Hardy County Wills

Will of James Claypool, Sr. 17 September 1786, 7 December 1789
This document was transcribed by Barb Johnson from the original records in Hardy Co., WV.
Will of James Claypool, Sr

In the Name of God Amen I James Claypole Senior of the County of Hardy and State of Virginia
never being in Helth of Body and of Perfect mind and memory thanks be given unto God and
calling unto mind the mortality of my Body and knowing that it is appointed for all men once to
die do make and ordain this (his) last Will and Testament that is to say princepally and first of all I
give and recommend my soul unto the hands of Almighty God that gave it and my body
recommend to the earth to be Buried in decent Christian Burial at the descretion of my Executors
Nothing  does ... ... at the general reserection I shall receive the same again by the mighty Power
of God, and .......such worldly (?) estate wherewith it has pleased God to bless me in this life I
give Demure and despose of the same in the following manner and form First it is my will and I do
order that in the first place all my just debts and funeral charges be paid and satisfied  ITEM I give
to Jean Mcneesy & Daughter of my well beloved son William Claypool deceased five shillings  to
be paid out of my estate I hereby debar her and her heirs from any further right title or interest on
my Lands Tenements goods or chattels Item I give and bequeath unto my well beloved son James
Claypool my loom and all my gears with the utensils belonging to her Item I give my well beloved
son George Claypool the tract of Land and Tenements thereof he now lives on to him and his
Heirs and assigns forever the said land I bought of John Denton and ..... lines with David Wilsons
Land ITEM I give to my well beloved son Jesse Claypool the tract of land and tenements whereof
I now live on to him to his heirs and assigns forever the said land I bought of James Thomas and
was formerly a part of his tract. ITEM all the rest of my moveable estate Goods and Chattels
.....before excepted with the bond due me from Joshea Peppers heirs for a tract of land that I sold
to the said Joshea Pepper which land William Pepper now lives on with all other Bonds Bills and
Book accounts whatsoever due to me I give and bequeath to my beloved sons and daughters
towit James Claypool John Claypool Joseph Claypool George Claypool Jess Claypool Mary
Smith Betty Ozborn and Sara Viney to be equally divided between them I allow my goods and
chattels to be appraised and sold at Publick or private sale at the decree of my excutors  I likewise
make and ordain my beloved sons John Claypool and George Claypool Executors of this my Last 
Will and Testament and I do hereby utterly disalow ...... and dis...... all and every other former
Testaments wills Bequests and confirming this and no other to be my last will and testament

In Witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal this seventeenth day of September in the
year of our Lord One Thousand Seven hundred and Eighty Six 
Signed Sealed Publ.... and Declared by the said James Claypool as his last will and testament in
the Presents of us who in his presents and in the Presents of each other have herunto subscribed
our names Jacob Denton, Mary Denton, James Thomas, Jr, Tomme Thomas Jacob Denton junr
James Clayypool, Sr 

At a court held for Hardy County the 7th day of December 1789 this Last Will and Testament of
James Claypool Deceased was proved by the oaths of Jacob Denton and Tomme Thomas two of
the witnessess thereto and ordered to be recorded and on the motion of John Claypool and
George Claypool the executors therein named who made oath whereto acording to law Certificate
is granted them for obtaining aprobate whereof in due form giving securely whereupon they with
security entered into and acknowledged bond conditioned as the law directs By the court E

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