This is a transcript of the will and probate records for Nathaniel West Dandridge of Hannover county, Virginia. The will is dated 24 Sep 1782 and was probated 2 Feb 1786.
Will of Nathaniel West Dandridge, of Hanover County
In the name of God Amen, I Nathaniel West Dandridge of the County of Hanover being infirm, but of sound & disposing memory, do make this my last will and testament for setling my temporal concerns.
Imprimis I give by beloved wife Jane Dandridge the use of the tract of land I live on containing about seventeen hundred acres, being what I reserved for myself when I laid off the several tracts for my sons; also my Chariot & Harness & four Chariot horses; a fourth part of my household and kitchen furniture, and of my stocks of Cattle sheep & hogs, during her natural life and after her death I give the said land to my son William Dandridge and his heirs, and the personals to be sold and the money equally divided between my four daughters Dorothea Henry, Elizabeth Dandridge, Anna Carharina Dandridge & Mary Claiborne Dandridge. I also give my wife a black mare called hers, as her absolute property -
Item. I give to each of my sons William, Alexr., Spotswood, John, Robert & Nathaniel & to his heirs the lands laid off & allotted to them respectively, together with the slaves & other things I have delivered to them; for which I intend to make them Deeds in my life time, which if I do, will fulfill this part of my will -
Item. I give to my daughter Dorothea Henry One negroe slave named Mary now in her possession as her absolute property; to my daughter Elizabeth a negroe girl named Susky daughter of Sary, and a sorrel mare called hers, as her absolute property; to my daughter Anna Catharina a negroe girl named Salley, daughter of Sary & a Sorrel mare called hers, as her absolute property; and to my Daughter Mary C. Dandridge a negroe girl named Sucky, daughter of Doll, and a Bay mare called hers as her absolute property: Nevertheless each of my said daughters shall account for the negroes herein given to them, as so much received of their share upon the general division of slaves hereinafter directed, so as to make the part of each of my said daughters in Slaves equal, & my daughter Henry to account also for Patty, wch. I gave her & is since dead.
Item. All the residue of my slaves, (after my wife if she survives me shall have chosen hers according to our marriage agreement, and those at her death) I give to be equally divided between my ad daughters Dorothea, Elizabeth, Anna Catharina & Mary Claiborne & their respective heirs they collating into the stock the negroes herein before given them, so as to make an equal division as before directed.
Item. All the rest of my estate I give to my Executors of the survivor of them in trust to sell the same and the money to be equally divided between my said four daughters Dorothea, Elizabeth, Anna Catharina & Mary Claiborne and their respective Executors or Admrs.
Lastly I constitute my said wife Jane Dandridge & my son William Dandridge Executrix & Executor of this my last Will & testament, sealed & published by me this twenty fourth day of September One thousand seven hundred & eighty two. -- N W Dandridge
Seald. & Published before us who subscribed the same in presence of the testator & at his request - John Taylor - Edmd. Pendleton jr - Jno. Rogers
I give my still to my wife for life & at her death to my son Wm., in every thing else I confirm the above Will Octr 8th 1782. - N W Dandridge Teste Edmd Pendleton
Probate Records for Will of Nathaniel West Dandridge
At a court held for Hanover County on Thursday the 2d day of February 1786 This last will and testament of Nathaniel West Dandridge decd was offered to proof by William Dandridge and the Executor therein named and was proved by the oath of Edmund Pendleton jr and John Taylor Esqrs. two of the witnesses thereto and also by the oath of the said Executor and is ordered to be recorded. Test William Pollard junr C H C
At a Court continued and held for Hanover County on Friday the 6th day of May 1791
The Codicil to this will of Nathaniel West Dandridge deceased, was proved by the oath of the Honble Edmund Pendleton esquire a witness thereto, and is ordered to be recorded. Test William Pollard jr C H C November 1802 A Copy Teste Tho. Pollard D. C. H. C.
William Dandridge as Executor gave bond dated 2d. day of February 1786 with Patrick Henry and Philip Payne as security - William O Winston, Ambrose Lipscombe, Elisha White, Thos. Trevilian, John Garland & Chapman Austin Gentn. Justices of the County Court then sitting; bond for £20,000.
Recorded at a Court held for Hanover County on thursday the 2d day of February 1786.
November 1802 A Copy Teste Tho. Pollard D. C. H. C.
Memo: Wm Dandridge is dead & his widow Ann Dandridge has qualified as his executrix.