Ritchie County Wills

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Index of Ritchie Co. Wills
Name Will Book Number Page Number
Henry H. Goodwin bk. 1 pg. 520
Peter Simmons bk. 2 pg. 5 - 6
Sarah Denning bk. 4 pg. 114 - 115
Hugh Pribble Jr. bk. 4 pg. 429
John Hammond unkn. unkn.
 
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Will of Sarah Denning
Submitter James Denning - jamesd@citynet.net
Ritchie County, WV will book 4, page 114, 115 

      I Sarah Denning, of the city of Pennsboro, County of Ritchie, and State of West Virginia, Being of sound and disposing mind and memory and desiring to make such disposition of my worldly estate as I deem best, do make, publish and declare this to be my last will and testament, hereby revoking any and all former wills and codicils whatsoever by me made.  
      FIRST: I direct that all my just debts and funeral expenses be paid out of my estate as soon after my decease as conveniently may be and to that end charge my whole estate, real and personal, with the same.  
      SECOND: I give and bequeath to my niece, Effie Mayfield, one bed complete, consisting of one pair of bedsteads, Springs, feather bed, one pair of pillows, and sufficient bed clothes to complete the bed; and two rocking chairs.  
      THIRD: All the rest and remainder of my property, both personal and real, I give and bequeath to Lovie Denning, to have and to hold the same unto herself and her heirs forever.  
      FOURTH: I nominate and appoint the said Lovie Denning the sole executrix of this, my last will and testament, and request that no bond be required of her in the execution the the same.  
      IN WITNESS WHEREOF I have hereunto set my hand and seal to this my last will and testament at Pennsboro, West Virginia, this twenty-eighth day of May, Nineteen hundred twenty-four.  

    Sarah Denning (Seal)
      Signed, sealed, published and declared by the said Sarah Denning as and for her last will and testament in the presence of us, who in her presence,at her request, and in the presence of one another, all present together, have hereunto subscribed our names as witnesses.  
    M. A. Fordyce  
    C. O. Bibbee
 

State of West Virginia, Ritchie County Clerk's Office, February 3rd, 1927 

A writing purporting to be the last will and testament of Sarah Denning, deceased, was this day produced before me in my said office, with the request that the same be admitted to probate.  
And M. A. Fordyce, one of the subscribing witnesses to said writing, appeared before me in my said office, and being by me duly sworn and having said writing before her, on oath says, that she and C. O. Bibbee, the other subscribing witness to said will, were present and saw the said Sarah Denning sign her name to said writing, and she declared the same as and for her last will and testament; and affiant further says that she and the said C. O. Bibbee, in the presence of the said testatrix, at her request, and in the presence of each other, signed their names to said writing as attesting witnesses thereto; and further, that the said Sarah Denning was of sound mind and memory when said writing was executed;, as she verily believes; and further that the said C. O. Bibbee, the other witness to said will, is now a non-resident of West Virginia.  
Whereupon, it appearing that said writing is fully proven, it is therefore ordered that said writing be, and the same is admitted to probate and filed and recorded as the last will and testament of Sarah Denning, deceased.  

    Teste: J. N. Sharpnack, Clerk.
(Court Order Book No. 9, Page 385)  
State of West Virginia, Ritchie County Court Clerk's Office, February 3rd, 1927 
The foregoing will of Sarah Denning, deceased, together with the order admitting the same to probate, was this day admitted to record in said office.  
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Will of Peter Simmons
Submitted by Robert W. Simmons - R4240@aol.com
Harrisville, Ritchie County, WV - Will Book 2, Pages 5 and 6 

