In the name of God this fourth day of February one thousand eight hundred and thirteen I
Margaret Beach of Shadrack of the county of Accomack in the State of Virginia being of sound
and of deposing memory in order to settle worldly affairs do make and declare that this to be my
last Will and Testament in manner and form as follows
First I lend unto my mother Milcah Richardson all my lands during the _____ of her natural life
now in the tenure and occupation of G____ Lecato and after his decease I give and devise the
same lands or my lands to be equally divided between Thomas Richardson, son of Kendall
Richardson and Polly Richardson, daughter of Kendall Richardson to them and their heirs forever.
also I give unto Polly Richardson all my wearing clothes to she and her heirs forever. Also I make
and ordain Severn Richardson Executor and Executioner of this my last will and Testament the
day and year first above written in the presence of us who were present at the signing and sealing thereof
At a court held for Accomack County January 26th 1818 the last Will and Testament of Margaret
Beach dec'd was partly proved by the oaths of James Edmunds a witness thereto
Teste Richard D. Bayly Clk.
At A Court held for Accomack county on the 28th day of May 1821 this last Will and Testament
of Margaret Beach dec'd was fully proved by the oath of Ann Edmunds a witness thereto and
ordered to be recorded.
Teste. Richard D. Bayly Clk.
The Will of Rosey Beach
Accomack County Wills 1828-1846:249
Transcribed by Gail M. Walczyk
In the name of God I Rosey Beach of Accomack County Virginia being in tolerable health and of
a sound mind and memory thanks be to God do make and ordain this my last Will and Testament
revoking all others heretofore made in manner and form viz:
Item My will is that my Negros Bill, Selby and Sarah serve my son John S. Beach is the following
manner viz: Bill to serve untill the age of forty years and then go free, Selby and Sarah to serve
untill the age of thirty five each and their issue if any born in that time to serve my son John S.
Beach to the age of twenty one and then go free. That is to say Selby and Sarah to go free at
thirty five and their issue if any at twenty one.
Item My Negro girl Betty I leave to serve my daughter Peggy Ashley untill she arrives to the age
of thirty five and then to go free, should my girl Betty have any issue within the time of her
service as aforesaid that issue or issues I leave to serve my grand daughter Rosey Ashley untill the
age or ages of twenty one.
Item I give unto my son William Beach one dollar.
item I give and bequeath unto my daughter Betsy Downing two counterpanes, one bed quilt, one
pan blanket and one bed spread her choice of all as aforesaid and an equal share of my wearing
apparel with my daughter Peggy Ashley and my two daughters as aforesaid to make the division themselves.
Item The remainder of my estate after my just debts is paid I leave to be equally divided among all
my grand children viz: Rosey Ashley, Betsy Beach, Ann Ashley, Leah Callahan, Margaret Ashley,
Janus Ashley, Thomas Ashley, William Ashley, Mary Hyslop, David Downing, Elizabeth
Downing, Nancy Downing, Francis Downing, Ann chance, Margaret Beach, Samuel Coleburn,
George Coleburn, Smith Martin, Mary Beach, Joicy Beach, and Elizabeth Beach (of John) to
them and their heirs forever.
Item My desire is that my son John Beach he sole Executor to this my Will, given under my hand
and seal this 26th day of September in the year of our Lord 1834.
Teste. Thomas Smith (of Jno.), Abel Mears (of Abel), Littleton Lecato Jr.
At a Court held for Accomack County on the 26th day of June 1837 this last will and testament of
Rosey Beach dec'd was proved by the oaths of Abel Mears (of Abel) and Littleton Lecato in
witness thereto and ordered to be recorded and on the motion of John S. Beach the Executor
therein named taking oath and giving bond according to Law in the penalty of $5000 with James
Ashley and Abel Mears securities thereto certificate is granted for obtaining a probate thereof in