Facts and Events
James Hall was one of the Early Settlers of Augusta County, Virginia
Will of James Hall
- In the name of God Amen. I James Hall, of perfect mind and memory but calling to mind that it is ordained for all men once to die do make and ordain this to be my last will and testament (to wit). I commit my soul into the hands of god who gave it and my body I commit unto the earth to be buried by my executors in a decent christian manner hoping to receive the same at the general resurection and as to what worldly estate it hath pleased God to bless me with, I devise, will and bequeath in the manner and form following (Vizt)
- Item first I will, devise and bequeath unto my son William the following tracts of land (viz) 225 acres adjoining William Murphey and John Leech, Junr. 126 acres adjoining Samuel Willson and Robert Skeens. 76 acres on Thompsons Creek adjoining Elijah Forsythe and Robert Clark. 44 1/2 acres adjoining George Cross and William Harper and the undivided half of 391 acres in Patrick County held in partnership between me and William L. Bailley for which I have his bond or the said William to have the money arising from the sale of any or all of the above lands.
- Item Second, I will and bequeath unto my daughter Elizabeth Houston one hundred dollars to be paid her as soon after the debts of the estate are discharged as the money can be collected.
- Item third, I will and bequeath unto my daughter Martha Montgomery one hundred dollars in addition to what she has received to be paid herout of the product of the farm on which I now live after my daughter Elizabeth is fully paid.
- Item fourth, I will and bequeath unto my daughter Nancy a good horse saddle and bridle two good feather beds with their furniture a Bureau & two Milch cows with their calves.
- Item fifth, I will and bequeath unto my daughter Isabella a good horse saddle and bridle two good feather beds with their furniture a Beaureau & two Milch cows with their calves.
- Item sixth, I will and bequeath unto my daughter Peggy a good horse saddleand bridle two good feather beds with their furniture a Beaureau and two Milch cows with their calves.
- Item seventh, I will and bequeath unto my daughter Polly a good horse saddle and bridle two good feather beds with their furniture a Beaureau and two milch cows with their calves.
- Item eight, I will and bequeath unto my daughter Sally, a good horse saddle and bridle two good feather beds with their furniture a Beaureau and two milch cows with their calves.
- Item ninth, I will and bequeath unto each of my now unmarried daughters (vizt) Nancy, Isabella, Peggy, Polly & Sally,one hundred dollars in addition to the above; to make them equal in portion to the two married daughters.
- Item tenth, I will and devise and bequeath unto my son James the plantation on which I now live with all the land adjoining supposed to be about 430 acres with the mansion House and all the appurtenances, priviledges & advantages with all the moveable property and stock on said farm and the negro man Caleb to continue with him on said farm for the purpose of assisting him to raise my family until my youngest child is of age and then to be finally his (vizt) my son James' own property and further I will and ordain that my son James shall out of the moneys that may be due me and out of the estate I have left him together pay all my lawfull debts and all the Legacys that I have given to my daughters. It is further my will and desire that my family should continue together on the farm until they marry and should any of them go away and break off from the family before that time without sufficient provocation they shall foreit the one hundred dollars I have left them and the said money to be divided equally between the rest of my daughters and should any dispute arise at any time between the legatees about any matter whatever they shall abide by the award of two or more men sternally chosen by the partys or forfeit their plea - and further it is my will that if any of my unmarried daughters and should my son James die and leave no legitimate living Issue to inherit the land his whole estate is to go to my son William who is to have it appraised and then equally divide between the rest of my living children the one half of the value of the whole estate b oth real and personal after deducting the then unpaid Legacys or debts out of the whole amount and further it is my will that my daughters shall have their portions paid them as soon after they marry as it is in the power of my executors to do it.
- And lastly I appoint, constitute and ordain my sons William Hall and James Hall, Junr. My Executors of this my last will and Testament and I do by these presents publish declare ordain and notify this to be m6y last will and Testament revoking all other as witness my hand and seal this 30th day of Decr 1808.
- Signed Sealed published & declared
- (signed) James Hall (SEAL)
- by the said James Hall to be his last Will and Testament in presence of us The Subscribers
- F_____ R. Price
- John Wilson
- Joseph Wilson
- Wm. Wilson
- [Source: :Rockbridge County, Virginia - Will Book 4 - p187-189].
- Above you will find James Hall's will. It was probated in Rockbridge Co., VA since it is included in Will Book 4 of that County. Apparently when obtaining a copy of this will I neglected (or lost) to get the probated portion. Since the will is recorded in Rockbridge Co., then that would mean he died in Rockbridge County? The will was made in 1808 and it seems that wills were written only when the person was presumed to not have a much longer life expectancy. I don't believe that James lived much longer after the making of his will. And I doubt very seriously that this James (son/o Wm. & Jean) died in Tennessee. However, this may not be James the son of William & Jean, but son of the other alleged William who lived nearby?