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The Wills of Pioneer James Campbell and Patience Campbell

 

Note: There are copies of two wills of Pioneer James Campbell. The first, dated 1797, was not found in court records, but was given to me by George and Harold Campbell of Weirton, West Virginia around 1986. This will was contained in the notes of their father C. L. Campbell.  The second will of  Pioneer James Campbell, dated 1804, is recorded in pages 34 through 37 of the Brooke County, West Virginia will book.  The third will is of  Patience Campbell, dated 1805, is of the wife of Pioneer James Campbell.

I have tried to keep the spelling words in the documents as they were written - subject to my interpretation. - Lee

The 1797 Will of Pioneer James Campbell

In the name of God amen. Wheras I, James Campbell of Brook County

in the state of Virginia being aged and weak in body, but of

sound mind and perfect memory (blessed be God) yet calling to

mind the mortality of my body and that it is appointed for all

men once to die, do this Twenty ninth day of November in the year

of our Lord one thousand seven hundred and ninty seven make and

publish this my last will and testament (that is to say). First,

after recommending my soul into the hands of God who gave it. I

order and direct my Executors herein after named to bury me

remains in a decent and Christian like maner; to pay my funeral

expenses and just debts; and collect all the money that is due to

me from others ‑‑ and as touching such worldly estate wherewith it

had pleased God to bless me in this life, I give, devise,

bequeath and dispose of the same in the following maner and form

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first‑ I give, devise, and bequeath to my son James campble and

to his heirs and assigns forever four hundred acres of land with

the appurtences laying and being in Brook, County aforesaid; which

was granted, (at my request) to the said James Campble Juni, by

the Governor of Virginia, dated March 8th 1795 bounded by lands

of my own, and others -----          

 

Also‑ I give, devise, and bequeath to my same son James Campble and

to his heirs and assigns forever, one hundred and eighty

eight acres of land, with the appurtenances, adjoining the above

tract, convey'd to my by Alex Eddie, the conveyance dated July

27th, 1786, but never the less, by well beloved wife, Patience,

is to hold the last mentioned land; during her natural life, or

widowhood, it is to become the real property of said

James Campble, excepting always and reserving five acres laid off at

the three spring meeting house, which I now devise, and bequeath

unto the said three spring congregation for their use uses

forever -----

 

Also ‑ I give and bequeath to my son Alexander, and to his heirs

and assigns forever, five hundred and eight acres of land, with

the appurtenances, laying and being in Brook County aforesaid,

situate and being on Hermans, and Kings Creek, conveyed to me

from Alex Eddie, dated March 2nd, 1789 and enrolled in Ohio

County in Book No.1 page 228 -----

 

also I give, devise and bequeath to my son Robert Campble and his

heirs and assigns forever four hundred acres of land with the

appurenances, and being in Brok County aforesaid, granted to me

from the Govenor of Virginia, dated at Richnond March 8th, 1785,

bounded by lands of Mathew Richie, Geo. Armstrong and others,

Whereon I now live -----

 

Also I give, devise and bequeath to my son Archibald Campble if  

he be alive, the sum of one hundred and fifty pounds, Pensy

money, to be paid to him by my Executors hereafter named; so

being he the said Archibald, comes in person to demand it in or

at any time within ten years after my decease, but if the said

sum is not demanded by him in person, in the time before mentioned

then the sum is to be equally divided among the three sons, James,

Alex, and Robert and if any of them should be dead then the part

of the deceased, to be equally divided among, his heirs.

