George Wampler, 1814 Will
Transcribed by: Barbara S. Wampler (newsletter, Book 1).
Source: Deed Book 1-A, Wytheville VA courthouse
Executor: George and Jacob Wampler
Inprimis all my debts to be punctually and speedily paid, and the legacies herein bequeathed to be discharged as soon as circumstances will permit and in the manner heroin directed,
2. I order that my personal estate and slaves be sold at a credit of twelve months and out of the proceeds thereof first my debts, if any, to be paid.
3. It is my will that each of my children shall have an equal portion of my estate, according to the estimate which I myself have put on those parts conveyed or devised by me, and the actual proceeds of those -parts whereof I may cause to be disposed of after my death.
4. Therefore it is my will that my sons, George, Joseph, Henry and Jacob, be charged for the tracts of land conveyed and devised to them as follows, to wit; my son George for the land conveyed to and possessed by him, the sum of two hundred and seventy-two pounds five shillings and ten pence; my son Joseph, for the lands conveyed to and possessed by him, the sum of two hundred and fiftyfive pounds and twelve shillings; And my son Henry for the lands conveyed to him, the sum of two hundred and forty-nine pounds and eleven shillings, and
5. I devise to my son Jacob Wampler the tract of land whereon I now live, containing two hundred and seventy acres, more or less, also a tract on Tates Run adjoining the first on the south side, estimated to contain one hundred and forty acres, also one other tract adjoining the first on the north side, supposed to contain ninety acres.; which three several tracts I give to my son Jacob Wampler and his heirs forever for which lands he is to be charged the sum of eight hundred pounds.
6, I order and direct that the proceeds of my personal estate, and the sale of the slaves, shall be distributed among my children, to wit; Mary Killinger, John Wampler, George, Joseph, Henry, and :Jacob Wampler, Anna Magdalena Stanger, and my son-in-law George Kinzer, in such a manner that each shall be equal. And whereas I have kept an exact amount of what I have advanced to my sons, and to the husbands of my daughters respectively; I do hereby refer to my executors named to that account book in making the distribution, and order them to deduct from the share of each heir the amount charged to such heir in the said amount.
7. It is my will and I order that if it shall so happen that in the distribution of the proceeds of my estate, 'the rest of my heirs herein mentioned cannot be made equal with my son Jacob Wampler, then and in that cause my son Jacob shall execute his bonds for the amount of the sum in his hand over and above his equal share, for the payment thereof in annual payments of five pounds to each heir, until the whole sum is paid, and all of my heirs are made equal.
9. It is my will that my two stills and all the vessels belonging to the distillery, shall be sold by my executors and not to pass with the land, to my son Jacob.
10. And lastly, I constitute and appoint my sons George and Jacob Wampler my executors of this, my last; will and testament, hereby revoking all other or former wills by me made. In testimony whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal, this thirty-first day of May, one thousand eight hundred and fourteen.
/s/ George Wampler Will proved May 10, 1815