The following is my transcription of a partial typed copy of the 1784 will of Thomas Batte Senior.
I’m still looking for the complete will or the missing portion, but the major points and information appear to be included in the page I do have.
Last Will and Testament of Thomas Batte Sr. of 1784.
…& furniture that I have lent unto my loving wife I give and bequeath unto my son Richard Baugh Batte to him & his Heirs & assigns forever.
Item I give unto my loving wife Dorothy Batte my Negroe woman named Sall & her two Children Daniel & Phillis with their increase fro this day to her & to her heirs and assigns forever
Item I give and bequeath unto my Daughter Elizabeth Chamberlane Batte three tracts of parcels of Land lying in the county Chesterfield one known by the name of Packers, one by the name of Strattons & the other by the name of Dawsons joining the Lands of Elam Folkes & Woodson, also one third part of my Horses Cattle Sheep & Hogs, Household and Kitchen Furniture & Plantation Utensils, I also give unto my said Daughter my negroe woman Nanny & her child Sterling & their increase from this Day to her & her heirs and assigns forever.
Item I give and bequeath to my son Richard Baugh Batte all my Lands lying & being in the County of Prince George also one third part of my Negroes not specifically given one third part of my Horses, Cattle, Sheep, Hogs, Household; & Kitchen furniture & plantation Utensils. I also give to my said son my Negroe Woman Chener & her son Peter & their increase from this day which said Land & Negroes I give to him & to his heirs and Assigns forever.
Item I do hereby appoint my friend Stephen Cocke of Nottaway in Amelia County guardian of both my children & desire that he may out of their estate give them such liberal education as he thinks proper.
Item It is my Will & desire if my two children, my son Richard Baugh Batte, & my Daughter Elizabeth Chamberlain Batte, should both die before they arrive to lawful age or Marry, then I give one third part of my estate both real & Personal to Thomas Batte jur. son of Chamberlain Batte to him & to his heirs & assigns forever. one other third part I give also if my said two children should die as aforesaid to the children of my sister Mary Cox to be equally divided amongst them which estate both real and personal I give to them & to their Heirs & Assigns forever, The other third part both real & personal I give to the Children of my Sister Elizabeth Jones deceased which estate I give to them & to their Heirs and assigns forever to be equally divided amongst them all if my said two children should die as aforesaid.
I do hereby Constitute & appoint my friends Alexr. Marshall & Stephen Cocke of Nottoway in Amelia County my Executors of this my last Will & Testament hereby revoking all other will or wills whatsoever made by me or for me and as a compensation & sattisfaction for their Trouble & traveling expences in performing the sd. Business of Exrs. I give & bequeath unto my sd. Executors & to their Heirs & assigns forever my negroe man slave (a blacksmith by Trade) named James. It is my will & desire that my estate not be appraised.
In witness whereof I have to these presents set my Hand and seal this 17th day of September 1787 –
Signed Sealed published & declared to be the last will
Thomas Batte Senr.