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Will of Bathurst Skelton

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In a document dated September 30, 1768, Bathurst Skelton, first husband to Martha Wayles Skelton, future wife of Thomas Jefferson, provides his last will and testament.

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In the Name of God, Amen. I, Bathurst Skelton, make this my last will and Testament. Imprimis, whereas my wife Martha will be entitled to sundry slaves at the death of her father, by virtue of a marriage settlement made betwixt him and her mother, all which slaves I give to her and her heirs forever in case my son dies under age, or unmarried, but if he attains to lawful age or marriage, then the said slaves to be equally divided betwixt them, my wife and son. I devise the Guardianship of my son John to John Wayles and my wife, and make them my Executors to this my Last Will. In Witness whereof I put my hand and seal this 30 day of September, 1768.

Bathurst Skelton. (Seal)

Published and Declared to be his last Will & Testament in presents of us.

Jos. Harris

Chris: Mantove

Francis Eppes

N. B., and at his request his name was signed by Jos. Harris, and further that he gave to his wife his Faton and horses.

Proved in Court, Sept. 10 1771, by the oath of Joseph Harris, who declared that he wrote the said will and of Francis Eppes.

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September 30, 1768
In a document dated September 30, 1768, Bathurst Skelton, first husband to Martha Wayles Skelton, future wife of Thomas Jefferson, provides his last will and testament.
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APA Citation:
Skelton, Bathurst. Will of Bathurst Skelton. (2020, December 07). In Encyclopedia Virginia. https://encyclopediavirginia.org/entries/will-of-bathurst-skelton.
MLA Citation:
Skelton, Bathurst. "Will of Bathurst Skelton" Encyclopedia Virginia. Virginia Humanities, (07 Dec. 2020). Web. 02 Mar. 2021
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