Will of Alexander Trent
Will Book 1, page 44
In the name of God Amen I Alexander Trent of Southam
parish in Cumberland County being in perfect mind & memory thanks be
to God for the same but considering the frailty of this life & the
uncertainty of death do make & ordain this my last will and testament
in manner and form following First and principally I bequeath my soul to
almighty God trusting through the merits of my Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ
to receive full pardon and remission of all my sins as for my body that
to be buried in a decent manner at the discretion of my executors hereafter
Item I give and bequeath to my son Peter field Trent two thousand four hundred acres of land part in Cumberland & part in Albemarle County commonly by the name Brooks's to him and his heirs for ever also seven hundred and fifty acres of the tract of land whereon Thomas Johns now lives which said quantity is to be laid off at the upper part of the said tract crossing the creek in as just a manner to equallize each part as near as may be to him the said Peter Field Trent his heirs and assigns forever.
Item I give & bequeath to my son Alexander Trent all the rest of my lands to him & his heirs forever.
Item I give & bequeath to my Daughter Elizabeth Trent five hundred pounds current money to be paid her at the age of sixteen years or day of marriage to her and the heirs of her body lawfully begotten but failing of such heirs at her death to be divided between my two sons above named also one negro girl named Floro with her increase to her my said Daughter Elizabeth Trent & the heirs of her body forever but in case my said Daughter should die before shee attain to the age of sixteen years or married or failing of an heir as aforesaid then the said Negro Girl and her increas to be equally divided between my said two sons as above it is my will & desire that the money given to my Daughter as above be paid part out of the stock now by me and the crops & the residue to be raised one half by my son Alexander Trent and the other half by my loving wife Frances Trent out of the labour of my son Peter Field Trents Negroes whose names is as followeth Namely London Bristol, Betty, Joe, Nero, Cloe, Hannah, Tom, young Jenny, Jack, Harry, Ari, Charles, Rachel, Nann, which said Negros I lend to my loving wife Frances Trent till my son Peter Field Trent attains to the age of Twenty one years and then I give the said Negros and their increase to him the said Peter Field Trent & his heirs forever with this provison that my loving wife have the lent of one half of the said Negroes during her natural life which division is to be made by any three of the Court of this County.
Item I give and bequeath to my son Alexander Trent seventeen negros namely Jemmy, Amy, Willis, Cato, Luci, Sanko, Peter, old JL-nny, Sam, Little Jenny Tomboy, Agnis, Phil.lis, Cupit, Fanny and Letty 6c Effey, together with their increase to him & his heirs forever. Item I give my son Peter Field Trent all the hoggs & cattle which is at his plantation cai'd Brookes together with what is at the other of his plantations where Thomas Johns now lives & ten other head of cattle four of which was a late purchased of William Johns. and the other six to be young cattle from the plantationwhere I now live.
Item I give and bequeath to my son Alexander Trent all the rest of my cattle & hoggs with one half of my horses & mairs after my Daughter Elizabeth has had one good horse & saddle worth sixteen pounds and sheep & the other half to be for my son Field Trent to them & their heirs forever, it is my will that my son Peter Field Trents Negros be after this year wrought on his own plantation and that the land given between them where Johns now lives be divided at each of my said sons costs it is also my desire that Robert Johns have sufficient corn found him at Fields Plantation Brookses till they can provide or make corn for the Plantations use which is expected to be done the next year.
Item I give my wagon & Harness to my two sons Alexander & Peter Field Trent to be equally divided between them also all my household furniture to be equally divided between them my said two sons & other my ketchen & other necessaries furniture to be divided in like manner by any of my honest neighbours within six months after my decease as for the rest of my estate after my lawfull debts & funural expences and legacies paid that to be equally divided between my said two sons as aforesaid lastly I do appoint my said two sons Alexander Trent Peter Field Trent & my Loving Wife Frances Trent Executors of this my last will and Testament revoking all other wills by me formerly made in Witness whereof I have hereunto put my hand & affixt my seal the ninth day of December 1750.
Sign'd Seal'd & Delivered
in presence of us
James Terry Interlind before signd
William Womack 9th line Peter
William Trigg 10th commonly know by the name of
Brookses Samuel Allen
19th Lawfully begotten
26th & bequeath
47th after my Daughter Elizabeth
has had one good horse & saddle worth sixteen pounds
Will of Alexander Trent, cont. 1/44
Cumberland County to wit 22d of July 1751 This within Last Will & Testament of Alexander Trent Deceased was presented in Court by Frances Trent Widow & relict of the said Deceased & Executrix therein named who refused to take on her the burthen of the Execution thereof and likewise renounced all benifit & advantage which she might make from the said Will whereupon Alexander Trent Jun'r one of the Executors therein named made oath thereto according to law and the same being proved by the oaths of Wlliam Womack, William Trigg & Samuel Allen witnesses thereto was by the Court ordered to be recorded and on the motion of the said Executor certificate is granted him for obtaining a probate thereof in due form with liberty reserved the other Executor to join in the probate when they shall see fit Test Geo. Nicholas Clk
A Copy Teste: Betty R Walton
Circuit Court, Cumberland Co, Virginia
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