Last Will and Testament of Arthur Robins Sr.

25 November 1790

Transcribed by Lisa & Tom Dunaway


NOTE: Spellings have not been changed.

In the name of God Amen, I Arthur Robins Senr of Northampton County being in perfect health & of sound sense & memory thanks be given to Almighty God for the same and calling to mind the certainty of death and the uncertainty of life hath made and ordained this to be my last will and testament, revoking and annulling all other will or wills heretofore made by me, and this to be my only will and no other

Imprimus first of all I recommend my soul into the hands of Almighty God who gave it to me hoping for mercy through the merits of our blessed Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ and my body to the Earth its original mother from whence it came and as touching my worldly goods which it has pleased God to bestow on me, I give in manner and form following

Item, I lend the use of four hundred acres of land on the North side of my land lately surveyed by Parker Barnes which courses and bounders may be fully seen on the surveyors books also my desire is that my daughter Lettice Robins should have her dower in the said Land as long as she shall continue my son's Widow and then I give the said Land to be equally divided amongst his Children to them & their heirs, I also give unto my son Thomas Robins one Negroe fellow called Abraham and all my wearing apparel, also six table spoons and six tea spoons of silver now in his possession to him and his heirs

Item, I give to my grandson John Robins three hundred pounds also one negroe girl called Rachel and my desire is that my Son Arthur Robins shall have the care of his money and Negroe until he comes of lawful age and to supply him with the interest arising from the money as he shall see proper for Cloathing or pocket money or tools of any kind he shall want

Item, I lend to my Daughter Mary Bonnywell during her life two hundred pounds also one Negroe girl called Adah and one Boy called Littleton and six silver table spoons and six silver tea spoons now in her possession and at her death I give the money and Negroes and other articles to be equally divided amongst her Children

Item, I give to my Daughter Peggy Robins seventy five pounds also one Negroe wench called Beck and one Boy called Isack and one called Will Senr and one called Jim and a girl called Riller and six silver table spoons and six silver tea spoons, one bed and bolster, one pair of sheets and one blanket, six head of Cattle and six head of sheep, and one Mare called Polly & one painted pine Chest and one spining wheel called hers to her and her heirs

Item, I give to my Daughter Bridget Robins seventy five pounds also one Negroe wench called Candis and one Boy called abner & one called Frank and one called Peter and a girl called Patience and six head of Cattle and six head of sheep six silver table spoons and six silver tea spoons, one bed & one pair sheets and one blanket and one horse called partner and one chest and one spining wheel called hers to her and her heirs

Item, I lend unto my poor afflicted Daughter Martha Robins one Negroe fellow called Jim Senr and one called Solomon and one called Abraham and a Wench called Grace during her life and for my Son Arthur to have the care and management of what is lent to her to maintain her on and at her death the Negroe fellow Jim Senr to be sold and the money arising to go to my two Daughters Peggy and Bridget Robins and the others Solomon and Abraham and grace to my Son Arthur Robin and his heirs

Item, I give unto my Son Arthur Robins all the remaining part of my land not before given be it more or less also all my silver plate not before given also three beds and three blankets and three pair of sheets and three bed quilts first choice, also my Wane & wheels and one Yoke of steers first choice, also fifteen head of other Cattle and my Schooner Boat with all her riging and other tackling thereunto belonging and my two largest looking glasses and my book case and corner cubboard and press and walnut table and safe and half dozen chairs and ten head of hogs first choice, also the following Negroes to wit Will Senr, Mason and Jacob and Will minor also all my horses not before given, all but a horse called sterling which I give to my Wife Zillor Robins I also give to my son Arthur one half my crop that shall be in the house at my death and not disposed of, be it what it will, also after paying his said Sisters, Peggy, Bridget and Mary and my grand son John Robins, out of the bonds due to me I give all the remaining bonds or money to my said son Arthur to him and his heirs

Item, I also give to my wife Zillor Robins six head of Cattle & four head of sheep and six head of hogs to her and her heirs

Item, I give all the remaining part of my estate not before given, the one half to my Son Arthur and the other half to be divided between my three Daughters Mary Bonnywell, Peggy and Bridget Robins

Lastly I do constitute and appoint my loving Son Arthur Robins to be my whole and sole Executor of this my last will & testament hereby revoking and annulling all other will or wills heretofore made by me. In testimony whereof, I the said Arthur Robins Senr have hereunto set my hand and fixed my seal this twenty fifth day of November, one thousand, seven hundred and Ninty
Signed, Sealed, published & declared
by Arthur Robins Senr to be his last will }Arthur Robins Senr{seal}
and testament in presence of
John Sturgis, Joshua Laurence, George S Savage

At a Court held for Northampton County the 11th day of April 1792

This will was proved by the oaths of John Sturgis & George S. Savage witnesses thereto and ordered to be recorded, and upon the motion of Arthur Robins Execr therein appointed and he having given bond with Security & taken the Oath according to law, a certificate is granted him for obtaining a probat thereof in due form.

Test.
ExdWilliam Stith CNC

Source:

Northampton County, Virginia, Wills, Etc. 1792-1795, No. 29: 29-34, will of Arthur Robins Sr., 1790; Library of Virginia microfilm Reel No.: 37.




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