WILLS
                                       Will of JOHN GOODWYN BOISSEAU

                                   from Dinwiddie Co., Va. Will Book No. 1, 1830-1835

 Not having made any Will so as to dispose of my property and two of my Sisters marrying contrary to my wish should I not make one, I wish this instrument to prevent either their husbands from having one cent of my estate, say the husbands of my two sisters Martha Aldridge and Dorothy Aldridge nor either of them one cent, unless they should survive their husbands in that case I leave them say to be paid out of the collection of any my bonds five hundred dollars each. Given under my hand and seal this 27th August 1829. 
Jno. G. Boisseau seal

N B. having been so long in public business my hand writing can easily be proven. ~ J. G. B.
Memorandum to prevent Bennett Aldridge and Burwell Aldridge from ___ring any of my Estate that each might ____ in right of their wives without a Will made by me. J. G. Boisseau 27th August 1829. ~ 

 At a Court held for Dinwiddie County on the 21st day of November 1831. This writing purporting to be the last Will & Testament of John G. Boisseau deceased, was produced in Court in order to be proved, Whereupon Bennett Aldridge and Dorothy P. his wife and Burwell Aldridge and Martha his wife appeared, and entered themselves defendants to oppose the probate of the said Will, and the same is is continued till the Next Court. And at another Court held for the said County on the 16th day of January 1832, the said writing was again produced in Court and there being no subscribing witnesses thereto, Benjamin Harris, Thompson Stewart and James Young Junr. were sworn and severally deposed that they are well acquainted with the Testators hand writing, and verily believe the said writing the name thereto subscribed, and the endorsement thereon to be wholly written by the Testators own hand. Whereupon the said writing is ordered to be recorded:` And at another Court held for the said County on the 20th day of February 1832, Came Bennett Aldridge with Dorothy P. oneof the sisters of the said decendent, and moved the Court to allow him to qualify as adminstrator on the said estate, with the will annexed, which motion was opposed by Elizabeth Hardaway & Sarah P. Boisseau, also sisters of the said decedent: and the said Sarah P. Boisseau submitted a cross motion for leave to qualify as administratrix on the said estate, with the will annexed: On hearing the parties, it is ordered that the motion of the said Bennett Aldridge be overruled, and leave be granted the said Sarah P. Boisseau to qualify: Whereupon she took the oath prescribed by law, and together with Benjamin Boisseau, James H. Boisseau, John G. Dabney, Elizabeth Hardaway, Ann B. Cogbill and William Dabney her securities, entered into and acknowledged a bond in the penalty of Forty thousand dollars, conditioned as the law directs Certificate is granted the said Sarah P. Boisseau for obtaining letters of administration on the estate of the said decedent with his will annexed, in due form. ~ 
                                                                                                 Teste W. Crump CDC 

John was a son of John Boisseau & Martha Goodwyn.



                           Will of Anner (nee Boisseau) Hatcher

                     from Chesterfield Co., Va., Will Book No. 11, 1826-1830

In the name of God amen I Anner Hatcher being diseased in body of some disposing mind do make this my last will and testament in manner and form followingViz: that is to say,
In the first place I wish all my just debts to be paid

Secondly, I give and bequeath to my daughter Harriett B. Howlett the sum of twenty dollars,

Thirdly- I give to my grand daughter Laura L. Anner Winfree the sum of Twenty dollars~

Fourthly- I give to my grandson James T. Hatcher, the sum of Twenty dollars.

Fifthly- I give to my sons Daniel and David their board this year free of charge, and it isfurther my wish that my son David shall not be charged board for his two little negroes Albert and Ned this year.~

Sixthly- I give and bequeath to my daughter Mary Susan Hatcher all and every part of my estate not heretofore mentioned to her and her heirs, to have and to hold forever.~

Lastly- I do appoint my son Samuel Hatcher my sole executor to this my last will and testament and it is my wish there shall be no security required of him for his administration. Given under my hand and seal this twentieth day of May one thousand eight hundred and thirty.~                                                                                                                      Anner her + mark Hatcher  seal    Signed, sealed and delivered in presence of
the word "required" m___? before signed
R. B. Perry - T. M. Coates

