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Samuel Woodson Venable

Birth19 SEP 1756
 
Military
 
USA Army / Captain / Revolutionary War
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Education
 
Graduate and Trustee
Hampden Sydney College
Education1780
 
Princeton University
Death7 SEP 1821
 
Grave
Aged: 65 years
He-S, The Huguenot Abraham Michaux and Descendants, Nash Excursus,
Samuel Woodson Venable, born September 19/1756, died September 7,1821; married August 15 (13?), 1781, Mary Scott Carrington, born June21, 1758, died March 21, 1837. He was at Hampden-Sydney when hejoined the Student Company and entered the War of the Revolution, andwas afterwards an officer in the company organized by hisbrother-in-law, Captain Thomas Watkins. He entered Princeton andgraduated with first honours. He established his seat at"Springfield", was a planter and merchant, "the leading mind in thatwhole region", a man of great influence, "eminently a practical man, astern patriot and friend of good order in society, public spirited,and a patron of all improvements".
From the book- Venables of Virginia by Elizabeth Marshall Venable

Samuel Woodson Venable was a man of unusual culture and educational advantages. He graduated first from Hampden-Sidney and later, 1780, at Nassau Hall or Princeton, where he was an honor man, delivered the valedictory in Latin, as was usual. His brothers, Abram, Richard, and Nathaniel graduated there later; William and Thomas were alumni of Hampden-Sidney. He was a Trustee of Hampden-Sidney College from 1780 until his death and always its faithful supporter. His Revolutionary record is credible. In 1776, the students of Prince Edward Academy, of whom he was one, organized themselves into a military company and elected one of their tutors, Rev John Blair Smith, their captain. Samuel W Venable was ensign. In Sept, 1777, this company of school boys marched to Williamsburg to help defend it against an anticipated invasion by the British. After the danger was passed, Governor Henry complimented the company and dismissed it. On the call of General Greene for troops, when he was retreating from the South toward Virginia, before Cornwallis, a company of dragoons, Prince Edward Dragoons, commanded by Captain Thomas Watkins repaired to his camp. Samuel Woodson Venable was cornet (equivalent to Lieutenant) of this company and participated in the battle of Guilford Court House, March, 1781, at which the "Queens Guards" was defeated. He also served as aide on General Greene's staff. Captain Watkins' company served in General Lawson's Brigade under Colonel Washington. After the action at Guilford, Colonel Washington wrote a letter to Captain Watkins, in which the bravery and skill of the Prince Edward troop and their commander were highly extolled and commended. "Springfield," the plantation home of Samuel Woodson Venable and his wife, Mary, was burned many years ago, and the garden and every trace of culture eliminated,--even the quaint picture of the place done in tapestry by the patient fingers of their gifted daughter, Henningham, has been burned. No one now living remembers anything much about it. But, in the inventory of part of the estate, preserved in the Court House records, in Prince Edward Co, Va, we find , among other interesting items, sixty-one slaves, valued at $13,445-and we must remember that at the marriage of each of his twelve children, he gave them an ample dower in slaves and land.
Mary Carrington Venable

Mary Scott Carrington

Birth21 JUN 1758
 
Death21 MAR 1837
 
Grave
Aged: 78.7 years
Mary was born to Judge Paul Carrington Sr. & Margaret Read at "Mullberry Hill", Charlotte County, VA. She died at "Springfield", Prince Edward County, VA. The following is a description given of her in the 1925 Venables of Virginia book. "A woman of uncommon vivacity, wit and power of sarcasm. She added to these gifts with great practical judgement which she displayed in the management of her household, and the rearing of her large family,-and all was crowned and chastened by earnest piety. In powers of conversation she is said to have had few equals. Her company was always enjoyed on account of her bright wit and amusing criticisms on men, and passing events. She frequently visited Virginia Springs where she was usually surrounded by groups of young people entertained by her conversation. Her fame was so great that she was often referred as "John Randolph in petticoats." By her will she left considerable household chattles in "Springfield" to her numerous children. "Springfield" , the plantation located near Worsham, gifted out of "Slate Hill" property by her father, was lost to fire in 1877.
ChildrenFirst NameBirth DtDeath DtBirth PlaceSpouses
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Elizabeth Woodson 

11 MAY 17827 APR 1858  VA, Prince Edward Co William Morton Watkins 
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Margaret Read 

11 MAY 178231 MAY 1857  VA, Prince Edward Co, "Springfield" Nicholas Cabell Jr. 
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Anne Mayo 

06/04/178402/28/1869  VA, Prince Edward Co, Springfield Isaac Reade jr. 
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Mary Carrington 

23 AUG 178628 DEC 1867  VA, Prince Edward Co, Springfield William M Womack 
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Clementina F. 

