Will of John Claud 7 December 1826, Southampton County, Will Book 10: 222-223
In the name of God Amen, I John Claud of the county of Southampton and state of Virginia being through the abundant Mercy and goodness of God weak in body yet of a sound and perfect mind and memory do make and ordain this to be my last will and Testament In manner and form following Viz I first recommend my soul to the Almighty God who gave it and my body to be buried in a Christian like manner to the discretion of my Executor hereafter mentioned and as to what worldly goods it has pleased God to bestow on me while in this life dispose of them in the following manner. viz
Item Firstly It is my will and desire that all my just debts be paid and after that I lend unto my loving wife Polly Claud all my lands and also all my Negroes namely AMY, ANTHONY BEN MASON AND JACOB and all the increase of my Negroes also my stock of all kinds my household and kitchen furniture and all my plantation utensils to her during her natural life or widowhood and at her death or marriage
Item I give unto my son William Claud the sum of Five Shillings to him and his heirs forever. Secondly I give unto my daughter Charlotte one feather bed and furniture which she has now in possession to her and her heirs forever. Thirdly I give and bequeath to my daughter Milbry Claud one feather bed and furniture to her and her heirs forever . Fourthly, I give and bequeath unto my daughter Rebecca Claud one feather bed and furniture to her and her heirs forever. Fifthly I give and bequeath unto my daughter Nancy A. Claud one feather bed and furniture to her and her heirs forever and Sixthly I give unto my son Phillip J. Claud one shot gun and one mule which is name Flomer to him and his heirs forever and Seventhly I also give and bequeath unto my other three sons John T. Claud, James W. Claud and Jesse J. Claud the sum of thirty Eighthly I give and bequeath unto my daughter Mary Ann Claud one feather bed and furniture to her and her heirs forever. Where if my wife Polly Claud should get married again I give and bequeath their one ninth part of my estate viz which is an equal division with my nine children above mentioned to his and her heirs forever and at her death or marriage the property which I have lent unto her are to be sold at public auction and the money arising thereupon shall be Equally divided between my nine children namely Charlotte Milbry William Nancy James Phillip John Mary Ann and Jesse. Item lastly I do hereby constitute and appoint my wife Polly Claud and my sons Phillip J. Claud and John T. Claud my Executor to this my last will and Testament. As witnessed I have hereunto set my hand and affixed my seal this 7th day of December A.D. one thousand Eight hundred and thirty six.
John Claud (seal)
Sealed published and declared
In presence of
At a court in the county of Southampton the 18 day of January 1830 This last will and testament of John Claud decd. was proved by the oath of Newt Drew Jeremiah Drew & Persons Westbrook the witness thereto and ordered to be recorded. And on the notion of Polly Claud the executor therein named who made
each and together with David Westbrook John Ivey and Newt Drew her securities entered into and acknowledge at sons in the penalty of Four thous and dollars conditioned as the Law directs certificate is granted the said Polly Claud for obtaining a probate of the said will in due form Liberty being borrowed for the other Exors therein named to be reported in the probate when they think fit.
Teste James ROCHELL CO