Will of Richard Mattingly, Jr. Born 1756 Died 1833
"In the name of God, amen.Being infirm as to the body but sound understanding and desirous of arranging my temporal affairs before God and man I think just and right I here declare this to be my last will and testament.I wish after my death an inventory to be made of all the goods I may have in possession and I wish my wife, Elender to have the use and benefit of all property during her life and after her death an equitable division to be made of them in such manner that those only of my children for whom I have as yet given nothing should claim as herein my present property (viz) Elizabeth Finch, Nancy Finch, Sary Lewis, Lewis Mattingly & Thomas Mattingly & George Mattingly.For these I acknowledge I have as yet done little or nothing.I also adopt these my two grandchildren, Sarah and Mary Ann, daughters of Wm. Mattingly in the number of my present children and I make the two equal to one of my own children and give their father, Wm. Mattingly, one dollar.I think I have already done for the rest of my children all that I can possibly do & it is not in my power at present to make a more equitable distribution.Therefore, I hope that John Mattingly, Margaret Rhodes, Mary Clark, Zachariah Mattingly, Edward Mattingly, will acknowledge that I have done a fathers part by each of them already but if John Mattingly should not think so, I leave him one dollar.This is the arrangement which I wish to take place after my death and I wish my son George to be my Executor & to be kind and affectionate to his mother.This concluded in the year of our Lord 1833, January 2nd day and signed in the presence of:
V. Hinton & Richard Mattingly George Mattingly(Signed his name)"
Note:The V. Hinton was not the senior Vachel Hinton as he died in 1821.This was Vachel John Hinton, grandson of the elder Vachel and son of Benjamin Hinton.Richard Mattingly's wife was Eleanor Hinton, daughter of the elder Vachel and sister to Hessinda Hinton who married Joseph Mattingly, presumed brother to Richard.