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Henry Cornick, Sr. of Princess Anne Co., Va.
June 23, 1855 - July 2, 1855

In the Name of God Amen.  I Henry CORNICK SENR. of Princess Anne County in the State of Virginia, being sick in body but of sound and disposing  mind and memory do make and ordain the following as and for my last will and testament, hereby revoking all other or former wills heretofore made by me:

1st  I give and bequeath to my daughter Susan the wife of James P. WRIGHT for life all of my lands on the south side of the Holland road leading from the court-house to Kempsville except the tract which I purchased recently of the estate of John PETTY decd. and at her death to her children and their heirs forever, said lands are not to be sold during the life time of my said daughter but are to remain as a home for herself and her children.  I also give to my said daughter Susan the following slaves viz Coy, black Jim, yellow Jim and Sam and the following furniture viz two large dinner tables, one bed, bedstead and furniture, wash-stand, beaureau and parlor pise (piece?) furniture.

2nd  I give to my daughter Lucy the wife [of] William W. COKE and to her heirs forever all of my lands on the north side of the Holland road leading from the court-house to Kempsville except the tract of fifty acres back of John McCOYs land with the priviledge of a water course through said fifty acres, this land is given upon the condition that it is not to be sold unless it will bring ten thousand dollars and if sold the proceeds are to be invested either in state stock or in real estate for the benefit of my said daughter and her children.  I also give to my said daughter Lucy my secretary, mahogany chairs, sofa the following slaves, viz. Frank, Mary, Jack and Bob.  I also give to my said daughter Lucy, my secretary, mahogany chairs, sofa, one bed, bedstead and furniture and my set of ivory handled knives and forks.

3rd  I give to my son Endymion D. CORNICK a life-estate in the tract of fifty acres of land lying in the rear of John McCOYs land also in the tract of land I recently purchased of John PETTY's estate with the privilege of cutting all the timber on each of said tracts also a life-estate in the following slaves viz George and Charles (the son of Rose) and if he leaves children at his death then to them and their heirs forever, but if he should die leaving no children, then to revert to my estate.  I also give to my son Endymion D. CORNICK and to his heirs forever one bed, bedstead and furniture, my gold spectacles, the horse I bought of LOVITT, my mare Dolly and her colt, my new buggy and harness and five cows and calves.

4th  I give to my son Henry T. CORNICK a life-estate in the plantation on which he now resides including the piece of land which I purchased of John LOVITT near the hollow poplar, also a life-estate in the following slaves viz Tilbery, Harry, Owen, Davy, Eliza (daughter of Sarah) and child, and Bridget and at his death to his children and their heirs forever.

5th  I give to my grand-son Francis KEELING the interest in a tract of land in Norfolk County which I purchased of Wm. P. MORGAN and wife also the following slaves viz Rose and her two children (Hannah and Henry), Isabel, Ginny and George (the son of Sarah) if he should die leaving issue surviving him, if he should die leaving no issue then the property hereby given is to revert to my estate.

6th  I give to my daughter Letitia the wife of Wm. P. MORGAN a life-estate in the following slaves viz Nat and Sarah and her child William and if she should die leaving children then to such children forever but if she should die leaving no child or children surviving her then said property it to revert to my estate.

7th My marsh land in Currituck County North Carolina I leave to my heirs as common property provided they cant be sold for at least one dollar per acre.

8th  I desire my negro woman Lydia and negro man Bill to be liberated by executors hereinafter named provided they can afterwards remain in the commonwealth of Virginia, if not, I desire my said executors not to liberate said slaves but to allow them to have their own time and the proceeds of their own labor.  I also desire my said executors to provide my said slave Lydia with a small house on either side of my farm which she may prefer together with a small piece of land to cultivate.

9th  I desire my said executors to sell all the rest and residue of my property of every description not herein before disposed of and out of the proceeds thereof pay all my just debts have slabs placed over the graves of my father and mother and also over the graves of my two wives and head pieces at the graves of each of my daughters, Theodocia, Henrietta and Mary.

