1810-The Will of Benjamin Turner
Southampton County, Virginia, Will Book 7A, p. 109
In the Name of God Amen I Benjamin Turner of the county of Southampton & parish of St Lukes being in Sound Mind do make this my last will & Testament in manner and form following – First and principally I bequeath my soul to Almighty god who gave it me and for my Worldly goods I process & dispose of them as follows Viz.
Item. I give and bequeath to my loving wife Elizabeth Turner one negro woman Nanney six cows & Calfs all the plantation Tules that is on the plantation she hath? one Grind Stone pair Chart Wheels one Horse hard money two Feather Beds & Furniture. Also I lend to my Wife Elizabeth Turner during her life the following property One negro man Thamie Abraham Briget Silvey
Item 2. I Give and bequeath to my loving Son Son Samul Turner the following Negros Sam, Nancy, Lidda, Natt, Drew, Chary, Miner, Eliza which he has got in his possession to him and his heirs forever.
Item 3. I give and bequeath to my loving Daughter Nancy Barrott the following Negros named Franky Beck Winny which she hath in possession to her and her heirs forever.
Item 4. I give and bequeath to my loving Daughter Susanna Turner the following negros namely Chancy, Young Thom, Amey, Martha to her and her heirs forever.
Item 5. I give and bequeath to my loving son John Clark Turner the following negros namly Milin, Jack, Jacob, Joe to him and his heirs forever.
Item 6. I give and bequeath to my loving Son Benjamin Bynum Turner the following negros namly Sick, Lucy, Darkey, Miley to him and his heirs forever.
Also I give to my two Sons John Clark Turner and Benjamin Bynum Turner my plantation I live on as follows to my Son John Clark Turner all the land lying on the North side of the marsh Branch to the House up the Branch to Henry Porters line near the Meeting House and all wood land lying on the North Side of Hathcocks place to John Whitehead Land to him and his heirs forever.
Also give to my son Benjamin Bynum Turner the Balance of my land to him and his heirs forever.
I give to my wife Elizabeth Turner thirty Barrels Corn & two Saws and Thirty ? piggs and Fifteen fat Hogs of her Choice I desire that the Balance of my property that is not given away to be sold to pay all my Just Debts and the Balance to be Equally Divided between my two Sons John Clark Turner & Benjamin Bynum Turner Lastly I Constitute & appoint my Friend James Rogers and my son Samuel Turner Execr to this my last will and Testament hereby making void all other wills by me heretofore made . In testimony whereof I have hereunto Set my hand and Seal this 14th day of Octb 1810
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Rebecah Warden Mark
On the Back
Decr 17th 1810 provd by
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While all last wills and testaments are important instruments of instruction and order, the consequences of this particular will and other such “legalities” would be far reaching and fully realized on Aug. 21, 1831. The reverberations of which still echo into the present.
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