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Robert Mays Will

Will Of Robert Mays- 1806
Amherst County, Virginia
Will Book No. 4, pages 519-520

   In the name of God, Amen, I Robert Mays of Amherst County being in my
proper senses and knowing the certainty of death, and the uncertainity
of the time it may happen, do make and ordain this my last will and
testament in manner and form following (to wit)

   I give to my son Jesse Mays one hundred and six acres of land, it
being part of the tract of land I purchased of Wm Tucker, whereon the
said Jesse Mays has built and is now living,

   Item   I give to my son Pearce the ballance of the tract of land I
purchased from Wm Tucker,

   Item   I give to my beloved wife Susannah the tract of land whereon
I  now live during her natural life, and at her death to be equally
divided between my two sons Joseph B Mays and Ballinger Mays,

  Item   I give to my son Joseph B Mays one sorrel mare, a feather bed
and furniture and a cow and calf,

 Item    I give to my son Ballenger Mays a sorrel mare (called Dimond),
a feather bed and furniture and a cow and calf;

 Item    I give to my daughter Polly Mays one Negroe Girl named Sarah, a
sorrel horse colt, (out of a mare called Kitty) a feather bed and
furniture and a cow and half,

            The whole of the ballance of my estate I wish to remain in
possession of my wife during her natural life and at her death for the
whole with its increase to be equally divided between my children above
named, to wit Jesse, Pearce, Joseph B., Ballenger and Polly Mays, to
theirs and to their heirs forever.

           Finally I appoint my trusty friends Charles Tucker, J Smith
and my son Pearce Mays Executors to this my last will and testament.

           Given under my hand and seal this third day of June One
Thousand Eight Hundred and Six.
                                                                  
                                           Robert his  Mays
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