Last Will and Testament of Taylor Chapman
Deed book O, Pages 80-82, Stafford County, Virginia Records
In the name of God amen I Taylor Chapman of the parish of Overwharton & County of Stafford Gent. being at the present sick & weak of body but of sound mind & disposing memory blessed by God for the same & calling to mind the shortness & uncertainty of Human life have thought fit for the better ordering of My worldly affairs to make this my last will & Testament in manner & form as follows: I recommend? my soul into the hands of almighty God my merciful creator, hoping for eternal happiness & remission of all my sins only in & through the merits & mediation of my dear redeemer Jesus Christ my body I leave to be devoutly buried according to the discretion of my Exr hereafter mentioned & appointed All my debts lawfully contracted I desire may be honestly paid out of what Estate it hath pleased God to bless me with & the remainder I give as follows Imprimis I give & bequeath the land whereon I now live which I bought of William Jackson to my dear & loving wife Margaret Chapman during her natural life only & after her death I give & bequeath the same unto my loving son William Chapman & his heirs forever. Item I give & bequeath the land I bought of Colo. Johnson Champe unto my loving son Joseph Chapman & his Heirs forever, and as the said Champe has never yet made me Deeds for the same my desire is the Deeds be made out in my said son Joseph's name & acknowledged to him & that the consideration be paid out of my Estate in yearly payments of eight pounds per annum according to our agreement Item I give & bequeath to my said son William Chapman & his heirs my negroe fellows named Tom & Stephen Item I give and bequeath to my said son Joseph Chapman & his heirs my negro wench Chloe only: her Juneau till he comes of age to be disposed of as follows Item I give and bequeath to my loving daughter Jane Chapman & her heirs my negro Joseph the son of Chloe Item my will & desire is that my negro fellow Frank be sold by my Exr & another negro bought in his stead with his produce & out of what money I leave behind me and the said negro when bought I give unto my loving wife during her natural life & after her decease the value thereafter to be Equally Divided among my Surviving Children Item it is my further will & desire that whatever children my negro wench Chloe may have before my son Joseph comes of age they may be Eually Divided among my said three children or the Survivors as they Severally come of age Item I give unto my friend Capt Benja Strother my horse called Robin. The rest of my Estate of what kind so ever I leave to be Equally divided among my wife & the said three children or the Survivors of them & my wife's share after her decease to be Equally Divided among my said Children also or the Survivors of them; and my desire is likewise that my said Estate may be inventoried but not apprais'd but kept together untill my children come of age & they maintain'd & Educated out of the profits thereof according to the discretion of my Exr hereafter named. Lastly I nominate and appoint my dear & loving wife Margaret Chapman & trusty & well beloved friend Capt BenjaStrother Executrix & Exr of this my last will & Testament hereby revoking and Disannulling all former wills by me made & declaring this writing only contained in this & the two foregoing Pages to be my last will In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand & seal this 8th day of Nove anno:Dom: 1749 Taylor Chapman (seal) Signed Sealed & published in presence of John Moncure, Peter Hodgman, Robert Mclouraine, Michl. Wallace
At a Court held for Stafford County 13th Feby 1749 The within last will & Testament of Taylor Chapman decsd was presented unto Court by Margaret Chapman one of the Exr therein named who made oath thereto according to Law. And being proved by the oaths of three of the witnesses thereto is admitted to record and on motion of the said Exr & she performing what is usual in such cases certificate is granted her for obtaining a probate thereof in due form.
Fouts H. G?. Tyler Cl Court
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