Will of Thomas Jarvis
transcribed by Richard Jarvis

      Thomas Jarvis (1690-1755) son of William Jarvis and Elizabeth Duparkes, prepared his will on August 16, 1747, and his will was proved on August 22, 1755.  The following will of Thomas Jarvis of Northampton County appears in the Norfolk County, Virginia Will Book 1 (1755-1772)

      "In the name of God Amen.  I Thomas Jarvis of North Hampton County in Virginia being at this time in health and strength and memory, Praised be to Almighty God, but calling to mind the uncertainty of this life, I do make and ordain this my Last Will and Testament.  First and principally I do give and recommend my soul to Almighty God who gave it, and to my Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ trusting His mercy I shall enjoy Everlasting Life and - - - -  at the direction of my Executor  here after mentioned and to the disposing of my worldly goods shall be as followeth.

      I give to my son William Jarvis my Negro boy named James and a horse called Whistler and a saddle and bridle to him and his heirs,  My desire is that my son William shall allow his aunt Charity Cowdry a maintanence provided she will live with him.  And if she moves from him, then he is to pay three barrels of corn a year.  And also I give my said son a cow and a calf, three sheep and two hogs, the choice I have.

       I give to my daughter, Elizabeth Jarvis one horse called Ranger and a side saddle and bridle and one cow and calf, three head of sheep and my loom? and harness and three hogs, the choice one given.

       I give to my grandson, William Ellet (Elliott?) a heifer of two years old and to my grandson Thomas Ellet one heifer of a year old.  

       I give to my grandson Harason Benthall one heifer of two years old.

      My will is all the remainder part of my Estate after my just debts are paid shall be equally divided between my son and three daughters, Marg, Elizia, and Elizabeth by my two friends, Thomas and James Goffigon.

      My will is that my Estate shall not be appraised.

      Lastly I do designate, nominate and appoint my son William Jarvis my Executor of this my Last Will, utterly revoking all former wills made by me, and this to remain my Last Will and Testament whereunto I have set my hand and fixed my seal this 16th day of August one thousand seven hundred and forty seven."

Signed Sealed in the presence of us

Hope H. Hilyeard                                                                         Thomas T  Jarvis     Seal
Thomas Goffigon                                                                                    Mark of


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