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Signed, sealed & declared to be a Codicil of my last will & tastmt in the p'sence of us. Cornelius Wood,
Henry Tandy, Jun'.
The above Henry Tandy, Jun', aged 17 yeares, or thereab, sworn & examined, saith, that he did see the above named Lawrence Washington, sign, seale & publish the above mentioned, to be his last will & testament, & that he was in perfect sence and memory at the signing, sealing & publishing thereof, to the best of your deponents Judgment.
HENRY TANDY. Juratus est Henricus Tandy, in Cur Com) Rapp Sexto die, Jany, An° 1677, p Sacram) prd probat et rec-dab'.
WILL OF LAWRENCE WASHINGTON, SON TO JOHN WASHINGTON. In The Name of God amen I Lawrence Washington of Washington Parish in the County of Westmoreland in Virginia Gentleman, being of Good and perfect memory thanks be unto almighty God for it & calling to mind the uncertain Estate of this Transitory life & that all Flesh must yield unto death when it shall please God to call me, doe make constitute, ordain & Declare this my last Will and Testament in manner and form following, revoking and annuling by these presents all and every Testament & Testaments, will or wills heretofore by me made and declared either by word or writing & this to be taken only for my last will and Testament and none other, and first being heartily sorry from the bottom of my heart for my sins, most humbly desireing forgiveness of the same from the Almighty God my saviour & Redeemer in whome by the merits of Jesus Christ, I Trust and believe assuredly to be saved and to have full remission & forgiveness of all my sins and that my soul with my body at the General day of Resurrection shall rise again with joy, and through the Merits of Christs Death and passion, possess & Inherit the kingdom of Heaven prepared for his Elect & Chosen and my body to be buried if please God I depart in this County of Westmoreland by the side of my Father and Mother & neare my Brothers & Sisters & my Children, and now for the setling of my Temporal Estate and such goods Chattles & Debts as it hath pleased God far above my desarts to bestow upon me I doe ordain give and bequeath the same in manner and form following:
Imprimis I will that all those Debts and dues that I owe in right or Concience to any manner of Person or Persons whatsoever shall be well contented & paid or ordained or demanded to be paid by my Executors or Extx hereafter named.
Item I give and bequeath to my well beloved friends M' William Thompson clk & Mr Samuel Thompson, each of them a mourning Ring of Thirty shillings Value each ring; Item I give and bequeath to iny Godson Lawrence Butler one young mare & two Cows: Item I give and bequeath to my Sister Anne Wirtts children, one man servant a piece of four or five years to serve or Three Thousand pounds of Tobacco to purchase the same, to be delivered or paid to them when they arrive to the age of
Twenty years old. Item I give and bequeath to my Sister Lewis a morning wring of forty shillings price. Item I give my Cuz: John Washington Sen: of Stafford County all my wearing apparel: Item I give unto my Cozen John Washingtons Eldest Son Lawrence Washington my Godson one man servant of four or five years to serve or Three Thousand pounds of Tobacco to purchase the same; to be paid him when he comes to the age of Twenty one years old: Item I give to my godsons Lawrence Butler & Lewis Nicholas that tract of Land adjoining upon Meridah Edward's and Daniel White, being Two hundred and seventy five acres of Land to be equally divided between them and their heirs forever: Item I give to the upper and Lower Churches of Washington parish, each of them a Pulpett Cloth & Cushion: Item it is my will to have a Funeral sermon at the Church, and to have none other Funeral to exceed Three Thousand pounds of Tobacco. Item it is my will after my Debts & Legacies paid, that my personal Estate be equally divided into four parts: my loving wife Mildred Washington to have one part, my Son John Washington to have another part, my Son Augustin Washington to have another Part and my Daughter Mildred to have the other part: to be delivered to them in specie when they shall come to the age of Twenty one years old: Item I give to my son John Washington, this seat of Land where I now live, and that whole tract of Land lying from the mouth of Machodock, extending to a place called the round hills, with the addition I have thereunto made of William Webb and William Rush to him and his heirs forever. Item I give and bequeath unto my Son Augustine Washington all the Dividend of Land that I bought of Mr Robert Lesson's Children in England Lying in Mattox, between my Brother & Mr Baldridge's Land where Mr Daniel Lesson formerly lived, by Estimation 400 acres to him and his heirs forever, as Likewise that Land that was M' Richard Hilts; Item I give and bequeath unto my said Son Augustine Washington, all that Tract of Land, where M' Lewis Markham, now lives after the said Markham's & his now wife's decease, by Estimation 700 acres more or less to him and his heirs forever. Item I give and bequeath my Daughter Mildred Washington all my Land in Stafford County, lying upon hunting creek, where MTM Elizabeth Minton & Mrs Williams now lives by Estimation 2500 acres to her and her heirs forever. Item I give my water mill to my son John Washington to him and his heirs forever. Item it is my will and desire if either of my children should die before they come to age or day of marriage, his or her personal Estate be equally divided between the two survivors and their Mother; Item it is my will and desire if all my children should die before they come of age or day of Marriage, that my Brothers children shall enjoy all their estate real, Except that Land that I bought of M Robert Lesson's children, which I give to my loving wife and her heirs forever, and the rest as aforesaid to them and their heirs forever; Item I give my personal Estate in case of all my childrens death as above said, to be equally divided between my wife and Brothers Children, my wife to have the one half; Item I give that Land which I bought of my Brother Francis Wright, being 200 acres lying near Storkes Quarter, to my Son John Washington and his heirs forever. Item It is my desire that my estate should not be appraised but kept entire and delivered them as above given according to time & my Children to continue under the care & Tution of their Mother till they come of age or day of marriage, and she to have the profits of their estates, toward the bringing of them up and keeping them at school; Item I doe ordain and appoint my Cozen John Washing
ton of Stafford and my friend Mr Samuel Thompson my Executors, and my loving wife Mildred Washington my Executrix of this my last will & testament. In Witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and Seale this 11th day of March Anno Dom 1697.
