Will of Thomas Voss
Wills, Vol. 20, p. 244
In the name of God amen
I Thomas Voss do make & declare this my last will & testament as follows, to wit:
I give to my beloved wife Lucy Voss the whole of my estate to have & enjoy the same for and during her natural life. After the death of my wife, I direct that my negroes be valued by five men chosen by my children, and all the rest of my property of every description be sold, and my whole estate, the valuation of my negroes above directed to be observed in all cases divided as follows, to wit:
I give to my son Thomas Voss, and to my sons-in-law James U. Satterwhite, Fleming Beasley, Joseph Howard, one dollar each. I direct then that one sixth part of my estate after adding to it the sum of one hundred & thirty-three dollars & thirty-three cents be equally divided between the children of my son Thomas Voss by his first wife Phebe Howard. One sixth part, after adding to it the sum of two hundred & thirty-three dollars and thirty-three cents, to be equally divided between the children of James Y. Satterwhite by his first wife Martha Voss. One sixth part, after deducting from it the sum of three hundred & sixty six dollars & sixty-six cents, to be equally divided between Salley P. Bailey & the children of Thomas S. Beasley dec. Sally P. Bailey taking one half: one sixth Part, after deduction from it the sum of two hundred & sixty six dollars & sixty-six cents, to my son William W. Voss to the use of my son Robert H. Voss during his life, and at his death to his children if any, & if none, then to William Hunt son of my daughter Elinor. One sixth part, after adding thereto the sum of four hundred & thirty three dollars and thirty-three cents, to my son William W. Voss. One sixth part after deducting from it the sum of one hundred & sixty six dollars & sixty-six cents to my son William W. Voss, as trustee for my daughter Elinor Howard, to be used as she & the said trustee may deem proper, and at her death the remainder to be equally divided between her children by Edward Hunt. It is further my wish, & I direct my executor to pay to my son Robert H. Voss, out of the share of my estate above given to the children of Thomas Voss, the sum of two hundred & sixteen dollars with interest from the fifth day of June A.D. 1840, in satisfaction of a fund due me from said Thomas, and which I have assigned to the said Robert. I further direct that my executor pay to my son Robert H. Voss, out of the share of my estate above given to Sally P. Bailey & the children of Thomas S. Beasley, whatever sum or sums the said Robt. May have been obliged to pay as surety for the said Thomas S. Beasley. I do hereby appoint my wife Lucy and my son Robert H. Voss my executors and direct that they shall not be required to give security.
Signed sealed & delivered
In the presence of us
12 March 1853
May Court 1857
The execution of the foregoing last will and testament of Thomas Voss deceased was duly proved in open court by the Oaths of Samuel Wait, and Stephen Sanford. The subscribing witnesses thereto and ordered to be registered and filed. At the same time came forward Robert H. Voss and Lucy Voss named as executor and executrix in said will and duly qualified as such.
A. Landis clk.
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