Will of Edward Poythress, Virginia, 1781

In the name of God Amen

I Edward Poythress of the County of Isle of Wight being weak & low of body but of Perfect & sound mind & disposing memory do make & ordain this to be my last Will & Testament in manner & form following, Imprimis I give & devise to my Daughter Elizabeth Poythress & her heirs forever one bed & furniture standing behind the Chamber door together with six hundred pounds in cash. Item I give & devise to my Daughter Sarah Poythress and her heirs forever one half of my lands the bounds whereof are as follow beginning at a Run which divides the lands of Joseph Cornwell from those on which I now live from thence to a Gum & from thence along a line of Barked trees to the head of a slash which divides the lands of Capt. Joseph Hill from my own & from thence a Straight line bounded by the path to Hill’s line together with one bed & furniture now standing in the other room one loom with all the weaving Implements & a Tea Kettle Item I give and devise to my Daughter Mary Poythress & her heirs forever all the other Parts of my lands whereon I now live with one bed & furniture standing in the Corner of the room opposite to the one which I have given unto my Daughter Elizabeth Poythress six plates to be chosen by her self & two Dishes Item I give & devise to my Daughter Tabitha Poythress & her heirs forever One Horse & Saddle two of my cattle to be made choice of by her self together with one bed & furniture which she is to choose out of those not before disposed of one Linen Wheel Six Plates her second choice & two Dishes one brass Kettle & her choice of my Iron Potts Item my will is that my Pine Chest after my money & such things as are now therein are taken out may be given to my daughter Mary & her heirs, Item my will is that all of the rest of my Household furniture & Personal Estate not disposed of before may be equally divided between the whole of my Children and that the whole of my Stock of every kind except what is before Devised may be sold & the money arising there from be equally divided among all of my before mentioned Children after raising the sum of six hundred pounds for my daughter Elizabeth as above directed And my further desire is that my Estate may not be appraised And I appoint my Daughters Mary Poythress & Sarah Poythress Executrixes of with [sic] Richard Hardy & James Davis Executors of this my last Will & testament revoking and Disannulling all others by me heretofore made In witness whereof I have set my hand & affixed my Seal this thirteenth day of March, 1781


In presence of #9; Edward + Poythress

Samuel Hardy mark ((Seal))


Benja + Atkins


William Hardy

At a court held for the Isle of Wight County May 3, 1791 This Will was presented in court by Mary Poythress Sarah Poythress Richard Hardy & James Davis he Executor therein named who made Oath thereto according to law & the same being Proved by the Oaths of Samuel Hardy & Benjamin Atkins the witnesses thereto & ordered to be recorded & on the motion of said Executors who together with Richard Hardy James Davis Joseph Cornwell James Peden & James Wills their securities entered into & acknowledged their bond in the Penalty of one hundred thousand Pounds with Condition as the law directs Certificates granted them for obtaining a

Probat [sic] thereof in due form.

Test of

Francis Young DCIWC


Isle of Wight County, Will Book 9, 1779-1785, pp. 73-74

Library of Virginia Reel 26

Will of Edward Poythress, 3 May 1781