|Will of Isaac Stoffel
son of Johann Heinrich and Christianna Stoffel
|I, Isaac Stoffel of Washington County and State of Virginia, do make and publish this my last Will and Testament hereby revoking and making void all other wills by me at any time made.
First: I direct that my funeral expenses and all my debts be paid as soon after my death as possible by my executor and executrix hereafter named.
Secondly: I give and bequeath unto my wife Elizabeth my home place containing three hundred acres more or less lying in the county aforesaid on the Island road adjoining the lands of the heirs of Peter Hickman, Anthony Sourbeer and others together with all my farming utensils of every description whatsoever together with my wagon and five head of horses, say choice, and their geering, also all the grain of every description also all the cattle, hogs, sheep, and poultry with all the household and kitchen furniture of every description both in the house and kitchen together with the pork and bacon now on hand and also my gold watch also my negroes that are not otherwise bequeathed also one hundred dollars cash say yearly interest of money to be let on interest for that purpose hereinafter mentioned so long as she remains my widow she is to have the whole control of and management as stated and no longer if she should continue my widow during her natural life. It is my will and desire that after her death for my son Edward Campbell Stoffel to have the before said mentioned tract of land to be his and to him and his heirs forever, with all the farming utensils, wagon, five head of horses and geering, cattle, hogs, sheep with all household and kitchen furniture and before stated, I further give and bequeath unto my son Edward C. Stoffel, say choice of six of my negroes say after my wife's decease or by her ceasing to be my widow, to him and his heirs forever, also my gold watch.
I give and bequeath unto my daughter Louisa Rhea one tract of land containing seventy one acres more or less known by the name of the Malone tract adjoining the lands of Jacob Merchant, William Rhea and others to her and her heirs forever. I alos give and bequeath unto my daughter Louisa Rhea one negro woman named Nancy twenty one or two years of age together with her three children to wit: James, John and Peter and also one other negro boy named Logan thirteen years old to her and her heirs forever, I further give and bequeath unto my daughter Louisa Rhea and her heirs, say after the death of my wife, Elizabeth, one other tract of parcel of land in two tracts containing one hundred and thirty two acres be the same more or less lying on the Island road and adjoining the lands of Alex Susong, Philip Smith and others. I further give and bequeath unto my daughter Louisa Rhea one gold watch gold chain key and seal worth one hundred and five dollars, also gold ear bobs and breast pin worth seventeen dollars, also three finger rings and one plain breast pin worth seven dollars also one horse saddle and bridle blanket and martingale worth one hundred and fifty dollars, also two bedsteds bedding and bed cloths worth one hundred dollars, also one secretary and press worth forty five dollars also one folding leaf table and fifteen table cloths and towels worth thirty three dollars also one candle stand and six winsor chairs worth fourteen dollars also one patent clock worth eighteen dollars also two cows and calves worth twenty dollars also one sow and nine shoats worth seven dollars and fifty cents also kitchen furniture including dog irons, ovens, pots, pot racks, washing tub, buckets, cupboard ware, glassware and worth forty dollars, also three dress glasses one dressing stand wash bowl and one pitcher worth six dollars, also two brass candlesticks worth two dollars, also one clayback mare colt or filly all of which property my daughter Louisa Rhea has now in actual possession with the exception of the before mentioned tract of land and the clayback filly.
I give and bequeath unto my daughter Harriet Stoffel my plantation lying on the Kentucky road of said county containing one hundred and fifty acres to be the same more or less adjoining the lands of Jacob and Isaac Barb and others to her and her heirs forever. I further give and bequeath unto my daughter Harriet one negro woman not over twenty two years of age and three negro children say five years old and under and also one negro boy from twelve to fourteen years of age, to her and her heirs, the beforesaid negroes all to be sound likely negroes and to be equal in value to those negroes which I have bequeathed to my daughter Louisa. I further give and bequeath unto my daughter Harriet one hundred and fifty dollars in order to make her equal in the lands which I have devised to my daughter Louisa, also in every respect it is my will and desire that my daughter, Harriet shall have an equal proportion of every article mentioned of which I have bequeathed to my daughter Louisa Rhea out of my estate. It is further my desire that daughter Harriet is not to inhered the above land until the death of my wife, the negroes and other property she is to get possession of at her marriage. It is further my will and desire that after the death of my wife that the balance of my negroes I wish to be equally divided between my three children, say Louisa Rhea and my son Edward C. Stoffel and my daughter Harriet them and their heirs either by dividing them amongst themselves or have them sold and divide the proceeds share and share alike, it is further my will and desire that my outstanding debts that my executors shall renew their notes and by the debtors giving new notes with good security and pay interest yearly on the same until my daughter Harriet arrives at the age of eighteen years and after my daughter is made equal with my daughter Louisa Rhea the balance to be equally divided amongst my three children, say after my wifes death and lastly I do hereby nominate and appoint my Wife, Elizabeth Stoffel, my executrix and my son-in-law William Rhea my Executor of this my last Will and Testament.
In wintess whereof I do hereunto set my hand and seal this 20th day of December, 1844.
| Isaac Stoffel (seal)
Signed sealed and published in our presence and we have subscribed our names hereunto in the presence of the testator this 20th day of December, 1844.
Jos. H. Hickman
| At a court held for Washington County the 22nd day of December 1845 ---.
The last Will and Testament of Isaac Stoffel deceased was exhibited in court and proved by the oath of Isaac Smith one of the subscribing witnesses thereto - and at a court continued and held for Washington County the 27th day of December 1845 - The last Will and Testament of Isaac Stoffel deceased was again exhibited in court and further proved by the oath of George Burkhart another subscribing witness thereto and ordered to be recorded. And on the motion of Elizabeth Stoffel the executrix therein named and of William R. Rhea the executor therein named who took the oath of an executor prescribed by law and entered into and acknowledged their bond in the sum of Twenty thousand dollars with Isaac B. Dunn, Abram F. Bradley, Zachariah Jordan and Isaac Smith as their securities conditioned as the law directs. A certificate is therefore granted them for the obtaining a probat of the said will in due form.
Teste R.H. Lynch, DC
Will Book 10 pages 44 through 47