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Will of  George Tucker

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In the Name of God the Creator almercifull (sic) I George Tucker the elder of Lunenburg County in sound and disposing mine and memory make and ordain this my last Will and Testament in the manner and form following that is to say I recommend my soul to almighty God hoping to obtain mercy and salvation through the merits and mediation of my dear redeemer blessed forever, I give to my Dear beloved Wife Catharine Tucker the use of my Land and Plantation whereon I now live Containing about two hundred acres be the same more or less; as also my negroes and stock of horses Cattle sheep & Hogs, Beds and furniture, Tables, chairs, pewter, and all the rest of my Household furniture and Plantation utensils for and during her natural life or widowhood and after her decease or marriage then I give devise and bequeath the same as followeth to wit, My negro Ned to be divided equally between my sons Joel Lew & Robert, I give devise and bequeath my said Tract of Land immediately after the Death or marriage of my said Wife to be equally divided between my two sons, Joel Tucker and Robert Tucker to them I give and to their heirs respectively forever. I will and desire that after the death of my said wife my negro woman Linda be sold by my executors or such of them as may be then acting for the best price that can be had, and the same in case of her marriage and the money arising from such sale after paying all my cash Legacies the balance if any to be paid to my son Lew Tucker to whom I give it and his heirs forever I give devise and bequeath my negro Girl Moll and all her increase to my Daughter Milly Clay, and her heirs forever. I give devise and bequeath my negro Girl Sue and all her increase to my Daughter Biddy Tucker and her Heirs forever. I give Devise and bequeath my negro boy Isaac to my son Lew Tucker and his Heirs forever. I give and bequeath to my son William Tucker and my Daughter Fanny Coleman one shilling each having provided for them already I give devsie and bequeath unto my sons Henry Tucker, George Tucker and Joseph Tucker, the sum of Five pounds cash to be paid them after the decease or marriage of my said Wife as before directed to them or their Heirs forever and it my particular meaning and intent that in the Division of Land as before directed between my sons Joel and Robert my said son Robert Tucker have his hundred acres to include the plantation and all the rest and residue of my estate real and Personal of whatever kind to be equally divided among my five youngest children to wit, Joel Tucker Lew Tucker Robert Tucker Milly Clay and Biddy Tucker to them I give it respectively and their heirs forever I nominate constitute and appoint my said Wife Catharine Tucker to be executrix together with my sons William and Joel Tucker executors of this my last Will and Testament and desire that my estate be not appraised hereby revoking all former Wills by me at any time heretofore made. In Witness whereof I have sealed published and declared this to be my last Will and Testament the Twenty fifth day of September in the year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred and Eighty. Signed by George Tucker (by his mark) and witnessed by Wards Hudson (by his mark), Richard Ingram, John Hutson and David Stokes, Jr.

I hereby annex the following as Codicil to my last Will and Testament The five Pounds by my devised my son George he being Dead I devise to my Four last children Namely Obedience Joel Lew and Robert to be equally divided My negro boy Jack I give and bequeath to my three sons Namely Joel Tucker Lew Tucker Robert Tucker and to their heirs forever my wife executrix and Joel Tucker executor hereto. Signed by George Tucker (by his mark). Signed Sealed and Published in the Presence of this the 30th day of December 1783. Witnessed by Nelson Tucker and William Tucker.

At a Court held for Lunenburg County the 11th day of march 1784. The within written last Will and Testament of George Tucker deced. together with a Codicil thereto was exhibitted in Court by Catharine Tucker and Joel Tucker the executrix and executor therein Named and was proved by the oaths of the witnesses thereto Subscribed and ordered to be Recorded, And on the motion of the said executrix and executor (who made oath according to law certificate is granted them for obtaining probate of the said Will in due form) they giving security whereupon they together with John _________ their Security entered into and acknowledged Bond according to law.

Will Book 3, page 153, Lunenburg County, Virginia