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#2 ':1111 of .John Benham >\:ar. 12, P7t:)6, Wamington Co., Va..
In Witness ":hereof I have hel"'eunto set m;r hand and neal
t!:ls twelfth day oj' ;a!'ch the year of OUT' Lord one thousand seven
hundred a.nd ninE't:' z1 x.
Signed, sealed, pronounced and declured by the
said John Benha.."!1 &S his last will nnd testa.nent, in the presence of
us, who in hi S p::-e'sence and in t he in pre sence of ea.ch other hElve
he rE' to f:ubs c ri be d our name s. •
his
.Tohn l'.enhru;.s •
..ror.?: 1:ussell . nark
Een!l ::01t
his
.fnark
his
Christopher x hobbs
t1ark
;'t a Court held for -;;a.snington County the 19th day of
August, 1800. The last ;;ill and testa.Ment 0f Benhams dec. was prove:1
in court by the 0& tes of ..i ohn Hus se 11 e.nd '.\' ill ia.m Hobbs two the
subscribing wi tnesses thereto End on the motion of r,1ary Benham the
executrix therein named who took the oa.th prescri bed by la.w and
together with ,Toseph }'rost an:i Samuel his securi ties entered
into a.nd a.cknowledged their bond in the sum of one thousand cb 11a1's
condl tioned as tt.ie '. law directs. k- Certificate for tLe probate of the
sa1.d will is the ref:)re gra:, ted her in due forra.
Attest
f 1') dY{ "1
,I-.n ,.ussel., 'i).c.
/. cop-:-r- Teste: Latherine G. !,;ock, ;).Clerk
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It, Tbl.: r:J.j·::. ,I' GOl) ISElx. I, ,Tohfi of ';:llsli.ington County e.nd
of Vir,c:inia., weak in bod:·, but as and of pel'fect r:1.lnrt am
rne!"lOr:.-, be r:ivcn unto :}:Jd calliLf. unto nind the mortality
of i":;':)oc!:: &r:Cl that it it a;;ojzb.ted for all men once to
die co I,hLe nn(i oJ'(Inin this my last '\"'ill and '1lentar:1Cnt; t:lat is,
to sa:.' p'incipelly [J.!,d first of all'1 gave and recoI:1r1end ny soul
unto the l.nr:d of Alr.lichty God tLat gave it, and oy bod:" I recom­
mend to the earth, to be burried in decent christ1a.'1 burial at the
discretion of my executors; doubting but at the ceneral •
resu:'rectior:. I shall I'ccei ve the sarile nr;ain by the l'lie::hty pO'.lCr of
God, til":J r.s touching such Vlorldl
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• eo tate whe1'ewi th it has pleased
God to bless me in this life. I rive, elend se,and dispone of the
in the followi:-',r l'1:s.nner ur:c; fonn: l"irst, I give and bequeath
to }/ary, m.y dearl:-- beloved Wife, whom I constitute,
an·j o!"daln O!'1e of i"'.y of s my lest ','!ill and testae::t,
all my household, debts, ar.d moveable effects by her freely
to be pO'sessed and enjoyed, during her vlidowhood and at the time
of her death or marriage, to be equally divided amongst my three
youngest caur-hters, l.n.n, Rachel' Eebekah or at her discretion
stand in need £. fl..: lL:evli se to LfLve Ler c1:oice of a home amor.r;st my
lE-n.ds during he I' wi Al::o I [,1 ve to my well beloved son,
Vincent nenham, whom I likewise constitute,. make and orda.:i.n as one
of Ir.y executors of this my last '/;ill and Testament part of my tract
of lan[l in Powels Valey, Lee County and aforesaid all
the Innd lyinr, on the we8t 81 de of ,"fames Fur;ets sprinr; branch follow­
ing the various courses of the sane do'un to the sinking of the sar,le
thence a stra!?ht with the branch to the line.
Also ;rive to \'Jell beloved son Willian Uenham whon
I likewise consti tute, m&lw, :"',!'10 ordain as one of my executors of
this last will end testanent, all the land on the Eouth side of
the river belonring to the tl'act 1 !lOW live on.-
Llso I 7ive to my well beloved Hon Jotrn whom I
likew: se conal tute :;n:·:e and o:tiain as one 01' 111Y executors of 1;':118 my
last Vlill and. testa;.:;ent all the land on the f;orth sicie of the river
belcmging the tract I noV! live on down trw river to the fish tl'ap
hill V1;.1.e re t he rocks bend down on the ri ver and thence up the sane
hill line. clovm alo:15 t saEe on t he top uf the ridr,e to the line, and
1 ilt\: ewi se a s116.11 tract of in the roor valley contain!.ng
50 aC.:'t:S.
