William McNemar's Will, 1881

Submitted by: Pat Hamner May 27, 2004


William McNemar was born abt. 1808 and died between January and March 1881. He married Elizabeth Liloy or Silvy April 14, 1835 in Lewis County, VA. She was born Abt. 1818, and died Bet. 1860 - 1870.

  • Lewis County Will Book, Book C, pages 27 and 28, William's will was made on Jan. 8, 1881 and submitted to the Lewis County Court on March 8, 1881.
  • Lewis County Marriage Records, Vol. 2, page 13. Although the surname of the bride is given as LILOY in this publication, the Record of Marriage in the Lewis County Court House is indexed under the letter S. Her surname could have been SILVY.
  • Lewis County Marriage Records, Vol 2, page 13, Book 4, page 21 of original records.
  • 1860 US Census, Elizabeth was present in the household for the 1860 Census, but she was not present in the 1870 Census.

Devisees in the will of William McNemar:

  • Children of daughter, Margaret Spaur, deceased
  • Daughter: Rebecca Hardman
  • Other: Dora L. Chittum

LEWIS COUNTY WILL BOOK C, pages 27 and 28

January 8, 1881

William McNemar's Will

In the name of God amen.

I, WILLIAM McNEMAR of the County of Lewis State of West Virginia being of sound mind and memory do hereby make publish and declare this to be my last will and testament hereby revoking and making void all former wills by me at any time heretofore made.

First, I order and direct my Executor as soon after my decease as practicable out of my personal effects to pay off and discharge all the debts dues and liabilities that may exist against me at the time of my decease.

Second I give and bequeath unto the children of my daughter MARGARET SPAUR decd. all of that portion of the farm upon which I now reside lyeing [sic] on the south side of the road beginning in the center of the road on a line of lands now owned by GEORGE HARRIS about two rods from a black walnut corner and near the house formerly occupied by JOHN B. McNEMAR decd. thence with said road in an easterly direction to two white oaks on the top of the ridge between big skin creek and little skin creek corners to the COROTHERS land thence with lines of same in a southerly direction to lines of lands now owned by GEORGE HARRIS and with same to the beginning, also I give and bequeath unto said children my clock big wheel little wheel and check reel.

Third I give and bequeath unto my daughter REBECCA HARDMAN the wife of S.B. HARDMAN all of that part of my farm upon which I now reside lyeing [sic] on the North side of the road beginning at the same place in the road of land herein willed to the children of MARGARET SPAUR decd. and running with the same line to the COROTHERS line thence in a northerly direction with lines of COROTHERS, JOHN S. SUMMERS, J.W. HARRIS, J.J. HARDMAN and GEORGE HARRIS to the beginning. I also give and bequeath unto my said daughter one bed and bedclothes and one iron kettle.

Forth I give and bequeath unto DORA L. CHITTUM the wife of LEE CHITTUM the proceeds of all my personal estate of every kind not herein otherwise disposed of, and for this purpose I order and direct my hereinafter named Executor to sell said property and pay the money when collected to said DORA L. CHITTUM.

Fifth I hereby nominate and appoint JOHN A. COROTHERS Executor of this my last will and testament, In witness whereof I have hereunto subscribed my name this 8th day of January 1881.

[Signed] WM. McNEMAR

The above and foregoing instrument was at the date thereof signed sealed published and declared by the said WILLIAM McNEMAR as and for his last will and testament in presence of us who at his request and in his presence and in the presence of each other have subscribed our names as witnesses.






State of West Virginia

In Vacation

Lewis County Clerk's Office March 8, 1881

The last will and testament of WILLIAM McNEMAR deceased, was this day presented to the undersigned in said office, by JOHN A. COROTHERS, the Executor therein named, and partly proven by the oath of ISAAC M. GASTON one of the subscribing witnesses thereto, and the probate of the same continued for further proof. And on another day, to wit: on the 9th day of March, 1881, said will was fully proven by the oath of JOHN M. GASTON, another of the subscribing witnesses thereto, and thereupon the said will was admitted to record.

Teste: J Woofter, Clk.


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