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The Last Will and Testament of Nicholas ALLEE
20 May, 1808, Montgomery County, Virginia
Will Book I, Page 347

In the name of God Amen this twentieth day of May in the year one thousand eight hundred and eight.

I Nicholas Allee of Montgomery County and State of Virginia being advanced in years and weak in body but of sound mind memory and understanding do see cause to make this my last will and testament that is to say I commend my soul to Almighty God and my body to the grave to be buried in a Christian like manner at the discretion of my wife and Exrs [sic] and as touching such worldly E?ldle? as it pleased God to bless me with in this life I dispose of the same in the following manner and form.

It is my will and I do ordain that all my lawful debts funeral expenses and Doctor charges if any there be shall be paid and lawfully discharged. I will and bequeath unto Mary Daughter of Joseph Denis deceased who is married to me and lives with me now as my wife and home keeper - Seven Cows and calves one Beef cow my mare that goes by the name of the young Roan and her choice three of the rest of my horses all my sheep and Hoogs [sic] all my Household furniture Beds and bedding her saddle and every other article thereunto belonging without exception all the grain Hay and fodder that is on my plantation G?owed and Growing the croppers part excepted at the time of my decease.

I also will unto the said Mary all the land that I now possess in this county during her natural life if she remains unmarried if she chusses [sic] to Live on it and if she will not chuse [sic] to live on it or should marry then the land to be sold by my Exrs [sic] for the most that can be got for it and the price thereof to be equally divided between my seven children by the said Mary namely Anne Nicholas Merry Betty Joseph Isaac and Hannah she drawing a childs part and I will unto the said Mary all or any Legacy or Legacies that has or shall fall to her from her fathers Estate.

I bequeath unto Thomas Denis that now lives with me one cow & calf. The ballance [sic] of my property is to be sold and the price thereof with my cash to pay the following? Legacy to my six children by my former wife to wit Sarah Stephens Jemimah Hays Keziah Robins David John & William Allee Twenty pounds each and to Rhoda Cox my Grand daughter five pounds. If my negro Poll will find a man that will give fifty five pounds for her she may chuse [sic] her own master if not if any of my children will take her at the same they may the oldest having preference, and if they will not she shall be sold to the highest bider [sic].

And it is my will that if my children by my wife Mary should be like to suffer or not be well brought up they shall be bound out by my Exrs [sic] in such places and with such men as will be likely to bring them up in the fear of God & make them able to gain an honest living when of lawful age.

And if my wife Mary should die before the youngest of my children by her shall be of lawful age the two thirds of her dowry to go to my children by her and the one third is to be at her own disposal and whereas my son David Allee hath worked for me after he was of lawful age and my son William hath left property on my plantation for which they had no satisfaction in lieu thereof I will unto the sd [sic] David & William the Waggon [sic] they bought of me exclusive of the forementioned legacies. And it is my will that the balance of my property if any there be after the above legacy is paid the one half thereof go towards the Education of my children by the sd [sic] Mary and the other half to be divided equally between my six aforementioned oldest children.

My wearing apparel and my large Bible I will to my son David and I do nominate my ???? friend Peter Saunders ??? and John Long to be Exrs [sic] of this my last will and Testament as Witness whereof I set my hand and seal the day and date above written

the words she drawing a childs part was underlind [sic] before it signed [sic]

signed and acknowledged
in presence of us

Edward ?? Gray ??
John Long

 

This will book uses pages longer than the printer available at my local Family History Center. Each page was printed first at the top, then at the bottom, so there will be differences in lightness and darkness within the pages. The estate appraisal goes on beyond the will for another three pages. I have not transcribed it and will not post the images here due to space limits.

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