Last Will and Testament of Joshua Robins

13 October 1788

Transcribed by Lisa & Tom Dunaway

NOTE: Spellings have not been changed.

In the name of God, Amen, I Joshua Robins of Northampton County and state of Virginia, being sick and low in Body but of sound mind and memory, thanks to almighty God for the same, do make and ordain this my last Will & Testament in manner & form following:

Item. My Will and desire is that first of all my worldly matters my lawful debts and contracts shall be paid of my other debts as far as may be came at, and the balance of that the money due me from Mr Sanford.

Item. I give to my sons Arthur Robins & William Robins my Joiners & Turners Tools. I lend unto said Arthur & William Seventy pounds each, of the money due me from Mr James Sandford.
I also lend unto my three eldest daughters the balance of the money due me from Mr Sanford, Rosey Robins, Sally Robins & Betsey Robins, to be equally divided among them to have the use of untill my estate shall be divided as hereafter mentioned, then the above mentioned money left Arthur, William, Rosey, Sally & Betsey to be taken out of their parts.

Item. My Will and desire is that my loving Wife shall have the use of my whole remaining estate to support my children upon (as many of them as choose to stay with & obey her) untill my loving wife Sarah Robins marry, or my little son Charles Robins come to the age of fourteen in life or death, then my Will & desire is that my estate shall be divided as follows.

Item. I lend to my loving Wife Sarah Robins fifty acres of land where she shall choose it on either corner or part of my land, orchards or building, to settle on or and use as her own her life. I also give my loving wife Sarah the third part of my movable estate.

Item. My Will is that the whole remaining part of my estate not before given be sold, whether land, negroes, movables, or whatever estate I may possess at my death, and twenty five pounds given to my loving wife toward building on the land lent her. My whole remaining estate to be equally divided amongst all my children after the above sums taken out as above mentioned . and at the death of my Wife the land left her to be sold and equally divided among all my Children. Lastly, I constitute and appoint my friend Coventon Simpkins whole and Sole executor to this my last Will and Testament.

In Witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand & affixed my Seal this 13th of October Anno Domini one thousand seven hundred and eighty eight.

Signed, Sealed & acknowledged
in presence ofus}Joshua Robins (L.S.)
John Stringer Senr}
John Nathaniel Harden}
Margaret Simpkins}

At a Court held for Northampton County the 10th day of February 1789

This Will was proved by the oaths of John Stringer Senr & John Nathaniel Harden witnesses thereto and ordered to be recorded; and upon the motion of Arthur Robins Junr who took the oath and gave bond & Security according to Law, a Certificate is granted him for obtaining letters of Administration on the said decedant's estate with the Will annexed, the Executor therein appointed having refused to act.

ExdWm Stith C.N.C.


Northampton County, Virginia, Wills & In[ventories] 1788-1792, No. 28: 97-98, will of Joshua Robins, 1788; Library of Virginia microfilm Reel No.: 36.

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