LAWRENCE WASHINGTON [Seal].
Signed Seald Declared & pronounced in presence of us,
At a Court held for the said County the 30th day of March 1698. The Last will and Testament of Lawrence Washington Gent desc. within written was proved by the oaths of George Weedon, Thomas Howes, & John Rosier Three of the witnesses thereto subscribed, and a probate thereof Granted to Samuel Thompson Gent one of the Executors therein named, and the will ordered to be recorded.
Teste JAMES WESTCOMB C. W. C.
Teste J. Warren Hutt, Clk.
of the County Court of Westmoreland Co. V.
RELEASE OF THE HUNTING CREEK OR MOUNT VERNON ESTATE.
This Indenture made the Sevententh Day of May in the thirteenth year of the Reign of Our Sovereign Lord George by the grace of God King Defender of the Faith & and in the year of our Lord God One Thousand seven hundred Twenty six Between Roger Gregory of StrattonMajor. Parish in King and Queen County Gent of the one part and Augustine Washington of Washington Parish in Westmoreland County Gent of the other part Wittnesseth that the said Roger Gregory and Mildred his wife for divers good causes & conciderations him thereunto moving but more Especially for and in Concideration of the sum of one Hundred & eighty pounds Sterling money of Great Brittain,-to him in hand paid at and before the Ensealing and Delivery of these presents the receipt wherof the said Roger Gregory and Mildred his wife Doth hereby acknowledge and himself therew'th to be Fully Satisfied and contented and Paid and thereof and every part and Parcel thereof doth fully and absolutely acquit Exhonerate and Discharge him the Said Augt Washington his Heirs Execu" and Admts and every of them by these Presents Hath Granted, Bargained Sold Remised Released Alienated, Entfeeofted and confirmed and by these presents Doth Grant Bargain Sell Remise Release Alien Entfeeftee confirm unto the said Augt Washington his Heirs Execus Admts and Assig for ever. He being in the actual Possession thereof by virtue of a Lease thereof made by the said Roger Gregory and Mildred his wife bearing Date the Day before the Date of these Presents and by virtue of the statute for transfering usses into Possession all that certain tract or Parcel of Land situate Lying and Being in the Parish of Overwharton-in the County aforesaid, Being by Estimation two thousand
& Five hundred acres a moiettie or half of five thousand acres formerly Lay'd out for Coll° Nicholas Spencer & the father of Capt Lawrence Washington and Bounded as followeth Begining by the River Side at the Mouth of Little Hunting Creek and Extending up the Said Creek according to the several courses and Meanders thereof nine hundred Eighty and Six Poles to a mark'd A Corner Tree standing on the west side the South Branch being the main branch of the said Hunting Creek From these by a Lyne of mark'd trees west Eighteen Degrees South across the Woods to the Dividing Lyne as Formerly made Between Madam Francis Spencer and Capt Lawrence Washington and from thence Wy the said Lyne to y River and with the River and all the Courses and Meanders of the said River to the Mouth of the Creek afor'sd Together with all Houses Outhouses Gardens Orchards Fences Meadows Pastures Feedings Woods underwoods Swamps marshes Way" Waters Watercourses and all other Emoluments Herediteriments and appertenances to the Said granted Premisses belonging or in any wise appertaining with all the Estate Right Title Interest Claim and Demand Whatsoever of him the said Roger Gregory or Mildred his wife of in & unto the said granted Premises and every part therof w'by the appurtenances to the said granted Premisses and reversion and remainder yearly and other rents and Profits of the Premisses and every part and Parcell thereof To have and to hold the said two thousand & five hundred acres of Land together with all the Rights Titles Benefitt Property Interest, Claim and Demand whatsoever of in and to the said Lands & Premises hereby granted sold demised released & confirmed and mentioned or intended to be herein granted Bargined Sold Remised Released & Confirmed and every part and Parsel thereof w' their and every of their appertenances unto the said Augustine Washington his Heirs forever to the only Proper use and behoof of the said Augustine Washington and his heirs and assignes forever to be