Will of Andrew Parks - 1860

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Will of Andrew Parks

SMYTH COUNTY, VA - WILLS - Andrew Parks, 24 May 1860


Contributor's Note: All of his children, except Nelson, lived in Grayson County, and his land was in both Grayson and Smyth Counties on top of Iron Mountain where he is buried.

Will made May 24, 1860

In the name of God Amen. I ANDREW PARKS of Smyth County, in the State of Virginia, being now in sound mind and of despairing memory and calling to mind the solemn oath that is appointed unto all men once to die and feeling disposed to dis______ my estate according to my own pleasure, do make, ordain, publish, and declare this for my last will and testament, that is to say -

1st - It is my will and desire that all my just debts and personal expense be paid out of my estate and therefore charge upon it.

2nd - It is my will desire that my wife, SUSANNA PARKS, have one dollar paid to her out of my estate, she having been fully provided for out of my estate before this.

3rd - It is my will and desire that my son, PILGRIM PARKS, in addition to what he has already had, have one dollar out of my estate.

4th - It is my will and desire that my son, ISAAC PARKS, have one dollar in addition to what he has already had out of my estate.

5th - It is my will and desire that my daughter, ELIZABETH SURGEONS, have in addition to what she has already had, one dollar out of my estate.

6th - It is my will and desire that my son, JACKSON PARKS, in addition to what he has already had, have one dollar out of my estate.

7th - It is my will and desire that my son, WASHINGTON PARKS, in addition to what he has already had, have one dollar out of my estate.

8th - It is my will and desire that my daughter, MAY ANDERSON, in addition to what she has already had, have one dollar out of my estate.

9th - It is my will and desire that my daughter, SARAH JESSE, in addition to what she has already had, have one dollar out of my estate.

10th - It is my will and desire that my daughter, CHEZRATH (??) WEST, in addition to what she had already had, have one dollar out of my estate.

11th - It my will and desire that my daughter, AIMY WHITE, in addition to what she ha already had, have one dollar out of my estate.

12th - it is my will that my son, ANDREW PARKS, in addition to what he had already had, have one dollar out of my estate.

13th - It is my will that my wife's daughter, Matilda, which I do not claim as my own, have in addition to what she has already had, have one dollar out of my estate.

14th - I is my will and desire that my wife's son, Sampson, which I do not claim as my own, have in addition to what he has already had, have one dollar out of my estate.

15th -- It is my will and desire that my land, on which I now reside, it being in two adjoining surveys, be equally divided between my three sons by NANCY ANDERSON. My son, FREELON, to have his part off of the west end. My son, NELSON, to have his part of the east end. My son, JOHN, to have his part in the middle.

(He did not number a 16th)

17th - It is my will that my house keeper, NANCY ANDERSON, the daughter of JOHN and FERBA ANDERSON, have for her long and faithful service as a house keeper for me, all the remainder of my personal estate not heretofore devised.

Lastly, I hereby constitute and appoint James F. Porter, he being my friend, my executor of this my last will and testament, and hereby revoke all former wills or testaments be me heretofore made, and declare and publish this as and for my last will and in testimony whereof I have hereunto subscribed my name and applied by seal in the present of the witness. Andrew Parks

Att:

Columbus P. Ashlin
James A. Scott

Virginia - At a court held for Smyth County, Mach 17, 1868

The last will and testament of Andrew Parks, Decd., was presented in court, proven in court by the oaths of Columbus P. Ashlin and James A. Scott, the subscribing witness thereto and the said will is ordered to be recorded, and there appears James F. Porter, the executor mentioned in said will, appeared in court and made oath thereto and together with E. S. (?) Morgan and B. C. Williams, his securities entered into and acknowledged a bond in the penalty of four hundred dollars, conditioned according to law _________?? is granted to him for obtaining probate to said will in due form. Teste. W.C. Sexton c

April 4, 1868, personal property - appraised by Robert Hall

1 red heifer, $9.00
3 calves, $12.00
1 old rifle gun, $5.00
Was sold -

James T.? Porter, 1 red heifer -12.25; 1 bull calf - $5.75; to Isaac W. Parks 1 heifer calf - 5.00, 1 heifer calf - $5.00; to Nelson Parks 1 rifle gun, $5.00, but had received no pay.

James F. Porter, executer of his estate.


Contributed by Sadie Stamper Greer