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Christian Kegley Will 1831

Will of Christian Kegley:

I Christian Kegley of Wythe County do make this my last Will and Testament in the following manner to wit after the payment of all my just debts out of my estate by my Executor herein named I do give and bequeath to my son John Kegley a certain tract of land containing about thirty acres for which he holds a title bond on me.  Secondly, as soon as my children has already received money and other property it is my wish that it should be deducted out of their shares.

My son, George, has received one hundred dollars, my sons John and Jared also have recieved one hundred dollars each, my son Jonathan has received has received one hundred and fifty dollars, my son Isaac has received eighty five dollars and my son Samuel has received five dollars, and whereas my daughters, Elizabeth, Magdalena and Sally has received nothing it is their for my will that they shall have one hundred dollars each out of the first money that will become due to my estate.

Thirdly and whereas I have on the 30th day of October 1823 sold to John Copenhaver the plantation I now live on and the said Copenhaver who is intermarried with my daugther Rebecca has since sold the said plantation to my son Abraham Kegley and the said John Copenhaver and Abraham Kegley having their full shares in the said plantation they are to have no claim to the residue of my estate at my decease.

Fourthly I give and bequeath to my sons George, John and Jared one hundred dollars each which they have already received.  I also give to my son Jonathan one hundred dollars and no more and the fifty dollars which I have overpaid him he is to pay to his sister Elizabeth (Schlue?) and that is to be a part of the hundred dollars before devised to her.

Fifthly I give and bequeath to my son Isaac Kegley eighty five dollars which he has already received in a horse, and no more.

6th I give to my son Samuel Kegley five dollars.

Seventhly I also bequeath all the residue of my estate both real and personal that has not already disposed of as follows to wit to my sons George, John, and Jared and to my daughters Elizabeth, Magadlena, and Sally to be equally divided among them.

Eighthly, and whereas I have sold several tracts of land that have not been made titles for I do hereby authorize my executor in after named to make the titles to those that I have sold land to:  Nicholas Dantes for a small tract lying in Stony Fork, make a title to Andrew Lindemond (Lindemood?) for a tract lying on the south side of the plantation whereon I now live for which the said Lindemond holds a title bond on me and also make title to John Coperhafer  for Abraham Kegley as soon as they will give bond and security for the payment according to the agreement made on the 30th of October 1823 between the said Coperhafer and myself and it is my will that the said executor shall also make a deed to Jared Kegley as soon as the said Jared Kegley will give bond and security for the payment of the plantation the said Jared now lives on according to the agreement made between the said Jared Kegley and myself and in case the said Jared should fail to give the security or make the payment according to the aforesaid agreement the said land is to be sold by my executor on a credit or for cash as he will think best and the money arising from that sale to be equally divided amongs my children last named.

Ninthly and lastly, I constitute and appoint my son, John Kegley, executor of this my last will and testament hereby revoking all former wills and testaments heretobefore by me made.  In witness whereof I have hereunto by my hand and seal this second day of January 1831.

Signed sealed and published as the last will and testament of Christian Kegley in the presence of Nicholas Dartes and Christopher Brown.

Virginia:  At a court held for Wythe County, at the courthouse on the 14th day of March 1831.  This the last will and testament of Christian Kegley decd was presented to the court proved by the oaths of Nicholad Dastes and Christopher Brown, the subscribing and thereto and ordered to be recorded.  And on the motion of John Kegley the executor named in said will who took the oath required by law, and, together with Daniel Sharrett's his security into and acknowledged a bond in the penalty of $2,000 and time as the law directs certificate is granted him for obtaining probate of said will in due form.

Transcriber's note: Eleven of the fifteen children named by Jeanne Lawson on the Internet have been accounted for in Christian's will.


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