Misc. Wills




Will of John Jones, Westmoreland Co., Va.

Jan'y 10, 1707

In the name of God Amen. I, John Jones of the County of Westmoreland being very sick and weak in body but of perfect mind and memory thanks be given unto God therefore calling unto mind the mortality of 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 God that gave it and for my body I commend it to ye earth to be buried in, and in a Christian manner at the discretion of my executors nothing doubted but at the Gen'l resurrection I shall receive the same again by the mighty power of God. And as touching such worldly estate wherewith it hath pleased God to bless me in this life I give and devise and dispose of the same in the manner and following:

ITEM - I give and bequeath unto my son Nathaniel Jones one black mare branded H one cow and calf and a gun two pewter dishes one sow with pigg one bason three plates one pott to be delived at age.

ITEM - I give and bequeath to my daughter Elizabeth Jones a feather bed one iron pott one Cow and calfe a Dutch chest and the first mare colt that Nathaniel Jones his mare brings.

ITEM - I give and bequeath unto my son Charles Jones a cow and calfe and the first mare colt my mare Bony bringeth : one sow with pigg one gun one large pewtor bason one brass skillet.

ITEM - I give and bequeath unto John Overall, son to William Overall, and to William Overall, Jr. each of them a young heifer.

ITEM - I give and bequeath unto Mary Overall one young mare.

ITEM - I give and bequeath unto my wife one feather bed and furniture one horse a side saddle one warming pan a brass kettle.

ITEM - I give one crown to my daughter Anne Jones I do consititute and appoint William Overall to be my true executor of this my last Will and Testment.

All the rest of my estate to be equally divided between my wife and children and my land I give to be equally divided in quantity - that is to Nathaniel Jones and Charles Jones to them and their heirs successively forever and no other. Witness my hand and seale this 10th day of January Qt. Dom: 1707.

John Jones
Christopher Thomas
Stephen Pilcher
Mary Pilcher
At a court in said county April 29, 1713 will probated by Wm. Overall, Exr. Recordatz: 5 June 1713 Will Bok # 5, pages 155-156 Westmoreland Co., Virginia


In the name of God Amen, I John Jones of Washington County in the District of Columbia, do make, publish and declare this as my last will and testament in manner and form following that is to say. First, I do wish that my body to be decently interned that my just debts be paid and finally that the residue of my lands, tenements and hereditaments, of what nature of kind soever, and wheresoever, shall go and belong to my beloved wife Sarah Jones, her heirs, executors, administrators forever, according to the nature thereof respectively. And I do hereby make, constitute and appoint my said beloved Wife Sarah Jones and my friend Walter Stewart join Executrix & Executor and devisees of this my last will and Testament hereby revoking all former Wills by me made and done. In testimony whereof I the said John Jones the Testator do hereunto subscribe my hand and affirm my seal this 19th day of November in the year of our Lord One Thousand Eight Hundred and Twelve.

Signed, sealed, published and declared by John Jones, the Testator, in our presence and in the presence of each other, and at his request subscribed our names as witnesses thereto, and acknowledged it to be his last will and testaments.

Nathaniel Plant
William Gray (his Mark)
Thomas Harty

Transcribed from FHC - 6/2000 film 32058 - King George Wills

In the name of God amen, this 23rd day of September 1772 I William Marshall in the County of King George and Parish of Hanover being sick and weak in body but of perfect mind and memory that is be to God for the same and calling to mind the mortality of my Body do make and ordain this my last Will and Testament. Principally and first I recommend my Soul into the hands of God that gave it as worldly good as it hath pleased God to Bless me with. I Give and dispose of in the following manner.

