Transcript:Will of Alexander Walker, Botetourt County, 1771



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Original Source:Botetourt County Wills, Will Book A
Intermediate Source: USGenWeb
Intemediate Source:Source:Summers, 1929:584



Page 7. Non-cupative Will.

This day came before me John Maxwell, one of his Majesty's Justices of the Peace for the county aforesaid, John Wallace and his wife Mary Ann Wallaco, Joseph Robinson and Jane Sprout, and made oath on the Holy Evangelist of Almighty God that this writing hereunto adjoined contains the true last will of the within named Alexander Walker, deceased, as far as they know and believe, viz: "Aleck," said Joseph Robinson in the presence of John Wallace and his wife, "You are very low, and it is unknown to either you or us whether you ever will be restored to health again or not, and I suppose it necessary that you should dispose of what estate Providence has given you." "Yes, yes," replied he, and immediately without any questions expressed himself in the following manner; "I give 5 pounds to my brother's oldest son who lives in Carolina; 5 pounds to each of his two daughters, and 5 [1] pounds to my sister Martha Minnerly, and all the rest of my estate I give to my brother John." And the said John Wallace observed when he mentioned his brother John, and allowing the rest of his estate to him, he, the said Aleck Walker extended his hand to Him, and he the said Aleck Walker appearing to us to be of perfectly sound mind and manner, and every way sensible as usual, and was able to set on the bed side without the support of any person whatsoever. Within half an hour after he expressed these words, which were the last words expressed as heard by us, he departed this life in the most composed and calm manner, Saturday morning at ten o'clock, July 6, 1771.

Sworn to before me this 7th day of July, A. D. 1771.
John Maxwell

James Robinson
John Wallace
Mary Ann Wallace
Jane Sprout[2]
Probated August 13, 1771.


  1. Text on USGenWeb, gives this as "6 pounds". That intermediate source indicates that the transcription was based on Summers, 1929. However, the latter work actually says "5 pounds".
  2. Indexed as "James Sprout", but Summers text gives it as "Jane Sprout".