" In the name of God, Amen. I, Nathaniel Maxwell of the county of Washington, and State of Virginia, being aged and infirm in body but of sound mind and disposing memory for which I thank God: and calling to mind the uncertainty of human life, and being desirous to dispoze (sic) of all such worldly estate as it hath pleased God to bless me with, I do hereby make this my last Will and Testament in manner and form following:

That is to say, after all my just debts and funeral expenses are paid- I leave and bequeath to my loving wife Esther Maxwell all my household and kitchen furniture for her own use and to be at her disposal and she is to have full and free use of the house we now live in, the spring and garden during her natural life: also to have two cows and four sheep.

I hereby bind my son Nathaniel Maxwell to furnish my wife with a sufficiency of meat and bread and to feed and take care of her above named stock; to furnish her a sufficiency of firewood, cut at her door, and to give her one fourth acre of flax anuly delivered at her house. The above described demands are to be binding on the said Nathaniel during the natural life of my wife and no longer--I leave and bequeath to my son Nathaniel Maxwell all the balance of my land not heretofore disposed of it being two tracts one containing one hundred and fifty acres where I now live and the other seventy-four acres and adjoining the above be the same more or less, subject to the above claim of his mother during her natural life.

I also allow my grandson Nelson at my death to take away his property which consists of one horse some cows and hogs free from any charge. I leave and bequeath to my son William Maxwell all the balance of my estate of whatsoever kind it may be whether real or personal, not heretofore disposed of and also all the stock that my wife may die possessed of is to pass to the aforesaid William.

And lastly I do hereby constitute and appoint my two sons William Maxwell and John Maxwell executors of this my last will and testament, hereby revoking all other or former wills or testaments by me heretofore made.

In Witness whereof, I have hereunto set my hand and affixed my seal this 11th day of July in the year 1828."

The will was probated in 1834.

Thanks to "Linda in Utah"

Family History Library, Film #34,357: Wills of Washington County, VA, Vol. 6, p.346.



Nathaniel Carson Maxwell (gg grandfather)
Albert Leander Maxwell (g grandfather)
Authur Leonard Maxwell (g uncle)
Albert Leander Maxwell (with Sarah Adeline Hayes)
Martha Mae Maxwell
(g aunt)
Nathaniel Chester Maxwell (grandfather)
Wilbur T. Maxwell (uncle)