6 JUN 178811 AUG 1841  VA, Prince Edward Co, Springfield William Shields Reid 
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Henningham Carrington 

19 JAN 179012 SEP 1861  VA, Prince Edward Co Robert Hanna Anderson 
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Nathaniel E 

5 DEC 179121 SEP 1847  VA, Prince Edward Co, "Springfield" Mary Embra Scott 
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Paul Carrington 

16 OCT 17944 APR 1876  VA, Prince Edward Co, Springfield Emily Eaton Carrington 
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Agnes Woodson 

4 NOV 179604/1868  VA, Prince Edward Co, Springfield Henry Edward Watkins 
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Samuel Woodson 

1 NOV 17976 OCT 1855  VA, Prince Edward Co, Springfield Jane Stuart Reid 
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Abraham Watkins 

17 OCT 179924 FEB 1876  VA, Prince Edward Co Isabella Alston Brown 
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Mildred Coles 

27 MAR 180322 AUG 1871  VA, Prince Edward Co, Springfield Charles Shepperson 
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  • Will, : I, Samuel W. Venable, being of sound and disposing mind and memory do make and constitute this my last will and testament.
    In the first place it is my will and desire that all my just debts be paid.
    It is my will and desire that all the debts due to me on any account be collected as well those due on my private books as those which fall to me on the dissolution and settlement of the business now carried on at Union Mills under the firm of Venable & Co. in which my son Nathaniel and myself are partners the terms of the partnership will be seen in our agreement now in my possession. It is my desire also that my executors dispose of the goods and property which belongs to me in that concern as soon as circumstances and the interest of my estate will permit.
    It is my will and desire that the money which shall arise from my stock in trade, crops on hand, cash in hand, debts due in any way, or from bank stock or stock of any kind which I may possess at my decease and which I may hereafter direct to be sold, shall constitute a fund for the payment of my debts and legacies in the first place and then for such other purposes as I shall hereafter direct.
    It is my will that so much of my personal and perishable estate as my executors and my beloved wife shall think the family can conveniently spare shall be sold also a negro woman Sall now living at my plantation in Halifax, also some Georgia certificates which I hold and the proceeds to be applied as I have above directed.
    I wish my executors to sell the negro woman Sall to a humane master and if possible to such as she will choose to go to and therefore the mode of sale and price is entirely left to their discretion.
    It is my will and desire that my son Abraham W. Venable be supported from my estate until he shall have studied his profession and at least one year after he comes of age. I wish also the expense necessary to finish the education of my daughter Mildred in such way as my beloved wife and my executors may judge best and also the expense necessary for her support till she marries or comes of age to be paid out of my estate.
    I have directed that my son Abraham W. Venable and my daughter Mildred C. Venable should be supported out of my estate until a certain period when funds come into the hands of my executors over and above what may be necessary to pay my debts and legacies. It is my desire that they appropriate a full and sufficient fund to answer this purpose and pay any other moneys which I may hereafter direct to be paid out of my estate and this sum so appropriated they may put out to interest upon landed or other undoubted security and it is my will that the interest so long as it is sufficient and then so much of the principal as may be necessary shall be applied for the purposes above mentioned.
    When monies or funds belonging to my estate over and above what may be necessary for the last mentioned appropriation shall come into the hands of my executors-- It is my will and desire that they from time to time as such funds accumulate so as to make them in their judgment an object to distribute do distribute the same among those children to whom I shall leave the residue of my estate and so continue to do from time to time untill my daughter Mildred shall marry or become of age when I will and desire that the general distribution of my estate shall take place.
    If I should leave any negroes undisposed of I will that my executors hire them out untill the general distribution of my estate and consider their hire as belonging to the fund for supporting my daughter Mildred untill she becomes of age or marry which I have mentioned above.
    Now I give and bequeath in the following manner my estate real and personal __.
    I give and bequeath to my beloved wife during her natural life the land and plantation whereon I now live except a small part which I shall hereafter dispose of, also the following negroes to-wit Jack, Patty, Abram, Molly and Jenny and their children now born or to be born hereafter except such as are hereafter disposed of in this will old Dick, Barbara and her son, William, Judy, Congo these are also given to her during her natural life. I give her absolutely and at her own disposal four horses such as she shall choose out of my stock of horses twenty cattle as many of the sheep and hogs as she may wish to have all of her choice--likewise as many of the plantation tools and household and kitchen furniture as she may think necessary our riding carriage and harness as much forage and provisions as will at least last a year if so much is on hand. I give her also twenty bank shares such as I may possess or the value thereof in money if I should not possess so many at the time of my decease these last are given to her and her heirs forever.
