Jonathan Edwards, Sr., is my 5th great-grandfather. Born in Maryland, he married Sarah Barber, and moved to Loudoun County before 1795. His children were born in Maryland, including my 4th great-grandfather Edward Barber Edwards. Edward is given a slave named Stephen in his father’s will. When Edward and his family made the trek from Virginia to Washington County, Kentucky, in 1816, he made oath at the courthouse in Springfield that he ‘removed to Kentucky with the intention to become a citizen, that he brought with him four slaves named Stephen, Hannah, Poland and Charles and not with intention to sell.’ Court Order Book E, Page 252.
Will of Jonathan Edwards, Sr.
Loudoun County, Virginia, Will Book I, Page 230
In the name of God, amen. I, Jonathan Edwards, Sr., of the County of Loudoun, State of Virginia, do hereby make my last will and testament in manner and form following. That is to say,
First, I desire all my just debts and funeral expenses may be immediately paid.
Second, after the payment of my debts and funeral expenses, I give to my wife, Sarah Edwards, the Lease Bonds of the Plantation on which I now live together with all the following Negro slaves to wit: one female slave, named Ann Hager, one male slave named James, and one other male slave named Peter, for and during the term of her natural life, and after her decease I give the same to my three youngest children, namely, Rebecca Edwards, Joseph Edwards and Sarah Edwards, justly and equally to be divided amongst them and to be enjoyed by them and their heirs forever.
Third, I give to my son Edward Edwards one male Negro slave named Stephen, to him and his heirs forever.
Fourth, I give to the heirs of my deceased son Jonathan Edwards, one male Negro slave, named Joseph, to them and their heirs forever.
Fifth, I give to my daughter Mary Moran, wife of John Myvert Moran, one Negro female slave named Monarchy, together with all the increase she now has and hereafter may have, to her and her heirs forever.
Sixth, I give to my daughter Elizabeth Lewis, wife of John Lewis, one Negro female slave named Mary, together with all her increase, and one Negro boy slave named John, to her and her heirs forever.
Seventh, all the rest of my estate both real and personal, of whatever nature or kind whatsoever it may be, not hereinbefore particularly disposed of, I desire may be equally divided amongst my three youngest children hereinbefore named, namely, Rebecca Edwards, Joseph Edwards and Sarah Edwards, which I give to them, their heirs, executors and assigns forever, chargeable nevertheless with the further sum of twenty pounds of good and lawful money of Virginia to be paid as followeth, to wit, to my son Edward Edwards the sum of five pounds thereof of good and lawful money as aforesaid. To the heirs of my deceased son, Jonathan Edwards, the like sum of five pounds of good and lawful money as aforesaid, to be equally divided amongst them. To my daughter Mary Moran, wife of John Myvert Moran, the like sum of five pounds of good and lawful money as aforesaid, and to my daughter Elizabeth Lewis, wife of John Lewis, and the remaining sum of five pounds of good and lawful money as aforesaid making altogether the sum total of twenty pounds of good and lawful money as aforesaid.
And lastly, I do hereby constitute and appoint my son, Joseph Edwards, and my daughters, Rebecca Edwards and Sarah Edwards, executor and executrixes of this my last will and testament by heretofore made.
In witness hereof, I have hereunto affixed my seal this twenty-ninth day of August in the year One Thousand Eight Hundred and Eight.
Signed, sealed, published and declared as and for the last will and testament of the above-named Jonathan Edwards, Sr., in presence of Charles Stoven, Thomas Cassidy, John Cassidy
At a Court held for Loudoun County on the 9th day of July, 1810, this last will and testament of Jonathan Edwards, deceased, was proved by the oaths of Charles Stoven, Thomas Cassidy and John Cassidy, witnesses thereto and ordered to be recorded and at a Court held for said County on the 8th day of October in the year aforesaid on the motion of Joseph Edwards, Executor, and Rebecca Edwards, one of the executrixes, therein named who qualified according to law and together with Charles Lewis and Charles Stovin, their securities, entered into and acknowledged their bond in the penalty of ten thousand dollars, conditioned as the law directs. Certificate is granted them for obtaining probate thereof in due form.
Teste. C. Binns, C.L.C.