Will of Thomas Harper
(From Abstracts of Pittsylvania Wills, 1767-1820, compiled by Lela C. Adams, Bassett, VA, 1986, Southern Historical Printing, Inc.) page310-312
11 December 1807
Pr:18 January, 1808
LWT Thomas Harper being of sound mind and memory.
I lend to my beloved wife Ann HARPER during her natural life or as long as she remains my chaste widow, all my estate except for the land on Sandy Creek joining HENRY HALL and JOHN MAY.
To my daughter SALLY HALL, wife of HENRY HALL, $1.00, should my daughter survive her husband then my son GEORGE HARPER is to pay her $10.00 for 20 years.
To my son NICHOLAS HARPER $1.00, should he survive his present wife NANCY, at the decease of my wife a negro Lysh to him.
To my son JACOB HARPER $1.00, and the mare he has in his possession.
To my daughter ANNA HARPER, all my land on the west side of West Branch of Sandy Creek not to be conveyed as long as her mother lives, also at the death of my wife, a negro girl Rachel. Should ANNA die without issue then to my son GEORGE HARPER.
To my son GEORGE HARPER at the expiration of my wifes chaste widowhood, all my estate both real and personal.
Appoint my wife ANN HARPER my executrix and friend WILLIAM WALTON and son GEORGE HARPER executors.
Wit: ALLEN STOKES, SR., JESSE WALTON, JR.,CHRISTOPHER ROBERTSON, SR., RANDOLPH SMITH, SAMUEL THOMPSON.