Submitted by T. Vernon Anderson.
Marshall County, WV, Will book 2 page 43-44 James Jefferson Will I James Jefferson of Marshall County and State of Virginia do make and ordain this my last will and testament in manner and form following to wit: After the payment of all my just debts and funeral expenses out of my out door personal property I give and bequeath to my beloved wife all my household and kitchen furniture with every couvenances pertaining thereto to dispose of as she sees proper. 2nd I give and bequeath to my son Jacob Jefferson Eighty two acres of land of my home farm. Deeded to me by David McClure the said Jacob is to have the South End of the farm Beginning as the plot will show at a beech corner in Stephen Freeland's line running East a chestnut in David Rumble's line between me and the widow Roberts the said Jacob shall survey and write these lines and the line between me and John Taylor and across from line to line so as to give him my homested with all its improvements to him and his heirs forever in which his mother shall hold her ? when she shall choose. 3rd The remainder of my farm is one hundred acres. I give and bequeath to my 2 sons John and James to be equally divided between them. Fifty Acres each the said James is to have the improved part on which he now lives to them and their heirs forever by paying to my daughter Elizabeth or her heirs wife of William Wilson Five Hundred Dollars of which James shall pay three hundred Dollars and John Two Hundred to be paid in three years yearly with no interest thereon. 4th I give and bequeath unto my son Stephen Jefferson my farm on the Roberts Ridge Road One Hundred and 9 acres more or less and at the head of the Round Bottom Run Deeded to my Father by David McClure and Deeded to me by the heirs of my Father to him and his heirs forever and the said Stephen in consideration there of shall pay to my two daughters or their heirs 1st Isabelle wife of Henry Holmes and Nancy wife of William Lutes. Five Hundred Dollars to each of them makeing one thousand Dollars to be paid yearly in such payments as he shall be able to make and he shall have six years to pay the herein named sum if he can't pay sooner there shall be no interest or usuary demanded of him under any circomstances. And lastly I appoint my brother Jacob Jefferson sole Executer of this my last will and testament hereby revoking all other wills and appointments heretofore by me made. In testimony whereof I have hereunto set my hand Seal this this twentieth day of November in the year of our Lord one Thousand Eighty hundred and Sixty three. James Jefferson Signed Sealed Published and Declared by the said James Jefferson as and for his last will and testament in presence of us who have subscribed our names hereto at his request and in his presence and in the presence of Each other Philip Conkle Joseph M Reader Anthony Hollingshead West Virginia Marshall County Court January Term Jan 21st, 1875 A paper writing bearing date November 20th 1863 purporting to be the last will & testament of James Jefferson Sr Dec was this day fully proved in open court by the oaths of Joseph M Reader & Anthony Hollingshead two of the subscribing witnesses thereto & ordered to be recorded. Jacob Jefferson the executor therein named here in open court declares to accept said trust & on the motion of the said Jacob Jefferson John Jefferson is appointed administrator with said will annexed who took the oath as required by law & togather with John P Workman his security who Qualified as to his sufficiancy Entered into & acknowledged their bond in the penalty of $500 conditioned & payable as the law directs certificate is granted the said John Jefferson for obtaining a probate of said will in due form And it is ordered that Richard Allen, J M Reader & Anthony Hollingshead be are appointed appraisors of the said estate they being first duly sworn for that purpose.