Ralph Wanless

Ralph Wanless

Male 1756 - 1842  (86 years)


Will of Thomas Adams (transcribed by Holly Cochran) -------------------- I Thomas Adams of the Calfpasture and County of Augusta being about to undertake a perilous journey to the Ohio River and being in my perfect senses do make and ordain this my last will and testament hereby revoking all others heretofore made. In primus my will and desire it that all my just debts be paid. I give to my dear Wife Elizabeth the use of all my slaves not hereafter particularly disposed of, with all my Lands in Augusta and Amherst and the use of the stocks thereon for and during her natural life in full satisfaction for her Dower and every claim she may have against my Estate. I give and bequeath to my dear and only Brother Richard Adams after the death of my Wife, all my Lands devised to my Wife, in the Counties of Augusta & Amherst, subject to the payment of my debts in exoneration of my slaves. I give and bequeath all my Locations of Lands on the Western Waters to my Nephew William Adams Fry and William Smith, a son of my highly esteem'd and much lamented Nephew William Smith of the County of Essex dec'd, to be equally divided between them to hold to them and their heirs as Tenants in common and not as joint Tenants. Also, after the death of my Wife, I give to each of them one third of my slaves, the other third I give to my Nephew William Adams, to them respectively and their heirs and hope and trust they will ever treat them with that kindness and humanity to which they have been hitherto accustomed and not sell or barter them away as cattle. I give and bequeath unto my honorable friend John Blair Esqr Chancellor all the lands he purchased of me in Albemarle County known by the name of the Mountain Plains and for which he has long since honestly paid me, to him and his heirs forever. I give to Ralph Wanlass and his heirs the lands and plantation whereon he now lives, subject to a House and home for his Mother during her life, in case her necessity should hereafter require it. After the death of my dear Wife, I give to my dear Niece Tabitha Eppes my Negro Cooper Lemon(?). As there is no man to whom I consider myself under greater Obligation than to my slave Joe, I hereby declare Joe a freeman and give him full and compleat emancipation. Lastly, I constitute and appoint my worthy friend Maj. Thomas Massie of Frederick and my Nephew William Adams and William Adams Fry Executors of this my last Will and Testament. Written with my own hand and signed and sealed with my own hand on this the fourth(?) day of October in the year of our Lord 1785. ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? Thos. Adams

Will of Thomas Adams, Augusta Co, Virginia, 1785

Leaves land to Ralph Wanless and a home for his mother (Margaret).

Linked toMargaret (Unknown); Ralph Wanless