The Last Will and Testament
In the name of God amen. I, William Witcher Sr., of the County of Pittyslvania being of
weak body but of sound memory, and knowing thatit is appointed for all men to once die,
do make and declare this my last Will and Testament (revoking all others) in manner and
form as follows:
ITEM: My will and desire is that all my just debts should be paid out of my estate hereafter
mentioned by my executors of a perisgable kind.
ITEM: I give and bequeath to my son, John Witcher, my negroes, Sarah, and her
children, Sinda, Ceala and Anna, in addition towhat I have already given him and
his heirs forever.
ITEM: I lend to my son, Daniel Witcher, my negroes Stephen and Anderson during his
lifetime, and after his decease my will and desire is that his heirs should inherit them forever.
ITEM: I give and bequeath to my son, William Witcher Jr., my negroes Tamer and her
children Phebe, Betsy and Peyton in addition towhat I have heretofore given him, all of
which I give him and his heirs forever.
ITEM: I give and bequeath to my son, Ephriam Witcher, my negroes Bob, Abraham,
Sam, Phillis, Jacob and Will: also the land I posses in the County of Pittsylvania
aforesaid on the North side of the Pigg Riverwhereon I now live, bounded by the lines
of John Smith, John Witcher, Daniel C. Edwardsand William Swanson Jr. and Pigg River,
all of which property both real and personal Igive to him and his heirs forever.
ITEM: I give and bequeath to my son, JamesWitcher, my negroes Hannah, and Sellar
her child to him and his heirs forever.
ITEM: I give and bequeath to my son, Caleb Witcher, one hundred pounds for the
purposes of discharging a Judgement oblained against him by John Smith in the County
Court of Pittyslvania, also to discharge his bond to George Herndon, both of which sums
my will and desire is for my to pay them out ofthe sum specified and the surplus if
any to go to my son Caleb Witcher and to his heirs forever. Also I lend to my son
Caleb Witcher during his natural life, my negroe girl, Bethseba and after his decease my
will and desire is that his eldest child Thillada should inherit the negro girl Bethseba with
her increase forever, and in case that Thillada should decease without lawful heirs of her
body, then my will and desire is that the rest of my son Caleb's should inherit her
(Bethsheba) with her increase forever.
ITEM: I give and bequeath to my daughter, Rachel Morrisonand her heirs forever all my
tract of land whereon William Morrison ( her husband) now lives on the South side of the
Pigg River, bounded by Pigg River, Herman Cook' slines and William Parker's lines
containing one hundred acres more or less allof which I give to her and her heirs forever.
Also two cows and calves I give to her and herheirs forever.
ITEM: My will and desire is that what money isin hand at my decease, after discharging
my debts, my will and desire is that it be equally divided between my sons, John Witcher,
William Witcher Jr., Daniel Witcher, Ephriam Witcher, and James Witcher.
ITEM: My will and desire is that after my decease all my stock of every kind, plantation
utensils, household and kitchen furniture, withthe crop on hand, be sold to the highest
bidder on a credit of twelve months, and after the later is finished, the money arising
themfrom be equally divided between my sons, John Witcher, William Witcher Jr.,
Daniel Witcher, Ephriam Witcher, and James Witcher.
And lastly I do constitute, appoint and ordainmy two sons, John Witcher, and William
Witcher Jr., the whole and sole executors of this my last will and testamnet in witness
thereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal this eight day of December, one thousand
eight hundred and six.
William Witcher (seal)
Sealed and delivered in the presence of
Joseph Matchett, Donald (illegible), Peyton Graves
Probate of Will
At the court of Pittyslvania County the 18th day of July, 1808, the last will and testament
of William Witcher (deceased) was presented inCourt and proved by the oaths of
Joseph Matchett and Peyton Graves two of the subscribing witnesses and ordered to
be recorded, and on the motion of John Witcher and William Witcher Jr., the
executors in the said will named, who made oath according to law, and together with
Peyton Graves, William Swanson, Ephriam Witcher, William Witcher Jr., and
their securities, entered into and acknowledgedtheir bond in the penalty of Thirty
Thousand Dollars for that purpose conditioned as the law directs, cerificate is granted
them for obtaining a probate of the said willin due form.
Fiske Will Lemstall- (?)
A copy teste: E.E. Friend Clerk
Pittyslvania Circuit Court