Christiana Dunbar v. Richard B. Alexander. Will of Elizabeth Brown


I Elizabeth Brown of the County of Alexandria do make this my last Will and Testament in manner following hereby revoking all former Wills by me made.

First. Whereas, I have heretofore sold to my Sister Alexander a negro woman called Milley and her two children called Ann & Rachel, since which time the said Milley has had two other children Jenny & Christy: And Whereas the Term for which the said Milley was sold has expired and her said children are bound to serve 'til they shall have served attained the age of thirty one years, respectively; Now it is my will and desire that the time of the said four children of Milley shall be purchased by my Executor and that they shall be forthwith emancipated by him, and I do hereby authorise him to make such purchase out of the estate I shall leave: but as the amount for which I sold the said Milley and her two children has never been paid to me, it is my desire that that debt shall be applied if practicable towards the said purchase.

Secondly. I devise to my Niece Frances Swann Widow of William T. Swann decd my blankets and sheets and my star set pin for the hair, and one thick silk.

Thirdly. The residue of my best clothes I devise to my Niece Elizabeth Magruder.

Fourthly: my watch and the rest of my jewelry except the star set pin, I devise to my Niece Elizabeth Tyler.

Fifthly. I devise my beds and pillows to my Nephew William B. Alexander

Sixthly. I devise my old set of drawers to and looking glass to my Sister Sarah Tyler Widow of Charles Tyler.

Seventhly. I direct my common clothes to be given to the following servants who have attended on me that is to say: Jenny, Milley and Ann, living with Mrs Frances Alexander Swann, and Milley Venus and Lucinda at Preston.


Eighthly. I devise the residue of my estate of every description to my Nieces Elizabeth Magruder; Elizabeth Tyler and Mary Swann daughter of Mrs Frances Swann.

Ninthly. I Constitute and appoint my Nephew Richard B Tyler Exor of this my Will.

In Witness Whereof I have hereto set my hand this Seventh day of June 1825.

(Signed) Elizabeth Brown

Signed and published by the Testatrix as her last Will and Testament in our presence who in her presence and at her request have hereunto set our hands in attestation thereof

R. I. Taylor
Thos Semmes.

Probated in the Orphans Court and admitted to record September 5th 1825
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