St. Thomas Parish, Orange County, Virginia
2 Mar 1753
In the Name of God Amen I Dunkin Bohanon of the Parish of St. Thomas in the County of Orange, do make and ordain this my last Will and Testament, hereby utterly revoking and disanulling all former Will or Wills by me heretofore made, and first and principally, I give my soul to Almighty God trusting in and by the Merrits of my Blessed Saviour Jesus Christ to obtain everlasting Life, and my Body to the Earth to be decently Buried at the Discretion of my Executors hereafter Named, and for what worldly Estate it hath pleased God to bless me with, after my just Debts paid I give and bequeath in manner and form following viz. Impr. I give unto Sarah my beloved wife Twenty one pounds a Year, out of my Estate during her natural Life, and no longer, to be kept in my son Dunkins hands for her support and I further lend to my said wife During her natural life one Negro Woman named Phillis to wait upon her, and in case the said Phillis should die or be disabled, it is my desire that one other Negro Wench Named Jenny shall wait upon my said wife as aforesaid Provided that my said wife accepts of this bequest in liew of her Dower, I desire my Land in King William County may be sold by my Executors or either of them, and the money arising from such sale to go in my Estate and to be Subject to the several Divisions hereafter expressed.
Item I Give the children of my Son William one seventh part of my Estate to be equally Divided among them and their heirs and to be paid by my Executors as they shall come of age.
Item I give my son Dunkin one seventh Part of my Estate to him and his heirs forever.
Item I Give the-- children of my son Robert one seventh part of my Estate to be-- Equally Divided among them and their heirs and to be paid to-- them by my Executors as they shall come of age.
Item I Give my son Elliott one seventh part of my Estate to him and heirs forever.
Item I Give to my Daughter Sarah Saymor, one seventh part of my Estate during her Natural life, and then to her heirs forever.
Item I Lend to my Daughter Judith Askue one seventh part of my Estate during her Natural life, and then to the heirs Law- fully begotten of her Body by her present Husband provided He Gives good security for the said Estate, to Return to her said children at her decease, and if He shall Refuse to give good Security then the said Estate to be Equally Divided among her abovesaid Children, and to be paid to them as they shall come of age.--
Item I Lend to my Daughter Margaret Gollorshun one seventh part of my Estate during her Natural life, and then to the children Lawfully begotten of her Body by her former husband Henry Rice, Provided He gives good Security for the said Estate to go to her said children at her decease, and if He shall refuse to give good-- Security then the said Estate to be Equally Divided among her abovesaid Children and paid to them as they shall come of age.
It is my Desire to have a Funeral Sermon for my self and a Funeral Sermon for my wife the expences of which to be paid out of my Estate. And lastly I do appoint my two sons Dunkin Bohanon and Elliott Bohanon Executors of my said Will In Witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal this second day of March one Thousand seven hundred and fifty three
Signed sealed published and delivered
In presence of ---- his
Joseph Thomas Dunkin X Bohanon (LS)
David Harris mark
Upon Examining my said Will and before signing it I find that two Lagacys which I purposed to give to two of my Grand-children hereafter Named in this--codicil have been omitted. I therefore Give unto Franky Bohanon Daughter of my son Dunkin Bohanon one Negro Girl named Lucy to her and heirs as a Lagacy. I Give unto Mary Bohanon Daughter of my son Elliott-- Bohanon One Negro Girl Named Judy to her and her heirs as a Legacy-- and it is my Will and desire that these Lagacys shall be deemed and Taken as part of my Last Will, and first satisfied out of my Estate-- In Witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal this second day of March one Thousand seven hundred and fifty three
Signed seal'd published and his
Declared in presence Dunkin X
Joseph Thomas mark
At a court continued and held for Orange County on Fryday the first day of March 1754 This Last Will and Testament and Codicil of Dunkin Bohanon Deced was presented into Court by Dunkin Bohanon one of the Executors therein named and-- proved by the Oaths of Joseph Thomas David Harris Richard Thomas-- Richard Vernon and George Fraser Witnesses thereto and ordered to be Recorded and on the motion of the said Dunkin who made oath thereto according to Law Certificate is granted him for obtaing. probate thereof in due form he giving security whereupon he with Zachary Taylor and Richard Vernon his securities entered into and acknowledged their bond accordingly.
Test Geo. Taylor Co. Clerk
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