In the name of God Amen I Elizabeth Royster of Henry County and State of Virginia, do make this my last will and testament in manner and form following.That is to say that I desire that all my estate be sold after my decease (with the exception of such property that I may hereafter devise) in any way that my Executor hereafter named may think proper and out of the monies arising therefrom pay my funeral expenses & all my just debts. 2dly I give to my grandaughter Elizabeth H. Royster my chest of draws and also one bed and furniture likewise one half of all my bed clothing after furnishing two beds.I hear wish it understood that the bed devised as above was the property of Elizabeth H. Royster which she inherited by the death of her father Banister Royster. 3dly I give to my Grand daughter Mary C. Thornton all my silver spoons. 4thly I give to Panthea Ann Thornton daughter of James Thornton one bed and furniture and my small Trunk.Also one half of all my bed clothes not otherwise disposed of. 5thly It is my will and desire that Elizabeth H. Royster have my grey mare 6thly It is my wil land desire that my Executor sell my present crop or any other crop that may being growing belong to me at my decease together with all my stock of every kind my homhold and kitchen future, plantation tools not herefore devised and after paying (as before mentioned) my funeral expenses and my just debts I bequeath as follows- 7thly It is my wish and desire that after paying as the in the sixth and last article should there be any money left to my Executor pay to my daughter Martha C. Bouldin twenty dollars for the express purpose to buy her a mourning dress 8thly I give to Martha C. Thornton all the money left arising from the sale of my property after paying my funeral expenses just debts and the legacy bequeath to my daughter Martha C. Bouldin and further that my not have been hereinbefore particularly disposed of and costly I do hereby constitute and appoint my friends Daniel Reamey James Thornton and my grandson Banister Royster executor of then my last will and testament hereby revoking all other or former wills or testaments by me heretofore made.In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and affixed my seal this day of November in year 1829.
Elizabeth X Royster – her mark and seal Befoe us teste David G. Houston James E??
At a Court of quarterly session held for Henry County 9th August 1830. The foregoing last will and Testament of Elizabeth Royster decd was exhibited in court, proven and ordered to be recorded and thereupon Daniel Reamey one of the executors therein named made oath according to law with Banister Royster his security entered into bond in the penalty of $600 and acknowledged the same. Teste a. M. Duprey D.C.
Ref: Will Bk , Pg 268, Henry Co., VA NOTE:Photocopy or original in file. – DE 1820 Henry Co., VA Census Elizabeth Royster- no males 21101 (45+ b. before 1776
1830 Henry Co., VA Census Elizabeth Royster – no males 0000010001 ( b 1750-1760) James Thornton 00101 01001 (b 1800-1810) Banister Royster – 000011 00011 (b 1790-1800) – grandson
Dec. 16, 1838 Royster, Banister, and Martha Terrell. Othniel Minter, Minister. Henry County, Virginia, Marriage Bonds, 1778-1849 page 121
May 25, 1807 Bouldin, Joseph, Jr., and Patsey Royster, consent of Elizabeth Royster. Henry County, Virginia, Marriage Bonds, 1778-1849 page 5
June 2, 1807 Bouldin, Joseph, Jr., and Patsy C. Royster. James Patterson, Minister. Henry County, Virginia, Marriage Bonds, 1778-1849 page 87
I am a Thornton researcher but appreciate any information. Thanks - Donna