Last Will and Testament of: Elizabeth Prather WELLS
Tyler Co Will Book 1B, page 15, Probated Spring Term 1845
IN THE NAME OF GOD AMEN I Elizabeth Wells of Tyler Co State of
Virginia considering the uncertainty of human life do make and
publish this my last Will and Testament hereby revoking all
former will by me made or attempted to be made.
1st. I desire that my funeral expenses and all other just debts
be first paid.
2nd. I will and bequeath unto my son Charles P. Wells the sum of
One Thousand Dollars, provided however that he will except the
Same, but in case he will not except then in that case it is my
desire that the said Sum of One Thousand Dollars be divided
equally among my grandchildren, Children of the said Charles P
3rd. I will and bequeath unto my son Nicholas Wells the Sum of
Two Hundred and Fifty Dollars in addition to what he has already
4th. I will and bequeath unto my son Perrygrine Wells the sum of
Five Hundred Dollars in addition to what he has already
received. I also desire that my executors hereinafter named do
collect all my just claims against the said Perrygrine Wells and
after the payment of the above legacy do distribute the proceeds
of said claims equally among my three grandchildren of the said
Perrgrine Wells, namely Elizabeth, Charles V. and Charlotte
5th. My son Eli Wells having received all I intend for him I
therefore will nothing more to my said son Eli.
6th. I will and bequeath unto my daughter Ruth Birckhead, wife
of Abraham Birckhead the sum of Five Hundred Dollars in addition
to what she has already received. I desire that my executors do
not pay said legacy to my said daughter Ruth for at least five
years after my decease unless she should become a widow before.
7th. I will and bequeath unto my daughter Sarah McCoy the Sum of
One Thousand Dollars.
8th. I will and bequeath unto my daughter Delilah Grier, wife of
Robert Grier, the sum of Fifteen Hundred Dollars.
9th. I will and bequeath unto Caty Adams Russell's four children
(she the said Caty being dead) the Sum of Two Hundred and Six
Dollars to be divided in the manner following: To Charles
W.Russell the Sum of One Dollar, To Joseph Thornton Russell the
Sum of One Hundred and Two Dollars, to Mary Ann Corbitt the Sum
of One Hundred and Two Dollars, to Samuel Russell the Sum of One
10th. I will and bequeath unto my Daughter Betsy Russell wife of
Wm Russell the Sum of Fifteen Hundred Dollars.
11th. It is my will and desire that all my houses and lots in
the Town of Sistersville in said county of Tyler be by my
executors hereinafter named sold as soon as convenient after my
decease for the best price that that can be had for the same and
after payment of the above legacies I devise and bequest the
residue of property to my above named four daughters to be
equally devided between them, share and share alike.
12th. It is my will and I hereby bequeath to my said four
daughters all my household and kitchen furniture, bedding and
wearing apparel, plate and all other articles of personal
property to be equally divided between them, said division to be
made by themselves and in case they can not agree upon said
division then it is my desire that Charles P. Wells one of my
executors hereafter named divide the same.
13th. It is my will that in case any one or more of the above
named legatees should die before the receipt of their respective
legacies then and in that case the children of such legatee
shall take the share of such legatee so dedeased share and share
14th. It is my will and desire that my executors do not bring
suit against such of my debtors as I now hold deeds of Trust
against for one year after my decease.
15th. I do hereby constiture and appoint my son Charles P. Wells
and my son in law Robert Grier executors of this my last Will
and Testament each to receive Fifty Dollars for such service.
In Testimony whereof I have hereunto set my hand and affixed my
seal this 5th day of August in the year of our Lord one thousand
eight hundred and forty four.
ELIZABETH WELLS (her mark)
Witnesses: Rolla N. Wells, Horation I. McClean, Richard Talbott,
Joseph C. McMahon
This will was submitted by James "Jim" McCoy, descendant of
Sarah Wells McCoy, Wife of John McCoy. Sarah Wells was born
Feb.20, 1794 and died Dec. 14, 1887 in Sistersville. Sarah Wells
was the daughter of Charles Wells and Elizabeth Prather Wells.