The Will of John Lacy

I, John Lacy, of the county of Kanawha, the state of Virginia, do make this my last will and testament, in manner and form, following, first: I desire my executor to sale all my real and perishable estate, except such as are hereinafter reserved for the best possible prices. And upon whatever terms he may think best so as to meet, or arrange some debts, which I am now due, and which will be due this Fall, which my son, Adam Lacy is my security. Second, I desire my three daughters, living at home, namely Sally, Elizabeth, and Dicey to have all my household and kitchen furniture, to be equally divided among them. Thirdly, I desire, after all my debts are paid, the residue of my estate to be equally divided among my several children, namely Jordan, Adam, Susan, Moses, Anne, Rebecca, and Polly, and the three first named above. Lastly, I desire my friend, Ephraim Griffith, shall or may accept as my executor of this, my last will and testament, and that all my affairs may amicably be settled.



 


William Marion Lacy, 1954
Grandson of John Lacy

Teste May 16, 1842 John Lacy


A.M.Smith
John Pauley
D.Angel
At a county court, held for Kanawha County, the 13th day of June, 1842, this last will and testament of John Lacy, deceased, was this day presented in court, and proven by the oath of Allen M. Smith subscribing witness thereto, continued for further proof.
Teste
A.W.Quanier, Clerk
And at a county court, held as foresaid, the 14th day of June, 1842. This last will and testament of John Lacy, deceased, was again presented in court, and fully proven by the oath of Daniel Angel, another subscribing witness thereto, and was ordered to be recorded, and on the motion of Ephraim Griffith, the executor therein named, who made oath thereto, and together with John Turley, his security entered into, and acknowledged a bond in the penalty of $600. Conditioned as the law directs, certificate was granted him for obtaining probate of the said will in due form.
Contained in will book #1, page 706, at courthouse, Charelston, WV.

John Lacy Estate


75 acres of land (supposed)-----$ 125.00
2 yearlings,- $4 each----- 8.00
1 spotted cow----- 11.00
1 red cow----- 10.00
9 head of hogs----- 7.00
1 single tree----- .50
2 old bells----- .12 1/2
2 hoes----- .38
1 iron wedge----- .50
1 axe and sundry old iron----- 1.00
1 old hand saw----- .50
1 auger clevis----- .75
1 old plough----- .25

Total----- 165.001/2


Sale Bill:
75 acres of land- Mathias Midkiff----- 150.00
1 spotted cow- Joseph Midkiff----- 13.75
1 red cow-Anne Lacy----- 12.00
1 yearling- George G. Angel----- 4.00
1 yearling- Moses Lacy----- 3.75
9 head of hogs- George W. Thompson----- 8.62
1 hand saw- Moses Lacy----- .50
2 bells- Moses Lacy----- .38
1 axe- Milton Midkiff----- .37
2 hoes- Ephraim Griffith----- .50
1 rasp hook and file- Ezekiel Midkiff----- .37
1 hoe- Adam Lacy----- .18
1 pair hames- Adam Lacy----- .18
1 clevis- Moses Lacy----- .25
1 auger- Washington Hundley----- .25
1 single tree- Samuel Snodgrass----- .31
1 iron wedge- Milton Midkiff----- .75
1 frow- Washington Hundley----- .75

Total $ 196.92 1/2



 

WILL OF PETER DINGESS

In the name of God Amen. I PETER DINGESS of the County of Giles and State of Virginia being in a low state of health but thanks be to God of Perfect mind and memory and calling to mind the mortality of my body and knowing it is appointed for all men are to die do make and confirm this my last will and Testament (viz)

