Cumberland County, Virginia

Will of Tennyson Cheshire, Cumberland County, Virginia, 1794

In the name of God Amen. I Tennyson Cheshire of Cumberland County being sick and weak in body but of perfect mind and memory and it is appointed for all men once to ....

I therefore give and bequeath my soul unto the house of God that gave, in hopes as the great day answer for or give account of the transactions here on earth. My body ... comments to the earth and to be buried in a christian like and decent manner which I leave to the discretion of my Executors.

I give and bequeath after all my lawful debts are paid my lawful wife BARBARY CHESHIRE my track of land wherein I now live and all my negroes, stock of all kinds and household and other furniture and plantation utensils.

Like wise I do give and bequeath unto my daughters PRISCILLA CHESHIRE and ELIZABETH TENISON CHESHIRE my land and all my property above mentioned to be equally divided between them after the decease of my wife and do leave them my Executor with my wife of this my last will and testament notifying, confirming and allowing the same and disallowing all other former wills by me before made and allowing this and no other to be my last will and testament being as aforesaid in perfect mind and memory in witness hereof I have unto set my hand this fifteenth day of May one thousand seven hundred and ninety four.

Tennyson Cheshire (seal)

Signed in the presence of us

Edward Scruggs


At a Court held for Cumberland County the 23rd day of June 1794

This last will and testament of Tennyson Cheshire, dec. was listed in Court by Barbary Cheshire, Priscilla Cheshire and Elizabeth T. Cheshire the .... therein named and proved by two witnesses thereto and ordered to be recorded and on the motion of the said executors who made oath according to law, certificate was granted them for obtaining... thereof in due form on giving bond and security where upon they with Miller Woodson their --- into bond conditioned according to law.

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