Will of Sarah Cave Rollings

This is a transcription of the will of Sarah Cave Rollings of Warren 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.

Warren County Will Book A page 11

In the name of God, Amen. I Sarah Rollings of the County of Warren and Commonwealth of Virginia, being sick and weak of body, but of sound mind and disposing memory, and being desirous to dispose of all such worldly estate as it hath pleased God to bless me with, I dispose of in the following manner, to wit
1st My desire is that that all my just debts and funeral expenses be paid out of my estate by my executor herein after named.
2nd My will and desire is that my three slaves Edward, Henry, and Adam after my decease shall perpetually enjoy their freedom and not be held in slavery by any person or being whatever.
3rd I give and bequeath to the above named slaves one hundred and twenty dollars, also twenty-four bushels of Indian corn, and three hundred pounds of bacon, the same to be equally divided among them -- the Indian corn to be paid immediately after my decease and also the bacon, and the above named sum of one hundred and twenty dollars as above divided to be paid to the claimants as soon as practicable.
4th I desire that the leased land whereon I now reside and also all my personal estate of what nature or kind so ever to be sold at public auction to the highest bidder, and the money arising from such sale, after paying the amount herein before divided to my three emancipated slaves, to be divided among my relations, to wit, I desire that my sister Jane McFarling wife of James McFarling of Rockbridge County, Virginia, shall have one moiety or half thereof to be enjoyed by her and her heirs forever.

    My desire is that the other moiety or half of my estate arising from the above named sale shall descend and go to my three relations, namely John Cave, Samuel Cave, and Sarah Cave, to be equally divided among them and to be enjoyed by them and their heirs forever.

    And lastly I do hereby constitute and appoint my friend Abner Smith executor of this my last will and testament hereby revoking all other or former wills and testaments by me heretofore made. In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and affixed my seal this 24th day of February 1837.

Signed, sealed, published, and ordered by Sarah Rollings
as and for her last will and testament in the
presence and hearing of us, who at her request and
in her presence, have subscribed our hands as witnesses

                             Sarah (her X mark) Rollings
Abraham Brown
Samuel McDougle

At a court held for the county of Warren on the 4th Thursday in April 1837 being the 27th day of the month

This last will and testament of Sarah Rollings deceased was produced in court and proved by the oaths of Abraham Brown and Samuel McDougle, witnesses thereto, and ordered to be recorded as the last will and testament of the said Sarah Rollings deceased and on the motion of Abner Smith the executor therein named, who was sworn and entered into bond with William Woodward and George Jones his securities in the penalty of one thousand dollars conditioned according to law, certificate is granted him for obtaining probate of said will in due form.

Teste     Robt Turner Clerk

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