Will of David Shepherd

Submitted by Phyllis Slater.

NOTE: David's son, Moses, married Lydia Boggs. They had no children.

In the name of God Amen. I David Shepherd of Ohio County and State of Virginia being (sick) in body but of sound and perfect mind, and memory, blessed be Almighty God for same do make and publish this my last Will and Testament in manner and form following (that is to say) I will and bequeath to my beloved wife Rachel Shepherd all the plantation Whereon I now dwell in the forks of Wheeling Creek during her life and also her feather bed and furniture likewise her choice of three cows, and two work horses and a plow and tackle. And also I will bequeath to my wife one Mulato Girl named Nance and one Negro man named Tymothy as also all her common and tea table furniture. I also will and bequeath to my daughter Elizabeth Lee during her life time all that tract or parcel of land lying and bounded as follows, that is to say beginning at the old Grist Mill dam then running with the line of Moses Shepherd to the Sugar tree, corner as mentioned in his,--thence with the line of the original across Peter's run unto Craig's fork, thence down the said Creek unto the beginning, more or less, to hold during her natural life and then to descent to the heirs of William McIntire, deceased, I likewise will unto my three daughters, viz, Elizabeth Lee, Sarah Springer and Ruth Mills all the remaining part, of my estate after my just debts and legacies and funeral expenses are paid to be equally divided among them, my will is that the "presbiterian" church have free privilidge to build places for public worship and the purpose of burying their dead on the lot laid out for them but for no other purpose. I also will and bequeath unto my son Moses Shepherd all that part or tract of land with all the appurtenances that lies below Little Wheeling and up as far as the old Grist Mill dam, thence with a straight line near a N.W. course to a Sugar tree corner, corner to the original tract, thence down the original tract, to the beginning at the Saw Mill, likewise after the eath of his mother to have the whole of the old plantation he paying to his three sisters each one hundred pounds Virginia currency, to be paid in three years after he shall enter on the premises but in case he should die with out an heir the old plantation is to be sold so as to be equally divided between my three daughters or their surviving heirs. I likewise will and bequeath unto my grand daughter Elizabeth Shepherd twenty-five pounds Virginia currency to be paid out of the money arising from the sale of my person property. I hereby appoint sole executors of this my last will and testament Moses Shepherd and John Mills hereby revoking all former wills by me made. In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand & seal the 20th day January in the year of our Lord 1795.

(sig) David Shepherd (seal)

Signed sealed published and declared by the above named David Shepherd as his last will and testament in the presence of us who have here unto subscribed our name, as witnesses, in the presence of the testator .

William Flahaven ........... Abner Springer
Francis Drake (Duke)......William McIntire
Teste: Moses Chapline, Clk
(W.B.L. p. 31--Wheeling Records.)