Amanuensis Monday ~ David Cornutt’s Will

Posted: July 9, 2012 in Family

To the best of my ability, I am attempting to transcribe David Cornutt’s (Cornett) Will, dated September 1847.

In the name of God, Amen. Be it remembered that I, David Cornutt of Grayson County, Virginia , being weak in body but of sound and perfect mind and memory (or you may say this, considering the uncertainty of this mortal life; and being of sound mind) *helped?* be Almighty God for the same, to make and publish this my last Will and Testament, in manner and form following (that is to say)

First, I give and bequeath unto my beloved son, William Cornutt, the sum of one dollar, I do also give and bequeath unto my three younger sons, James Cornutt, John Cornutt, and Reuben Cornutt, the sum of three dollars, I also give and bequeath to my four daughters Lilly Hooten, Roda Graham, Diada Sotherlin and Pheroby Andrewson (Anderson) all my money and nots (?) and movable property which several legacies or sums of money. I will and order shall be paid to the said respective legatees (legacies) within six months after my decease. I further give and devise to my four daughters Lilly Hooten, Roda Graham, Diada Sotherlin, and Pheroby Andrewson all my land entire and my slave with the appertanances?  and lying in the same county and state afore and equally to be divided between them and lastly as to all the rest, residence and remainder of my personal estate of what kind and nature service I give and bequeath the same to said two son in laws Thomas Sothalin and John Anderson, whom I hereby appoint sole executors of this my last will and testament, hereby revoking all former wills by me made. In witness whereof I have here unto set my hand and seal, April 9th 1837 in the year of our Lord.

Signed, sealed, published and declared by the said above named David Cornutt to be his last will and testament in the presents of us who at his request and at his presents have here unto subscribed our names as witness to the same.

John Cornutt

William Roberts

Michael Shuler

Virginia: In the Circuit Superior Court of Law and Chancery for Grayson County, September Term, 1847.

This last will and testament of David Cornutt, deceased was proved in open court by the oaths of John (this is where the page cuts off and I assume that the oaths were given by those signed as witness to the will and testament of David Cornutt)

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  2. Nancy says:

    I’ll look forward to that blog post!

  3. Nancy says:

    How interesting! Do you know the story behind this somewhat unusual division of property?

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