WILL OF JOHN J. GRADY
(Will Book 13 Page 356 Charlotte County, Virginia)
Transcribed by Larry Newcomb
In the name of God, Amen. I, John J. GRADY, being of sound and desparing mind and feeling the uncertainly of life and the certainty of death, do hereby make and constitute this my last Will and Testament to wit;
First, It is my wish that all just debts and financial expenses shall be paid.
Second, It is my wish that my estate both real and personal (that I may die _____ of) shall be kept together during the widow-hood of my wife, Rebecca Grady, for the time she may remain unmarried, and the proceeds thereof devoted to the support and maintenance of my wife and children.
Third, At the death of my wife , it is my wish that my estate both real and personal shall be equally divided among my children to be enjoyed by them and their heirs forever.
Fourth and Lastly, Revoking all other Wills, I hereby constitute and appoint my friend Henry E. Vaughn Executor of this my last Will and Testament.
Given under my hand and seal this 2nd day of February one thousand eight hundred and sixty three.
Signed (his mark "X"): John J. Grady
Signed and declared to us to be the Last Will and Testament of John J. Grady this 2nd day of February 1863: Gideon Foster, William B. Vaughn, Charles (his mark "X") W. Foster
At a court held for Charlotte County the 4th day of March 1863, the foregoing Last Will and Testament of John J. Grady, deceased, was this served in court by Henry E. Vaughan the Executor therein named and the same was sworn by the oaths of Gideon Foster and Charles W. Foster, two of the subscribing witnesses thereto and ordered to be recorded. Teste William A. Smith
A Court held for Charlotte County the 4th day of May 1863
The foregoing last Will and Testament of John J. Grady, deceased, was this day again produced in court and Henry E. Vaughan the Executor therein named, having refused to take upon himself the (responsibility?) of the execution thereof, and Rebecca W. Grady, the widow of the said John J. Grady, having by writing acknowledged before a Justice of the Peace, relinquished her right to qualify as Administrator with the Will annexed of her said husband on motion of William Gilliam who took the oat of office and together with Isaac Overby and Thomas C. Morgan his securities deemed sufficient by the Court, entered into and acknowledged a bond in the penalty of five thousand dollars conditioned for the due and faithful discharge of the duties of his said office or trust, a certificate is granted the said Gilliam for obtaining letters of Administration on the estate of the said John J. Grady, deceased with his Will aforesaid annexed in due form. Teste William A. Smith
INVENTORY of JOHN J. GRADY
(Inventory Book 14 Page 19 Charlotte County, Virginia)
In obedience to an order of the County Clerk of Charlotte bearing date the 6th day of July 1863 to us, directed we the undersigned ______ being first sworn for that purpose have made the following appraisement of the estate of John Grady, deceased.
No cash on hand
2 cows & calves 250.00
1 bed & furniture 50.00
1 trundle bed 10.00
1 cupboard & contents 15.00
1 pot & kettle & bread hoe 5.00
1 hot water vessels 5.00
1 pine table 3.00
4 chairs 1.00
1 spinning wheel 3.00
1 pair cards(?) 10.00
1 shot gun 10.00
debts due estate 000.00
Given under our hands this __ day of July 1863 to the Clerk of Charlotte County Court,
Edmond Roper, H.E. Vaughan, Joshua Thornhill,
in Charlotte County Court Clerks office 2 November 1863.
The foregoing appraisement of the personal estate of John Grady, deceased, was this day filed in this office by the appraisers and admitted to same.
Teste: William A. Smith, Clerk of Court