Releasing Harry, Mingo, Sue, Bristol, Buck, Jane, Pale Will, Black Will, Venus, Joseph & Henry

Here is a typed transcription of the will of William Moss, written in September 1753 and probated on 23 September 1754 in Cumberland County, Virginia. Eleven slaves are named in the will, but it is unclear from the wording whether there were others not named in the will itself on in the inventory.

I have had this will for years and am not even sure where I got it, but think it might have been sent to me by a Bandy researcher. Elizabeth Bandy was a witness to this will, but as far as is known, she was not related to the Moss family.




The original inventory is somewhat difficult to read, but five more slaves are identified:

Pursuant to an order of Court dated 23 Day of Augt we the
Subscribers being first sworn have appraised the Estate of
Wm Moss Jur Decd

To 1 Negro Man cald Pale Will                             L 55.0.0
To   do.  Caled Black Will                                          L 55.0.0
To 1 Negro Woman named Venus                     L 50.0.0
To 1 Negro Boy named Joseph                            L 18.0.0
To do. named Harry                                                   L 12.0.0

The remainder of the inventory listed other property of William Moss.

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