Last Will and Testament
February 1, 1813
Provided by Bryan Horne, olde ghote
Last Will and Testament of Severn Churn
In the name of God Amen I Severn Churn of Northampton County and state of Virginia being sick and weak of body but of sound mind and memory do make and ordain this writing to be my last will and testament if form and manner following. First I recommend my soul to almighty God who first gave it me and my body to the earth to be xxxxxxxx in a decent manner at the discretion of my executor and as to what worldly estate it hath pleased God to bestow on me I give in form and manner following (xxxxx).
Item, I give and bequeath unto my loving wife, Tamer Churn the use of all my lands where I now live and my still until my son John Churn arrives to the age of 21 years and then the use of the remaining fourth of my lands after one half is laid off and the south side of all the land contained in the tract where I now live including my wifes maiden land until my son William Churn arrive to lawful age and no longer; only aright of laws in all my lands after thee aforesaid time I also give and bequeath unto my loving wife Tamer Churn my two horses now at home all my stock of cattle and hogs, corn and bacon, and oats sufficient to support the family and carry on the crop this present year all my pottery and all my household and kitchen furniture my empty xxxxx except three feather beds and furniture thereunto belonging and all the interest arising from the estate here after divided. To my daughter Ketura for the special purpose that my loving wife shall support; bring up maintain cloth and school my three youngest children namely William Churn, Wiscote Churn, and Ketura Churn, and make no other charge against them but what I here give her.
Item, I give and bequeath unto my son John Churn as much of my land where I now live as shall make One half of the tract containing sixty five acres, be the same more or less including my wife's maiden land and my still after he arrives at, the age of twenty One except a right I here give unto my loving wife Tamer in my still to distill her own liquor in; to him and his heirs Forever and one bed and furniture.
Item I give and bequeath unto my Son William Churn the remaining part Of my land where I now live when he arrives at the lawful age containing Forty two acres With the expectation that my wife Tamer Churn will make a conveyance of her twenty three acres of land unto my Son William Churn making it all Sixty five acres be the same more or less to him and his heirs Forever.
Item I give and bequeath unto my son Wiscote Churn my land lying in the county of Accomac to receive when he arrives to lawful age to him and his; heirs forever.
Item I give and bequeath unto my daughter Peggy Churn five hundred dollars and one bed and furniture to her and her heirs forever.
Item I give and bequeath unto my daughter Sally Edmunds Churn five hundred dollars and one bed and furniture to her and her heirs forever.
Item I give and bequeath unto my daughter Ketura Churn five hundred dollars to her and her heirs forever.
My will and meaning is by this my will that my plantation in Accomack shall be rented out until my son Wiscote Churn arrives at lawful age and the rents and profits after making up the sum of fifteen hundred dollars that I divided to my three daughters when added to what money bonds notes; coin; brandy; oats; and my stock of horses on Hog Island may remain after paying all of my first debts that same may be equally divided between all my children-Peggy Churn; Sally E. Churn; John Churn; William Churn; Wiscote Churn; and Ketura Churn; to them and their heirs forever.
My will further is that should my wife neglect or refuse to convey and make a good title in freesimple of her twenty three acres of land contained within the bounds; of this plantation unto my son William Churn so as to make his land equal in quantity to the devise to my son John Churn in this will in that case he the said William Churn shall receive out of the devise to each as my other children such a proportion that shall be worth to him as much as the said lands are or may be valued to by three judicious neighbors.
Lastly I nominate and appoint my friend John Addison my sole executor to this my last will and testament revoking and disallowing any will ever heretofore made by me in testimony whereof I have hereunto set my hand and affixed my seal this first day of February 1813.