Early Virginia records can be extremely difficult to come by, due to numerous losses through the centuries. I’m not usually lucky enough to locate wills for my husband’s ancestors, so I was ecstatic to find one for Samuel Coleman, his 6X great grandfather.
Samuel, born c1705, married Ann, probably around 1729. He died between 1 April 1748, when he wrote his will, and 20 September 1748, the date the will was proved in court. No marriage record has been found, but some say she is Ann Christian, daughter of Thomas Christian and Rebecca New, also of Goochland County, Virginia. Ann was born c1710 and reportedly died before June 1778 in Goochland County. I have no documents, but wonder if that date represents a land sale by her heirs. Another item for the Family History Library research list.
Will of Samuel Coleman, 1748
Goochland County, Virginia
Deed Books, vol. 4-5
In the name of God Amen I Samuel Colman being very sick &
weak in Body but of Perfect sound mind and memory do make and
ordain this my Last Will (and?) ___tment (Testament?) in Manner and Form Following:- – – – – – – – – – – – – – – -bequeath my Soul to God and my Body to the earth to be decent. . . . . . . . . . . . buried according to the discretion of my Executors here af-ter named- – – – – – – – -to my dear and loving Wife, one young Cow I like. . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Beloved Wife Ann Colman my Whole Estate during her life or Widowhood, and after her Death or Marriage- – – -divided as Followeth: Item I give to my Two Sons Jas Colman & Saml. Colman the Land & Plantation whereon I now Dwell to be equally divided in Quantity between them. Item. I give to my other two Sons Jno. Colman & Danl. Colman, my set of Black Smiths Tools & after my debts and Funial (sic) charges are paid and defrayed then the Residue of my estate both Riel (sic) & Personal to be Equally divided amongst all my Children. I constitute & appoint my Beloved Wife Ann Colman, & Jacob Oglesby my Executors of this my last Will & Testament revoking all other Wills hereto fore made as Witness my Hand and Seal this First day of April, and in the year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred & Forty eight.
Test: Robt. Woodson, Jno. Wright Samuel Coleman Seal
John (I) Pryor
At a court held for Goochland County Septem. 20. 1748
This Will was proved by the Oaths of Robt. Woodson, Jno. Wright and Jno. Pryor the Witnesses herto to be the Last Will & Testamand of the said Samuel Coleman deced. which was hereupon admitted to Record.
- James, said to have married Elizabeth Leake, c1751, Goochland County, Virginia
- Samuel, married Ann Wright, 30 March 1756, Goochland County, Virginia
- John, died after 1 April 1748
- Daniel, died after 1 April 1748