Will of Christopher Blackburn, Sr.



At a Court held for Essex County May ye 10th Ano: Dorn: 1694
IN THE NAME OF GOD, Amen, I CHRISTOPHER BLACKBURN of ye County of Essex being sick and weake but of perfect sence & memory thanks be to God for it, doe make ordain constitute & appoint this to be my last Will &Testamt: revoking & annulling all other Wills either by word or writing by me formerly made, & this onely to be & stand in full force & vertue & no other as in manner & forme following Imprimis. I surrender and give my soul into the hands of Almighty God my Heavenly Father in perfect hope of pardon in & through the alone meritts of my dear Saviour; & my body to be decently buried at the discretion of my Exrs. hereafter named
Item I give & bequeath unto my oldest Son, ELIAS BLACKBURN, three silver spoons with his name, and one Silver Cup with his name, also one Candle Cup marked with L.O. to him & to his heirs for ever
Item I give unto my Son, ELIAS, two negroes girles named Sue & Bess their & their future increase unto him & his heirs for ever; Also I give unto my Son, ELIAS, one large feather bed with greene curttaines & vallions with silke fringe & all other furniture to him & his heirs for ever; Also I give unto my Son, ELIAS, one young Cow called Maidenhead & her increase to him & his heirs for ever; Also I give unto my Son, ELIAS, one brass kettle containeing thirty gallons to him & to his heirs for ever, Also I give unto my Son, ELIAS, one large iron pott to him & his heirs for ever
Item I give unto my Loveing Wife, ABIGALL BLACKBURN, my two old Negroes named Peter & Mareah, them and thare increase for her & her disposeing; Also I give unto my Wife one copper kettle, also one brass kettle & one iron pott, to her & her disposeing, also I give unto my Wife one set of diaper table Lining of ye Ordinary sort; Also I give unto my Wife two feather beds with furniture thereto belonging
Item I give unto my Son, ELIAS, one gray mare branded with C: B: on ye buttock & her colt which is branced with A: B: C: them and their increase to him & to his heires for ever
Item I give unto my Daughter, MARY BLACKBURN, one good feather bed & furniture, Item My will is that my Daughter, MARY, shall have the first two Negro Children that my wifes Negro woman bringes. Item I give unto my Daughter, MARY, one set of diaper table lining to her & her heirs
Item I give unto my Son, ELIAS, one set of diaper table lining to him & to his heirs and if either of my Children dy before they enjoy there estate that then the other to In joy it. Item My will is that all the rest of my personall estate be equally devided between my Wife & my two Children at the discretion of my Executrs: Item I make ordaine & appoint my loveing freinds, BERNARD GAINES & SILVESTER THACKER, the Executors of this my Will &Testamt: whereof I have hereunto set my hand & scale the 7th: of November in ye year of our Lord 1693
Signed sealed & delivered in presence of us
FRA: STARNE CHRISTOPHER BLACKBURN
SAM: JOHNSON, JOHN GRAY
Wee ye Subscribers are redy here to tender our Oaths that this is the last Will and Testament of Mr. XPH: BLACKBURN deceased, and that he was in his perfect sence and memory when he signed sealed and delivered it
Sworn to in Essex County Court May ye 10th: 1694 FRAN: STARNE
Test F. MERIWETHER, Cl Cur SAMUELL JOHNSON
JOHN GRAY

Source: 1693-1694 Essex Co VA Deed & Will Book; Antient Press: (Page 277)

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