Roger (slave) 40p $133.33;
Mill (slave) 30p 100.00;
Other slaves - value not given;
13 horses 63p 10s 211.67;
26 sheep 6p 10s 21.67;
One yoke of oxen 6p 20.00;
8 milch cows 13p 43.33;
3 calves lp 4s 4.00;
32 hogs 6p 20.00;
Nails lp lls 5.17;
Case of pistols and holsters lp 3.33;
Still and vessels 23p 76.67
Implements, traps, smith's tools 14p 3s 6d 47.25;
Wagon gears l0p 33.33;
3 linen sheets lp 16s 6.00;
Large table 8s 1.33;
One dozen chairs lp 8s 4.67;
Bed and furniture 2p 10s 8.33;
Silver watch 4p 13.33;3
wigs lp 10s 5.00;
Books 3p 6s 6d 11.08;
128 pounds steel,
77 of iron 4p 19s 8d 16.58
Total 235 pounds, 16 shillings, 8 pence; equivalent to $786.11.
(Source: History of Rockingham County, Va. Chapter IV, pg 21-32. Transcribed by Andrea Stawski Pack)
A Copy From Will Book No. 1, Page 1338.
In the name of God Amen the fourtenth day of March in the year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred and eighty-nine.
I Robert Erwin in the State of Virginia and County of Rockbridge. Being in perfect mind and memory. Thanks be to God therefore 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 recommend and give my soul to the hands of God who gave it and as for my body I recommend to Earth, to be buried in a Christianlike and decent manner at the Discration of my Extra. Nothing Doubting but at the General Resurrection I shall receive the same again by the mighty power of God. And as touching such worldly estate as it has pleased God to bless me with in this life I give and dispose of the same in the following manner and form. Item, it is my will and I order that all of my just debts and funeral charges be paid. Item, I give unto Ann my Beloved wife the negro wench named Phillis and all of the dresser Furnitor and one of Erskine's large volums which she pleases and the large Bible, and all her apperil for her back and her Bed and what I have in hand of hard money and her saddle and bridle and the third part of the remainder of my moveable estate (Negroes Excepted) and 1 order that my son Robert Give his mother a good maintenance for herself and her Negro wench and her horse during her natural life or if he does not pay her seven punds per annum, and he is to give to her, her maintenance on the plantation and in her own home where she now lives and the Negro wench named Phillis is to be my son's Robert Erwin after his mother's decease. Item, I give unto my beloved son, Robert Erwin the plantation 1 now live on containing five hundred and five acres. I likewise give him the piece of land I bought of Patrick McConnell all of which land I give to him and his heirs and assigns forever; if he has any heirs begotten of his body. But if he has no issue I allow the said land to be sold after his death to the highest bidder and the price thereof to be equally divided to all my sons and daughters. I likewise give my son Robert Erwin the negro man name Joe, and the Negro wench name Rachel also the wench Ells and all the remainder of my moveable estate (except ten pounds that I give to my daughter Hannah Logan). Item, I give to my beloved son Benjamin Erwin the negro wench name Dinah. Item, I order that all my wearing apparel be equally divided among my three sons, Edward Erwin, Jonas Erwin and Joseph Erwin. I likewise constitute and appoint Anne, my beloved wife and my beloved son Robert Erwin as my only and sole executors of this my last will and Testament in witness and do hereby annul all other wills and Testaments by me heretofore made and ratify this and no other to be my last will and Testament in witness whereof I have hereunto set my seal the day and year above mentioned. Signed, Sealed and declared by the said Robert Erwin as his last will and Testament in the presence of us subscribers. N. B. That before signing and sealing of those present I order that the third part of my moveable estate that my wife has mentioned to her above is to be given to my son Robert Erwin along with the rest of my moveable estate for my wife does not want it.
(Seal) ROBERT ERWIN.
Witness present: John Hamilton, Morris Gwyn.
At a Court held for Rockbridge County, Sept. 1, 1789. The within writing purporting to be the last will and Testament of Robert Erwin, deed, was presented in Court by Ann Erwin, Ext. Robert Erwin, Ext. who made oath according to law. Certificate is granted them for obtaining Probate thereof in due form they having together with approved security as acknowledged bond according to law. Attest
A. REID, Clerk.
A Copy - Teste: A. T. SHIELDS, Clerk.
(Source: The History of McDowells, Erwins, Irvins and Connections, by Hon. John Hugh McDowell. Publ. 1918.)
KLEMMER, GEORGE LUDWIG
Last Will and Testament of George Ludwig Klemmer June 28, 1819
In the name of God, Amen. This twenty-eighth day of June, One thousand eight hundred and nineteen, I George L. Klemmer of the County of Rockbridge and the state of Virginia, being of weak body, yet sound of mind and memory,calling to mind the mortality of my body and knowing that it is appointed to all men once to die, do make this my last will and testament. And in the first place I bequeath that I be buried with a decent burial, and in the second place, I bequeath to my beloved wife Modelena, the whole of my estate, real and personal during her natural life should she survive me to do with as she shall think fit and any of my personal estate that the said Modelena, my wife shall think proper to sell during her natural life and the price to be put to bear interest.
