The Will of Benjamin Terry Sr., of Pittsylvania Co., Va
In the name of God Amen I, Benjamin Terry Senr. of Pittsylvania County and Parish of Camden being in my perfect sinces and memory thanks to God for the same but considering the frailty of this Life and the uncertainty of Death, I do make and ordain this my Last Will and Testament. Disannuling all other wills by one made either by word or Wrighting and this only is to be taken for my Last Will and Testment. In manner and form following,Vis First being Penatent and sorry for my sins past most humbly desire forgiveness for the same. I give and commend my soul unto almighty God my savour, in hoom and by the marits of Jesus Christ to trust and hope to be saved and have full remition of sins, and that for the settling of my temporal estate and such goods, chatils and debts as it hath pleased god for above my deserts to bestow me I do order give and dispose the same In manner and form following, that is to say first, of all it is my desire that all my Debts that I owe to any person or persons be truly and honestly payed by my Executors hereafters named.
Item, I lend to my beloved wife Elizabeth Irby four negros namely Abraham Melender and her Child Beler and Sener, six cows and calves with all my hoggs, one feather bead, and furniture one Frying pane, Two Iron potts and hooks with all the plantation Touls one black mair known by name of Lasard and her colt, sober John and the sorril Plow mair all During her natural life and at her Decease to be Disposed of as in this my last Will as further Directed, I give to my son Nathaniel Terry one Survey of Land being the uper Survey on Sandy Creek also one negro man named Tach and one negro man named Gregory to him and to his heirs forever.
Item, I give to my son Benjamin Terry the Tract of land I now live on that is to say the old and first Tract Containing three hundred acres more or less and one negro man named Tach and one negro man named Gregory to him and to his heirs forever.
Item, I give to my son Peter Terry the survey of land on the mine branch and one negro boy named Dave and one negro girl named Isabell and one Riffle gun to him and his heirs forever.
Item, I give------to my son Joseph Terry one negro man named Tommey and one negro girl named Jenney and one rifle gun.
Item, I give to my son Robert Terry one survey of land joining Peter Terry's also one negro Boy name Usoerry and one negro boy named Jessey and one rifle gun which is not payd for but to be paid for out of what I have to be sold.
Item, I lend to my daughter Rozia Murphy two negros namly Harry and Tillie, during her natural life and after her Desease to be equally divided between her children. She the said Rozia, had by her former husband James Scott and all her other children that she has or should have by her present husband Richard Murphy but if the said Richard Murphy should not pay his wifes just children she had by a James Scott their Legesses, that is or will be due them out of their fathers James Scotts estate which I am security for, that it shall be paid them out of the two said negros Harry and Tillis. I lend to my daughter Levinia King two negros namly Abbey and Inez during her natural life and then to be equally devided they and their increase between her daughter Grace Terry and all her children that she has got or may have to her husband Elijah King. I give to my daughter Sarah Terry , three negros namely; Malinda and Bailer together with their futer increase from this time but not to be possessed by them until after my wifes death.
I give to my daughter Mary Terry two negros namely Cyner and Qushener one side saddle feather bed and furniture and it is my desire that all the rest of my estate be sold to pay my debts and if there should be money left that it be devided between all my children and I do appoint my wife Eliz Terry, my son Nath Terry, and my son Benj Terry Exectors
B. M. Terry
Signed scald published and declared before us this 28th day of Decr. 1760 interlined before signed.
At a Court held for Pittsylvania County the 26th day of September 1771.
I tried to keep true to the will in spelling but did make changes when I thought it might be helpful in understanding.