Submitted by Barbara Blake Goddard.
Marshall County Will Book 1A, Page 1 In the name of God Amen. I Richard Campbell of the state of Virginia and County of Marshall being sick in body but sound in mind and memory do make and publish my last will and testament hereby revoking and setting aside my will heretofore by me made. And in the manner following, viz. 1st after my decease I commit my soul to God who gave it in hopes of a blessed immortality, and my body to be decently buryed at the discretion of my friends. 2nd I will and direct that my loving wife Beulah have one half of all my personal property, together with one half the proceeds of the farm whereon I now live and in case she should not incline to live on the farm, she is to receive forty dollars per annum of the proceeds. 3rd I will that my youngest son Alexander, shall have the other half of my personal property and half the proceeds of my farm during his mothers natural life, and at her death to have to whole of it, by paying the following amount, viz.: to pay to my three sons: David Campbell, Richard Campbell and Silas Campbell one hundred dollars each. And to my three daughters, Mary, Joannah and Nancy fifty dollars each, all to be paid as follows: one hundred dollars to be paid the oldest first and one hundred dollars to be paid each year according to their respective ages, and that he procures for the heirs of my deceased sons John and David on copy of the comprehensive Commontary of the Bible, or the amount in money, to procure one as they respectively come of age. 4th I will to my son James Campbell the possession and all the claim I have on the place he now lives on together with a field adjoining the same and formerly belong to that tract: to have as long as he holds possession of that place. In testimony whereof I have set my hand and affixed my seal this seventeenth day of August, one thousand eight hundred and thirty seven- Sealed signed and delivered in presence of us: his John Scott Richard X Campbell James Wharry mark Edward Supler At a circuit Superior Court of Law and Chancery held for Marshall County on the 16th day of October 1837. The last will and testament of Richard Campbell dec’d was proved according to law by the oaths of John Scott and James Wharry, witnesses thereto. Said John Scott testifies as follows. To wit, that he wrote the name of Richard Campbell at the bottom of said testamentary paper, and said Campbell made his mark thereto and acknowledged the same to be his will in the presence of said Scott and Wherry, and Edward Supler, and requested them to attest the same as witnesses which said Scott did in the presence of said Richard Campbell and in the presence of the other attesting witnesses. And that at the time of the execution of said will as aforesaid, the said Richard Campbell was of sound mind, and said James Wharry testified as follows, to wit: that he was present, with the above named, John Scott and witnessed the Execution of said will by said Richard Campbell, that the said Campbell acknowledged the signature then to be his and acknowledges same to be his will and requested him to attest the same as a witness, which deponent did in the presence of the testator, and in the presence of the other subscribing witnesses John Scott and E. Supler. That the signature to said paper was signed by him as a witness and that the testator was at the time of Executing of said will of sound mind and thereupon the same is order to be recorded as a will of lands and personalty. And on the motion of Beulah Campbell widow of said Richard Campbell dec’d who made oath and together with John Scott and James Wherry her securities entered into and acknowledged a bon in the penalty of $400. Conditioned as the law directs. Certificate is granted the said Beulah Campbell for obtaining letters of administration on the said decedents Estate with his will aforesaid annexed in due form. A Copy Teste James Dillowis, Clk