- Original Source:Rockbridge County, VA Will Book 1, pp. 258-260. Andrew Hays' Will,
- Intermediate Source:US GenWeb]
- Person:Andrew Hays (2)
In the name of God Amen this Ninth Day of February in the
year of our one thousand seven hundred and Eighty Six. I Andrew Hays of
Rockbridge County and Commonwealth of Virginia being sick and wake of
Body but of sound and perfect mind and Memory professing the true and
Christian Reformed Religion and caling to mind the moratality of my
Body knowing that it is appointed for all Men once to Die, do mak
constitute and Ordain this my last Will and Testament Recommending my
Soul to the living God who gave it and my Body I will it to be Buried
in a Decent manner at the Discreation of my Executors....
1st- all Debts due to me be Collected and all Debts due by me to others be
justly and Honestly paid.
Item- I will and Bequeth unto my Eldest son
John Hays the Plantation that I now live on containing four hundred
Acres with all Buildings, Mills, Orchards & c to him his Heirs and
Assigns for ever provided he the said John Hays pays the Sum of one
hundred Pound unto my son James Hays and likewise the Sum of one
hundred pound unto my son Charles Hays.
Likewise, to son John a Negroe
Boy named Will.
Item- I will and Bequeth unto my son James Hays the
Plantation he now lives on containing two hundred and fifty acres with
all Buildings Orchards & him his Heirs and Assigns for ever. My son
John to make him a sufficient Right and Title for the same. Likewise,
to my son James a Negroe Boy named Cato.
Item- I will and Bequeth unto
my son Charles Hays the Plantation that he now lives on with all
Buildings Orchards & c to him his Heirs and Assigns for ever I likewise
will and bequeth unto my son Charles a Negroe Boy named Cube to him his
Heirs and Assigns.
Item-I will and bequeth unto my Daughter Prudence
Brownlee the sum of five shillings.
Item- I will and bequeth unto my
two sons Joseph Hays and David Hays a Plantation lying in the Forks
known by the Name of the Stone house Plantation containing six hundred
Acres with all Buildings Orchards &c to them their Heirs and Assigns
forever to be equally Divided between them by my Executors but if
either of them Die before they arive at the age of twenty one years and
without lawfull Isue than there Parts or Part to be equally Divided
amongs my other Sons.
Item- I will and bequeth unto my Daughter Mary
Hays a Negroe Wench named Sue to her, her Heirs and assigns and also
four Cows Horse and Saddle bed and furniture and Household furniture at
the Discreation of my Executors but if she my Daughter Mary Dies
without lawfull Isue the above mentioned Wench & c to be equally
Divided amongst my Sons.
I order that all my other Negroes be continued
on the Plantation that I now live on, and the stone house Plantation
for the term of two years under the Direction of my Executors. Increase
of said Plantations for said Term with what Collections can be made to
be applyed by my Executors to the setling my Accounts and the remainder
if any to be equally Divided by my Executors amongst my five sons John,
James, Charles, Joseph and David to them their Heirs and Assings but if
both or either of my two youngest sons Joseph and David should Die
before they arive at the Age of twenty one Years and without lawfull
Isue then there part or parts to be Equaly Divided amongs my other
I order that all Land belonging to me and not already Willed and
Bequethed be sold by my Exrs. and the money arising therefrom be equaly
Divided amongst my sons.
I do constitute, Ordain and appoint my son
John Hays, Joseph Moore & John Walker sole Executors of this my last
Will and Testament and do hereby Revoke and disanul all other Wills and
Testaments by me heretofore made declaring this to be my last Will. In
witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and Seal the Day and Year
above written. Andrew Hays (seal)Signed Sealed and Delivered in the
presents of us
- John Moore
- John Walker
- James Moore
Rockbridge County Court 2 May 1786 Last Will and Testament of Andrew Hays Dec'd presented
in Court by John Hays, Joseph Moore, Jno. Walker & James Moore,
witnesses. Ordered to be recorded. On motion of Executors, certificate
granted for obtaining Probate. Giving security with James Gilmore &
William Wardlaw their securities acknowledged bond for £3000. Teste:
Andrew Reid Cl.