Will of William Garton [i]

In the name of God Amen, I Will Garton, of the Parish of Christ Church in the County of Lancaster in Virginia, being sick, but in perfect memory, God be praised, I do make this my Last Will and Testament, in manner and form following.  First I bequeath my soul to Almighty God that made it, hoping to be saved by the meritorius death and [resurrection] of our Saviour Jesus Christ , my redeemer.

Item – to my son Uriah Garton  I bequeath a parcel of land beginnin g at a Pine tree at the head of the first long branch issuing out of Nanty Poyson Creek, running northeast to a corner tree at the head of the first little branch that issues out of Deuber Cove.

Item – to my son, James Garton  I bequeath a parcel of land beginning in Black Sows Neck near Carel’s line so running up Carel’s line to a corner Maple northeast upon a marked line to a corner Red Oak thence northeast to the head of Deuber Cove concluding all within the said lines aforesaid.

Item – to my son Anthony Garton  I bequeath a parcel of land beginning at a corner Red Oak and thence to a corner stone in Tark (or Tarll) Creek concluding within the aforesaid courses and corner line.

Item – to my daughter Katherine Garton , I bequeath a parcel of land beginning at a Red Oak at the head of the spring branch issuing out of Tab’s Creek all concluding within the aforesaid courses and corner line.

Item – All my land bequeathed to my sons and daughter aforementioned I now bequeath to them and their heirs forever.

Item – It is my will that my three negros shall tarry upon the plantation I now live upon, till my debts is paid and then to be equally divided along with my personal estate amongst my afor’sd sons and daughters Margaret and Cathoroign [Catherine] Garton.

Item – to Esther Mugg , I bequeath a full share of my personal estate with my sons and daughters afroementioned if she comes.

I do appoint my sons and daughters afreomentioned to see this my las will and testament performed.

Witness my hand and soul this twentieth day of December One Thousand Seven Hundred and Nine.

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Will + Garton
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witnesses
Murler + Noulin
William Buttery
Katherine + Buttery
Elizabeth + Rebelow

Item – to my sons and daughters I bequeath all bounds of Thomas Thomson s Patent lying between Tab’s Creek and Nanty Poyson Creek.

Item – to my son-in-law Will Cutter , I bequeath more [illegible] which is on my plantation.


[i] Will Book 10, pages 63-64, pgs. 63-66 12 Dec 1709 Rec’d 8 Feb 1710; The Garton Genealogy, compiled by Harold E “Pete” Remster, p. 1 citing The Garton News 1/3-38