This will is from Hampshire County, WV, WB12, p. 331, but most of the names of Elizabeth Tharp's heirs were living in Hardy County, WV.
The date Elizabeth Tharp's will was written is without a doubt 1843! The date it was presented in court appears to be 1843. [Sage & Jones Early Records of Hampshire County VA now WV, shows 1863, which is in error!]
The Will of Elizabeth Tharp: In the name of God, Amen, I Elizabeth Tharp of the county of Hampshire and state of Virginia, being weak in body but of sound and perfect mind and memory, blessed be Almighty God for the same, do make and publish my last will and testament in manner and form following, that is to say, First I will and bequeath to the heirs of John Tharp, Jun., Dec'd, namely Elizabeth Ann, Mary Brogdon and Nancy [Tharp] the sum of $35 to be equally divided among them, to be paid by my executor as they severally arrive at the age of 21 years. I also will and bequeath to the children of Anna Evans, Dec'd (late Anna Tharp) namely John, Emily, William, Rhoda and Jemima, the sum of $35 to be equally divided among them [at age 21, etc. as above]. I also will and bequeath to my daughter Elizabeth Tharp the sum of $40 to be paid to her out of my effects by my executor as soon as possible after my decease. [Elizabeth Tharp held a note on her son Isaac Tharp for the sum of $76.75 and she gave this to him as his share.] After the above legacies were paid, then from the remainder of her estate, daughter Elizabeth and her son Solomon were to each receive $76.75, then the residue of the estate was to be divided equally between her children namely Isaac Tharp, Elizabeth Tharp and Solomon Tharp. Elizabeth Tharp repeated in her will that her daughter Elizabeth was to receive her $40 plus $76.75 for a total of $116.75, and then she was to receive a 1/3 share of the remainder of the estate. "I hereby appoint my son Solomon Tharp as my sole executor of this my last will and testament hereby revoking all former wills by me made. In witness whereof I hereby set my hand and seal this 24th day of June in the year of our Lord Eighteen hundred and forty three." The witnessess were Bennett Bean, James Davidson and Joseph Tucker. On 28 August 1843, James Davidson and Joseph Tucker appeared in court to prove her will. Samuel C. Ruckman and Thomas Ruckman were the bondsmen for Solomon Tharp in the amount of $1000. Solomon was issued a Certificate of Probate on 28 August 1843. 5 Hampshire Co., WV, WB 12, p. 331. (Copy in file.) Gsmith@ok.azalea.net Glenn Smith P.O. Box 1332 Muskogee, OK 74402
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