First, I give and recommend my soul unto the hands of Almighty God who gave it and my body to the grave to be buried in decent Christian burial at the discretion of my Executors nothing doubting but at the General resurrection I shall receive thos by the mighty Power of God and touching thoes wordly Good wherewith it has pleased God to bless in this life I dispose of bequeath and devise of in the following manner and form towit. I give unto my dearly beloved wife MARY my dwelling house and one half of the proceeds of all my land for five years or during the minority of my son CHARLES as likewise all my household and kitchen furniture also one sorrel horse and one bay mare all my stock of cattle not otherwise devised and all my hogs sheep and Geese and after the death of my wife the house is to be the property of my two sons JOHN and CHARLES and all the other property to be the property of my wife and to be disposed of as she may think proper. I also give to my wife my negro woman Jude as her own property. I also give to my daughter ELIZABETH SMITH two dollars out of my estate I also give my daughter SUSANNA SMITH two dollars out of my estate. I also give to my two sons WILLIAM DINGESS and PETER DINGESS two dollars each out of my estate. I also give my daughter MARY FRENCH two dollars out of my estate. I also give to my daughter NANCY HENDERSON two dollars out of my estate. I also give to my two sons JOHN DINGESS and CHARLES DINGESS all my farming utensils and also my still and tub my waggon and Gears also one Cow each I also give to my daughter PEGGY DINGESS two dollars out of my estate I also give to my daughter SARAH two dollars out of my estate. I also constitute and appoint my wife MARY and my son JOHN DINGESS and my son in Law DAVID FRENCH my Executors to this my last Will and Testament and confirm this and no other as my last Will and Testament

Given under my hand and seal this 2nd day of June in the year of our Lord One thousand eight hundred and nine. /s/ PETER DINGESS (Seal)
Signed subscribed and
acknowledged before
John Toney, Benj H. White
Peter X Blankenship, Shadrack X Blankenship (each made his mark)

At Giles November Court 1809.
This last Will and Testament of PETER DINGESS decd was proven in Court by the oath of John Toney and Peter Blankenship, two of the Witnesses thereto subscribed and ordered to be recorded Test DAVID FRENCH CGC


PETER DINGESS INVENTORY

An Inventory of the estate of PETER DINGESS Dec’d taken this 4th day of November 1809.

Thirty nine hogs big and little running ---------$47. 75 cents
One mare ------- 45
One sorrel horse ------ 50
One old gray horse ---- 0 .1/2
fourteen head of cattle ------ 63. 50
twenty five geese ----------- 8.33
eleven sheep -------- 16. 50
two tables -------- 8
One cubboard not finished & furniture --- 6
One old wheel & Reel ---- 1
two beds and furniture --------- 40
One bedstead -------- 1. 50
One old negro woman named Jude ------- 1
Books ------- 2
Sundry pots kettles &c ------- 17
Nineteen fattening hogs in the pen & two pigs ----- 86
One puter quart, one point Do one Gill Do ------- 1. 50
One Smoothing Iron --------- .75
One pair Cotton Cards ------- .75
One looking Glass ------- .75
One churn one cann Piggins & two Coolers ---- 1. 75
One old pair of fire dogs ------- .25
One Jug --------- 1
$ 00

Agreeable to an Order of the Worshipful Court $400. 33 *(this should probably be $400.83 since this is the total I arrived at--Tony Dingess)
of Giles County we have appraised the within
mentioned property
/s/ Jas McClaugherty Jr.
/s/ Jas Copleas
/s/ John Toney

The Will & Inventory of PETER DINGESS SR were recorded in Giles county, Virginia, Will Book A, pages 24-26. His wife, MARY “POLLY” DINGESS, survived him and died in about 1838. They are buried in the Oakvale Cemetery just above their home near the entrance, and must have been the earliest burials. The Matthew French & John Chapman Chapters of the Daughters of the American Revolution placed a stone on PETER”S grave with this inscription:

“PETER DINGESS
VA. MIL. REGT.
REV. WAR”


The Will of Charles Dingess


Giles County, Virginia Will Book B, Pages 110-113:

