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Will of William Holms

Loudoun County Will Book B

Will of William Holms

In the name of God, Amen.  I William Holms of Loudoun County and Colony of Virginia, being sickly and weak of body, but of perfect mind and memory thanks be given to almighty God for his mercies, and calling to mind the mortality of body and knowing that it is appointed for all men once to die, I do hereby 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 almighty God that gave it and my body I recommend to the earth from whence it came to be buried in a Christian-like and decent manner at the discretion of my executors hereafter named and as touching my worldly estate wherewith it hath pleased God to bless me in this life, I give devise and dispose of in the following manner, that is to say:

Imprimis.  My will and desire is that in the first place all and every of my just debts and funeral charges be fully paid and satisfied out of my personal estate as it will and hold what is wanting for the same to be raised from the rents of my two plantations and mill till all be fully paid and satisfied.

Item.  I give and bequeath unto my well beloved son, William Holms, my plantation lying on Cetocton Mountain, which I bought from Sam Mead and part from Solomon Hoge, to him and to his heirs or assigns forever, upon his paying fifty pounds Virginia currency to my well beloved son, Joshua Holms, when he comes to age to him and his heirs or assigns forever.

Item.  I give and bequeath to my well beloved son, Joshua Holms, to him, his heirs or assigns forever the rents and profits of the mill and plantation I bought from John Wilks, from the time my son William comes to age until my son Joshua comes to age to inherit the same and if so be that my son William, or my son Joshua should either of them die before they come to age or without lawful issues, for my son Joshua to have that plantation which such deceased son should have had, to him , his heirs or assigns forever and the two sums of money above mentioned or so bequeathed to my said son Joshua to be remitted and as if they had not been bequeathed or otherwise if my son Joshua should die before he comes at age for the above said two sums of money to be remitted and as if they had not been bequeathed.

Item.  My will and desire is that all the rest and the residue of my estate, together with the rents, benefits and profits of both real and personal estate to be put to rent and use for the benefit of my well beloved daughters and to be divided in the following manner.  When my son William comes at age, that is to say my will is that my daughter Elizabeth Harris have fifteen pounds Virginia currency laid out in clothing for her and her children as my executors hereafter named shall think they stand in most need of and all that remaineth therefrom to be equally divided amongst the rest of my daughters, namely Margaret, Mary, Rachel, Deborah and Sarah, and if any of my daughters should die without lawful issue or before they come to age to receive it such share to be equally divided amongst my surviving daughters, to them, their heirs or assigns forever.  My will and desire is that as the rents and incomes becomes due and recoverable to be paid my daughter Margaret after the first year of full and clear rents  be due and so to every younger daughter a full years rents as they come to age to receive it, and what more rents rising from the  plantations, some part thereof to be for the use of my youngest children’s schooling as my executors shall think convenient, the rest to be divided as followeth – five pounds per piece to my daughters Margaret, Mary and Rachel, over and above equal shares and what remains to be equally divided amongst all my daughters when my son William comes to age.

And lastly, I do hereby nominate and appoint my trusty and well beloved friends, William Brown and George Taverns, executors of this my last Will and Testament, and I do hereby revoke all other wills.  In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal this 22 day of November, 1774.

 William Holms

In the presence of Samuel Wilks, Samuel Combs, John Updike and Edward Holms

At a Court held for Loudoun County, November 12, 1775.  This will was proved by the oaths of Samuel Wilks, Edward Holms, Samuel Combs and John Updike and ordered to be recorded.  And on the motion of William Brown and George Tavenor, executors therein named who taking the usual oath, certificate is granted them for obtaining a probate, thereof they giving security.  Whereupon the said William and George, with Samuel Wilks their security, entered into and acknowledged bond in the sum of five hundred pounds current money with condition as the law directs.

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