Edmund is mentioned in the the will of John Sale who died in 1797. His will was written June 8th, 1797.
In the name of God, Amen. I John Sale of Essex County and the parish of St. Anns being in sound mind and memory thanks be to God for the same, I do appoint this to be my last will and testament making all other wills made by me heretofore, to proven & any dispute respecting the negroes my children have in possession it is my will they should keep them with there (sic) increase forever; accept one by the name of Charles that my son, Joseph, has in possession.
Item: I give to my daughter, Mary, five shillings.
Item: I give to my son, John, my land from Edm'd Noel's land strait(sic) down a branch near my peach orchard to Mereiday Brown's land it being the east side of my plantation to him and his heirs forever. The remainder of my land I lend to my son, John, during his natural life if he should have any heir lawfully begotten of his body it's my will he should enjoy the land forever. If he should have no heir lawfully begotten of his body the land I have lent him after his death, it is my will and desire that my grandson, John, & son of Edm'd should have that part of land him and his heirs forever.
Item: I give to my son, Edm'd, two negroes by name Ralph and Robbin (sic) to him and his heirs forever.
Item: I give to my son, Joseph, one negro, Charles, which is the Negro above excepted to him and his heirs forever.
Item: I give to my daughter, Susannah Rowzee, one negro, Presley, to her and her heirs forever.
Item: I give ten pounds to be equally devided amoungst my daughter Mary's children.
Item: I give to my son, John, my mare and colt.
All the remainder of my estate that I have not will'd away, it is my will and desire that it should be equally devided amoungst all my children except my daughter, Mary.
Lastly, I appoint my two son, Edm'd and Joseph exors to this my last will and testament. Witness my hand and Seal this 8th day of June, 1797.
Teste John Sale (seal)
A codicil to my within will bearing the date 8th day of June 1797. It is my will that my Negro man, Guy, after my death that make the choice of his Master being either of my sons, namely Edm'd and Joseph, or John Sale, who are requested to treat him well during his natural life. Given under my hand this 8th day of August 1797.
John Sale (seal)
Signed and sealed in the presents of:
Henry Garnett (who owned Farmers Hall at that time)
At an interveining Court held at Tappa for Essex Cty the 18th day of September, 1797, this last will and testament of John Sale was proved by the oath of Thos Hill, one of the subscribing witness(es) & ordered to be certified and on the motion of Edm'd Sale, one of the exors therein named, certificate is granted him for obtaining Probate thereof in due form, he having made oath and entered into bond with John Sale, his security, as the law directs.
John P. Lee C.C.
At an interveining Court held at Tappa for Essex Cty the 16th Day of Oct., 1797, this last Will and Testament of John Sale, dec'd was further proved by Edmund Noel another of the subscribing witnesses and the the Codicil thereto annexed was proved by tghe oaths of Henry Garnett and Edmund Noel both the subscribing witnesses and withe the said Will Ordered to be recorded.
John P. Lee C.C.
Notes: That John Sale died after Monday, the 21st of August 1797, whcih was Essex County "court day" and Monday, the 18th of September 1797, which was "court day" in September.
It is likely that Edmund got his name from Edmund Noel who appears to have been a neighbor and friend of John Sale. There had been no Sale's with that name in the family up to that time.
John Sale, Jr. died in Jessamine County, Kentucky in 1811. Leaving no issue, but his wife, Joanna Ryland, who then married Jacob Todhunter in Kentucky.
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