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Will of Gwyn Dudley, Sr. of Franklin Co., VA - 1818
Posted by: Joy Q. Gallagher (ID *****6975) Date: December 22, 2009 at 06:12:32
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This will was recently found while researching for a friend who wanted to join DAR on Gwyn Dudley, Sr. Spelling and capitalization are typed as shown in the original.

Will of Gwyn Dudley of Franklin County, Virginia

Franklin Co., VA Will Book 2, pages 10-11

In the Name of God Amen, I Gwyn Dudley of Franklin County, County being weak but of perfect mind and memory, and calling to mind the mortality of my body, do make and ordain this my Last Will and testament, that is to say, First it is my desire that all my just debts should be paid, and then, I give and bequeath to my Daughter Elizabeth English one Feather Bed and furniture and Horse beast, and Cow and one Negro Girl Jemimah now in possession, to her and her heirs forever. I also give to my Son Thomas Dudley, one Horse beast, and feather Bed and furniture and Cow and Sixty Seven Acres of Land, lying on the Road joining Stephen English, and half the value of my Negro Man James, which Negro to be Equally divided between him and Stephen Dudley to him and his heirs forever. I also give to my Daughter Addery English one Feather Bed and furniture and one Horse beast and Cow now in her possession, also one Negro Girl Sarah, to her and the lawful heirs of her body forever. I also give to my Son Levy Dudley one Horse beast, and Feather Bed and furniture, one Cow and one hundred Acres of Land lying on the Road now in his possession to him and his heirs forever. I also give to my Daughter Fanny Kemp one Horse beast, one Feather Bed and furniture, one Cow and one Negro Girl Hannah, Now in her possession to her and her heirs forever. I also give to my Son James Dudley, one Horse beast, one Feather Bed and Furniture, one Cow and one hundred Acres of Land now in his possession to him and his heirs forever. I also give to my Son Stephen Dudley one Horse beast one Feather Bed and furniture, one Cow and Sixty Seven Acres of Land now in his possession, to him and his heirs forever. And now it is my desire that my beloved wife Mary Dudley should keep and enjoy the Land I now live on, with all my Stock of every description and of all my House and kitchen furniture, with all my plantation Utensils and also one Negro Woman Janney I Give to my Wife Mary Dudley during her natural life and then I give to my Son Lewis Dudley one Negro girl Silsa one Negro Boy Moses, also one half of the Land I now live on, at my wife’s death or Marriage. I also give to my Son Gwyn Dudley, one Negro girl Medley, one Negro Boy Abram, also one half of the Land I now live on at my wife’s death or marriage. It is also my desire if either of my Sons Lewis Dudley, or Gwyn Dudley, should die without heirs, his part of my Estate return to the other Brother. I also desire if my Wife should Marry that all of my Estate she enjoyed except Jinney, should be Equally divided between my two Sons Lewis Dudley and Gwyn Dudley, and Jinney, also with her increase, at my wife’s death to them and their heirs forever and lastly I constitute and appoint my wife Mary Dudley, and my Son Lewis Dudley Executors of this my last will and Testament ratifying and confirming This and no other, to be my last Will and Testament. In witness whereof I have set my hand and seal this sixth day January 1818.
                                          
                                                 Gwyn Dudley {Seal}

Sign’d and Sealed in presents of
Rob’t Pasley Sen’r
       her
Salley x Pasley
       mark
       her
Phebe x Maxey
       mark
Bernard G. Hendrick

At a Circuit Superior Court of Law and Chancery continued and held for Franklin County at the Courthouse the 11th day of May 1832. This Last Will and Testament of Gwyn Dudley dec’d was produced in Court and the Court of appeals having affirm the Judgment and order made in the late Superior Court of Law of [off side of paper] County whereby it was considered that the said Will should be recor [off side of paper] in that Court – It is now ordered that the said Will be recorded this Court. And on the motion of Lewis Dudley the Surviving Executor named in the said Will, who took the oath prescribed [by] Law, and together with Benjamin Booth and Francis Divers securities entered into and acknowledged their Bond in the penalty of four thousand dollars, conditioned according to Law, certificate granted him for obtaining a probat hereof in due form.

                                                 Teste – Caleb Tate CC



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