Will of Thomas Richardson
Ohio County, West Virginia
Will Bk. 3, pp. 175-76
 
submitted by
Sara Richardson Kelly
 
In the Name of God Amen!
 
I Thomas Richardson of the City of Wheeling and State of Virginia, being weak in body, but of sound and disposing mind memory and understanding, thanks be to allmighty God for the same, considering the certainty of death and the uncertainty of the time thereof, and being desirous to settle my worldly affairs, and thereby be better prepared to leave this world, when it shall please God to call me hence, do therefore publish this my last will and testament in manner and form following that is to say.
 
First and principally I commit my soul into the hands of Almighty God and my body to be decently buried and after the expenses of my last sickness and burial, and debts are paid I devise and bequeath as follows.
 
Second I give and bequeath unto my beloved wife Margaret in lieu of her dowry a Support and maintenance during her natural life out of my estate Real and personal and at the death of my said wife as much as may remain unexpended then
 
Secondly I devise and bequeath unto Margaret James wife of William Ainsworth, Louisa wife of John Brench {note-this should have been French}, Sarah Richardson, Cecelia Richardson Children of my son John Richardson, Elizabeth Jane wife of Samuel Litten, Margaret wife of John Staby Thomas Astor and John Astor Children of Robert A. R. Astor all the rest and residue of my estate to be equally divided between and among them, It is my will and devise that should either of the above named Sarah Richardson and Cecelia Richardson die before they come into the possession of their part of share to be and belong to the survivor and it is further my will and desire, that should either of the above named Thomas Astor and John Astor died before they come into the possession of their part or share of my estate, then such part of share to be and belong to the survivor.
 
Lastly I do hereby constitute and appoint Thomas Campbell & George Rory to be the executors of this my last and Testament revoking and annulling all former wills be me made, ratifying and confirming this and no other.
 
In Testimony I have hereunto set my hand and seal to this my last will and testament this Sixth day of June 1836.
 
Signed Sealed published and declared by Thomas Richardson the above testator as for his Last will and testament in the presence of us who at his request and his presence have subscribed our names as witnesses thereto
 
Saml Irwin
Rob. Armstrong
Geo. Armstrong
 
At a Court held for the County of Ohio on Monday the 11th day of May 1839 The Last Will and Testament of Thomas Richardson deceased was proved according to Law by the oaths of Samuel Irwin, Robert Armstrong and George Armstrong and ordered to be recorded.
 
A Copy Test Jno McColloch  Clk