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WILL OF CHRISTOPHER HOOMES - 20 MAY 1780 - 21 February 1785

Source: William Andrew Sherrill Manuscript:

The Will of CHRISTOPHER HOOMES (Natural father of WILLIAM SHERRILL):

In the name of God, Amen, I CHRISTOPHER HOOMES of the County of Culpepper & Colony of Virginia being of perfect sense of memory & duly weighing the uncertainty of Human affairs, do make & Ordain this my last Will & Testament in manner following Imprimis I give my Immortal part to the Divine Author & my Body to the earth to be intered in such decent soil as my Executors hereafter named shall think fit

First, I give & bequeath to my reputed son & whom I have raised from his Infancy WILLIAM SHERRIL Son of MARGARET SHERRIL Alais MARGERY PURKINS all that tract or parcel of Land which I purchased of John Latham lying in the aforesaid County it being the same on which I now live to him & his Heirs or assigns forever. Also I give to my said son one Seventh part of all my Negroes & cattle & Hogs which I give & bequeath to him my said Son WILLIAM SHEREL to him his Heirs & assigns forever

Secondly I give & bequeath to my reputed son Thomas Freeman Son of Elizabeth Freeman who now lives with me, one half of those two Tracts of Land which I purchased of Humphrey Wallace & Robert Eastham situate in the County aforesaid to include in his part the plantation where Isaac Anderson formerly lived Also one Seventh part of all my Slaves, and Stocks of all kinds, and Household furnature which I give to my said son Thomas Freeman his heirs or Assigns forever

Thirdly I give to my reputed son George son of Elizabeth Freeman aforesaid the other half of my said two tracts of Land purchased of Wallace & Eastham as aforesaid to include in his part the plantation where WILLIAM SHERELL now lives, but if in Case the said George Freeman should died without Lawful Issue then I give the Land to my Son Thomas Freeman aforesaid to him his Heirs & Assigns forever. Also I give & bequeath to my said son George Freeman one seventh part of all my slaves & Stocks of all kinds & Household furnature to him his heirs & Assigns forever

Fourthly I give and bequeath unto my reputed daughter Ann Spelman wife of Nathaniel Spelman one Seventh part of all my slaves Except Twenty five pounds which she has already received in an old Negor man, which twenty five pounds is to be amounted in her proportion of the said Slaves which I give to her 7 her Heirs & Assigns forever

Fifthly I Lend to my reputed daughter Sarah Anderson the wife of Isaac Anderson one Fourteenth part of all my Slaves during her Natural life, and after her death. If she leaves any Lawful Heir begotten of her Body then I give and bequeath the said Fourteenth part of my Slaves to be equally divided amongst her Lawful Children, but if she thesd (sic) Sarah Anderson should die leaving no Lawful Child then the said fourteenth part of my Slaves should be equally divided amongst my several reputed Sons & Daughters or their Representatives

Sixthly I give and bequeath to my reputed daughter Elizabeth Garner the wife of Jonas Garner, one Fourteenth part of all my Slaves to her & her Heirs and Assigns forever.

Seventhly I give and bequeath to my reputed Daughter Mary Freeman Daughter of Elizabeth Freeman who now lives with me one Seventh part of all my Slaves & Stocks of all kinds & Household furnature which I give to her & her Heirs & Assigns forever

Eighthly I give and bequeath to my reputed daughter Frances Freeman daughter of Elizabeth Freeman aforesaid one seventh part of all my Slaves & Stocks of all kinds & household Furnature to her & her Heirs & Assigns for ever

Ninthly It is my will and desire that all my Slaves be kept together & work on my plantation or Lands until my Debts are paid.

Tenthly It is my Will & desire that whatever of my Slaves shall upon a distrubution be allotted to Thomas Freeman, George Freeman, Mary Freeman & Frances Freeman shall remain & be work't upon the Tracts of Land herein before devised to the said George Freeman un'till the death, Age, or Marriage of each of them respectively & that they during the same time shall each of them recieve the profits Arizing from the Labours of the Separate & distinct parts in such Slave or Slaves.

Eleventh It is my will & desire that Elizabeth Freeman the mother of my Children aforesaid who now lives with me, have Leave to Continue with her Children on the Land given to Thomas & George Freeman clear of Board for victuals & during the time she Lives Chaste & unmarried or until the said George Freeman shall come of age or Marriage.

Source: William Andrew Sherrill Manuscript:

The Will of CHRISTOPHER HOOMES (Natural father of WILLIAM SHERRILL):

In the name of God, Amen, I CHRISTOPHER HOOMES of the County of Culpepper & Colony of Virginia being of perfect sense of memory & duly weighing the uncertainty of Human affairs, do make & Ordain this my last Will & Testament in manner following Imprimis I give my Immortal part to the Divine Author & my Body to the earth to be intered in such decent soil as my Executors hereafter named shall think fit

First, I give & bequeath to my reputed son & whom I have raised from his Infancy WILLIAM SHERRIL Son of MARGARET SHERRIL Alais MARGERY PURKINS all that tract or parcel of Land which I purchased of John Latham lying in the aforesaid County it being the same on which I now live to him & his Heirs or assigns forever. Also I give to my said son one Seventh part of all my Negroes & cattle & Hogs which I give & bequeath to him my said Son WILLIAM SHEREL to him his Heirs & assigns forever

