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John Farrar was long a prominent citizen of Henrico County and is styled Lieutenant Colonel John Farrar, from his rank in the militia.From the date with which the extant records begin, 1677, he was a justice of the county and was sheriff in 1683.In the list of public officers of Henrico in 1680 (Virginia Magazine of History and Biography, I, 225) his name appeared as second in the Commission of Justices, and lieutenant-colonel of militia.He was member of the House of Burgesses 1680, 1682 and 1684 (Henrico Records), and died unmarried about March, 1684-5.
Att a Court Holden at Varina for the County of Henrico the first day of Feb'ery, in the thirtieth yeare of the reigne of our Sovereigne lord Charles the Second by the grace of god of greate Brittaine, france and Ireland king defend'er of the faith &c.Annoq Domin., 1677-78.
To the Right Wors'll the Justices of the County Court of Henrico, or any other p'son or p'sons concerned, These may serve to Certifie, That whereas my brother Coll. William Farrar did by his deed bearing date the first day of October, 1649, freely give and grant and confirme unto me and my heirs two hundred acres of land next unto the Glebe, at Varina, and comonly known and called by the name of Coald's field, and hath now by his last will given to me and my heirs near aboute five hundred Acres of land, being part of his dividend, and lyeth on both sides Capt. Davises bottome, w'th this Caution and provisoe, that I should for me and my heirs forever relinquish all mine or Their claime unto the afores'd two hundred acres by deed given, the w'ch I do hereby most willingly doe, and accept his loveing kindness of the land at Capt. Davises, according to his will. In witness hereof I have put my hand and seale this 1st day of Feb'ry, 1677-8.
John Farrar with
Signed and sealed in the p'sence of
Wm. Byrd, Wm. Harris.
Recognito'r in Curria: Comith Hen'ci p'o die Feb'ry, 1677-78, Maj'r John Farrar.
Teste: Wm. Randolph
Last will and testament of John Farrar:
In the name of God, Amen.I, John Farrar, of the Parish & County of Hen'co, being sick & weak of body, but I praise ye Almighty God, in sound & p'fect & disposeing memory, have thought fitt & make, & doe hereby make, ordain, publish & declare these p'sents to be my last will & Testament, revoking all other wills by me at any time made, whether written or Verball.
Impr's.I bequeath my soul to God that gave it w'th an assured hope & steadfast faith y't I shall receive Eternal Salvation by ye meritts, death & Passion of my blessed Saviour & redeemer, Jesus Christ, & my body I bequeath to ye Earth to be decently buryed according to ye discrecon of my Exec'rs hereafter named, and the estate w'ch God, through his Providence hath bestowed upon me in this transitory life, I doe dispose of as followeth, Vizt:I doe in regard I have been at charge & expenses towards the building of a house, & to ye intent ye same may be compleated according to my Agreem't made w'th ye Workman, Ordin & appoint that all my negroes & Serv'ts do continue upon my plantacon this p'sent year, and that they do use their endeavours to make & finish a Cropp, w'ch Crop when finished, I doe bequeath & order to defray ye Charge w'ch may yet accrue upon the said house to ye workman or for plank & Glasse; and I doe desire my Exec'rs hereafter named, to use their endeavours to look after & see ye s'd Cropp made, & house finished accordingly.
Item.I doe devise to Tho. Batte, Jun'r, the son of Mr. Thos. Batte, of ye country aforesaid, two hund'd acres of land lying in ye s'd county, upon Appomattock River, being formerly purchased of ye s'd Mr. Batte, ye elder, the s'd land w'th all appurtenances, I devise to ye s'd Tho. Batte, Jun'r, & his heirs forever.
Item.I give & bequeath unto Mr. Tho. Batte, Sen., one horse now in his possession, com'ly known by the name of Darby.
It'm.I give & bequeath to Tho. Batte, Jun'r, one of ye two unbroke horses w'ch I have, now lyes in Appomattock Woods, w'ch of ye s'd Two ye s'd Tho. shall make choice of.
It'm.All ye rest of my estate, consisting in cattle, horses, or anything else w'ch doth, & formerly hath, been here at Appomattock, I give & bequeath to Mr. Tho. Batte, his three daughters, by name, Mary, Amy & Sarah, to run as a Joynt Stock amongst them, and each share to be paid as they arrive of lawfull Age or are Marryed, & if either of them dye before that time, their parts to goe to ye Survivour, all w'ch Legacyes afores'd given to Mr. Batte & his children, I doe give them in consideracon of ye great trouble & pains they have taken w'th me in this, my last sickness.
Item.I give and bequeath unto my Cozen, Mary Worsham, wife to George Worsham, my servant boy named Thomas Symons, to be delivered to her w'thin a week after my decease, & him not to make a Cropp upon my plantacon this year, notw'thstanding ye former clause in this my will.
It'm.I give and bequeath unto my Cozen, Martha Shipley, ye wife of Walter Shipley, Charles Citty County, one likely man or woman serv't (w'ch she shall make choice) not to have lesse then four years to serve, or else so much tobacco as will buy such a serv't.
Item.All ye rest of my estate (except my wearing Apparell & Hatts & my Negroe Man by name Jack) I give & bequeath to be equally divided between my three kinsman, by name William Farrar, Thos. Farrar, & John Farrar, in kind.
Item.I Give unto my s'd Negro Jacke, his freedom after Christmas day next, & in ye mean time he to continue on my plantacon & use his endeavours w'th ye rest of my hands (except Tho. Symons) to make a Cropp.
Item.It is my desire that my Cozen, John Farrar, when he comes to age, doe possesse & enjoy my house when built.And I do request my Cozen, Thomas Farrar, to consent that ye land the s'd house stands upon may goe into John Farrar's share of land, and that ye s'd John Farrar doe surrender to his brother Tho. all his right of ye house Thomas now lives in.
Lastly.I make and ordain my kinsman, Will'm Farrar & Tho. Farrar, whole & sole Exec'rs of this my last will & testament, & doe order them to give to Mrs. Amy Kent one Ring about twelve or fifteen shillings price, & pay for ye same out of my estate given to them & their brother.In witness whereof, I have hereunto set my hand & seal this 4th day of March, 1684-5.
Soc. Sigill: Cum: rig's cer. John Farrar
Signed, Seal'd, published & declared as his last will & testament in p'sence of
Wm. Randolph, Tho. Daulby, Tho. Wells.
Ap. 1, 1685.Proved in Hen'co County Court by ye oaths of Capt. Will. Randolph, Mr. Tho. Daulby & Tho. Wells, ye witnesses.
Teste: Hen. Randolph, C. Cur., qm. Recordat'r.
A copy - Teste: Samuel P. Waddill, Clerk Henrico County Court, VA