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1802 Nov 10 - Will of John D. Hancock

1802 Nov 10 - Will of John Hancock:

"In the name of God Amen. I, John Hancock, of the county of Patrick, being in good health and in my perfect sense and memory, thanks be to God for the mercies conferred upon me, but knowing the certainty of death and that it is appointed unto all men once to die, I do make, constitute and appoint this my last will and testament; first, I commend my soul to the hand of the Almighty God who gave it, hoping through the meritous cross and passion of my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ to receive a free and full pardon of all of my sins committed who I trust will not reject me when I come to him for mercy; my body I give to the earth to be decently buried according to the will of my executor hereinafter mentioned, and as for all the rest of my temporal estate which it has pleased almighty God indow me with, I give and bequeath as followeth:
Item. I give and bequeath to my son, Lewis Hancock the land whereon I lived in the county of Fluvanna, to him and his heirs forever.
Item. I so lend to my well beloved wife, my whole and sole estate in doors and out doors during her natural life or widowhood, and after her decease, my will and pleasure is that my son, William Hancock should have a part of the land whereon I now live; that is from the end of the mill dam on the ridge to the north line to him and his heirs forever.
Item. The remainder part from there down, I give and bequeath to my son Major Hancock to him and his heirs forever.
Item. I give and bequeath to my son Benjamin Hancock all my wearing clothes. [He had previously given Benjamin a farm of 182 acres on Cunningham Creek in Fluvanna Co., VA]
Item. And after the decease of my wife, my will and desire it that the rest of my estate be equally divided between my five daughters and my son William Hancock, to-wit: Nancy Corn, Rodie Lane,Elizabeth Mayo, Judath Mayo, and Susannah Hancock.
Item. And proportionable part with them to be given to my daughter Mary Morrison's two eldest children, to-wit: Allen Morrison and Jency Morrison, to be sold and equally divided among them according to the will of my executor hereinafter mentioned, to them and their heirs forever.
Item. And I do appoint my son William Hancock my whole and sole executor of this my last will and testament, revoking and making void all other wills by me made heretofore.
In witness whereof I have unto set my hand and affixed my seal this the 10th day of November in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and two.
Interlined before assigned
John Hancock L. S.
Barna Bas Balisle
C. John Scott X his mark
Mary W. Thompson X her mark
Patrick County, December Court 1802.

Returned Dec. Ct. 1802
p.46 Date: None
Item: Inventory of John Hancock estate,
Includes: Cattle, horses, plantation equipment, household furniture, sheep and books.
Also, cotton due from George Lain.
83/4 gal. brandy due from W. J. Mayo, also same amount due next Oct.
Total: $382.17
Appraisers: David Harbour, Moses Harbour and Danridge Slaught

He is buried on the Northeast slope of Bull Mountain.
Map:
http://maps.google.com/maps?q=36.69306,-80.22472+(Bull%20Mountain)&hl=en

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