In the name of God Amen I Abraham Field of the parish of Saint Mark in the County of Culpeper being weak in Body but in mind and memory as sound as ever thanks be to God for the same and knowing the Certainty of Death that it must happen to all men and not knowing how sudden my own may be Do make and ordain this my last will and testament as follows First I Do humbly Recomend my soul to Almighty God from whom I received it fully Trusting through the merits of my Blessed Redeemer Jesus Christ to receive pardon and Remission for all my sins and Enjoy Eternal Felicity and my Body I commit to the earth (from whence it came) therein to be Decently Intered in a Christian Like manner at the discretion of my Executors and as Touching my world Estate after my Funeral Charges and Just Debts are paid and Discharged I Dispose of the same as follows viz
Item I Give and Confirm - to my son John Field and his heirs and assigns forever the Lot and portion of Land which I have already made him a Deed of Gift for & is now in Possession of as also Two negroe Boys Named Davy and Robin which he has in his possession -
Item I Give and Confirm to my son Daniel Field his heirs and assigns forever the Lot and portion of Land which I have already made him a Deed of Gift for which he was in possession of as also two Negroes - Named James and Let and her future Increase from the day that he had the said negros Let in his Possession -
Item I Give to my Daughter Judith Yancey two negroes named ned and peter which she had in her Possession and as she has lately Deceased my desire is that Capt. Richard Yancey her husband should Enjoy the same, him & his heirs forever.
Item I Give to my Daughter Elisabeth Oxford two negroes named Dombo and Leucey which she has now in her Possession with the future increase of the said Leucey from the day that she had her in her Possession to her and her heirs forever.
Item I Give to my Daughter Ellenor Greenwood two negroes named Sam and Sarah with the future increase of the said Sarah During her natural Life and at her Decease fall to my Grandson John Greenwood to him and his heirs forever which said Negroes the said Elenor Greenwood has now in her Possession -
Item I Give to my son Henry Field the Road Plantation and the Land thereto belonging according to W. Youngs Survey together with two negroes named mosas and moll together with the future Increase of the said Moll also one Grey horse and one feather bed and Furniture all which he has in his Possession to him and his heirs forever
Item I Give to my Grandson Abraham Field and his heirs and assigns forever the Land and plantation whereon Benjamin Hughs Formerly Lived bounded according to W. Youngs Survey thereof which he has had in his Possession by Deed of Gift also the sum of Thirty Pounds to be paid in two years after my Decease by my Executors to him and his heirs forever which with what his father has had and what he has had himself and is to have I think is Equal with the Rest of my Children.
Item I Give and Confirm to my son William Field and his heirs and ass. forever the Lot and portion of Land which I have already made him a Deed of Gift for also two Negros named Brooks and James which he has had in his Possession.
Item I Lend to my beloved wife Elianah Field during her natural life the Land and plantation whereon I now live Containing by survey made by W. Young three hundred and forty one acres and after my wifes decease I give it to my three sons Abraham Reuben & Abner Field to be Equally Divided Between them and their heirs forever and it is also my Desire is that if either of my three sons Abraham Reuben or Abner Field should die without Issue before they Possess the said Land that then their part of the said Land should Equally Descend to the Survivors or Survivor -
Item I Give and bequeath to my wife Elianah Field and her Four Children Abraham Reuben Abner and Jenny Field all the Residue of my estate viz Thirteen negroes named Tom Sampson Jacob Nan Rose Bet Peg Charles Milley Amey Ned Ralph and Vincent to be Equally Divided with all the Residue of my Estate whatsoever the Division not to be till the Death of my Wife or the arrival of my son Abner to the age of Twenty one years which when my son Abner shall come to the age of Twenty one years that then each Child shall be at liberty to Take their own part of the Estate now if my wife should make a second Marriage before my son Abner come to the age of Twenty one years it is my desire that the Division shall be then be made but if she should not Marry the Division not to be till my son Abner come to the age of Twenty one years all which I Give to them and their heirs forever now if any one or more should Die of the above named Elianah Field Abraham Reuben Abner and Jenny Field without heir that their part of my Estate which falls to them to be Equally Divided among the survivors of the above named Elianah Field Abraham Reuben Abner & Jenny Field all which I Give to them and their heirs forever it is also my Desire that my Estate should be Equally Divided as above mentioned and not to be sold
Lastly I do nominate and appoint my said wife Elianah Field Executrix of this my Last will and Testament hereby Revoking all former wills by me made In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal this Second day of July one Thousand seven hundred and seventy four.
Signed sealed & Delivered
At a Court held for Culpeper County the 18th day of Sept. 1775 this Last will Testament of Abraham Field Deceased was Exhibited to the Court by Elianah Field the executrix therein named and was Proved by the oaths of Robert Green John Hume and Mary Green witnesses thereto and Ordered to be recorded And on the motion of the said Executrix Certificate is granted her for obtaining aprobat thereof in due form she having made oath thereto and Given bond and security according to Law
Teste John Jameson
Transcribed from the original found in Will Book B, pg. 154, Culpeper County Courthouse, Culpeper, Virginia
Capt. Abraham Field was the son of Daniel Field and Mary Alday of Westmoreland County, Virginia. He was the father of Keene Field who died before Capt. Abraham wrote his will. Keene was the father of the grandson Abraham Field named in this will. The grandson Abraham was the father of Keen Field who was the first person of this branch of the family to immigrate to Indiana about 1799. Abraham was also the father of Joseph and Reuben Field of the Lewis and Clark Expedidtion.
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