North, Richard: Petition, Richmond City
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Certificate of John Pearce
In the name of God, amen I Tobias Jackson of the City of Richmond and state of Virginia being of sound mind and perfect memory do make constitute and ordain this to be my last Will and Testament revoking all other Will and Wills heretofore made and devise and bequeath all my worldly goods in the following manner (Viz) I give to my beloved wife Martha the house I now live in with a part of the lot on which it stands begining at the corner adjoining [blank] Hancock on the main street leading from the Murkel bridge to the westward runing North with said Hancocks line until it intersects with Benjamin Taylors lot; thence running west with said Taylors line untill a straight line, to be run from said Taylor's line in a pararel with Hancocks line above mentioned between the house I now reside in, and the house formerly occupied by Nancy Battles to so divide the space of ground between the said two houses as to give each house an equal part, together with all the appertances [appurtenances] there unto belonging for her own proper use and behoof forever. It is my will and desire that my executors hereafter mentioned as soon after my death, as can be done that they run the dividing line on my lot as described above and deliver to my said wife Martha the parts I have given to her and the remainder part of my said lot, form the said dividing line (except the graveyard, wherein my late wife is burried) to sell for he best price that they can get and in the first place to pay all my just debts and expences attending the settling and division of my lot &c [etc.] and to pay unto Richard Edwards, whatever my said executors (hereafter mentioned) shall think to be a reasonable compensation for the troble [trouble] he hath been at in befriending me. Item Should there be money enough in my said executors hands after the above desire is complyed with it is my will and desire that they pay unto