Old Wills

James Berry Will – Lincoln County

I, James Berry, of Lincoln County and state of Virginia, being weak in body, but of sound mind and memory, do make and dispose this my last will and testament. First, I recommend my body to the Earth to be buried in decent order, and my spirit I recommend to God that gave it, nothing doubting but I shall receive the same again by the mighty power of God, and touching such worldly estate

wherewith it hath pleased God to bless me with in this life, I give and devise in manor following, first of all I give to my daughter Elizabeth, two hundred acres of land being the half of a four hundred acre tract I have lying on Gilbert’s Creek, the other two hundred acres I give and bequeath to my beloved wife, Christina, during her life and if no other heirs at her death belonging to James Berry, my daughter Elizabeth is to possess the whole four hundred acres.  My roan horse I give and bequeath to my beloved wife, Christina, one third part of all my other movable state, excepting my sorrel horse, saddle and bridle, and that I give and bequeath to my step-son John Wilson.  And I appoint my beloved wife Christina Berry and Ebenezer Miller and John Smith, withall, executors of this my last will and testament, confirming this and none other to be my last will and testament.  In witness I have set my hand and seal this 10th of March 1781.

James Berry, Christina Berry, Ebenezer Miller, John Smith

Teste.  John Kearnel, Samuel Dennie, Thomas Dinton

At a Court held for Lincoln County the 16th January 1782

This instrument of writing was exhibited in Court as the last will and testament of James Berry, deceased, and proved by the oaths of Samuel Dennie and Thomas Dinton and ordered to be recorded.

Teste.  William May, Clerk, Lincoln County

Will Book 1, pages 9-10

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