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Will, Monroe County, 1851

In the name of God Amen, I George Wikel of the County of Monroe and State of Virginia being of sound mind and disposing memory do make & ordain this my last Will and Testament in manner and form as follows:

First – I direct that my Executors herein after named shall as soon as convenient after my death make sale of all my estate of every kind both real and personal or otherwise upon a credit of Twelve months requiring bond and good security of the purchasers – excepting only one womans saddle, one chest, one spinning wheel, and one Bed, Bedstead, & the necessary furniture or covering therefor which I give and bequeath absolutely to my beloved wife Letitia Wikel and my Executor is hereby directed to select for my said wife the same Bed & Bedstead which we commonly use & occupy for ourselves.
2nd I give and bequeath to my beloved wife Letitia as her absolute property to be disposed of as she may choose the one third of all the nett proceeds of my estate of every kind, both real & personal, after my debts and funeral expenses and all proper costs attending the sale above mentioned have first been paid by my executor.
3 – I give and bequeath to my son Jacob Wikel a legacy of seventy five dollars to him & his heirs forever –
4th I give to my daughter Elizabeth Williams and her husband Jeremiah O. Williams One hundred and fifty dollars
5th I give and bequeath to my son Wm Wikel one hundred and fifty dollars
6th I give and bequeath to my son Henry Wikel One hundred dollars
7th I give and bequeath to the children and heirs of my son John Wikel who is dead and whose children are not residents of this Commonwealth One hundred and fifty dollars to be equally divided amongst them all
8th I give and bequeath to my daughter Margaret Wiseman and her husband Robert K. Wiseman the sum of fifty dollars
9th I give and bequeath to my daughter Mary Magdaline Crawford and her husband Thomas Crawford one hundred and fifty dollars provided the said Mary Magdaline should be living at the time of my death. If not the said one hundred and fifty dollars to be equally given and divided amongst all the lawful children and heirs of my said daughter.
10th To my son Alexander Mathews Wikel I give and bequeath Fifty dollars
11th To my daughter Nancy Wiseman and her husband Henry Wiseman I give and bequeath One hundred dollars
12th To my son Ely Wikel I give and bequeath the sum of fifty dollars
13th To my son George Wikel I give and bequeath the sum of One hundred dollars
14th To my son Philip Jackson Wikel I give and bequeath the sum of One hundred dollars
15th It is my will and desire that after the payment of debts and funeral expenses, that the legacies herein left to my beloved wife are to be first satisfied and to have precedence over the rest – and if after the legacies to her and the other legatees herein mentioned are all satisfied there should be a surplus still remaining, it is my will and desire that the said surplus should be equally give and divided by my Executor amongst my twelve children or the children of each of them as may be dead who in in [word repeated] that case are to receive the share or portion of such father or mother as may be dead.
     And lastly, I do hereby constitute and appoint my friend Christopher J. Beirne Executor of this my last will & Testament – In Witness where of I have hereunto set my hand and affixed my seal this 21st day of June 1851     his
Signed sealed acknowledged                           George X Wikle      {seal}
& Executed by the testator in the                              mark
presence & hearing of us who at his request and in his presence
have subscribed our names as witnesses
Nathl Harrison
Wm Erskine
Frederick Harris


Source: Monroe County Virginia Will Book 5:65-66, microfilm reel 69, Library of Virginia, Richmond.

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Estate Administration Orders, Raleigh County, 1860s

April 9th, 1866
James Cantley of the County having died intestate more than
three months ago, and no person having applied for administrat-
ion of his Goods & Chattels: It is Ordered that Louis Hull Sheriff
of said County, take into his possession the Estate of the Said
deceased, and Administer the same According to Law.

