Inhabitants: Petition, Petersburg
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= three Blankets, and any other articles of cloathing [clothing] my Executors may think will be usefull to him out of the Sales of my property, I wish my executors to pay, to Jingo, half yearly if possible the Sum of One hundred and fifty dollars, during his natural life, that is to say, he is to receive three hundred dollars out of the proceeds as above Stated, annually so long as he lives, and such cloathing and household materials as he may wish to make choice of, and the balance to be Sold. It may so happen that Jingo, may crave his freedom, for he is fairly entitled to it, from his Steady attachment to my interest, these twenty years past by his unwearied industry, perseverance and honesty, in accumulating the small pittance I now wish him to enjoy, but when he is told, that agre[e]able to the present emancipation law, if he got his freedom, he must leave the State in one year afterwards, never to return but with a risque of being Sold it is probable he may not ask his freedom; If however it is insisted on, by him, you are hereby authorised to sett him free, in that case, you will have to pay him his proportion of the money I have Will'd [Willed] him, that he may carry it with him, but if this (my) Will can be carried into effect either with or without a petition to the legislature, he will be much better off, by remaining in the State than by leaving it, After the death of Jingo I hereby Will and bequeath, all the property, which I have now will'd [willed] to him, and of which he had a life rent, to the Corporation of the town of Petersburg of which, the magistrates for the time being, are the guardians, and in like manner this sum, which then ultimately becomes the property of the Corporation, is given to it under this express Stipulation that the interest, shall be applied and expended in the education of poor boys and Girls (white children) whose parents on a full enquiry into their circumstances are found unable to educate them in reading, writing, & the Common rules of Arithmetick, and in order that children may partake of this small donation, as far as the fund will allow, I limit the period of any childs schooling to three years, from this fund, and the the children, as well as the parent or parents shall be residents within the limits of this Corporation during said time. In testimony whereof I have hereunto affixed my hand and Seal this Sixteenth day of June eighteen hundred and twelve - 1812. David Anderson (Seal) We the Subscribers heard Dav[i]d Anderson Acknowledge this to be his last Will & testament this 16th day of June 1812. James Durell, James Knox, Joel Brown, Hector McNeill At a Hustings Court held for the town of Petersburg at the Courthouse of the said town Monday the 6th day of July 1812. The last Will & testament of David Anderson dec'd was proved in open Court by the oaths of James Durell[,] Joel Brown & Hector McNeill[,] three of the Witnesses thereto and ordered to be Recorded. And on the Motion of Joel Hammon[,] Archibald Baugh & Robert Ritchie three of the executors therein named, who severally made oath, and together with Joseph Bragg[,] James Durell & Mathew Davidson, their securities, entered into and acknowledged their bond in the Sum of Twenty thousand Dollars Conditioned as the law directs. Certificate is granted them for obtaining a probat of the said Will in due form, liberty being reserved for the other executor named in the said Will to join in the probat when he shall think fit. A Copy from the Records. Teste J. Grammer, C.S.P.