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John Kegley Will 1858

Smyth County, Virginia Will Book 3, page 121

In the name of God amen, I John Kegley do make this to be my last will and testament as follow (that is to say) I desire that my son Peter shall have the upper end of my farm where he now lives down to a straight line crossing at the meadow Bars near the Creek for which he shall pay two hundred dollars one hundred of which will be due in twelve months after my death, and in twelve months more fifty dollars will be due and at the end of another twelve months the remaining fifty dollars will be due, all of which shall be divided equal by between my Daughters Elizabeth & Nancy Jane & my son Andrew’s heirs, I also desire that my daughter Mary shall have the lower end of my farm where I now live for which she shall support my wife during her natural life time and also she my daughter Mary shall pay or cause to be paid two hundred dollars the payment of which shall be due the same times as is already specified in the payments of my son Peter and which is also to be divided equally between my daughters Elizabeth & Nancy Jane and my son Andrew’s heirs.  I also desire that my personal property be divided Equally between my daughters Elizabeth & Nancy Jane and my son Andrew’s heirs.

In witness whereof I the testator John Kegley have to this my last will set my hand and seal this 22nd day of July 1858.

Signed sealed published  John (his mark) Kegley and declared  by the testator John Kegley as and for his last will and testament in the presents of us who in his presents at his request and in the presence of each other have hereunto subscribed our names as witnesses.

John T. Grosseclose
George W. Kegley


At a Court held for Smyth County 17th August 1858

This is the last will and testament of John Kegley was presented in Court provided by the oaths of John T. Groseclose and George W. Kegley the subscribing witnesses thereto and ordered to be recorded.  And on the motion of John T. Grosseclose (The widow of John Kegley appearing in Court and relinquishing her right to administer who made oath thereto and together with Peter Musser and E. A. Scott his securities entered into the acknowledged a bong in the penalty of eight hundred dollars certificate is granted him for obtaining letters of administration.  De bonis non with the will annexed of John Kegley deceased in due form of law.


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