Our 1st American Ancestors

This is the Will of Rev. John Waller 1801.

He gives his slaves to his children and lastly his daughter Frances Jane who married Joseph (D25) Wardlaw. Those particular slaves may have either kept the surname of the owner, Waller, or taken the name Wardlaw, now belonging to Joseph Wardlaw and Frances Jane.

Gravestone shown is of Rev. John Waller. See more on my tree 'Ancestry.com'

 

 

Here is the Will:

 

Will of the Reverend John Waller. Proven 11th Day of December 1801, A. Hamilton, O.A.D.

Item- I give and bequeath unto my daughter Ann Marshall my Negro's Leah and all the children she now hath with the future increase of the said females also David . . . to her and her heirs forever.

Item- I give and bequeath unto my son Benjamin my negro man Jeffrey to him and his heirs forever. I also confirm the bargain he and I have made by which I am to give him Alek & a
Bay Colt for Sukey & her child Gabriel which said slaves are to be exchanged the twenty-fifth instant. But I desire my wife should have the services of Jeffrey during her life.

Item- I give and bequeath unto my daughter Phebe
Turner my Negro's Dinah with the children she now hath and future increase. Also that at my wife's death, I give unto my said daughter my negro boy named Henry to her and her heirs forever.

Item- I give and bequeath unto my son John Nichodemus my negro man Charles. Also at my wife's death, I give unto my said son my negro man Catus . . . to him and his heirs forever.

Item- I give and bequeath unto my Mary Magdalen
Watson my Negro's Delpha with the children she now hath with future increase. Also, at my wife's death, I give unto my said daughter my negro boy named Winston to her and her heirs forever.

Item- I give and bequeath unto my son Thomas
Baxter my four Negro's Bob, Patrick, Tavenaugh and Tillitha . . . to him and his heirs forever.

Item- I give and bequeath unto my Elizabeth
Chiles three Negro's Sukey and her child Gabriel and Nancy & future increase. But in case anything should prevent the exchange of the Negro's between my son Benjamin & myself the 25th instant, then I give my said daughter . . . what I was to give my son Ben for Sukey and her child. I also give unto my said daughter . . . at the death of my wife, two negro's Phil & Mary . . . to her and her heirs forever.

Item- I give and bequeath unto my daughter Dorothy my negro's Jonathan and
Abba. . . I also give unto said daughter, at my wife's death, my three Negro's Rachel and Adam and Leannis & future increase to her and her heirs forever.

Item- I give and bequeath unto my daughter Frances Jane my two negro's little
Abram and Lilly. I also give unto my said daughter, at my wife's death, my three Negro's Old Abram and his wife Isbell and her youngest child named Wallis & future increase to her and her heirs forever.

I have some other information on Rev. John from several sources, including the Encylcopedia of
Virginia BIography and a book, Lives of Virginia Baptist Ministers.

 

 

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