Will of
William Melton

(died 1772)
Albemarle County, Virginia
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Albemarle County Will Book 2 Page 278 & 279.

The Will of William Melton:

In the name of God Amen. I William Melton of Albemarle County being in a Very low state of body health but perfectly in the use of my Reason do make this my last Will and Testament, my body being Terred [sic] according to the direction of my executors after to be mentioned I dispose of what earthly goods I possess as Follows. First I desire that all my debts may be paid. Then I lend to my beloved wife during her life or widowhood all my Estate real and personal except one hundred acres of Land Joining my brother Silas Melton which land I bequeath to him the said Silas Melton and his heirs forever. Note this hundred acres of Land is to be in a Square form, and after her decease or marriage what is left of my Estate real or personal I require that it may be Equally divided among all my Children who shall then Survive. Note if any of my Children, having Married & had issue & deceased before Said Division of my Estate, their issue Shall Enjoy what would have fallen to their Parent if he or she were alive. I appoint as Executors my brother Silas Melton, and my wife and my Eldest Son Reuben Melton. NB This Instrument is Interlined in the Sixth Line with the word goods. In Witness whereof I Set my hand and affix my Seal this Eleventh day of February In the year of Our Lord One Thousand Seven hundred & Seventy two.


Samuel Leake                  William Melton  (Seal)
Mark Leake
Thomas C Melton

At Albemarle June court 1772.
This Will was proved by the Oath of Mark Leake & Thomas Melton Witnesses thereto and Ordered to be Recorded and on the motion of Silas Melton an Executor therein named probat (sic) is granted him for Obtaining Letters of Administration Who made Oath According to law and gave bond with Mark Leake his Security.

Test Tucker Woodson, D. C.

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Transcribed by J.L. McKenzie. Words/comments in [brackets] were inserted by me for clarification.

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