. . . I, ROBERT YANCEY . . . being in perfect health and memory . . . thanks [be to God?] do make and ordain this last will and testament. . . . principality . . . I recommend my soul to the . . . God hoping through the merit, death and passion of . . . Christ to receive remission for all my sins and everlasting life,
First, I will that all my debts be discharged.
[Second?] My body, I commit to the ground to be decently buried at the . . . aforesaid.
Item, I give and [bequeath unto my loving wife?] TEMPERANCE YANCEY my negro . . . to my daughter . . . MARTHA . . . CHARLES . . .
. . . Increase to him . . .
I give my son ROBERT one . . . [whereon I?] now dwell to him and his heirs or assignees . . . [I give?] twenty pounds to my son CHARLES of the money . . .
Item, I give to my son ROBERT ten pounds.
Item, I give . . . pounds be laid out in the best manner to school . .
Item, I give to my wife all my personal effects . . . life then to the children.
Lastly, I will that . . . with their effects be left with my wife till they be . .. and their effects to be delivered at the age of [eighteen?] . . .
ll this last at the discretion of my Executors and . . . RICHARD YANCEY and JAMES YANCEY, sole executors of this my last will and testament.
At a court held for Louisa County on the . . . of April 1746 this will was this day in open court proved by the . . . BENJAMIN HARRIS the witness thereto and admitted for . . .
Teste. JAMES LITTLEPAGE
Order Book 1742-1748 Page 182
A writing under the hand and seal of ROBERT YANCEY deceased dated the first day of June 1743 subscribed by BENJAMIN HARRIS and JAMES YANCEY as evidence said to be the will of the said deceased; also another writing under the hand and seal of the said ROBERT YANCEY without any date subscribed by BENJAMIN HARRIS as an evidence said also to be the will of the said deceased, were produced in court by RICHARD YANCEY and JAMES YANCEY Executors.
In the said writing or will mentioned and praying the court's directions therein, the court having examined the said BENJAMIN HARRIS (on his solemn affirmation) and the said executors on oath, it appears to them by the testimony of the said HARRIS and the said executors, and by the several devises in the said will that the writing without date is all of it in the proper handwriting of the said deceased, and it is his last will and testament. And whereupon the said RICHARD YANCEY and JAMES YANCEY, the executors aforesaid, having taken the oath as the law directs and entered into bond as usual certificates for obtaining letters of probate in due form is granted. And it appearing to this court that certain lands in the said will mentioned and devised away from CHARLES YANCEY an infant and eldest son and heir at law to the said deceased; therefore it is ordered that BENJAMIN HARRIS be appointed Guardian to the said CHARLES YANCEY and that he be summoned to the next court to contest the validity of the said will and the said first writing or will is also ordered to be lodged in the Clerk's office.
TEMPERANCE YANCEY, widow of ROBERT YANCEY, deceased, appeared in court and declared that she would not accept, receive, or take the legacies to her given and bequeathed, or any part thereof, and doth renounce all benefit and advantage which she might claim by the last will and testament of the said ROBERT YANCEY.
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