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Will of Epaphroditus Rhodes, Albemarle County, Virginia, 1816

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Albemarle County Will Book 6, pp. 155-156.

I Epaphroditus Rhodes of the County of Albemarle and State of Virginia do make my last will and testament in manner and form following Viz:  1st.  I give my son Thomas Rhodes choice of all my negroes except Peggy at his mothers death for services rendered his mother and myself.  2nd.  I give to my daughter Nancy Rhodes a negroe girl called Peggy.  Also a gray mare saddle and bridle, a good bed and bedding immediately at my death, and if she should die without an heir it is my will that the property should be equally divided between her six sisters Viz: Dosia Riddle, Susan Marshall, Sally Marshall, Mary Nailor, Franky Flink and Milly Watson.  3rd.  I give to my beloved wife all my property reall and personal until her death, after the payment of my funeral expenses and my first debts, then it is my will that the negroes shall be sold to the highest bidder for cash amongst all my children except Dosia Riddle as it is my will that she should never own one of them.  The money arising from the sale of the negroes I wish equally divided between my seven daughters Viz: Dosia Riddle, Susan Marshall, Sally Marshall, Franky Flink, Mary Nailor, Milly Watson and Nancy Rhodes and should Nancy Rhodes die without heir it is my desire that her property should be equally divided between her six sisters Dosia Riddle, Susan Marshall, Sally Marshall, Mary Nailor, Franky Flink and Milly Watson.  4th.  It is my further will that all the rest of my property should be sold to the highest bidder on twelve months credit for bond and approved security and the money arising from the sales of the property should be equally divided between my sons Hezekiah Rhodes, John Rhodes, Reuben Rhodes, and Thomas Rhodes.  All property heretofore given to my children is theirs with their increase forever.  5th.  It is my desire that Thomas, John and Rheuben Rhodes should act as executors of my estate.  I hereby declare this to be my last will and testament revoking all others, signed sealed and acknowledged this third day of April eighteen hundred and sixteen.

                        Epaphroditus (his mark) Rhodes

Teste:

            Archibald Buckner

            Robert d: Durrett

            John C. Ragland

            William Crenshaw

At a court held for Albemarle County the 6th day of May 1816.  This instrument of writing purporting to be the last will and testament of Epaphroditus Rodes deceased was produced into court and proved by the oaths of Archibald Buckner and John C. Ragland two of the subscribing witnesses thereto and ordered to be recorded.

            Teste:  Alan Garrett, Clerk