                                            C. Prince, Recorder [p.9]

Recorders Office Raleigh County
June 24th 1869
On Motion of Alexander Cantley who made oath together
with A.J. Harper entered into Security in bond to the State of
West Virginia in the Penalty of six hundred dollars con-
ditioned as the law directs whereupon letters of Administr-
ation upon the Estate of Steel Massey, Decd are Granted
unto the said Alexander Cantley in due form. [p. 34]


Source: Raleigh County West Virginia Recorders Court Records, Vol 1, 1865 -1900, [Marriage and Court Records 1850 - 1871], FHL microfilm 598403, Family History Library, Salt Lake City, UT.

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Road Survey, Raleigh County, 1873

September term 1873

Wm H. Shumate, Wm Turner, & Wm Daniel Comrs appointed at the
term of this Court to view out the most practical route for a
road leading from Caperton Right’s smith shop by way of Hamilton
Harper
& others to the intersection of Coal River Road. This day sub-
mitted their report in writing to the effect that on the 16th day of August
1873 they proceeded to make the review finding a proposed route lead-
ing from Hamilton Harper’s passing Jubal Stover’s & John Williams to the
intersection of Coal Road impracticable viewing other routes. Your Comrs
would recommend the location of the road from Caperton Right’s shop
up the Middle Prong of Sand Lick along a road now already partly
made to the upper end of Hamilton Harper’s field above the house
leaving the creek turning to the right hand up a ridge to the
top a main flat ridge & with the same to the intersection of Coal River Road.


Source: Raleigh County West Virginia Order Book B 1859 – 1878:222, FHL microfilm 598405, Family History Library, Salt Lake City, UT.

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Tax Exemptions, Raleigh County, 1870s

November Term 1874
Friday Morning, November the 13th 1874

Ordered that Harvey Bennett, John H. Wikle & Wilson
Right be released from the road Tax returned against
them by the Surveyor of their Road Precinct for the year 1874
as it appears from evidence before the Court that each
of them have fully made up their six days for the present. [p. 321]

20 July 1876 – On motion which was supported by Affidavit of Caroline Jones
It is ordered that George Massey her son be released from capitation tax
for the year 1875. He being as appears to the Court under age. And that
the sheriff be credited with the amount thereof. [p. 449]


Source: Raleigh County West Virginia Order Book B 1859 – 1878, FHL microfilm reel 598405, Salt Lake City, UT.

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Will, Augusta County, 1781

In the name God Amen I Elisabeth Clark of Augusta County and State of Virginia being sick in body but of perfect sense and memory blessed be God for his mercies I do make this my last Will and Testament Revoking and disannulling all Wills and Testaments heretofor maid by me or in my name first in Prinsable of all I recommend my soul to God who gave it & Body to the Earth to be buried at the discretion of my Executors not doubting but I shall receive the same again at the General Resurrection and as for my Worldly Estate I will and dispose of them in the manner following I first allow my detes and General Expenses to be first paid off my whole Estate as they shall apear to be lawfully due. Imprimus I will and bequeath to my ^beloved Daughter Jean Elliots heirs five Shillings Starling Item I give to my well beloved Elisabeth Reoth one striped wested gown and one sermon book called Guthroy Item I give to my daughter Sara Elliot one Bed gown of caligo and stripd petticoat of Linsey and six pewter plates Item I gave to my daughter Margret Clenkaid one Black gown and book of Ambress work and the rest of my Wearing Cloath & Lingens I appoint equally divided amouns my foar Daughters. Item I gave to my son John Gridle a book calld the method of prayer and I gave up the bonds due to the Estate from him Item I gave to my son James one feather bed one boster one pair blankets one quilt and coverlid. Item I gave to my son Alexander one spoon mold one blanket and my [there seems to be something that was not copied over here] to his Wife Item I gave to my son Samuel one Bible covered with Red Leather one single blanket and a red heifer. Item I will and bequeath to my Williams heirs five Shillings Sterling Item I give to my son Robert my confession of faith and the Remainer of my Whole Estate in Restitution of the Trouble he has and had with me and I do Ordain and Constitute my son Robert Clark and William Reooh to be my whole and sole Executors to manage my whole affairs as it is mentioned in this my last will Testament in Witness whereof I set my hand and seal this 8th day of October 1781

