The Will of William Witt
Albemarle Co. VA Will Book 1 or 2*, p. 20
April 25, 1754
In the Name of God Amen, I William Witt of the parish of Saint Anne and County of Albemarle being in perfect Health and sound memory Thanks be to Almighty God for the same, I do think fit to constitute and appoint this my last Will and Testament in Mann and form as followeth.
Viz: First I committ my Spirit into the Hands of Almighty God that first gave it, Secondly my Body to the Earth to be buried in a decent and Christianly manner.
In primis I give and bequeath unto my beloved Son Benjamin Witt a Grey mare a great Bible, one Pewter Bason one plate and half of my wearing Cloaths. I give and bequeath to my Daughter Sarah Canidey one Feather Bed and Furniture and all the Meat and Corn on my Plantation for the use of her and her Children this ensuing Year. Likewise I lend to my said Daughter my Negro Tom ‘till such time her husband John Cannady comes in and takes Care of her and her Children as a husband ought to do. In the Case the said Canidey should not return the said Negro to remain in her Possession during her Natural Life and after to be divided among my Children except my S Benjamin Witt Sarah Canidey and Agness Key.
Item I Give and Bequeath to my Daughter Agness Key my Negro fellow Ned all the rest of my Estate household Furniture Cattle Horses Hoggs, etc. I desire it may be equally divided among my Children except Benjamin Witt Sarah Canidey and Angess Key. I do appoint my Son John Witt and Peter Chasteen? Executors of this my Last Will and Testament revoking all former Wills by me made
as Witness Whereof
I have hereunto set my Hand and Seal this 25 Day of April 1754.
William Witt L. T.?
Henry Martin Samuel Hopkins and John Barnet
*I neglected to record the will book number. Given the time period in which it was written, it is either in will book one or two. My apologies for any confusion this may cause. SKB, transcriber