Will of William
Adkins of Charlotte County being in a low state of health, but in perfect mind
and memory doth make this his last Will and Testament, in the name of God
amen. I first give my soul to God who
gave it to me, and my Body to be decently buried. In turn, I lend unto my Beloved wife Ann
Atkins during her National life, my two grown negroes, Roger and Susannah, with
the residue of my real Estate. In turn,
I give unto my daughter Lucy Atkins one Negro Girl Bet, to her and her heirs
forever. In turn, I give unto my son
Thomas Atkins the first Negro Child born alive in the family, to him and his
heirs forever. In turn, I give unto the
Child that my wife is now Big with the second Negroe child born alive in the
Family to him or her heirs forever. It is also my will and desire that the
Executors Give unto each of my Children as they grow up a horse and saddle, But
if it should please God that any of my Children should depart this life,
without leaving any issue, then their part of my Estate to be put in with the
rest I lent to my wife and it is my Will and desire, that when it should please
God that my Wife should depart this life, that my whole Estate be Equally
divided among all my Children. I also
appoint for my Executors Thomas Epperson, Ann Atkins and J. L. Wood.
Wm. Atkins, L. S.
Marshall, John Smith, Francis Cardwell.
a Court held in Charlotte County the 6th day of May 1782
within Written Last Will and Testament of William Adkins decd. Was Exhibited in
Court by Anne Adkins the Executrix and Thomas Epperson one of the Executor
therein named and the same was proved by the Oaths of John Marshall and John
Smith, two of the Witnesses hereto Subscribed and ordered to be Recorded on the
motion of the Executrix and said
Executor, who made oath according to Law, Certificate is Granted them for
Obtaining a probate of the said Will in due form, they Giving Security.
Whereupon, they together with Francis Epperson and Jacob Morton their Security
entered into and Acknowledge their bond for that purpose. Reserving liberty to
Joseph Wood the other Executor, to join in the probate there of when he shall
Teste Thomas Read Clk.
Source: Will book 1, page 235-236,
County Clerk of Court Office
Probated - 06 May 1782
Submitted By: Brady Fitts