Will of Thomas Cave Jr

This is a transcription of the will of Thomas Cave Jr of Fauquier County, VA. A few changes in spelling and capitalization have been made, and punctuation has been added to facilitate reading, but the grammar and syntax of the document are original.

Fauquier County Will Book 3 pages 67-69

In the name of God, Amen. I Thomas Cave of the County of Fauquier and state of Virginia being sick and low of body health but of perfect memory, thanks be to God for it, and calling to mind the mortality of my body and that all flesh must yield unto death when it does please God, do make and declare this my last will and testament in manner and form as follows, that is, first I give and bequeath my precious and immortal soul to the hands of God who gave it and as [for] my body, I recommend it to the earth, there to be buried in a Christianlike manner at the discretion of my executors, whom I shall hereafter appoint, and as for the rest of my estate after the settling of my accounts and the paying of my debts, order and dispose of the same in the manner and form as follows, that is to say
Item first I leave the following articles, namely four horses and one wagon and gear and all my cattle and all the rest of my estate in whose hands or custody so even the same or shall be found except two negroes, namely Jane and her son James, to be equally divided amongst my four children, namely Rhody Cave, John Cave, Sarah Cave, Samuel Cave, each to receive his equal part at the age of seventeen if the executor shall think they are capable of taking care of it, and if not, each to receive his part as he or she shall come to age, also the two negroes above mentioned, namely Jane and James her son, I give to my daughter Rhody Cave above, the rest also I do hereby appoint my dear and well beloved friend John Roylands my whole and sole executor of this my last will and testament, hereby disannulling and making void all other wills and bequeaths made by me the said Thomas Cave and declaring this only to be my last will and testament in manner above written. In witness whereof I have here unto set my hand and seal this twenty-sixth day of July one thousand seven hundred and ninety-seven.
Signed in the presence of                      Thomas (his mark) Cave
James Drummond
Philip Cooksey
Joseph Hickman

At a court held for Fauquier County the 25th day of September, 1797, this will was proved by the oaths of Philip Cooksey and Joseph Hickman witnesses thereto and ordered recorded and on the motion of John Rollins, the executor herein named who made oath and together with John Rector and James McFarland and his securities entered unto and acknowledged bond in the penalty of two thousand and five hundred dollars conditioned as the law directs, certificate is granted him for attaining a probate thereof in due form.

F. Brooke

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