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Will of Cornelius O'Bryan

Cornelius O'Bryan was my seventh great grandfather in Augusta County, Virginia.  Cornelius was born in County Clare, Ireland  His grandson Peter Bryan moved to what is now Sevier County, Tennessee in about 1790 (Sevier County was created in 1794 and Tennessee became a state in 1796).  I am descended from Peter.

Will:  Cornelius O'BRYAN, Sr., 30 MARCH 1751 - Augusta County, VA
Source:  Augusta Co., VA Will Book 1, Page 330.
Contributor:  Loretta Layman  (found on the
Augusta County website)

Be it Remembered the thirtieth day of March in the year of Our Lord one
thousand seven hundred and fifty one I Cornelius O'Bryan of Augusta in the
Colony of Virginia yeoman being very sick and weak in body but of perfect mind
and memory thanks be given to God therefore calling to mind the mortallity of
my body and knowing that it is appointed for all men once to dye do make and
ordain this my Last Will and Testament that is to say principally And first of
all I give and recommend my soul into the Hands that gave it and for My body I
recommend it to the Earth to be Buried in a Christain like and decent manner
at the discretion of My Executors and as touching such worldly Estate
wherewith it hath pleased God to bless me in this life I give devise and
dispose of the same in the following manner and form - Imprimis it is my will
and I do Order that in the first place all my juste Debts and Funeral Charges
be paid and satisfied - Item I give and bequeath unto Rebecca my Dearly
beloved wife one hundred Acres of Land during her natural life or she
Continues My widow but after her Death or Mariage the said one hundred acres
of Land to go unto my Son John Bryen his heirs And assigns forever likewise
the old white horse and brown horse and a roan cow and a brown cow of the
heifer that come of her and six sheep her choice of the stock together with
all my household good during her Natural life And if she marries or when dys
to go unto my son John likewise, -- Item I give and bequeath unto my son
Cornelius O'Bryen a roan mare, -- Item I give and bequeath unto my son
Thomas's Eldest son Benjamin a roan yearling colt which came of the mare that
I gave unto Cornelius my son, -- Item the Rest of my stock Excepting the swine
to be Equally Divided amongst the Remainder of my Children These I give and
bequeath unto my son John O'Bryan all the remainder of my Estate Both real
and personal unto him his heirs And assigns forever, Item I do constitute and
ordain my well beloved wife Rebecca and my son John O'Bryen my only and sole
Executors of this My Last Will and Testament and I do hereby utterly disalow
revoke and disannul all and every other former Testaments Wills Legacies and
Executors by me in any ways before this time Named willed and bequeathed
Ratifying and Confirming this and no other to be my Last Will and Testament
In witness whereof I have hereunto Set my hand and seal the day and year above

Wit: Joseph Bryan
     James Williams
     Jacob Gum

Proved 28 May 1751 by Joseph Bryan

Further proved 27 Aug 1751 by Jacob Gum

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