    I give and bequeath to my daughter Elisabeth W. Watkins wife of William Watkins one undivided half of my tract of land on Difficult creek having a mill on the same which said tract of land in the whole will contain about eight hundred acres after taking off a . . . part adjoining the land bought by me of William Boyd which said land I have willed to my daughter Mary C. Womack. Also George a negro boy the son of Patty and Jack and one undivided third part of my lot in Richmond received by inheritance of my brother Abraham B. Venable and four hundred pounds in money all of which is given to her and her heirs forever.
    I give and bequeath to my daughter Peggy R. Cabell the proceeds of the following lands which I desire my executors to sell for her use to-wit, one tract in Kentucky Iying on the Chaptain fork of Salt River and containing five hundred acres one other tract lying in Monroe County near the Red Sulphur Spring and containing five hundred and seventy acres one young negro man named Oliver and two hundred pounds in money all of which I give to her and her heirs forever.
    I give and bequeath to my daughter Ann Mayo Read my tract of land lying near the college of Hampden-Sidney and adjoining the lands of my brother Richard and containing about three hundred and seventeen acres. Also Adam a negro boy received from the estate of Colo. Read and two hundred and fifty pounds in money all of which I give to her and her heirs forever.
    I give and bequeath to my daughter Mary C. Womack my tract of land in Halifax County which I bought of William Boyd commonly called Cannons Tract containing about three hundred and eighty acres also fifty acres adjoining the same which I reserved of the tract bought of Scott and others when I gave my son Paul his tract of land also fifty acres more lying adjoining to it belonging to the tract bought of the heirs of Charles Edwards to be laid off by my executors in the manner most suitable to both tracts--that is to say the tract now given to my daughter Mary C. Womack and the balance of the tract bought of Edwards' heirs now given to my daughters Elisabeth W. Watkins and Agness W. Watkins. I give her also Sam called waggoner Sam also Griffin, Lucy and their child and future increase also two hundred and fifty pounds in money all of which I give to her and her heirs forever with this exception nevertheless that if my son Abraham W. Venable needs a settlement on account of his mother possessing the tract of land left him he shall have the use of the tract of land given to my daughter Mary C. Womack untill his mother's death at which time he shall possess the tract of land left him and my daughter Mary C. Womack shall possess the tract of land left her.
    I give and bequeath to my daughter Clementina Reid wife of William S. Reid that part of my tract of land lately bought of Blake B. Woodson which said Woodson bought of William Jones containing about three hundred and nineteen acres also twenty acres of wood land to be taken from the other part of the tract bought of Blake B. Woodson and lying most convenient to the Jones' Tract also Amos a lad the son of Barbary and Jesse the oldest son of Molly and Abraham and two hundred pounds in money all of which is given to her and her heirs forever.
    I give and bequeath to my daughter Henningham C. Anderson the wife of Robert Anderson the tract of land bought by me of John P. Metauer at two purchases and commonly called Providence except twenty acres joining and most convenient to the tract of land on which I now live and which I intend for my son Abraham at his mother's decease. This land my executors shall lay off according to the directions here given as they shall judge most suitable for Abraham's tract. I give her also forty acres of land to be laid off from the tract on which I live one half on each side of the river to serve as a supply of wood and timber to her tract and to be laid off as conveniently for Abraham's tract as circumstances will permit. This land also I wish my executors to lay off as they judge best according to my directions here given. I give to her besides the negroes now in her possession a negro man called Cooper Joe and Henry the son of Patty who now lives in Halifax also two hundred and fifty pounds in money all of which I give to her and her heirs forever. I give her also Lewis at her mother's death to her and her heirs forever.
    I give and bequeath to my daughter Agnes W. Watkins wife of Henry E. Watkins one undivided half of my tract of land and mill on Difficult creek the other half of which I have given to my daughter Elisabeth W. Watkins being the tract bought of the heirs of Charles Edwards and heretofore described. I give her also one undivided third part of my lot in Richmond inherited of my brother Abraham B. Venable. I give her also a young man Sam Cook and two hundred and fifty pounds in money. All of which I give to her and her heirs forever.
    I give and bequeath to my daughter Mildred C. Venable all that part of the tract of land which I lately bought of Blake B. Woodson which I have not willed to my daughter Clementina Reid containing about four hundred acres with the buildings etc. I give her also the following negroes to-wit Harry bought of Andrew Johnson's estate Finnetta daughter of Patty and any increase she may have before my decease Sally or Sarah daughter of Polly and her increase Betsy daughter of Molly and Abram Billy a cooper at the mill and William at her mother's decease. Also the sum of four hundred pounds all of which I give to her and her heirs forever.
