|Posted By:||Debbie Robison|
|Subject:||Re: Thomas West & Anne Payne|
|Post Date:||October 20, 2009 at 19:04:24|
|Forum:||Fairfax County, VA Genealogy Forum|
Will of Thomas West (Fairfax Will Book I1:499)
In the name of God Amen I Thomas West of the County of Fairfax and Commonwealth of Virginia, being near fifty years of age, in perfect mind and reason, tho' weak in Body, do make ordain and acknowledge this present instrument of writing to be my last Will and Testament utterly revoking all or any other Will or Wills heretofore made by me - In the first place I recommend my Soul to God who gave it hoping and trusting that the blessed Jesus who suffered so much for Sinners will be my advocate at that great day when the secrets of all hearts will be opened, and each know his Doom. Imprimis. As to my Worldly Goods I wish them to be disposed of in the following manner towit - Item. I give and bequeath unto my loving Son Thomas West the Tract of Land whereon I now live, it being the residue of a larger Tract known by the name of Carr & Simpson's Tract, and allso I give and bequeath unto my said Son Thomas West one morety of a Tract of Land called Pearson Tract, my part thereof, will be one hundres six and a quarter acres, and the ballance is my brother John West, as devised in our Father's Will, the above said parts of two Tracts of land towit Carr & Simpson and Pearsons Tract lying and adjoining each other. I do give to my said Son Thomas West and his heirs forever under the following reservation towit: I give out of the above lands a part in each Tract unto my Wife Elizabeth West whom I do most dearly love and esteem that Plantation whereon I live, the beginning to be at the N. Westernmost Corner of a Lott of Land, conveyed by me to my Daughter Nancy Martin at the Leesburg Road and in the line of Tract sold by me to Josiah Watson now called Stump hill, running thence with the lines of Stump hill Tract, the full one half the distance between the beginning and where the line crosses the Road at the Pond on the Leesburgh Road, thence with a line nearly at right angles crossing Carr & Simpson and so on crossing Pearson's to the dividing line between my Brother John West and me, thence with the said dividing line and binding therewith a southerly cource to where a line from the beginning when extended the same cource with Nancy Martin's Northernmost line will Intersect the dividing line between my Brother John West and me, in the Pearsons Tract this reserved Tract I will na desire should be enjoyed by the Wife Elizabeth West for and during her natural life, and at her Death to come to my Son Thomas West and his Heirs forever. Item I Will and bequeath unto my said Son Thomas a Tract of Land in the County of Fairfax lying on the Ox Road, taken up by my Grand Father Hugh West, to him and his Heirs forever. Item - I give and bequeath unto my siad Son Thomas West one Lott of Ground in the Town of Bath, which I purchased of David Earb. Item If the Northernost line of my Daughter Nancy Martins Tract should take in the House where I now live I will and desire that my Executors shall as speedy as possible build a House of equal value for my Wife Elizabeth West on any part of the Tract she is to have she may chuse. Item I give and bequeath unto my Son Thomas West that Lot of Ground in the City of Alexandria at present rented to Andrew Jameson Baker, bounded on the north by Fairfax Street, and on the east by Oronoke Street. Item I give and bequeath unto my Brother Hugh West a Lott of Ground in the City of Alexandria No. 12 which said lot was purchased by my Father John West at public Auction. Item. I give and bequeath unto my Daughters Kitty Turner and Nancy Martin a lot of Ground in the City of Alexandria No. 11 purchased by my Father at publick auction, to them and their Heirs forever. Item. Whereas I have commenced Suit against Richard Conway of the City of Alexandria for a slip of land unjustly withheld from my by him. It is my Will and desire that so soon as my Executors get possession thereof they Advertise the same for Sale at least three months for ready money, or a credit which ever they think proper, and the money arising from the Sale to be appplyed in the following manner, the one half to be given to my Son Thomas West, the other half to be subject to all the Costs and expences attending the said Suit from the beginning to the termination, and the ballance to be equally divided between my Daughters Kitty Turner, Nancy Martin and my Wife