Abby: Freedom Suit, Petersburg City (Part 1 of 2)
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fifth day of January one thousand seven hundred and ninety[.] David Bradley (seal) Sealed and delivered in presence of W. Gray. In the name of God, Amen, I John Harrison of Isle of Wight County being weak and low of body but of sound mind and memory do make and ordain this to be my last will and testament in manner and form following, first commit my soul to God who gave it me and my body to the earth to be decently buried by my executors and my worldly goods which God has been pleased to bless me with I do dispose of in manner following (17) Imprimis. I lend unto my dear and loving wife Elizabeth Harrison the use of my plantation whereon I now live containing by estimation one hundred and sixty acres until such time as my daughter Harriet Harrison arrives to lawful age or married and then my daughter Harriet Harrison to have possession to her and her heirs forever. Item I give and bequeath unto my daughter Elizabeth Hill Harrison that part of my plantation or tract of land in Surry County whereon Samuel Bigwood now lives and known by the name of whites, containing by estimation one hundred and sixty six acres more or less to her and her heirs forever. Item. I give and bequeath unto my daughter Woody Harrison the other part of my plantation or tract of land in Surry County known by the name of Brantleys containing also one hundred and sixty six acres more or less, to her and her heirs forever. Item. it is my will and desire that my negroes should
all be kept together under the direction of my wife except Seal and her youngest child Jenny and them to be sold and that she should have the use of all the others for the support of herself and for the maintainance and education of all my children until my oldest child arrives at lawfull age or is married, it is also my wish and will that my said wife should keep eight cows and calves out of my stock of cattle and the whole of my stock of sheep as a farther support of my children and clouthing [clothing] for all my family until the period above mentioned at which time its my will and desire that all my negroes which I have now in possession as well as their increase to that time may be equally divided amongst all my children except Seal and her youngest child Jenny as before mentioned saving and reserving to my wife the use of the four following negroes to wit Solomon[,] Amey[,] Violet[,] and Little Hannah during her natural life[.] also it is my desire thy [that] my corn[,] bacon and hogs be sold in order to discharge my debts except as much as will support my family this present year. I also give and bequeath the remainder of my personal estate not heretofore mentioned to be equally to my dear wife and children and lastly I do appoint my wife Elizabeth Harrison[,] my Brother Richard Harrison[,] and my friend Sampson Wilson executors to this my last will and testament hereby revoking and disannuling all others by me heretofore made[.] In Witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and affixed my seal this first day of April one thousand seven hundred and ninety[.] John Harrison (Seal) (18) Signed sealed and delivered in presence of Harwood Calliote [,] Betsey Harrison