Will of Thomas Pettus

In the name of God, Amen, I, Thomas Pettus, of the County of Lunenburg and considered me being in perfect mind and memory thanks be to almighty God for the same and knowing it is appointed for all men once to die do recommend my soul to almighty God who gave it me and my body to be buried in a Christian manner at the discretion of my executors and in touching what worldly goods which have pleased God to bless me with, I do dispose of and give in manner and form following Viz, First of all I [  ] all my just debts to be paid by my executors herein named.

Item. I give and bequeath unto my son John Pettus one Negro woman, named Fanny, and her children now in his possession, and one Negro man, named Harry, and their children(?) to him and his heirs forever.

Item. I give and bequeath unto my son Thomas Pettus one Negro woman, named Peg(?) and her children, [  ] [  ] and one Negro man, named Sam, [  ] and their increase to him and his heirs forever, also one Negro man, named George , also one Negro woman, named Judy.

Item. I give and bequeath unto my son, Samuel Overton Pettus all my tract of land in the county of Lunenburg, on which he now lives one and that I purchased of James Chandler, also one woman, named [  ], and her children, now in his possession. Also one Negro man, named Windsor, and one named Fanny, then and their increase to him and his heirs forever.

Item. I give and bequeath unto my son, David Walker Pettus, all my tract of land I now live on and the tract I purchased of my son John Pettus, also one Negro woman named, Rosa, one boy named, Sampson, one boy named, Warwick then and their increase to him and his heirs forever. Also [  ] [  ] one Negro woman, named Phillis and her two children, Masilry and Lydia on his taking care of my daughter Rebecka Pettus and [  ] her will and he may be the longest liver for him and his heirs to possess [  ] forever and in case he may die before my said daughter Rebecka that my next heir may have the choice of taking described Negros and and care of my said daughter and if he should require for the heirs to take in turn according to the seniority and in whose hands he may depart his life for them to possess the said Negro Phillis Masilry and Lydia them and their heirs forever.

Item. I give and bequeath unto my daughter Mary Brown one Negro woman, Mercy, and one man Squire and one girl Sarah and one child Daniel belonging to the aforesaid Mercy to her and her heirs forever.

Item I give and bequeath to my daughter Ann Shelburn one Negro woman Rachael and her children now in her possession and one woman [Reet(?)] and their increase to her and her heirs forever.

Item. I give unto my sister Lucy Humphris the sum of twenty pounds.

Item. My desire is that my executors out of my money may distribute the sum of eighty pounds in schooling the poor children at their discretion and my desire is that all the remainder of my estate not mentioned may be equally divided between my [ ] children John Pettus, Thomas Pettus, Samuel Pettus, and David Pettus, Mary Brown, Ann Shelburn. Also I do constitute and appoint my sons John Pettus and Thomas Pettus my whole and sole executors of this my last will and testament in witness whereof I have set my hand and seal this 14 day of January one thousand seven hundred and seventy nine.

Thomas Pettus {seal}

Signed, sealed and in presence of
John Garland
James Johnson
John Glenn
Andrew Barr



Source: Will Book, volume 3, pages 32-34, Lunenburg County, Virginia



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