Loudoun County, Virginia, Will Book B
Be it remembered that this sixth day of February in the year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred and seventy three, I Edward Thompson, of the County of Loudoun and colony of Virginia, being in a weak and low state of health of body, but through mercy, preserved in a sound disposing mind and memory and calling to mind the uncertainty of time, do make this my last Will and Testament, touching the disposal of what temporal estate I have. Imprimis. I will that my body be decently buried at the discretion of my executors hereafter named, and that all my just debts be fully paid and satisfied. Item. I give and bequeath unto my son Israel Thompson, and to his heirs and assigns forever, my plantation and lot of land containing one hundred and fifty acres (whereon my son-in-law Jesse Woodward now liveth) for the natural affection I bear unto him and in consideration of the care and tender regard which he hath shown unto me in my weak and infirm age, and that he do further take care of and provide for me during my natural life, sufficient clothing and other necessities, with attendance suitable for a person in my situation and it is my will and desire that he also let to dwell on my said plantation my son-in-law Jesse Woodward and Prudence his wife, for and during the time of their natural lives and that without any rent or rents being asked or demanded of them during the whole time by my son Israel or any person claiming under him his heirs or assigns, and I do will that my son Israel do pay unto my said son-in-law’s three daughters, namely, Sarah, Jane and Prudence, the sum of fifty pounds current money or dollars at six shillings per and to be equally divided amongst them at the decease of their father and mother. I do also will and direct that an inventory be made of all my personal estate being first appraised, and that the same be put into the hands of my said son-in-law and daughter to the intent that they may have the use thereof during their natural lives and at their decease it is my will that the same be given and equally divided amongst my said granddaughters or such part thereof as shall remain in being. Lastly, I nominate and appoint Joseph Janney and my son Israel Thompson my executors of this my last Will and Testament. Signed, sealed, published and declared by the said Edward Thompson to be his last Will and Testament in the presence of us the subscribers: David Wilson, Samuel Clandinen and John Chamberlain Edward Thompson
At a court held for Loudoun County the 14th day of March, 1774, this last Will and Testament of Edward Thompson, deceased, was proved by the oath of John Chamberlain and Samuel Clandinan, witnesses thereto and ordered to be recorded and at a court continued and held for the said county the 15th day of the said month, 1774, on the motion of Joseph Janney and Israel Thompson, the executors therein named, certificate is granted them for obtaining a probate thereof in due form, they having affirmed (being Quakers) to the same and given bond and security according to law.