WILL of JOHN WALKER - 1849
MERCER COUNTY , WEST VIRGINIA
The following will is that of John Walker son of Charles (d. Giles Co. VA) son of Thomas of Orange County VA (d.@1770).
Know all men by these presents that I John Walker of the County of Mercer and State of Virginia being feeble in body but in perfect mind and memory thanks be given unto God calling into mind the mortality of my body and knowing that it is appointed for all men once to die do make and ordain this my last will and testament that is to say principally and first of all I give and recommend my soul into the hands of Almighty God who gave it and my body I recommend to the earth to be buried in decent Christian burial at the discretion of my executors nothing doubting but at the general resurrection I shall receive he same again by the mighty power of God and a s touching such worldly estate wherewith it has pleased God to help me in this life I give demise and dispose of the same in the following manner and form (VIZ) first of all my just debts to be paid out of my money or levied out of my personal property. I give and bequeath unto my well beloved wife Nancy the whole of the household furniture and kitchen furniture and one cow such as she may choose together with two Berkshire sows and six shoats also Forty dollars in money.
I also give and bequeath unto my well beloved son Charles Walker the lot of land which my dwelling house now stands on as following, beginning at the first fork of the big branch running a north direction to the line and running round with the lines above the upper end of the clover field so as to strike the mouth of the big branch he running up the said branch to the beginning. The balance of the old survey making one lot and the balance of the big branch tract the other lot at one thousand dollars each lot my son Charles Walker is to have the control of the whole of the above land his mothers lifetime. The sand lick tract I also value at one thousand dollars all the property not devised heretofore cattle horses hogs &c with the debts coming to me with the two aforesaid lots of land with the sand branch tract of land to be equally divided between my daughter Polly Bailey my daughter Elizabeth Bailey my son Chryspianos Walker my daughter Sally Boling my daughter Nancy Hatcher my daughter Margaret Lilly my daughter Cynthia Rite (sic) and my daughter Ursula Bailey.
I constitute make and ordain my two sons Chryspianos Walker and Charles Walker the sole executors of this my last will and testament and do hereby disallow revoke and disavow every other forms testaments legacies and wills bequest and executors in any wise before named willed and bequeathed ratifying and confirming this and no other to be my last will and testament in witness whereof I hereunto set my hand and seal this 27th day of November 1849.
JOHN WALKER (SEAL)TESTE: John McCaugherty Jr,
At Mercer County Court April term 1850
The last will and testament of John Walker deceased was proven by the oath of John McClaugerty Jr. & Madison Karnes two of the subscribing witnesses thereto and is ordered to be recorded and on motion of Chrispyanos Walker one of the executors therein named who made oath thereto and together with Eli Bailey , Joseph Wright & Symms Thompson his securities entered into and acknowledged their bond in the penalty of $5000 conditioned as the law directs certificate is granted him for obtaining a probate of the said will in due form. Charles Walker the other executor named in the said will appeared in court and refused to take upon himself the burden of the execution thereof.
A COPY TESTE
Submitted by: Ed & Phyllis Griffith
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