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Will of Reubin Hallinge, Fairfax County, Virginia

Fairfax County Will Book 17th September 1745, p. 138

Will of Reubin Hallinge

In the name of God, Amen.  The fourth day of June in the year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred and forty-five, I, Reubin Hallinge, of Fairfax County in the Colony of Virginia, Planter, being very sick and weak in body, but of perfect mind and memory thanks be given 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 and Testament.  That is to say principally and first of all I give and recommend my soul into the hands of God that gave it and for my body I recommend it to the earth to be buried in a Christian like and decent manner at the discretion of my Executrix, nothing doubting but at the general resurrection I shall receive the same again by the mighty power of God.  And as touching such worldly estate wherewith it hath pleased God to bless me in this life I give, devise and dispose of the same in the following manner and form.

Imprimis.  I give and bequeath to Elizabeth, my dearly beloved wife moveable estate to her and her assigns together with my land during her life and if it should happen that she should now prove with child, then the said land to be the right and property of the child and its heirs and assigns forever, but not to possess the same before the death of my wife Elizabeth.  But on the contrary if she be not with child then it is my will, and I do order that the said land after her decease be divided between my brother Robert Hallinge and John Hallinge, the son of Benjamin Hallinge, then their heirs and assigns for ever on the manner following.  That is to say to my brother Robert thirty acres adjoining to the said Robert Hallinge land and the remainder to the aforesaid John Hallinge and by them freely to be possessed and enjoyed and I do hereby utterly disallow, revoke and disannul all and every other former testaments, wills and legacies, bequest Executors or Executrix, except my dearly beloved wife Elizabeth whom I constitute and appoint as before expressed my sole Executrix of this my last Will and Testament by me in any ways before this time named, willed and bequeathed, ratifying and confirming this and no other to be my last Will and Testament.  In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal the day and year above written.                       Reubin Hallinge

Signed, sealed, published, pronounced and declared by the said Reubin Hallinge as his last Will and Testament in the presence of us the subscribers Wadsworth Wilson, Joseph Wilson, Robert Allen


At a court held for Fairfax County September 18th, 1745.  This last Will and Testament of Reubin Hallinge, deceased, was proved in court by Elizabeth Hallinge, his widow, the Executrix therein who made oath thereto according to law and the same is proved by Wadsworth Wilson and Joseph Wilson who declared they saw Robert Allen, the other witness thereto subscribed, sign the same and admitted to record and on motion of the said Elizabeth and her performing what is usual in such cases, certificate is granted her for obtaining a probate thereto in due form.  Test  Catesby Cocke, Clk. Curt.

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