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Transcription: Last Will and Testament of John Royall Jr. of Powhatan County, Virginia.

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The following is my transcription of the Last Will and Testament of John Royall Jr. of Powhatan County, Virginia.

 

In the name of God, I John Royall Jr of the County of Powhatan being weak of body but of sound mind and disposing memory do make and ordain this to be my last will and testament in manner and form as follows.

Imprimis I lend to my dear and affectionate wife Elizabeth Royall during her natural life the plantation I now live on together with the following slaves (Viz) Phill, Peter, Lambrick, Arthur, Poll and her three children viz George, Squire, and Maria, Kate and her child Chmberlayne, and Emily & her child Fanny, and at the death of my wife I give her the fee simple right to dispose of five of the above mentioned slaves by will or otherwise, the value of the value of the First five slaves to bear proportion to the aggregate value of the whole. I further give her all my household & kitchen furniture to dispose of as she may think proper. I also lend her during my natural life the use of all my stock of Horses, cattle, sheep & hogs also such of my plantation utensils as will be sufficiently of the use of the hands mentioned above, which several bequests are to be considered in lieu of her right of dower.

Secondly, The residue of my estate of whatever nature or kind, either in possession, expectancy, or reversion I give & bequeath unto my son Joseph Albert Royal, also that part of my estate that I have loaned to my wife during her natural life I give to my said son after the death of his mother. But it is expressly my will and desire that in case my said son Albert should not arrive to the age of twenty one years or marry that then the whole of what I have divised him shall be equally divided between my brothers (First), Joseph A. Royal, Will Royal & James F. Royall. But in case that either of my said brothers should die before my son Albert, without bearing lawfull issue, that then the said estate should be divided between the survivor or survivors of them, or the issue of the survivor or survivors of them such issue if more than one to have the part divided among them that their father would have been entitled unto in case of his being alive at the time of the death of my said son Joseph Albert.

Thirdly, I do hereby constitute and appoint by this testament my brother William Royall guardian to my said son Joseph Albert and do vest him with full and ample powers over that part of my estate that I have divised unto my son Joseph Albert, so that he may sell or exchange any part thereof that he may think will be conducive to the interest of my said son, as I myself might or could do were I living, also it is my will that in case my wife should die before my said son arrives to the age of twenty one years or marries, that in case of such an event that my said brother William have as guardian the same control over that part of my estate that I have lent to my wife during her life as I have given him over the part devised to my said son And having implicit confidence in my said brother William it is my desire that security be not required of him as guardian of my son, and do require and expect of him that he will have my son well & virtuously educated and that he will have him qualified for such profession as his education and talents may fit him for.

Fourthly, it is my will that the whole of my estate be kept together untill my just debts are paid.

Fifthly, it is my desire that my estate be not appraised & that my executors hereafter named be not required to give security for the execution of this my last will.

Lastly I do appoint my brother William Royall & my worthy friend William Archer Cocke executors of this my last will and testament hereby revoking all wills heretofore by me made. As Witness my hand & Seal this twelfth day of January one thousand eight hundred & three.

John Royall Jnr {SEAL}

Signed sealed & ackn’d in presence of
John Royall
John Winston
Jas. Cocke
John R. Robertson

A codicile explanatory of that part of the first clause of this my last will and testament relating to Emily and her child. Whereas I have some debts respecting my title to the wench & Child Fanny – now it is my desire that my wife Elizabeth Royall shall possess in fee simple all the right title or interest that I have or may have in said slave Emily with her present and future increase which I give to her and her heirs forever.

Whereas in the third clause of this will I left my brother William guardian to my son Joseph Albert with full powers and controul over my estate both real and personal whereby he may buy sell or exchange for the benefit of my said son. Now in case of the death or any other disability of my said brother William which may take place before my said son arrives to the age of twenty one years or marries then I do hereby invest my friend William Archer Cocke with the same powers to act as guardian to my said son as I have given to y brother William in the former part of this will. As witness my hand and seal this 12th day of January 1803.

John Royall Junr {SEAL}

Signed sealed and acknowledged in presence of
Jas. Cocke
John Royal
John R. Robertson

At a court held for Powhatan county the 16h day of March 1803 This last will and testament of John Royall decd together with the Codicile thereto annexed was presented in open court and proven by the oath of John Royal and John R. Robertson two of the witnesses thereto & thereupon ordered to be recorded. And on the motion of Wm. Royall and William A Cocke the executors named in the said will who made oath thereto Certificate is granted them for obtaining probate thereof in due form.

Test.
Jas Poindexter CPC

Transcription: Last Will and Testament of John Royall of Powhatan County, Virginia.
Transcription: Last Will and Testament of John Royall of Powhatan County, Virginia.

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