In the third place I bequeath to my eldest son, George L Klemmer, one hundred dollars to be paid or taken out of my estate for services that the said son is to preform.In the next place I bequeath to Andrew Klemmer, David Klemmer, Mary Klemmer Brosius, wife of Jacob, Brosius, John Klemmer, Elizabeth Klemmer Lunceford, wife of Reuben Lunceford, al to have an equal share of my estate. After that I have bequeathed to my daughter Peggy Klemmer, her quota, with the one hundred dollars above mentioned to George L Klemmer and a small legacy to my daughter Polly Klemmer McCormick, wife of William McCormick, the sum of five dollars to paid one year after my decease. And in the next place I bequeath to my daughter an equal share with the rest of the legacies and one hundred dollars more than any of them except my son, George L. Klemmer. And I bequeath to Francis, Peggy's son, that she now has the amount of bond that is on John Lowman with the interest on the same until paid and that the said money be appropriated to pay for the education for said son.
In witness thereof , I have hereunto set my hand and seal this 28th day of June, One thousand eight hundred and nineteen.
Signed sealed and delivered in the presence of William Foster, James Alexander and John Nevius.
At Rockbridge County Courthouse Virginia November 25, 1828
The writing purported to be the last will and testament of George Ludwig Klemmer, deceased, was produced in court and proved by the oaths of James Alexander and John Nevius, two of the subscribing witnesses, thereto and ordered to be recorded, and Modelena Klemmer, the executor named in the said will, having by writing which was proved affirmed, to take upon herself, the executor of said in according to law the sum of one thousand dollars, according to law certificate, was granted him to obtain probate therefor in our form of law.
[Will transcribed by Jeffrey and John Clemmer III]
PORTER, WILLIAM SENIOR
WILL OF WILLIAM PORTER SENIOR:
“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 <probably Jean or Jane> by 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.
<signed> 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.
<The currency is English Pounds, for which the letter “L” is used as a symbol>
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<illegible>
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
One gun 22/6
One saddle L2.5
Sundry body clothes L.6.12.6
Hard cash L20 Total L.123.4.6
(Signed) 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.
[Will transcribed and contributed by Rita Holmes]
PORTER, WILLIAM JR
In the name of God amen. Know all men whom it may concern that I William Porter snr. <NOTE: his father was deceased so he assumed the title of senior> being of sound mind in a measure of health of body calling to mind the mortality of my present state do this eighth day of September one thousand eight hundred and three and twenty eight years of the independence of U S of America for the distribution of my worldly goods after my decease make this my last will and Testament. All my just and lawful debts are to be paid.
I give and bequeath to my beloved wife Mary her bed and bed cloaths, her wearing apparel and dresses furniture without being included in the possessions of the personal estate I do give her during her widowhood, to have her living and maintainance and to manage the stock for the support of earnings till the lands e sold, and when all is sold the third part of the value of the estate when it is sold at her own disposition.
To my beloved daughter Agnes McCutcheon I bequeath two dollars. She has already received her due portion.
To my beloved daughter Lilly Wilson I bequeath two dollars. She has already received her due portion.
To my beloved daughter Jean McClure, I bequeath two dollars. She has already received her due portion.
To my beloved daughter, Mary Sharp, I bequeath two dollars. She has already received her due portion.
To my beloved son, John Porter, I bequeath a still and still vessels and also one hundred pounds, Virginia currency, out of the price of a tract of land when it is sold. The tract lies between John McCowan’s line and along said line as the mountain containing one hundred acres, and I allow it to be sold as soon as convenient. And to my beloved son David Porter I give and bequeath one hundred pounds English currency out of the price of the same tract of land.
And to my beloved son Charles Porter I give and bequeath a horse and one hundred pounds Virginia currency out of the price of the same tract of land.
To my beloved son Joseph Porter a horse and saddle and a small tract of land lying at the foot of the mountain between the above land and the mountain and known by the name of the Broad Spring Entry, containing thirty-eight acres.
To my beloved daughter Elizabeth Porter I give and bequeath a bed and bed cloaths and suitable wearing apparel, a horse and saddle, three cows and six sheep.
I appoint and authorize my truly beloved executor after named to sell at their….<illegible> all my lands on the river to above my son William’s land and to divide the price equally between my sons Joseph, Stephen, Samuel, and Rees Porter. And after they have sold all the lands I appoint them to sell the personal estate and divide the price of things equally between my sons Joseph, Stephen, Samuel, and Rees Porter, returning to my wife her third of the personal estate as above mentioned. And I allow my children to divide my books among them as they please. And further I name and appoint constitute and authorize my faithful and beloved wife, Mary, and my truly beloved son, Joseph Porter, my executrix and executors to see that my last will and testament in all its parts be fulfilled and executed. and I hereby revoke and renounce all other last wills and testaments heretofore made by me, and in the presence of the witnesses hereunto subscribing declare this to be my last will and testament, Signed sealed this ninth day of September one-thousand-eight-hundred and three.
William Porter ( seal )
John Rodgers, Sr.
At Rockbridge County September the 4th, 1804
This writing purporting the last will and testament of William Porter, deceased was produced in court by Mary Porter, widow and relict of deceased, executor and Joseph Porter, executor being name and proved by the oath of John Rodgers and William Buchanan and John Snider subscribing witnesses thereto and ordered to be recorded. And on the motion of the executrix and executor who made oaths according to law certificate is granted them for obtaining probate thereof in due form, they having together with John Rodgers, and Wiliam Porter entered into an acknowledged bond of in the sum of three thousand dollars conditioned according to law.
A copy, Test. A. Reid C.R.C.
(Source: Will Book 3, page 381. Submitted by Rita Holmes)
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