 In Chesterfield county court July 12, 1830 ~ This last will & testament of Anner Hatcher deceased, was proved by the oaths of Richard B. Perry and Tapley M. Coates subscribing witnesses, and ordered to be recorded. On the motion of Samuel Hatcher, the executor in the said will named, who made oath as the law  directs, and entered into bond (without security none being required)
Examined conditioned as the law directs, a certificate is granted him for obtaining probate thereof in due form.
                         Teste    Parke Poindexter    Clk

Anner was a daughter of James Boisseau & Anner Fitzpatrick



                                 Will of NANCY BOISSEAU DABNEY

                     from Dinwiddie Co., Va., Will Book No.1-A, 1830-1897 

In the name of God Amen, I Nancy Dabney of the county of Dinwiddie and the state of Virginia, being of perfect mind and memory do make this my last Will and Testament in the following manner.

First, I give and bequeath to my son John G. Dabney the sum of Two hundred dollars to be paid by my Executor to my said son John G. Dabney or his heirs, which sum I give and bequeath to him and his heirs forever. 

Secondly, I give and bequeath to my son James Dabney the sum of Two hundred dollars, to be paid by my Executor to my said son James Dabney or his heirs, which sum I give and bequeath to him and his heirs forever. 

Thirdly, The remainder of my Estate both real and personal, of every description whatsoever that I now possess, or may hereafter possess by bequest or otherwise I give and bequeath to my son William Dabney and his heirs forever. 

Fourthly, I constitue and appoint my son William Dabney whole and sole Executor of this my last Will & Testament. ~ In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and affixed my seal this 23rd day of April in the year of our Lord on thousand eight hundred & thirty-six ~ 
                                                                                                                 Nancy Dabney seal 
Witnesses 
James H. Boisseau 
Henry Thacker 
Milton Thacker 

  At a court held for Dinwiddie County on the 16th day of January 1837.~ This writing purporting to be the last Will & Testament of Nancy Dabney deceased bearing date the 23rd day of April 1836, was this day produced in Court by William Dabney the Executor named, in order to be proved: Whereupon, on hearing as well the said William Dabney by his attorney, as John G. Dabney and James Dabney, it is ordered that the said Will be contested on the first day of the next Term. And at another Court held for the said County on the 20th day of February 1837, On the motion of the said John G. Dabney and James Dabney, it is ordered that this case be continued till the next Court. And at another Court held for the said County on the 20th day of March 1837 this writing was this day again produced in Court in order to be proved, and the said John G. Dabney and James Dabney appeared and opposed the proof of the said Will, Whereupon sundry witnesses were sworn and examined, and the parties aforesaid by their Counsel, fully heard. On consideration whereof, it is the unanimous opinion of the Court that the said Nancy Dabney decd. at the time of executing the writing aforesaid, was of sound and disposing mind and memory, and that she was under no undue influence. And James H. Boisseau, Henry Thacker and Milton Thacker the subscribing witnesses to the said writing, having testified in Court, that the said Nancy Dabney signed and published the same in their presence, as and for her last will & Testament, that they subscribed their names as witnesses thereto in the presence of the said Testatrix and at her request, and that the said Testatrix was of sound sense and memory, as far as they knew or believed. It is ordered that the said writing be recorded as the last Will and testament of the said Nancy Dabney decd. From which order, the said John G. Dabney and James Dabney pprayed an appeal to the next Circuit Superior Court of Law and Chancery to be holden for their County, which is allowed upon their entering into bond with security in the penalty of One hundred dollars with condition according to law, and thereupon they entered into bond accordingly, with Daniel Butts security.~ 

