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The Last Will & Testament of Margaret Kerfoot

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          In the name of God Amen, I Margaret Kerfoot of the County of Frederick in the Commonwealth of Virginia being now in the full possession of my mental powers and desirous of making disposition of the property with which I have been blessed by the goodness of providence to separate after my decease. I give and divide the same in the following manner to wit:

          Imprimis I charge the whole of my estate with the payment of my debts and enjoin it upon my Executors herein after named to pay them off in a convenient time after my decease.

          Item I give and devise to my dear son William G. Kerfoot my tract of land in Frederick County containing as it is supposed one hundred and seventy five acres to be the same more or less subject to the payment of forty shillings per acre to be paid to my dear son John Kerfoot his executors, administers or assigns and to the annuity herein after mentioned.

          Item I give and bequeath unto my dear son John Kerfoot his executors or administers the sum of three hundred and fifty pounds being the sum above charged upon the land herein divided to my son William G. Kerfoot and to be paid by my said son William G. Kerfoot as follows that is to say one hundred and seventy five pounds on as before the expiration of twelve months after my decease and the residue within two years after my decease which legacy of three hundred and fifty pounds shall be subject to the annuity hereinafter charged upon my said son John Kerfoot.

          In consideration of the comfortable and independent circumstances of my dear daughters Betsey Sowers and Polly Williams and of the destitute and dependent condition of my daughter Nancy Woodrow whose husband has already dissipated all the property which I have given her abandoned her and her family I have determined to place in the hands of trustee all the residue of my property for the sole and separate use and support of my said Dear daughter Nancy Woodrow and so as never to be enjoyed or subject to the control in any manner of her said husband Abram Woodrow with this view therefore I give and bequeath to my dear son John Kerfoot and William G. Kerfoot and the survivors of them and to the executor or administer of the survivor of them all the rest and residue of my estate of which I shall did possessed In trust for the sole and separate use and maintenance of my said daughter Nancy Woodrow hereby enjoying it upon my said trustees not to permit the said Abram Woodrow to participate in the enjoyment of the same or any part thereof or to exercise any authority over it.

          Item I hereby charge the land which I have devised to my son William G. Kerfoot with an annuity of twenty five dollers per annum for twelve years to be paid annually by said son William G. Kerfoot his executors or administers during the said period to my son John Kerfoot his executors or administers upon the special trust and confidence that my said son John Kerfoot his executors or administers will apply the said annuity to the sole and separate benefit and enjoyment of my said daughter Nancy Woodrow excluding her said husband from any participation in the same the first payment of the said annuity to be made at the expiration of one year after my decease and so annually in succession until it shall be exhausted.

          Item I hereby charge per annum legacy which I have herefore bequeathed to my son John Kerfoot with annuity of twenty five dollars per annum for twelve years to be paid annually by my said John Kerfoot his executors or administers during the said period to my said son William G. Kerfoot his executors or administers upon the special trust and confidence that my said son William G. Kerfoot his executors or administers will apply the said annuity to the sole and separate benefit and enjoyment of my said daughter Nancy Woodrow excluding her said husband from any participation in the same. The first payment of the said annuity to be made at the expiration of one year and so annually in succession until it shall be exhausted should my said daughter Nancy die before the expiration of twelve years after my decease I give the residue of the said annuity and of the trust hereby credit to her children. I hereby constitute and appoint my dear sons John Kerfoot and William G. Kerfoot executors of this my Last Will and Testament and annul and revoke all wills made by me before the date hereof. In testimony whereof I have here into subscribed my name and affixed my seal this twenty fourth day of March in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and fourteen signed, sealed, published and declared

Margaret Kearfoot

by the testator as her last will and
Testament in our presents and attested
by her in her presence

John Rutter
Jacob Little
Henry "X" Groves

          At a court held for Frederick County for the 2nd day of December 1816. This last will and testament of Margaret Kerfoot deceased was proved by the oaths of John Rutter and Henry Groves witnesses thereto and ordered to be recorded John Kerfoot an executor therein named refused taking upon himself the burden of the execution therefore which is ordered to be certified and on the motion of William G. Kerfoot the other executor therein named who made oath thereto certificate is granted him for obtaining a probate thereof in due form on his giving security whereupon he with John Kerfoot is security entered into and acknowledged bond in the penalty of three thousand dollars conditioned for his due and faithful administration of the said deceased estate.

By the court  
J.A. Keith CC

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