son of Nathan R. THURMAN Rebecca Fanny JENNINGS.
Buried Blakenship (1960 moved to 2 miles E of Scruggs, Va on
property of Maude Dillon, state Hghwy 616). Leftwich-Turner
Families of Virginia lists the following 11 children: Thomas
Leftwich, Charlotte, Bethunia Ellis, William, Elizabeth,
Powhatan, Timothy, Susan, Robert J., David, and Augustine
Leftwich. This is in conflict from the names and number compiled
from various other sources. Source: DAR ID#85172. Source: IGI
AFN:R00Z-ZR. 1 Oct 99. Source: IGI AFN:BFJ1-NG. 3 Feb 00.
David Thurman Will
In the name of God, Amen. I, David Thurman, of the County of
Franklin, Virginia being sick in body but of sound mind and
memory, do constitute and ordain this to be my last will and
testament in manner and form following, that is to say Impiris,
My will and desire is that at my death my body shall be directly
interred and all my just debts repaid.
Item: My will and desire is that all my property, with the
exception of the Negroes hereafter named, shall remain in the
plantation on which I live; subject to the control and
management of my Executors until my son Alexander shall become
21 years of age; that Anderson, Sam, and Tilly be hired until
that time period arrives, and then dsposed of as hereafter
named, and that my other plantation be rented.
Item: I lend to my dear wife Susannah Thurmon from the time the
division of my property takes place, the plantation on which I
now live, one Negro woman named Phyllis and her daughter
Floretta; one choice horse; two choice cows; eight choice head
of hogd; two plows; farm hoes, one _______ gear sufficient for
one horse; all of my household and kitchen furniture, to have
and to hold same during her natural life or widowhood, and then
to be equally divided among all my children.
Item: My will and desire is that all the rest of my property,
except the Negroes, be sold at public auction, the proceeds of
which to be equally divided amongst all my children; and all the
rest of my Negroes not disposed of, and their increase, be
equally divided amongst all my children to be theirs (with the
exception of my daughter Susan's part) and their heirs forever.
Item: My will and desire is that Alexander Leftwich, Robert
Powell, and Morgon Clop, at the division of my property,
appraise that portion of my Negroes which may fall to the lot of
those of my children who now do or may live in states where laws
prohibit holding such property; and that, provided that any of
my other children shall pay into the hands of said child or
children the amount in money or said appraisement, then he or
her shall be entitled to said lot or
lots of Negroes in fee simple.
Item: It is my will and desire that my two sons, David Thurmon
and Alexander Thurmon, whom I do appoint trustees for that
purpose, receive and hold that portion of my estate alloted to
my daughter Susan H. Payne during her life; and to lend out her
money at interest, and hire out her Negroes, so as to pay over
unto her hands annually the pproceeds of her property, so long
as she may be remain seperated from her husband, Dudley Payne,
and then from that time shall said trustees withold all and any
part of said proceeds from said Susan H. Payne.
Item: I give and bequeath that portion of my property alloted to
my daughter Susan H. Payne, after her death, or union with her
husband, to her son and my grandson, James Alexander Payne, to
him and his heirs forever.
Item: It is my will and desire that my daughter Susan H. Payne
shall live with my beloved wife and on the proceeds of said
plantation free from all charges during my wife's lifetime,
provided she remains seperated from her husband.
Lastly I do hereby nominate and appoint my two sons David
Thurmon and Alexander Thurmon joint excecutor's, to carry into
effect this my last will and testament.
In testimony whereof I hereunto affix my hand and seal this 27th
day of August 1840.
Signed, Sealed and Acknowledged in presence of Morgon Clop, Joel
Leftwich, Thomas Leftwich, Jr. David Thurmon (His Seal)
Source:Franklin Co., VA Will Book 5, p. 269. Will dated 27 Aug
Thomas Leftwich THURMAN
Bethunia Ellis THURMAN
Robert J. THURMAN
Augustine Leftwich THURMAN