At a Circuit Court of Law and Chancery held for Dinwiddie County on the 4th day of April 1837. 
John G. Dabney and James Dabney Appellants 
against 
William Dabney Appellee 
upon an appeal from an order of the County Court of Dinwiddie admitting to record a writing purporting to be the last Will and Testament of Nancy Dabney deceased made on the 20th day of March 1837 ~ 
This day came the parties by their attornies, and the Court having heard the evidence touching the said writing purporting to be the last Will and Testament of Nancy Dabney deceased, and the depositions of sundry witnesses taken in Court, to wit: James H. Boisseau, Henry Thacker, Milton Thacker, Edward Young, Francis Lanier, Benjamin P. Boisseau, and Bennett Aldridge. On consideration whereof it is the opinion of the Court that the said Nancy Dabney decd. at the time of executing the writing aforesaid bearing date the 23rd day of April 1836 was of sound mind and memory and that the said writing was executed according to law. therefore it is considered by the Court that the said order of the County Court of Dinwiddie be affirmed and that the appellee recover against the appellantshis costs by him about his defense in this behalf expended. And it is ordered that the said Depositions be made a part of the record in this cause. And that the said writing of the day and year aforesaid, be recorded on the last Will and Testament of the said Nancy Dabney deceased & on the motion of William Dabney executor named in the last will and Testament of Nancy Dabney decd. who made oath thereto, together with James H. Boisseau his security, entered into and acknowledged a bond in the penalty of Eight thousand dollars conditioned as the law directs, Certificate is granted the said William Dabney for obtaining a probate of the said Will, in due form. ~ 
                                                                                              Teste Jno. P. Crump CC

* a note: the above John G. Boisseau and Nancy Boisseau Dabney were siblings and the children of John Boisseau and his wife, Martha Goodwyn of the county of Dinwiddie. 



                                         Will of Thomas R. Boisseau

                            from Dinwiddie County Will Book No. 4, 1845-1851

 In the name of God Amen, I Thomas R. Boisseau of the County of Dinwiddie & State of Virginia being of perfect mind & memory do make this my last Will and Testament as follows, Viz:
 
 1st- I leave to my Aunt Sarah P. Boisseau during her natural life, all of my estate both real & personal~
 
2nd- At the demise of my said Aunt Sarah P. Boisseau, I then give & bequeath my said estate to my two brothers John Boisseau & James Boisseau & my niece Jane Inglish Boisseau & their heirs forever, to be equally divided between them.~   
 
3rd- I constitute & appoint my said Aunt Sarah P. Boisseau whole & sole executrix of this my last Will & Testament & request the County Court of Dinwiddie, not to request(?) security of her in that capacity, not to have any appraisement of my estate.  In testimony whereof I have hereunto set my hand & affixed my seal this 24th day of September in the year of our Lord 1845-
                                                                                     Thomas R. Boisseau        Seal
 Witness
James H. Boisseau
Edward H. Seymour
 
 At a Court held for Dinwiddie County on the 20th day of October 1845.
  The last Will and testament of Thomas R. Boisseau decd. was proved by the oaths of James H. Boisseau, and Edward H. Seymour subscribing Witnesses thereto, and ordered to be recorded.  
  


                                   Will of Sarah Pegram Boisseau  

                           from Dinwiddie County Will Book No. 4, p. 492  & 493  

  In the name of God Amen, I, Sarah Boisseau of the Cty. of Dinwiddie being of sound mind and ___sing memory and aware of the uncertainty of life and the certainty of death do make publish and ordain this as my last will and testament hereby revoking and making null  and void all other last wills and testaments which at any other time heretofore may have been made by me.
    In the first place, it is my desire that my executrix hereinafter named pay all of my just debts out of my estate as soon as she can conveniently do so. 

Item 1st, I give, devise, and bequeath all of my real estate to my two nieces Lucy E. Pegram and Mary Ann Pegram for them to have and to hold the same _____ in fee simple to them and their heirs forever.
  
  Item 2nd, I give to my niece Lucy E. Pegram my sideboard, rocking chair, large trunk and side saddle, and to my niece Mary A. Pegram, I give my Bureau, Mahagony table and a half dozen windsor chairs, and I also give to my said nieces all of my kitchen utensils equally between them. I likewise give the bedstead in my dining room to my Bro. Edward H. Pegram, and a bed apiece to my two nephews, Geo. E. Pegram and Wm. Pegram.
  
