In the Name of God Amen: I Walter Aday of the State of Tennessee and the County of Grainger being of sound and perfect mind and memory blessed be God do this Twelfth day of August One Thousand Eight hundred and Six make publish this my last Will and Testament in manner following. That is to say----First- I give and bequeath to my wife Mary all and singular my goods chattels land and tenements during her natural life and after her death I will and desire that all my lands and tenements shall descend to my youngest son, Levi, and also give and bequeath him one featherbed.
Secondly- I give and bequeath to my daughter Cloe, one Negro named Ben and also one feather bed.
Thirdly- I give and bequeath to my daughter, Frankey, one Negro named Equeoiah and also one feather bed.
Fourthly- I give and bequeath to my daughter, Mary
Smith, one feather bed and I also give and bequeath to the rest of my children
ten shillings a pease and I also give and bequeath to my wife Mary one
Negro woman named Edye to be at her own disposal and one feather bed. And
I hereby make and ordain my worth friend Wineyard executor of this my last
Will and Testament. In witness where of the said Walter Aday have
to this my last Will and Testament my hand and seal the day and year above
Walter Aday (seal).
Signed sealed in the presence of William Mitchell (his mark) and John Trotman(his mark).
The executor Wineyard may well have been Johnson Windyard whose grave is in the family cemetery near Richland Cr. Grainger Co. Tn
First- I desire to be decently and privately buried without any funeral pomp an with as little expense as may be.
Secondly- I give and bequest all the estate of which I am possessed, being a Negro girl named Judeth and about 20 years of age, and her only child named George about 12 months of age, to my grandchildren, the children of Levy Aday, deceased, to wit: Nancy F. Winn, Mary M. Trotman, John F. Aday, Fanny Ann Davis, Jeptheah G. Aday and Francis M. Aday all the legitimate children of my son Levy Aday, deceased, upon the following conditions, restrictions and limitations, that is that the said Negro girl and child and her future increase shall be controlled and managed by my executor, either by hiring out or retaining her himself with her increase for the support and maintenance of the two youngest children, to wit: Jeptheah G. Aday and Francis M. Aday until they shall arrive at the age of 21 years at which time I desire said Negro girl and all her increase at that time be equally divided among the above mentioned children, if possible, by retaining her and her children among said children and if not I desire her and her children to be sold and the profits or proceeds of such to be equally divided among the afore said legatees and lastly I do hereby constitute and appoint my grandson, John F. Aday, executor of this my last Will and Testament hereby revoking all other or former wills or testaments, by me heretofore made. In witness whereof I have set my hand and affixed my seal this day and year before written.
Mary M. Aday (seal).x- her mark. executed June 3, 1831.
In the Name of God Amen I Waiter Maxey of Franklin County being of Sound and perfect Memory thanks to Almighty God for it, do make and ordain this my Last Will and Testament in manner and form following I recommend my Soul to God who gave it hoping through the merits of my Saviour Jesus Christ to Receive Pardon and forgiveness for ail my sine my Body I desire it to be decently Buried at the Discretion of Executors hereafter named. And as for my Estate that it is Pleased God to Bless me with in this World I Dispose of in the following manner and farm, Viz Item. I give unto my son Josiah Maxey two hundred acres of land whereon he now lives lying on Black Water and being in the County of Franklin. I give unto my son-in-law John Craghead two hundred acres of Land whereon he now lives Being in the County of Franklin and lying on Black Water. I give to my Daughter Lucey Cowden after my wifes death the Bed, which I lent her that she has now in persession. I give to my Daughter Mary Adde one Bed which she has now in her persession that is after my wifes Decease. To Suannah Syllivan my Daughter I give one Bed that is to say the Bed she has now in persession to be her own property after the Decease of my wife. I give to my son-in-law John Craghead the Bed I lent to my Daughter Jane Craghead. I give to my Daughter Ester Camp the Bed that I lent her which she has now in her owl keeping. Item. I Lend to my Beloved wife Mary Maxey my whole Estate Real and Personable (except the above mentioned things already given) During her natural Life or widowhood and after her Death to Be Equally Divided among my children Jesse Maxey, Waiter Maxey, Josiah Maxey, Jeremiah Maxey, Mary Adde, Lucy Cowden, Suannah Syllivan, Ester Camp and likewise John Cragheads Children that he had by his first wife Jane to have an Equal share with one of my children. Item. I give to my granddaughter Mary Craghead one cow and calf.
Item. I do ordain constitute and appoint Josiah Maxey and Jeremiah Maxey my whole and soul Executors of this my Last Will and Testament in Witness whereof I the said Waiter Maxey have set my hand and seal this Fifth Day of March In the year of Our Lord one thousand Seven hundred and ninety one.
