This is the will of William ALLEN, Sr., of Mecklenburg County, Virginia, who died in 1789. Though I have preserved the spelling & punctuation in this transcript, I have broken it up into paragraphs for easier reading.

Last Will & Testament of William Allen, Sr.

Mecklenburg County Will Book B, 1778-1789

Mecklenburg County, Virginia

In the name of God, Amen. I, William Allen, Sen. of St. James Parish of Mecklenburg County being sick and weak of body but of sound and perfect memory do make and constitute and ordain this my last will and Testament revoking all former Wills by me made.

Imps. I leave all that I am possessed with together till my just debts are honestly paid and then to be divided as shall hereafter mention -

I then lend to my dear and loving wife Ann Allen all my land on the west side of Mountain Creek during her natural life with six negroes namely Susser, Bob, Jacob, Salley, Vina, Winny Carter, with six cows and calves with two two year old bulls with one half of my hogs, with all my household and kitchen furniture, except one bed and furniture with one black mare and one horse by the name of Rolly, with one side saddle with seven head of sheep with seventy five barrels of corn to raise my six youngest children Dividing amongst them their equal part of all but the land as they come of age and when the youngest child comes of age its my desire that the rest thats left be divided between my dear and loving wife Ann Allen and my youngest child and after my wife decease its my desire that the land should be set up and sold to the highest bidder giving twelve months ct. and to be equally divided amongst my six youngest children namely: Robert Allen, Susanna Allen, Joseph Allen, Pines Allen, Nancy Allen, Fanny Smith Allen, but in case any of my youngest children should die then its my desire that it should be divided amongst the rest of my last wifes children, to them and their theirs forever.

Item I give to my son Pleasant Allen all the land below his Spring branch on the East side of Mountain Creek between the said Creek and Drury Allens line to him and his heirs forever -

Item - I give to my son Grey Allen a Sorrel Horse Colt and twenty pounds cash to him and his heirs forever -

Item I give to my Daughter Dolley Allen one bed and furniture and twenty pounds cash to her and her heirs forever.

Item I give my daughter Mary Allen five shillings sterling to her and her heirs forever.

Item I give to my Daughter Elizabeth Burnett five pounds cash to get her a suit of clothes to her and her heirs forever.

What other things I have not yet willed away, namely, five Negroes and my land not yet willed away I leave to be equally divided amongst my children as I shall hereafter mention except five pounds cash which I shall hereafter mention the rest to be divided amongst Turner Allen, Drury Allen, Lucy Morgan, William Allen, John Allen, Darling Allen, Martha Jarrott, Young Allen, Pleasant Allen, Meredith Allen, Gray Allen, Dolley Allen, to my son Drury Allen I leave five pounds cash more than his Equal part with the rest to them their heirs forever.

Lastly, I nominate and appoint Isaac Johnson, Drury Allen and Elisha Arnold to be my Executors of this my Last Will and Testament to see this will executed in witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal this fourth day of February one thousand seven hundred and eighty nine."

William  Allen

Signed sealed in presence of

Sam Marshall, Walter  Evans, Stephen  Evans

 

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