Submitted by Phyllis D. Slater.
Sidney Stricker's first husband was William McMechen.
Record of Wills Book 2, page 11
In the name of God Amen I Sidney Stricker of Ohio County in the Commonwealth and State of Virginia being of perfect sound mind memory and understanding doe make this my last will and testament in the manner and form following agreeable to the power invested in me by my former husbands William McMechen will.
I give and bequeath unto my son in law Samuel McCollock a negro girl called Beck the daughter of Old Sam & Cloe. I give and bequeath unto my son Benjamin McMechen the negro boy called Bill the son of Young Poll. I further give unto my son Benjamin McMechen the negro women called young Poll and likewise her son Charles and a negro boy called Isac the son of old Sam and Cloe for which the three last mentioned negroes my son Benjamin Michen is to pay five hundred dollars to his three sisters Sarah Boggs Sidney Barr Jane Taylor & my three grand daughters Catharine Mcollock Sidney Mcollock and Jane Mcollock the sum's in manner & form hereafter directed that is to say to my daughter Sarah Boggs one hundred & twenty five dollars in one year after my decease and the like sum of one hundred and twenty five dollars to my daughter Sidney Barr in two years after my decease and further to pay to my daughter Jane Taylor one hundred and twenty five dollars three years after my decease and further to pay to my three grand daughters Catharine Sidney & Jane McCollock the sum of one hundred & twenty five dollars to be equally divided among the three as they arrive to the age of sixteen years and in case either of them should die before the arrive at the age of sixteen then to be equally divided amonst the survivors.
I further give and bequeath unto my son Benjamin McMechen old Sam & his wife Cloe to live with him during their natural lives or to settle them on such portion of the land as was directed by his fathers will or as he sees proper and the said Benjamin is bound to treat them well and to see they are well used.
I also give old Poll to my son Benjamin McMechen during her natural life to be delt with and done by as old Sam and his wife Cloe.
The blind girl Esther I also give to my son Benjamin McMechen to take care of her during her natural life but in case my two daughters Sarah Boggs & Sidney Barr or either of them would chuse to take the blind girl Esther it is my will that they may have her.
I give and bequeath to my daughters Sidney Barr my riding saddle & bridle. I give and bequeath my bed & bed furniture to my grand daughter Catherine McCollock. I further order & direct my executors hereafter mentioned to sell my mare four cows two steers and all my household and kitchen furniture and the money arising therefrom to be divided unto four equal parts each of my three daughter shall have a part and the fourth to be equally divided among my three grand daughters Catherine Sidney and Jane McCollock.
I give and bequeath all my wearing apparel to my daughters Sarah Boggs & Sidney Barr to be equally divided between them
I give and bequeath to my son in law Samuel McCollock a young sorrel mare a colt of old fly and lastly I do hereby nominate constitute and appoint my son Benjamin McMechen & my son in law John Boggs Junior executors of this my last will & testament hereby revoking all former wills by me made in witness whereof I the said Sidney Stricker have hereunto set my hand & seal this twenty sixth day of November one thousand eight hundred and eight.
Signed & published and delivered by the testator and for her last will and testament in the presence of us who at her request subscribed our names as witnesses thereto
A true copy from the original which was proven in court at December 1810 by the oaths of Philip Albright Robert Inscoe & Jno Stroop & ordered to be recorded.