Will of Philip Bush 1771 Will Book 2, page 453,454 & 455 records of Orange County, Virginia Court.
In the name of God, amen! I, Philip Bush, of the county of Orange and Parish of St. Thomas, being of sound and disposing mind and memory, do make and ordain this my last Will and Testament in manner and form following:
First. -I resign my soul into the hands of Almighty God in full hope he will receive it through the merits of my blessed Savior, Jesus Christ. And my body I desire may be decently buried at the discretion of my executors, hereafter named.
Item. -I give and devise unto my son, Josiah Bush, and Sarah, his wife, one hundred acres of my land which lies on the South Side of Bluerun, and which I had of George Stead, during their natural lives, or the survivor of them, and after their decease my will is and I devise this land to my grandson, Philip Bush, son to the said Josiah and Sarah, his wife, and heirs forever.
Item. - I give and devise unto my son Philip Bush two hundred acres of land lying on Barerun, in Spotsylvanin County, to him and his heirs forever. And whereas the said land is under contract and sold, my will is that I make a conveyance for the said land in my lifetime that my said son Philip shall have and enjoy the money for which said land is sold.
Item. - I give and devise unto my son John Bush and Elizabeth his wife during their natural lives, or the survivor of them, one hundred acres of land, it being the tract whereon I now live, and after their decease I devise the said land to be the first male heir lawfully begotten of the body of the said John, and his heirs forever. Item. -
I give and devise unto my son William Bush, one hundred acres of land which I bought of William Bryan, and which lies on the north side of Blue Run, to him and his heirs forever; and here as my said son William has been absent some time past and not heard of, now my will and desire is that if he the sail William should never return, or any heirs lawfully begotten of his body, to claim and possess the said land, that my son Francis Bush, and his heirs forever shall have and enjoy the same, provided that he , the said Francis Bush , pay unto my grandson Lewis Bush the sum Five Pounds, Current Money. And it is also my wish and desire that my said son Francis shall, at my death, have quiet possession and enjoy the said land until my said son William or his heirs as aforesaid shall lawfully claim the same.
I also give and bequeath unto my said son Francis one Negro man slave named Tom, and one feather bed furniture, and one smooth gun forever.
Item. - I give and bequeath unto my son Ambrose Bush one Negro woman named Rose, to him and his heirs forever.
Item. - I give and bequeath unto my daughter, Sarah Watts one Negro woman named Jude, and to her heirs forever, provided she pays to my executors hereafter named the sum of Twenty Pounds Current Money, to be disposed of as hereafter directed.
Item. - I give unto my granddaughter, Susannah Watts, one oval table.
Item. - I give unto my daughter Mary Richards one Negro boy named James provided she pay to my executors the sum of Twenty Pounds Current Money, to be disposed of as hereafter directed.
Item. - I give and bequeath unto my son Joseph Bush the sum of twenty-five Pounds, current money, to be paid by Executors. Also I give him a rifle gun which he has in his possession.
Item. - I give and bequeath unto my son Joshua Bush the sum of twenty-five Pounds, current money, to be paid by my Executors; also a gun called the Long-shot Gun.
Item. - I give unto my daughter Elizabeth Johnson the sum of twenty-five Pounds, Current money, to be paid by my Executors.
Item. - To enable my executors to discharge the above legacies in money, and for the payment of my just debts and my funeral expenses, I do hereby direct, and it is my will and desire that all my other estate not before bequeathed or devised be sold by my executors; and the residue of the money which shall be in their hands belonging to my estate, and if there be any, to be equally divided amongst all my children.
Lastly. - I do hereby appoint my two sons Philip and Francis Bush and my son-in-law David Watts executors of this my last will and testament, and do constitute them as such. And do hereby revoke and make null and void all former wills heretofore made by me. In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal this 10th day of May 1771 Anno Domini.
Sealed, published and declared by the Testator and his last Will and Testament in presence of us who have subscribed our names as witnesses thereto in the presence of the said testator.
Philip P Bush (Sal) (sic, Seal?)
David Thompson. mark
At a Court held for Orange county on Thursday the 24th day of September 1772, this last will and testament of Philip Bush, dec'd, was presented into court by Philip Bush, one of the Executors therein named, and proved by the oaths of James Madison and Thomas Barbour, two of the witnesses thereto, and ordered to be recorded. And on the motion of the said Philip, who made oath according to law, certificate is granted him for obtaining letters of probate thereof in due form, he giving security. Where upon he, with Josiah Bush and Ambrose Bush, his securities entered into and acknowledged their Bond for the sum of One Thousand Pounds Current Money.