In the name of God, Amen. I, Humphrey Drewry, of the County of Southampton and State of Virginia do make and publish this to be my last will and testament in manner and form following, that is to say:
Item 1st: I leave unto my daughter, Susan Jones, during her natural life one negro man named Harry, which negro she has in her possession, and at her death the said negro to be sold and the money arising from the sale thereof to be equally divided between her children or other descendants, such descendant taking only the share or shares to which their parent or parents respectively would if living been entitled to, to have and to hold the same forever.
Item 2nd: I give unto my daughter, Nancy Holt, one negro woman named Mary and her increase, which woman she has in her possession, to her and her heirs forever.
Item 3rd: I give unto my son-in-law, Hardy Robinson, one negro woman named Caty, which woman, Caty, he took possession of some years ago and conveyed her to the west, there is one hundred and ten pounds, two shillings, on my books against my son-in-law Hardy Robinson which it is my will that he shall not pay, but it is my will and desire that the said sum of one hundred and ten pounds, two shillings, (without interest) shall be deducted from the amount which may be allotted from my estate for his children. Children of my daughter Francis J. Robinson which amount to be applied to my other estate for distribution amongst my other legatees.
Item 4th: I give unto my son, Humphrey Drewry, three negroes, to wit: negro man Sam, man Randolph, and woman Cintha, which negroes I have put in his possession, to him and his heirs forever.
Item 5th: I give unto my daughter, Peggy Grigg, one negro woman named Charlotte and her increase, which negro woman I have put in her possession to her and her heirs forever.
Item 6th: I give unto my son, Edwin Drewry, one bond I hold against him for twenty two hundred dollars, to him and his heirs forever .
Item 7th: I give unto my son, Samuel Drewry, my tract of land lying on the three creeks, called the Big Water Tract, containing three hundred and thirty six acres, be the same more or less. It is my desire that my son, James, shall have barrel and hogshead timber off of the said land to save the fruit which may be on the orchards which I may give him but it is my desire and intention that my son, James, shall get no more timber from the said land than my son Samuel may consider is necessary for the saving of the fruit which may be on the orchard I give him and it is my desire the timber which he gets shall be from such parts of the land as may be designated by my son Samuel it is plain to see my intention which is for the orchard which I give James to be supplied with no more timber than is necessary for the saving of the fruit. I also give unto my son Samuel the lot of tract of land which I purchased of Graham Cofield containing five and three-fourths acres, also the point of land adjoining my old tract and the said Cofield's tract down to a new chopped line estimated to fifty acres, be the same more or less, to him and his heirs forever.
Item 8th: I give unto the estate of my son, Joseph Drewry, the bond I hold against him for fourteen hundred and eighty three dollars and three cents.
Item 9th: I give unto my son, John Drewry, all my lands lying on the south side of the road leading from Capt. Charles B. Nicholson's old place by the place I now reside on down to Ridleys branch including the land I purchased of David Newsom and Hoses old field, also the land on the north side of the said road from the new marked line which divides the land I have given to my son Samuel and the Blue Pond Tract down to a new chopped line which commences in a branch in Taylor's old line running a due west course to two white oaks which stands on the south side of the before named road immediately on the road marked pointing out the direction the said line runs including the Blue Pond Tract of land, this last named tract of land I give to my son John provided he will pay to my estate the sum of five hundred dollars and should he refuse to comply with the payment of the said sum for the said land, then the land to be sold and the money to paid into my estate but in the event of son John's death when the said sum of five hundred is demanded in that case it is my will and desire is his executors or administrators will perform the said payment for his estate that the said land shall descend to his child or children as the case may be to them and their heirs forever.
