Abernathy Document

Will of Jessee Abernathy
20 Mar 1776

In the name of God Amen, This twentieth day of March in the Year of our Lord 1776, I Jessee Abernathy of the County of Brunswick, being in perfect health and memory thanks to almighty God, and calling to 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 in the form following. Imprimis, it is my Will and I do order that in the first place that all my just Debts be paid and satisfied. Item. I give and bequeath unto my well loved Sister Clarissa Abernathy one sorrel Filly with a Blaze face. Item. It is my will that my Stock of Hogs, Horses and Cattle, Household Furniture and my Negro Wench Jinny be sold and all my just Debts be paid and the remainder be equally divided between my Brothers and Sisters. Item. It is my Will and I do order that my father David Abernathy and Brother Liles Abernathy are constituted and ordained Executors to this my last Will and Testament. I do make and ordain this my last Will and Testament in Witness whereof I have unchangably set my hand and Seal this the twentieth Day of March in the Year of our Lord 1776.

Test Jesse Abernathy (Seal)

Thomas x Wade
William Butler
John Caudle

At a Court held for Brunswick County the 28th Day of March 1777 This Will was presented in Court by David and Liles Abernathy the Executors therein named who made oath thereto according to law and the Witnesses thereto Subscribed being in the Continental Army, The said David Abernathy was therefore [sworn?] who deposed that he is well acquainted with the Handwriting of the said Decedent and that he easily believes the [ ] thereto subscribed to be wholly written whereupon the will was ordered to be recorded on the Testimony of the said Executors who together with Richard Elliot Gent [ ] entered into and acknowledged their Bond in the [ ] be of five hundred pounds Conditioned as the Law directs a certificate was granted them for obtaining a Probate thereof in due form.

Peter Pelham Jr. Co. Clerk

Brunswick Co., VA Will Book 4, p. 504.
Transcription provided by Margaret Ogilvie