Will Book 3, p717
7 Mar 1845
I Thomas Rives of the County of Dinwiddie and State of Virginia, do hereby make my last Will and Testament in manner and form following, that is to say -
1st That all my just debts be paid by my executor hereinafter named.
2nd After my debts and funeral expenses are paid the residue of my estate I give un the following form, (to wit) -
3rd. I give to my wife Frances S Rives during her natural life my plantation call'd Cedar Green & Mount Pleasant also one third of my Negroes & personal property and at her death to be equally divided between my two children Harriet E. Rives & Robert C. Rives to them and their heirs forever.
4th As I have made some advancements to my two children Harriet & Robert I don't wish those advancements to come in for a division except six hundred dollars which I have advanced to Harriet more than to Robert.
5th I give to my daughter Harriet my plantation call'd Oaks Grove to her and her heirs forever also one third of my personal property to her and her heirs forever.
6th I give to my son Robert C. Rives all my land purchased of Frances E. Manson and also the land purchased of the estate of Nathaniel Manson decd also the land purchased of James S. Cornwell also one third of my personal property to him and his heirs forever.
7th I appoint my son Robert C. Rives my executor I wish him to act without giving any security my wish is that my executor to get two discret men to appraise my personal property and divide it as near agreeable to this will as possible.
8th I wish that my two children to make some provision for Miss Rebecca A Lamb for a decent support as long as she lives.
In witness of this my last Will and Testament I have hereunto set my hand and affixt my seal this 7th day of March 1845.
Thomas Rives (Seal)
At a Court held for Dinwiddie County on the 16th June 1845
This writing purporting to be the last will and testament of Thomas Rives decd was produced in Court to be proved and there being no subscribing witness thereto - Isham E Hargrave and James D. Parker were sworn and severally deposed that they are well acquainted with the Testator's hand writing and verily believe the said writing and the name thereto subscribed to be wholly written by the Testator's own hand. Whereupon the said writing is ordered to be recorded as the true last will and Testament of the said Thomas Rives decd. And, on the motion of Robert C. Rives executor therein named who make oath thereto and entered into and acknowledged a bond in the penalty of Ten Thousand dollars conditioned as the law directs certificate is granted him for obtaining a probate of the said Will in due form.
Jno. P. Crump CC