 

Also ‑ I give and bequeath unto my loving wife Patience one

hundred and eighty eight acres of land adjoining my son James

Campble with the appurtenances, during her natural life, if she

stands in need of it to settle upon, and inclines not to live

with any of her children, but at her death or marriage (if she

should marry)  the land is to be James Campble's, agreeable to a

former item, containing my will to him, also my mind and, will

further is that my said wife shall have paid to her by my

executors the sum of seventy pounds Pensey money immediately

after my mind and will  further is, that my wife, shall have her

mare and side saddle as also her bed and bedding, with two good,

mulch cows, with such pewter and other household furniture as she

may need to make her comfortable my mind and will further is that

she have a good  genteel sufficient, living out of my estate,

(besides the sums of money mentioned above) and negro Beck

to wait on her during her life, and at the death of my wife the

negro  wench shall be free ‑‑‑‑‑‑

 

Also I give and bequeath to my daughter Ann Capes, the sum of

two hundred pounds Pemsy money which is to be put to interest for

her use, instantly after my decease ‑‑‑‑‑‑

 

Executors and the interest to be drawn every six months for the

use of paying supplies, from time to time, until a settled

minister is got for the Congregation, at which time the said

hundred pounds may be lifted and laid out to help said minister

to his getting a settlement, in the said Congregation ‑‑‑‑‑

 

Concerning my three young negros Al, Het, and. Dargues my mind and

will is that Al be free agreeable to the laws of the County, in

which she was born, and that the other two Het and Dargues, be

free each of them at twenty six years of age, and my will further

concerning them is that they all be taught to read ‑‑‑---

 

AlsoI give and bequeath to my son James Campble five hundred pounds

in money and unto my son Alexander Campble two hundred

pounds in money. And moreover it is my will that what money yet

remain, with what may arise, from the sale of my household

furniture, stock, and utensils (which I will to be sold after my

decease) be divided into four shares, and my son James to have

one part, Alex to have one part, and Robert to have one part,

and the remaining fourth part, to be equally divided between my

two daughters, Ann and Margaret, and it is my will that this my

last will and Testament never can be broke by any means ‑‑‑‑‑


And lastly I make, ordain, constitute, and appoint, my three sons

Alex Campbell, James Campble, and Robert Campble, my executors of

This my last will and trust, for the intent and purposes in this

my will contained, in witness where of I the said James Campble

have to this my last will and Testment, set my hand & affixed my

seal, the day and year first above written.----

 

 

The 1804 Will of Pioneer James Campbell

 

This will is recorded on pages 34 through 37 of the Brooke County West Virginia will book.

 

In the name of God Amen. Whereas I James Campble of Brooke

County in the State of Virginia, being aged and weak in body but sound mind and perfect memory (Blessed be God) yet calling to mind the mortality of my body and that it is appointed for all men once to die, do this sixed day of February in the year of lord Eighteen hundred and four, make and publish this my last will and Testament. That is to say, first after recommonding my Soul unto the hands of god who gave it. I order and direct my executors herein after named to bury my remains in a decent and christain like maner to pay my funeral expenses and just debts and collect all the money that is due me from others.

And as touching such worldly Estate wherewith it hath pleased god to bless me in this life. I give device bequeath and dispose of the same in the following manner and form.

First I give and bequeath to my Beloved wife Patience, the house with the present Bedding and furniture belonging to it during her natural life with one cow to be which she may make choise of, with one hundred dollars a year to be advanced yearly by my Executors from the Estate to make her comfortable which if found not fulfilled my design and will is that she may have a comfortable support and attendance during her life time from the Estate, after which time the household furniture to be equal property of my three sons at their disposal of. ‑‑‑ Also I give devise and bequeath to my son James Campble and to his heirs and assign forever four hundred acres of land with the appurtenances lying and being in Brooke County, which was deeded at my request to James Campble Jn, bound by land of my own and others

Also I give devise and bequeath to my son James Campble and his heirs and assign forever one hundred and eighty eight acres of land with the appurtenances adjoining the above land conveyed to me by Alexander Eddie the conveyance acted July 27th 1786 but nevertheless reserving five acres of land off at the three springs congregation for their use and uses forever ---

Also I give and bequeath to my son Alexander and his heirs and assign forever, five hundred and eighty eight acres of land being, in Brooke County aforesaid Situate and being on Hermans

 


