Jacob: Chancery Cause, Halifax County (Part 1 of 2)
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In the name of god amen I Philip Vass of Halifax County do make this my will and testament in manner and form as followeth ([Vizt?]) It tis my desire that all my debts be first paid If any of my children should die without an heir or will their estate hereafter devised or given shall return again to my estate to be divided as shall be hereafter directed If any of the legatees shall attempt to brake this will or shall enter a suit in law against the legatees or any one of them shall forfeit his or their estate hereafter given to them the forfeited estate returned back to my estate to be divided as shall be hereafter directed I give unto my daughter Mary Boyd a negro girl Lydia and her increse to dispose of as she pleaseth also I lend unto Ann B. Rachel and her increase which negro and increase shall not be sold for no debt or debts of Alexander Boyd or his wife Mary Boyd in no case whatsoever the foresaid negro Rachel and her increase is not to be removed out of the County of Halifax without the consent of a majority of the legatees concerned in either of these two cases a breach be made a sale or removal negro Rachel and her increase is forfeited and hereafter be directed. negro Rachel and her increase is lent unto Alexander and Mary Boyd his wife during their lives with the above exceptions and at their death to return into my estate and to be divided as shall be hereafter directed I give unto my son James Amy and her child Litha and their increase to him and his heirs forever I give unto my daughter Sarah L Vass three negroes Lucinda, Harriett her daughter and Amanda Melvina with their increase to her and her heirs forever I give