Jordan Pleasants Will, 1837, Virginia

Jordan Pleasants of Louisa County, Will of. Just debts 
to be paid. To son Abner Pleasants tract of land on which 
he now lives, being the same purchased by testator of 
William Pettus; land purchased of Joseph F. Dabney and 
William Dabney commonly called Tinsleys lying on south 
side of road from Dabney's Mill through Jno. Wallers 
To wife Elizabeth Pleasants loaned residue of lands 
including the mansion house, during her life or widowhood 
and to be a home for all testators daughters so long as 
they may remain single and unmarried, as well as a home 
for testator's youngest son Joseph C. Pleasants until 
he arrives at age. Confirms to grandson Matthew Anderson 
one negro man slave named Sam and negro woman slave named 
Fanny and her present and future increase which were loaned 
to testator's daughter, Marcia Anderson, together with 
all the rest of the property loaned her and it is my will 
that he receive no further part of my estate. 
To daughter Judith F. Ware, one negro boy named Moses, son 
of Polly. To wife Elizabeth Pleasants loaned all the slaves 
testator has in possession during her life or widowhood, or 
until testator's daughter Clemintina shall marry, in which 
event she shall be made equal to testators married daughters; 
slaves aforesd. to remain on the lands loaned to testators 
wife, to be under the control of said wife and worked for her 
undivided benefit, said wife, testators daughter Clemintine, 
as long as she remain single, and his son Joseph C. Pleasants 
till he arrives at age. 
At death or marriage of testators wife Elizabeth Pleasants 
testators son Joseph C. Pleasants is given all the lands 
and their appurtenances loaned to her "in consideration 
especially of his (Joseph C. Pleasants) sister Clementine, 
having her home on them and with him, while she is single 
and unmarried," also negro boy named Wilson, horse, bridle,
saddle, that he has now in his possession, one cow & calf, 
sow & pigs, one good bed, bedstead & furniture. 
At death or  marriage of testators wife, the proceeds of 
personal estate and residue of estate not herein disposed 
of shall be equally divided among testators daughters, except 
the slaves and  their increase loaned to testators wife, which 
slaves and their increase to be equally divided among all 
testators children. 
That all bonds to be collected, and all the ready money on 
hand after testators wife takes her third part to be equally 
divided among all of testators children or their heirs. 
Executors - Wife Elizabeth Pleasants, testators son Abner 
Pleasants and son-in-law Garland F. Waddy. 
Dated July 29, 1837. Witnesses - William Cook, Reubin Davis. 
Probated 9 Oct. 1837, and Elizabeth Pleasants, exetrx. therein 
named (together with Abner Pleasants, Garland Waddy, Edward H. 
Rowzee and Dabney W. Waller her security) entered into and 
acknowledged bond in the penalty of $30,000. liberty reserved 
to other executors named in said will to join in the probate
hereafter if they choose to do so. W. B. 9, p. 505.

Abner, son
Elizabeth Pleasants, wife
Joseph C., youngest son ( not married)
Marcia Anderson, daughter
Judith F. Ware, daughter
Clemintina, daughter (not married)
Garland F. Waddy, son in law

Grandchildren named:
Matthew Anderson

Slaves named:
Fanny "and her present and future increase"
Moses, son of Polly

Source: Pleasants, Jordan, Valentine Papers Vol. 2, p. 1142,
Submitted by Peggy Hooper ( 12 Oct 

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