Albemarle County, Virginia
Albemarle County Will Book 2 Page 278 & 279.
The Will of William Melton:
In the name of God Amen. I William Melton of Albemarle County
being in a Very low state of body health but perfectly in the use of
my Reason do make this my last Will and Testament, my body being
Terred [sic] according to the direction of my executors after to be
mentioned I dispose of what earthly goods I possess as Follows. First
I desire that all my debts may be paid. Then I lend to my beloved
wife during her life or widowhood all my Estate real and personal
except one hundred acres of Land Joining my brother Silas Melton which
land I bequeath to him the said Silas Melton and his heirs forever.
Note this hundred acres of Land is to be in a Square form, and after
her decease or marriage what is left of my Estate real or personal I
require that it may be Equally divided among all my Children who shall
then Survive. Note if any of my Children, having Married & had issue
& deceased before Said Division of my Estate, their issue Shall Enjoy
what would have fallen to their Parent if he or she were alive. I
appoint as Executors my brother Silas Melton, and my wife and my
Eldest Son Reuben Melton. NB This Instrument is Interlined in the
Sixth Line with the word goods. In Witness whereof I Set my hand and
affix my Seal this Eleventh day of February In the year of Our Lord
One Thousand Seven hundred & Seventy two.
Samuel Leake William Melton (Seal)
Thomas C Melton
At Albemarle June court 1772.
This Will was proved by the Oath of Mark Leake & Thomas Melton
Witnesses thereto and Ordered to be Recorded and on the motion of
Silas Melton an Executor therein named probat (sic) is granted him for
Obtaining Letters of Administration Who made Oath According to law and
gave bond with Mark Leake his Security.
Tucker Woodson, D. C.
Transcribed by J.L. McKenzie. Words/comments in [brackets] were inserted by me for clarification.
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