Will of Thomas Ligon, Pages 216/217

Clerk of Courts, Charlotte County, Virginia

Will Book 8, pages 158/End, 1835-1844


I Thomas Ligon of the County of Charlotte and State of Virginia, being in my natural senses though the mercy of God – do make and ordain this my last will and testament revoking all other wills by me made.


Item 1st – it is my will and desire that my just debts be paid out of my estate by my executors here after mentioned.


Item 2nd – I give unto my son Richard Floyd Ligon the following negro slaves (towit) one negro girl Martha which he has in procession also the choice one of three negro men (towit) Lewis, Jack and Sam, and after he takes his choice as above mentioned the other two remaining.  I give unto my son William Dabney Ligon to them and their heirs forever.


Item 3rd – I lend to my wife Judia Ligon after paying my just debts by my executors here after mentioned the balance of my estate consisting of the land where on we now live, all the negroes except those specially given as above, stock of all kind the crops that may be on hand, house hold and kitchen furniture so long as she may live or remain a widow, but at her death or intermarriage in either case it is my will and desire that the whole of my estate loaned to my wife Judia Ligon be equally divided among all my children (towit) Eliza Morton, Thomas Ligon, Winney Morton or her heirs, Richard Floyd Ligon, Edward Moseley Ligon, William Dabney Ligon,  also Ann Eliza Ligon daughter of my son John Ligon, to them and their heirs forever.  I constitute and appoint William Dabney Ligon and my son-in-law William Morton sole Executors to this my last will and testament.  In witness where of, I have here unto set my hand and seal this 3oth day of October one thousand eight hundred and thirty nine.


Thomas Ligon  SEAL



Ellison Clark

James Allen

Edward T. Clarke


At a court held for Charlotte County July 5th, 1841

This last will and testament of Thomas Ligon dec’d was produced in court & the same was proved by the oath of Ellison Clark & James Allen two of the subscribing witnesses & ordered to be recorded.

Teste Winslow Robinson Clerk


At another court held for the same County August 2nd, 1841

On the motion of William Dabney Ligon one of the executors named in the foregoing last will and testament of Thomas Ligon dec’d who made oath there to according to law & together with Wyatt Cardwell, Benjamin Morton and Richard Morton his securities entered into and acknowledged bond, in the penalty of Six thousand dollars, constituted according to law, a certrificate is granted him for obtaining a probate of the said will in due form.

Teste Winslow Robinson Clerk