    I give and bequeath to my son Nathaniel E. Venable one undivided half of my interest or estate in the mills called Union Mills and of the lot of land on which the same stands containing by estimation about sixty acres in which my brother holds an interest with me he owning one fourth of said land and mill. I give him also two negroes Robin and Letty now in his possession. I give him also Charles wishing him however not to separate him from his wife and children. I wish him to have possession of the mill at the end of the year whenever my decease shall happen. All these I give to him and his heirs forever.
    I have already given my son Paul C. Venable by deed a tract land which I intended for him. I have also given him the following negroes which are now in his possession viz: David, Len, Peter, Biddy and her child and future increase. I give him also the tract of land bought of George Salmon by me through his attorney Isaac Medley containing about one hundred and twenty nine acres 44 acres however subject to some uncertainty. All these I give to him and his heirs forever.
    I give unto my son Samuel W. Venable, Jr. one undivided half of my interest or estate in the mills now called Union Mills and of the lot of land on which it stands containing about sixty acres on which the said mill stands which said lot and mill is now owned by me and my brother William. I give him also two small tracts of land near or adjoining the mill lot one bought by me of Charles F. Nash and the other of my brother Abraham B. Venable the first containing about ninety six acres the second about fifty acres for which however I have given him a deed, also a small piece of land adjoining the same bought of Colo. Charles Allen or Edward Reaford, I give him also two hundred and ninety seven acres of land or about that quantity bought of James Daniel being the same land that fell to his children as the distributees of the estate of Abraham B. Venable deceased and for two undivided sixths of which I have given him a title by deed, for the remainder I have not as yet got a legal title but I have a mortgage on James Daniel's land to secure the title. If the title to said land should not be made to me complete in my life time it is my will that the title be made to my son Samuel W. Venable and I will and bequeath to him my right or claim to the land of James Daniel to secure him in case of failure. I give him also the following negroes to-wit Hannah and her children now in his possession Ephriam, Alleck or Alexander and Isac. I have given him Billy and Peter two negro men bought of Miller's Estate. All of which I give to him and his heirs forever. I give him also Ben a cooper at the mill to him and his heirs forever.
    I give and bequeath to my son Abraham W. Venable the tract of land on which I now live at his mother's decease except about forty acres which I have directed my executors to lay off in wood land adjoining the Providence Tract which I have willed to my daughter Henningham. I give him also twenty acres of land which I have directed my executors to lay off from the Providence Tract for him. I give him also the following negroes to-wit Harry Patty's son and Mary his wife and their present and future increase John and Frank son of Judy and Andrew all of which I give to him and his heirs forever.
    I give and bequeath to my beloved wife over and above what I have given her old Aggy, Lewis, son of Patty and Hampton a lad during her natural life.
    I give and bequeath unto my daughter Ann Mayo Read over and above what I have given her one undivided third of a lot in Richmond which I inherited from my brother Abraham B. Venable.
    I give and bequeath to my daughter Peggy R. Cabell over and above what I have given her my lot in Farmville to her and her heirs forever.
    It is my will that my old men Caesar and Warwick live where they choose among the family and be supported out of my estate. If any of my family choose to take them I authorise my executors to make a contract and pay such member of my family at once from my estate what may be deemed a reasonable compensation for their support.
    I give and bequeath to my daughter Mildred C. Venable over and above what I have given her two negro men Douglas and shop Dick to her and her heirs forever.
    I give and bequeath to my son Samuel W. Venable over and above what I have given him one negro man cooper Peter to him and his heirs forever.
    I give and bequeath to my son Abraham W. Venable after the decease of his mother a negro boy Hampton to him and his heirs forever.
    It is my will and desire that all the residue of my estate real and personal be equally divided between between my eight daughters and youngest son. When my three eldest sons receive their legacies they will all things considered be about as well provided for as the other children of the family. When my beloved wife shall decease that which I have given her for life shall belong to this residue. It is my will that the division of the residue of my estate take place when my daughter Mildred marries or comes of age. I give to each of my children above mentioned viz my eight daughters and youngest son their share of the residue to them and their heirs forever.
    I appoint my sons Nathaniel E. Venable, Samuel W. Venable, Abraham W. Venable and Isaac Read my son in law executors of this my last will and testament. In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal the 26th. day of January in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and twenty one. Interlined before signing.
    Samuel W. Venable (Seal)