  Item 4th**, It is my will and desire that so much of my Corn fodder & pork that is left after enough is sold to pay my debts, be for the sole use and benefit of Lucy E. Pegram  &  Mary Ann Pegram. If however after the sale of my Corn fodder and pork, there should not be enough to pay my debts, I desire that my Mule and B___ch be sold for the purpose of paying them. But if, to pay my debts it should not be necessary to seell the Mule and B___ch, I give and the Mule and B_____ch equally to my said nieces Lucy e. Pegram and Mary Ann Pegram. And if it should be necessary to sell the  ule and B____ch and any money remain from the sale after paying my debts I give the balance equally to my two nieces just before named to wit, Lucy E. Pegram and Mary Ann Pegram. 
 
Item 5th, I give, devise and bequeath to B. B. Vaughan all of my title and interest in that portion of the flat land which his _____ rocky branch alongside of said Vaughan's line up to the corner of Nicholas Clement & said Vaughan in said Branch. This gift is for the purpose of securing to the said Vaughan a title to land for which he has already paid me. 
  
  Item 6th, I hereby constitute and appoint as the executrix of this my last will and testament my  niece Lucy E. Pegram and it is my desire that the court will not require her to give security as is customary for acting as such. It  is also my desire that no inventory or appraisement of my estate is required.
  In witness whereof  I have hereunto set my hand and seal to this my last will and testament this 18th day of Decr. 1849.
    Signed, sealed and delivered in our                                                      Sarah Boisseau        seal
  presence by Sarah Boisseau as her
  last will and testament this day
  of Decr. 1849.  Miles Smith
                            Nicholas Clement }
                            B. B. Vaughan  
       
Codicil. I give to Lucy E. Pegram and Mary Ann Pegram all of my cattle.
Teste  this 18th day of Decr. 1849.                        Sarah Boisseau       seal 
 Miles Smith
Nicholas Clement
B. B. Vaughan
 
 At a County Court held for Dinwiddie County on the 18th day of March 1850.
  This last Will and Testament of Sarah Boisseau deceased, was produced in Court and proved by the oaths of Miles Smith and Nicholas Clement, two of the subscribing witnesses thereto, and ordered to be recorded and on the motion of Lucy E. Pegram the executrix therein named, who made oath thereto, and entered into and acknowledged a bond in the penalty of twelve hundred dollars conditioned as the law directs, without security, certificate is granted her for obtaining a probate of the said Will in due form. ~
                                                                                    Teste     Jno. P. Crump  C. C. 

**there was no 3rd
 


                                                 Will of James Boisseau

                           from Dinwiddie County Will Book No. 5, 1851-1855 p. 288 & 289

 I James Boisseau of the Count of Dinwiddie and State of Virginia, do make, publish and declare this my last will and testament that is to say.
 My will and desire is that all my estate both real and personal of whatever kind, except my sorrel horse, be sold by my executor hereinafter named, to the best advantage in his discretion as to terms & c, and that the proceeds of sale after the payment of my debts and chrgaes of the administration of my estate, be invested by my executor in some safe interest paying funds, or be loaned out on good security to solvent persons, who shall pay the interest annually, and that the annual dividends or interest of the money so invested or loaned out, be paid to my beloved wife, Sarah J. so long as she shall remain my widow, in the event that my said wife shal hereinafter marry or at the decease of my said wife, then, at her marriage or decease, whichever shall happen first, I give and bequesath one thousand dollars to my beloved niece Ellen Muir Boisseau, and the balance of the proceeds of the sale of my property, herein before directed, to my beloved niece Jane Inglish Boisseau.
  
 My interest in that portion of my father's estate which was assigned and allotted to his widow, the present Mrs. Kerr, to hold during her natural life, I include in the foregoing general words, "All my estate, both real and personal of whatever kin," and desire that the same shall when it comes in hand, be disposed of as herein before directed.~
  
 My sorrel horse, herein before mentioned, I give and bequeath to my wife Sarah J., so long as she shall remain my widow, and at her decease or marriage, I give and bequeath the said horse to my niece, Jane I. Boisseau.
 
