John Graham’s Will

The fol­low­ing is a copy of John Graham’s (senior) will:

    In the name of God, Amen! The 29th day of July, A.D. 1771, I, John Gra­ham, being sick in body but of sound mind and mem­ory, thanks to God Almighty, and call­ing to remem­brance the uncer­tain estate of this tran­si­tory life, and that all flesh must yield to death, when it [18] pleaseth God to call, I do make, con­sti­tute and ordain and declare this to be my last will and tes­ta­ment in man­ner and form fol­low­ing, revok­ing and annulling by these present all for­mer wills and tes­ta­ments either writ­ten or by word of mouth; this to be my last and none other. I first rec­om­mend my soul to God, my Sav­ior and Redeemer, and my body to the dust, to be decently buried, at the dis­cre­tion of my execu­tors here­after named and appointed, and as to my worldly goods which God hath granted to me, I leave and bequeath in the fol­low­ing man­ner; viz: To my old­est son, Lanty, I devise and leave my plan­ta­tion whereon I dwell, to him and his heirs for­ever, upon his allow­ing my beloved wife her liv­ing off it, with what stock she pleases to keep; also the said Lanty is to give six pounds to James Graham’s son, John; and six pounds to his brother John’s son, John; also to my daugh­ter, Anne, I leave thirty pounds, besides my roane horse and chest draw­ers; to my beloved wife, Eliz­a­beth Gra­ham, I leave 20 pounds, my bay mare, two cows, her choice of the flock, and all the house­hold plen­ish­ings; to Jane Lock­ridge I leave fif­teen pounds; to Rebecca, my Buck­els, and to her son, [19] John, one cow; also to Robert Gra­ham half the mill that belonged to me; to my two daugh­ters, Flo­rence and Betty, ten pounds each; to my two sons, Robert and John Gra­ham, ten pounds each; to Rebecca, Lanty’s daugh­ter, I leave ten pounds; all the rest of the estate remain­ing to be enjoyed by my wife whilst unmar­ried, but if mar­ried to be divided equally between my daugh­ters, Flora, Jane, Betty and Anne, and if she never mar­ries to be left by my said wife to her four daugh­ters here named, at her death. I also appoint my beloved wife and my son, Lanty Gra­ham, to be my Execu­tors. I hereby revoke all other wills and tes­ta­ments, appoint­ing and mak­ing this my last, in the eleventh year of our Sov­er­eign Lord George, King of Great Britain, &c. And in the year of our Lord, God, 1771. Signed, sealed and pub­lished and pro­nounced in the pres­ence of

At a court for Augusta county Novem­ber the 19th, 1771, this last will and tes­ta­ment of [20] John Gra­ham, Dec., was proved by the oath of John Kinkead and John Arm­strong, two of the wit­nesses thereto, and ordered to be recorded.

And on motion of Lanty Gra­ham and Eliz­a­beth Gra­ham, the execu­tors therein named, who made oath accord­ing to law, cer­tifi­cate is granted them for obtain­ing a pro­bate thereof in due form, they hav­ing with secu­rity entered into and acknowl­edged their bond accord­ing to law

Teste:                           WM. A. BURNETT, Clerk.

The writer’s great grand­mother lived until after the year 1779, for in that year he has an account of her and her son Lanty’s set­tle­ment of their execu­tor­ship with the court which showed that they had paid out L240, lls, 3d — $1200. This was the per­sonal prop­erty besides legacies.

In addi­tion to the bequeaths men­tioned in the fore­go­ing will, the records of Augusta county show that John Gra­ham, in the year 1763, deeded to each of his three sons, John, James and Robert, con­sid­er­able quan­ti­ties of land on the Calf Pas­ture River, and it is to be pre­sumed that he [21] shared a like por­tion of his estate to each of his daugh­ters, prior to and in addi­tion to that named in his will.

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