Signed and Sealed in                                 her
the presence of                             Elisabeth X Clark
Charles Donnaly                                        mark
James McCleery
Robert Patterson
George Berry

At a Court held for Augusta County Novr 20th 1781 the last will and Testament of Elisabeth Black [“Clark” is written above the erroneously copied “Black”] decd was proved by the Oaths of John McClery & Geo Berry Two of the Witnesses therto and Ordered to be Recorded and on the motion of Robert Clark one of the Executors therein named who made Oath according to Law Certificate is granted him for obtaining a probat therof in due form he having complied with Law                    Test


Source: Augusta County Virginia Will Book 6:208, microfilm reel 44, Library of Virginia, Richmond.

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Brand Registration, Monroe County, 1804

At a Court held for Monroe County the 18th day of September
1804 — on the motion of Samuel Clarke it is ordered to be
Recorded that the ear mark of his stock — is as follows
a half crop on the upper part of the right and a half
crop on the under part of the left ear.

                Teste Isaac Hutchison


Source: Monroe County Deed Book 1799 – 1805:398, microfilm reel 31, Library of Virginia, Richmond.

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Deed, Berkeley County, 1787

This Indenture made this 19th day of June in the year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred and eighty seven Between John & Margaret Walter of Berkeley County State of Virginia of the one part and George Weigle of the said County and state aforesaid of the other part Witnesseth that the said John & Margaret Walter for the just and full sum of eighty pounds current money of Pennsylvania the receipt whereof he hath hereby acknowledged doth give grant bargain and sell alien and confirm unto him the said George Weigle his Heirs and assigns all that part of a lott of land or portion of ground lying and being in Berkeley County town of Martinsburg know [now] distinguished and conveyed as follows Via one half of the lott No 10 lying and being in the town aforesaid Beginning at a stake in Queen Street corner to lott No 11. Thence with the said street 100 feet to a stake at the said street then leaving the said street and running square with the same across lott 103 feet to a stake standing on the line of lott No 33 then with the said line 100 feet to a stake corner of lott No 33 then leaving the line of lott No 33 and running with a line of lott No11 one hundred and three feet to the beginning containing [378/2 ?] square poles. The said lott was granted to John Walter from and under under [word repeated] the hand of William Skinner and to William Skinner from and under the hand of John Coblin and to him conveyed by Adam Stephen and recorded amongst the records of this town and county and also all houses buildings ways waters orchards and water courses profits commodities hereditaments and appurtenances whatsoever to the said half lott of land belonging or in any wise appertaining and the reversion and reversions remainder and remainders rents issues and profits thereof and [al-- ?] the estate right title and interest use trust property claim and demand of him the said John & Margaret Walter of him to the said premises ^and all deeds evidences and writing touching or in any wise concerning the same to hold and to have the half lott above mentioned and all and singular the premises hereby granted or any part thereof belonging or in any wise appertaining unto the said George Weigle his Heirs and assigns forever to the only proper use and behoof of the said George Weigle his Heirs and assigns forever Subject nevertheless to the conditions reservations rents and agreements [co--?] in the above mentioned deed from Adam Stephen Esquire to John Coblin from John Coblin to William Skinner recourse being thereto had more fully appear and the said John Walter for himself his Heirs and assigns doth covenant promise grant to and with the said George Weigle his Heirs and assigns that he the said John Walter is legally seized of and in the premises and that he has good right full and absolute power and authority to grant and convey the same to the said George Wygle in manner & form aforesaid and also that the said George Wygle his Heirs and assigns shall and may at all times hereafter peaceably and quietly have hold possess and occupy the half lott above mentioned with its appurtenances without [?] trouble molestation hindrances interruption or denial of the said John Walter or any other person or persons whatsoever except as before excepted and further that the said John Walter his Heirs and assigns shall & will from time to time and at any time hereafter at the reasonable request and [co--?] of the said George Weigle his Heirs and assigns make do execute or cause to be done and executed all and every such and other lawfull grants and appurtenances in law whatsoever for the further and better and more perfect granting and adjoining the half lott of land above mentioned unto the said George Weigle his Heirs and assigns forever according to the true intent and meaning of these presents and by the said George Weigle his Heirs and assigns his or their Council learned in the law shall be reasonably devised advised and required and Lastly Lastly [word repeated] that the said John Walter his Heirs and assigns the half lott and its appurtenances above mentioned unto the said George Weigle his Heirs and assigns against the said John Walter his Heirs and assigns and against all and every body whatsoever shall and will warrant and forever defend by these presents In Witness whereof the said John and Margret Walter hath set and affixed their hand and seal the day and year above written.

