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Will of William Kirk

Loudoun  County, Virginia

Will of William Kirk

Be it remembered that this 23rd day of January in the year of our Lord 1774, I, William Kirk, of Loudoun County, Virginia, being of sound mind and memory do make and ordain this my last Will and Testament, hereby revoking and making void all other wills by me formerly made and do hereby direct the disposal of my worldly goods as follows.  I give to Sarah Brown, wife of Mercer Brown, my riding creature and my best woman’s saddle.  I give a spinning wheel, spice mill and a large looking glass, and all the remaining part of my wife’s clothes not hereafter mentioned, to Mary Brown, daughter of Mercer Brown.  My will is that Betsy Brown, wife of William Brown, have one gown of my late wife’s clothes.  I give to Mercer Brown 1 coffee pot, 2 hackles, one small looking glass and the boy John Long, he fulfilling my agreement as by the said boys indenture, etc.  I give my watch to my granddaughter Elizabeth Reynolds.  I give all my right of a piece of land I made entry for in Carolina lying in the Fork between Peedee and Rocky River about the year 1745 (supposed to contain about 1100 acres) to my daughter Mary Hughes.  My will is that all the remainder of my estate after paying my just debts be equally divided between Mary Hughes for her four daughters Elizabeth, Margaret, Rachel and Mary and Mary Brown’s eldest daughter of Mercer Brown, and if any of them should die before they arrive at eighteen years of age my will is that their share should be equally divided amongst the survivors.  I do hereby appoint my daughter Mary Hughes of the Province of Pennsylvania and Josias Clapham my executors.  In witness whereof I have hereunto put my hand and seal the above date.      William Kirk

Present Henry Brown, James John, Sarah Brown

At a Court held for Loudoun County the 13th day of June 1774 this last Will and Testament of William Kirk, deceased, was proved by the oath of James John and affirmation of Henry Brown, witnesses thereto, and ordered to be recorded and on the motion of Mary Hughes and Josias Clapham the executors therein named, certificate is granted them for obtaining a probate thereof in due form, they having sworn to the same and given bond and security according to law.

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