King George Co., VA, Bk?, p.?, Last Will and Testament of James Peed - 01 Feb. 1756 "In the name of God amen I James Peed of the Parish of Hanover in the County of King George being in perfect Health of Body & sound mind & Memory Thanks to almighty god for the same but calling to mind the uncertainty of this Life & lest Death should Surprise me before I could Settle my Worldly affairs I do now make & ordain this my Last Will & Testament in manner & form following.First & Principally I do humbly Recommend my Soul to almighty god who gave it hoping through the merits & sufferings of my Blessed Lord & Savior to Enjoy Everlasting Life & Felicity after this Life Is Ended and as for such Worldly goods ...which it hath pleased god to Bless me I give ... as Followeth/viz/ after my Body shall be Decently enter'd at the Discretion of my Executrix & Executor herein after named my Will & Desire is that My funeral charges & just Debts shall be Paid & Discharged.Item: I lend to my beloved wife /Ann/ during her Widowhood all my Negroes, Houshold goods Stocks & outstanding Debts except such as are hereafter Particulalry Mentioned to be made use of & kept together by her for the Support & Education of my young children & it is my desire that my said children may remain under the care of my Wife & Joel Ancram if he will undertake the charge of them Jointly, & if not then my Wife shall have the care of them & that my Sons John, Isaac & Gabriel shall be bound to Learn such Trade or Trades as they shall respectively chuse at the age of Sixteen, and that my Son Gabriel shall have four years schooling and futher is my Will that if my Wife should marry after my Decease she shall then Deliver up my said Estate except her share allowed by Law to the aforesaid Joel Ancram to be by him kept for the Support & Education of my young children as aforesad untill the youngest of my children who shall be S......at S..full age & then to be Equally Divided amongst all my children But if my Wife should not Marry after my Decease then my Will is that She shall retain my siad Estate during her natural Life for the uses afore mentioned & after her Decease to be Equally Divided between all my children.Item. I do also lend my beloved wife /Ann/ the Lott of Land whereon I now Live & hold by Lease under William Green to be held by her during her Widowhood & if she should not marry then to hold it during her Natural Life and after her marriage /if she should marry/ or Decease/ if she does not mary/ then I give to my son John Peed the said Lott to be held by him his Heirs and assignes during the continuance of the said Lease.Item I give to my Daughter Johanna Peed one Feather Bed & furniture to be Delivered at her Marriage.Item I give to my Son Phillip Peed two cows & calves to be delivered when he arrives at the age of Twenty one years & if my said son Phillip should ...before he is of age then my desire is that his Brother Isaac should have the cows & calves hereby intended for Phillip & in case Phillip & Isaac should both die before the siad cows & calves are Delivered then my Desire is that my son Gabriel should have them.Item I give to my Daugher Mary Peed one Feather Bed & Furniture to be Delivered at her marriage.Item I give to my Daughtrer Milly Peed one Feather Bed & Furniture to be Delivered at the Day of her Marriage.Item I give to my Daughter Katey Peed one Feather Bed & Furniture to be Delivered at her Marriage. Item I give to my son Gabriel Forty Shillings to be Paid him at the age of Twenty one years to Buy him a young Mare or Horse.Item I give to my children Phillip, Johanna, Mary, John, Issac, Milly, Katey, & Gabriel the Sum of Thirty Pounds Ten Shillings to be paid them out of my Estate before any Division is made of my whole Estate it being the sum I Received by their Mother my now Wife but not to be Paid them 'till after the Decease or Marriage of my Wife & then to be Equally Divided between them Lastly I do hereby appoint my Beloved wife Ann Executrix & Joel Ancram Executor of this my Last Will and Testament hereby revoking all former wills by me made I do Declare this to be my Last Will & Testament. In Testimony where of I have hereunto set my Hand & Seal this first day of February in the year of our Lord One Thousand Seven hundred & Fify six. ---James ((his X mark) Peed, Seal Signed Sealed Published & Declared in Presence of Wm Harrisson, James Marders, John Tancel, Wm. Green} At a Court held for King George County the 3rd Day of March 1759. The within last Will a Testament of James Pead decd. was Presented into Court by Ann Pead the Executrix therein Named who made Oath thereto & the same being Proved by the oathes of William Harrisson & James Marders two of the witness's thereto subscribed is ordered to be Recorded...Recorded. Test., Rob. Armistead, Co. C...."