William Frost Sr. - Will

William Frost Sr

Submitted by: Donna Hay


Note that while Jacob and Amos are not specified as sons, they were minors at home and at the time John assumed everyone would know they were his sons - they are about ages 7 and 14 at the time)


Last Will and Testament of William Frost, Sr., executed on August 21, 1774 in Frederick County, VA, proved on May 7, 1776 in Frederick County, VA:

Whereas I William Frost of the County of Frederick & Colony of Virginia being in poor state of health but in my proper senses and Considering the uncertainty of Life do think fit to make this my Last Will and Testament and by these Presents do make and ordain this my last will & Testament in manner and form Following that is to say

First of all it is my will that my Executors hereinafter named do pay all my Just debts and Funeral Charges as soon as possible out of my personal estate,

Secondly I give and bequeath unto my Son William Frost his heirs and assigns forever two Tracts of Land laying and being in the County of Frederick and Colony of Virginia on the South East and East side of Back Creek Containing three hundred and fifty three acres agreeable to two deeds from under the hand and Seal of the Right Hons. Tho, Lord Fairfax bearing date the Twenty sixth day of April one Thousand seven hundred and Fifty three & and third day of October one Thousand seven hundred sixty six, Charging the said William Frost Jun. with a Legacy to be paid to his Sister Francis in two years after my decease the sum of Fifty pounds Current money of Virginia & in the case the said Francis should die before the said Legacy hereby allowed is due & payable then and in that case it is my will that my son William Frost shall be free and Clear of paying of such Legacy

Thirdly I give and Bequeath to my two sons John and Thomas Frost their Heirs and assigns for ever a Certain Tract of parcel of Land laying in the County of Frederick and Colony aforesaid Containing Four Hundred acres as will appear by Deed and bearing date the fourth day March one thousand Seven Hundred and Fifty three.

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Fifthly I give and bequeath unto Jacob and Amos Frost whereon I now Live the Plantation & tract of Land Containing Four Hundred Fifty Five acres as also one other Tract which I have obtained a Bond for under the Hand and Seal of Warner Washington, Sr. and Warner Washington Jun under the penalty of one Hundred Sixty Pounds to convey the said Tract of Land Containing sixty one acres agreeable to the said Bond bearing date the 14 April 1774.

Sixthly I give & Bequeath unto my Dear and beloved wife Hannah Frost all the Profits of the last two mentioned Tracts of Land during her natural life for the support of herself & bringing up the small Children & duly Educating of them and

Seventhly I do hereby nominate and appoint my trusty & loving sons William John and Thomas Frost my whole and sole Executors of this my last Will and Testament hereby disannulling all former Wills by me made.

Eighthly I do hereby order and it is my Will that Jacob & Amos Frost do pay (after they are in Possession of the Lands bequeathed to them) unto Abraham Frost the sum of Fifty pounds at or upon two years after the said Possession and I do hereby order my Executors to pay unto my Daughters Mary and Hannah the wives of Jacob LaRew [i.e., LaRue] and John Mason Five pounds each out of my Personal Estate and the Remainder of my Personal Estate after my Funeral Charges and Just Debts are Paid & Legacies paid I do hereby order my Executors before mentioned to equally Divide the Remainder between my loving wife and Elizabeth Martha and Ellen and Ann Frost my Daughters.

William Frost (LS)

Signed Seal'd & Publish'd & Declared as his last Will & Testament in the Presence of Joseph Day, Nathan Littler, John Adams, William Drago (his mark)

At a Court held for Frederick County the 17th day of May 1776 This Last Will and Testament of William Frost dec was proved by the affirmation of Nathan Littler and John Adams (being two of the people called Quakers) witnesses thereto and ordered to be Recorded and on the motion of William John & Thomas Frost the Executors therein named who made oath according to the Certificate is granted them for obtaining a probate thereof in due form, they with Security having entered into and acknowledged bond Conditions as the Law directs.

By the Court, Jakeith Co Cur


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