Last Will and Testament
Christina Stoffel
IN THE NAME OF GOD AMEN. I Christina Stoffel of Washington County in the Commonwealth of Virginia being aged and weakly in body but of sound and disposing mind & memory have thought proper to publish this my Last Will and Testament in manner & form following that is to say: first of all I recommend my immortal soul into the hands of Almighty God to be in mercy received through the merits of my redeemer Jesus Christ, and my body I give unto the earth to be buried in a Christian and decent manner.  And whereas my deceased husband Henry Stoffel by his last Will & Testament in writing bearing date the 25th. day of July, in the year of our Lord 1800 did give and bequeath all his estate unto me during my natural life and to be applied & disposed of as I might think proper.  And further that after my decease his daughter Hannah the wife of John Hambleton should receive the sum of one Spanish Milled Dollar to be in full for her share of all his estate, and further because his son John Stoffel had in my said husbands lifetime received his full share he did not mention him in his said last Will & Testament and it was also his will that the children of his daughters Christina and Catharina should inherit their mothers shares out of his estate & as in & by said will recourse being thereunto had fully will appear.  Now in virtue of said will and Testament, I give, devise and bequeath in manner and form following that is to say: Imprimis: I give and bequeath unto my son Isaac Stoffel all & singular my personal estate & outstanding debts to hold to him forever he paying thereout as hereinafter I shall direct--

ITEM:  I give unto my daughter Hannah one spanish silver dollar as her father intended for her & no more to be in full for her share of her said Fathers & my estate real & personal to be paid unto her by my said son Isaac out of my personal estate on demand.

ITEM:  I give unto my son John Stoffel deceased heirs one spanish silver dollar to be in full of my estate real & personal his father having in his life advanced him his full share & portion to be paid them by my said son Isaac out of my personal estate on demand.

ITEM:  I order my herein named Executor to sell the plantation whereon I now live after my decease with the appurtenances for the best price that can be gotten for the same & the amount it does sell for I give and bequeath unto my sons Henry Stoffel, George Stoffel, Abraham Stoffel, Jacob Stoffel and Isaac Stoffel & the children of Daughters Christina and Catharina to be amongst them equally divided share & share alike, the children of each of my daughters to have one childs share, and my son Henry to have forty dollars less than one full share and my son Abraham to have four hundred and ninety dollars less than one full share they having received those sums in advance already, and I nominate and appoint my said son Isaac Stoffel Executor of this my last Will & Testament, hereby revoking & making void all former Wills and Testaments by me heretofore made, and allowing this and no other to be my last Will and Testament.  In Witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal the fifteenth day of March in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and fifteen.
signed sealed delivered & pronounced by Christina Stoffel as her last Will & Testament in the presence of us the subscribers, who at her request & in her presence & presence ofeach other have signed our names as witnesses.
Anthony Sourber, Margaret  (
her X mark) Trenberger, Benjamin Spyker.
X   Stoffel
At a Court held for Washington County the 20th. day of January 1819.

The last Will and Testament of Christina Stoffel was exhibited in Court and approved by the oath of Anthony Sourbeer & Margaret Trenerger two of the witnesses thereto ordered to be recorded- And on the motion of Isaac Stoffel the executor therein named who took the oath of an Executor prescribed by Law & entered into & acknowledged his bond in the sum of eight hundred dollars with William Gray security conditioned as the law directs.

A Certificate is therefore granted him for the probate of the said Will in due form.
Will Book 4-page 282 & 283

Jacob Lynch      D.C
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