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The Last Will & Testament of William Kerfoot

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          In the name of God, Amen, I, William Kerfoott, of the County of Frederick and Colony of Virginia, being in a mear state of health, but of perfect mind and memory, and calling to mind the uncertain duration of this Life do make this my Last Will and Testament.

          Imprimis, that my body be decently interred at the discretion of my Executors hereafter named and that all my just and Lawfull debts be paid and as for the Rest of my wordly Estate wherewith it hath pleased the Almighty God to bless me I give and bequeath in manner following;

          Item: I give and bequeath unto the Heirs of my deceased son, George Kerfoott, five shillings and no more, to be equally divided among them, my said son, George, in his Lifetime having received his full portion.

          Item: I give and bequeath unto my well beloved Son, William Kerfoott, the lott of land I hold being known by the name of Davis Lott, called 150 Acres with this restriction, that he shall not sell it on any account and if he doth not think fit to keep it he shall give it unto his Brother Samuel Kerfoott. I likewise give and bequeath unto him one breeding mare, one feather bed and furniture.

          Item: I give and bequeath unto my well beloved Son, Samuel Kerfoott, the part of my plantation on this side of the creek whereon I dwell, and my negro boy, Will, and an equal share of all my stocks of horse, kind, cattle, sheep and hogs the breeding mare before bequeathed only excepted and an equal share of the household goods.

          Item: I will and order that that part of my plantation whereon the Widow Kerfoott now liveth on the other side of the creek be sold at publick vendue and the money arising by the sale thereof to be equally divided between my four daughters, Margaret, Elizabeth, Sarah and Mary and each of them to have an equal share of my stocks as before mentioned and also an equal share of all my Household goods, the Feather bed and maire before bequeathed only excepted and further that if any of my Children should die before marriage, or the youngest become of age to receive the portion of goods to them bequeathed then the goods or the full value thereof be equally divided among my surviving children and lastly I constitute and appoint my well beloved Sons, William & Samuel Kerfoott together with my trusty Friend and neighbor James Knight my whole and sole Executors of this my Last Will and Testament.

          In Witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal the fourteenth day of March in the year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred and seventy nine.

William Kerfoott (Seal)

Signed, sealed and
declared in the presence
of us, the subscribers whose
names are here under written.

Green. Wm. Green
Thomas Reynolds

          At a court held for Frederick County the 7th day of December 1779 this Last Will and Testament was fully proved & ordered to be Recorded and on the motion of Wm. Kerfoott, one fo the Exrs therein named, certificate is granted him for obtaining a probate thereof in due form, he having made oath thereto and with security entered unto & acknowledged bond conditioned as the Law directs.

By the court  
J. A. Keith C.C.

          NOTE: On September 18, 1779, he (William I) deeded to Peggy Kerfoott, widow of his son George, all the land on that(?) side of the Opequon plus 1,500 pounds sterling.

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