Releasing Slaves of Edward Curd, Henrico Co., VA 1742

NOTE: Friday’s Family History Finds is on hiatus this week as I am on the high seas and have no easy internet access. It will be back next Friday. 🙂

I came across Edward Curd while looking for early Virginia ties to my husband’s Williams family. Edward Curd’s daughter, Elizabeth, married a Williams, but I’ve never been able to connect the Curds to the Williams family of Cumberland County, Virginia.

Edward Curd’s will was dated 4 February 1739/40 and proved on the 1st Monday in December 1742. This will was found in Henrico County, Virginia, Un-Indexed Records, Vol. IV, 1650 to 1807, page 1177, found on microfilm at the Library of Virginia.

He left a good sized estate, which included nineteen enslaved people.

In the name of God amen I Edward Curd being in perfect memory make this as my last will and Testament which I Desire To be taken of before or after my Decease and no alteration to be made more than what is herein mentioned. I Do hereby make my Loving wife Elizabeth Curd and my Son Edward Curd to be Executors of this my last will and Testament-

Item. I give unto my Loving wife During life my Dwelling house and all belonging thereunto as houshold goods furniture, hogs Cattle and all belonging to the sd. plantation like wife the Land thereunto adjoyning only  I Desire that my Son Edward Curd may have the half of everything and of produce thereunto belonging During my sd wifes life and after her Decease I give the whole which my Sd wife has been poses with To my belovd Son Edward Curd and his heirs Forever.

Item. I also give unto my belov’d wife During life four negroes Jemimy, Seager, Bess, Sarah being Besses child, During her life and after her Decease to return to my beloved Son Edward Curd.

Item. I also give unto my beloved Son Edwd Curd Eight negroes Phill Will Moll Great Joe for Tom Young Jack and Nancy being Mols children.
Item. I also give unto my Son Edward Curd all the Land I now stand posest with in Goochland County.
Item. I give unto my Son John Curd two negroes Pompy and Dinah.
Item. I give unto my son Richard Curd two Negroes old Pompy and Judea.
Item. I give To Mary Mackbride one negroe named Jack, During Life and after her Decease to whence to her son Edward Mackbride
Item. I give To my Daughter in law Mary Punch one negroe named (???) also the Colt that came of the new York mare, also Eight Pound Sterling likewise Feather Bed and Furniture–Stands above Stairs in the new house.
Item. I give to my Grandson John Curd one negroe named Agie.
Item. I give unto my Granddaughter Jane Mackbride one hundred acres of Land lying in Goochland County Which I have Doctor Hopkins bond for.
Item. I give to my Daughter Mary Richardson one shilling.
Item. I give to Elizabeth Williams my Daughter one shilling.

Which is same being my las will and Testament I desire the within mentioned after my Decease To be fullfilled In Witness thereof I have hereunto Set my hand

Edward Curd Dated Feb. 4, 1739/40
Witneses James Young, John Gunn, Joseph Tscheslely

At a Court held for Henrico County the first Monday in Dec. 1742 This Will was presented by the Executors therein Named upon oath and it being proved by the Oath of John Gun and James Young two of the witneses thereto was ordered to be Recorded.
Test. Bowler Cocke, Clk.


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