10th  Of the balance of said proceeds I give to my daughter Letitia one thousand dollars.  To my grand-son Francis KEELING one thousand dollars to be applied towards his education or if his education should be completed before this will takes effect then I leave the same to be invested for his benefit (which sum I hereby direct my executors to pay over to Wm. P. MORGAN as a trustee for said purposes).  To Endymion D. CORNICK five hundred dollars and to the children of my son Henry T. CORNICK five hundred dollars.

11th  I desire my son in law William W. COKE and daughter Lucy to convey to my daughter Susan the wife of James P. WRIGHT all the interest in the lands above devised to the said Susan which descended to the said Lucy at the death of her mother and also my son in law James P. WRIGHT and daughter Susan to convey to my daughter Lucy the wife of William W. COKE all the interest in the lands above devised to the said Lucy which descended to the said Susan at the death of her mother and I require the execution of deeds conveying the interests as above directed before said devises take effect.  I also give to my daughters the priviledge of draining the lands herein devised to them (and to their heirs) as they are now drained, each to do their fair proportion of the labor.

12th  I hereby direct my executors to pay the debt I own to the estate of John PETTY decd. out of the fund set apart herein before for the payment of my debts generally.  Lastly I do hereby nominate and appoint my sons in law James P. WRIGHT and William W. COKE the executors of this my last will and testament hereby revoking all other or former wills made by me.  Given under my hand and seal this 23rd June 1855.
        /s/ Henry CORNICK SR    Seal

Witness
    Edward H. EWELL
    Geo. W. BROWNE 

   

At a Court held for Princess Anne County the 2nd day of July 1855
    This last will and testament of Henry CORNICK SR. deceased, was produced in court by James P. WRIGHT and William W. COKE the executors therein named, and proved according to law by the oaths of Edward H. EWELL and Geo. W. BROWNE the subscribing witnesses thereto, and ordered to be recorded.
Test
    J.J. BURROUGHS, C.C.

State of Virginia
County of Princess Anne
    I, A.E. KELLAM, Clerk of the County Court of the County of Princess Anne and State of Virginia , do hereby certify that the foregoing and annexed copy of the last will and testament of Henry CORNICK, deceased, and the probate thereof, is a true abstract from the Records of said Court, of which I am the keeper.
    In testimony whereof, I have hereunto set my hand and affixed the seal of said Court, at my office this 9 day of August A.D. 1897, in the 122nd year of the Commonwealth of Virginia.
        /s/ A.E. KELLAM, Clerk

State of Virginia
County of Princess Anne
    I, John J. WOODHOUSE, sole Judge of the County Court of the said County of Princess Anne in the State of Virginia, do certify that A.E. KELLAM, who hath given the preceding certificate, is Clerk of the said Court, and that his said attestation is in due form and by the proper officer, and that full faith and credit are due to his official oath as clerk.
    Given under my hand this 9 day of August, A.D. 1897.
        /s/ Jno. J. WOODHOUSE, Judge of the County Court of Princess Anne County

State of Virginia
County of Princess Anne
    I, A.E. KELLAM, Clerk of the County Court of the County of Princess Anne and State of Virginia , do hereby certify that John J. WOODHOUSE, whose genuine signature appears to the Certificate above, is the only Judge of the said County Court, and that all his official acts as such are entitled to full faith and credit.
    In testimony whereof, I have hereunto set my hand and affixed the seal of said Court, at my office this 9th day of August A.D. 1897, in the 122nd year of the Commonwealth of Virginia.
        /s/ A.E. KELLAM, Clerk

Henry CORNICK, SENR.
His will
A copy
Book 4
Page 371

[Source: Microfilm G.030.1548672 - Currituck Co., NC Wills (original) 1841-1924; Vol. Ansell-Woodhouse]

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