I, Charles A. Dingess, County of Giles and State of Virginia do make and ordain this my last will and Testament, Viz: first all my just debts and funeral expenses to be paid out of any monies or leived out of my personal property. 2nd It is my will that for favors bestowed by my sister, Mary French, deceased, and her family I give and bequeath to each of her children an extra allowance of $100 to be enjoyed by them forever. 3rd For like favors by my sister, Sally McClaughtery, deceased, I give and bequeath an extra allowance to each of her three children of $100 to be enjoyed by them forever. 4th I give and bequeath unto Evalina White, daughter of Elizabeth White, one thousand dollars, the education and clothing of the said Evalina to be paid out of the bequest of one thousand dollars by my executors at their discretion and the balance to be paid to her in cash or bonds when she, the said Evalina, arrives at lawful age or at the time of her marriage but in case the said Evalina shall have no lawful living isue than at at her death and at the death of her isue the said bequest to revert to my executors to be devised as herein after named. 5th I give and bequeath unto Eliza Jane French, daughter of Naomi French, one plantation lying in Giles County in the valley of East River containing about two hundred and thirty five acres which was purchased of John Blankenship, the education, clothing &c of the said Eliza Jane French to be paid out of the rents and profits of the said plantation after keeping the same in repair at the discretion of my executors and also pay unto the said Eliza Jane any ballances of rents at her lawful age or marriage at which time she is to have full possession of said land and the title to be made to her, the said Eliza Jane by my executors but in case the said Eliza Jane shall have no lawful living issue then at her death or at the death of her issue, the said land to revert to my executors to be sold by them and the title made to the purchaser and the proceeds devised as herin after named. 6th I give and bequeath unto the children of my brother, John Dingess, the debts he the said John owes me together with four hundred dollars and request my exectors to purchase the plantation he now lives on or some other plantation of near the same value and have the title of the same made to his children the said John Dingess to have posession in common with his children in this bequest to be their whole portion of my estate and that the said children enjoy the same forever, the land to be purchased with the before mentioned debts owing to me and the bequeathed four hundred dollars. 7th I give and bequeath unto my sister, Elizabeth Smith, one negro girl named Jane during the natural life of the said Elizabeth and at the death of the said Elizabeth the said negro girl with her increase, if any, to be sold by my executors and the proceeds devised as herin after named. 8th I give and bequeath unto Cynthia McComas, one small yellow girl named Rhoda until 17th day of July 1851 at which time she is to be free requesting my Executors to furnish any sum necessary, not exceeding one hundred dollars to pay her transportation to some place where her and her increase can enjoy the privilege of freedom. 9th I give and bequeath unto Napoleon B. French and William H. French, all my land on Brush Creek purchased in Company with Capt. David French, deceased, from Andrew Johnston. provided the said N. B. French and W. H. French pay the purchase money that is due for the same and pay over to my executors the amount of the purchase money for said land paid by me with its interest and any cost that have or may accrue on or about the same I also give and bequeath unto the said N. B. French and W. H. French all my interest in the old Howe tracts of land lying on Brush Creek provided the said N. B. And W. H. French pay to my executors one hundred and fifty dollars for the same if the said devisees choose to accept the said lands on the above terms. If not accepted the said lands to be sold by my executors and the proceeds devised as hereafter named. I will that my executors have my mother (Mary Smith Dingess) well provided for during her natural life and I request Elizabeth Smith and William Smith provide for and keep my mother and for that service they are to receive out of my estate at the rates of one hundred and fifty dollars per year during her natural life for the time they provide and support her also they are to have the use of Sukey a negro woman to attend my mother provided they choose to keep and support the said Sukey and her two youngest children and incase the said Elizabeth and William Smith comply with this requisition the said Sukey and her children are not to be sold until the death of my mother. I also will that my executors sell all my land not heretofore devised at public sale and a credit to be paid at four annual installments bearing interest on the whold purchase money after the first installment becomes due and that my executors convey the titles to the purchasors as soon as their last payment is made also that my executors sell my slaves on a credit to be paid at two annual installments with interest with interest on the purchase money from the time the first installment becomes due and also all my other personal property on a credit of one year that my executors collect all my debts now due my estate or may become due and all the balance of my estate not otherwise devised shall be equally divided between the children of my brother, Peter Dingess, deceased, the children of my sister, Mary French, deceased, the children of my sister, Nancy Henderson, deceased and children the of my sister, Sally McClaughety, deceased to be paid in cash or bonds to those that may be of lawful age or married to be enjoyed by them forever and to all as they become of lawful age or married to be enjoyed by them forever. And I do constitute and appoint Guy D. French and John McClaughety, Senior my sole executors to this my last will and testament and I do revoke and disannul all and every will and testament by me in any wise made ratifying and confirming this and no other to be my last will and testament. In testimony whereof I have hereunto made my seal and subscribed on the 26th day of July 1835. Witnesses: James McClaughety, Abraham Garrison and Jeremiah Jones.
Charles A. Dingess

At Giles October Court 1835.

This last will and testament of Charles A. Dingess was proven in court by the the oaths of James McClaughety, Abraham Garrison and Jeremiah Jones the witnesses hereto subscribed and ordered to be recorded.

Teste; R. A. French