Will of William Adkins

 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.

John Marshall, John Smith, Francis Cardwell.

 At a Court held in Charlotte County the 6th day of May 1782

The 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 think fit.

                                                                                                             Teste Thomas Read Clk.

                                     Truly Recorded

                                    Thomas Read C.C.


Source: Will book 1, page 235-236, Volume 1
Charlotte County Clerk of Court Office
Dated Probated - 06 May 1782

Submitted By:  Brady Fitts