David Prillaman, of the County
of Franklin and State of Virginia, calling to mind that all men must die, do make
this my last will and testament.
1st - I will my Soul to God who gave
it and my body to be decently buried;
2nd - I will all my Estate, both
real and personal, to my dearly beloved Sallie Prillaman, during her natural life;
3rd - I appoint Thomas H.
Prillaman and Crockett Prillaman
my Executors, and will that they, my Executors, collect all moneys and interest
due me, and apply it to my debts and that if said moneys and interest due me shall
not be suffiecient to pay all my just debts, the to either sell property or hire
out Negroes until a suffiecient amount is raised to satisfy them, whichever is
4th - I will that at the death of Sallie Prillaman, all
of my real estate shall go to my four sons, Thomas H., Crockett, James
and George M. Prillaman. I will
further that my wife, Sallie, at any time she think proper to do so, that the
above named Executors agree to it, mark off a boundary of it either one or all
of my four sons, as much or as little as they think proper.
5th - I will
that at the death of my wife, Sallie, all my personal property shall be valued
by and divided as near equally as possible between my nine children, To wit: Thomas
H., Crockett, James, George M., Lucy, Mary Elizabeth, Eliza, Malinda and Ruth,
without a sale.
6th - I will also that my daughter Lucy shall have a Negro
girl called Rich and that my daughter Mary Elizabeth shall have a girl called
Maranda, aged ten years, whenever her, My Executors and her mother can agree upon
the time, provided however, she is to have it within six months, and that my daughter,
Eliza, by or before the time she reaches the age Elizabeth now is to have a Negro
within a year ow two of the age of Eliza's and that my daughter, Malinda, shall
by or before the time she reaches the age of Elizabeth, have a Negro within a
year or two of the age of Elizabeth's, Elizabeth's age being twenty-four years.
7th - If my wife, Sallie, die before any of my daughters reach the age
of Elizabeth, they then shall have the above-named negroes extra of an equal division
at her death.
8th- Whenever either of my daughters become entitled to
the above named Negroes, if there is not such a one then belonging to my Estate,
I will that if the day's my said Executors sell property and buy of the above
9h - Whenever in the offencies of my wife, Sallie, and the
Executors, it becomes necessary to sell any property I will that they do so and
put the money out at interest or divide it equally among my nine children. In
testimony whereof I have hereunto affixed my hand this the 8th day of January
in the year of our Lord, one thousand eight hundred and fifty-eight.