Name: William Norwood
Date Written: June 6, 1702
County / State: Surry Co., Virginia
In the name of God, Amen. I, William Norwood, of the parish
of Southwarke in the county of Surry being of perfect mind and memory (thanks be
to God for the same) and being willing to settle my affairs in this world do
make this my Last Will and Testament in manner and form following utterly
revoking all other wills by me made either by word or writing and case thereunto
the contrary notwithstanding.
Imprimis: I bequeath my soul to God Almighty my maker and by body to the earth from whence it came to be buried in such decent and Christian manner as my executors shall think fit and convenient and touching such Temporall Estate as the Lord (far above my desserts) hath been pleased to bestow upon me, and I do order, give, bequeath and dispose of the same in manner and form following:
Item: I give to my Son Edward Norwood one shilling sterling money to be paid by my executors hereafter named.
Item: I give and bequeath unto my Son George Norwood and to his Heirs forever my now dwelling house and one hundred acres of land therewith belonging. I likewise give unto my said Son George the parcel of hogs and the horse that he commonly called his and one negro woman called Moll and her increases forever, if the said George will comply with my request to my daughter Sarah Norwood and not else.
Item: I give and bequeath unto my Son Richard Norwood and to his heirs forever a neck of land commonly called and known by the name of Barren Neck with eighty acres of land to be separated from my other land by a line marked trees to be run by Mr. Walter and Mr. Thomas Flood. I likewise give unto my Son Richard Norwood a young mare that is commonly called his and her increase forever. I also give unto said Son one negro woman named Doll and her increase forever, if he the said Richard will comply with my bequest to my Daughter Sarah Norwood and not else.
Item: I give and bequeath unto my daughter Elizabeth Branch one large pewter dish.
Item: I give and bequeath unto my daughter Lydia Sowerby on large pewter dish and one flat-handled silver spoon.
Item: I give and bequeath unto my daughter Sarah Norwood the first child that either of my negro women shall bring to be delivered to her at the age of two years old and if neither of them lives to be two years old then the first that doth live to that age. I likewise give unto my said daughter Sarah a small silver cup that is now in the house and a silver spoon only I dispose that her mother may have the use of them during her natural life. I also give to my said daughter Sarah my old mare Tripitty and her increase forever.
Item: I give unto my grand-daughter Elizabeth Branch one silver spoon which she now has in her possession.
Item: I give and bequeath unto my Daughter Mary Norwood a negro boy named Tom and one silver spoon and one white mare filly and her increase forever. And further it is my desire and intent notwithstanding all the above bequeaths that my dear wife Lydia is to have the use and benefit of all my negros during her life and that all other of my Estate not already disposed of be Equally divided between my wife and four children, viz, George, Richard, Sarah and Mary Norwood and lastly I appoint my Son George executor with my dear loving wife executrix to this Last Will and Testament in witness of the premise.
I have hereunto affixed my hand and seal the sixth day of June Anno Domini 1702.
Signed Sealed in the presence of