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Will of Thomas Squires – Loudoun County, Virginia

from Loudoun County, Will Book B

In the name of God, Amen.  I, Thomas Squires, of Loudoun County, Planter, being in good  health of body and of sound and perfect mind and memory (thanks be to God for it) but considering the uncertainty of this transitory life, do make and declare this to be my last Will and Testament in manner and form following (that is to say).  First and principally I commend my soul into the hands of Almighty God who gave it and my body I commend to the earth to be decently buried at the discretion of my executors hereafter named, and as for such worldly estate which God of his exceeding bounty has been pleased to bless me with (my debts, funeral charges and other expenses being first thereout duly paid and satisfied) I order and dispose of the same as follows.  Imprimis.  I give and bequeath unto my loving wife, Ann, the plantation whereon I now dwell and the same to be entirely at her disposal in as full and effectual manner as I myself can do at the present, and further I bequeath unto her one Negro boy named John Roszell, for and during the term of her natural life and after her decease to be sold and produce to go among my children.  Likewise two of my feather beds and furniture at her choice, likewise her choice of any two of my horses, her choice of two cows and calves, six ewes, two breeding sows, all my geese.  Item.  I give and bequeath unto my loving daughter, Sally, thirty pounds Virginia currency.  Item.  I give and bequeath unto my loving daughter, Mary, wife to William Hancock, five shillings, having provided for her before.  Item.  My will and desire is that all the rest of my estate as well real as personal may be sold as soon as conveniently may be after my decease, allowing twelve months credit for the same, and the produce thereof to be equally divided amongst all my children (the above said Mary excepted) and I do hereby nominate and appoint my said wife, Ann, whole and sole executrix of this my last Will and Testament, hereby revoking all other wills made by me.  In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal this twenty-third day of November in the year of our Lord God one thousand seven hundred and seventy-seven.

                                                                                    Thomas Squires

In presence of James Green Martin, Sr., Henry Potten, Stephen Tolle

At a Court held for Loudoun County February the 14th, 1780

This will was proved by the oaths of James Green Martin, Henry Potten and Stephen Tolle, the witnesses thereto and ordered to be recorded.  And on the motion of Ann Squires, the executrix therein named, who made oath according to law, certificate is granted her for obtaining a probate thereof in due form, she giving security.  Whereupon the said Ann, with Joseph Moxley and Henry Lloyd her securities entered into and acknowledged their bond in the penalty of thirty thousand pounds conditioned as the law directs.

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