The Will of George Parker, Sr. W/P 7 July 1713 - Translated into Modern English by Gail M. Walczyk

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One thousand seven hundred and Eight

One thousand seven hundred and Eight

Church of England I Georg Parker sener in ye County of Accomack firginya being Good health Praysd bee allmyty God for ye same I doe make ordain constitute and apoint this my Last Will & Testament to be in Maner and form as Folloing

Church of England I George Parker Senior in ye County of Accomack Virginia being Good health Praised be Almighty God for the same I do make ordain constitute and appoint this my Last Will & Testament to be in Manor and from Following

Imprimis 2 I bequeath my souls Into the hand of the Allmity god who Gave itt and my body to the ground to Receive such desent Chistian buriall as att the diseriscion of my Executrix hereafter nomynated shall be thought most fitting and Conveyent in surr and sartin hops of a Joyfull Resurecttion In and through marsises of my blessed Lord and savior Jesus Christ.

Imprimis 2 I bequeath my soul into the hand of the Almighty god who Gave it and my body to the ground to Receive such decent Christian burial as at the discretions of my Executrix hereafter nominated shall be thought most fitting and Convenient in sure and certain hopes of a Joyful Resurrection In and through [-----} of my blessed Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

Item 3 I give unto my son Georg Parker the halfe of this track of Land upon the westermost side of the branch where I doe now Live on with the Paster and halfe the orchid and halfe to barns all the tenfats and tener & corrers towls and the othe halfe of my sd track of Land to his and his eairs for Ever when his mother doe decease this life my meanin is that halfe the produs of ye orched when the charg of keeping of ye ordherd in yearly Repairs with fence or fencis and triming and any other charg which may or shall hapen to ye said orch'd my son Georg or my troustees for to se it paid and ye Remaneer of ye Profitts to put hin to coll and doe also give him my Copor still with worm and tob after his mother deseas and my halfe of ship Rack Island the aforesaid fore hundred akers of Land and this Island & still to him and hie heirs for Ever but not for to be sold out of my blod nor for to be Leat att one less for above teen years at a Less If it doth please god that my son Georg should dye without any Lawfull Issue my will is that my dafters Abygall Parker alias Lafbury and Elizabeth Parker to them given as to thear brother to them and thear hearus for Ever the above menshoned Land to be divided by a strat Line from the head of my tanners brance to the medell of my line betwen me and the Land formerly Caled Jonathan Sturgisses and now Called Sarh Nubys and Thomas Joneis the westermost sid of the aforesaid brunch and Line to hur and hur Lawfull Eairs for Ever the other Eastermost sid of the aforesaid brunch to my dafter Elizabeth and hur Eairs for Ever and half the produs of the orched for thirtine years after hur brothers Georges deces as aforesaid Land to be sold to Each other as they shall think fitt but not to any other (-----) as aforesaid to my sone (-----.)

Item 3 I give unto my son George Parker the half of this track of Land upon the easternmost side of the branch where I do now live on with the Paster and half the orchard and half the barns all the tenements and [-----] & [-----][-----] and the other half of my sd track of Land to his heirs forever when his mother do decease this life my meaning is that half the produce of the orchard when the charge of keeping the orchard in yearly repairs with fence or fences and trimming and any other charge which may or shall happen to the said orchard my son George or my trustees for to see it paid an the remainder of the profits to put him to school and do also five him my Cooper still with worn and tub after his mother deceases and my half of ship Rack Island the aforesaid four hundred acres of land and this Island & still to him and his heirs forever but not for to be sold out of my blood nor for to be let at least for above ten years at least if it doth please God that my son George shall die without any Lawfull Issue my will is that my daughters Abigail Parker alias Leatherbury and Elizabeth Parker to them given as to their brother to them and their heirs forever the above mentioned Land to be divided by a strait line form the head of my tanners branch to the middle of my line between me and the Land formerly called Jonathan Sturgis' and now called Sarah [----] and Thomas Jones the westermost side of the aforesaid branch and lin to her and her lawful heirs forever and half the produce of the orchard for thirteen years after her brother's decease as aforesiad land to be sold to each other as they shall think fit but not to any other [-----] as aforesaid to my sone [-----]

Item 4 I give unto my son Georg Parker half my watter mill & half my fulling mill to his & his Eairs for Ever that is not to be sould nor Leat in a Less but for to fall in the same maner as my Land aforesaid is the ameaditt profitts after the Charges of the mill are discharged the halfe profitts to put my son Georg to scowl with the profitts afore menshoned I allso give him my grett gun and graitt spitt and three cows and Calfe and six Ewes and a Rame and my Carbin and a pare of pistalls and holsters and my ould small gun and my sped mare and my gratt pott and a beather bead and fornytur and foer puter disses and foer puter platts.

