Will of William Yarbrough
In the name of God, Amen. I William Yarbrough, of the County of Prince Edward being now sick and weak in body but of a perfect sense and memory do make and ordain this my last will and testament First I bequeath my soul to God who gave it hoping through the merits of my Saviour Jesus Christ to have full pardon and remission of my sins and my body to the earth from whence it came to be burried in a Christian manner at the discretion of my executors hereafter named my desire is that all my just debts be first paid out of my estate and the remainder I dispose of in form and manner following
to wit: I lend to my son James Smith Yarbrough my negro girl Silva and her increase until my son Ossweld Yarbrough comes of age and the said wench and increase to be returned into the estate again. I give to my son Richard Yarbrough my bed and furniture whereon I commonly lie. I give to my daughter Elizabeth Yarbrough one feather bed and furniture as she calls hers. Sukey I also lend to my daughter Elizabeth with her increase during her life and after her death I give the said negro and her increase to be equally divided amongst her said brothers or their heirs I give to my son William Yarbrough one feather bed and furniture also one gun My desire is that my son Ossweld Yarbrough should have five pounds raised out of my estate, also one gun My desire is that my son Joseph Yarbrough should have five pounds raised out of my estate and also one gun and the remainder part of my estate be it of what nature soever I leave to my executors hereafter named to dispose of as they think proper Towards paying my debts then my desire is that the remainder part of my estate should be kept together in the most regular form upon about some rented land where my executor thinks most proper untill such times my son Ossweld comes of age and till such time my youngest son comes of age to inherit his equal part. Then I desire my estate should be equally divided between my five sons James Smith, Richard, William, Ossweld, and Joseph Yarbrough and my daughter Elizabeth Yarbrough and I do appoint my two sons James Smith Yarbrough and Richard Yarbrough executors of this my last will and testament revoking and disannulling all other will or wills by me heretofore made. As Wittness my hand and seal this fourth day of March in the year of our Lord Christ one thousand seven hundred and seventy one
Assigned and pronounced in
presence of us
Richard Beasley Junr.
At a Court held for Prince Edward County November 18th 1771 This last will and testament of William Yarbrough deceased was presented in Court and proved by Janney Yarbrough and Richard Beasley witnesses thereto and ordered to be recorded. On the motion of Richard Yarbrough one of the executors therein named who gave and took the oath required by law. Certificate for obtaining a preobate thereof in due form is granted to him.
/s/F. Watkins D.C.C.