Item 10th: I give unto my son James Drewry all my lands lying on the south side of Ridleys branch including the land which I now reside on and the land I purchased of legatees of Marvin Johnson, deceased, also the balance of my land lying on the north of Ridleys branch not before given away including the land I purchased of Henry Lundy and Joseph B. Whitehead and the land lying between the new chopped line before named in the aforegoing clause and Ridley's branch. I also give unto my son James one negro man named Isham, but in the event the said negro man Isham's death before he is put in possession of my son James, in that event, that he shall have a boy between the age of twelve and eighteen years in lieu thereof, also two horses to be selected from my stock by him, ten head sheep, one yoke of oxen, two feather beds and furniture, forty five barrels corn and meat to be adjudged by my executors to be sufficient for one years support both of my stills all my empty cider cash and other fixtures for saving fruit which I may have on my plantation, to have
and to hold the same, to him and his heirs forever.
Item 11th: It is my will and desire that the balance of my estate not herein before given away excepting my slaves shall be sold and the money arising from the sale thereof after the payments of my just debts shall be divided together with my slaves and other moneys due my estate into ten equal parts amongst my children and grand children as follows: (Say) one equal part to Nancy Holt, one to Peggy Grigg, one to Humphrey Drewry, one to Edwin Drewry, one to Samuel Drewry, one to John Drewry, one to James Drewry, one to my grand children of my daughter Susan Jones, to be equally divided between them or their descendants taking only the share or shares which their deceased parents would if living been entitled to, and in the event of one or more of my daughter Susan Jones children dying before arriving to lawful age or marrying it is my will that the survivor or survivors or their descendants shall heir the said property, one fourth of one tenth or equal part to be allotted to my granddaughter Francis Hardyman Drewry daughter of my son Joseph Drewry provided she lives to arrive to lawful age and marrys and leaves an issue this one fourth of one tenth of thus allotted I desire to remain in the hands of my executors and should my granddaughter never arrive to lawful age and marry and leave an issue to live to enjoy this property in that case I will the one fourth of one tenth thus named to be returned to my other legatees. I leave it to the desecration of my executors whether they will or will not apply the interest of this legacy that is the income of the legacy to the benefit of my granddaughter F. H. Drewry before such happenings as above named should they deem it necessary to apply the incomes of the said legacy I will they shall not be held accountable not withstanding she should die before arriving to lawful age or marrying or bearing an issue the remaining three fourth of this tenth part to be returned and included in the balance of my estate for distribution amongst my other legatees the remaining tenth part I will shall be held by my Executors for the benefit of my grand children of my daughter Francis J. Robinson to be paid to each their respective share as they arrive of lawful age and should either or any of them die before arriving to lawful age or receiving their respective parts I will and desire that the survivor or survivors of them or their descendants such descendants taking the share which their parent would if living been entitled to heir the said property this one tenth part thus allotted to my daughter Francis J. Robinson's children will be subject to discount of one hundred ten pounds two shillings referred to in the third item.
Item 12th: It is my will and desire that my grand children of Susan Jones shall account to my estate for the sum of one hundred and twenty pounds which was for the purchase of a tract of land from Arthur Freeman which land they have sold and received the benefit of.
Item 13th: It is my will and desire if my executors discover there cannot be effected an equal division in the one tenth part of my slaves which may be allotted my daughter Francis J. Robinson's children between the said grand children I wish my executors to make sale of the said one tenth and distribute the money arising from the sale thereof to the said grand children under the same restrictions as above referred to and it is further my will and desire if my grand daughter Francis H. Drewry cannot have an equal fourth out of the tenth part of my slaves then the said one tenth thus allotted of the slaves be sold by my executors and all to my grand daughter one fourth of the sales thereof in lieu of her interest in the slaves but under the same restrictions as before named respecting her living to arrive to lawful age marry and bearing an issue to enjoy the said property.
Item 14th: and, lastly, I nominate and appoint my two sons Samuel and John Drewry my whole and sole executors to this my last will and testament revoking all other wills by me made and declaring this to be my last (true) testimony whereof I have hereunto set my hand and affixed my seal this 19th day of March in the year of our Lord, 1842.