Will of James
Clerk of Courts, Charlotte County, Virginia
Will Book 2, Pages 74, 75, 76
Transcribed by Brady Fitts
In the name of God Amen, I James Hunt of the parish of Cornwall and County of Charlotte being of sound mind and memory thanks be to God. Knowing that it is appointed for all men to die do make and ordain this my last will and Testament in the following manner. First I recommend my soul to God that gave it and my body to the dust to be decently buryed at the discretion of my executors hereafter appointed, and as for my worldly estate with which it hath pleased God to bless me with I do dispose of it in the following manner. I desire that all my just debts be paid and my outstanding debts be collected. I give and bequeath to my grandson James Hunt, son of Charles Hunt all that tract of land which lies unsold on the Branches of Turrible & Cuttawbo creeks in Halifax County containing by estimate two hundred acres, and is adjoining the land of Henry Bass to him and his heirs in fee. I lend Tabatha Hunt widow of my deceased son Charles Hunt one Negro man Roger during her natural life and after her death to descend to Nancy Hunt Huntsman to her & her heirs forever. I give and bequeath to my two grandsons James and William P. Hunt sons of James Hunt one Negro man Tom and one feather bed and furniture already in possession to them their heirs forever. I give and bequeath to my son Elijah Hunt one feather bed and five Negroes Aggy, Stepny, Ben, Milly and Tom all ready in possession to him and his heirs forever. I give and bequeath to my Granddaughter Sally Hunt daughter of my dec’d son Nathaniel Hunt one feather bed to her & her heirs forever. I give and bequeath to my said deceased son Nathaniel Hunts Children Allen Hunt, John Hunt, Sally Hunt, Nathaniel Hunt and Eustess Hunt two Negros Sherriff and Israel to be equally divided amongst the said children share and share alike to them and their heirs forever. I give and bequeath to my son David Hunt one feather bed & five negroes Abbey, Braddock, London, Ralph and Squire all ready in possession on his paying to my grandson John Hunt son of John Twenty five pounds current money of Virginia, when he the said John arrives at lawful age or marries, to him my said son David and his heirs forever. I give & bequeath to my daughter Sarah Craghead one feather bed & furniture all ready in possession also three Negroes to wit Hannah, Gabrel and Jacob to her & her heirs forever. I lend to my daughter Mary McGraw the following negroes Betty, Dick, Little Elias, Margery and Hannah with their further increase for the particular use and support of the said Mary and her younger children during her life and at her decease my Will & desire is that the said Slaves so lent shall descend to such of her children as the said Mary Judge proper to dispose of them unto either by Will or Deed executed by her in her life time, my Will and desire further is that the rite and title of said Slaves shall pass and desend to such Children and their as fully and as amply as if they had been herein particularly named and further I give to my said daughter Mary one feather bed already in possession to her and her heirs forever. I give and bequeath to my son Gilbert Hunt all that Tract of Land whereon I now live and all I hold adjoining it together with a new Survey containing in the whole by estimation about one thousand acres, to him & his heirs in fee. On his paying my Grandson John Hunt son of John the sum of fifty pounds current money when arrives at lawful age, also I give and bequeath to my said son Gilbert Hunt, three negroes Elias, Tillis and John and one feather bed to him and his heirs forever. I give and bequeath to my granddaughter May Ann Hunt one negro Annekey also a young black mare, a saddle and bridle one feather bed and furniture to her and her heirs forever. I give and bequeath to my grandson John Hunt, son of John all that tract of land lying on Strait Stone Creek in Pittsylvania County adjoining the lands of War Hunt and Balenger, containing by estimation two hundred and four acres to him and his heirs in fee also two Negroes Watt and Annis to him and his heirs forever. If he should live till he arrives at lawful age or marries, otherwise if he should die before he arrives at either of the aforesaid periods of life, then my Will and desire is that the legacy to him devised and bequeathed be equally divided amongst all my children share & share alike. My Will and desire is that my Tobacco be sold by my exors for the Best price that may be had. My Will and desire further is that all the remaining part of my estate not before mentioned or given away be it of what nature or kind so ever; as horses, cattle & other stock plantation tools and crops of corn, wheat & household and kitchen furniture be sold to the highest bidder at public auction either for ready money or on credit at the discretion of my executors and the money arising there from together with money for my Tobacco and what money may be on hand after my debts are paid, and the money Legacy discharged be equally divided amongst all my children allowing one part to my late son Charles Hunts three children James Hunt, Sarah Richardson and Elizabeth Huntsman to be equally divided amongst them allowing one third part to Elizabeth Huntsman Dec’d children Nancy Hunt Huntsman, and Lemuel Huntsman to be equally divided between them and to be paid when they arrive at Lawful age or marries and if either should die before they arrive at the aforesaid period of time then my desire is that the part of the deceased may go and descend to the one living and also one other part to my deceased son Nathaniel Hunts five children Allen, John, Sally, Nathaniel and Eustis to be equally divided between them at the time of receiving the first mentioned Legacy also on other part to my late deceased son James Hunt children James and William P. Hunt to be equally divided between them. And my remaining children Elijah, David, Gilbert, Sarah & Mary five parts to be equally divided amongst them share and share alike, lastly I do appoint my three sons Elijah Hunt, David Hunt and Gilbert Hunt exors of this my last Will and testament and do direct that they shall not be called on or obliged to give Security and do utterly revoke and disannul all other Wills formerly by me made and do appoint this to be my Last Will and Testament. In Witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and Seal this 18th day of October 1794.
Wm. H. Hunt, Elijah Hunt Jr, William Fuqua, Fielder Cage
Jos Hunt, James (his mark) Turner
At a Court held for Charlotte County the 7th day of Sepr 1795. This Last Will and Testament of James Hunt decd. was presented in Court by David Hunt and Gilbert Hunt the surviving exors herein named and the same was proved by the Oath of Wm H Hunt, Elijah Hunt Jur., and Wm Fuqua three of the Witnesses hereto subscribed and Ordered to be Recorded on the motion of the said executors who made Oath according to Law certificate is granted them for obtaining probate of the said Will. The Testor having directed that his executors should not be compelled to give Security therefore bond and security is not required by the Court.