The Will of JAMES BABER of Wythe
4th June, 1798.
In the name of God Amen: I JAMES BABER of Wythe County, Virginia being weak
in body and of perfect mind and memory thanks be given unto God calling
unto mind the mortality of my body and knowing that it is appointed for all
men once to die do make and ordain this my last Will and Testament Viz:
Principally and first of all I give and recommend my soul into the hands of
Almighty God that gave it and my body I recommend it to the earth to be
buried in a decent Christian burial at the discretion of my Executors,
nothing doubting but at the general resurrection I shall redeam the same
again by the mighty power of God and as to any such worldly estate
wherewith it hath pleased God to bless me in this life I give and devise
and dispose of the same in the following manner and form; I first give and
bequeath to my sons JAMES BABER, JOEL BABER and DANIEL BABER and MARY
UNDERWOOD, ELIZABETH DRAPER, FANNIE HOLBY and MARGERY HENLEY,
I allow each one of them one shilling sterling in twelve months after my death.
Interlined before signed. Secondly I give to my daughter JOHANNAH BABER
one half of my old plantation where James Cocks now lives on to be divided
by my executors, equally divided in quantity and quality and thirdly I
allow my daughter NANCY HOBBS`s son RICHARD HOBBS the other half,
JOHANNAH BABER being allowed her preference in choice of the land. I do hereby
ordain and appoint Ewing & William Gleaves my sole executors of this my
last Will and Testament as witness my hand and seal this 4th day of June
1798. JAMES BABER, his seal.
Witnesses present; Matthew Gleaves, James Ewing, Absolom Gleaves.
At a court held for Wythe County the 10th day of July 1798 this last Will
and Testament of JAMES BABER Decd was proven in court by the oath of
Matthew Gleaves and Absolom Gleaves, two of the witnesses thereto and
ordered to be recorded. Testator: R.Crockett.
The names of most of these people are to be found in 1787 in Montgomery
Above Document by Vera Baber
- 26 May 1786 Treasury warrant assigned by Jno. Preston beginning lower end of last entry & with Francis' lines to Randolph Retherford & with his lines to Wm.. Gleaves& with his lines to Thos. Hobbs & with said lines to Jas. Baber's & with his lines to Benj'n Rogers & with his lines to Wm. Henley's & with his to James Davis. Land is located on Cripple Creek.
Source: Montgomery Co, VA Entry Book B, p.287-8.
- 27 May 1786 ....also 2,000acres on treasury warrant, 1783, assigne by Henry Banks assignee of Wm .McWilliams, beginning on Jas. Baber's line on Mill Creek
Source: Montgomery Co, VA Entry Book B, p.295.
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