Will of Samuel McCorkle of Augusta Co., Virginia
(Transcribed by Jerry McCorkle)



IN THE NAME OF GOD AMEN, on the fifth day of September in the year of our Lord one thousand Seven hundred and Eighty five, I Samuel McCorkle, Planter, of Augusta County and State of Virginia, being weak in body, but in perfect mind and memory, thanks be given to God for the same, and calling to mind the mortality of my Body, and knowing that it is ordained for all men to die, do make and ordain this my last will and testament in manner and form following, that is to say principally and first of all I recommend my soul into the hands of Almighty God who gave it, and my Body I commit to the dust, to be burried in a decent christian manner at the discretion of my beloved wife, Sarah McCorkle, whom I constitute and appoint my true and lawful Executrix, together with Patrick Buchanan, whom I constitute & appoint my true and lawful Executor, for that purpose and after all my debts is paid and burial expenses with what worldly estate is has pleased God to bless me with in this life, I give and dispose of in the following manner.

Imprimus, firstly I gave and bequeath to my dearly beloved wife, Sarah McCorkle, the one third of my Plantation where I now live on during her life and that she is to have a peaceable living in the house where I now live and to have full maintenance and further I give to my wife Sarah McCorkle one flaked cow and he old cows heiffer calf and a privilege of a horse while she lives, and all household furniture and at her decease all is to be my son, John MacCorkles.

Secondly, I give to my daughter Mary McCorkle a cow; any of the cows her mother sees cause to give her and she is to have a living on said place while she behaves as she has done.

Thirdly, I give to my daughter, Martha Caller, one shilling, sterling.

Fourthly, I give to my son, Samuel McCorkle, his heirs or assigns, the lower end of my Plantation where he now lives and the division line of Samuel’s place to come up as far as the fence now stands, only leaving lane of ten foot wide from the fence, and to run across said place parallel with said fence.

Fifthly, I give to my son, Robert McCorkle, one shilling sterling.

Sixthly, I give to my daughter, Sarah Chapman one shilling sterling.

Seventhly, I give to my daughter, Elizabeth McCorkle, one shilling sterling.

Eighthly, I give to my son, John McCorkle and his heirs or assigns, the remainder of my Plantation where I now live, and my two sons, Samuel and John McCorkle, is not to sell or dispose of the land untill my wife, Sara McCorkle’s, decease, and further I give to my son, John McCorkle the remainder of my cattle, all my house creatures and all my Plantation tools and my bible.

Fourthly, I give my rifle gun to Sarah Chapman’s first son.

Fourthly, I give to my two grand sons, Samuel McCorkle & William McCorkle one shilling sterling each, and

LASTLY I do revoke all other wills or Executors by me made, to be void and of none effect and I do acknowledge this to be my last will and testament and to be in force the day and year first above written.



                                    Samuel x McCorkle   (SEAL)


Signed, seal’d and

acknowledged in presence of:

            John Wallace

            Mary Buchanan

            John Heizer




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