Will of John McHenry

Submitted by B. Carlisle Bowling.

Will Book #1, pages 129 & 130.

In the name of Amen:

I, John McHenry, of Marshall County and State of Virginia and am sick and weak in body but sound in mind and memory Thank God. Calling to mind the mortality of my body that I must die, revoking all others, do make this my last will and testament.
In the first place, I commit my soul to God that gave it, and my body to be buried in a decent Christian burial in a firm hope that at the last day, I shall receive the same by the mighty power of God and as for such property as God in his providence has seen fit to give me, I wish to be disposed of in the following manner, to wit:
And first, I leave my land and farm and household property and kitchen furniture, one black, and horse, one sorrel horse, three cows, one heffer, one two-horse waggon and two sets of R(?) geese, one large plough and one shovel plough, two log chains, sixteen head of sheep, one harrow, three corn hoes, one mattick, two a??s ble trees that goes with the plough and chaises, one pitchfork, one stable fork, ten head of hogs, as to the wheat in the ground when it is threshed and cleaned the one half to be applied for the benefit of my beloved wife and my children, one yoke of oxen, all which I leave to my wife for the benefit of her and to raise and shcool to children while she remains my widow. and if at any she gets married the above to belong to the children, the other half of the wheat and all the rest of my personal property to be sold and all my just debts to be paid and expenses and when my youngest child grows to the age of twenty one years old, my lands to be sold and as the law may direct in such cases, I appoint constitute and ordain George Dowler to be the Executor of this my last will and testament this 9th day of April AD 1849.

Signed by John McHenry and witnessed by John Reilly, Ellns Sayers and George W. E. Jones.

Admitted to probate, Marshall County Court February Term, 1850.