The Last Will and Testament of Nicholas Roper

Will Book 17
April 27, 1812 - Probate: 27th day of January 1817
Jefferson County, Va (now WV)
Clerk's office
prepared by Jackie Milburn

In the name of god amen. I Nicholas Roper of Jefferson County in the commonwealth of Virginia being in perfect health and of sound mind considering the certainty of death and the uncertainty of time it may happen I have determined to make this my last will and testament in measures following that is to say I do desire to be decently buried funeral charges and all my just debts that I may be owing at the time of my decease should be paid the remaining part of my Estate and effects I give and bequeath and dispose of in Manner and form following.

First I give and bequeath to my illegitimate son James Roper's son Nicholas Osborn Roper all my landed estate in Jefferson County also one lot in Charlestown No. Twenty Seven also two lots in Duke street Alexandria, to him the said Nicholas Osborn Roper and his heirs forever, but he the said Nicholas Osborn Roper shall pay my Illegitimate son James Roper his father two hundred pounds per year Virginia currency during his life but if my illegitimate son James Roper should have anymore children I desire that all my landed estate should be equally divided between them all. I also give and bequeath to my illegitimate son James roper all my stock of every description also all my farming utensils also all my negroes that I may have at the time of my death, one negro man excepta[sic] by the name of George and one horse which I give to my wife also all my household furniture and three hundred dollars pr. year to be paid out of the rent of my real estate or the third part of the rents of all my real estate which ever she choose to take.

The Negro George after my wife's decease shall be returned to the above named James Roper and his heirs all my Bills Bonds and open accounts I give to my illegitimate son James Roper. If I have any monies by me at that time of my decease I desire that it should be equally divided between my wife and my son James Roper, I do here by appoint John McPherson and my Illegitimate son James Roper My Executors of this my last will and testament and I so revoke all other wills by the heretofore made. In witness whereof I have hereonto set my hand seal this 27th day of April One thousand eight hundred and twelve signed sealed published and declared by the witness hand testor Nicholas Roper to be his last Will and testament in the presence of us who subscribed our names in the presence of the said testor.

Witness PresentNicholas Roper   {Seal}
Samuel Howel
James Stephenson Jr.

At a court held for Jefferson County the 27th day of January 1817. This last will and Testament of Nicholas Roper Dec'd was proved by the oaths of Samuel Howel and George Slosser the witness thereto and ordered to be recorded: And on the motion of James Roper and John McPherson the executors therein named who made oath thereto according to law Certificate is granted them for obtaining probat thereof in due form giving security: Wherefore they together with John Haines William Mc(?) and William McPherson their securities entered into and acknowledged a Bond in the penalty of twelve thousand dollars conditioned for their due and faithfull administrated of the said decedents estate.

By the Court
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