This transcription of the will of Captain John Pace was provided to me by the late Ruth Keys Clark, a noted genealogist. It was taken from the 1825 Henry County, Virginia Will Book, pages 112-114.
Will of John Pace, page 112-114
I John Pace of Henry County in the state of Virginia being of sound mind and __posing memory am calling to mind the uncertainty of human life and being desirous to dispose of all such worldly estate as it hath pleased God to bless me with I give and bequeath the same in the manner following that is to say.
Item I give will and desire that my executor which will hereafter be named pay out of my said estate all my just debts
Item I give to my daughter Milly W. Baker fifty dollars cash.
Item I given and bequeath to my son James Baker PACE the child and son of my present companion Polly Stone and my acknowledged wife which said son is to bear the name of James Baker Pace one young horse to the value of about eighty dollars also a good genteel saddle and bridle a good feather bed and genteel furnitur4e and one young cow and calf.
Item I give and bequeath my next son also the child of my said companion and acknowledged wife Polly Stone which said son is named Greenville Thompson Pace one young horse to the value of about eighty dollars also a good genteel saddle and bridle a good feather bed and genteel furniture.
[Page 113] And a young cow and calf.
Item I give and bequeath to my third son of my said companion and acknowledged wife Polly Stone which said son is named Jerman W Pace one young hourse about the value of eighty dollars and a good genteel saddle and bridle a good feather bed and genteel furniture and a young cow and calf
Item I give and bequeath to my daughter Lucinda Thompson Pace daughter of my said companion and acknowledged wife Polly Stone whichsaid daughter I give and bequeath one negro girl named Ann and her increase forever, which said girl is daughter of Jenny, a genteel side saddle suitable for a young lady and one good feather bed and genteel furniture and one young cow and calf
Item I give and bequeath to my daughter Matilda Patterson Pace daughter of my said companion and acknowledge wife Polly Stone one negro girl named Becky a daughter of Sarah, and her increase forever a genteel saide saddle suitable for a young girl and good feather bed and furniture and one young cow and calf.
Item it is my well and desire and I hereby lend to my companion and acknowledged wife Polly Stone one years possession of my plantation and house that I now life in together with all the other property that I may possess of for making and compleleating one crop after my decease the crop that may be in the plantation at the time of my decease is to be for the comfort and support of my family except the crop of tobacco which is to be considered a part of my estate and to be sold and the proceeds disposed of my meaning is that should I decease in the early part of the year that she shall have and enjoy possession the year out together with the crop that may be made that year. The tobacco excepted should it be in the latter part of the year she is to have the crop in like manner with the priovilege of making and compleating another it is my will and desire that all the property that I have lent to my acknowledged wife Polly Stone be kept togethr on the plantation under the supervision of my executor.
Item I give and bequeath to my three sons James Baker Pace, Greenville Thompson Pace, and Jerman W. Pace my lot of ground in the Town of Leadville known in place of said town by number 37 to them and their heirs forever.
Item I give and bequeath to my two daughters Lucinda Thomas Pace and Matilda Pace each a chest to Lucinda a walnut and to Matilda a chery chest which is now in the house.
Item at the expiration of the time that my said acknowledged wife is to enjoy and have the comfort of the possession of my said plantation and all my other property, then my executor shall present(proceed?) to advertise at different places all my said and before mentioned estate.and personal therein not otherwise disposed of for sale on a credit of twelve months taking court and
[Page 114] Approved security out after the aforesaid and before mentioned legacies are paid I give and bequeath to my acknowledged wife Polly Stone and to her heirs forever the one tenth part of my whole estate which wioll appear by deed of gift recorded in the Henry County court
Item the residue of my estate I will equally divide among my children herein named William I Pace, Lucy Burgess, Thomas Pace, Susannah Hughes, Elizabeth Moore, Sarah Preston formerly Sarah Hunter to her during her life I give her properties and at her decease to her children by her first husband Samuel Hunter, John Pace, Polly Reamey, Milly W. Baker, James B. Pace, Greenville T. Pace, Jerman W Pace, Lucinda T Pace, Matilda Pace, the last five mentioned by my said companion and acknowledged wife Polly Stone, to them and their heirs forever. I do herefy nominatye and appoint my friend John Reamey, Joseph Alexander Sanford Reamey Jr. and Daniel Stone executors of this my last will and testament hereby revoking all former wills by me made in witness where of I have herewith set my hand and seal this 11th day of April 1822. Jno Pace
In presence of William N Nance Aetron(?) Wills Simon Robertson Mary Hefflefinger
At a court held for Henry county 12 September 1825 the forgoing last will and testament of John Pace decíd ------ in court proven by the oaths of three of the subscribing witnesses thereto and ordered to be recorded and thereupon Daniel Stone and Sanford Reamey the executors therein named took the oath of executors and with Ths. Starking, James M Redd, and John Reamey their securities entered into Bond and acknowledged the same according to law.
At a court held for Henry county 12 December 1825, John Reamey one of the executor named in the foregoing last will and testament of John Pace decíd came into court and qualified as an executor and gave bond and security according to law. G Reamey