Will Book C, p298
28 Aug 1777
William Rives of the Parish of Nottoway and County of Sussex being in perfect sense and memory blessed be God do make and ordain this to be my last will and testament and manner and form following. First my will and desire is that the land and ordinary whereon I now live as soon as convenient after my death be sold for the best price can be got either for cash or credit whichever my executrix and exors may think best. Item I give to my son Joel thirty pounds to him and his heirs to be paid him when he arrives to the age of twenty-one. I give to my son Robert thirty pounds to him and his heirs to be paid him when he arrives to the age of twenty-one. I give to my son Henry thirty pounds to him and his heirs to be paid him when he arrives to the age of twenty-one. I give to my brother Timothy Rives thirty pounds to be paid him when my Father departs this life and not before. I lend my father during his life the house wherein he now lives together with one half the College land, also three negroes vizt., Cate, Frank and Suky and after his death to return unto my estate. I lend my loving wife all the residue of my slaves and personal estate until my son Henry arrives to the age of twenty-one upon these express conditions that she maintain and educate my children. Its also my will and desire that there be a house built on my College land which land and house I lend my wife during her natural life. I also lend her the other half of the College land which I have before lent to my father (after his death) during her life. My will and desire is that my estate be kept together by my loving wife for the support of her and my children until my son Henry arrives at the age of twenty-one and in case of his death until my son Robert and in case of his death until my son Joel arrives at that age. Then it is my will and desire that my whole estate of every kind whatsoever be equally divided amongst my wife and children, the part that falls to my children I give to them and their heirs forever and that to my wife I lend her during her natural life and after her death to be equally divided among all my children. Lastly I nominate constitute and appoint my loving wife, my Brother Timothy Rives and Augustine Shands Executrix and Exors to this my last will and testament. In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and affixed my seal this twenty eight day of August one thousand seven hundred and seventy seven.
William Rives (LS)
Signed Sealed & Declared to be }
the testators last will in the }
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Will Claiborne Sr
At a court held for Sussex County the 21st day of May 1778.
The last will and Testament of William Rives decd was presented into Court by Lucy Rives widow and Timothy Rives executrix and one of the exors therein named who made oath thereto as the law directs & the same was proved by the oaths of William Claiborne Senr and James Bailey witnesses thereto and by the court order'd to be Recorded & on the motion of the said Lucy & Timothy certificate is granted them for obtaining a probate thereof in due form.
Test Will Claiborne junr CSC