John Holsberry
Will dated March 25, 1862
Proved December 16, 1863

Barbour County, VA

Submitted by William K. Fisher, transcribed from the original


Will of John Holsberry
I, John Holsberry, being of sound mind and considering the shortness of mortal life, do make and publish, this my last will and testament, in the manner and form following, To Wit:
1st I will that all my personal property shall be collected together and indifferently appraised and sold at public sale, the proceeds of which I desire shall be distributed as follows, First I want all necessary expenses, that may attend, my burial to be paid and all just debts, that if any, that may be against me paid, and also, all expenses that may be incurred in providing my will, and settling my business, be paid. The balance I desire shall be distributed among my eleven (11) heirs namely :
To my son Samuel Holsberry, I give two dollars
To my son Martin Holsberry, I give two dollars
To my son William Holsberry, I give two dollars,
and to my daughters Severally, Rachel Stalnaker, Catherine Moats, Elizabeth Nestor, Sarah Digman, Nancy Ryan two dollars each, and to the heirs of Mary Johnson, dec., I give each Two Dollars.
To my Grandson John Holsberry, I give and bequeath my Bay Mare, and my will further is that my real estate, consisting of Fifty (50) acres of land on which I have built a Sawmill, together with a house and lot in Martinsburg, shall be sold, and the proceeds distributed equally among my daughters, Rachel Stalnaker, Catherine Moats, Elizabeth Nestor, Nancy Ryan and Sarah Digman share and share alike.
The reside of my real estate, on which is a Grist Mill & Saw Mill, I give and bequeath to my son William Holtsberry. Excepting my two (2) Carding Machines, my will is that they shall be appraised and sold with my personal property. I appoint William S. Godwin, Sole Executor of my entire estate, both person and real, hereby revoking all former wills by me made in witness. Whereof, I have hereunto, set my hand and seal this 25th day of March, Eighteen Hundred and Sixty Two.
John Holsberry (signed)
Signed sealed and delivered in the presents (sp.) of
William S. Godwin
Jonas Poling
West Virginia
Barbour County Recorders Office December 16, 1863
The last will and testament of John Holsberry, deceased was proven by the oaths of Jonas Poling and William S. Godwin, the subscribing witnesses thereto and is admitted to record.
Teste: Lewis Wilson Recorder



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