Item 4 I give unto my son George Parker half my water mill & half my fulling mill to his & his Heirs for Ever that is not to be sold not lent in a Lease but for to fall in the same manner as my Land aforesaid is the amended profits after the Charges of the mill are discharged the half profits to put my son George to school with the profits afore mentioned I also give him my great gun and great spit and three cows and Calf and six Ewes and a Ram and my Carbine and a pair of pistols and holsters and my old small gun and my speed mare and my great pot and a better bed and furniture and four pewter dishes and four pewter plates.

Item 5 I doe Give to my Loveing wife Mary Parker the plantation on the Eastermost sid of the brance with ye houses and all other Convennienses to itt belonging and half ye orched and halfe the barn during hur naturall life she being att the half charg of keeping of ye orchard in Repair and half the coper still & worm fall to my sone Georg Parker as Is aforesaid menshuned I doe allso give my wife lebrty to put one booath my Landswhat catill horses or Mas ---------- hogs off hur one durring her naturall life and after hur I allso give my wife halfe my watter mill and half the fulling mill shee being att half ye Charg or Charges that ye sd mill or mills shall acrue and Grind for my dafter Abigall to be to all free and hoper free on grinding dayes but if itt should be known that shee doe sell Eather meall flower -------------- husband what meall soe Ever (then for hur or them for to Lous that benifitt for Ever the aforesaid half mill I doe give to my wife during hur naturall life and then for to fall to my too garn dafters Ruath Laufbery allias Parker and Mary Laufbery the dafters of dafter Abygall to them and thear Eairs for Ever for to sell to each other for to my son Georg or his heirs but not to sell to any person or persons Eals and if my dafter Elisebeth should Live so nigh to my mill as to Come to itt for to have hur Corne or wheatt ground shee shall bee hoper free and to all free acorting as shee and Abygall shall come or send forst on grinding dayes but not fot to sell either meall or flower nor to bring any bodyes Eals under a pretence of theair one then they boath then if ather of them should do soe then) doe soe shall los the benifitt, as aforesaid for Ever - - - - -

Item 5 I do Give to my Loving wife Mary Parker the plantation on the eastermost side of the branch with the houses and all other Conveniences to it belonging and half the orchard and halfe the barn during her natural life she being at the half charge of keeping the orchard and half the cooper still & worm to my son George as is aforesaid mentioned I do also give my wife liberty to put on both my lands what cattle horses mares hogs of her own during her natural life and after her also give my wife half my water mill and half the fulling mill she being at half the charge or Charges that the said mill or mills shall acrue and Grind for my daughter Abigail to be to all free and hoper free on grinding days but if it should be known that she do sell either meal flour [-----] husband what meal so Ever (then or her or them of to loose that benefit for Ever the aforesaid half mill I do give to my wife during her natural. life and then fo to fail to my two granddaughters Ruth Leatherbury alias Parker and Mary Leathery the daughter of daughter Abigail to them and their Heirs for Ever fo to sell to each other for to my son George or his heirs but not to sell to Amy person or persons else and of my daughter Elizabeth should live so near to my mill to come to it for to have her corn or wheat ground she shall be hoper free and to all free according as she and Abigail shall come or send forth on grinding days but not for to sell either meal or flour nor to bring anybody else under the pretense of their own then they both then it either of them should do so then) do so shall loose the benefit as aforesaid to ever [-----].