 When my tract of land shall be sold as herein before directed, my will and desire is that the family burying ground or grave yard say one acre of land, shall be reserved from the said sale. My interest in the Wheath threshing machine and the Sawmill which James B. Vaughan and myself  own jointly, I desire to be excepted from the sale of my property herein before directed, and I give and bequeath the same to the said James B. Vaughan. In the event that my said wife shall renounce the provisions made for her in this will, then my desire is that after the assignment and allotment to her of her dower and distributable share of my estate, my executor shall dispose of the balance of my estate as herein before directed and of the proceeds of sale, I give and bequeath one thousand Dollars to my niece Ellen Muir Boisseau and the balance of the proceeds of sale of my estate as before said, I give and bequeath to my niece, Jane Inglish Boisseau, and at the decease of my wife, I give and bequeath what she may have helf for her natural life, under the said assignment and allotment, to my said niece Jane Inglish Boisseau.
  In the event, however, that my said wife shall not avail herself of her legal privilege to renounce so aforesaid, then this clause for my will to be void and of no effect.
 I name, constitute and appoint my friend, James Boisseau, the executor of this my last will and testatment: Done this 21st day of September in the year 1853.
                                                                                                                       James Boisseau
 Done in the presence of us, who,
at the testator's request and in
his presence, and in the presence of each other, subscribe our names'
as witnesses:
                        A. P. Woodson
                        James P. Boisseau
                        Joseph M. Lewis
 At a County Court held for Dinwiddie County on the 17th day of October 1853. This last Will and Testament of James Boisseau deceased, was produced in Court and proved by the oath of James P. Boisseau and the affirmation of Joseph M. Lewis, subscribing witnesses, and ordered to be recorded. And on the motion of James Boisseau, the executor herein named who made oath thereto, and together with Peter Bosiseau and James H. Boisseau his securitites, entered into and acknowledged a bond in the penalty of Thurty-thousand Dollars, conditioned as the law directs, certificate is granted him for obtaining a probate of the said Will in due form.~
                                                                                                   Teste    C. A. Hargrave  C.C.   

 This James Boisseau was a son of Benjamin Boisseau & Elizabeth B. Vaughan, James being born in 1821.



                                    Will of Mary G. Boisseau Crump

                 from Dinwiddie County, Va., Will Book Vol. 9, 1875-1891, page 87 

 In the name of God, Amen, I Mary G. Crump of the County of Dinwiddie and State of Virginia being of sound mind and disposing memory, do make this my last Will and Testament, 1st I will to my daughter Eliza W. Crump, after paying all of my just debts, two thirds of my estate real and personal(except my gold watch) to her and her heirs forever; 
2nd I will to my daughter Josephine Strachan of Petersburg the remaining third of my estate real and personal (except my above mentioned gold watch to her and her heirs forever,
3rd I give to my daughter Mary A. Blanche of Marshall Texas, my gold watch, to her and her heirs forever, In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand this the 2nd day of June, one thousand eight hundred and seventy six (1876)
  Witness . .                                                                                        Mary G. Crump
James T. Boisseau
Jno C. Adams
 My desire is that Eliza W. Crump shall administer on my estate, I ____? to her all the money that may be coming to me from rents and other things that may be sold belonging to me.    
                                                                                                       Mary G. Crump
Virginia  At a County Court held for the County of Dinwiddie the 17th day of September 1877 This last Will and Testament of Mary G. Crump dec with a codicil thereon written was this day presented in Court and offered for proof and the will was proven by the oaths of James P. Boisseau and John C. Adams the subscribing witnesses thereto, and there being no subscribing witness to the codicil James P. Boisseau and John C. Adams were sworn and severally disposed that they were well acquainted with the handwriting of the said Mary G. Crump and verily believed the said codicil and signature thereto were wholly written by the testator's own hand  whereupon the said will and codicil thereon written were ordered to be recorded, And on the motion of Eliza W. Crump te executrix thereon named who made oath thereto and together with James H. Boisseau her security entered into and acknowledged a bond in the penalty of One Hundred dollars conditioned according to law, certificate is granted her for obtaining a probat of the said will in due form.
                                              Teste    
                                                              A. M. Orgain  Clk.  

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