Note: Information supplied by Raymond Martin Ware from his family history files.
The following is a transcript of the will of Edward Ware of Amherst Co VA as can best be read from a xerox copy of the original.
In the name of God Amen, I Edward Ware of Amherts County and Parish of Lexington very sick and weak of body but in perfect mind and memory thanks to God the same, calling to mind the mortality of my body and knowing that it appointed for all once to dye, I do make and ordain this my last will and testament, that is to for to say principally and first of all I give and recommend my soul to Almighty God that gave it, and my body to the earth to be buried in a Christian like manner at the discretion of my Executioners nothing doubting but at the general Resurrection I shall receive the same again by the Power of Almight God and touching such worldly estate that has pleased God for to bless me with in this life I give and dismiss and dispose of the same in the following like manner and form. I give to Mark Ware five shillings sterling and to each Mark Wares children five shillings sterling. Item I give James Powell four hundred Acres of land whereon he now live and negro Toby forever; Item I give William Powell two hundred and fourteen Acres whereon he now live and negro Gloucester forever, Item I give John Powell four hundred Acres of land he now lives on and negro Jeffery forever, one pounds, Item I give Edward Powell two hundred Acres of (word missing?) I now live on and a survey(?) joynet (joining ?) and three hundred and fifty one Acres our pedlor(?) on the Rock Mountain and negro Dina one feather bed and furniture one horse saddle and bridle, one cow and calf forever, Item I give Elizabeth Joplin two hundred acres of land joyning W. Higginbotham and negro Frank and her increase forever, one feather bed (word missing) Item I give Anne Campbell half of that track of joyning. W. Goodman and negro Agg and her increase forever. Item I give Sarah Ware half of that track of land joyning W. Gordon and negro Doll and her increase forever and one horse and saddle one cow and calf one feather bed and furniture, Item I lend(?) my Beloved wife Lettis Ware all my estate that that I have not disposed during natural Life or widowhood and then for to be equally divided between James Powell, William Powell, John Powell, Edmund Powell, Elizabeth Jopling, Anne Campbell, and Sarah Ware, I also constitute make and ordain James Powell, William Powell, John Powell, Edward Powell the sole executor of this my last will and testament and I do hereby utterly Disalow Revoke and Dismiss all and every other former will and testament Legacies bequeathed and Executed by me in any wife before named willed and bequeathed Ratified and confirmed this and no other to be my last will and testament in witness whereof I have set my hand and seal this :first day of June in the year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred and (unreadable).
Signed sealed and published pronounced and delivered by the said Edward Ware as his -last will and testament in the presence of us.
Peter Carter Elizabeth McCullock Roderick McCullock
At a Court held for Amherst County the third day of July 1706. this the last will and testament of Edward Ware deceased was this day presented in court by James and William Ware alias Powell two of the executors thereon named and proved by the oath of Peter Carter and Roderick McCullock, witnesses thereto, whereupon the said executors with Thomas Lucas and John Crawford their suritys entered into and acknowledge their bond as the penalty of five thousand pounds and took the oath required by law and the said will was ordered to be recorded
(Entered in Will Book 3, Amherst County Circuit Court Clerk’s Office, Amherts VA)