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Will of Giles Travers, Stafford County, Virginia

Will of Giles Travers, Stafford County, Virginia, 1717

In the name of God Amen, the first day of June in the year of our Lord One thousand seven hundred and seventeen, I, Giles Travers, Gentleman, living in Stafford County in the Colony of Virginia, being sick and weak of body but of perfect mind and memory thanks be to God for it, therefore calling unto 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 in manner and form following:  that is to say, first and principally I give my Soul into the hands of Almighty God who gave it to me and for my body I recommend it to the earth to be buried in a Christian 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 as touching such worldly Estate wherewith it hath pleased God to bless me in this life, I give, devise and bequeath and bestow the same in manner following:   I give and bequeath unto my Daughter, Elizabeth, four hundred acres of land beginning at the Landing Run and so running out round to complete it and I give to my Daughter, Elizabeth, that land above Deep Run being about one hundred and sixty acres.  I bestowe unto my Daughter, Elizabeth, Negroes Dick, Jack and Nubb.  I give and bequeath unto my Daughter, Elizabeth, two beds with canvas ticks and the furniture belonging to them; Negro Betty being with child and if it lives I give the child to my granddaughter.  I give and bequeath unto my Daughter, Ann, the Plantation where I now live and all the remainder of the land when my Daughter has hers.  I give unto my Daughter, Ann, Negroes Giles, Peg, Peter and Roger and two feather beds and furniture, and I give unto my Daughter, Ann, at the day of marriage, two new rugs and two pair of blankets to be paid out of the rents of Occoquan.  I give and bequeath to my Daughter, Million, all my land above Occoquan.  I give unto my Daughter, Million, a Negro called Bess and a Negro called Phillis, a Negro called Tony and a Negro called Sarah.  I give unto my Daughter, Million, two feather beds and furniture at the day of marriage, two new rugs and two pair of blankets to be paid out of the rents of Occoquan and I give unto my Daughter, Million, twelve barrow hogs at the day of marriage, three years old apiece and the rest of my hogs to the family use and all the remainder of my personal Estate to be equally divided between my three Daughters.  And my will is that if John  Cave should bring any of the Estate to appraisment that he shall forfeit all his Estate that belongs to his wife and the part to be equally divided between my Daughter, Ann, and my Daughter, Million.  And I make and ordain my loving Brother, Rawleigh Travers and my son-in-law, John Cave, my full and whole executors and I do hereby utterly disallow, revoke and annul all and every other former Testament, Will, Legacies, Bequests and Execution by me in any wise before this time named willed and bequeathed ratifying and confirming this and none other to be my Last Will and Testament.  In presence of us, Thomas Ellzey, Edward Watts, James Jervers.

Giles Travers

At a Court held for Stafford County the 11th September 1717, the Last Will and Testament of Giles Travers, deceased, was presented into court by Raleigh Travers and John Cave, his Executors who made oath thereto and the same being proved by the oaths of Thomas Ellzey and Edward Watts, witnesses thereto the same is admitted to Record.  And upon the motion of the said Raleigh Travers and John Cave and their performing what is usual in such cases, certificate is granted them for obtaining a Probate thereof in due form.

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