Submitted by Barbara Blake Goddard.
Will Book 2, Page 358. Marshall County Will Book 1, Page 304 The Last Will and Testament of George W. Blake Sr. of Marshall County Virginia. I George W. Blake Sr. considering the uncertainty of this mortal life and being of sound mind and memory do make and publish this my last will and testament in manner and form following, that is to say first I give and bequeath unto my beloved wife Sarah Ann Blake one third of all my personal estate goods and chattels of what kind and nature [?]; and I further give and bequeath unto my said beloved wife the use of one third of all my freehold estate whatsoever during her widowhood or natural life. Second I will and bequeath to my son George W. forty acres of the land on the side next to S. Hendersons land running the whole length of said Hendersons line and for enough west to make the forty acres. Third I will and bequeath that the rest of my land be equally divided amongst my son John and daughters Sarah, Jane, Lavina, Elizabeth, and the heirs of Eliza deceased. And lastly, I will and bequeath that the rest of my personal property be equally divided between my sons John and George W. and my daughters Sarah, Jane, Lavina, Elizabeth and the heirs of Eliza deceased. I hereby appoint S. Henderson the Executor of this my last will and Testament hereby revoking all former wills by me made. In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal this eighth day of November in the year of our Lord one thousand and eight hundred and sixty one. George W. Blake X his mark The above Instrument consisting of our [?] which was now here subscribed by George W. Blake the testator in the presence of each of us; and was at the same time declared by him to be his last will and testament and we at his request sign our names hereunto as attesting witnesses. Wm. E. Parriott Residing in Marshall Co. Va Thomas A. Crawford Residing in Marshall Co. Va Virginia: County Court of Marshall County, April Term 1863 A writing purporting to be the last will and testament of George W. Blake Sr. was this day fully proved by the oaths of Wm. E. Parriott & Thomas A. Crawford the subscribing witnesses thereto is ordered to be recorded. And on the motion of Samuel Henderson the person named as Executor of said will who made oath according to law and together with John Bell his surety who qualified