Wills


John Worley’s son, William, bought the “plantation on Swift Creek where John Worly (sic) now lives” from John Maxey in July 1739 for fifty pounds. Looking at the land records presented so far it seems as if John Worley, Sr. had sold all, or at least most, of the land he had purchased by 1726 and so he must have been leasing this land from Maxey. [He purchased 56 acres in 1720 and made a sale in 1722. He purchased 277 acres in 1725 and sold that land in 1726.] No other deeds for John Worley turn up until 1749 and it would appear that William purchased this land for, or out from under, his father. It could simply have been that John Maxey was selling the land and William bought it, living on the land with his father and perhaps other family members until his father was able to make his own purchase.

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Will of John Worley, Cumberland County, Virginia
“I John Worley am disposed to make my Will being in perfect Health and Sense and Memory praised be to God for it. In the Name of God Amen.
I give my soul to God who created it and my body to be buried at the Descretion (sic) of my executive.
Item I give to my well beloved Wife Esther Worley all my Estate after my debts are pay’d and the Plantation whereon I now live during her life and then the said Plantation after her Life I give to my grandson Charles Maxey to him and his heirs .. Lafully (sic) begotten and never to be sold and if the s’d Charles Maxey should dye then to fall to John Gipson son to Thos and Elizabeth Gibson.
Item I give to John Worley ye Younger and my grandson the plantation where his father now lives and so to a new line I make according to my own pleasure for the division but my Will is that my son John Worley shall have the sd Plantation during his life but no liberty to sell it nor to rent it.
Item. I give to my son John Worley Junr one shilling sterling
Item. I give to my son Wm Worley one shilling sterling.
Item. I give to my daughter Mary Maxey one shilling sterling.
Item. I give to Daughter Elizabeth Gibson one shilling sterling.
Item. I give to Daughter Christian Agee one shilling sterling.
Item. I give to Daughter Jude Smith one shilling sterling
and this I allow to be my last Will and testament as Witness my hand this 22 Day of March 1757.”
John Worley SS
Curnell Keen, Nathael Maxey wit”

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