Improvises I give and bequest to my loving Wife Mary Marshall all the tract of land I now live on being the land left me by my father during her widowhood or if she does not marry during her life and after her decease to my son William and his heirs forever. Also I give to my son William twenty shillings cash, it is my will and desire that my loving wife should have the ...of all my estates real and personal during her widowhood or until my youngest children arrive of age and that they my children that is now not married shall have their maintenance on my Estate and they have now have with their Mother till they doe marry. That when my youngest child is of age that then they land I bought of Johnson to be sold of the money with all the rest of my Estate except my wife's thirds to be equally divide3d between my sons George, John, Rush and Samuel Marshall, and my found daughters Elizabeth Monroe, Mary, Sarah and Ann Marshall and that my wife's thirds after her decease shall also be divided between my either last children it is also my desire that any executors should ?? son George have the use of thirty pount for ?teen months and I do hereby appoint my loving wife, my son William, my son George and my Brother George Marshall executors of this my last Will and Testament. In witnesses whereof I have set my hand and seal this day and year first written.

Sealed in Presence of:

William Boon
John Farguson
Samuel Kendal

At a Court held for King George County the 5th day of March 1772 The last Will and Testament of William Marshall deceased was presented into court by Mary Marshall and George Marshall Exec therein named who made oath thereto according to law and the same being proved by the Oaths of William Boon and Samuel Kendall the Witnesses thereto subscribed to amended to Records and on the Motion of the Said exetors they performed in what the Law in such cases requires, testis is granted him for obtaining a probate thereof in and form.

Transcriped by Debi Remer at the FHC - 6/12/00 - Film 32058 - King George Co., Wills

In the name of God Amen, I Nathaniel Jones of King George County and parish of Saint Paul's, being sick and weak but of sound sense and memory do make and ordain this my last Will and Testament in manner and form gathering. I give and bequeath to the mother Earth my body and my soul to the Lord Jesus Christ who gave it to be raised at the last day when the resurrection of the just shall be raised.

I give and bequeath to my loving wife all my whole estate both real her ? and her life accepting she marry, then to dissolve back to the ..Nathaniel Jones house. I give and bequeath to my eldest son John Jones my mansion house and plantation to him the said John Jones and his heirs of his body lawfully begotten forever, also a small piece of land along Jordan's bridge to him the said John Jones and his heirs forever if he should die before he arrive of age or without heirs lawfully begotten of his body and my second son Charles Wesley Jones become heir to the .., to him the son Charles Wesley Jones forever. I give and bequeath to my second son Charles Wesley Jones the tract of land I purchased of Charles Grigsby Jones, to him the said Charles Wesley Jones and the heirs of his body lawfully begotten forever, if he should die before he arrives at age or without heirs lawfully begotten it is my desire that my eldest son John Jones become heir to the said land.

I give and bequeath to my two daughter Gracy Price Jones and Sabray Jones all my household furniture, stock of horses, cattle and hogs to be equally divided between them, in case either of my two daughters should die before they come of age or have heirs lawfully begotten it is my desire that the survivor should have all my furniture and stock. It is my desire that my Negro fellow James shall be free man from my estate forever. I give to the said James my old black mare and three barrels of corn.

Lastly I nominate constitute and approve my lovely wife Molly Jones and friend John Peed to be Executrix and Executor of this my Last Will and Testament. In Witness whereof I have set my hand and seal this 12th day of November one thousand seven hundred and ninety three.

Signed sealed and acknowledged in the presence of Thomas Short, William Rogers Ann (her Mark) Barrett.

At a court held for King George County the second day of January 1794 The last will and testament of Nat'l Jones cecend was presented into court and proved by the oath of T. Short and Wm. Rogers tow of the witnesses there to and addressed to be records. At another court held for the same county the 3rd of April 1794 on the motion of Molly Jones Executrix in said Will named and who made oath thereto according to law, certificate is granted for her obtaining probate thereof in due form having first performed what the law cases requires.


Eliza is buried at the Old Gray Cemetery in Knoxville. I'd love a photo if anyone ever visits there.....

Will of Eliza Alice Trent Clark

I Eliza A. Clark of Knox County Tennessee do make and publish this as my last will and testament.

Item 1st - I appoint Mary S. Trent, my sister to be the guardian of the person of my daughter Ellen W. Clark and direct that she shall have the sole charge and control of her during her minority or until she is married, and the management and control of her maintenance, education and training of all expenditures require to these purposes. It is my desire that Ellen shall be given a liberal and thorough collegiate education. I further give to said Mary S. the right and authority to direct, when orally or in writing, who shall succeed her, in case of her own death, in this guardianship control of Ellen. This guardianship to cease, when Ellen marries or reaches her majority. At my death I direct the following disposition made of my property.

