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Probated Will of Valentine Switzer

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In the name of God, Amen. I, Valentine Switzer, of the County of Hamp­shire, and State of Virginia, being weak in body, but of sound and perfect mind and memory, blessed be God for the same, I make and publish this my last will and testament, in manner and form, following. That is to say first: I will and desire that after my decease, that all my just debts be paid, and secondly: I will and desire that my whole estate, both real and personal shall be sold and equally divided amongst all my children, both sons and daughters, except my son Peter, and I will him one dollar out of my estate and no more. And I likewise will that my sons Phillip, John and Abraham, and my son Henry’s heirs and Valentine shall not pay any interest on the bonds that I have against them but shall be fully acquitted of the same after my decease.

I likewise will that my son Henry’s widow and his children, that she had by him shall have one child part to be equally divided between them.

I likewise except one bond on my son John of three hundred dollars, that he gave the twenty-third of October, one thousand eight hundred and nine. I will that he pay interest for that from the date, but no other bond that I have against him.

I likewise will that my son Nicholas’ part of my estate shall be kept in the hands of Frederick Secrist and given to him as he stands in need of it. I likewise will that the court do take into consideration and bind him to security for the same, for the said Nicholas is not capable of taking care of himself, that he should not become’ chargeable to the commonwealth.

I likewise will that if he should die without an heir, that his part should be equally divided with the rest of my children.

I likewise will that my daughter, Cathrene shall have my clock after my decease for her trouble in taking care of me.

I do likewise will and appoint Phillip Hoober and Frederick Secrist and my brother John Switzer, Executors of this my last will and testament, and I do hereby disannull and make void all will, wills and testaments by me ‘hereto­fore maid. In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal, this the day of November, the seventh, in the year of our Lord, one thousand eight hundred and nine.

Vallentin Switzer.

Signed and sealed and acknowledged by the above named, Vallentine Switzer, to be his last will and testament in the presence of us.

William Parrill, Phillip Fisher, Henry Secrist.

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