In the name of God Amen. I Peter Simmons of the State of West Virginia and County of Ritchie being of sound mind and memory do hereby make publish and declare this to be my last Will and Testament hereby revoking and making void all former Wills by me at any time heretofore made.  
      FIRST : I desire my body to __ decently and respecably intered.  
      SECOND: I give and bequeath unto my wife Sarah Simmons all my property both real and personal until her death.  
     THIRD: I desire my executor after the decease of my wife Sarah Simmons should she outlive me to sell at public sale to the highest bidder all my real estate. One third to be paid Cash in hand the residue in one and two years: The purchaser giving his notes with good security bearing interest from date.  
     FOURTH: I give and bequeath to my son Aaron Simmons my wagon and farming utensils in addition to what he has received.  
     FIFTH: I give and bequeath to my daughter Phebe Jones and her heirs one fifth of the value of my real estate less eighty dollars ($80.00) to be taken from the first payment.  
     SIXTH: I give and bequeath to my daughter Mahala Crummett and her heirs one fifth of the value of my real estate less ($20.00) to be taken from the first payment.  
     SEVENTH: I give and bequeath to my daughter Sidney Jordan and her heirs one fifth of the value of my estate.  
     EIGHTH: I give and bequeath to my daughter Mary Zickefoose and her heirs one fifth of the value of my real estate.  
     NINTH: I give and bequeath to my daughter Sarah Susan Simmons or her heirs one fifth of the value of my real estate and also all my house-hold and kitchen furniture and beds and bedding all personal property on the farm such as horses cows and sheep after the decease of me and my wife for services done and doing by her Sarah Susan Simmons after she becomes of age or over 21 years old.  
     TENTH: I hereby nominate and appoint S.P. Crummett as my Executor. In Witness whereof I hereunto subscribe my name this 21st day of January 1882 A.D. 

his
Peter X Simmons
mark

The above and foregoing instrument was at the date thereof signed sealed published and declared by the said Peter Simmons as and for his last Will and Testament in presence of us who at his request and in his presence and in the presence of each other have subscribed our names as Witnesses. 

James Moyers Ritchie Co. West Va
Charles Moyers Ritchie Co. West Va

State of West Virginia County Court of Ritchie County April Term 1884 (April 14 1884) "A writing purported to be the last Will and Testament of Peter Simmons deceased was this day produced in open court and James Moyers and Charles Moyers the subscribing witnesses to said Will appeared in open court and being duly Sworn testified that they were present and saw the said Peter Simmons sign his name to said Will by mark and they in his presence and at his request and in the presence of each other signed their names as Witnesses thereto. Whereupon said Will is duly proven and ordered to be recorded A copy from the minutes of said Court. 

Teste: G. W. Amos Clerk
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Will of John Haymond
Abstracted from History of Ritchie County

The following will is taken from Minnie Kendall Lowther's History of Ritchie County. It can be found on pages 130-132. 

In the name of God, Amen. I John Haymond, of Frederick county, Carpenter, being in good health of body & of sound mind & perfect mind & memory, praise be threfore given to Almighty God, do make and ordain this my last will and testament in manner and form following, that is to say, First. 

First and principally, I recommend my soul into the hands of Almighty God, hoping through the merits, Death and passion of my Savior Jesus Christ, to have full pardon & forgiveness of all my sins & inherit everlasting life, and my body I commit to the Earth to be decently burried &C. 

First Item. I give and bequeath unto my well-beloved wife Margaret Haymond, a tract of land called the "Constant Friendship," with the Plantation that I now live on, the tract of land containing one hundred fifty acres during her natural life, then the said Plantation & land to my dear son William Haymond's forever. 

Item. I give and bequeath unto my well beloved wife, Margaret Haymond, a negro man named Sam, and also a negro man Cesar, and also a negro woman, named Jenny & also a negro woman named Poll, and also a negro girl named Nell & also a negro Girl named Fillas and also a negro girl named Lucy, and also a negro firl named Cate & also a negro boy named Robin & also a negro boy named Sampson and also a gegro firl named Sall & also a negro girl named Dyner. Ye, said negroes my well-beloved wife, to enjoy during her natural life, then the said negroes to be divided between my children, my dear son Nicholas Haymond to have negro Poll & also a negro boy named Robin, forever. My dear son Calder Haymond to have a negro man named Sam, and a negro woman named Jenny & a negro girl named Dyner, forever. My dear daughter Hannah to have a negro man named Cesar and a negro girl named Lucy & a negro girl named Alice forever. My dear son William Haymond to have a negro boy named Sampson & a negro girl named Cate & a negro girl named Sall, forever. My dear daughter Ann Haymond to have a negro firl named Fillis and a negro girl named Nell, forever. 

