Andrew REID Sr.

Will of Andrew Reid Sr.
Sept 20, 1765

In The Name of God Amen.  This twentieth day of September 1765, I Andrew Reid of Rockfish in the County of Amherst being very sick and weak in body but of Sound Mind and Memory thanks be to God therefore calling to mind the mortality of my body and knowing that it is appointed for all men once to die, do make and ordain this my last will & Testament.  Principally and first of all I recommend my soul to God who gave it and my body to be buried in a Christian like and decent manner at the discretion of my executors nothing doubting but at the general resurrection I shall receive the same again by the mighty power of God.  And touching what worldly estate it hath pleased Almighty God to bless me with I give and dispose thereof in the following manner and form.  Imprimis after discharging my lawful debts & funeral expenses which I allow to be levied off my estate.  I leave the whole of my estate real and personal to my six children;  Martha, Agnes, Florence, Sarah, Andrew and Esther to be  improved for their mutual benefit until my son Andrew arrives to the age of twenty one years during which time my son Andrew shall have two shares of the neat proceeds provided his conduct be approved by my Executors hereafter mentioned.  But in case of contrary behaviour the said executors shall have in their power to take the premises under their inspection for the benefit of the other legatees herein mentioned and appoint an overseer for the same allowing my said son Andrew yearly two pounds currency until the time above mentioned as his share of the Rent.

Item.  It is my will that if any of my daughters herein mentioned do marry before the said time she shall have an equal share of the moveable estate as it shall then be valued & two pounds currency per year as their share of rent till the time above said.

Item.  It is my will if my said son Andrew die before the age of twenty one years or any of my daughters afore said before the age of eighteen years then the share or shares of such deceasing shall be equally divided among the surviving legatees. 

Item.  It is my will that when my son Andrew aforesaid arrives to the age of twenty one years the plantation shall be sold and credit given for payment of the same at my executors discretion and the price thereof divided as follows.  In the first place my son Andrew shall have one hundred and fifty pounds currency particular & afterwards and equal share with my five daughters aforesaid.

Item.  It is my will that my three eldest daughters shall have their choice of three of the best beds now in use with all the furniture now belonging to the same. 

Item.  It is further my will that as soon as so much money can be raised off said estate that two Negroes shall be purchased for the use of the family.

Item.  It is further my will that my beloved friends Thomas Stuart and Robert Weir shall be executors of this my last Will and Testament and I do hereby constitute and appoint them for the said purpose to transact according to the true intent and meaning of this my Last Will and Testament.  And now, I do hereby revoke all former wills bequeaths and legacies made by me ratifying and confirming this and no other to be my Last Will and Testament.  In Witness whereof I do hereunto set my hand and seal the day and year above written.

Signed sealed and pronounced in the presence of:

James Reid
John Reid
John Barnett                                     Signed,  Andrew Reid

At a court held for Amherst County at the Court House the Seventh day of October 1765.  The Last Will and Testament of Andrew Reid deceased was presented in Court by Thomas Stuart & Robert Weir the executors therein named and proved by the oaths of James Reid, John Reid and John Barnett the witnesses thereto and the said executors was sworn according to law and with William Simpson, Samuel Woods, Alexander Reid Junír and Thomas West their securities acknowledged bond in the penalty of One Thousand Pounds and the said will is ordered to be recorded.  This is signed by the County Clerk, George Seaton.

Bond posted by the Executors of Andrew Reidís Last Will & Testament:

Know all men by these presents that we Thomas Stuart, Robert Weir, William Simpson, Samuel Woods, Alexander Reid Junír and Thomas West are held and firmly bound to George Stovall, Francis Meriwether, James Dillard and Zachariah Taliaferro Gent. (Gentlemen) Trustees of the Court of Amherst County now setting in the Sum of One thousand pounds to the payment whereof will and truly to be made to the said trustees and their successors.  We bind our selves and each of us our and each of our heirs.  Executors and Administrators jointly and severally firmly by these presents sealed with our seals this seventh day of October in the year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred and sixty five and in the fifth year of the Reign of our Sovereign Lord (king) George the third.

The condition of this obligation is such that if the above bound Thomas Stuart and Robert Weir, executors of the Last Will and Testament of Andrew Reid deceased do make at a court held for Amherst County at the Court House the fourth day of August 1766.  This inventory and appraisement of the estate of Andrew Reid, deceased was this day returned and ordered to be recorded.

This is signed by the County Clerk, Edmíd  (Edmond) Wilcox

 

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