Submitted by Sandra Fields, transcribed from the courthouse copies.
April the 6th 1863 Barbour County W Va I this day by concent of my own mind do
make my will.
First my will is for my wife and children to have the use Farm for five years, those that are at
home at the end of five years. My wife & Samuel Black & Andrew Black is to have my land
divided to suit themselves: Also my will is for the family to have the use of the gray mare during
the five years and then sold and be equally divid among my wife and six girls now at home and my
cows and hogs is to be left on the place for the use of the family. The brown cold I will to
Andrew Black. The sorrel Horse I wish to be sold this fall to satisfy my debts. The balance of
any of my things such as household Furniture etc I leave to my wife and children at home. Gears
Harness an Farming utensils is to be lef on the place for the use of the family during the five years
then the two boys gets them: My wife and children those at home Girls is to have the money that
is coming from my Brothers Estate Samuel S. Black Dec My wife is to have use of said money to
raise an clothe the children. She may sign the deed on the children if required My Will is for the
Money of my son George Black Deceased now in the hands of Henry F Westfall for collection
To be paid to my wife for her use and the six children above mentioned. This is my will made and
signed to the best of my judgement wrote by Anthony Pifer.
Thomas (x) Black
James (x) Fusler
Barbour County Circuit Court Sept Term 1863 The Last Will and Testament of Thomas
Black decd. Was this day presented in open Court proved by the oath of Anthony Pifer and
James Fusler two of the subscribing witnesses thereto and was ordered to be recorded.