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Nancy: Petition, Loudoun County

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In the name of God Amen This eleventh day of January one thousand eight hundred and thirteen, I John Alexander Binns of the County of Loudoun and state of Virginia being in sound mind and memory and knowing the uncertainty of life do make and ordain this my last will and testament in manner and form following. Imprimes my desire is that all my just debts and funeral expenses be fully satisfyed and paid by my executors herein after mentioned out of my personal property such as grain, money, stock &c [etc.] which may be on hand after saving enough for my families use. Item. I give and bequeath the place I now live on called Clover Hill unto my loving wife Dewanner for and during her natural life. She is not to be at liberty to sell or waste any timber more than sufficient for the use of the farm and making fires for firewood in the different fire places on the said farm. Item. It is also my desire that my beloved wife may hold all my young slaves until they arrive to the age of twenty five years old. Also Elijah is to serve his mistress six