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JAMES BOBBITT           WILL OF 1761

March 13, 1761 - Halifax County, Virginia. Will Book 0, page 131.

IN THE NAME OF GOD, AMEN: I, JAMES BOBBITT, of the Parish of Antrim, in the county of Halifax, being sick and weak in body, but of sound sense and memory, thanks be to Almighty God, for the same, and calling to mind the uncertainity of this life, and that it is appointed for all men, once to die, I do, constitute, ordain, and appraise this my last will and testament.

FIRST: I do bequeath my soul to God that gave it, and my body to be buried in a christian manor at the discretion of my executors, nothing doubting, but at the general resurection, to receive full pardon and forgiveness of all my sins, and as touching such worldly estate, where with it has pleased the Almighty God to bless me with in this life, I have in the following manner. Namely:

ITEM: I give and bequeath to James Dillard, all that tract of land on the south side of Pigg River where on I now live, as James Dillard is paying to the co-executors of this said will, one hundred pounds made payable in one year from the proving of this said will, the above being a formal contract and agreement between the said bond and Dillard, and upon the non-performance of the said Dillard, my desire is for the same therefor to be sold by my executors and the money arising on the said sale to be applied towards paying my lawfull debts and the overplus arising if any, after my lawfull debts, discharged, to be equally divided with my personal estate amongst my heirs hereafter mentioned.

ITEM: I give to my son JOHN, law's RICHARD BENNIT, the remaining part of the above mentioned tract of land on the north side of Pigg River, according to the river courses of the patent, to him and his heirs and assigns forever, also a tract of land surveyed by John Adams adjoining the line of the above said land to the said RICHARD BENNIT also to him and his heirs forever in consideration whereof the said RICHARD BENNIT is to pay JAMES BOBBITT eleven pounds at the time the said BOBBITT shall come of age, provided he die before he shall have issue or come to age, the money to be paid to RANDALL BOBBIT.

ITEM: I give to my son WILLIAM BOBBITT that part of the tract of land I had of Timothy Dalton lying on the south side of Pigg River to him and his heirs and assigns forever he paying likewise to the said JAMES BOBBITT JUNIOR, the sum of seven pounds in like manor as the said RICHARD BENNIT is also five pounds to the said RANDALL BOBBIT in like manor aforesaid.

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ITEM: I give to my son JOHN BOBBITT the remainder of the tract of land I had of this said Dalton on the north side of Pigg River, he paying the sum of eight pounds in mannor above as to the above said RANDALL BOBBIT. In case the said RANDALL BOBBIT die without issue or before he comes to age, the money is to be paid to JAMES BOBBIT JUNIOR in manor and form aforesaid.

ITEM: I lend to my loving wife ELIZABETH during, my widow, my negro, Joe, with all the rest of my estate equally to be divided between my loving wife, ELIZABETH BOBBIT, DINAH JINNINGS ANN HINSON, MARY BOBBITT, LIVISA BOBBIT, JAMES BOBBIT, AND RANDALL BOBBITT.

ITEM. I do constitute and appoint my loving wife ELIZABETH BOBBIT, executrix and my loving friends Robert Baber, and Hugh Innis, executors to this my last will and testament. I rebuke, annull all other will or wills by me before made in witness hereof, I have set my hand and afix my seal this thirteenth day of Match 1761.

                                                                              JAMES BOBBIT

Signed and delivered in presense of: Benjamin Henkle, Amos Choin?, John Dutton.

AT court held on the 20th day of August 1761, the will was presented in court by Hugh Innis one of the executors ..... and acknowledged bond by the court....

                                                                           ROBERT MUNFORD, C.H.C.

This is the complete will and it rather completely names all of the mature children with some idea as to their ages.

The family is as follows:

James Bobbitt Senior, deceased. 

Elizabeth Bobbitt, his wife 

Richard Bennitt, his step-son     married Mary Dalton 

John Bobbitt                            married Sarah Gibson 

William Bobbitt                        married Ann McKenzie 

James Bobbitt Junior                married Elizabeth McKenzie 

Randall Bobbitt                        married Fanny Walden 

Dinah (Bobbitt) Jennings          married Jonothan Jennings 

Ann (Bobbitt) Henson              married James ? Henson 

Mary Bobbitt                           married Richard Bennitt 

Livisa Bobbitt                          married James Cockran

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