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Will of George Grigg

Loudoun County, Virginia, Wills 1793-1797

pp. 35-36

Be it remembered this twenty-third day of the fifth month, commonly called May, anno domino one thousand seven hundred and seventy-two, I George Grigg. of the County of Loudoun and Colony of Virginia, being in poor health of body and of sound disposing mind and memory, calling to mind the uncertainty of this transitory life, do make my Last Will and Testament, touching the disposal of my temporal estate, hereby revoking and disannulling all former will and wills heretofore by me made and this to be taken for my last will and testament.

Imprimis.  I will that my body be decently buried at the discretion of my executors hereinafter named and that all my just debts and funeral charges be fully paid and satisfied.

Item.  I give and bequeath unto my beloved wife, Elizabeth, the whole benefit of my dwelling plantation until my young son, George, arrives at the age of twenty-one years, afterwards the thirds of the same during her natural life, as also my will is that my said son, George, when he comes to the age above mentioned shall keep a horse creature and two cows for her if she purchases them for her use during her natural life; likewise it is my will that my plantation over the mountain, adjoining that of Benjamin John, be sold by my executors and turned into movables and my wife to have the thirds of the same during her natural life, together with her thirds of all my personal estate.

Item.  It is my will and I give to my oldest son, William Grigg, the plantation whereon he now lives supposed to contain four hundred acres more or less and to his heirs and assigns forever.

Item.  I give and bequeath to my son, Elisha Grigg, the tract of land over the mountain which William Grigg formerly lived on adjoining the lands of John Todhunter and a plantation of Edward Hardin, settled supposed to contain together three hundred acres and to his heirs and assigns forever.

Item.  I give to my son, George Grigg, aforementioned, my dwelling plantation when he comes to the age of twenty-one years and to his heirs and assigns forever.

Item.  It is my will that all my personal estate (after my debts are discharged and my wife’s thirds deducted out) be equally divided among my five daughters, namely, Hannah, Mary, Sarah, Elizabeth and Ruth, including what the two oldest have got already, and if any one or more should decease before the age of eighteen years, then her or their part to be equally divided among the survivors.

Lastly, I do hereby nominate and appoint my beloved wife, Elizabeth, and son, William Grigg, my sole executors of this my last will and testament, fully authorizing them or either of them or their legal representatives to make deeds and fully to convey my land above mentioned supposed to contain one hundred and forty acres as good and valid as if done by me.

                                                                  George Grigg

Signed, sealed, published and declared by the said George Grigg the day and year first above written to be his last will and testament in the presence of us – Francis Hague, Isaac Hague, William Williams, Thomas Hague, Abel Janney, Jr.

At a Court held for Loudoun County March the 10th 1794

This will was proved by the affirmation of Thomas Hague and certified, and on the motion of William Grigg, one of the executors therein named, who made affirmation according to law, certificate is granted him for obtaining a probate thereof in due form, he giving security.  Whereupon he together with Jacob Sands and George Tavenor, his securities, entered into and acknowledged their bond in the penalty of five hundred pounds, conditioned as the law directs, and at another court held for said county May the 12th in the year aforesaid, the same was fully proved by the affirmation of Abel Janney and ordered to be recorded.  Teste  Charles Binns, Cl Cur

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