Will of Martha Hale
(1760ca-1834)

Giles County, Virginia
Will Book 2, pages 83-84


In the name Of God, amen, I Martha Hale of the County of Giles and the state of Virginia being low in health but sound in mind and memory, thanks be given to God, calling into mind the mortality of my body and knowing that it is appointed for all mankind to die, do make and ordain this my last will and testament , that is to say principally and first of all I give and recommend my soul into the hands of almighty God who gave it and my body. I recommend to the earth to be buried in decent Christian burial at the discretion of my executors; nothing doubting but at the general resurrection I shall receive the same again by the mighty power of God and as touching such worldly estate with which it hath pleased God to bless me in this life. I give, demise and dispose of the same in the following manner and form; vis:

First, Of all my just debts and funeral expenses to be paid out of my money or levied out of my personal property.

Second, I give and bequeath unto my well beloved son, William Hale, one Negro girl and her two boys (viz) Chain, Lewis, Floyd; also one still and still tubs, also one bed and its furniture; also five head of horses, all the cattle except one that is to hereafter devised and all the hogs; also all the farming utensils; also all the grain that is now on said place where William Hale lives; also all the house hold and kitchen furniture; also two head of sheep.

Third, I also give and bequeath unto my well loved daughter Phoebe McClaughterty one bed and its furniture and also one cow and one sheep.

Fourth, I also give and bequeath unto my beloved daughter Polly Williams' daughters (viz) Margaret Burk Williams and Martha Ann Williams and all the girls if any there should be hereafter one Negro girl named Isabel; the said Isabel is to be hired or put with my daughter Polly Williams to assist her,at the discretion of my executors; if hired, the money to be put on the interest for the benefit of my granddaughters above mentioned; also one bed and its furniture.

Fifth, And lastly, I constitute make and ordain my friend John McClaughterty, Jr., the sole executor of this my last will and testament and do hereby utterly disallow, revoke and disannul all and every other forms and testaments, legacies and wills, bequeaths and executors by one in anywise before named, willed and bequeathed, ratified; and confirming this and no other to be my last will and testament in witness whereof I hereunto set my hand and seal this 11th of December 1834.

Martha Hale - (her mark) (Seal)

Signed, sealed and acknowledged in the presence of:

Hardin Shumate
Tolison Shumate
Washington Shumate

Virginia, at Giles December, 1834 This last will and testament of Martha Hale, deceased, was proved by the oaths of Hardin Shumate and Tolison Shumate, two of the subscribing witnesses thereto and ordered to be recorded.

Teste: R. A French, Clerk


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