LEWIS DAVIS YANCEY
In the name of God, Amen, I LEWIS DAVIS YANCEY, of the county of Culpeper, being in perfect sense and memory, blessed be God, yet knowing the uncertainty of this mortal life, do make and ordain this my last will and testament, hereby revoking all wills prior made. First, I bequeath my soul unto the hands of its Divine Author, trusting in the forgiveness of my savior to receive pardon and remission of all my sins. My body I commit unto the earth to be decently interred at the discretion of my executors and as to worldly goods, it has pleased God to bless me with, I dispose of the same in the manner following:
Item: I give and bequeath to my following children (viz) CHARLES, RICHARD, LEWIS, JOHN, PHILEMON, ANN NALL, and WINIFRED NALL one shilling Sterling each, they having received their full portion of my slaves and personal estate.
Item: I give and bequeath to my son JAMES, two slaves, Judy and Posh on this provision, that my son JAMES, should live and make application for them within two years after my deceased, but if he should die or fail to apply for them within the time aforesaid then the slaves I give to my son ROBERT, should he survive, but in case he should die without being in legal possession, I then direct the said slaves and their increase to be equally divided between all my children and their representatives.
Item: I lend to my beloved wife WINIFRED all the rest and residue of my slaves and personal estate after my just debts are paid during her natural life and after her decease, I give the same to my beloved son ROBERT and his heirs but in case he should die in the service of his country and not return to enjoy the same, I then direct the whole to be equally divided between all my children and their representatives.
Item: I appoint my beloved sons, LEWIS, RICHARD, and ROBERT executors of this my last will and testament, hereby revoking all former wills, in witness whereof I hereunto set my hand seal this seventeenth day of April 1778.
LEWIS DAVIS YANCEY (L.S)
Signed, sealed, published & declared by the said LEWIS DAVIS YANCEY as his last will in the presence of:
A codicil to the above will, made this day and year, underwritten:
It being my will and desire to alter the second clause in my will above, do in manner and form following: making the said clause entire and substituting in its stead, viz, I give and bequeath to my loving son, ROBERT YANCEY, two slaves, viz, Judy and Posh, he paying unto my loving son, JAMES YANCEY, sixty pounds in gold or labor when demanded ( as equivalent for the above two negroes) to him and his heirs forever, in witness where of I have hereunto set my hand and seal this second day of May 1782.
Signed sealed and acknowledged,
LEWIS DAVIS YANCEY
In presence of:
H ____ FREEMAN
At court held for Culpeper County April 22, 1788, this last will and testament of LEWIS DAVIS YANCEY, deceased, was exhibited to the court by ROBERT YANCEY, executor therein named and was proven by the oaths of JAMES PENDLETON and HENRY PENDLETON, two of the witnesses thereto and ordered to be recorded, and at court held for Culpeper County June 16 1788, a codicil to the last will and testament of LEWIS DAVIS YANCEY, deceased, was proven by the oath of BIRKETT DAVENPORT, one of the witnesses thereto and ordered to be recorded and on the motion of the said executor, certificate is granted him for obtaining the probate thereof in due form, he having made each thereto and given bond and security according to law, liberty bring reserved for the other executor to qualify when he may think fit.
TESTE: JOHN JAMESON, CC: Court