Facts and Events
Benjamin Keys was one of the Early Settlers of Augusta County, Virginia
Will of Benjamin Keys
- In the name of God Amen: I Benjamin Keys being weak but of perfect mind and memory do make and Ordain this my last Will and Testament in the manner and form following to wit; first I give and bequeath to my wife Elizabeth one third part of all the profits of all my lands with the Mantion house enduring her natural life if she marry not again and also the whole of my house hold furniture and live stock to be disposed by her as she thinks best for the benefit of the family during her life.
- Secondly I give to my son Roger Keys the part of my plantation west of the creek and also the mill and small still with the utentils to work her to be freely possessed by him.
- Thirdly I gave to my son Robert Keys the other part of my plantation that lies East of the creek to be possessed by him.
- Forthly I gave to my daughter Jean one good horse and saddle and bridle to be purchased by Roger out of his part of the estate to be possessed by her.
- Fifthly I gave to my daughter Lucinda one good horse, saddle and bridle to be purchased by Roger out of this part of the estate, to be enjoyed by her.
- Sixthly I gave to my son John Keys all my part of the tract of land which Andrew Russell and myself are in partnership about to be enjoyed by him, and also a small tract on the north side of the River.
- Seventhly I gave to my dauter Nancy one good horse and saddle and bridle to be raised by Roger out of his part of the estate to be possessed by her.
- Eightly, I gave to James Keys one gray horse which he now claims and my seventy gallon still with the tubs to work her.
- Ninthly I gave to my son James One dollar to be raised out of my movable property.
- Tenthly I gave to my dauter Sally Berry one dollar to be raised out of my movable property. And I do utterly disallow and Revoke all other former Wills and Testaments Ratifying and confirming this to be my last Will and Testment as Witness my hand and seal this 23rd day of August 1808.
- I do appoint James Keys and Robert Edmiston Executors to this my last Will and Testament
- (Signed) Ben Keys
- Wit. James Keys, Robert Edmundson, John Williamson
- Recorded: At a District Court held at Washington Courthouse the 3rd October 1808. On motion of James Keys and Robert Edmundson the last Will and testament of Benjamin Keys decd. was proven in court by the oath of John Williamson and the said James and Robert the witnesses thereto and ordered to be recorded. And on further motion of the said James & Robert the executors therein named who made oath thereto and together with John Williamson, William Snodgrass, Thomas Berry and Francis Kincannon their securities entered into and acknowledged their bond in the sum of one thousand five hundred dollars conditioned as the law directs. A certificate for the probate of the said Will is therefore granted the said James and Robert in due form.
- [Source: Washington County, Virginia, District Court Deed Book B, 1801-1840, p. 98-99, record 206]