Facts and Events
Will of Jeremiah Strother
- Written: June 7, 1740, Recorded: March 26, 1741
- Will of Jeremiah Strother
- In the name of God, Amen.
- I, Jeremiah Strother, being sick but of sound memory and considering the frailty of this mortal life do make and ordain this my last will and testament in manner and form following. Imprimis, I commit my body to the earth to be decently buried at the discretion of my executors hereafter named and my soul to the mercy of God, hoping through the merits and mediation of Jesus Christ my Savior to receive pardon and forgiveness of all my sins and to be admitted into his heavenly kingdom. And as to the worldly estate it hath pleased God to endow me with, I give and bequeath as followeth:
- Item: I leave to my wife Elener Strother during her natural life or widowhood all my estate real and personal of any kind whatsoever, but that my land be sold at the discretion of executors hereafter mentioned, and that my wife have the use of the money during her life or widowhood.
- Item: My will is that after the death of my wife or day of marriage that my son Christopher have and enjoy all my estate whatsoever.
- Item: I give to my sons James Strother, William Strother, Francis Strother, Jeremiah Strother, Lawrence Strother and my daughters Catherine and Elizabeth, and each of them one shilling.
- Item: I make and ordain my two sons James Strother and William Strother my hole and sole executors by whom all my just debts are to be paid and declare this to be last will and testament as witness my hand and seal this 7th day of June 1740.
- Jeremiah (his mark) Strother
- Signed, sealed and delivered to be his last will and testament in the presence of:
- John Catlett
- Grant Slaughter
- Wm. Lightfoot.
- At a Court held for Orange County on Thursday, the 26th day of March 1741
- This last will and testament of Jeremiah Strother, deceased, was presented into Court by James Strother and William Strother, executors therein named, who made oath thereto according to law, and being proved by the oaths of John Catlett and William Lightfoot, two of the witnesses thereto, its admitted to record and on the motion of the said executors and their performing what is usual in such cases, certificate is granted them for obtaining a probate thereof in true form. Test. Jonathan Gibson, Clerk of Court.
[Source: Will Book I, 1733-1743, Orange County, Virginia, Reel 23: 141-142; Library Of Virginia, Richmond, Virginia]
Information on Jeremiah Strother
From "Register of Kentucky State Historical Society", Volume 16, by Kentucky Historical Society:
- Jeremiah Strother, who was the third son of the first Wm. Strother and his wife Dorothy, lived in that part of Orange county that was afterwards known as Culpeper. Many of Virginia's most distinguished citizens came from this line. His wife was Eleanor Strother, whose maiden name is not given by any authority that I have consulted. Jeremiah Strother died in 1741, his will being proven by J. Slaughter, John Catlett and Wm. Lightfoot. By his appointment his sons, Wm. and James Strother, were executors of his estate, which he left to his wife Eleanor for life. Their children were:
- James Strother — Margaret French, of King George county, who was a daughter of Daniel French. His death occurred in the year 1761.
- Wm. Strother.
- Francis Strother.
- Jeremiah Strother, Jr.—Catherine Kinnerly.
- Christopher Strother.
- Catherine Strother.
- Elizabeth Strother.