Submitted by Joel Desmond Gorby.
Ohio County Record of Wills Book 2, page 71
In the name of God, amen. I. Thomas Gorby of Ohio County, state of Virginia, being weak and low in body but of perfect mind and memory, Thanks be given unto God, calling unto mind the mortality of my body and knowing that it is appointed for all men once to die, to make and ordain this to be my last will and testament, that is, to principally the first of all I give and recommend my soul into the hands of Almightly God that gave it, and my body I recommend to the earth in decent Christian burial at the discretion of my executor, nothing doubting but at the general resurrection I shall receive the same again by the mighty power of God. And as touching such worldly estate where-with it has pleased God to bless me in this life, I give, devise, and dispose of the same in the following manner and form.
First, I give and bequeath to my well beloved wife Elizabeth all the household and kitchen furniture, one gray mare, three heifers, fifteen bushels of wheat, ten bushels of corn, thirty weight of sugar, four of buckwheat, and a comfortable fireplace and firewood, and a fire kept as she may want, and one hundred weight of pork each year annually during her life.
And to my beloved daughter Rebecca Ellit Twenty-five Dollars, and my beloved daughter Faithful Clark Two Dollars, and my beloved daughter Hannah Parsons Twentyfive Dollars, and my beloved son Job Gorby Two Dollars, and to by beloved son Eli Gorby Seventy-five Dollars, and my beloved son Jeahue Gorby Seventy-five Dollars, and my Beloved son Ebenezer Gorby Seventy-five Dollars, and my beloved son Jesse Gorby Seventy-five Dollars. And my executors have two years after the last payment comes due from Joseph Simmons to pay all the above mentioned sums to my legatees. And my beloved son John Gorby is to have the mill and plantation I now live on, that I bought from Joseph Seals, and One Hundred Dollars to build the mill anew. And I do appoint my beloved son John Gorby and Samuel Howard my executors and to settle all my business, and I do hereby disallow, revoke, and disannul all and every other former testaments, wills, legacies bequeathed, and executores by me in any wise before named, willed, and bequeathed, --ratifying and confirming this to be my last will and testament. In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal the 24th day of March, One Thousand eight Hundred and Fourteen
Thomas X Gorby
Signed, sealed, published, pronounced and declared by the said Thomas Gorby as his last will and testament in the presence of us, who in his presence and in the presence of each other have hereunto subscribed our names.
Joel Desmond Gorby is the son of John Robert Gorby, son of William James Gorby, son of David Gorby, son of Daniel Gorby, son of Ebenezer Gorby, son of Thomas Gorby, son of Samuel Gorby.
[This is a copy from page 42 of "The Gorby Family" book, original 1936 edition --with misspellings.]