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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