Will of John Tilney of Northampton, Virginia


Last Will and Testament of John Tilney - 6 April 1700 

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In the name of God Amen, I John Tilney of Nurswaddox in the County of Northampton Gent. being at present in health of body and sound mind and memory praised be God for the same, do make and declare this my last will and testament in manner and form following;
Imprimus - I bequeath my soul to God that gave it hopeing that by the merits of Jesus Christ my blessed Saviour to obtain a pardon for all my sins and glorious resurrection at the last day and my body to the earth to be decently buried at the discretion of my executor hereafter named.
Item - I give unto my daughter Susanna Dixon the wife of Michael Dixon one shilling.
Item - I give unto my daughter Ann Drummond the wife of Richard Drummond one shilling.
Item - I give unto my son John Tilney one shilling.
Item - I give unto my daughter Margaret Moore the wife of John Moore the plantation whereon I formerly lived containing two hundred acres of land more or less at the head of a branch of the Nuswaddux Creek to her and her heirs forever withall houses, fences, orchards, pastures, woods, underwoods, timber, timber trees, moors, marshs, water, water courses and all other appurtences thereunto belonging or in any wise appertaineing.
Item - I give unto my two daughters Mary and Martha Tilney one hundred acres of land which land I formerly gave to my son Thomas Tilney deceased and one shilling apiece.
Item - I give to my son in law John Moore my Maletto boy, "Kettle" dureing my natural life, and if I shall chance to die between the first of March and the last of November that then he shall quietly possess the said boy till he hath finished his crop and then the said boy to return to my son JohnTilney if he be then living, to serve out the rest of his time according to order of court, and if in case my son John Tilney shall die before his time be expired then the said boy to serve the remainder with my son John Moore.
Lastly - All the rest of my estate real and personal (my debts and legacies being first paid) I do give and bequeath to my son in law John Moore whom I do ordain and appoint my whole and sole executor according to this my last will revolking makeing void and anuilateing all former wills or bequests by me either made or spoken and this only to stand and be for and as my last will and testament none other for confirmation whereof I have hereunto set my hand and affixed my seal this 6th day of April in the year of our Lord God one thousand seven hundred.
John Tilney
Signed, sealed and delivered in the presence of us;
Richard Cripps, Francis Costin, John Swindall
May the 28th anno 1701,Then the last will and testament of John Tilney Sen'r Gent. deceased was proved in open court of the said county by the corporal oaths of Capt. Francis Costin, Richard Cripps and John Swindall and approved and allowed of by the court as an authentic probate and ordered to be recorded.
Recorded Daniel Neech Clk. Cur. Co. Northampton

Source: Walczyk, Frank V.  Northampton County Order Book & Wills 1698 - 1710 Vol. 1, 1698-1703 (Coram NY: Petersrow, 2002); pp. 56, 57.


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