The Will of THOMAS BABER of Fluvanna County Virginia.
4th October, 1778.
In the name of God, Amen. I THOMAS Baber, Snr of the county of Fluvanna
being very sick and weak of body but of sound mind and memory do make this my
last Will & Testament in manner and form following;
First and principally I recommend my soul into the hands of Almighty God my creator
receive salvation through the merits of my blessed saviour and redeemer Jesus Christ
and my body to be buried in a decent manner at the direction of my executors hereafter
mentioned and for my estate I give and dispose thereof in manner and form following.
Item: I hereby impower my executors to sell as much of my estate as will pay all my just debts.
Imprimus: I give devise and bequeath unto my beloved wife ELIZABETH Baber during
her life without any interruption the plantation and land where I now live also part of an
entry of land surveyed by THOMAS Baber, Jnr being the part that joins one beginning at
THOMAS Baber, Jnr and William Pace's corner line running then to Strangers Corner on
the Great Branch, anything more or less, also all the rest of my estate both real and
personal except the remainder part of that survey where above mentioned only that it is will
and desire that my son STANLEY Baber shall be maintained out of my estate so long as his leg continue sore, likewise the charges in curing of his leg to be paid also out of my estate.
Item: I give and bequeath unto my son STANLEY Baber if he should be living at my wife's
death the land and plantation whereon I now live to him and his heirs forever but if he should
die before his Mother and leave no heir lawfully begotten, I then leave it to be sold with all
the rest of my estate that shall remain at my wife's death and the amount of the said sale shall be equally divided among all my children then living and if any of my children should die before their Mother and leave her or her heirs lawfully begotten, they shall inherit their part equally.
Item: I give and bequeath unto my sons JOHN & OBADIAH the remainder of that entry
above mentioned to them and their heirs forever on JOHN's paying £15 to my estate to be
divided as follows; JOHN taking that part lying on the Hog Pen fork, OBADIAH to have
that part that lies on the Great Branch. If JOHN should choose rather to keep his fifteen
pounds than have the land I then impower my executors to sell his part and the amount of
said sale to be equally divided as the rest of my estate above mentioned. Lastly I make, other
wills by me heretofore made. In witness whereof I have here unto set my hand and seal the
4th day of October, 1778.
THOMAS Baber, his mark.
John Buckley, Mary Taylor, Moses White, Daniel Payne.
At a court held for Fluvanna County on Thursday the 5th day of November,
1778 this writing was this day produced in court and proved to be the last
Will and Testament of THOMAS Baber, deceased by the oaths of all the
witnesses thereto and admitted to record and on the motion of John Martin
and William Baskett, executors therein mentioned they making oath as the law
directs and performing what is usual in such cases, certificate is granted
to them for obtaining a probate thereof in due form.
Signed: John Cobbs
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