Will: Pemberton, George; Yeoman; Virginia, 1756

Transcriber’s Notes

This is the will of George Pemberton born in Chershire, England and died in Virginia (probated in Frederick County on Tuesday the 4th day of October 1757) transcribed by Ernest L Pemberton and Daniel Buckley 24 May 2001 from a photocopy in possession of E L Pemberton. There is mention of two Quakers in the probate certification – probably Benjamin and Samuel Pearson.

Names in order of mention:

testator: George Pemberton, yeoman
son: George Pemberton
girl: Jean, Negro, age 30
son: Esiah Pemberton
man: Jacob, Negro
boy: Pompay, Negro
daughter: Ann, eldest
daughter: Judi, second eldest
daughter: Sarah, third youngest
wife: Margaret Pemberton
witness: Samuel Pearson, Quaker
witness: Benj. Pearson, Quaker
witness: Sam. L Pearson
witness: Rob.’ Worthington

In The Name of God Amen
I George Pemberton of the County of Frederick of Colony of Virginia yeoman being weak in body but of sound and perfect mind and memory thanks be to God considering the uncertainty of this mortal life do make and publish this my Last will and Testament in manner and form following that is to say I give and bequeath unto my son George Pemberton his heirs and assigns all my messuage or tenement whereon I now live in the County aforesaid containing as by survey made four hundred and twenty two acres as appears by my Deed issued in my name for said land to him and his heirs and assigns forever, together with a Negro girl called Jean about thirty years of age to him and his Assigns forever also a fifth part of all my moveables

Item I give and bequeath unto my eldest son Esiah Pemberton his heirs and assigns one Negro man called Jacob also a Negro boy called Pompay together with a still and all utensils tubes and soforth thereunto belonging to him and his heirs and assigns forever

Item I give and bequeath also [Ed. Note: “This word “also” is a reasoned guess at a word inserted by caret and written in very tiny script.] unto my said son Esiah one fifth part also of all my moveables

Item I give and bequeath unto my eldest daughter Ann one fifth part of all my moveables

Item I give unto my second eldest daughter Judi one fifth part of all my moveables

Item I give and bequeath unto my third youngest daughter Sarah a fifth part also of said moveables, said moveables to be equally divided in five equal parts, and lastly as to all the rest residue and remainder of my personal estate goods and chattells of what kind so ever or nature I give and bequeath unto my best beloved wife Margaret Pemberton together with said Negro’s mentioned above during her life after my life if she so chances to outlive me as also her third of said four hundred and twenty two acres of land during her own natural life and after her death and mine said estate real and personal to go to those as above mentioned.

I also will and appoint my eldest son Esiaih Pemberton and my best beloved wife Executor and Executrix of this my last will and testament hereby revoking all former wills made by me  In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal            day of        n the year of our Lord One Thousand Seven Hundred and Fifty Six – 56

Signed Sealed Published and Declared
By the above named George Pemberton
to be his Last will & Testament in the his
Presence of us who have hereunto George [mark] Pemberton
Subscribed our Names as Witnesses mark
In Presence of the Testator

Samuel Pearson

Benj. Pearson

Sam. L Pearson

Rob.’ Worthington

Probate Notation:

At a Court held for Frederick County on Tuesday the 4th day of October 1757this last will and testament of George Pemberton deceased was presented into Court by Isaiah Pemberton the surviving Executor therein named who made oath thereto according to Law & that said will being proved by the oath of Robert Worthington & the solemn affermation of Benjamin Pearson & Samuel Pearson two of the people called Quakers witness’s thereto the same is admitted to record.




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I started the Pemberton Family World Wide in 2010 as a place to publish findings of the Pemberton One-Name Study based in London.
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