Sealed Signed and Delivered by the sd Waiter Maxey
as and for his Last Will and Testament and no other in the Presents of
John Maxey (his mark) Barnebus X Maxey (his mark) WALTER X MAXEY (L.S.) (His mark)
At a Court held for Franklin County September 1791
This will & Testament was produced in Court by Josiah Maxey & Jeremiah Maxey the Exors. therein named & proved by the oaths of John Maxey, Barnabas Maxey & Jonathan Bernard. Witnesses thereto Subscribed and ordered to be recorded. And on the motion of Walter [sic] Maxey one of the Executors therein named who made oath thereto Certificate is granted him for obtaining Probate thereof in due form the other Exor. refusing to join in the Probate hereof.
Teste James Calloway
In the name of God Amen. I Edward Maxey of Goochland County being at this present writing in perfect sense and memory and knowing the uncertainty of this mortal life do make this my last will and testament in manner and form as followeth. First, I bequeath my soul into the hands of Almighty God from whom I received my first breath and my body to the earth from whence I was first taken to be buried at the discretion of my executors hereafter named and as to what temporal estate God hath been pleased to bestow on me, I give and bequeath as followeth.
First, I give unto my son John Maxey one parcel of
land lying on the north branch of Jones Creek as a line struck as followeth:
Beginning at the bark line a corner black oak, a corner pine and a pink
hickory from thence to the mouth of School House Branch to a corner poplar
and a black gum, from thence down the main branch to a corner black gum,
I give ad bequeath to the foresaid John Maxey during his life and after
his decease to his two sons Sampson Maxey and Edward Maxey, the sons of
John Maxey and Sarah his wife, and in case one of them dies, the other
to possess the whole parcel of land, otherwise to be equal divided between
them, to them and their heirs forever. I give to my son William Maxey
the remainder of that track of land it joining upon William Lansdon and
John Smith, to him and his heirs forever. I give to my loving wife
Susannah, the land she now lives upon and plantation during her mortal
life, after her decease the whole track to be divided between my two sons
Walter and Silvanus to them and their heirs forever. My will is that they may live on
the said land not molesting my wife aforesaid, my son Walter to have that
part joining upon John Ratford's line which was William Barnes. I
give to my son Nathaniel, one feather bed and bolster. I give to
my granddaughter Susannah Ratford one feather bed and bolster. I
give to John Dunkin a young mare of three years old when the said John
Dunkin doth come of age. And all the other of my estate both real and personal
after my debts and funeral charges paid, I give to my loving wife and to
her disposing, and I make and constitute my loving wife Susannah and my
son William executors of this my last will and in witness whereof
I have set to my hand and fired my seal ye 28 day of April 1737.
(witnesses) Edward Maxey (L. S.)
John Capper Henry Byrom
John X Mossorn his mark
At a Court held for Goochland County May 20th 1740
This will was proved by the oaths of John Mossorn and John Capper to be the act and deed of Edward Maxey, deceased, which was ordered to be recorded.
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This will made in the year of our Lord God one thousand
seven hundred and forty-three in the sixteenth year of the reign of our
most Sovereign Lord King George by the grace of God King of Great Britain
France and Ireland,
Defender of the faith. In the name of God Amen I Susannah Maxey being very sick and weak of body though of perfect sense and memory, God be praised for it, I do willing and heartily give and ... my soul to God who gave it me and whom I hope will receive it and my body to the earth from whence it came there to be decently buried at the desecration of my executors.
ITEM, I give to my son John Maxey one pound one shitting and six pace and half a dozen pewter plates. ITEM, I give to my son William Maxey one pound one shilling and six pence and half a dozen pewter plates. ITEM, I give to my son Nathaniel Maxey one feather bed and furniture. ITEM, I give to my daughter Elizabeth Radford my trunk and all my wearing clothes. ITEM, I give to my granddaughter Susannah Epperson my sidesaddle. ITEM, I give to my son Walter Maxey my other feather bed and furniture and two dishes. ITEM, I give to my grandson James Barns one heifer of two years old. ITEM, I give to ;my grandson Charles Maxey one young mare of one year old. ITEM, I give to my son Silvanus all the remainder of my estate and I desire that my estate should not be appraised.
And I do appoint and constitute Silvanus Maxey to be my sole executor of this my last will and testament in witness whereunto I set my had and seal this 31 day of May 1743.
Susannah X Maxey her mark
James Cates Thomas Spraggin
Eleanor O Coyel
At a court held for Goochland County September 20, 1743 James Gates and Thomas Spraggin proved this writing to be the last will and testament of Susannah Maxey which was ordered to be recorded.