Creek and Kings Creeks conveyed to me by Alexander Eddie dated March 2nd 1789, and enrolled in Ohio County in Book No 1st Page 22‑0. Also, I give devise and bequeath to my son Robert Campble and to his heirs and assign forever, four hundred acres of land with the appurtenances lying and being in Brooke County granted to me from the govener of Virginia dated at Richmond March the 8th 1785. Bounded by lands of Geo. Armstrong and Alex. Morrow on which I now live. Also I give devise and bequeath to my son Archibald Campble if he is alive the sum of one hunderd and fifty pounds Pensy. money, to be paid to him by my Executors hereafter named, so being the said Archibald in person demands it, within ten years after my decease, but if not demanded in said time mentioned the sum to be divided equally betwixed my three sons James, Alexander, and Robert, and if any of them should be dead there part to be equally divided amoungst his heirs. Also I give and bequeath to my daughter Ann Capes, the sum of three hundred dollars, which sum I bind my Executors to payout in land as the may Judge but for the use of said Ann Q her husband William Capes and the executors to deed said land to William Capes and his heirs but not to his assigning. Also I give and bequeath to my daughter Margaret Lankford or her husband William Lankford the sum of three hundred dollars to he paid to them or either of them immediately after my decease, for the use of them, and their heirs forever. Also I give and bequeath the furnace place (which is again become a part of my estate) to my three sons James, Alex. and Robert, each of them to have equal shares with a refe____ of the meadow belonging to the place upon which I now live, all that part of the meadow that the furnice place lines cuts of is still to belong to the place now bequeathed to my son Robert and his heirs forever. Also I will that the hundred acres of land in Washington County in Pensy. & adjoining Samuel Rankings and others be sold by my executors and made into money as soon as it can be done to advantage this money with what may remain after the debts and legates is paid of is to be divided in this manner. My son James to have five hundred pounds Alex to have two hundred pounds Robert two hundred pound and what may yet remain of money is to be divided into three equal shares and each of my three sons James Alex. and Robert an equal part. Also I will that Tibitha Burnet a daughter of George Campble shall have paid to her out of my Estate as soon as may be feasible after my death the sum of twenty five pounds Pensy. money

 

 


and lastly I make and Ordain Constitute and appoint my three sons James, Alex and Robert Campble my Executors of this my last will and Testament in trust,for the intent and purposes in this my will contained in witness. Whereof I the said James Campbell have to this my last will and Testament (hereby making null &  void all other wills and affixed my seal the day and date first above written ‑‑‑‑‑‑‑

       his

James        Canpble (seal)

 

Mark

 

Signed sealed published pronounced and declared by the said James Campble to be his last will and Testament in presence of us who, in presence of each other as witnesses have hereto published our names

 

Robert MCready

William Beal

      her

Jane               Beal

 

  Mark

 

The 1805 Will of Patience Campbell

     In the name of God Amen (something seems to be missing here) Campble, widow and Relick of James Campble(James Campble's name is written in a different and weaker hand) late of Kings Creek, Brooke County and State of Virginia being weak and frail by season and infermities, but of sound mind and memory do wish and desire, the sum of forty pounds Pennsylvanina Currency which was left to me by my father, and which sum I received some years by past, and have had in my hands and always accounted as my own private property ‑ be at my decease Equally divided betwixt my two daughters Ann Capes, and Margaret Langfit. That is to say Twenty pounds to each. This I leave as may last request.

In testimony wereof  I have herewith set my hand and seal this

13th day of July 1805

                                                                                                 her

Patience Campble (seal)

                                                                                                 mark

 

P.S. The money a1luded

to is in the hands of my

son James, as my agent.

Signed, Sealed published and declared in presence of us.

      Robert Campbell

    William Ledie

Brooke County

November term 1809           The foregoing will was produced in court of which the above is a true copy - & being proven us the law directs was ordered to be recorded

Test

John Connell C.B.C.

 

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