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Will of Vincent Young, Stafford County, Virginia

Stafford County, Virginia, Deed and Will Book, 1690, pp. 157a-158

In the name of God, Amen.  The Last Will and Testament of Vincent Young, being very well in body and thanks be to God of perfect mind and memory do hereby make my Last Will and Testament revoking and making void all former wills, etc.  Imprimis.  I bequeath my soul to Almighty God that give it and my body to ye earth to Christian burial in hope through ye merits of Jesus Christ of a joyful resurrection and for my personal estate I do give and dispose of as followeth.

Item.  I give and bequeath unto my two sons, William and Samuel Young, all my land in Virginia to be equally divided between them, and in case of mortality of either of them before they come to age or die without lawful heirs of their own body, then to redound to ye other and further it is my will that my son William shall have and enjoy my now plantation I live upon and further it is my will that my son Samuel shall have his being upon ye plantation I now live on with as much privilege of anything that doth or shall belong to it as his brother seven years after my decease if he do not find himself in a capacity for settling himself before and for all ye rest of my estate I leave it wholly to my very loving wife Elizabeth Young, paying my just debts and in case that both of my sons die without lawful heirs of their body then my land redounds to my daughter Ann Williams and her heirs of her own body, only one hundred acres of my above said land I give to Vincent Rowland and his lawful heirs of his body lying at ye North East side of my land.

Item.  I give to my son William Young my land in ye county of Kent in ye kingdom of England, lying and being in Kingston and in case he should die without heirs lawfully begotten of his own body then to my son Samuel Young and his heirs.  It is my desire that whatsoever money is due to me for the rent of my land within ye county of Kent aforesaid be one half to my wife and ye other half to my son Samuel Young and my daughter Anne Williams and my money by bond due to me from my uncle Mr. Richard Sharp recorded in St. Mildred’s Office in Canterbury ye quantity of one hundred and ten pounds and six pence sterling be equally divided between them.  Also make my well beloved wife Elizabeth Young and my son William Young my whole and sole executors.  In witness of ye truth I have hereunto set my hand and seal this 4th of October 1687.                                      Vincent Young

In the presence of us, James Nelson, John Porter, John Robinson

This will was sufficiently proved in this court by Elizabeth Young, executrix, in ye said will nominated and by ye oaths and testimonies of James Nelson, John Porter, witnesses thereunto subscribed on ye 12th day of June 1690 and was then recorded.

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  1. My grandfather was named Arthur Vincent Young, b. Anoka, MN, in 1883 to John H. Young & Alice E. Haffey. I have been searching for many years for the ancestors of John H. Young, and have focused on any “Arthur” or “Vincent” Young on the assumption that the name would “run” in the family.

    I do not know if this Vincent Young is any relation – his death was several generations before my Arthur Vincent, but I am curious as to whether there might be a connection. I have very little info on John H. Young, although some info suggests that his parents might have been born in Fulton Co., NY (unproven). John H. Young was probably born in WI or MN, although this info is purely speculative.

    If you think there might be a connection, please feel free to contact me.

    Thank you.

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