Abernathy Document

Will of Jarratt Abernathy
14 February 1843
Brunswick Co., VA

Brunswick Co., VA Will Book 14, p. 141 FHC film 30638

I Jarratt of the County of Brunswick and State of Virginia being of sound mind and memory do hereby make and ordain this my last will and testament in manner and following to wit and hereby revoking al former wills heretofore made by me.  First, I give to my son Jackson Abernathy one negro man named John, one hundred and eight acres of land, on Roses Creek, and one hundred acres of land I purchased of Henry Rose, one bed & furniture already in his possession to him and his heirs forever.  Secondly, I give to my daughter Anna Abernathy one negro girl named Aggy and her future increase, one bed and furniture, one cow and calf, one brown painted chest, one Desk, one Walnut Table, one Beaufet [sic], 6 setting chairs, her own choice; also the tract of land on which I now live, containing one hundred thirty seven and a half acres, but not to have possession of the land until after the death or intermarriage of my wife.  Thirdly, I lend to my grandson Irvin S. Ragsdale, son of H.A. Ragsdale, one bed & furniture, and one hundred acres of land, I purchased of Thomas Moore’s estate, not to have a title to the same until the death or intermarriage of my wife or he shall arrive at lawful age, but if the said Irvin S. Ragsdale should die before he arrives at lawful age.  I desire that his brother, Fleming L. and his sister Susan A.E. Ragsdale have the above share, and if Irvin S. Fleming L. and Susan A.E. Ragsdale should die before they arrive at lawful age my will and desire is that the above devise be equally divided between my son Jackson Abernathy and my daughter Anna Abernathy or their heirs.  Fourthly, I give and bequeath to my grandson Fleming L. Ragsdale one bed & furniture.  Fifthly, I give and bequeath to my granddaughter Susan A.E. Ragsdale one bed and furniture.  Sixthly, I give to my [sic] Buckner Abernathy one dollar in full of my whole estate.  Seventhly, I give to my sons in law Edmund Cooper, Wm M.H. Johnson and Herbert A. Ragsdale one dollar each as their shares of my whole estate.  Eighthly My will and devise is that the balance of my estate of every description  be kept together under the direction [sic] management of my son Jackson Abernathy for the support and maintenance of my wife during her life or widowhood and my daughter Anna as long as her mother shall live or remain single.  I also further desire that my granddaughter Susan A.E. Ragsdale should be supported from my estate as long as my wife shall live, and I further will that my grandson Irwin S. Ragsdale be supported from my estate and he should be sent to School to receive a common education and to be paid for out of my estate, and I further will and desire that my son Jackson Abernathy have all that he can clare [sic] after supporting the family.  I also give to my grandson David I. and to my granddaughter Rebecca Johnson twenty dollars each at the death of my wife.  Ninthly, my will and desire is that after the death or intermarriage of my wife, the balance of my estate not otherwise disposed of to be divided into three equal parts between Jackson Abernathy, Anna Abernathy and Fleming L. Susan A.E. & Irvin S. Ragsdale, children of Herbert A. Ragsdale, the last third part jointly between the Ragsdale children, if either should die before they arrive at lawful age.  Tenthly, my will and desire is that my executor make neither an inventory or an appraisement of my estate.  Lastly, I do hereby appoint my son Jackson Abernathy executor of this my last will and testament without giving any security at all.  In testimony where of I have hereunto [set] my had and seal this fourteenth day of February 1843.

[names of witnesses illegible] Jarratt Abernathy {seal}


Brunswick County Court November Term 1843
This last will and testament of Jarratt Abernathy decd was proved by the oath of Benjamin W. Johnson and Thomas G.W. Johnson of the witnesses thereto and ordered to be recorded.  And on the motion of Jackson Abernathy the executor therein named, who made oath thereto, and  (the will directing no security to be required) entered into and acknowledged a bond in the penalty, ten thousand dollars conditioned as the law directs, Certificate is granted him for obtaining a probat sic] of said will in due form.

ER Turnbull Clerk





Transcribed by Margaret Ogilvie