Document. Will of Richard Woods written 1777



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Original Source:Rockbridge County, VA Will Book 1, p. 4.


Person:Richard Woods (1), Gentleman of Augusta
Person:Richard Woods (19), of Botetourt
Person:Michael Woods (1)


Richd Woods' Will (Transcription)

In the Name of God Amen the twenty third Day of June in the first year of the Commonwealth of Virginia & in year of our Lord one thousand Seven Hundred & Seventy Seven

Will written 23 June 1777
I 'Richard Woods of the Cty of Botetourt' being sick in body but of a perfect mind & memory, thanks be given to God for all his [monies] to me, therefor Calling to Mind the Mortality of the Body & knowing that it is appointed for all men to Die, I do make and Ordain this to be my last Will and Testamente that is to say Principally and first of all I give and Recommend my soul into the hands of Almighty God that give it to me, and my body I Recommend to the Earth from whence it came to be Buried in a Christian like manner at the Discretion of my Executors, hereafter Named, Nothing doubting but at the General Resurrection I shall Recieve the same again by the mighty power of God And as Touching such Worldly estate as it hath pleased God to bless me with in this life, I gie and Devise and Dispose of the same in the following Manner and form, And first of all it is my will & I do order all my Just Debts to be paid ~~ Richard Woods of Botetourt
I Give and bequeath to my two Sons Benjamin Woods and Saml. Woods and to their Heirs forever the plantation I now live upon Containing Three Hundred and seventy five Acres~~ to be equally Divided between them, According to Quantity and Quality if they shil think proper to have a Division made, but no Division is to be made during my Wife's Natural life without her Consent as I allow her to have her lifetime on sd. plantation. Sons Benjamin Woods and Saml. Woods
And I do farther order all my Real and personal Estate to be Equally Divided between my beloved Wife Jinny two Sons Benjamin Woods and Samuel Woods except the Land above Mentioned ~~ wife Jinny, two sons Benjamin Woods and Samuel Woods
And I do Constitute and appoint my Beloved Wife Jinny Son Saml. Woods, to be my Executor of this my last Will and Testament Wife Jinny and son Saml. Woods, executors
~~ And I do hereby Disanul Revoake and Disalow all and every other Will or Wills or Testaments by me heretofore made Ratifying and Confirming this to be my last Will and Testament. In Witness Whereof I have hereunto set my hand & seal the Day and Year first above written

Signed Sealed in the presence of us
John Bowyer Richd Woods (seal)
Saml Wallace
Saml Kirkham

Witnessed by John Bowyer, Richard Woods, Saml. Wallace, Samuel Kirham. The "Witness" Richard Woods may be in fact the signature of the testator.
At a Court Continued and held for Rockbrdge County April 8th 1778

Probated 8 April 1778

The last Will and Testament of Richd Woods Decd was presented in Court by Saml Woods one of the within Named Exors and proved by the oaths of John Bowyer and Saml Wallace Subscribing Witnesses and Ordered to be Recorded. And on the Motion of the sd. Exr who made Oath According to Law Certificate is granted him for obtaining probate thereof in Due form Giving Security whereupon he together with John Bowyer and Saml Wallace his Securities entered into and acknowledged Bond in the penalty of two Thousand pounds with Condition Required by Law

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