Will Book E, p325
23 Feb 1795
George Rives in the County of Sussex and Parish of Albemarle being in a valetudinary state of health but being in perfect sense and memory, thanks be to Almighty God for the same do nominate and constitute this my last Will and Testament revoking all those heretofore made.
My will and desire is that all my Just debts should be paid by my Executors hereafter mentioned and that my Body shall be decently Buried according to the Church of England.
Item I give and bequeath to my son Thomas Eldridge Rives the tract of land lying on Jones Hole Swamp leading from the main run of the said Swamp along a line of trees that divides the said Land that I bought of Golightly till it strike the main road, thence along the said road till it comes to my Brother Timothy's line to him and his Heirs forever and I also give to him the following slaves vizt: Daniel David Bess Doll Ephraim Nell and Anthony unto him and his Heirs forever.
Item I give and bequeath unto my son George Rives the following tract of land lying on Jones Hole Swamp and bounded by the Spring Branch and adjoining his Brother Thos' land above divised to him and his heirs forever - also the following salves vizt old Calsa and young Calse Stafford Peter young Hannah and Bettey to him and his Heirs forever.
Item, I give and bequeath unto my son Eldridge Rives the plantation whereon I now live, to him and his heirs forever and also the following slaves, vizt, Andrew, Phill, Rich'd, old Lucy, Beck and young Lucy to him and his Heires forever.
Item, I give and bequeath to my daughter Pamela Rives the following slaves vizt, Silva, Bob, Darbie, Drue, unto her and her Heirs forever.
Item, I give and bequeath unto my daughter Nancy Rives the following slaves, vizt, Cupit, Creecy, Aggy, and Colin unto her and her Heirs forever.
Item, all the remainder my estate after my debts being paid I desire may be equally divided Between Thomas Eldridge Rives, George and Eldridge Rives and my daughters Pamela and Nancy Rives, to them and their Heirs forever.
I do nominate constitute and appoint my sons Thos, Gog, and Eldridge Rives executors of this my last Will and Testament. In Witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and affixed my seal this twenty-third day of February One thousand seven hundred and ninety-five.
Signed sealed and delivered in presence of the Subscribing witnesses and at my request
George Rives (Seal)
Richard Harrison Charles B. Rives
Thos. Eldridge, Hugh Belsches
At a court held for Sussex County the 6th day of March 1795
The Last Will and Testament of George Rives deceased was presented into Court by Thomas E Rives and George Rives two of the executors therein named the same was proved by the Oaths of Charles B Rives Richard Harrison and Thomas Dunn three of the Witnesses thereto and ordered to e recorded and on the motion of said executors who made oath and gave Bond as the Law directs Certificate is granted them for obtaining a probate thereof in due form
Mich Bailey CSC