Sunday, October 26, 2014

Will of Bryant Thornhill

On Thursday I posted a transcription of the inventory for the estate of my 7th great-grandfather Bryant Thornhill. Here is a transcription of the will, from Culpeper County Will Book B, pages 379-380.

"In the name of God Amen, I Bryant Thornhill of Saint Marks Parish in the County of Culpeper being very sick and weak but of perfect mind and memory thanks be to Almighty God and calling to mind the unity of this life do make this my last will and testament in manner and form following.


I bequeath my soul to Almighty God that gave it in hopes of a blessed life, resurrection though the merits of Jesus Christ my saviour and my body to be decently buried in a Christian like manner at the direction of my Executors hereafter mentioned.

Item I lend to my Beloved wife Thamson Thornhill all my land whereon I now live not molesting my son Joseph Thornhill of that part he lives on and not molesting my son John of that part he seated with all the rest of my estate during her life or widowhood excepting one feather bed and furniture I give to my son Reuben Thornhill at the day of his marriage.

Item I give to my son Joseph Thornhill and John Thornhill one hundred and fifty acres of my land to be laid of joining the land of Richard Chilton to them and their heirs forever.

Item I give to my son Reuben Thornhill my manor plantation containing one hundred and fifty acres more or less to him and his heirs forever that after decease of or widowhood of my loving wife it is my desire that it should be sold and the money arising from the same to be equally divided between my son William Thornhill and Bryant Thornhill and my daughters Elizabeth Boley to make up their legacies equivalent with the land left my above three sons and if their should be more or less it is my desire that their legacies should be made equal.

Lastly I constitute and appoint my loving wife Thamson Thornhill and my son Joseph Thornhill and John Thornhill my whole and sole Executors of this my last will and testament revoking and dis[unclear] all other will or wills here to fore made. In presence I have set my hand and seal this twenty eight day of December 1779.

Bryant Thornhill {seal} his mark X

Witnesses present}
William Allan
Jeremiah Asher
William Clatterbuck

At a Court held for Culpeper County the 17th day of April 1780

This last will and testament of Bryant Thornhill decd was exhibited to the Court and was proved by the oaths of William Allan, Jeremiah Asher & William Clatterbuck witnesses thereto and ordered to be recorded and on the motion of the Executors Certificate is granted them of or obtaining a part at thereof in due form they having oath thereto and given bond and security according to law.

teste John Jameson, CP Court
Based on the will transcription above, Bryant and Thamson (also spelled Tamson) Thornhill had the following children, in no particular order:
1. Joseph Thornhill (my 6th-great-grandfather)
2. John Thornhill
3. Reuben Thornhill
4. William Thornhill
5. Bryant Thornhill Jr.
6. Elizabeth Thornhill

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