hlso I ve to MV well beloved son Joel Benham a part of
:my tl'act of land ir.:owels .1o:'nir.g son Vincents line to tLe
west ar.d :)rev.r:' 1:-'1= tchers conci: line on which his fence novi
stands to the East.
i.lso :; .:lve to my well beloved son Jar.Es the re­
rr.ai::1der of the tract of land':r now live on ly: rip': on the North. side
of' 1'1 ver acd 1 se a Sr.1Hll tract of land joinlnf, the saYr.e on
bot!: s:ic:es O!' the 1'i vcr containinr; bO acres ar.d as for my three eld­
est daufhters
'-,uth, and :,;ary, I have f.'peportioned of as ::.
sufficient arreeable to my estate.
hnd I do hereby utte!"ly disallow, revoke enj dtsannul all
and eve!"'; other former Testanents, 7il11s, Leracles, Bequests and i:;xe­
cutors me in wj before nanled, v:illed and bequeathed: Hatified
and confirming this and no other to be n:! 1s.3t "::ill f.m Te;:tar:ent
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'this lndtmt',l.re I'inde, this the ::":lst day of June 1[JU2,
betwec:.1 ka1'Y benham, ''/inccnt BCllr.i.a.m, Vii 1liru.l i>cnham unci John Bcn­
ha::, 01 :,1:(' one pa:-!t of thE:: county of Lee and Drury l·'lctcher of
t::.e COWl ty of Lee a1'ore said, of the other part vii seth, that
tr:e Lary Ljenhm:;, Vincent denhr.. n, 'fa ilium 5enham a.nd John HenQ
£laID for (.r,d in cons ideration of the of 20 pounds, current money
doth barF" in ar,d 8t; 11 tm to the sL:d !-'le teller, one hundred a.nd
acres be the Sl:.i.me r.lOre or les:, to the naid },:ary
Benham, Vincent Benha,-" ','lillian Jenhrul1 and John Benha.r.l b:r the last'
will Lnn tcstar;,cnt of John Benha.m -.ieceased, bearing clute the
1785, lyl nr 8.y'd be :".f. in the c oun ty of :"ce, be low the waezgon ford
of Fowells or. both sides of the road, lmovm as Gatliffs place,
B..!1d bOlrr:dt:::::' as folloVlet:-:. tow:' t: f. t tiD ashes c: 34
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E to a. oak and beech with the old line
S r6" '-.l..0 roles '.:0 two \'k,ite corn:)l' of a c(mditlo!'la.;.. liSe
between LRry :':'enham, and sa: j Fle tcher and wi th sai d line N 12 'N
15g poles, to two oaks on the open line, and wi th said line N
67 170 to the rlRce of the ber,inning, tOGether all its
s, to the said D::-'ury :: 'le tchcr c: hi s he irs forever to
the sole u!"c ar.c". behoof of hin, trle sa3. d ;)purr Pletcher t; hi sheil'S
forever and said ::ary 3en!la!'1, :JenhlLm, ','alliam Benha];1 l:.
Jot'.n .Jer,h&: for tr:.er:selves anc tLcir heirs; doth covenant Vii th the
fletcl,er 8.1"'.2 his that the said l&.ncl "{lith 0.11 its
ill, to t ;1(, said ....il'ury l'le tcller !;: hi s heirs apdnst all
'.It::.&tsoever, wi 11 warraLt defend.
In ";ltne.ss 'iihereof the ::s.id I.iary Benham, Vincent Benhf'..rn,
-::111iar. ;::;e:tt'lam [,; .::-o:m :;5 r:nhru:l, rw.th subscribed their nar,les
and affix d their scals the day and year above written.
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in the IjI'C
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:le 1 i ve red
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:.:ary X Denham
rlP.rk
(S::.J:,.L)
Jar.:e sHoff
William. eneer)
Jar:l::s F'ur-att
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Vincent llenham
his
John X lJer.ham
nark


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Virginia., Lee County, to-wit:
I, l.rthur 1'. Durene tte, L;lerk of and for the Ci reui t
Court of Lee County, do hereby certify that the foreGoing is a true
copy the deed af> aTTear:: af record in this office, in deed Boo}:
l, pare ;::, c •
Given ll!"'."ie:;> ny n::"id' the of t1ds office, this
13th da7 of 1958.
Teste: Clerk
:Jy ?vanetta lay Cridlin
Clerk
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