Transcript:Will of William Porter, Rockbridge CountyVA, 1780




Original Source:[Rockbridge County] Will Book 3, page 381. Submitted by Rita Holme
Intermediate submitted by Rita Holmes


Person:William Porter (70)


With some typo correction, and reformating to improve clarity and readability:

In the name of God, Amen. The fourth day of November in the year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred and eighty. I Wiilam Porter Senr. of Rockbridge County in the Colony of Virginia baeing inn perfect mind and memory thanks to God therefore and knowing that it is appointed to all men to die, do make and ordain this my last will and Testament, that is to say principally and first of all I recommend my soul to God who gave it and as for my body I recommend it to the earth to be buried in a Christian and decent like manner at the discretionn of my executors nothing doubting but at the general resurrection I shall receive the same again by the mighty power of God Now touching what worldly estate it has pleased God to bless me within this life I give and dispose of the same in the following manner. First I order that all my lawful debts and funeral expenses be paid and satisfied.
  • Items: I give and bequeath to 'Gean my beloved wife the plantation that I now live on containing one hundred and seven acres, during her natural life. I likewise give her the roan mare named Cate and two good cows and a saddle and her bed and bed close and all her wearing apparel. I likewise give her twenty pounds in silver and gold by weight.
  • Item: I give to my beloved son John Porter my horse and saddle and all my wearing apparel.
  • Item: I give to my beloved son William Porter the plantation I now live on containing one hundred and seven acres to him and his heirs and he is to enter into the possession thereof at the decease of Gean Porter my beloved wife. I hereby give to 'my son William all the remainder of my moveable estate besides what is above mentioned excepting:
one hundred pounds as U.S. money is valued at this time that I give to my beloved daughter Margaret Mitchell
and one hundred pounds at the same value that I give to my beloved daughter Mary Mackey
and one hundred pounds as the currency is valued now that I give to my beloved daughter Gean Black.
  • Item: I leave and empower my beloved son William Porter whole and sole executor of this my last will and testament and I order that he take care of his mother and give her sufficient maintainence during her natural life and also that he maintain her creatures for her. Annd I revoke and diasanul all former and other wills and testament in witness thereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal the day and year first above written.
William Porter
Signed and sealed in the presence of
Robt. Ervin
John Letcher
James McCown

Inventory of the estate of William Porter, Sr. of Rockbridge Co., Virginia., June Court 1782

One cow, L2.10
Two cows, L5.8
Three cows, L7.10
Two cows, one heifer L7.10
Two heifers one steer L11.9
One bull L18...
Six young calves L7.
One cow and calf L3.10
One cow two steers L.5.
Two heifers three steers L4.10
Eight head of young cattle L7.5
Twenty-one head of sheep L1
Twenty-five head of small sheep L4.11
One sound mare L9
One roan horse L11.10
One roan mare L6.10
Sundry….. L.3.0.6
One gun 22/6
One saddle L2.5
Sundry body clothes L.6.12.6
Hard cash L20 Total L.123.4.6
Robert Ledford, Jr.
John McCowan, Jr
William Ledford, App.

At a court held in Rockbridge Co., Va. June 1st ( ? ) 1783 this inventory and appraisment of the estate of William Porter, deceased, was this day returned. And ordered to be recorded.

Testee, Andrew Reid, Att.

Family Relations

Will identifies the following

Wife Gean