I have a very bad, pretty much illegible scan of a very old photocopy of this will so I am not even bothering to post it now. I’ve added it to the list of “to do” items during my FHL visit this summer.
Will of Thomas Christian, of Goochland County, Virginia
Written 16 October 1736, proved 17 May 1737
In the Name of God Amen. I Thomas Christian being very Sick of body but of Sound and perfect mind and memory praise be given therefor to Almighty God, do make and ordain this my present last will and Testament in manner and form following, that is to say, first and principally I commend my Soul unto the Hand of Almighty God hoping through the merits death and passion of my Saviour Jesus Christ to have full and free pardon and forgiveness of all my sins and to inherit everlasting life and my body I comit to ye earth to be decently buried at the discretion of my Extrs. hereafter named, and as touching the disposition of all such temperall Estate as it hath pleased Almighty God to bestow upon me I give and dispose thereof as followeth:
Item. I give unto Rebaca Christian, my Loving and Lawfull wife, this plantation whereon I now live containing 210 acres more or less during her natural life and after her death I give the said plantation to my Lawfull son James Christian and to his heirs forever.
Item. I give unto Thomas Christian, my Lawfull son, the plantation whereon he ye sd. does live, containing 250 acres of land more or less to him and his heirs forever.
Item. I give unto Robert Christian, my Lawfull son, the plantation whereon he now liveth with 300 acres of land more or less to him and his heirs forever and one breeding mare that runs at red bear camp.
Item. I give unto Willm Christian, my Lawfull son 300 acres of land according to the dividing line,= being more or less it being my part of that land that Jno. Prier and I took up to him and to his heirs forever and one horse colt that runs at red bear camp.
Item. I give unto my grandson, Tom Christian, one cow and calf.
Item. I give unto Rebeca, my Lawfull wife, three horses, Champion, doctor and blaze and three feather beds with furniture according to her choyce and two negroes named Jack and Tom during her natural life and after her death I give ye sd two negroes to my son James Christian and to his heirs forever.
Item. I give unto my Lawfull wife all the rest of my movable Estate and to her disposal at her death.
Item. I give unto my Lawfull Daughter, Mary Christian a Pleasure Hors Coult and one feather bed with furniture and five pounds to be raised out of my estate to be paid one month after her marrig, by my Exor.
Item. I give to my Lawfull Daughter Constant Christian one fether bed with furniture and one gelding horse named Toby and five pounds to be paid out of my Estate one month after her marryig.
Item. I give unto my Lawfull Daughter, Rebeca Christian, six Ewes.
Item. I give unto my Lawfull Daughter, Ann Mourning Coleman one Ewe.
Item. I constitute and ordain my Lawfull wife and my son James Christian, to be my whole and sole Extrs. of this my last Will and Testament and I doe revoke disanul and make void all former wills and Testaments by me heretofore made. In Witness whereof I the said Thomas Christian have hereunto set my hand and affixt my seal, this Sixteenth of October One Thousand Seven Hundred and thirty six.
Thomas Christian (Seal)
Witness: John MacBrid, John (X) Prior, John Clark, John (X) Wright
Signed sealed in the Presents of Us.