Item. I give and bequeath to my dear son, Nicholas Haymond, all that tract of land called Constant Friendship, containing one hundred fifty acres, being the other part of the tract of land that I now live on, to be the said Nicholas Haymond's and his heirs forever, as soon as the said tract of land is made over by Mr. Thomas Lucas and wife, which land is now in the prosecion of will the said Thomas Lucas' wife is at age, to make the land over and I also give my dear son Nicholas Haymond a negro man named Will forever. 

Item. I give and bequeath to my dear daughter, Mary haymond a negro boy named Nacy, and one negro girl named Candeth. 

Item. I give and bequeath a negro girl named Alice to my dear daughter, Hannah Jones, forever, the said negro is now in the possession of her husband, John Jones. 

Item. I give and bequeath unto my dear son, Calder Haymond, a part of that tract of land called Haymond's addition, beginning at the end of the first line of Constant Friendship, forever. Calder to have that part that lies next my own Plantation and to go with the main Road by Lawrence Owens, and to the Church Road. 

And my dear daughter, Ann Haymond, to have the other part that lies above Mr. Lawrence Owens, next to Mr. Alexander Barricks, running right up to the main road, to join with Mr. Owen's line. 

Item. I give and bequeath unto my dear and well-beloved wife, all my household goods, and all ye stock of everything, Cattle, Sheep Horses Hoggs, during her natural life and then the stock and household goods to be divided alike between my dear sons, Nicholas Haymond, Calder Haymond, and William during their lives and their heirs forever, and each son to have as good a part as the other. 

JOHN HAYMOND (seal)

Septr. 27, 1750. 
Test: 
JOHN RAWLINS 
ROBERT ENNIS, 
            His 
WILLIAM C O'NEAL. 
          Mark.  

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Will of Henry H. Goodwin
Submitter Rita Goodwin - rgoodwin@westok.net
RITCHIE COUNTY, will Book 1, page 520  

    In the name of God, Amen. I, H.H. Goodwin, of the town of Berea, in Union District, County of Ritchie, State of West Virginia, being of sound mind and disposing memory but of feeble heath, do make and publish this my last will and testament hereby revoking all former wills by me made. 

    First: I will that all my debts shall be paid by beloved wife Casander after my death. 

    Second: I will and bequeath to by beloved wife Casander Goodwin all my property both real and personal, notes and accounts after the payments of my debts to be used and enjoyed by her during natural life. 

    Third: I further will and bequeath that after my wife's death, that my executor here in after named, or other proper person appointed by proper authority to fill his place if he refuse to act or be dead. Do sell my real estate and personal property at public auction after giving due notice thereof upon a credit of two, three and four years, bonds bearing interest from date of sale and a lien to be retained on this property until the same is paid for. 

    Fourth: I will that my personal property be sold at public auction upon a credit of one year from date of sale excepting all sums of five dollars and under, shall be paid in hand on the day of sale. 

    Fifth: I further empower my executor here in after named or other person appointed in his stead to make a good and sufficient deed for my said real estate to purchaser or purchasers thereof. 

    Sixth: After all necessary expenses are paid I will and bequeath my daughter Mary L. Davis the sum of $500.00 to be paid by my executor as soon as collected from the proceeds of the sale of property. And further, I will and bequeath the remainder of my estate to Mary L. Davis' children the money to be kept on interest by my executor and to be paid to them as they become of age. 

