Jacob: Chancery Cause, Halifax County (Part 1 of 2)
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In the name of God Amen I Philip E Vass of Halifax County Virginia being of sound mind and disposing memory calling to reflection the mortality of my body and being desirous to dispose of my earthly possessions do ordain this to be my last will and testament hereby revoking all other or former Wills and testaments heretofore made by me ratifying and confirming this only Item 1st I will that my exor. herein after named pay all my just debts Item 2nd I give and bequeath and bequeath unto Isaac Medley Senr. after deducting the legacy bequeathed to my Sister Elizabeth Shappard and Children out of the money arrising from the sale of the Burch Creek Tract of land my one fifth of the money which may be coming to me which money were by my fathers will were to be equally divided between my brother James. Sisters. Sarah, Ann, Apphia and myself to him and his heirs forever. My Sister Ann having departed this life Since I made the sale of my one fifth to the said Isaac Medley and by the will of my father her part again returns unto my fathers Estate and the part which I am entitled to by the death of my Sister Ann will hereafter be disposed of the sale made to the said Isaac Medley was made only to include my interest of all my sisters had of been alive at the time of the distribution. Item 3rd I give and bequeath unto my Sister Elizabeth Shappards five living children all my interest in the land belonging to the Estate of my fathers, lying in Rockingham County State North Carolina called Wolf Island to be equally divided between and the Lawful heirs of their bodies forever but should either of the children die without a Lawful heir as is in this Item named my desire is that it go to the surviving children of my sister Elizabeth Shappards and the lawful heirs of their bodies forever. Item 4th I give and bequeath unto my brother