Submitted by Charles Dobie.
Marshall County, (West) Virginia Will Book I, page 31
Bonar's Ridge, Marshalll County, Virginia.
In the name of God, Amen. I Samuel Bowman Senior, Being of Sound and disposing my mind & memory do constitute this my last will and testament in manner and from following that is to say, After all my Just Debts and Financial expenses are paid, I give and bequeath unto my wife Dorothy Bowman the full control and use of all my Property both real and personal, while she lives or during her widowhood. But in case she marries, or at her death, if she and my sons succeed in paying the amount of a debt which remains to be paid upon the land, Being the Amount due upon a certain deed of trust executed by me to Simon S. Purdy of Moundsville, and recorded in the County records of the County of Marshall of this State or pay such part thereof as will secure the plantation to her during her life or widowhood, and my sons hereafter, I then do give and bequeath the said plantation, being the one upon which I now reside containing one hundred and Fifty seven acres be the same more or less, to be equally divided between my two sons Samuel and John. This done I give and bequeath the remaining part of my property, being all my (personal?) together with a house and lot situated in Jolly's Town Green County, State of Pennsylvania which I wish to be sold or my part or claim thereto, be the same more or less, I give and bequeath it to be equally divided among all my daughters Mary, Nancy, Margaret, Sarah Jane [Should this read Sarah, Jane?] and Cynthia, to each a like share. But as I have considered the possibilty of my wife, sons and family being unable to pay the debt due upon the land or the amount of the Deed of Trust above mentioned, and as such failure will in all probability be followed by a sale of the place or plantation to satisfy the said Deed, and as it may be sold for less than the amount called for by said deed of trust or Debt due thereon, or a balance as small as to make my sons share less than that of their sisters or to my daughter, Therefore I have considered that in this case if it should come to pass at time before the division of my property, that they ought of right to have, and I hereby give them an equal share, each of them or either of them as much, or such a share as each of the sisters receive. And for the effectual performance and execution of this my last will and Testament I hereby appoint Simeon S.? Purdy of Moundsville Marshall County Va and Titus Jolly of Jolly Town Green County State of Pennsylvania my executors and hereunto set my hand and seal this twenty first day of February in the year of our Lord Eighteen hundred and forty.
(Signed) Samuel Bowman
Marshall County Court July Term 1840
The last will and testament of Samuel Bowman deceased was proved by the oaths of James Nixon and Joshua Coatsworth two of the witnesses thereto and is ordered to be recorded.
A Copy Teste? (signed) James D. Morris clk.