Richard Sanderson Will
Aug. 17, 1733
IN THE NAME OF GOD AMEN. I, Richard Sanderson, of the Precinct of Perquimons and County of Albemarle, Gent., Being very Sick and weak of Body but of perfect mind & memory, (thanks be given to God therefore) calling unto Mind the Mortality of my body and knowing that it is Appointed for all men once to Die, do make and Ordain this my Last Will and testament: That is to say, Principally, and first of all, I Give & recommend my Soul into the hands of God that gave it; and for my Body, I Recommend it to the Earth, to be Buryed in a Christian-like and Decent Manner at the Discretion of my Executors, nothing doubting but at the General Resurrection I shall receive the Same again by the mighty power of God: and as touching Such Worldly Estate wherewith it hath pleased God to bless me in this Life, I Give, Devise, and Dispose of the Same in the following manner:
Imprimis, I Will & Desire that all my Lawful Debts may be payed & Discharged by my Executors hereafter named.
Item, I give And Bequeath unto my well beloved Son, Richd. Sanderson, ye Island of Ocreecock w'th all the Stock of Horses, Cattle, Sheep & hoggs, thereunto belonging or Appertaining, To be Enjoyed by him & his heirs (Lawfully begotten) for ever; and in Case my sd. Son should die & leave no heirs Male, I Give & bequeath the Said Island of Ockrecock w'th all & Singular the Sd. Stock, Goods & Chattles, thereunto belonging, Unto my Nephews, Joseph & Richd. Sanderson, & their Male heirs (Lawfully begotten) for ever; to be Equally Divided between them two & Enjoyed by them And their heirs for ever.
Item, I give & bequeath unto my well beloved Son, Richd. Sanderson, Four Slaves, viz: three Negros Named Cooper-Jack, Sam, & Sarah; with one Indian Named Tom, to him & his heirs Lawfully begotten for ever; & in Default of Issue I give & bequeath the aforesaid Slaves, unto my Son in Law, Tully Williams, & his Wife, my Daughter Grace, & their heirs On her body begotten, for ever.
Item, I Give & bequeath unto my Son in Law, Tully Williams, & his wife Grace, & the heirs on her Body begotten, Five Slaves, viz: Carratuck Jack; Commoner; Sandy; Moll, & One Mulatto Boy named Jack, to them & their heirs for Ever.
Item, I give & bequeath unto my Brother in law, Henry Woodhouse, One Mustee Fellow named Arthur, w'ch is in part of the Money due to him of my Fathers Estate; and I further will & Desire that If in Case that my Son Richd. had rather have the Said Arthur that he pay unto my Brother in Law, Henry Woodhouse, According to the Just Value of ye aforesd Slave, named Arthur.
Item, I give & bequeath Unto my Well beloved Sister, Susanna Erwin, During her Natural Life, Two Negro Slaves named Dye & Kate, Provided, & is to be Understood, So long as She Abides, Dwells & Remains on the Mannour Plantation whereon I now dwell; and after her Decease I give and bequeath the Sd. Slaves & their Increase unto my Son, Richd. & his Lawfull heirs for ever; & in default of Issue, I give & bequeath the Said Slaves & their Increase unto my Nephews, Samuel & Joshua Sanderson, & to their heirs for ever; and I will & Desire that my Sister Susanna, have a Maintenance During her Natural Life on the aforesd. Mannour Plantation; and also a Bed & furniture; a Pot & a Skillet, two pewter Dishes & four Plates; & after her Decease to Devolve unto my Son, Richd & his Lawfull begotten heirs for ever.
Item, I Give & bequeath unto my well beloved Daughter, Elizabeth Pollock; one third part of my flock of Sheep; w'ch be at this time on my Plantation whereon I now dwell.
Item, I give & bequeath unto my Cousin, Elizabeth Dickson, One black Horse now running in my pasture to be Delivered unto her by my Executors hereafter named.
Item, I give & bequeath unto my Nephew, Hezekiah Woodhouse, a certain Tract of Land lying on the Sandy Bank by the name of Point Lookout, to be Enjoyed by him & his heirs for ever.
Item, I Give & bequeath unto my Son, Richd. Sanderson; & my son in Law, Tully Williams, the Mannor Plantation whereon I now Dwell to be by them freely Possessed & Enjoyed for the full Term of Six years after my Decease, wth all profits & Commodities thereby ariseing yearly, or Accruing from the Same, to be Equaly Divided or shared between them, during the Sd. Term of Six years. at the Expiration of w'ch Term the Sd. Mannor Plantation wth. all Buildings, Houses, Messuages & Tenements, as also, Orchards, Gardens; wth. all live Stock or whatsoever els belongs or Appertains unto the Said Plantation, to Devolve wholly to my Son, Richard Sanderson, & his Lawfull begotten heirs for ever; & in default of Issue, nto Tully Williams & his Wife, my Daughter, Grace, & their heirs on her Body begotten for ever to be by them freely Possessed & Enjoyed.
Item, I give & bequeath unto my Son, Richd. One Spay'd Mare branded R:S:
Item, I give & bequeath unto my Son in Law, Tully Williams and his wife, my Daughter Grace, & the heirs on her body begotten, a Tract or Parcel of Land Containing one hundred forty & Seven Acres, Lying Perquimons Precinct bordering on my Son, Richd. his Line; formerly John Willoughby's;
Item, I Give & bequeath unto my Son, Richd. Sanderson, all my Lots in RoanOak Town, wth all the Lands thereunto belonging.
Item, I Give & bequeath unto my Son, Richard, & my Son in Law, Tully Williams, all my Other Lands, Messauges & Tenements, wth all my Rights & Titles to Lands, as by Deeds & Pattents are to be found; to be Equaly Divided betwixt them.
Item, I give & bequeath unto my Son Richd. & my Son in Law Tully Williams, all my Other Stock of Horses, Cattle, Sheep & Hogs, wth all my houshold Goods & Moveables to be Equally Divided betwixt them (excepting what is already Given) or bequeathed in this Will & Testament,
Item, I Give & bequeath unto my Son, Richd. Sanderson, two thirds of the Sea flower, Brigantine, & one third part unto my Son in Law, Tully Williams.
Item, I Give & bequeath unto my Son Richd. Sanderson, & my Son in Law, Tully Williams, the Sloop Swallow, to be Equally Divided betwixt them; wth All appurtenances thereunto belonging.
And lastly, I Constitute, make, Ordain & Appoint my only & well beloved Son, Richard Sanderson, & my Son in Law, Tully Williams, to be my only Executors of this my Last Will & Testament; and I do hereby utterly Disallow, Revoke & Disannul, all & every other former Wills & Testaments, Legacies, Requests, & Executors, by me in any wise before this time Named, Willed & Bequeathed; Ratifying & Confirming this & no other, to be my Last Will & Testament.
In witness whereof, I have hereunto Sett my hand & Seal this Seventeenth Day of August; in the Year of our Lord, One Thousand, Seven hundred & Thirty three.
Richd. Sanderson (Seal)
Signed, Sealed, Published, Pronounced & Declared by the Said Richard Sanderson, as his Last Will Testament; In the Presence of us the Subscribers, viz:
Thomas [TT] Trumbal
Thomas [TS] Snowden
At a Court held October the 15th., 1733. The within Will of Colo. Richd. Sanderson, was proved by the oaths of Mr. Clement Hall, Mr. Thoms. Snowden, Mr. Thoms. Trumball, whereupon the Executors took the Oathes Injoyned by Law, & Requested Orders for Letters Testamentary. Ordered that Letters Testam'y Issue on Said Will.
/s/ Test. Charles Denman, Clk. Cr.
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