Ballard, Hill: Petition, Nansemond County
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In the Name of God Amen. I Willis Ballard of Nansemond County being of Sound and disposing mind, do make and ordain this my last will and Testament in manner and form following (To Wit) 1st I recommend my Soul to God and my body, I desire may be buried in a Christian like manner at the decretion [discretion] of my Executors hereafter named, 2nd It is my will and desire that all my Just debts be paid, as soon after my death, as they conveniently can be. 3rd It is my will and desire that all the negroes I may dies possessed off [of] let them be of what kind soever, Shall be free and I hereby give them and each of them their freedom, them and their heirs forever this clause is to include my right in reversion to a negro man named Lewis, and a negro woman named Sabrina and her increase held by the present Sally Dukes late widow of my brother John Ballard deceased, as her right of dower in the Estate of the said John Ballard. 4th I give Seventy pounds Current money, to be raised out of my personal estate, in the following manner, (To Wit,) to the Children of Courtney Jones, ten pounds to be equally divided among them, to the Children of Letitia Peale, twenty pounds to be equally divided among them, to the Children of Milly Holland twenty Pounds to be equally divided among them, to Celia Orphan and Peggy Henderson five pounds each, and to Chloe Norfleet ten pounds -- to all the aforesaid Legatees and their heirs for ever. 5th It is my will and desire that all the rest of my Estate real and personal may sold for cash, in such manner as my Executors hereafter, named shall think most advantagious [advantageous], and the monies arising from such sale, I give and bequeath to my negroes Lock, Belinda, and Kate, and all the children that Belinda[,] Kate and Phoebe may have alive at my death