ROBERT YANCEY (REVEREND)
In the name of God, Amen, I ROBERT YANCEY of Louisa County, being in my usual health, do make and ordain this my last will and testament.
That is to say: First my desire is that my well beloved wife ANN YANCEY remain in the full and undisturbed possession and enjoyment of all my whole estate both real and personal until one of my children shall come of lawful age and then she shall have only my land with what improvements shall be on it and part of all my estate beside which shall be laid off to her by my Executors during her natural life and after her decease to be equally divided between my children and the remainder of my estate shall be divided in the following manner viz my sons shall all share equally one with another but my daughter or daughters shall have but half as much as my son or sons if there shall be such but if there be no son my daughters shall all share equally and each child shall have their portion at their coming of lawful age to be divided and laid off to them respectively by my Executor or in case of decease by the surviving one or ones and such other person or persons as the child concerned in the division and the surviving Executors shall chance to supply the place of the deceased and if none of the Executors be living the concerned in the division of my Estate together with the one next above him or her in age and the one next below if such there be shall choose three respectable men who are disinterested to make out such division by the child concerned.
In the division of my estate, I mean the one who is just then coming of age and portion is then to be laid off but my desire is that my estate be not sold in order to affect the above division, but that as each child comes of age the person appointed as above to make a division shall divide my whole estate that shall not be my wife's property by the provision made above into parcels or lots according to the number of children who are yet to receive their portion and the dividers above mentioned shall give to each child the particular part or lot they shall think fittest from them, but as each child receives his part the remaining shall be thrown together and considered as the common property of the children who shall have yet their portions to receive so a new division of all that shall remain to be divided shall be made as each child comes of lawful age and in consideration of my wife having my whole estate till one of my children shall come of age she shall raise all the said children and support them during their minority without charging them for boarding or clothing or schooling. Each of my children shall have three years of schooling.
But in case my wife shall marry she shall only enjoy one third part of my estate to be laid off to her by my executors or the dividers of my estate and my land during her life and then after her decease to be equally divided between all my children as above directed and if after the marriage of my wife it shall appear to my Executor that her husband will waste her estate in an improper manner to the detriment of her children it shall be in the power of my Executor to take the said estate, by which I mean the one third part of all my estate and my land above mentioned out of his name and to improve it to the benefit of my wife as far as they shall think proper and of my children.
And if it should happen that all my children should die before they come of lawful age my will is that my well beloved wife should enjoy all the whole estate both real and personal during her life and should further have the one half of my estate to dispose of by will or gift as she shall think proper and the other half of my estate after the death of my wife ANN YANCEY shall be equally divided between my two brothers: CHARLES and JEREMIAH YANCEY to them and their heirs or assigns forever.
And my will is that my mother should enjoy the free and possession of the land whereon she now lives during her natural life and after her decease to go to my beloved wife ANN YANCEY as my other land above directed and whereas it may happen that my brother CHARLES YANCEY may move out of this province in which case my beloved wife ANN YANCEY may incline to move with him with her children and her and their estates which may be for the advantage of my wife and my children my will is that if it shall appear to my Executors to be for the good of my wife and children that they shall, that is my beloved wife ANN YANCEY and my Executors hereafter named have the liberty of selling my [land?] and other immovable parts of my estate and the price of such land to be laid out in the land where my said wife and children with my said brother shall move and the said land and other estate be disposed of above directed in case of no removal.
And my will is that if any of my wife's brothers - the Crawfords - shall be convenient on the said province or near the said province that they should act as executors of this my will and testament with my brother CHARLES YANCEY.
And in case none of my wife's brothers be convenient it shall be in the power of my beloved wife and my brother CHARLES - CHARLES YANCEY to choose one or two respectable persons to act as Executors of this my last will and testament with my brother CHARLES YANCEY and my other executors that shall not move with my said wife and children and shall be released from their executorship and shall not be accountable for any transaction that shall be - such said removal out of this province and if there shall be any case hereafter not duly provided for in this my last will and testament my desire is that the same be adjusted settled and determined by my Executors or the dividers of my estate as shall appear to them most reasonable and advantageous for the good of the whole.
And my will is that a copy of this my last will and testament may be recorded in such province or county court where such removal of my wife and children shall be and I constitute and ordain my brother CHARLES YANCEY, MR JOHN BULLOCK, and MR. NATHANIEL ANDERSON all of this county of Louisa executors of this my Last Will & Testament and I do hereby revoke and [disannul?] all former wills by me made and declare this and no other to be my Last Will and Testament in witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal this sixteenth of March in the year of our Lord One Thousand Seven Hundred and Seventy Four.
ROBERT YANCEY (SEAL)
Signed sealed and delivered