Negro Jack & Negro Dinah now in his possession……………
I give & bequeath to my son Jacob Lawson Negro Betsey & Negro Joseph. I give & bequeath to my daughter Mary [Mrs. Isaac] Johnson Negro Pheby. I give and bequeath to my daughter Jane [Mrs. Jeremiah] Johnson Negro Dackey. I give & bequeath to my daughter Anne [later, Mrs. Samuel Walker] Lawson Negro Susannah & her Negro child. I give and bequeath to my daughter Elizabeth Conner a Negro Girl named Beck now in her possession. I give & bequeath to my daughter Sarah Williams a Negro Girl named Lucy now in her possession. I give & bequeath to my daughter Hannah McQuillin [Mrs. James] one Negro Woman named Rachel now in her possession. I give and bequeath to my daughter Margaret Lawson [later Mrs. Eli Burton] one Negro Girl named Nell. I give & bequeath to my daughter Fanny Lawson [later, Mrs. Michael Blue] one Negro Child named Barbary. I give and bequeath to my son Thomas Lawson Negro Sam & Negro Abraham not to be in his possession until his mother’s death should she choose the home lying on the South Branch. I give & bequeath to my son John Lawson Negro Dan & Negro George not to be in his possession until after his mother’s death should she choose the plantation lying near Frankfort as afore mentioned. It is my will that which ever of my two sons’ Negroes my wife chooses to keep until her death that said son is to have Negro Grace at their mother’s death. I give and bequeath to my grandson Thomas Cowhick one Negro boy named Jack Jun’r & no more……………” Probated 15 Feb 1796.
On 29 Oct 1797, Thomas Lawson Jr. (1779-1842) set free from his services forever two enslaved persons, Clem and Monday. Recorded 16 Feb 1796.
(See Early Records of Hampshire County [West] Virginia, Delevan WI: The Delevan Republican, 1939.)