Elizabeth West. Item I give and bequeath unto my Son Thomas West all the Houses and Lots that I now possess of hereafter may be entitled to, not heretofore mentioned in this Will) in the City of Alexandria, to him and his Heirs forever. I also give and bequeath unto my Son Thomas West all the Lands I won adjoining the City of Alexandria towit: All that Slip, piece or parcel of land lying to the Southward of Queen Street as far as the branch dividing this Tract from Shooters hill Tract, thence up the dividing line to the intersection of the line of the North Side Queen Street when extended to the branch, also the several Slips and parcels of Land adjoiing the city of Alexandria not laid off agreeable to the Act of Assembly for erreting a Town towit: West Point &C, all these slips & parcels of Land being part of a larger Tract containing One hundred Acres commonly called Blakes Tract which was devised by my Grand Father Hugh West to his Daughter Sibyl West, to whom I am Heir at Law. Item. I give and bequeath unto my Son Thomas Wesst that moriety of a Tract of land called Harrisson's Tract, now Round Hill, which I was cheated out of when an Infant. Item. I give and bequeath unto my Son Thomas West one thousand Eight hundred Acres of land out oa a larger Tract of five Thousand acres being in the Sate of Kentucky and county of Washington. I give to my Brother John West two hundred and fifty acres out of the said Tract - And whereas I am Heir at Law to my Father John West, who had a Grant for three Thousand Acres of Land on Mud River near the mouth of the Great Kanawa but not having obtained Deeds in his lifetime for said Lands, I of course became Heir at Law, which said three Thousand Acres of land I desire may be equally divided between my Brothers John West, Hugh West and my Son Thomas West. Item I will that Ambrose & Hannah do stay on the Plantation one or two years with my wife and assist in putting in putting it in repair. She allowing them a reasonable share of what is made for their Lobor, and then go if they please free. Item. I will and bequeath unto my Wife Elizabeth West, all the Stock and Housebhold Furniture I am now possessof of. Item Whereas I am entitled as Heir at Law of my Father to proportion of five hundred Acres of Land laid off for the Officers of the Virginia Regiment, at the Mouth of the Great Kenhawa for a Town. My will and desire is that whatever quantity of this Land may fall to me may be equally divided amoung my brothers John West, Hugh West and my Son Thomas West. Item. I will and bequeath to my Brother Hugh West my Spring Clock, now in the possession of Edward Sanford. Lastly I hereby appoint my friend George Summers my brother John West my Son Thomas West and my brother Hugh West as the Executors of this my last Will and Testament. In Witness whereof, I hae hereunto sit my had and Seal the twenty seventh day of November one thousand eight hundred and five. Signed, Sealed, published and declared by the Above named Thomas West to be his last Will and Testament in the presence of us, who at his request and in his presence have hereunto subscribed our names as whitnesses to the same. Aquila Emerson, Wm Devaughn, J. Fullmer, Thos Parkes
Codicil to this my last Will and Testament. I Thomas West of Fairfax County do make this 27th November 1805 and publish this codicil to my last Will and Testament in manner following that is to say. It is my desire that John Bronaugh of the County of Fauqier and Baldwin Dade of the County of Alexandria be required by my Executors before named to account for their respective proportions of the debts accruing upon the Estate of my late Father John West conformably to their Bonds to that effect. And that if either or both of them shall refuse or neglect to come to such settlement within a reasonable time, to be estimated by my Executors named in my Will, he or they shall be forthwith compelled by Law to do so. Signed, Sealed, published and declared by the above named Thomas West as a Codicil to be annexed to his last will and Testament in the presence of Thos Parkes Wm Devaughn, Aquila Emerson J Fullmers.
At a Court held for Fairfax County th 21st day of July 1806. The Last Will and Testament of Thomas West deceased, and a Codicil thereon endorsed, was presented in court by Thomas WEst one of the Executors therin named, and the same having been proved by the oaths of Joseph fulmore, Thomas Parkes and Aquella Emmerson witnesses thereto, are ordered to be recorded. Tests Wm Moss Ck