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Will of James Thornton


Contributed by Stan Thornton, MCP


Will of James Thornton (08 Aug 2020 -1791)

Orange County, VA Will Book 3, page 226

Typed by Stan Thornton from photocopy of court documents obtained from the Orange County Court Clerk's office. (spacing added for readability)


In the name of God Amen, I, James Thornton of Orange County being very weak and much afflicted in body but perfectly sound in sense and memory for which I have reason to thank Almighty God for the same. I do hereby declare and confirm this as my last will and testament in form and manner as follows.

First, I desire my body to be decently buried as my Executor hereafter named shall direct and my funeral expenses and my just debts be first paid and the residue of my estate to be divided amongst my nine children named as follows - Franky Bryant, James Thornton, Ransdell Thornton, John Thornton, Betsey Thornton, Salley Thornton, Rose Thornton, Jenny Thornton and Jeremiah Thornton.

Item- And for a more convenient and Equal division of the same my will and desire that my lands and Plantation and all my estate to be sold and a twelve months credit given for the purchase money at a time and in such a manner as my executor shall think is mostly to the advantage and welfare of my children also selling such things or parts of my estate for ready money as they shall think proper.

Item- My will and desire is that my two youngest children Jenney Thornton and Jeremiah Thornton to have Twenty pounds Cash money more than their equal parts of my estate each of them and the remainder to be equally divided amongst all my children as above named.

Lastly, I constitute and appoint my brother Daniel Thornton and my son in law Thomas Bryant executors to this my last will and testament revoking, disannulling and making void any will or wills heretofore by me made. Signing, Sealing and declaring the above written as my Last Will and Testament this 13th day of June One Thousand Seven hundred and Eighty Nine in the presence of


Francis Moore

Daniel Thornton James Thornton  [seal]

Caleb Thornton

At a Court held for Orange County on Monday the 28th day of February 1791, the Last Will and Testament of James Thornton Dec. was presented into Court by Daniel Thornton and Thomas Bryant and proved by the Oaths of Francis Moore and Caleb Thornton two of the witnesses thereto and ordered to be recorded. And on the motion of the said executors, who made oath according to Law, certificate is granted them for obtaining probate thereof in due form whereupon they with Finlason Sleet and Francis Moore grant their securities entered into bond and acknowledged the same in the sum of L500 [pounds] current money.


James Taylor COC




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