David Cornutt Will 1847

Historical Document

New River Valley History:

New River History and Genealogy Discussion Group

For discussion of history and genealogy of the New River Valley of North Carolina and Virginia you are welcomed to join the New River History and Genealogy Discussion Group.

Click to join NRHG
Click to join NRHG

Welcome and we hope you join the discussions.


New River Notes — Complete

January 21, 2014

After about two years of work we have completed a major upgrade to New River Notes. On January 21, 2014 we switched in the last of the updated files and final page revisions.

In January 2013 we introduced the new site layout but because there were many pages left to do there was a big red Under Construction on the front page. A year later we've finished all of the pages that were on the original site. Construction is complete. We have a great looking site full of material to help you in your research and possibly entertain you.

New River Notes

January 6, 2013

New River Notes, a leading genealogy resource for the New River Valley of North Carolina and Virginia, launched its new look website today.

new river valley mapNew River Notes was originally launched in 1998 by Jeffrey C. Weaver providing New River Valley researchers with a new wealth of information and that tradition is continued today by the Grayson County, Virginia Heritage Foundation, Inc.

Welcome and we hope you enjoy our new look.

David Cornutt Will 1847

Grayson County Circuit Court Will Book 4A, 1848-1899 68 2518

In the name of God Amen. Be it remembed that I, David Cornutt of Grayson County, Virginia, being weak in body but sound and perfect mind and memory (or you may say this considering the uncertainy of this mortal life and being of sound mind) blessed be Almighty God for the same do make and publish this my last Will and Testament in manner and for me following (that is to say). That I give and bequeath unto my beloved son William Cornutt the sum of one dollar. I do also give and bequeath unto my three younger sons, James Cornutt, John Cornutt, and Rueben Cornett the sum of three dollars. I also give and bequeath to my four daughters, Lilly Hooten, Roda Graham, Diada Sutherland, Pheroby Anderson all my money and notes and moveable property which several legacies or sums of money I will and order shall be paid to the said respective legates within six months after my decease. I futher give and devise to my four daughters, Lilly Hooten, Roda Graham, Diada Sutherland, and Pheroby Anderson all my land (-------) and my slave with their appertainences (?) situated and lying in the same county and state aforesaid and equally to be divided between them (-----) All the rest and residue and remainder of my personal estate of other kind and nature soever I give and bequeath the same to said two son-in-laws, Thomas Sutherland and John Anderson whom I hereby appoint sole executors of this my Will and Testament hereby revoking all former wills by me made. In witness thereof I have hereto set my hand and seal April 7, 1837 in the year of our Lord. Signed sealed and published and declared by the said above named David Cornutt to be his last Will and Testament in the presents of us who at his request and his presents have hereunto subscribed our names as witness to the same.

John Cornutt David Cornutt (Seal)
William Roberts
Michael Shuler

Virginia in the Circuit Superior Court of Law and Chancery for Grayson county September Term 1847 The last Will and Testament of David Cornutt, deceased was proved in open court by the oaths of John Cornutt and Michael Shuler subscribing witnesses hereto and was ordered to be recorded and on the motion of Thomas Sutherland, one of the executors herein named who made oath hereto and together with William Cornutt and Alexander Cornutt his securities entered into and acknowledge a bond in the penalty of $1000 conditioned as the law directs certificate was granted him for obtaining a probate of the said will in due form liberty being reserved to the other executor in the said will to join the probate when he shall think fit. Test Orville Anderson, C. C.

NOTE Some speculation or conjecture. Thomas Sutherland securities were William Cornutt and Alexander Cornutt. Probably this William Cornutt was the son of James. David's brother. Alexander Cornett I suppose was this William's son and a nephew of Thomas Sutherland. This will was probated a few years before David's son William died.