The Last Will & Testament of William Kerfoot II
See William's family record.
(Some of this is sketchy coming from the copy and other areas may need corrections. I will try to obtain a scanned copy of it to decipher the areas in question.)
In the name of God Amen, I William Kerfoot of the county of Frederick in the State of Virginia being in the full property of my mental faculties and conscience of the uncertainty of human life do make and ordain this my last will and testament.
Imprimis It is my wish that my body be decently entombed according to the discretion of my executors herein after named. And after the payment of all my just debts, I dispose of all my estate real and personal which it has pleased the Almighty God to help me with in manner and form following to wit. I give and devise to my beloved wife the lot or plantation where I now live during her natural life being this lot called No. 37 and in case my son William upon where the ____ of this said Lot depends should die before my said wife in that case and upon that event I give to my said wife (in case she should live, it ______ move from the place where I now reside) the middle lot containing by externation one hundred and sixty acres upon which she may have a dwelling house erected at the expense of my estate and at her discretion as to the price of it provided this cost thereof shall not agree one hundred and fifty acres ____ which middle lot on the happening of the events _____ I give to her ____ the resides of her life. I give to her also one third of my slaves during her life and one third of my other personal estate as her absolute property which provision herein made for my said wife in to be lieu of her claim of devise or distribution under the law.
Item I give to my dearly beloved son William Kerfoot all the real and residue of my estate real and personal immediately after my decease and also the lands and slaves above to my dearly beloved wife after her decease charged him however with the payment of one hundred dollars which I give and bequeath to my Grandson Alfred Howard and also with the payment of one hundred dollars which I give and bequeath to my dear sister Mary Carter the wife of Arthur Carter, which legacies I direct to be paid within twelve months after my decease.
Lastly, I constitute and appoint my brother Samuel Kerfoot and my said son William Kerfoot together with my said wife executors and executor of this my last will and Testament hereby revoking all wills herefore made by me.
In testimony whereof I have hereunto subscribed my name and affixed my seal this ninth day of April in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and five.
Signed, sealed, published and
At a Court held for Frederick County the 4th day of March 1811. This last will and testament of William Kerfoot deceased was proved by the oath of Robert Page and John Kerfoot witness thereof and ordered to be recorded. Mrs. Nancy Kerfoot and Executors therein named in open court refused taking upon herself this burden of the executor thereof which is ordered to be certified and upon the motion of Samuel Kerfoot and William Kerfoot the executors therein named who made oath according to law certificate is granted them for obtaining a probate thereof in due form giving security whereupon they with John Kerfoot, William Kerfoot and John Lefever their executors entered into and acknowledge bond condition for their due and faithful administration of the said deceased estate.
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