Will of John Wayles Eppes

I, John W Eppes of the county of Buckingham and State of Virginia being of sound and disposing mind and memory, do make and ordain this to be my last will and Testament, viz: Item 1st I give and bequeath unto my beloved wife Martha B Eppes all my property both real and personal, to be used and disposed of as she may think proper during her natural life, and at her death to be equally divided among all my children, share and share alike; and I wish it expressly understood that no advancement I have heretofore made to my eldest son Francis Eppes is to prevent his inheriting an equal portion of the property of which I may die seized and possessed on the same terms and conditions with my other children.

Item 2nd I hereby constitute and appoint my beloved wife Martha B Eppes, my eldest son Francis Eppes and my friend Hutchins G Burton of North Carolina executors of this my last will and Testament hereby revoking all former wills.

In Testimony whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal this 5th day of May A.D. 1823.

signed and sealed in the presence of

Teste Lewis P Williamson } Jno. W. Eppes.
H.G. Montfort
H.G. Burton

At a court held for Buckingham county the 13th day of October 1823.

This will was proved by the oath of Lewis P Williamson one of the witnesses thereto:And at another court held for the same county the 10th day of November following. The said will was further proved by the oath of H.G. Montfort another witness thereto, and sworn to by Martha B Eppes executrix therein named and ordered to be recorded, and on the motion of the said executrix who entered into, and acknowledged bond with security as the law directs, certificate is granted her for obtaining a probat thereof in due form.

Teste R. Eldridge jr. D.C.
a Copy Teste R. Eldridge jr. D.C.
MS (NcU: Records of Ante-Bellum Southern Plantations, Hubard Family Papers); attestation subjoined; noted on verso: “John W. Eppes’ will (A Copy) for Mrs Martha B Eppes.”