Item 2nd - I bequeath to my step-daughter Ollie Clark of Knoxville Tennessee a sofa and five parlor chairs now at my sister Sarah Alexander in Knoxville and my silver castor and to my step son Walter (usually called Dickey) Clark, I bequeath a silver watch, which belonged to his father and which is now in the hands of my brother James W. Trent.

Item 3rd - My life is insured in the United Order of the Golden Cross for Four Thousand Dollars, one half of which I have arranged with the Order, to be paid at my death to my sister Bettie Bowman and this arrangement I wish to stand and be carried out. The other half I directed the order to pay to my daughter Ellen. This direction I now revoke, and instead thereof, I bequeath Five Hundred Dollars of said Insurance Fund to my sister Mary S. Trent of Knox County and direct that the remainder shall be paid to my Executor, and pass with the rest of my property under the next clause of this will.

Item 4th - All the property which I may leave at my death both real and personal except that herein before disposed of, I devise and bequeath to my brother G. L. Trent of Sevier County, Tennessee in trust to hold, rent, sell, invest, control and manage the same for the benefit of my daughter Ellen in accordance with the provisions of of this will. The state to be remain trust estate, during the life of said Ellen and said G. L. Trent to continue as its trustee, subject to the right herein after given to her husband to act as such trustee during her coverture. He shall have authority to sell and convey the real estate or any part there of and reinvest the proceeds as such manner as he may in his sound discretion deem safe and for the best advantage to the parties interested or to the state. And his deed to the purchaser shall convey and unencumbered title in fee.

Out of the interest, rents, issues and profits of the estate, and, wherever necessary out of principal or corpus of the estate, said trustee shall furnish to my sister Mary L. Trent and to her successor in the guardianship of Ellen the funds needed for the maintenance, support and education of my daughter Ellen, and their receipts to the trustee for such funds, shall be a sufficient voucher to him and shall absolve him from all further responsibility therefore.

And after Ellen arrives at twenty one years of age, the trustee shall pay over to her in person the interest, rents and income of the estate, and in case these are insufficient to maintain her and her family comfortably, the trustee may in his discretion use such parts of the principal of the estate as may be necessary for this purpose.

Upon the marriage of my said daughter, her husband shall have the right to become the trustee of said estate with the same rights of discretionary control and management and the same duties above devolve on said Trent as trustee. And he shall use and apply the rents, interest and income of the estate for the support and maintenance of said Ellen and her children.

At the death of my said daughter if she leaves a child or children or the descendants of such surviving her the said estate shall go to them according to the laws of descent and distribution of this State - if no children surviving her then to her husband, if neither children nor husband surviving her, then to my sister, Mary Trent if neither children nor husband, nor my sister Mary survives her, then the income, rents, and interest of the estate to go to my parents William B. and Sallie W. Trent for their natural lives and after their death one third of the whole estate to go to my brother John P. Trent of Texas and the remainder to be divided equally among my other brothers and sister or their heirs an distributees per stripe excepting my sister Billie Bowman.

My household furniture including piano which passes to the trustee under this will I wish to be kept for Ellen's use, not sold, unless circumstances should arise which would render it advisable to sell rather than retain it. In such case the trustee may sell it and hold the proceeds as the other tract property is held.

Item 5th - I appoint my father Wm. B. Trent the Executor of this my last will and exempt him from giving bond as such. He is to pay my debts; if there should be any and financial expenses, including a suitable monument over my grave, and discharge the legacies herein provided and turn over the remainder of the estate to the trustee G. L. Trent. I further direct that the guardian herein appointed for my Daughter to wit my Sister Mary S. Trent and the successor who may be appointed by her shall not be required to give bond as such guardian. In testimony whereof I have hereunto set my hand an seal this 12th day of March 1884. Wit. Samuel K. Walker, Jas. Comfort

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