IDENTITY: SON OF CHARLES & CAROLINE (POWERS) YANCEY
COUNTY: CULPEPER STATE: VIRGINIA
DATED: 1847/48 PROVED: 1849
I MAJOR YANCEY of the county of Culpeper and state of Virginia do make and ordain this my last will and testament.
1st - I desire that my just debts and funeral expenses be paid.
2nd - I give to my beloved wife SUSANNA YANCEY and her heirs forever, the following negroes and increase of the females to wit: Daphney, Stephen, Martha, Mary, Eleanor, Harriet and Thomas, and eight hundred dollars cash, to be paid to her by my Executor hereinafter mentioned. I also give to my said wife during her natural life or widowhood the tract of land called "Kavanaugh's" including my dwelling house containing ninety six acres, also the tract called Pittengers containing one hundred and thirty acres, also part of the tract I purchased of Butt, beginning at a white oak, corner to William Major, sunning south with the main road to the line of the tract purchased of Butt & Thompson thence to a white oak near Broad Branch, near the negores garden. I also give to my said wife during her natural life or widowhood the following negroes to wit: Gabriel, Frederick, Sam, Fanny and Maria with such children as they now have or may hereafter have - also one half of the crop of corn, one half of the crop of hay, one half of my horses, on ehalf of my stock of cattle, sheep, and hogs, all my household and kitchen furniture, my wagon and geer, one half of my ploughs,
harrows & cultivators.
3 - I give & bequeath to my nephew JAMES P. YANCEY, my tract of land called Whiteheads containing two hundred and nineteen acres to him and his heirs forever.
4 - I give & bequeath to my nephew JOHN W. YANCEY and BENJAMIN M. YANCEY all the rest of the tract of land whereon I reside (except that part devised to my wife during her life or widowhood) to be equally divided between them - I also give to my said nephews JOHN W. & BENJAMIN M. YANCEY after the death or widowhood of my wife, the tract of land and appertances devised to her during her natural life or widowhood as aforesaid, to be equally divided bteween them.
5 - I give all my negroes not before devised to my three nephews: JOHN W. YANCEY, JAMES P. YANCEY and BENJAMIN M. YANCEY to be equally divided between them. I also give to my said three newphews after the death of my wife the negroes devised to her during her natural life or widowhood with their increase to be equally divided between them, except negro Gabriel.
6 - I hereby emancipate and set free, after the death of my wife, my negro man Gabriel and in the event of his becoming so infirm as to be incapable of supporting himself, then he is to be maintained by my three nephews JOHN W., JAMES P. AND BENJAMIN M. YANCEY and the estate real and personal devised to them as aforesaid is chargeable therewith.
7 - I give to the children of my deceased sister ANN DOGGETT, the sum of one thousand dollars , to be equally divided between those that may be alive at my death.
8 - I give to the children of my deceased sister KEZIAH FREEMAN, the sum of one thousand dollars , to be equally divided between those that may be alive at my death.
9 - I devise to my Executor (here-in-after named) in trust for the use and benfit of my neice BETSY LEWIS, wife of JAMES B. LEWIS, the sum of five hundred dollars to be placed at interest, another interest to be paid to her annualy, during coverture, and in the event of the death of the said JAMES B. LEWIS , living the said BETSY, then the said sum of money,, and the interest due thereon to be paid to the said BETSY - and in case the said BETSEY should depart this life, living the said JAMES B. LEWIS the same to be equally divided between the children of the said Betsey then living.
10 - I give to my nephew CHARLES LEWIS YANCEY, the sum of one thousand dollars.
11 - I give to my neice KEZIAH ANN LIGHTFOOT, the wife of EDWARD LIGHTFOOT, the sum of three hundred dollars.
12 - I give to my niece SUSANNA YANCEY, the sum of three hundred dollars.
13 - All the rest and residue of my estate after the payment of my debts, legacies and before mentioned, I devise to be equally divided between my aforesaid neices KEZIAH ANN LIGHTFOOT, SUSANNA YANCEY and BETSEY LEWIS, but the share of the said BETSEY LEWIS to be retained in the hands of my Executor for her use only subject to such diposition and limitation as is provided for in the ninth clause of this will.
Lastly - I appoint my frined PHILIP LIGHTFOOT and my nephew JOHN W. YANCEY, Executors to this my last will and testament, revoking all others heretofore made by me - In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal this eighth day of May One Thousand and Eight Hundred and Forty Seven.
MAJOR YANCEY (Seal)
Signed, sealed, published,
pronounced and declared by the said MAJOR YANCEY as &
for his last will & testament in presence of:
C. B. Williams
Having devised to my nephew CHARLES YANCEY by the annexed will, one thousand dollars, it is my will that he shall receive in addition thereto the further sum of one thousand dollars making in the whole two thousand dollars. It is also my will that the said CHARLES YANCEY shall receive an equal proportion of my slaves, devised to my nephews JOHN W. YANCEY, JAMES P. YANCEY, and BENJAMIN M. YANCEY - including those devised to my wife for life, and that the said slaves be equally divided between the said CHARLES, JOHN W., JAMES P. and BENJAMIN M. YANCEY and their heirs. I give to my wife SUSANNA YANCEY my ox-cart & oxen, my stock of hogs and forty bushels of wheat. I give to the four children of my deceased niece BETSY WIGGINTON the sum of one hundred dollars each - witness my hand this 31st day of August 1848.
MAJOR YANCEY [X] (His Mark)
JOHN W. PAYNE
LANGDON C. MAJOR
[probated May 21st 1849]