DATED: 1808

If I die at home, let my body be deposited in the space which I had left between my beloved wife and my dear sister, POLLEY YANCEY. Not that I suppose this position can benefit me or them after death, but there is something in human nature which makes the idea that we shall hereafter rest with those who have been more dear to us, grateful to the heart. Let a decent monument be erected over the grave of her that was most dear to me, my late wife -- not that this "stored urn" can "back to its mansion call the fleeting breath"; not that "honor's voice" can "provoke the silent dust or flattery soothe the dull, cold ear of death". Nor when the heart yields a willing homage to the rare combination of virtues of the loveliest of women does it stop to consider the objections to the indulgence of its favorite wish, but obeys alone the generous impulse of a heart which still vibrates with the impulse of its infant love. Let it be a monument of her virtues. Let posterity learn to admire -- to imitate the excellencies of one whose heart was pure, generous, affectionate and benevolent; whose temper was mild. yet firm; whose desire of doing good was limited only by her power; whose prudence was proverbial; whose understanding was sound and who won on the hearts of all, even of her own sex, by her goodness and the charms of her conversation. In her, there was no guile. Perhaps this monument of her virtues and of our love may in time to come, inspire some youthful breast, who may thoughtless dance around this receptacle of the dead, with a zeal to imitate her example.

I give to ANNE WARDLAW, daughter of Dr. WILLIAM WARDLAW, a negro girl named [blank], now in possession of DABNEY MINOR, of Albemarle, being the one for which I exchanged old Letty with him. My wife, in her lifetime, promised a young negro to this niece.

I give to the brothers and sisters of my beloved wife and to the children of those who are dead, to be divided in the same way, my negro man Bartlett; the money due me from DABNEY MINOR by bond for the purchase of negroes which I got by my wife and whatever balance there may be, after deducting all expenses from what I have already received on account of my said wife; an account of which I intend to state in my ledger, but if no such statement should be made, this clause about said balance to be void, as nobody can make such statement but myself and I wish to avoid all controversies about my will. If I live any time I shall probably make a statement of the whole of the estate of my beloved wife and strike a balance. If I do, that balance shall be paid or delivered, as the case may be, to the relations of my said wife, as aforesaid, in lieu of the legacies before mentioned, except that to ANNE WARDLAW.

To my dear brother, ROBERT YANCEY, who has been not only a brother, but a father to me and the goodness of whose heart I have proved, not withstanding the bare and villainous attempts that have been made by a band of assassins to destroy him, I would give everything, if he needed it, but fortune has smiled on him as to property, though he has been more persecuted than any other man in the state. He has enough and I know he will approve of my aiding the children of our dead sister, ELIZA KIMBROUGH, who have been untimely deprived of a mother and a father such as are rarely to be found. Their house was once the most perfect paradise I ever enjoyed, but death has blasted the prospect.

To my dear and only brother, therefore, I leave the choice out of my library of such books as he may wish and the balance of my books I give to my nephew, WILLIAM KIMBROUGH, Jr.

ANNE having died, I have given directions to Dr. WARDLAW how to dispose of the negro girl given her. The rest of my estate, I give to be equally divided between the children of my sister, ELIZ. KIMBROUGH.

1807 D. YANCEY

At a court held for Louisa County on the 13th day of June 1808:

This will was this day exhibited in open court by ROBERT YANCEY, and FREDERICK HARRIS and JOHN MICHIE came into court and made oath that they were well acquainted with the handwriting of DAVID YANCEY, and they verily believed the whole of this will to be in his own handwriting. It is therefore ordered that the said will be recorded and on the motion of ROBERT YANCEY, administration of the will annexed is granted him on the estate of the said DAVID, he being entered into and acknowledged his bond conditioned as the law directs.



I DAVID YANCEY, of the State of Virginia, now of Kingston, make this codicil to my will. I make my beloved nephew WM. KIMBROUGH, Executor. I give him my two trunks with their contents, except the books which are disposed of. I give him my watch. I wish to be buried in a plain, decent manner without pomp or parade. I wish him to defray all expenses and his own expenses out of the money in the hands of Campbell and Whittle and out of the balance, if there is as much, I give to my said nephew, one thousand dollars. The small locket I give to my brother ROBERT. I give MARY GARRETT the small trunk with the trinkets in the lower drawer of the inside of my desk. I give my big locket which I wear around my neck to DABNEY MINOR.

In testimony, whereof I do hereunto set my hand and seal this seventh day of Dec. one Thousand Eight Hundred and Seven.



At a court held for Louisa County on the 12th day of December 1808:

This signature to the within codicil was this day in open court proved to be DAVID YANCEY hand and by the court ordered to be recorded.

Teste: [Not signed by Clerk]