last Will and Testament of William Crawley
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Transcription: Last Will and Testament of William Crawley of 1780.

 

The following is my transcription of the last Will and Testament of William Crawley of 1780, in Amelia County, Virginia.

 

Transcription: Last Will and Testament of William Crawley of 1780.
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In the Name of God Amen, I William Crawley ??????? ?????? of Amelia County being of perfect sense and memory do make this my last Will and Testament in manner following.

Item I give unto my Daugter Elizabeth Jones two thousand five hundred pounds current money or twenty five thousand weight of Tobacco at the Option of my Executors, to pay her either the money or tobacco which I give to her and her heirs forever.

Item I give and bequeath unto my daughter Catherine Ward two thousand five hundred pounds Current money or twenty five thousand weight of tobacco at the Option of my Executors to pay her either money or Tobacco which I give to her & her Heirs forever, Item I give and bequeath unto my daughter Martha Crawley Two thousand five hundred pounds Current money or twenty five thousand weight of Tobacco at the Option of my Executors to pay her either in money or tobacco I also give unto my Daughter Martha fifteen negroes as follows, Isaac, Sarah, & eight of their Children, Aaron, Nelly, Jamme, Ledda, Peg, Sara, Lucky & Ussee, Rachel and Betty her daughter, Gatt daughter of Pheby, Hall son of Lidda & Aggy daughter of Matt I also give unto my daughter Martha two featherin beds with such furniture as belongs to them, all which I give to her and to her heirs forever Item I give and bequeath unto my daughter Nancy Crawley fifteen negroes mone of them to be such as are Rendered Useless by old age or infirmity I also give unto my daughter Nancy two thousand five hundred pounds Current money or twenty five thousand weight of tobacco at the Option of my Executors to pay her either in money or tobacco all which I give to her & to her heirs for ever.

Item I give unto Peter Robinson three hundred pounds current money to him and his Heirs

Item I give and bequeath unto my Son David Crawley two plantations in Amelia County one on the South side of Bever bend branch the other on the north side of deep Creek whereon he now lives with the one half of my land between Deep Creek & bever bend branch adjoining the two plantations to be laid off to him by aline from Deep Creek to Bever bend branch all which I give to him & to his heirs forever, Item I give and bequeath unto my Son John Crawley the other half of my land lying between Deep Creek & beaver bend branch in Amelia County with one plantation thereon …

Transcription: Last Will and Testament of William Crawley of 1780.
…Item I give and bequath unto my Son William Crawley one plantation in Amelia County with three hundred & Eighty ares of land adjoining the plantation between Deep Creek & West Creek I also give unto my son William seven hundred & fourteen acres of land in Amelia County lying in the Fork of Namazean Creek with a plantation and Water Grist mill thereon, I also give unto him five hundred & sixty one acres of land with a plantation thereon Lying on Nottoway River in Dinwiddie County all which Land & plantations I give to hm and to his heirs forever.
Item I give and bequeath unto my Son Benjamin Crawley my pantation I now live on with all my land adjoining the plantation on the Southeast side of Deep Creek & on both sides of the sweathouse Creek with a water Grist Mill thereon in Amelia County which land & plantation and mill I give unto my son Benjamin and his heirs forever.

Item I give and bequeath all my negroes or Slaves not before Willed or given to bequally divided to & amongst my four Sons David Crawley, William Crawley, John Crawley & Benjamin Crawley I also give my Stock of horses, Cattle, hoggs, sheep etc, to be equally divided to and amongst my four sons. I also give my feather beds not before Willed or given to be Equally divided to & amongst my four Sons all which I give unto my four Sons and to their heirs forever my Will and desire is that if either of my Sons shall die before he becomes of lawfull age or marry’s his part shall be equally Divided amongst the Surviving Brothers.

My Will and desire is that my daughter Nancy Crawley shall be genteelly educated & maintained at the Expense of Estate.

I give my houshold furniture not before Willed or given such as Chairs, Tables, Desks also the one half of my Kitchen Furniture as also the half of my Silver Plate & Table furniture as dishes, plates, etc., also one silver watch, all which I give unto my Son Wm. Crawley I give the other half of my silver plate & the half of my Kitchen and Table furniture unto my Son David Crawley.
Item I give one piece of land contaning six hundred & fifteen acres
Transcription: Last Will and Testament of William Crawley of 1780.

which I purchased of William Randolph lying in Amelia County on the Beaver bend branch, and every other part of my Estate not before Willed or given to be Equally divided to and amongst my four sons David Crawey, Wm. Crawley, John Crawley, and Benjamin Crawley all which I give to them & to their heirs forever. My will and desire is that my Estate shall not be appraised I do appoint my son David Crawley Guardian to my three youngest Children, John Crawley, Benjamin Crawley & Nancy Crawley untill they shall become of lawful age I do constitute and appoint Henry Anderson, Thos. Griffin each ?? my Sons David Crawley & William Crawley Executors of this my last Will and Testament, Witness my hand this seventeenth day of August one thousand seven hundred & Seventy Nine

William Crawley ????
Published & Declared by Wm. Crawley to be his last Will & Testament before
James Towne
Wm. Howlett

Codicil Item I give and bequeath unto my Son Benjamin Crawley one hectar parcel of land purchased of Robert Chappell with a plantation thereon adjoining the land I now live on, which I give to him and to his heirs forever, Item I give and bequeath unto my daughter Martha Crawley my two Riding Chairs and two horses by Name Called Cook & Fox, I also leave & lend unto her the use of my Waiting man Salisbury during the time she shall continue to live with either of my four Sons.

My Will and desire is that the profits of my duaghter Nancy Crawleys Fortune given her in my Will shall be applyd toward her maintainance & Education and if more should be wanting to be made up out of my Estate, Witness my hand this twenty first day of February one thousand Seven hundred & Eighty

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