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William Beasley, 1824 Will

Of culpepper, State of Virginia

Transcribed by Lesley Carter.

I William Beazley of the County of Culpeper and state of Virginia do make and ordain this my will and testament as follows:

First I leave to my wife Ellie Beazley five negroes named John, Temple, Robert, Edmund and Polly during her natural life and after her death to be sold on a credit of twelve months and the money arising to be equally divided among my children or their heirs.

Secondly it is my desire that the following children (who are children of my negro woman Nutly) named Lewis, Job, Joel, Frederick, Eliza, Moriah, and Jane be kept and raised among my children until arrive at age, the boys 21 and the girls 18, at which time they are to be emancipated.

Thirdly I give to my daughter Nancy Coons wife of John Coons, one hundred & fifty acres of land which they now reside on to her and her heirs forever.

Will of Wm Beazley
William Beasley Chancery Court Record 1838-015 Murray vs. Exr. of William Beazley, etc. William Beazley' will, page 9-10 of the court record.

Fourthly I give to my sons Thomas and Charles Beazley the first tract of land I now reside on containing four hundred and forty-four acres to be equally divided, so as to leave the dwelling house on the part belonging to my son Thomas as it is my wish that my wife shall lodge live with my son Thomas the land to be valued by three persons that my Executor shall appoint and the amount over and above their shares as Legatees shall be paid to my Executor after they get possession in their equal payments annual payments to them and their heirs forever.

Fifthly the residue of my estate to be sold on a credit of twelve months and the money arising after all my just debts are paid as also the money that may be due from my sons Thomas and Charles to be equally divided between my sons Reuben and Cornelius and my daughters Sally Vaughan [&] Pattsey Triplett and Elizabeth Wall to them and their heirs forever.

Sixthly I appoint William Major Executor of this my last will and testament in witness whereof I have set my hand and seal the 20th day of September 1824.

Signed sealed & acknowledged Wm. Beazley (seal)

In presence of

William Coons
Daniel Threlkeld
Benjamin (his + mark) Drummond

At a court held for Culpeper County the 18th day of October 1824.

This last will and testament of William Beazley, decd, was exhibited to the court and proved by the oaths of William Coons, Daniel Threlkeld & Benjamin Drummond, the witnesses thereto and ordered to be recorded and on the motion of William Major the executor therein named certificated is granted him for obtaining a probat [sic] thereof in due form he having made oath thereto and given bond and security according to law.


Th. W. Lightfoot c.c.

A copy teste F[rancis]. T. Lightfoot, c.c [clerk of the Circuit Superior Court]

Culpeper October 3rd 1824

To Misters William Coons Archibald Test and S.A. Herron


Pursuant to the will of the late William Beazley dec'd Whereof I am executor I am directed to appoint three persons to value the land divided by the said devised to his sons Thomas Beazley and Charles Beazley to be equally divided between them. This therefore is to appoint you to the performance of the said duty and to request you to repair to the house of the said deceased on the 7th of the present month then and there in presence of such of the parties as may choose to attend to make valuation of the said land in the whole and on each subdivision and to render me a one report of the same in order that it may be entered of record.

William Major