Last Will and Testament of
"In the name of God, Amen. I, Amos Lipford, of Prince Edward
County, being weak of body but of sound mind, memory, and understanding,
do constitute and ordain this instrument of 'wrighting' to be my
last will and testament in manner and form following...viz
First of all, I will that all my just debts be paid off as soon
as conveniently may be by my executor hereafter to be named.
Item: my will and desire is that if it should please God to call
me away before my beloved wife, that she shall keep together all
my whole estate real and personal till her decease, as it now stands.
Item: I lend to my son John Lipford one Negro boy named Simon as
long as he and his wife shall live, and then I give the said Simon
to his son Amos Lipford.
Item: I lend to my son Henry Lipford one Negro boy named Ben so
long as he and his wife shall live, and then I give the aforesaid
Negro boy Ben to my grandson Patrick Henry Lipford.
Item: I give to my son Anthony Par Lipford one Negro boy named Jimmy.
Item: I give to my son Royal Lipford one Negro girl named Milley.
Item: I give to my daughter Wilmouth Lipford one Negro girl named
Moll given so long as she shall live, and I wish her to dispose
of her as she thinks proper with her increase, and I give to my
daughter Wilmouth one feather bed of furniture, the same that she
Item: I give to my daughter Frances Lipford my Negro woman named
Fan, likewise one feather bed of furniture and one blue chest.
Item: I give to my daughter Sally Nelson (wife of Abraham Nelson)
one Negro woman named Lukey, but my daughter Sally is to pay twenty
pounds to my estate which I let her husband have, in the hands of
Item: I give to my son in law Scruggs Lipford (husband of Nancy
Lipford, first cousins) five shillings and no more.
Item: I give to my son in law Josiah Puckett (husband of Prudence
Lipford) one musket which he took with him when he moved out to
"the Tennessee", and no more.
Furthermore, it is in my will and desire that the remainder of
my estate shall be sold and equally divided among my living children
except Royal Lipford, who is to pay my estate one hundred dollars
that I paid for him when he was at law with Capt. Richard Allen,
then my son Royal shall divide with the rest of my living children.
Furthermore, it is my will and desire that my two daughters Wilmouth
Lipford and Frances Lipford shall have all the proceeds of "there"
own industry, likewise each of them I give a cotton wheel and cards.
And lastly, I do nominate and appoint my friends David Anderson
and John Curd executors to this my last will and testament.
In witness whereof I have 'hear' unto set my hand and affixed my
seal this twenty fifth day of November in the year of our Lord one
thousand eight hundred and thirteen."
Signed: Amos Lipford (his mark) X
Signed and delivered in the presence of witnesses:
Martha Thaxton (her mark) x
At a court held for Prince Edward County this fifteenth day of January
last will and testament of Amos Lipford dec'd. (deceased) was presented
and proved by the oaths of William Golleher and Charles Brightwell,
two witnesses, therefore ordered that the will be recorded, on the
oaths of David Anderson and John Curd executors therein named. They
acknowledged their bond for that purpose in the penalty of six thousand
dollars conditioned according to law and took the oath required
by law. Certificate for obtaining a probate thereof is granted them.
Teste: B. Worsham, D. C.