Last Will and Testament of John James Shepherd, Sr.
"In the name of God, Amen. I John Shepherd, Sr. being in perfect mind and memory and calling to mind the mortaility of my body, and knowing it is appointed for all me once to die, have made and ordained to be made this my last will and testament in the manner informed following to wit:
I leave my soul to Almighty God that give it and my body to be buried at the descretion of my executors hereafter mentioned; and as to all my worldly goods it hath pleased God to bless me with, I leave in the manner following:
My will is that all my just debts to be paid and satisfied, then I give and bequeath to my beloved wife, Sarah, to have fill and free possession of all that I possess during her life or continuance at the place where I now live, and if she chooses to move from here to take Grace and her bed and chest during her life; and to Ann Viars, or her three daughters, I leave $90 to be divided between them; and to Susannah Vannoy I leave $160 to make her equal with the rest; and to Lucy Pumphrey I leave $60 to make her equal with the rest; to Nancy McQuerry I leave $90 to make her equal with the rest; to Steven Shepherd I leave $80 to make him equal with the rest; and to Lewis I leave $50 to make him equal to the rest; and to Sally Jennings I leave $127.50 to make her equal with the rest; and to Delpha Judee I leave $135 to make her equal to the rest; and to Andrew Shepherd I have given $250; and when all this is settled, if anything remains I leave it to be equally divided agreeable to the will amongst all that is mentioned in afore will.
I do hereby constitute and appoint my beloved son, John Shepherd and Nathaniel Judd, Jr. executors of this my last will and testament revoking all wills, legaus (sic) of bequesthes by me heretofore made ratifying and confirming this to be my last will and testament, this the 21st day of April, A.D., 1810.
Signed, sealed and delivered in the presence of us: Lewis Shepherd and Nancy McQuerry"
Signed: John Shepherd This will was proven in July Session of Court, 1810, by the oath of Lewis Sheppard.
INVENTORY OF THE ESTATE OF JOHN SHEPHERD, SR.
(Will Book 2, P. 308) Sept. 1810 105 acres of land 50 acres of land 50 acres of land 2 negroes 4 horses 11 cattle 20 hogs 8 sheep 1 old whip saw 5 plows 2 prs. Gear 1 broad ax 1 handsaw 1 drawing knife 3 augurs 4 chisels 1 gauge 1 set of swingle trees 3 bedsteads and cords 11 pewter plates 1 set of tea cups and saucers 1 mug 1 pitcher 6 spoons 1 lantern 1 large pitcher 4 knifes 4 jugs 2 tables 2 wheels 2 prs. Shears 1 shovel 3 pots 1 skillet 1 wash tub 2 prs. Stillards 1 churn 1 salt gum 1 rifle gun 1 pr. Horse plumes wool, cotton & spun truck 1 grindstone 8 baskets 3 large buckins 3 bells 2 beef hides in tan 1 steel trap 1 foot adds
Some dung-hills fowl Working tools Some blacksmith tools 1 trowel 1 frow 3 iron wedges 4 hoes 1 spade 1 shovel 1 gimlet 1 mattock 1 grubbing hoc 1 wagon 1 cart 3 featherbeds 2 underbeds 2 chests 1 cupboard 5 dishes 8 basons 2 tumblers 1 bottle 2 vials 1 coffee pot 1 butterpot 1 knife box 6 barks 4 books 7 chairs 1 looking glass 1 flat iron 1 candle mold 1 oven 2 prs. Pot hooks 2 sifters 2 crocks 2 flat tubs 1 meal gum 1 saddle and bridle Some lumber 3 bee hives 8 wagon boxes some bar iron 1 calf skin 16 hogsheads Some shoe tools Some bacon, corn, wheat, rye, with standing crops