WILL OF HENRY TATE
CAMPBELL COUNTY, VIRGINIA
# 24 in Updike Book
IN THE NAME OF GOD AMEN. I, Henry
Tate of the Parish of Russell and county of Campbell, being at
this time in perfect health of body and soundness of mind, but
considering the uncertainty of life and being desirous to prevent
any dispute- among my children after my decease do make and
ordain this my last Will and Testament in manner and form
I render up my soul to God who gave it whom this the merits of Jesus Christ I hope to have full pardon and forgiveness for all my sins done in the body and my body to be buried in a decent Christian manner, and any worldly goods wherewith it hath pleased God to bless me- i give and bequeath in manner following.
First I give to my executors one negro woman slave named Patti with her increase for the use following [to wit] that is I have lent the said negro to my daughter-Mary Davis wife of Chesley Davis they shall allow her to keep possession of the said negro during my said daughter's natural life to her own use and behoos[sic] and that immediately on my daughter's decease they take into their possession the said negro and her increase and account to the children she may or has had by the said Chesley Davis for the profit of the said negro and increase until the Eldest of the Children comes of age or marries and that then they shall divide the negro aforesaid and her increase among the said children or as many of them as are living or if that for any reason in impracticable that they sell the said Negro and increase to the best advantage and divide the sum arising from the sale among said children aforesaid.
Item- I give and bequeath to my daughter Sarah Callaway what she hath already had
Item- I give and bequeath to my daughter Tabitha Callaways children James and Elizabeth Callaway the increase of negro woman called Nann formerly given to my Deceased daughter to be equally divided between them and their Heirs forever after the death of their father.
Item- I give an bequeath to my Eldest son Jesse Tate one negro woman named Hannah with her increase to him and his Heirs forever.
Item- I give and bequeath to my son Charles Tate one negro woman nam'd[sic] Sue with her increase to him and his Heirs forever.
Item- I give and bequeath to my daughter ELiza Harriss [sic] one negro man named Tom to her and her Heirs forever.
Item- I give and bequeath to my daughter Anne Anthony one negro man named Blackmon to her and her Heirs forever.
Item- I give and bequeath to my son Nathaniel Tate one negro man named John to him and his Heirs forever.
Item- I give and bequeath to my son Edmund Tate one negro man named Will to him and his Heirs forever.
Item- I give and bequeath to my son Caleb Tate one Negro man named James to him and his Heirs forever.
Item- I give and bequeath to my daughter Eupham Tate two negros named Polk and Randall to her and her Heirs forever; together with what I have already given her.
Item- I give and bequeath to my daughter Sarah Henry Tate one negro woman named Mollie with her increse to her and her Heirs forever.
Item- I give and to my beloved wife Sarah Tate during her widowhood in life of her dower five negos namely Robin, Young Robin, Bob, Jude and Jemmy five together with the land whereon I now live, with the plantation the use of the houses and appurtenances to the said land belonging and after her decease or on her marriage my Will is that the said Land whereon I now live shall be the property of the two youngest sons Edmund and Caleb Tate with the plantation houses Mill and all the appurtenances to the said land belonging aforesaid.
My Land on Goose Creek my Will is that one half thereon shall be the property of my son Nathaniel Tate and the other and lower part there to be the property of Charles Tate, my Will is that the five negros last mentioned be sold by the Execuutors provided the negros can be bought among my children two fifths of the money arising from such sale to be given to my youngest daughter Sarah Henry Tate and the balance equally divided among my children hereafter named.
[VIZ] Anne Anthony, Edmund and Caleb Tate, my other children living provided to the utmost of my ability by the bequest I herein mentioned to them, and my Will and desire is that all my personal Estate not herein before disposed of remain in the possessionof my wife during her widowhood and and after her marriage or decease to be sold by Executors for the use of my children above last mentioned and the money arising from the sale thereas to be divided among them in manner last mentioned, and should it be at anmy time-appear that my stock of Horse and Cattle be to great a number to keep without charge, it is my desire that the superflous part thereof be sold by my Executors hereafter mentioned and the money arising to be divided among my children above last mentioned in manner aforesaid.
I appoint my lovng wife Sarah Tate and my sons Edmund and Caleb Tate- Executors of this my Last Will and Tesament hereby revoking all former Wills by me heretofore made. In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal this day-
August of 1784 [sic] HENRY TATE [seal]
Test: Sarah H. Tate Sarah X Williamson Ann X Williamson
Wm. X Williamson
AUGUST 9TH 1784 Having not disposed of my
daughter Sarah Henry Tates poetion of my estate in case she
should die before marriage, I do hereby require in that case-
that her proportion may be divided between my three last children
herein named [towit] Anne Anthony, Edmund Tate and Caleb Tate,
and that they have my funeral sermon preached from e
Either the first verse and Last Chapter of Ecclesiates or the 48th verse of the 89th Psalm.
HENRY TATE [SEAL]
JUNE 31 1788- Having not disposed of a
negroe woman called Easther, I give to my loving wife
Sarah Tate during her life and widowhood as the rest of the
others hretofore left with all moneys due to me-over and above
paying my just debts and funeral Sermon, The said negroe and
increase after her decease to be equally divided among Ann
Anthony, Edmund Tate and Caleb Tate.
Test; HENRY TATE [seal]
Sarah H Tate, Sarah Williamson, Ann Williamson
these two by mark of X
At A court held for Campbell County September
5th 1793- The within Last Will and Testament of Henry Tayte
Deceased together with the Codicils thereon endorsed were proved
by the Oaths of Sarah Williamson andAnn Williamson, to w of the
Witnesses herto subscribed and Ordered to be recorded and on the
Motionof Edmund Tate and Caleb Tate the Executors therein named
who made Oath thereto as the aw directs certificate to be granted
them for obtaining probate thereof in due form-giving security
Whereupon they together with James Callaway and Joseph Anthony
their Securities ordered into and acknowledged their Bond in the
penalty of one Thousand five hundred poounds conditioned
according to law for the said Executors due and faithfully
administration of the said Decendents Estate and performance of
his Will--Liberty being reserved the Executrix in the said Will
being named to join in the Probate thereof when she shall think.
Teste Ro Alexander CCC
Records Complied by:
January 28, 2000
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