    I request that John W. Troy of the town of Berea, West Virginia do act as my executor of this my last will and testament. 

    In Witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and affixed my seal in the presence of the two subscribing witnesses here to at my request and in the presence of each other this 5th day of August A.D. 1872. 

Signed and Sealed                           H.H. Goodwin 
Seal 
      
    In our presence at the request of the said H.H.Goodwin and in the presence of each other this 5th day of August 1879. 

                     Josiah Bee Jr. 
                     Charles W. Leggett 

State of West Virginia 
County Court of Ritchie County June Term 1880 

    A writing purporting to be the last will and testament of H.H. Goodwin was presented to the court and duly proven by Josiah Bee Jr., and Charles W. Leggett, the subscribing witnesses thereto appointed in open court and being duly sworn testified and said that they were present and saw the said H.H. Goodwin sign his name to said will and they at his request and in his presence and in the presence of each other signed their names as witnesses thereto when upon said will is fully proven and ordered to be recorded. 

A copy from the minutes of said court. 
            Teste G.W. Amos, CLERK 

State of West Virginia 
    I, G.W. Amos, Clerk of the County Court of Ritchie County in the state of the aforesaid certify that the foregoing is a true copy of the original will of H.H. Goodwin together with a copy of order of probate thereto attached admitted to record this 17th day of June 1880. 
            Teste G.W. Amos, Clerk 

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Will of Hugh Pribble Jr.
Submitted by John M. Jackson - Jmjackson1@LIBAXP.UALR.EDU

       I, Hugh Pribble, being of sound and disposing mind and memory, do make my last will and testament as follows, revoking all wills by me heretofore made. 

       First:  I direct that my just debts, if any, and my funeral expenses be paid.  
  
      Second-I give and devise my farm, where I live and which was owned by my father, Hugh Pribble, before me, to my son, Sherman.  But he is to pay my daughter, Lelia Jackson, one year after my death, five hundred dollars, and to my daughter, Daisy Marshall, two years after my death, five hundred dollars, with four per cent on each of said sums from the date of my death until paid.  Said sums shall be liens on my farm until paid. 

       Third: In addition to the sums to be so paid to them by my son, sherman, I give to each of my three daughters, Daisy, Lelia and Mabel, the sum of two hundred dollars. 

       Fourth:  I give to each of my sons, Charley, Wilford, Carl, Shirley, Forest and John, the sum of seven hundred dollars. 

       Fifth: I give to my son, Moses, one dollar, and I give to Lena Pribble, Gladys Pribble, Glenna Kinsinger and Bernice Pribble, wife and daughters of my son Moses, the sum of one hundred and seventy-five dollars each. 

       Sixth: I give to Edna Pribble, Kathryn Bates and Theodore Pribble, widow and children of my deceased son, Van B. Pribble, the sum of two hundred and thirty-three and one-third dollars each. 
       The sum directed to be paid under the third, fourth, fifth and sixth paragraphs of this will are to be paid by my executor, herein named, out of the purchase money owing to me from my sons Forest and Shirley for the land conveyed to them by deed dated November 15, 1927, when and as the purchase money is paid by them. 

       Seventh:  All of the rest and residue of my estate I give to my daughter Mabel and she is to have the right to keep the livestock on my farm, rent free, until the same is ready for market and can be sold to the best advantage, at private sale. 

       It is my wish and desire that no part of my estate be sold at public auction. 
 I appoint my son, Charley, Executor of this, my last will and testament, and request that no bond be required of him as such. 

       Witness my hand this 16th day of January, 1929. 
  

Hugh Pribble

 Signed, published and declared by Hugh Pribble as his last will and testament in the presence of us, who, at his request, in his presence and in the presence of each other, have signed our names as witnesses.  

       May Harrison
       Taney Harrison

Admitted to probate and recorded on January 28th, 1933, in Will Book No. 4, at page 429, of Ritchie County Court Clerk's Office. 
 

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