Signed and Delivered                     John Waltz {seal}
in presence of                                   her
                                            Margret X Waltz {seal}
                                                      mark

Received of George Weigle the sum of eighty pounds it being the consideration money above mentioned witness my hand this 19th day of June 1787.

                                                   John Waltz {seal}

At a Court held for Berkeley County the 19th day of June 1787 This Indenture together with the receipt under written were acknowledged by John Walter and Margret his wife parties thereto she being first privately examined as the law [?] and ordered to be recorded.
                                                   Test. Mo. Hunter


Source: Berkeley County, Virginia, Deed Book 7, 1786-1787:292 – 294, microfilm reel 19, Library of Virginia, Richmond.

Note: The spelling of the grantor’s surname appears as both Walter and Waltz in the deed book from which this transcription is taken. I do not know which spelling is more representative.

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Deed of Bargain and Sale, Monroe County, 1800

This Indenture made the seventeenth day of June in the year of our lord one thousand eight hundred Between James Ellison of the one part, and Samuel Kantly of the other part, both of the State of Virginia, Witnesseth, that the said James Ellison, for and in consideration of the sum of five shillings, lawful money of Virginia, to him in hand paid, by the said Samuel Cantly, the Receipt whereof, he doth hereby acknowledge, have bargained, sold, aliened, [enscoffed ?], and confirmed, and By these Presents, do grant, bargain, sell, alien, [enscoff ?], and confirm, to the said Samuel Cantly, and his heirs, forever, a certain tract, or parcel of land containing six hundred acres by survey made for said Ellison, bearing date the eighteenth day of June one thousand seven hundred and ninety lying and being in the County of Monroe on Indian Creek, a Branch of New River, joining the lands of Lewis Bootten, David Kohr, and Joseph Seirs, and the said two hundred and thirty six, is Bounded as followeth, so wit, Beginning at pine and Spanish oak, corner to the said survey, and thence through the same North forty five degrees, East eighteen poles, to two white oaks, and North forty^two degrees West ninety two poles, to a buckeye and hickory, on the branch of the creek, and North twenty five degrees, West sixty two poles down and across the creek, to two white oaks on a line of the said survey, and with same, North forty degrees, West fifteen poles to two white oaks, and North eighty seven degrees, West sixteen poles, to two hickorys, and North seventy degrees, West sixty poles, to an ash, and South seventy one degrees, West forty forty two [poles] to white oak, South twenty two degrees, West ninety six poles, to a white oak and South fifty degrees, West fifty four [poles] to white oak corner to Seirs, and with same, South sixty degrees, West ninety poles, to three white oaks, South forty five degrees, East sixty two to walnutt, corner same, and leave same, North eighty two, East twenty four [poles] to walnutt and elm, and North seventeen degrees, East thirty four [poles] to two hickories on the Bank of the creek, and North forty one degrees, East one hundred and forty four poles crossing and up the creek to two sowerwoods and a white oak, and South twenty five degrees, East forty eight [poles] to two white oaks, and South eight degrees, East one hundred and four poles, poplar and Spanish oak, and South sixty eight, East one hundred and seventy eight poles to the Beginning, with all its appurtenances, thereunto belonging, or in any wise appurtaining to have and to hold, the said tract or parcel of land, with its appurtenances, to the said Samuel Cantly and his heirs forever, and the said James Ellison, at the time of sealing and delivering of this Indentures, is seised of sure and indefeasible ^Estate of inheritance in fee simple, of, and in the tract, and parcel of land, hereby conveyed, and every part thereof, and that the land is now, and forever hereafter, shall remain, free and clear of, and from all incumbrances, or charges, of what nature, or, kind so ever, made, done, or suffered, by him, or any person claiming by or, under him, and the said James Ellison, will forever, warrant, and defend, the said tract, or parcel of land, hereby conveyed to the said Samuel Cantly, his heirs or assigns forever against the claim, or demand of any person, or persons whatsoever in witness and year above written                    James Ellison {seal}
                                                                 Elisabeth Ellison {seal}
Signed, sealed, and delivered
in the presence of
John Hutchinson
           At a court held for Monroe County, at the house of T. L. Alexander Esq. on Tuesday the seventeenth day of June, one thousand eight hundred. This Deed of Bargain and Sale from James Ellison and Elisabeth his wife, to Samuel Cantly, was acknowledged in Court, she this Elisabeth, being first privately examined as the law directs ~ And Ordered to be Recorded
                                                                         Test. John Hutchinson


