Making History: Transcribe is made possible in part by federal funding provided through the Library Services and Technology Act program administered by the Institute of Museum and Library Services.

Martin: Freedom Suit, Bedford County

image 7 of 17

Zoom in to read each word clearly.
Some images may have writing in several directions. To rotate an image, hold down shift-Alt and use your mouse to spin the image so it is readable.

This transcription is complete!

Nineteenth, I give and bequeath to my sister Mary T. Coleman my other bedstead

Twentieth, Such other articles of household furniture not disposed of and which my wife may not choose I give and bequeath to my mother and sister Coleman

Twenty first, As I have bespoken in some articles of household and Table furniture not yet paid for if they cannot be disposed of by my executors advantageously then I devise them to be divided among my mother my wife and sister Coleman as may suit their convenience

Twenty second, with respect to my library I devise that Rees Encyclopedia may be returned to my sister Merriweather if she will take it back otherwise it may be sold if it can be advantageously disposed by my executors if not I give it to my Nephew Robert Emmet Manson I desire also that my wife may take whatever books she may choose I give Scotts family Bible to my to my mother wife and sister Coleman jointly The remainder of my library I give to my brother Howell Davies

Twenty third, My interest in the store of Lewis L Davies and all other personal estate not disposed of I wish to be subject in the hands of my executors to the payment of my debts and the surplus of all monies whatever remaining in the hands of my executors I desire to be equally divided between my mother and my wife I appoint my friends John J. Cabell, Nathaniel J. Manson and Robert S. Coleman my executors and guardians of my child should my wife have one and I also request the said Robert S. Coleman to take into his hands the entire management of my bequests to my wife for her benefit I Witness of all which I have hereto subscribed my name this eighth day of May one thousand eight hundred and seventeen

Addison Davies

Witness: Nat Dodson Henry S. Davies John C. Reid

Hustings Court of Lynchburg 5th June 1817 The annexed last will and testament of Addison Davies deceased was produced in court by the executors therein named and was proved by the oaths of Nathaniel Dodson Henry L Davies and John C Reid and ordered to be recorded

Teste Wm. W. Nowell, Clk.

A Copy Teste James Benagh, DC