holden of the chief Lord or Lords of the fee or fees of the Premises by the Rules & services for the same due & accustomed to be paid and the said Roger Gregory and Mildred his wife for themselves their heirs Exectrs and Admtrs Doth covenant and w's the said Augt Washington his Heirs & Assig by these Presents that the said Roger Gregory and Mildred his wife now is and standith Rightfully seised of and in the said two thousand & five hundred acres of Land and Premises with their appertenances of a good sure perfect & Indefeasable Estate in Fee simple and now hath good Rightful powers and Lawful authority to grant and convey the said Land & Premises unto the said Augustine Washington and his heirs according to the purport True intent and meaning of these Presents and that it shall and may be Lawful to and for the said Augt Washington his Heirs and assg' from time to time and at all times forever hereafter Peaseably & Quietly to have hold Possess ocupy & enjoy the said two thousand & five hundred acres of Land with their and every of their appertenances without the Lett Suit Trouble molestation or Interuption of him the said Roger Gregory & Mildred his wife their Heirs Executors Adm'tors or Assigns or any of them or any other Person or Persons Lawfully claiming or to claim from by or under them or either of them and the said Roger Gregory & Mildred his wife for themselves their heirs Execu'ts & Adm'st Doth covinent and agree to and W 7th the said Augustine Washington his heirs & Assig" by these presents that he the said Roger Gregory and Mildred his wife their Heirs Execu Adm's and assig" shall and will at any time or times hereafter During the space of years next Ensuing the Date hereof upon the request and
at the Charges in the Law of the said Augst Washington his heirs or assig" do make and Execute or cause or procure to be done made or Executed all and every such further and other act and acts conveyance & conveyances in the Law whatsoever for the further and better conveying and assuring the said two thousand & five hundred acres of Land & Premises with their appurtenances unto the said Augustine Washington his heirs and assig" forever as by the Counsell Learned in the Law of the said Augustine Washington his heirs or assigns shall be Reasonable Devised advised or required Soe as the Parties Required to do the same be not compelled to travell above Fifty miles from the place or places of their abode for the doing thereof Wittness whereof the Parties to this Indenture have Interchangeably hereunto set their hands and seals this Day and year first above writtenROG GREGORY [ ] MILDRED GREGORY [ ]
Sign'd Seal'd & De' In Presence of
WTM Aylett Jr
[Immediately below the text and signatures of the Indenture is recorded in the same hand-writing the following]
The corses of Spencers Land and mine on Little Hunting Creek beginning at y mouth of Little Hunting Extending up ye s'd Creek 986 poles thence by a marked Line of trees W 188 cross ye main wood, a mapel standing on y E. side of y main brantch of Dague run 720 P thence Down ye said Brantch & Creek 1128 p p to ye mouth of ye s'd Creek thence along y river to ye begining.
[Endorsed in Gen' Washington's hand-writing]
Rog & Mild' Gregory'
Release to August Washington 17th May 1726
[Beneath this endorsement is the following of a probable current date with the execution of the Indenture.]
Merandom thos Leews & Reles was acknowledged at ye Jeneral Court by Rodger Gregory & Mildred his wife in Aprill 1726.
[The document is written on two large sheets of paper fastened together with wafers. To each signature is attached, in sealing wax, an impression of a seal which may be heraldic but cannot be called so with confidence. The design is a bloodhound on scent, who stands on what may be a wreath, but perhaps is only meant for a support to his feet. A photo-engraving of this seal will be found in the illustration facing page 523.]
WILL OF AUGUSTINE WASHINGTON, FATHER TO GENERAL GEORGE
In the name of God, Amen.
I Augustine Washington of the County of King George-Gentleman being sick and weak but of perfect and disposing sence and memory, Do make my last will and Testament in manner following hereby revoking all former will or wills whatsoever by me heretofore made.
Imprimis;-I give unto my Son Lawrence Washington and his heirs.