Submitted by Sara Richardson Kelly
Book 3 p. 226 Ohio County, Virginia
 
Mary Richards
 
In the name of god Amen: I  Mary Richards of the City of Wheeling County of Ohio in the State of Virginia, being weak in body but of disposing mind and memory do make  and ordain this my last will and testament in manner and form following that is to say:
 
First: I give devise and bequeath to my husband James Richards for and during his natural life and no longer all my real estate consisting of one Lot of ground situate in East Wheeling & numbered ________  ___ as No____ in Square ___ Also I give devise and bequeath to my said husband for and during the period of his natural life aforesaid all the privileges tenements and appurtenances to said Lot belonging or appertaining:
 
Second:  After the decease of my said husband I give devise and bequeath the said Lot and tenements hereditaments privileges & appurtenances to the same belonging to my son James Richards and my daughter Mary Richards the wife of David Richards to be held enjoyed & possessed by them jointly: to have and to hold to my said Son and daughter said Lot with its tenements hereditaments privileges and appurtenances to them their heirs and assigns to the only proper use and behoof of them and their heirs and assigns forever.
 
Third: I give and devise to my granchildren Lucy Hogg Hannah Hogg Elizabeth Hogg Sarah Jane Hogg Adaline Hogg & George Hogg children of George & Sarah Hogg. And George Thatcher Asa Thatcher & Mary Thatcher children of Jonas and Adeline Thatcher each give dollars to be paid out of my personal estate by my Executors herein after named.
 
Fourth: it is my desire that out of a certain debt coming to me from George Hogg my Medical bill and all my funeral expences shall be paid and discharged.
 
Lastly I do hereby nominate Constitute & appoint my son James Richards and my Son in Law David Richards Executors of this my last will and testament hereby revoking and annulling all former wills by me at any time made and declaring this a none other to be my last will and testament.
 
In confirmation whereof I hereto set my hand and seal this 21st day of June one thousand eight hundred and forty two.
 
Mary Richards   Seal
 
Signed Sealed published and declared by the above named testatrix as and for her Last Will and testament in our presence who at her request have hereunto subscribed our names as witnesses in her presence
 
E. Day
Richd. Pratt
Jesse Hitchcock
 
Virginia: At a Court held for the County of Ohio at the Court house thereof on Monday the 2" day of January A.D. 1843. The Last will and testament of Mary Richards deceased was proved by the oaths of Richard Pratt and Jesse Hitchcock is ordered to be recorded.
 
A Copy Teste  Jno: McColloch  C.C.