Petition of Claude and Elizabeth Rouvierre, 1714.
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Virgia: Sct: To the honorable Allexr: Spotswood Esqr her Majesties Lieut Governor of Virginia Claude Rouier: and Elizabeth his Wife Executor and Executrix of the Last Will & Testament of Joseph Chermeson Deceasd: humbly Sheweth That Joseph: Chermeson Their Testator: in his Lifetime Did purchase of John Robards & Blandina his Wife One hundred Acres of Land: Whereon the Said Deceadt: built Severall Houses & Dwell thereon at & before the time of his Death: Which Said Land in the year of our Lord God 1708 Was found to Escheat from Richard Gilbert Deceased as by Inquisition Will appear: And the Sd Roberts being a very poor Man & Not able to: pay the Escheated fees and the Composition & Other Incident Charges: Therefore Sold the Sd Land to the Sd Chermeson: & oblidged him to be at all Charges about procureing a patent and paying Composition at his Own Expence: And the Sd Chermeson Soon after the Acknowledgment of the Sd: land from Robards: Dyed and Never Obtained a Patent for the Same: But by his Last Will & Testament in Writeing Did Give & bequeath the Said land: after his Wifes Decease to his Daughter Elizabeth Chermeson and her heires for Ever Your Petitioners Therefore pray yor honor will Grant a patent for the Sd Land: to the Sd Eliza: Chermeson an Infant: According to the Will of her Deceased father they haveing payd all fees Which their Testator did Not pay &c — and they Shall pray