Last Will and Testament of Susanna Dunton

20 December 1793

Transcribed by Lisa & Tom Dunaway

NOTE: Spellings have not been changed.

In the Name of God Amen, I Susanna Dunton widow of the County of Northampton and State of Virginia being sick and weak in body, but of sound mind and memory blessed be God for the same, I knowing that it is appointed for all persons to die. Do make and ordain this my Last will and Testament, in manner and form following. First I bequeath my Soul into the hands of Almighty God, who gave it me, hoping through the merits of my Redeemer to obtain everlasting life. And my body to be decently intered at the discretion of my Executors hereafter named. And as for what estate I shall die possessed of I give as followeth Viz I give unto my Son Dickie Dunton my Still, all my Sheep and my three work steers. Item I give unto my Daughter Sarah Garrison twenty pounds to be paid unto her out of the bonds I have against Colonel William Parramore and others. Also I give unto my Daughter Susanna Beans twenty pounds out of my part of the aforesd bonds. Item I give unto my Daughter Ann Dunton the sum of forty pounds to be paid unto her out of the money due to me upon the aforsd Bonds. Also I give unto my Son Thomas Dunton the sum of twenty pounds to be paid unto him out of the money due to me from the aforesd bonds. Also my will is that my Grand Daughter Nancy Dunton Garrison shall have the sum of ten pounds paid unto her out of the money that is due to me from Mr Henry Guy. And the remainder part of the money that is due to me from the said Mr Henry Guy to go to that one of my Children that shall have the care of my Negro Woman Lucy. And my will is that all the remainder part of my estate of what nature or kind soever after paying off my children their estates and my Just debts and funeral expenses be paid off and discharged, be equally divided between the four Youngest of my Children. And I do hereby nominate constitute and appoint my Sons Dickie Dunton and Thomas Dunton Executors of this my Last will and Testament hereby revoking all others. In Witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and affixed my Seal the twentieth day of December one thousand seven hundred and ninety three.

Signed, Sealed, acknowledged and
duly declared by the said TestatrixSusanna Dunton{Seal}
to be her last will & Testament
in the presence of ~ ~
+ The Mark of John Dunton, John Allington.

At a Court held for Northampton County the 14th April 1800.

This will being offered for probat, and one of the Subscribing Witnesses thereto being dead, and the other beyond the Sea, Dickie Dunton one of the Legatees in the said will having released all his right under said will is admitted as a Witness to establish the same, and thereupon the Court having examined the said Dickie Dunton upon Oath are of opinion that his Testimony is sufficient to establish the same and it is ordered to be recorded; And on the Motion of Thomas Dunton one of the Executors therein named, and he having taken the Oath and entered into bond with Security according to Law a Certificate is granted him to obtain a probat thereof in due form.

Thomas Lytt. Savage Ct.C


Northampton County, Virginia, Wills, Etc. 1799-1802, No. 31: 227-229, will of Susanna Dunton, 1793; Library of Virginia microfilm Reel No.: 37.

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