Item 6 I give unto my dafter abygall Laufbury four hundred acres of Land called mount hop near Samuwell powells and near the head of one of sant martins branches that David hudson doe now Live onn the aforesd Land I give to her and her Eirs for Ever I also give hur thirty aceres of marsh in Romly marsh itt being the third part of Ninty acars of Marsh which I porchas of Edward Geesn Called wocitt to hur and hur Eairs for Ever and the other sixty acors to my dafter Amy hutson and my dafter Mary Warrinton and their eairs for Ever the Land & Marsh ling in Mariland - - -

Item 6 I give unto my daughter Abigail Leatherbury four hundred acres of land called "Mount Hope" near Samuel Powell's and near the head of one of "Saint Martin's" branches that David Hudson does now live on the aforesaid Land I give her and her heirs for ever I also give her thirty acres of marsh in Romley Marsh it being the third part of ninty acres of March which I purchased of Edward [-----] called "Wocitt" to her and her heirs forever and the other sixty acres to my daughter Amy Hudson and my daughter Mary Warrington and their heirs forever the land & march in Maryland ----

Item 7 I give unto my cossin Scarburgh Parker the dafter of my Brother William Parker the trackt of Land that hur father William Parker gave to mee lying onn the head of the sound in Maryland I give it to hur and hur Eairs for Ever Lawfully begott of hur body but if she doe die without such then to my four dafters Ann Mary Abygaril and Elesabeth to them & their heirs for Ever I allso give my cossen Scarburgh Parker to young cows and Cow Calfe to be delivered to hur out of my stock att Rumly Marsh ye next May after shee shall obtain the age of 18 the Land afore mentioned for hur and hur Eairs Lawfully begot of hur body & for lack of which to my dafters as afore mentioned.

Item 7 I give unto my cousin Scarburgh Parker the daughter of my brother William Parker the tract of land that her father William Parker gave to me lying on the head of the sound in Maryland I give it to her and her heirs forever lawfully begot of her body but if she does die without such then to my four daughters Ann Mary Abigail and Elizabeth to them & their heirs forever I also give my cousin Scarburgh Parker two young cows and cow calf to be delivered to her out of my stock at Rumly Marsh the next May after she shall obtain the age of 18 the land aforementioned for her and her heirs lawfully begot of her body and for lack of which to my daughters as afore mentioned.

Item 8 I give unto my dafter Elesabeath hopson Choas I Land Commonly known by the name of Kickoranck I Land which I bout of Cor. Daniel Jenifer containing three hundred and sevent fife akers I doe give itt to hur and hur Eairs for Ever I doe allso give hur the new bead and furniture belonging to it and hur Chos of my two new guns----

Item I give unto my daughter Elizabeth "Hopson Choice" land commonly known by the name of Kickoranck land which I bought of Col. Daniel Jenifer containing three hundred and seventy five acres I do give it to her and her heirs forever I do also give her the new bed and furniture belonging to it and her choice of my two new guns -----

Item 9 I doe give hennere Sachell one hundred and fifty Acares of Land which I sold him on the south sid of the Indon town branch bounded on the westermost sid on gargathia Road and on the south sid on Mr. Edmon balys Land on the East sid on Mr. henere Custisses Land bee itt mor or Less within them bounds I doe give itt to him & his Eairs for Ever, hee paying my Executrix att the Rentt of three thousand a hundred Itt being more or Less shee paying for srvaing of itt.

Item 9 I do give Henry Satchell one hundred and fifty acres of land which I sold him on the south side of the Indian Town branch bounded on the westermost side on Garagthia Road and on the south side on Mr. Edmond Bayly's land on the east side on Mr Henry Custis' land be it mor or less within these bounds I do give it to him and his heirs forever, he paying my Executrix at the rent of three thousand a hundred it being more or less she paying for surveying it.

