Will of John Poythress - Proven 11 Dec 1712
In the name of God Amen I John Poytres Senr. of Pr. Geo County, Being of Sound perfect Disposeing minde & memory & Calling to mind The uncertainty of This mortall life Desireous to settle That Estate The Allmighty hath been Pleasd to bless me with all between my wife And Chilldren after my deseas doe make this my last will and Testament in manner & form following Provokeing all other wills by me hereto fore made.
Item. I bequeath my Soul to Allmighty God That gave itt Trusting in the merritts and Passion of my Blessed lord and Sviour Christ Jesus for pardon and Remission of all my Sins in generall Desireing that my body be decently Intred after ye manner of ye Church of England to the Discression of my Exrs. Hereafter named ass for my worldly Estate my debts being first paid I give & bequeath ye Same In manner & form following.
Item. I give my Son ffrancis Poythres all that Land & Plantacon I now lived on to him and his Heirs forever.
Item. I give my son David Poythes three Hundred Acres of Land att Tunnatorah to him and his Heirs forever.
Item. I give to my Son Josh Poythres three hundred Acres land at Monkanneck & to his heirs.
Item. I give my Son Robt Poythres Three Hundred Acres of land at ye Indian Swamp to him for his own proper use and behoof nott to make Sail of ye sd ffifty Acres of Land.
Item. I give my Son ffrancis Poythres Two negroes named Coffer & Sis.
Item. I to my son David Poythres two negroes named Jack and Young Mary.
Item. I give to my Son Joshua Poythes two Negroes named Betty & Beck.
Item. I give to my Son Robt Poythres two Negroes named Tom and Young Sarah.
Item. I give to my William Poythres Three negroes named ffrank Cook and Ame & frank Cook at nattuah.
Item. I give to my Son Jno Poythres two negroes & their increase named Bess & Nanny.
Item. I give my Son Peter Poythres two negroes & their Increase named Benn & nanny.
Item. I give to my Loveing Wife Christian Poythres three Negroes Named Catto Usse & Sarah to my loveing wife for Her Proper use and to be at her onw Disposeing.
Item. I give to my Daughter Eleva. Poythres two Negroes named Pegg and her son Tom.
Item. I give to my Daughter Christian Poythres two negroes named Moll and John Cook.
I give to my Loveing wife Christian Poythres my Servt. Jno. Ffeeld Dureing his time and at his freedom to have besides his Corn and Cloathes A Cow & Claf & a new Gunn.
Item. I give to my Daughter Mary Woodleif fforty pds Sterling.
Item. I give all my moveable Estate to be Equally divideed between my wife and Chilldren my son Jno Poythres & son Petr Poythres giving an acct. of wt they have in hand.
Item. I give to my granSon ffrancis Poythres & son of ffra Poythres ye negro Child ye Shu goes withall.
Item. I give to my Loveing wife Christian Poythres my two negro wences Shu & Jude as her own propr Estate to be at her own Disposing.
Item. I apoint my loveing wife & my Son Jno Poythres to be Exrs. Of this my last will and testament.
Item. I apoint my two Brothers Thomas & Joshua Wynne and William Stainback to be ye Deviders of my Estate.
Signed & Sealed in Present Signum
F Poythres X
Jno + Winninham (Winningham)
Petr P Leeth
Tho T Leeth
Att a Court held for Prince George County ye 11th December 1712.
The next before Written last Will & Testament of Mr. John Poythres decd. was Proved in Open Court by the Oathes of Jno. Winningham, Peter Leigth & William Standback Wittnesses Thereto & a Probt. Thereof granted Johne Poythres Exr. & Christian Poythres his relict & Exx. named Therein & Att Their motion The same is admitted to record.