Will of John McMahan of Augusta, VA
Reel 44 Augusta County Will Books 1778- 1787
Book 6, pp 424, 425
Transcribed May 26, 2012 by JK Standish
In the Name of God, Amen this twenty-third Day of January one thousand Seven Hundred And Eighty four I John McMahon of Augusta County And State of Virginia Being Very sick & Weak in Body But of A Perfect mind and memory thanks Be Given to God for it Therefore Calling to Mind the Mortality of My Body And knowing that it is appointed for All men once to Die – Do Make And ordain this my Last Will And Testament that is to Say principally and first of all I Give and recomend My Soul to the hands of God who gave it And for My Body I recomend it to the Earth to Be buryed in a Christian Like and Decent Manner at the discretion of My Executors Nothing doubting But At the General resurrection I Shall receive the Same again By the Mighty power of God, And as touching Such worldly Estate wherewith it hath pleased God to Bless me in this Life with, I Give Devise and dispose of the Same in the following manner and form Viz Imprimis I allow all my Just and Lawful Debts to Be Paid and Discharged of my whole Estate Item I give and Bequeath to my Dear and well beloved wife Deborah the one third part of the Land I now hold During her life Likewise the Bay Mare and Saddle Item to my Daughter Nancy I Give and Bequeath twelve Pounds annually to Be raised of the Land during her Life Item To my Son William I give and Bequeath the part of Land upon Which I now Live Containing three hundred and thirty acres to him and his Heirs forever Item to my Son Fifty Pounds Current Money of Virginia Item the Same I Bequeath to my Son Robert both to Be paid by My Son William when he comes to age Item to my Daughter Mary I give and Bequeath twelve Pounds Item to my Daughter Elizabeth I bequeath twenty Pounds Item I give and Bequeath to my Wife Deborah And My three youngest Daughters and Son William whatever may remain of My Moveable Property to Each an Equal part Finaly if any one of the Legatees Should Die under age his or her part of the Moveable property Shall Be Equally Divided Among my Surviving Children And if my Son William Should die under age the Lands Shall Be Equally Divided Between My Sons John and Robert I Constitute My Wife Deborah and Son Robert Executors of My Estate and ordain this my Last will and Testament Given under my hand and Seal
Signed Sealed & Delivered in the Presence of us
John McMahon (Seal)
At A Court held for Augusta County October 19th 1784 - This Last Will and Testament of John McMahon Deceased Being formerly Proved By the oath of the Rev’d Mr Wilson Was further proved By the oath of John Campbell And ordered to Be recorded –
1. "Item to my Son Fifty Pounds Current Money of Virginia" appears to be John McMahan, Jr., as the will treats three sons: John, Robert and William. Robert is mentioned separately. William is to make the payments upon reaching maturity. Therefore, only John remains unnamed, so is probably the intended Son.
2. "My Son William when he comes to age", so William must have been born after 1763 (by 1784 majority was reached at 21) to still be underage in 1784. Sons of the American Revolution, application of Fred French Harris, lineage shows William McMahon’s birth date as 12 Aug 1780.
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