Source: Monroe County, VA Deed Book, 1799-1805:58 – 59, reel 31, Library of Virginia, Richmond.

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Will, Bath County, 1790

In the name of God, Amen Ralph Laverty of the County
of Augusta and Commonwealth of Virginia considering the uncertainty
of this Mortal Life and being of sound mind and memory at the present
thanks to almighty God for the same do make and publish this my Last
will and Testament in manner and form following (Imprimis) I will
and order all my just debts to be paid. Item I give and Bequeath to my
Beloved wife Jane one third of all my personal Estate one young Bay
horse and saddle a small star in hir forehead and a heifer
of three years old of a Spotted Cream Coulter and Two Sheep during her
widow hood but at her marriage or Death I will and order said
Goods and Chattles to be Given to the second oldest son of John Hamel-
ton of the County of Rockbridge and State aforesaid which is my Grand
Son of the name of Ralph
now a bout six months old. I Likewise give
and Bequeath to my Daughter Rebecca Hamelton six sheep or the value
thereof the Remainder of my personal Estate I will and order to be
equally divided Betwixt my three daughters Agnes Haddin, Sarah
Clark
(to said Sarah Clark one Large Bible Exclusive) and Martha
Meek
. To my son William Laverty I Leave the sum of five shillings
Virginia Currency to be paid out of my wife Jean’s part, which said
several Legacies I will and order to be paid to the said Respective
Legatees within six months after my decease. I further give and
devise to my said daughter Rebecca Hamelton all my Real Es-
tate Consisting of a certain tract of land Consisting of a
bout three hundred acres situate on the Cowpasture River
at the mouth of Stuarts Creek Together with forty-five acres there
unto annexed by virtue of a pattent to hold to her the said Rebecca
Hamelton during her natural life and at her decease to [Revolve ?] to
her second Eldest son above mentioned of the name of Ralph Ham-
elton and his Heirs forever – and Lastly I appoint my son in
law the above mentioned John Hamelton and my Beloved wife
Jane the sole Executors of this my Last will and Testament Revoking
and Disannulling all former wills by me made in witness whereof
I have hereunto set my hand and seal the twentieth day of February
in the year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred and ninety
the words (and Saddle) at the fifth line and the words (and Two Sheep)
at the sixth line was underlined before signed.

Signed Sealed Published and declared by                               his
the above named Ralph Laverty to be his Last will           Ralph X Laverty {seal}
and Testament in presence of we who have hereunto               mark
subscribed our names in presence of the Testator
William Connell
Henry Scott
Nathan Crawford
Robert Stuart

Bath County June Court 1792 this Last will and Testament
of Ralph Laverty Decd was proved by the witnesses thereto and
Ordered to be Recorded.
                    Teste Chas Cameron


Source: Bath County Will Book No. 1, 1791 – 1813:12, microfilm Reel 7, Library of Virginia, Richmond.

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