Last Will & Testament – John SEWELL


Signed: April 1778
Proved: 17 December 1793
Transcribed by: Dennis M. Kowallek, 2011
Source: West Virginia Will Books 1756-1971, Berkeley County, Will book, v. 02 1788-1796, pp. 209-210
Image: 209-210

In the name of God Amen. I John Sewell of the County of Berkeley and in the Commonwealth of Virginia being of Sound mind and memory do make and ordain this my last will and Testament in manner and form following that is to say I give and bequeath unto my loving wife Jane Sewell all that plantation Tract or parcel of Land whereon I now dwell lying and being situate in the County aforesaid estimated to Contain about One hundred and forty Seven Acres for and during her natural life. Item I give and bequeath unto my said wife Jane Sewell all my household Furniture all my Stock and all and Singular my Personal Estate of whatever nature or kind s?????for and during her natural life Subject nevertheless to the payment of all just debts or demands that may be brought against my said estate after my decease. Item It is my will and I do order that after the decease of my said wife That the above described tract of Land is then to be equally divided into four Lotts paying due regard to the meadow and water Conven??????s so as to give due proportion ther?? of to each of the sd four Lotts of Land and after the said Tract of Land has been thus divided as aforesaid my will is that my Eldest Daughter Abigal Sewell may have her Choice of the Said Lotts of Land that my daughter Elizabeth Sewell has the Second Choice of the Said Lotts of Land that my Daughter Jane Sewell has the third Choice of the sd Lotts of Land and that my daughter Anne Sewell is to have the fourth and Last Choice of the sd Lotts of Land which said four Lotts or parcels of Land I do give and bequeath to my Said four Daughters abigail Sewell Elizabeth Sewell Jane Sewell and anne Sewell or the Survivors of them in equal proportion to them Respectively their heirs and assigns forever. But in case either of my Said Daughters when they arrive to full age (and after the decease of my said wife) Should Choose to Sell and dispose of their or either of their Said parts or portion in the said tract of Land my will is that my said daughter or daughters so Choosing to sell do give the pryer ???? and Refusal of the Said Lot or Lotts to my Two Sons Timothy Sewell and David Sewell Provided my Said Sons will pay as Great a price as my said Daughter or Daughters might at the time Receive from any other Person Inclining to purchase. Item it is my will and I do order that at the decease of my said wife that whatever personal Estate my Said wife may then be possessed of devised by me at the time of her death be equally divided between my said four Daughters Abigail Elizabeth Jane and anne Sewell to them or the Survivors of them in equal proportion their heirs and assigns forever Respectively. Item I give and devise To my Son Timothy Sewell the Sum of Five Shillings Current money of Virginia he having already received his part and portion of my real and personal Estate. Item I give and bequeath to my Son David Sewell the Sum of Five Shilling Current money of Virginia he having already received his part and portion of my real and personal Estate. Lastly I do hereby nominate and appoint my Loving wife Jane Sewell executrix and my Son Timothy Sewell executor of this my last will and testament in testimony whereof I have hereunto Set my hand and affixed my Seal the [blank] day of April Anno Domini One thousand Seven hundred and Seventy eight 1778.

 John Sewell L.S.

Signed Sealed published pronounced and declared by the Said John Sewell as his last will and testament in presence of

R. Rutherford
Edward Tabb
Thomas Rutherford
John Conner

At a Court held for Berkeley County the 17th day of December 1793. This last Will and Testament of John Sewell dec’d was proved by the Oaths of Edward Tabb and Thomas Rutherford two of the witnesses thereto and ordered to be recorded and on the motion of Timothy Sewell the Surviving executor therein named who made oath thereto according to law Certificate is granted him for obtaining a probate thereof in due form giving Surity whereupon he with Surity entered into and acknowledged Bond Conditioned as the law directs.

Teste,
M. Hunter C.B.C.

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