Hardy County Wills

Will of Leonard Hire 1783
This document was transcribed by Margaret Lew from Leonard Hire's xeroxed copy of the original records. Illegible words are indicated by [...]
In the Name of God Amen I Leonhard Hire of the County of 
Hampshire in the Colony of Virginia being in a perfect state of
Health [..] present but considering the uncertainty of it think 
it proper while I have the happyness to inJoy my senses and 
Memory Perfect to Settle and Dispose of My Estates in
Such manner as may prevent all Dispute and Law Suits 
after my Death . Viz--------------------------------------

first I give and Bequeath To My beloved Wife Mary the
Third of all My Estate Both Real and Personal Lands
and Tenements for in During her Natural Life -------------

Secondly I give and bequeath To My Beloved Sons Leonhard Hire John
Hire Jacob Hire Lewis Hire Peter Hire a certain 
lot of land known by the Name of Sixty one on the East 
side of the South Branch of Potowmack in the Said county 
of Hampshire and Part of His Lordships South Branch 
Manor Containing Two Hundred and Twenty three acres 
as by a survey thereof Lately Made by Thomass Marshall 
Gentleman.  The thid Part thereof only Except to 
my Wife Mary and after her Decease I give it wholy 
to them and their Heirs and assigns for Ever ------------ 

Thirdly I give and bequeath to My beloved Sons Michael 
Hire Ruty Hire a certain lot of land known by the
Number of fifty eight on the East Side of the
South Branch of Potowmack in the said County of
Hampshire and Part of his Lordships South Branch
Manor Containing one Hundred and four acres as by
a Survey Lately Made by Thomas Marshal Gentleman.
The third Part thereof only Excepted unto My beloved 
Wife Mary During her Natural Life and after her
Decease I give it wholy to them and their  heirs and
assigns for Ever ----------------------------------------

Fourthly I give and bequeath To My beloved son Leonard 
Hire Five Pounds Good and Lawfull Money of Virginia
to be Raised and Lavied out of My Moveable Estate at
my Decease ----------------------------------------------
   Turn over on the other Side

and fifthly I Give and bequeath To My beloved children
Leonhard Hire  John Hire  Jacob Hire  Lewis Hire  Peter 
Hire  Michael Hire   Rudolph Hire and my beloved  
Daughter Mary all My Moveable Estate the third Part 
thereof only Excpeted to my Dear Wife to be Equely
Divided among them as the Law hath Provided for
Such Like -----------------------------------------------

and lastly I do hereby Nominate and apoint my Wife 
Mary and Valentine Power my Executrix and Executor of this
my will hereby Revoking and Making Void all former
wills & Declaring this and no other to be my True Last
Will and Testament in Witness whereunto I have Set
my hand and Seal this the Seventh Day of Aprill in
the year One thousand Seven Hundred and Eighty three

signed and published in the       Leonard Hire  (SEAL)
Presents of us

John Wise (his mark)
Christopher Strader
John Homan
John Homan (signature)

Christopher Strader (signature)
[...] [Radabaugh] (signature)

At a Court held for Hardy County June 16th 1786
This Last Will and Testament of Leonard Hire decd was proved by the
Oath of Jno Wise Christopher Strader & Jno Homan three of the
witnesses thereto & ordered to be recorded & on the motion of
Valentine Powers & Mary Hire the Executors therein named who made
oath thereto certificate is granted them for obtaining Probate
thereof in due form giving security whereupon they with security
entered into and acknowledged bond conditions as the law describes
                              Test.
                              Edward Williams C.H.C.
Recorded [...]
[...] E.Wms CHC

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