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Will of Reuben Berkeley

Reuben Berkeley is the son of William Berkeley and Elizabeth Hancock, and a brother to Elizabeth Berkeley who married Benjamin Mason (their daughter Ann Nancy Mason married Captain John Linton).

Loudoun County, Virginia, Will Book C

pp. 301-304

In the name of God Amen.  I, Reuben Berkeley, of the County of Loudoun and the Commonwealth of Virginia, being sick and weak of body, but thanks be to God of sound and perfect understanding and being willing and desirous to settle my worldly affairs in such a manner as may prevent disputes and contentions after my death, do make and ordain this to be my last Will and Testament, in manner and form following.  First I give and bequeath my sole to Almighty God, and as to my worldly estate I give and dispose of the same in the following manner.  I give and bequeath to my loving wife, Catherine, and to my four children (namely George Berkeley, Susanna Berkeley, Fanna Rogers Berkeley and Catherine Berkeley) two lots of lease land which I now hold under Henry Alexander Ashton and Francis Lightfoot, to hold the same in peaceable possession until the youngest of my above named children shall arrive to the age of sixteen years, but if my wife Catherine Berkeley should depart this life before my youngest child should arrive to the age of sixteen years that then the above mentioned leases should be sold and disposed as shall be hereafter directed.  I give and bequeath unto my son William Berkeley and my daughter Ann Berkeley my lot of lease land I bought of John Starks to their proper use during the term of the said lease.  I give and bequeath to my son Benjamin Berkeley my sorrel colt, one year old colt last spring, to his own proper use and benefit forever.  I give and bequeath unto my son Moses Berkeley a bay mare, four years old, to his own proper use and benefit forever.  My will and desire is that after this present crop is finished that all my whole estate both real and personal to be sold by giving twelve months credit and the money thence arising to be equally divided between my wife and children Vizt.  Burgess Berkeley, William Berkeley, Elizabeth Hutchison, wife of George Hutchison, Nancy Berkeley, Benjamin Berkeley, Moses Berkeley, George Berkeley, Susanna Berkeley, Fanna Rogers Berkeley and Catherine Berkeley as equally as possible, also my desire is that the two lots of lease land which I have given to my wife and four children to be sold after my daughter Catherine Berkeley shall arrive to the age of sixteen years or the death of wife Catherine Berkeley and the money thence arising to be equally divided between my wife and children that is above mentioned.  Whereas my son Burgess Berkeley, William Berkeley, Benjamin Berkeley and Moses Berkeley, and my daughter Elizabeth Hutchison, having in their hands the following sums of money Vizt. Burgess Berkeley, twenty-five pounds, William Berkeley, sixteen pounds, Benjamin Berkeley, five pounds, Moses Berkeley, three pounds, and my daughter Elizabeth Hutchison, twenty four pounds, which said sum shall be deducted out of their just parts of my estate.  Lastly I nominate, constitute and ordain and appoint my good friends Joseph Lewis, John Berkley and loving son, Burgess Berkeley, my whole and sole executors of this my last Will and Testament, revoking all others heretofore by me, made in testimony whereof I have hereunto set my hand and affixed my seal this twenty-ninth day of June one thousand seven hundred and eighty-seven.           Reuben Berkeley

In presence of Benjamin Mason, John Linton, James Lewis Gibbs, George Mason

At a court held for Loudoun County October 8th 1787

This will was proved by the oaths of Benjamin Mason, George Mason and John Linton and ordered to be recorded.  And on the motion of Joseph Lewis, one of the executors therein named, certificate is granted him for obtaining a probate thereof in due form, giving security.  Whereupon he, with John Linton and George Mason, his securities, entered into and acknowledged their bond in the penalty of eight hundred pounds, conditioned as the law directs and liberty is reserved the other executors to qualify when they shall think fit.

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