Secondly I give & bequeath to my reputed son Thomas Freeman Son of Elizabeth Freeman who now lives with me, one half of those two Tracts of Land which I purchased of Humphrey Wallace & Robert Eastham situate in the County aforesaid to include in his part the plantation where Isaac Anderson formerly lived Also one Seventh part of all my Slaves, and Stocks of all kinds, and Household furnature which I give to my said son Thomas Freeman his heirs or Assigns forever

Thirdly I give to my reputed son George son of Elizabeth Freeman aforesaid the other half of my said two tracts of Land purchased of Wallace & Eastham as aforesaid to include in his part the plantation where WILLIAM SHERELL now lives, but if in Case the said George Freeman should died without Lawful Issue then I give the Land to my Son Thomas Freeman aforesaid to him his Heirs & Assigns forever. Also I give & bequeath to my said son George Freeman one seventh part of all my slaves & Stocks of all kinds & Household furnature to him his heirs & Assigns forever

Fourthly I give and bequeath unto my reputed daughter Ann Spelman wife of Nathaniel Spelman one Seventh part of all my slaves Except Twenty five pounds which she has already received in an old Negor man, which twenty five pounds is to be amounted in her proportion of the said Slaves which I give to her 7 her Heirs & Assigns forever

Fifthly I Lend to my reputed daughter Sarah Anderson the wife of Isaac Anderson one Fourteenth part of all my Slaves during her Natural life, and after her death. If she leaves any Lawful Heir begotten of her Body then I give and bequeath the said Fourteenth part of my Slaves to be equally divided amongst her Lawful Children, but if she thesd (sic) Sarah Anderson should die leaving no Lawful Child then the said fourteenth part of my Slaves should be equally divided amongst my several reputed Sons & Daughters or their Representatives

Sixthly I give and bequeath to my reputed daughter Elizabeth Garner the wife of Jonas Garner, one Fourteenth part of all my Slaves to her & her Heirs and Assigns forever.

Seventhly I give and bequeath to my reputed Daughter Mary Freeman Daughter of Elizabeth Freeman who now lives with me one Seventh part of all my Slaves & Stocks of all kinds & Household furnature which I give to her & her Heirs & Assigns forever

Eighthly I give and bequeath to my reputed daughter Frances Freeman daughter of Elizabeth Freeman aforesaid one seventh part of all my Slaves & Stocks of all kinds & household Furnature to her & her Heirs & Assigns for ever

Ninthly It is my will and desire that all my Slaves be kept together & work on my plantation or Lands until my Debts are paid.

Tenthly It is my Will & desire that whatever of my Slaves shall upon a distrubution be allotted to Thomas Freeman, George Freeman, Mary Freeman & Frances Freeman shall remain & be work't upon the Tracts of Land herein before devised to the said George Freeman un'till the death, Age, or Marriage of each of them respectively & that they during the same time shall each of them recieve the profits Arizing from the Labours of the Separate & distinct parts in such Slave or Slaves.

Eleventh It is my will & desire that Elizabeth Freeman the mother of my Children aforesaid who now lives with me, have Leave to Continue with her Children on the Land given to Thomas & George Freeman clear of Board for victuals & during the time she Lives Chaste & unmarried or until the said George Freeman shall come of age or Marriage.

Twelfth. I give & bequeath to the said Elizabeth Freeman Six pounds Current Money (per?) Annum during the time she remains Chaste & Unmarried to be paid out of that part of my Estate devised to the said Thomas Freeman George Freeman, Mary Freeman & Frances Freeman to be paid by equal portions, but on her the said Elizabeth's incontinency or Marriage the Annuity to subside.

Thirteenth It is my will & desire that my tools & whatever else of my Estate which are to be found & is not already mentioned to be equally divided amongest my several reputed Sons & Daughters and if any of them should die before they come of Age or Marry, then his, her, or their part to be & remain to the Survivors & their Representatives, I mean all Slaves be given to any one by this Will if they so die their part to be divided among the Survivors.

Lastly I do ordain & appoint my Friends Henry Pondleton, James Pondleton, John Wigginton & the said WILLIAM SHERRILL Executors to this my Last Will & Testament here by revoking all Wills by me heretofore made. In Testimony whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal this Twentyth day of May One thousand Seven hundred and Eighty. Sign'd Sealed published & declared by )

CH HOOMES (L.S.)

CHRISTOPHER HOOMES to be his last Will)
& Testament in presence of us )
John Wigginton
William Davis
David Carnaggie (his mark)
James Carnaggie (his mark)

At a Court held for Culpepper County the 21st day of February 1785

This Last Will and Testament of CHRISTOPHER HOOMES dec'd was Exhibited to the Court by James Pendleton & John Wigginton, Gent. two of the Executors therein named and was proved by the Oaths of David Carnaggie & James Carnaggie two of the Witnesses thereto and Ordered to be recorded. And on the Motion of the said Executors Certificate is granted them for obtaining probat thereof in due form they having made Oath thereto & given bond & Security according to Law - Liberty being reserved for the other Executors to qualify when they may think fit.

John Jameson C & C.Cur


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