Will of Major Richard Goode
Dated Apr 23, 1801
Wythe County, VA

Major Richard and Rebecca (YOUNG) GOODE and their family left their home in Stokes Co., NC in early 1801 to relocate in Kentucky. While on the trail, Richard broke his leg and, soon after, gangrene set in. He wrote his will on April 23, 1801 in Wythe County, VA and by early June he died. Rebecca and the children continued on to Kentucky, settling in Henry County. In December, 1802, their daughter, Dicey, married William BARTLETT and in 1804 daughter Margaret married Henry (Harry) BARTLETT, son of Thomas BARTLETT and Mary FOSTER. Richard's will was filed in both Wythe Co., VA and Henry Co., KY.

Transcribed from LDS microfilm by Sandra G. Taylor.

Will Book 1, pp. 17-22
Will Records of Henry County, Kentucky

         In the name of God Amen the twenty-third day of April 1801, I, Richard GOODE of the State of Virginia and the County of Wythe, being very sick and weak in body but of perfect mind and memory thanks be given to GOD, therefor calling to mind the mortality of my body, and knowing that it is appointed for all men to die. 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 to the hands of Almighty God that gave it and my body to the earth to be buried in a ch__[chris..seems it should be christian] burial at the discretion of my Executors not doubting but at the general resurrection I shall receive the same again by the majesty power of God and touching worldly Estate wherewith it hath pleased God to bless me in this life I dispose of the same in the following manner and form. Imprimis I give and bequeath to Rebecca, my dearly beloved wife all my money, goods, chattels, waggons and Horses and negroes and at her decease to be divided in the following manner;
         Betsy JEAN, my beloved daughter, I bequeath her One hundred Dollars. Also, Charles GOODE my beloved son I bequeath One hundred Dollars to be raised and levied out of my Estate. I bequeath to Charles GOODE my beloved son one Negro Boy David. I bequeath to Anne GOODE my beloved daughter a Negro Girl named [Jude..see estate]. I bequeath to my beloved daughter Dice GOODE a Negro Girl named Luie?. I bequeath to Margaret GOODE my beloved daughter one Negro Girl named Ester. I bequeath to my well beloved wife Rebecca GOOD a Negro man by the name of Gilbert, one by the name of Jacob, Negro Woman by the name of Patt, one by the name of Joe. At the decease of my beloved wife Rebecca what negroes is willed to her is to be equally divided among my wife Rebecca’s children. I bequeath to Joel GOODE my beloved son one Negro Boy by the name of Peter. I bequeath to Samuel, my beloved son a negro named Ede [Eady?..see estate]. I bequeath to my beloved son Richard Y. GOODE a negro Boy by the name of Elis. I constitute, make and ordain my well beloved wife Rebecca & Peter FORDE and John JEAN Executors of this my last will and Testament & I also hereby disallow Revoke and [disannull?] and every other former Testaments, will legacies and bequeaths & Executors by me in any way before named wills and bequeaths Ratifying & commissioning this and no other, to be my last will & Testament. In Witness I have hereunto set my hand & seal the day & year above written. Signed sealed and published, pronounced and declared by the said Richard GOODE as his last will & Testament in the presence of us the subscribers.

Nicholas P_________? Richard GOODE {Seal}

At a court held for the County of Wythe [VA] the 9th day of June, 1801, this last Will and Testament of Richard GOOD deceased exhibited in Court and? part? proven by the oath of Philip AEVR? [this word underlined..st] a witness thereto & continued for further proof and at a another Court held for the County aforesaid the 13th day of October 1801 the said last will and Testament of Richard GOOD was fully proven by the oath of Nicholas SNIDER? & ordered to be recorded.

A Copy     Teste Robert CROCKETT DC

{Seal} Wythe County to-wit State of Virginia. I Robert CROCKETT, D Clerk of said County, do certify that James MCGAVOCK Esq. is the presiding Justice of the County of Wythe duly commissioned and qualified according to law and as such full faith and credit are given to all his official acts & Deeds. In witness whereof, I have hereunto set my hand & affixed my seal this 13th day of October 1801.


Wythe County to-wit:
I James MCGAVOCK presiding Justice of the County of Wythe do certify that Robert CROCKETT is D Clerk of said Court of the County aforesaid duly appointed & qualified according to law. Given under my hand this 15th day of October 1801.


Henry County November Court 1801
The foregoing authenticated copy of the last Will and Testament of Richard GOOD, deceased, was presented to the Court & with the several certificates therein endorsed ordered to be recorded.

Teste: Row. THOMAS C

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