Hardy County Wills

Will of John Westfall dated 9 Feb 1789 proved 13Apr 1789
Submitted by Rick Brown rbrown@bright.net

In the name of God Amen, I, John Westfall, of the County of Hardy and State of Virginia, Do make this my Last Will and Testament in the following manner.

In prime I bequeath my Sole to Almighty God, a being infinitely good, in Humble Hope of his future mercy. As to my body it is my desire that it be decently buried and in a Christian manner.

Item - It is my desire that my Funeral charges and all my just debts be first paid after my Decease.

Item - I bequeath unto my beloved wife Sarah, one third part of my land during her life, also my Negro Jack, and my wench Megigen and one third part of my moveable property.

Item - I bequeath to my Sons, Isaac and Jacob Westfall my plantation I now live on, their heirs and assigns forever. Each to have an equal part of the upland and bottom land, my son Isaac to have the upper part of the said plantation. It is my will that my aforesaid plantation be appraised by two or more Creditable men, and that my sons Able, John, Cornelius, and Abraham Westfall, their heirs and assigns to each of them one sixth part of said valuation. Deducting out of such payment what I formally gave them or either of them.

Item - I bequeath to my son Isaac Westfall my Negro Tom, he paying to each of his brothers one fifth part of the value of said Negro, he being valued as for said.

Item - It is my Will that the remainder of my property be equally divided amongst all my children, and lastly, I do constitute and appoint My trusty friends, Jacob Fisher and Ezekiel Bogart, also my sons Abel and Cornelius Westfall Executors of this my Last Will and Testament signed with my hand and sealed this 9th day of Feby. 1789

Signed Sealed and acknowledged in presence of us
John Snyder
Wm.Baley His
Benjamin Willams John   X  Westfall
  Mark

At a Court held for Hardy County this 13th day of April 1789

This Last Will and Testament of John Westfall Deceased was proved by oaths of John Snyder, William Baley, and Benjamin Williams, witnesses thereto and ordered to be recorded. Jacob Fisher one of the Executors, having complied with the law, Certificate is granted him for obtaining a probate of these in due forms, giving security, where upon he with security entered into and acknowledged Bond Conditions as the Law directs, Ezekiel Bogard and Cornelius Westfall in open court defined, having refused taken upon themselves the burden of Executors which is ordered to be certified

By My Court Ed. Williams


Another reading of this will submitted by: Brian Westfall, Budwestfal@aol.com

WILL OF JOHN WESTFALL
Hardy County, Virginia
Written February 9, 1789 Probated April 13, 1789
Hardy County, Virginia Will Book 1 Page 30
FHL film #816672


In the name of God Amen, I, John Westfall, of the County of Hardy and State of Virginia, Do make this my last Will and Testament in the manner following.

In primus I bequeath my Soul to Almighty God, a being infinitely good, in humble hope of his future mercy. As to my body it is my desire that it be decently buried and in a Christian manner.

Item - It is my desire that my funeral charges and all my just debts be first paid after my decease.

Item - I bequeath unto my beloved wife Sarah, one third part of my land during her life, also my negro Jack, and my wench Megigen and one third part of my moveable property.

Item - I give and bequeath to my sons, Isaac and Jacob Westfall my plantation I now live on, to them, their heirs and assigns forever each to have an equal part of the upland and bottom land, my son Isaac to have the upper part of the said plantation.

Item - It is my will that my aforesaid plantation be appraised by two or more creditable men and that my sons Isaac and Jacob Westfall pay to my sons Able, John, Cornelius, and Abraham Westfall, their heirs and assigns to each of them one sixth part of said valuation deducting out of such payment what I formerly gave them or either of them.

Item - I bequeath to my son Isaac Westfall my Negro Tom, he paying to each of his brothers one sixth part of the valuation of said Negro, he being valued aforesaid.

Item - It is my will that the remainder of my property be equally divided amongst all my children, and lastly, I do constitute and appoint My trusty friends, Jacob Fisher and Ezekiel Bogart, also my sons Abel and Cornelius Westfall Executors of this my Last Will and Testament signed with my hand and sealed this 9th day of Feby. 1789.

Signed Sealed and acknowledged in presence of us:
John Snyder 
Wm.Baley
His
Benjamin Willams
John  X  Westfall
 
Mark
At a Court held for Hardy County this 13th day of April 1789.

This Last Will and Testament of John Westfall deceased was proved by the oaths of John Snyder, William Baley, and Benjamin Williams, witnesses thereto and ordered to be recorded. Jacob Fisher one of the Executors, having complied with the law, certificate is granted him for obtaining a probate of thereof in due form, giving security, where upon he with security entered into and acknowledged Bond Conditions as the Law directs, Ezekiel Bogard and Cornelius Westfall in open court refused taking upon themselves the burden of the Execution which is ordered to be certified.

By My Court Ed. Williams

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