Will of James McFarland

This is a transcription of the will of James McFarland of Rockbridge 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.

Rockbridge County Will Book 11 pages 126-127

In the name of God, Amen. I James McFarland of the County of Rockbridge and state of Virginia, impressed with the uncertainty of life, and being in feeble health, but of sound and disposing mind and memory, and being desirous to make disposition of my worldly property, do make and ordain this my last will and testament, viz.
     First. I do hereby give to my beloved wife Jane for her use and benefit during her natural life all my estate real and personal.
     Second. After the decease of my beloved wife Jane, it is my will and wish that my grandson John Patterson shall inherit my lands and so much of my personal estate as shall remain after my wife Jane shall have made such bequests of any part of it as she shall think proper on condition as follows, viz. It is my will and wish that my grandson John Patterson shall pay, in consideration of the above bequests, to his mother Sarah Patterson the sum of three hundred dollars for her own especial use and benefit and that she the said Sarah Patterson shall have a support off the said lands during her natural life in addition to the above bequest of three hundred dollars.
     Item. It is my will and wish that Sarah McCulloch, who has long been an inmate and member of my family, shall have a comfortable support off said lands during her natural life.
     Item. It is my will and wish that said John Patterson shall pay to Alexander Patterson, his brother, in consideration of the above bequests, the sum of one hundred dollars, to be paid in two years after my decease, also he shall pay to his brother Harvey one hundred and ten dollars to be paid to him at the period when he is of age or two years after my decease if I live longer than the period when he shall become of age, also he shall pay to his brother Charles the sum of one hundred dollars when he shall become of age or two years after my decease if I live longer than the period when he shall become of age.
     In testimony whereof I have set my hand and seal this 21st day of September in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and forty-eight.
Signed in the presence of                      James McFarland
Spencer Gonyne
John W. Paine
Robert Morrison

At Rockbridge County Court February 5th 1849

The last will and testament of James McFarland deceased was presented in court, proved by the the oaths of Spencer Gonyne, John W. Paine and Robert Morrison, the subscribing witnesses thereto and ordered to be recorded

Teste     fam M. D. Reid, Clerk

And at Rockbridge County Court, April 30th, 1849

On the motion of John M. Patterson, who made oath according to law, and with Thomas A. Bowlin, William E. Weir and Jane McFarland, by Edwin J. H. McCampbell, her attorney in fact, his securities entered into and acknowledged, a bond in the penalty of four thousand dollars, conditioned as the law directs, certificate is granted him for obtaining letters of administration on the estate of James McFarland deceased in his will heretofore proved and recorded in this court, annexed in due form. Jane McFarland widow of said decedent having by writing under her hand and seal relinquished her right to administer on the estate of said decedent.

Teste     fam M. D. Reid, Clerk

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