Notes for John Bates III: Will of John Bates III PRESENTED IN YORK COUNTY, VIRGINIA COURT 1722 - 1723
In the name of God, etc. I John Bates of the Parish of Bruton in the County of York being sick and weak in body but of sound and perfect memory, Praised be to Almighty God for ye same, expecting my change to be near I doe hereby make publish and declare this to be my last will and testament in manner and form following. And that principally above all earthly things I commend my soul unto the hand of Almighty God my Maker and Redeemer hoping through the merits of my blessed Savior Jesus Christ to obtain a full pardon and forgiveness of my sins past and that my Soul with my body at the general resurrection shall rise again with Joy ets.
And as for my temporal estate as Lands and Negros goods and Chattels I give and dispose of the same (after my just debts and funeral charges are satisfied and paid)in manner and form following.
ITEM I give and bequeath my dwelling house and plantation with all the lands thereto adjoining to my son Fleming Bates, to him and his heirs forever.
ITEM I give and devise my second son John Bates all my lands and plantation called Deanes being all the lands and plantation which my father purchased of Thomas Deane and his brother, all of which land lying in the County of James City to said James Bates and to his heirs forever.
ITEM I give and bequeath to my younger sons, Charles Bates and James Bates, all my lands and Plantation in Charles City County being that parcel of land devised to me by the last will of my dec'd father John Bates, being part of ye dividend of land called Poplar Springs which land I devise to my said two sons and to their heirs forever equally to be divided between them and to be held in severally and now joint tenancy to them and their heirs forever.
ITEM I give and devise all my right and title that I have or hereafter shall have in the reversion of all the lands devised by my father's last will (and testament) to my brother Isaac Bates, all which my said Estate in Reversion ..... brother Isaac and to his heirs forever provided .....ounds current money in lieuof ye said..... brother Isaac allow to law.....fails to pay the said money to my daughter Hannah then I will and devise all my said Estate Reversion which I may have right to in my said brother's land to my daughter Hannah Bates and her heirs forever. And I also give unto my said daughter a small parcell of land lying in New Kent County near Richard Richardson which was devised to me by my father's last will and testament to her in free simple. And I also devise unto my said daughter Hannah Bates that a tract of land which I purchased of Charles Evans called Hot Water with all the plantation and appurtenances to her and her heirs forever.
ITEM I give and bequeath to my said daughter Hannah Bates all the parcell of land which I purchased of Peter Brewer lying in Charles City County to her and her heirs forever.
ITEM I will that all the residue of my personall Estate and Slaves, if there be any remaining after my just debts be paid, be to my loving wife Susannah Bates and at her disposing for her bringing up and educating my said children. And I do hereby constitute and appoint my said loving wife Susannah Bates, my uncle James Bates, and Mr. Robert Blawse my whole Executors of this my last will and testament hereby utterly revoking and annulling all former will or testament and none other.
In testimony whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal this 30th day of November Anno Dom. 1722.
John Bates (seal)
Henry Holcroft Matt'r Higgins Hannah Bates Ann Bates
Will proved 16 March 1723
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