I, Knight Bowles, of the County of Fluvanna, being of sound mind and disposing memory, do make and ordain this writing to be my Last Will and Testament, in manner following, to-wit:
First - To my beloved wife, Patty Bowles, I lend the free use of the lands and appurtenances whereon I now reside (except the part hereafter mentioned) during her widowhood, should she wish to continue thereon; but on the following conditions that she relinquish to my estate for the same term, the interest which she holds by ______ ____, right of dower in a tract of land in Henrico County. I lend her also in like manner, two horses which she may choose out of my stock of horses, and as many cattle, sheep and hogs as may be thought by my executors sufficient for her, also as much corn and meat as will be sufficient to support her family one year, and likewise the use of my clock during the same period, it being my wish that it should not be removed from the place it now stands.
2nd - Having heretofore given to my daughter, Molly Flannagan, wife of James Flannagan, sundry slaves amounting to as much as I intend to give her, she consequently will receive nothing under the will.
3rd - I hereby confirm to my daughter, Sally Molloy, the fee simple estate of and in a negro woman named Franky and her children now in her possession, which I have heretofore given her, to her and her heirs forever.
4th - I will and desire that my executors hold in their hands as much of my estate as will afford my daughter, Elizabeth, a decent and plentiful support during her natural life, and after her death I will that the same shall be divided as hereafter directed.
5th - I give and bequeath to my daughter Lucy, on conditions hereafter mentioned, the following negro slaves to-wit, Aggy a young negro woman about 22 or 23 years of age, Anne a negro child about 4 years old, and Keziah about 2 years old, both children of Aggy; But in case my said daughter shall die without heirs my will is that these said three negroes with their increase shall return to my estate and be divided as hereafter directed -- If however she should leave a child or children, my will is that the said slaves and their increase shall be confirmed in fee simple to her said child or children, and their heirs forever.
6th - I hereby confirm unto my daughter Fanny Perkins, wife of Wm. Perkins, the fee simple estate of and in a negro woman named Tabby and her children now in her possession which I have heretofore given unto her and her heirs forever.
7th - I give unto my grandson, Knight B. Curd, on conditions hereafter expressed one negro lad named Phill, but in case he shall die without living lawful issue then in that case, the said negro shall return to my estate and be divided as hereafter directed; In the event of his leaving such issue at his death, my will is that the said negro shall be confirmed unto his child or children, and their heirs forever.
8th - I lend unto my daughter-in-law Elizabeth W. Bowles, widow of my son Richard Bowles deceased, during the minority of my two grandchildren Sally Anne Bowles, and John Nicholas Bowles, one negro man slave named Stephen, at which time (or in case she may marry whichever may first happen) I will that the said negro shall be confirmed to my said two grandchildren, their heirs and assigns forever.
9th - Having heretofore given to my son John Bowles one negro man named Windsor, who is since dead, I therefore will and desire that he shall have out of my estate a negro man worth as much as the said negro Windsor was in his lifetime, or the value in money -- And also I give unto my said son one feather bed and furniture, all of which shall be to him his heirs and assigns forever.
10th - I give unto my son Drury Wood Bowles his choice of my negro woman Charity or any of her children, also one hundred acres of land, part of the tract lent to my wife to be laid off from any of the outlines which my said son may choose having due regard to form in case of the minority of my said son my will is that Benjamin Bowles or Bowles Perkins shall choose for him all of which shall be to him his heirs and assigns forever.
11th - It is my will and desire that after the payment of my just debts all the rest and residue of my estate not heretofore given away, including the estate loaned to my wife, also all monies or debts due shall be divided into ten equal parts, one-tenth part of which I give unto my daughter Sally Molloy, to her and her heirs forever.
12th - One-tenth part to my grandson, Knight B. Curd under the same limitations and restrictions mentioned, respecting the negro given him in item the 7th to which this item refers.
13th - One-tenth part to my daughter Lucy, under the same limitations and restrictions mentioned, respecting the negroes given her in item the 5th to which this item refers.
14th - One-tenth part to my daughter Fanny Perkins to her and her heirs forever.
15th - One-tenth part to my two grandchildren Sally Anne and John Nicholas Bowles to them and each of them, their and each of their heirs and assigns forever.
16th - One-tenth part to my son Anderson Bowles his heirs and assigns forever.
17th - One-tenth part to my son John Bowles his heirs and assigns forever.
18th - One-tenth part to my son Thomas Bowles his heirs and assigns forever.
19th - One-tenth part to my son Drury W. Bowles his heirs and assigns forever.
20th - One-tenth part to be disposed of as follows, first and of this part I will that one hundred dollars be paid to Benjamin Collins Johnson and the remainder thereof I will shall be divided between my two grandchildren Sally Anne and John Nicholas Bowles.
21st - In the fourth item of this my will, it will appear by referring thereto, that a certain part of my estate is directed to be stayed in the hands of my executors sufficient to maintain my daughter Elizabeth during her her natural life as is herein specified. My will is that at her death the said estate so left shall be equally divided between all of my children then living (my daughter Molly Flannagan excepted) if any one or more of them should have died (previously to my daughter Elizabeth) and have left a living child or children of such of my sons or daughters shall receive that which their dead parent should have received if alive at the time of the division; all of which shall be confirmed to them and each of them and each of their heirs and assigns forever.
22nd - In case my daughter Lucy Bowles shall die without living lawful issue, as stated in item the 5th to which this item refers, it is my will and desire that the negro slaves Aggy, Anne and Keziah and all their increase in the said item mentioned, shall be divided between all of my children (my daughter Molly Flannagan excepted). In case any of my children shall die before my daughter Lucy, it is my will that the child or children of such deceased son or daughter (my said daughter Molly excepted) shall receive the part which would have been received by their parent if alive at that time, all of which shall be confirmed to them and each of them and each of their heirs and assigns forever.
23rd - In case my grandson Knight Bowles Curd shall die without living lawful issue as stated in item 7 to which this item refers -- it is my will that the negro man Phill in the item mentioned shall be divided in the same manner and under the same conditions specified in item 22.
I hereby revoke all other wills by me heretofore made, and declare that this and this only to be my Last Will and Testament. Lastly I constitute and appoint my sons Anderson Bowles, John Bowles, Drury Wood Bowles, and my friends Benjamin Bowles and John B. Perkins executors of this my Last Will and Testament. I testify that I have hereunto set my seal this 8th day of
Signed, Sealed, Published and declared by Knight Bowles to be his last will and testament in the presence of us: