Will of John Bates
York Co., VA
Book 3, p. 165
In the name of God, Amen
I John Bates of the County of York in Middletowne parish being very sick and
weak yet in perfect memorie do here make my last will and testament.
FIRST I comitt my soul to my Creator and Redeemer, Next my body to the earth
to be buried in Xtian burial at ye disposing of my wife and for my other worldly estate as
ITEM I give and bequeath unto my eldest daughter Anne Bellbee one pide cowe
called Primrose to be delivered after my decease.
ITEM I give and bequeath to my sonne George Bates one cowe called Souarkin to
be delivered after my decease.
ITEM I give and bequeath unto my daughter Alse Deane one two year old Heifer
called Marigold to be delivered to her after my decease.
ITEM I give and bequeath unto John Bates my youngest sonne one cowe called
Cole and one two year old heifer called Stone and one cowe calf to be delivered him after
my decease, and likewise one featherbed, bowlster and likewise I give all my land which I
now hold by patent unto my said sonne John Bates, likewise I give unto my sonne John
Bates one younge sowe with pigge to be delivered after my decease.
ITEM I give and bequeath unto my wife Elizabeth Bates all my other estate
moveable not moveable and likewise my will is that my wife shall enjoy my land during her
life. Furthermore I make my wife Elizabeth Bates my whole sole Executrix of what estate
I have not bequeathed to my children, and I doe appoint my oldest son George Bates my
overseer of this my last will and Testament to see it performed, as witness my hand this
21st day of September 1666
Tests The mark of John (X) Bates
George Bates, his mark
Furthermore I the sd. John Bates do bequeath to my wife Elizabeth three barrells
and a halfe of corne to be at her disposing. I doe give and bequeath to my sonne George
Bates my best hatt and Cloth coat and breeches. I doe give and bequeath to my sonne
John Bates one hogshead of tobacco and one young horse, my son in respect thereof to
pay all my debts in Generall.
Teste: The mark of John (X) Bates
The will and Codicill annext proved in Court on January 24th 1667 by William Winston,
George Bates and William Deane and Recorded. L. J. Baskerville Clk. Cur.