Will of Ambrose Madison (July 31, 1732)


In a document dated July 31, 1732, Ambrose Madison, grandfather of James Madison, provides his last will and testament.


IN The Name of God Amen I Ambrose Madison of the parish of St. Mark in the County of Spotslvania, being of Sound mind and perfect memory, do make this my last will and Testament in manner and form following: Imprimis, I recommend my pretious and immortal into the hand of my great Creator, and blessed Redemer, and my body to the Earth to be decently intered, at the direction of my Executors and Executrix herein after named, as to my temporall estate with which it has pleased god to bless me, I give and bequeath (Viz) Item I give and bequeath unto James Coleman and his [inserted above: wife] Elender Six hundred acres of land, (according to Survey made be the same more or less) adjoining to the sd. Colemans plantation at the litle Mountains, to [inserted above: him] and his wife dureing their naturall lifes, and from and after their decease to the heirs of the body of the sd. Elender, lawfully begotton, or to be begotton, and for want of such issue to return to my heirs — Item I give and bequeath unto Frances [and] James two hundred acres of land [illegible]ing as its laid of adjoyning to his plantation at the great Mountains to him and his heirs for Ever: — Item I give and and bequeath unto Danell Stoghill, one hundred and fifty acres of land begining at a red oak standing in David William’s and Abraham Estridge’s line, running along the sd. Abrahams line, so far as to lay of the sd. land square to him and his heirs for ever. Item I give and bequeath unto David Roach one hundred and fifty acres of land. to be to be laid of some part of my land which I have in company with George Braxton Gentlen. and others. According to the discretion of my Executors hearin after named, to him and his heirs for Ever. Item give and bequeath unto my Daughter Elizabeth one thousand acre of land adjoyning to the above mentioned land of James Coleman, to begin at my uper line, and to run down to the lower line, and also one Thousand acres of land at the Great Mountains lying be [illegible: tween] land [illegible] belonging to John [Camm] Gentlen and my son James, to her and her [heirs] [illegible]. Item [illegible: I give] and bequeath unto my Daughter Frances one thousand acres of land adjoyning to her Sister Elizabeths, at the litle Mountains and also one thousand acres of land at the Great Mountains lyeing between land of my son James on the one sd, and land of Abraham Estridges of the other side to her and her heirs for Ever: Item I give and bequeath unto my Son James, all other my lands whatsoever that I am possessed of to him and his heirs for Ever, and that posses the same when he shall arrive to Eighteen years of age: Item I lend unto my Dear and well beloved wife Francis, all and Singular my reall and personall estate not before bequeathed for and Dureing the time she shall continue a widow, or untill one of my Children shall Marry, at either of which times the hole of the Estate that I have lent to my wife shall be Devided as the law Directs: Item I do hearby Constitute and Apoint my loveing wife, my Brother John Madison Mr Francis Conway and Joseph Brock, Executors, and Executrix, of this my last will and Testament, and do hearby revoke and make void all other wills by me heartofore made in testamoney whereof I have hearunto set my hand and fixd. my seal this 31st. day of July 1732

Ambrose Madison

Signed Sealld. published and declared in the presents of us being interlined in the sixth line the word (wife) and in the Eight line the word (him)

James Barbour

Robt Martin

George Penn

APA Citation:
Madison, Ambrose. Will of Ambrose Madison (July 31, 1732). (2020, December 07). In Encyclopedia Virginia.
MLA Citation:
Madison, Ambrose. "Will of Ambrose Madison (July 31, 1732)" Encyclopedia Virginia. Virginia Humanities, (07 Dec. 2020). Web. 30 May. 2024
Last updated: 2020, December 07
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