Item 10 I doe give Tho: Cops one hundred acres of Land ling on the north sid of ye Indon town branch bounded westerle on Gargathia Road easterle on ye Land of wife part my and his cossen I doe give ye sd Land to Thomas Cops and his Eairs for Ever he paying of by Executrix as his bills doe Express and the fork of the Indon town branch I doe give to the County for to boyid a church on if they will Except of itt I doe give it to ye County for that yous for Ever -----

Item 10 I do give Thomas Copes one hundred acres of land lying on the north side of the Indian Town branch bounded westerly on Gargathia Road easterly on the land of wife part my and his cousin I do give the said land to Thomas Copes and his heirs forever he paying

Item 11 I give my Loveing wife my Negro boy Tom during her naturall Life & after hur deses to my son Georg Parker I doe give hur a bay Mar and hur brideall and sadell and three of my best stears hear at Eather of my Lands & foer of the beast stears att Romly Marsh after William Whitt is paid thirty Eight pounds horkill mony steven warington is for to pay teen pounds and teen shillings of itt & I did allso Leive thirteen and a half yard of Carsi and twenty one yard of Linning to bee sold for young catell my brother Mathw Parker doe owe me seven pound and twelv shillings which he promosed to pay Will: White allso horkill mony

Item 11 I give my loving wife my Negro boy Tom during her Natural life & after her decease to my son George Parker I do give her a bay Mare and her bridle and saddle and three of my best steers here at either of my lands and four of the best steers at Romly Marsh after William White is paid thirty eight pounds horkill money Steven Warrington is to pay ten pound and ten shillings of it & I did also leave thirteen and a half yards of Carsi and twenty one yards of linen to be sold for young cattle my brother Mathew does owe me seven pounds and twenty shillings which he promised to pay Will: White also horkill money.

Item 12 I doe give my dafter Abigirl Laufbury fife cows and Calfe onn Ewe and six Lambs & ye six part of my puter and a bras candill stick: and three stears to be delivered hur of ether three or foer years old and gun all to be delyvered to her the next May after my deseace and I doe give my son In Law John Laufbury my shallop and all hur Riging If hee and my dafter Abigall do not gitt the Land that I have given them Called moount hope but if they should Gett the Land the shallop & Riging for to Return to my Estate again.

Item 12 I do give my daughter Abigail Leatherbury five cows and calf one ewe and six lambs & 1/6 part of my pewter and a brass candle stick and three steers to be delivered her of either three or four year olds and gun all to be delivered to her the next May after my decease and I do give my son-in-law John Leatherbury my shallop and all her rigging if he and my daughter Abigail do not get the land that I have given them called "Mount Hope" but it they should get the land, the shallop & rigging shall return to my estate.

Item 13 I doe give my dafter Eleasabeath Parker six cows & six Calfes and foer two year old stears to be delivered to her about on the next may after her marrying or third may after my death and my new trunk wth ye lock and Kay

Item 13 I do give my daughter Elizabeth Parker six cows & six calves and four two year old steers to be delivered to her about on the next May after her marrying or third May after my death and my new trunk with the lock and key.

Item 14 I doe give unto my Grandafter Ruth too Cows and Clafe and to Ews & too Ew Lambs & they for to be Ceapt hear and on one of the Islands maile & female tell they shall come to the number of ten head of Keach kind and then sum of them for to be sold for to put her to socoll by those that has her in keeping the above catell and sheep to be delyvr to my dafter Elesbeath for her yous the next may after my death

Item 14 I do give unto my granddaughter Ruth two cows and calf and two ewes & two ewe lambs & they to be kept here and on one of the Islands, mail & female till they shall come to the number of ten head of each kind and then the sum of them to be sold to put her to school by those that have her keeping the above cattle and sheep, to be delivered to my daughter Elizabeth, for her use the next May after my death.

Item 15 I give too my Grandafter Mary Loafbury one Cow and Clafe and too ews amle and female to be delivered to her father John Laufbury for hur yous the secken may after my Death

Item 15 I give to my granddaughter Mary Leatherbury one cow and calf and two ewes, male and female to be delivered to her father John Leatherbury for her use the second May after my death.

Item 16 I give my dafter Amy huchson one Iron pot or Kitell and my Case and bottles that is att the wido kinnits

Item 16 I give my daughter Amy Hudson one Iron pot or Kettle and my case and bottles that is at the widow Kinnit's.

