Submitted by Sandra Fields, transcribed from the courthouse copies.
In the name of God Amen.
I Samuel Black son of the county of Louis and State of Virginia, being of sound mind and
Memory do hereby make and constitute this my last will and testament revoking all other for the
love and affection which I hold for my children, I do hereby desire that in the space of two years
after my decease that my lawfull property shall be sold to highest bidder at public auction on the
premises on one and two years credit and that my two sons Thomas and Samuel Black have cash
three hundred dollars out of the first payment and that the remainder of the first payment and all
of the second be equally divided amongst my children viz Thomas Black, Samuel Black, &
Elizabeth Keesling, Louvina Shreeves, Susan Morrison, Mary Simons, Nancy Black, Eliza Black
and Anna Cox. I desire further that my personal property such as shall not be named in this will
shall be sold on the premises at Twelve months credit after my decease and equally divided
amongst my above named sons and daughters.
I bequeath to my daughter Eliza one bed one cow and calf called the call cow also one womans
saddle one spinning wheel and one half of the kitchen furniture also one third of the wool that are
now in the house also one third of the crop that is now on the ground save the grass.
I bequeath to my daughter Nancy one cow of a brindle color and spinning wheel half of the
kitchen furniture one bed and one third the wool one third the present corp save the grass.
I bequeath to my daughter Susan one big wheel after the wool now in the house shall have been
I bequeath to my daughters Mary, Elizabeth, Anna and Luvina one cow in the possession of
Joseph Cox which is to be sold and the proceeds equally divided.
I desire my administator to collect all my money due whether from my own children or from
strangers namely by Teter Keesling $5.00 John Morrison $18.00 Absolem Shreve $5.00
Thomas Black $5.00 all loan'd money save Keesling which was in salt which several amounts if
not refimaed will be retained out of their several shares.
I desire that Thomas shall have possession of the lower place untill sold free from rent and that
Samuel Eliza and Nancy have possession of the home place in the same way as Thomas unless
said girls shall marry then she to have no further claim of possession.
I bequeath to my son Samuel my gray mare and colt one mans saddle one bed 1 P Janes & one
third of the wools and one third of the crop and half of the hay and one calf and calf at Coxes and
I desire that the money on hand together with all debts due me after disposing my sick and funeral
expenses and and paying my debts I wish divided equally amongst my children.
I bequeath to my daughter Nancy and Eliza ten head of sheep five cash
I desire that Thomas Black administrator on my estate. In testimony whereof I have hereunto set
my hand and seal this 21st day of August A.D. 1839. Signed acknoledged and
delivered in the
Samuel (X) Black (Seal)
D. S. Hasselton
Barbour County Court April Term 1849
The last will and testament of Samuel Black Sr dec'd was this day presented in court, and
proved according to law by the oaths of David S. Hasselton Anthony Rohrbaugh and John Burn
witnesses thereto and is ordered to be recorded.