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Will of Benjamin Pool

Loudoun County, Virginia, Will Book B

pp. 49-50

I Benjamin Pool of the County of Loudoun in the colony of Virginia, farmer, being weak in body but of sound mind and memory thanks be given to Almighty God for the same, but calling to mind the mortality of the body and that is it appointed for all men once to die, I therefore recommend my soul to Him who gave it and do ordain this my last Will and Testament in manner and form as followeth.  Imprimis.  I will that all my just debts and funeral expenses be paid and discharged by my executors hereafter named.  Second Item.  I will and order that my loving wife, Rebecca Pool, and my son, Joseph Pool, shall have the use of my plantation and stock and household goods and husbandry utensils until my youngest child, Israel Pool, arrives to the age of twenty one years.  And then the said estate both land and moveables to be sold and the money arising therefrom to be equally divided amongst my children after my loving wife has a double share taken out.  Namely, to my daughter Martha Pool, one equal share, and to my daughter Elizabeth Pool, one equal share, and to my son Joseph Pool, one equal share, and to my daughter Ann Pool, one equal share, and to my son Benjamin Pool, one equal share, and to my daughter Hannah Pool, one equal share, and to my daughter Sarah Pool, one equal share, and to my daughter Mary Pool, one equal share, and to my son Israel Pool, one equal share.  Lastly I ordain and appoint my loving wife Rebecca Pool and my son Joseph Pool, executors of this my last Will and Testament.  In witness whereof, I have hereunto set my hand and seal this 31st day of July in the year of our Lord, one thousand seven hundred and seventy three.  In the presence of us, James Dillon, Stephen Jones and William Dillon                                  Benjamin Pool

At a court continued and held for Loudoun County the 15th day of September 1773, the last Will and Testament of Benjamin Pool, deceased, was proved by the oath of Stephen Jones and by the affirmation of William Dillon, witnesses thereto and ordered to be recorded and on the motion of Rebecca Pool and Joseph Pool, the executors, therein named certificate is granted them for obtaining probate thereof in due form, they having affirmed to the same and given bond and security according to law.

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