Item 18 I give to my godson John Danill one yearling heffer and a Ew & Lamb to be delviered to him on the next may after my deseace -----

Item 18 I give to my godson John Danill one yearling heifer and a ewe and lamb to be delivered to him on the next May after my decease -----

Item 19 I give to my goddafter Jane Shipard a too year ould heffer and itt for to go on hopson Choice Island with ye femaill increas tell shee shall obtain to ye years of Sixteen and also a Ew and Ewe Lam wth ye feamaill Increas all three to be delivered to her next may after my desease

Item 19 I give to my goddaughter Jane Shepard a two year old heifer and it to go on "Hopson Choice Island" with the female increase till she shall obtain to the years of sixteen and also a ewe and ewe lamb with the female increase all three to be delivered to her next May after my decease.

Item 20 I doe give John Colvirt a three year ould heffer and a calf att Rumly Marsh ye next may after my deace

item 20 I do give John Colvirt a three year old heifer and a calf at Rumbly Marsh the next May after my decease.

as for the Rest of mu personell Estate which itt hath pleased allmity God for above my desarts to bestoe on me (I give and bequeath the same when all my just deats is Recorded and allso my Just deats paid I doe

as for the rest of my personal estate which it hath pleased Almighty God above my desires to bestow on me (I give and bequeath the same when all my just debts are recorded and also my just debts paid I do

Item 21 I give my Loveing wife one half of itt and the other halfe to my fife Children Amy Huchson Mary Warinton Abigall Laufbury Elesabeath Parker and Georg Parker to be Equally divided between them fif but if my sd wife should marry then what theire shall be to to Equally devided between my son Goerg Parker and dafter Elesabeth Parker.

Item 32 I give my loving wife one half of it and the other half to my five children. Amy Hudson, Mary Warrington, Abigail Leatherbury, Elizabeth Parker and George Parker to be equally divided between them five, but if my wife should marry then what there shall be to be equally divided between my son George Parker and daughter Elizabeth Parker.

Item I do Constitute and Appoint my wife Mary to be sol executrix of this my Last Will & Testament Revokin & disanuling and sigular my other will or will Testanets whatsoever by me formerly made declaring this to be my last will & Testament.

item I do constitute and appoint my wife Mary to be sole executrix of this my Last Will and Testament revoking and disannulling and singular my other will or will testaments whatsoever by me formerly made declaring this to be my last Will and Testament.

And I doe desier my Loveing Kindsman Mager Geprg Parker and my Loving frind Capt Richard Drumond and my frind henre Bagwell and Godson Georg hop to be adin and asistin to my sd Exetrix and children in what they Lawfully require to be done and for to put my son Georg Parker to scowl wth ye profitts aforesd and for to Exicut as to ye true performance of this my Last Will and testament according to the true intent and meanining thereof or three of these foer, (of these my good frinds) for to Act and doe as if they all foer (were present and In witness whereof I have sett my hand and sealle

And I do desire my loving kinsman Major George Parker and my loving friend Capt. Richard Drummond and my friend Henry Bagwell and Godson George Hope to be adding and assisting my said executrix and children in what they lawfully require to be done and to put my son George Parker to school with profit aforesaid and to execute as to the true performance of this my last Will and Testament according to the true intent and meaning thereof or three of these four (of these my good friends for to act and do as if they all four (were present) and in witness whereof I have set my hand and seal.

Geor Parker sener

George Parker

William Willet

William Willett

John Read

John Read

Henry Read

Henry Read

vera: Copa: ye will of Geo: Parker decd as farr as I can make vizable to me

Teste: Cha: Snead Cl: Cur: Com Accomack

This day John Parker appeared in Cort togeather with ye Clerk and produced a Copa: of the Last Will & Testament of the Abovesd: Geo: Parker decd as farr as they Can make vizable According to an order of Cort date June ye 2d 1713 and made oath to the same to be a true Copa: as far as they could make vizable to them.

John Parker

Cha: Snead Cl: Cur: Com Acck.

The within Last Will & Testament of George Parker senr was proved in open Cort: of Accomack county by the oaths of William Willet John Read & Henry Read the three witnesses to the same wth the Cort: admitted to Record July ye 7th 1713

Teste: Cha: Snead Cl: Cur -----------------

Recorded July ye 15th 1713 P Cha: Snead Cl: Cur: Com Accomk


Source
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_____.  Accomack County, Virginia. Book Wills 1692-1715, Book XI, p 602.

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