Will of Nicholas Minor, Loudoun County, Virginia

Loudoun County Will Book B,

pp. 432-433

In the name of God, Amen.  I, Nicholas Minor, of Loudoun County and Colony of Virginia, being aged and infirm, but of sound mind and memory, and calling to mind the mortality of the body and that it is appointed for all men once to die, do make and ordain this my Last Will and Testament, renouncing all others by me formerly made.

Item.  I give to my son Thomas Minor two Negroes, to wit, Aggie and Eve, to him and his heirs forever, also two cows and calves and one feather bed that he is now possessed with.

Item.  I give to my daughter Rebecca Minor one Negro girl called Lettice, also one cow and calf and two ewes and lambs and one feather bed, to be at her own disposal, she to have the second choice of beds.

Item.  I give to my loving wife Frances Minor all the residue of my estate during her natural life and after her decease to be equally divided between my three sons – John, Spence and Thomas Minor.  I also give her my bay horse and her choice of the two feather beds she is now making, the horse and bed to be at her disposal.

Also, as my son George is now beyond the seas, if he ever appears it is my desire that he shall have an equal proportion with Thomas Minor to be paid out of the residue of my estate at the death of my wife.  I also appoint John Moss, Senior, and my son, Spence Minor, executors of this my Last Will and Testament.  In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and affixed my seal this 25th day of April 1782.                  Nicholas Minor

In presence of John Linton, William Boyd and Stuart Minor

At a Court held for Loudoun County, August 12th, 1782.

This will was proved by the oaths of William Boyd anbd Stuart Minor, witnesses thereto and ordered to be recorded.  And on the motion of Spence Minor, one of the executors therein named, who made oath according to law, certificate is granted him for obtaining a probate thereof in due form, giving security.  Whereupon the said Spence with William Buchanan and John Gist, his securities, entered into and acknowledged their bond in the penalty of fifteen hundred pounds, conditioned as the law directs, and liberty is reserved to the other executor to qualify when he thinks fit.

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