Will of Edward Jackson (1741-1807)
In the Name of God Amen I Edward Jackson of the County of Harrison and State of Virginia yeoman being very sick and weak in body but of perfect mind and disposeing memory thanks be To God for his mercies calling unto mind the mortality of my body and knowing that it is appointed unto all men once to die do make and ordain this my Last will and Testament recommending my Soul unto the hands of Almighty God who gave it. And my body I recommend unto the Earth to be buried in decent Christian Buriel at the discretion of my Executors nothing doubting but at the general Resurrection I shall receive the same again by the mighty power of God and as touching such Worldly Estate as it has pleased God to bless me in this life I give demise and dispose of the same in the following measures & form.
First I give and bequeath to Marthe my dearly beloved wife the one third of the incomes of my farm together with my mare and her side Saddle and one Cow so long as she remains my Widow but if She marries the place is to be sold and the money to be divided in the following manner and way.
I give To my Son Stephen Jackson twenty Dollars to be taken out of a Note bearing date april fifteenth 1807 which is due to me from him. Also I give to my son Jacob Jackson fifty dollars to be levied out of my Estate. Also I give to my Son William Jackson fifty Dollars to be levied out of my Estate.
I have given unto my Son Samuel Jackson all that I mean to give him. I have also given to my two Daughters Sarah Fletcher and Mary Flint each of them a Cow and two Sheep. I do also Give to my three Daughters viz to Jemima Arnold and to Lucid and Phebe Jackson each of them one Cow & two Sheep and at the old Ladys marriage or Death at which time the place is to be sold and the former Legates, paid off the remainder of the money is to be divided equally among my Daughters.
And I do constitute make and ordain my Son in law John Arnold and Able Bond the Sole Executors of this my Last will and Testament and I do herby utterly disallow revoke and disanul all and every other former testaments wills Legacies bequeaths and Executors, by me in any wise before named will and bequeathed satisfying and confirming this to be my last Will and Testament.
In Witness wereof I have hereunto set my hand and Seal this Seventh day of May one thousand Eight hundred & Seven.
Signed Sealed pronounced and Declared by the Said Edward Jackson as his last Will and Testament in the presence of us who in his presence and in the presence of Each other have hitherto Subscribed our names.