The Last Will And Testament Of William Witcher
In the name of God amen. I, William Witcher Sr., of the County Pittsylvania being of weak body but of sound memory, and
knowing that it is appointed for all men to once to die, do make and declare this my last Will and Testament (revoking all
others) in manner and form as follows:
ITEM: My will and desire is that all my just debts should be paid out of my estate hereafter mentioned by my executors
of a perishable kind.
ITEM: I give and bequeath to my son, John Witcher, my negroes, Sarah, and her children, Sinda, Ceala, and Anna, in addition
to what I have already given him, which I give to him and his heirs forever.
ITEM: I lend to my son, Daniel Witcher, my negroes Stephen and Anderson during his lifetime,and after his decease my will
and desire is that his heirs should inherit them forever.
ITEM: I give and bequeath to my son, William Witcher Jr., my negroes Tamer and her children Phebe, Betsy, and Peyton in
addition to what I have heretofore given him, all of which I give to him and his heirs forever.
ITEM: I give and bequeath to my son, Ephriam Witcher, my negroes Bob, Abraham, Sam, Phillis, Jacob, and Will; also the
land I possess in the County of Pittsylvania aforesaid on the North side of the Pigg River whereon I now live, bounded by
the lines of John Smith, John Witcher, Daniel C. Edwards and William Swanson Jr. and Pigg River, all of which property both
real and personal I give to him and his heirs forever.
ITEM: I give and bequeath to my son, James Witcher, my negroes Hannah, and Sellar her child to him and his heirs forever.
ITEM: I give and bequeath to my son, Caleb Witcher, one hundred pounds for the purpose of discharging a Judgment obtained
against him by John Smith in the County Court of Pittsylvania, also to discharge his bond to George Herndon, both of which
sums my will and desire is for my to pay them out of the sum specified and the surplus if any to go to my son Caleb Witcher
and to his heirs forever. Also I lend to my son Caleb Witcher during his natural life, my negro girl,Bethsheba and after his
decease my will and desire is that his eldest child Thillada should inherit the negro girl Bethsheba with her increase forever,
and in the case that Thillada should decease without lawful heirs of her body, then my will and desire is that the rest of
Caleb's should inherit her (Bethsheba) with her increase forever.
ITEM: I lend to my daughter Elizabeth Razer during her natural life my negroes Edmond and Rose and after her decease I
give them to her heirs forever.
ITEM: I give and bequeath to my daughter Rachel Morrison and her heirs forever all my tract of land whereon William Morrison
(her husband) now lives on the South side of the Pigg River, bounded by Pigg River, Herman Cook's lines and William Parker's
lines containing one hundred acres more or less all of which land I give to her and her heirs forever. Also two cows and calves
I give to her and her heirs forever.
ITEM: My will and desire is that what money is in hand at my decease, after discharging my debts, my will and desire is
that it be equally divided between my sons, John Witcher,William Witcher Jr., Daniel Witcher, Ephriam Witcher, and James Witcher.
ITEM: My will and desire is that after my decease all my stock of every kind, plantation utensils, household and kitchen
furniture, with the crop on hand, be sold to the highest bidder on a credit of twelve months, and after the later is finished,
the money arising therefrom be equally divided between my sons, John Witcher, William Witcher Jr., Daniel Witcher, Ephriam
Witcher, and James Witcher. And lastly I do constitute, appoint and ordain my two sons, John Witcher, and William Witcher
Jr., the whole and sole executors of this my last will and testament in witness
thereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal this eighth day of December, one thousand eight hundred and six.
William Witcher (seal)
Sealed and delivered in the presence of Joseph Matchett, Donald (illegible), Peyton Graves
Probate of Will
At the court of Pittsylvania County the 18th day of July, 1808, the last will and testament of William Witcher (deceased)
was presented in Court and proved by the oaths of Joseph Matchett and Peyton Graves two of the subscribing witnesses and ordered
to be recorded, and on the motion of John Witcher and William Witcher Jr., the executors in the said will named, who made
Oath according to law, and together with Peyton Graves, William Swanson., Ephriam Witcher, William Witcher Jr., and their
securities, entered into and acknowledged their bond in the penalty of Thirty Thousand Dollars for that purpose conditioned
as the law directs,certificate is granted them for obtaining a probate of the said will in due form.
Seal A copy teste: E.E. Friend Clerk
Pittsylvania Circuit Court
Will probated Pittyslvania County, VA July 18th, 1808.