Lucy: Freedom Suit, Petersburg City
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have may be sold to the best advantage and the proceeds of the whole, (and of my slaves, if any of them or all of them should prefer remaining in this Country to going to Africa) after paying my just debts and providing for sending those (if any) of my slaves who may choose their freedom on Condition of going to Africa, be expended in promoting the cause of my blessed Redeemer in the manner following -- First. That my subscription of Two hundred and fifty dollars to the Union Theological Seminary be paid to the Treasurer of the Trustees of the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church in the United States in Trust for said Seminary. 2dly Whatever balance may remain I wish may be equally divided between the American Board of Commissioners for foreign missions, the United Auxiliary Missionary Society under the care of Hanover Presbytery. The Education society under the care of Hanover Presbytery and the Petersburg Bible Society. Lastly I appoint William M. Atkinson and Peter P. Batte Executors of this my last Will and Testament. In Witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand & Seal this 6th day of March in the Year of our lord 1828. Mary L. Parish (Seal) Acknowledged In presence of T. Robinson[,] B. H. Rice March 6th 1828
I Mary S. Parrish of my own Will and out of my Regard to my Pastor the Rev'd B. H. Rice do make this Codicil to my Will. It is my desire that the
said Benjamin H. Rice should take and use for his own benefit whatever money I may have in my possession at my death. Mary L. Parrish Witness T. Robinson 5th April 1828 Codicil. In case any difficulty should arise in the Execution of my Will so as to prevent the application of the proceeds of my estate as I have directed then I give the same to my executors Wm. M. Atkinson and Peter P. Batte. Mary L. Parrish (Seal) Witness B. H. Rice
At a Hustings Court continued and held for the Town of Petersburg at the Courthouse of the said Town on Monday the 21st day of April 1828. The last Will and Testament of Mary L. Parrish deceased was produced in Court and proved by the Oaths of T. Robinson and B.H. Rice the Witnesses to the same and the several Codicils to the said Will were also proved by the said Robinson and Rice the respective Witnesses thereto and thereupon the said Will and Codicils are Ordered to be Recorded. And at a like Court continued and held as aforesaid, on Tuesday the 22nd day of the same month and year. On the motion of William M. Atkinson and Peter P. Batte the Executors named in the Will aforesaid, who made Oath thereto and together with Thomas Atkinson executed by J. Grammer his attorney in fact and Thos. H. Boswell their securities, entered into and acknowledged their bond in the penalty of Ten thousand dollars