    Witness
    Temple D. Richardson.
    Nath. I. Venable. Andrew Bigger. William D. Epes. Richd. N. Venable. Margaret M. Reid.

    I have given to my beloved wife during her natural life by this will Molly and Janney two negro women and such of their children now born or hereafter to be born if not by will I disposed of otherwise it is my will that my beloved wife either in her life or at her decease as she shall choose, shall have the right of giving the said negro women and children in any way she chooses so that they are given to some of our children. This alteration I make this 8th. day of August 1820 as witness my hand and seal on that day and date.
    Samuel W. Venable (Seal)
    Richd. N. Venable.
    Margaret M. Reid.
    Temple D. Richardson.

    At a court held for Prince Edward County September the 17th. 1821, This last will and testament of Samuel W. Venable Dec'd, was presented in court and proved by the oaths of Temple D. Richardson, Nathaniel I. Venable and Richard N. Venable three witnesses thereto, and the codicil to said will was also proved by the oaths of Temple D. Richardson and Richard N. Venable two witnesses thereto, ordered that the said will and codicil be recorded: on the motion of Nathaniel E. Venable and Abraham W. Venable two of the executors therein named, they with Samuel W. Venable, Jr. William S. Reid and Isaac Read their securities entered into and acknowledged their bond for the purpose in the penalty of one hundred and twenty thousand dollars conditioned according to law and took the oath required by law, certificate for obtaining a probat thereof in due form is granted them.
    Teste B. J. Worsham, D. C.
    A copy,
    Teste:--
    Horace Adams Clerk of the Circuit Court of Prince Edward County, Virginia.
  • Will, :
    I Mary S Venable do make this my last will and testament, in manner and form following, that is to say,
    Item 1st. I desire that all of my debts be paid, out of any money that may belong to my estate.
    2d. I give to each of my children or their representatives the sum of Fifty pounds, being the amount of money formerly advanced me by them--to them and their heirs forever.
    3d. I give to my daughter Elizabeth W Watkins & her heirs forever the sum of Five Hundred Dollars, and my picture called, "The Last Supper".
    4th. I give to my daughter Margaret R Cabell my new carriage, the miniature likeness of my husband, and the Vols. of the "Domestic Encyclopedia"--to her and her heirs forever.
    5th. I give to my daughter Ann M Read one-third part of my household and kitchen furniture, not specifically bequeathed, to her and her heirs forever.
    6th. I give to my daughter Clementina Reid and her heirs forever, a negro girl "Patsy" and her increase (the girl now being in her possession)--all of my stock in the "Appomattox Company" and one-third part of my household & kitchen furniture not specifically bequeathed in this will.
    7th. I give to my daughter Henningham C Anderson & her heirs forever, my negro woman "Jenny" -- her child "Katey"-- a negro girl "Milly" & their increase--Also my loom, warping bars,&c--one bed, bed-stead & bed furniture: I also release to my said daughter Henningham, the amount of her bond executed to me and all interest &c and all the same:--The bond I believe for $1267.50, was given for money advanced by me for the purchase of land (adjoining her land) of Col. Morton.
    8th. I give to my daughter Mary C Womack & her heirs forever a negro woman "Joanna" (daughter of Jenny)--her child "Jenney" & their increase: also a negro boy "Scipio" and a negro boy " Billy" son of Abram & Molly, also my mothers "Family Bible". Also one-third part of my household and kitchen furniture, not otherwise specially devised in this will.
    9th. I give to my son Nathaniel E Venable & his heirs forever, his Fathers Desk and Bookcase.
    10th. I give to my son Paul C Venable & his heirs forever, my dressing table or Bureau with glass-knobs in the chamber.
    11th. I give to my daughter Agnes W Watkins & her heirs forever, a negro man "Armstead".
    12th. I give to my son Samuel W Venable & his heirs forever, my other Bookcase and drawers.
    13th. I give to my son Abram W Venable one bed-bedstead & bed furniture--my dressing table--and a corner table in the parlor purchased of the estate of his uncle-- Abram W Venable, dec'd--to him & his heirs forever.
    14th. I give to my daughter Mildred C Shepperson, the following property, (subject however to the Trusts, provisions restricting &c herein after mentioned), to-wit: A negro woman, "Katey"--her grand-son "Billey" (negros whom I purchased of Margarett R Cabell) a negro woman "Polly"-her daughter "Nancy" and their increase: also, the miniature likeness of myself--and one of the parlor tables. It is my will and desire and I do hereby direct that the portion of my estate which I have herein devised to my said daughter Mildred C Shepperson, and every part & parcel thereof shall be vested in and held by Nathaniel E Venable and Samuel W Venable--or the survivor of them, upon the following Trust; that is to say; That they shall hold the said portion for the use and benefit of my said daughter Mildred and her children, and shall vest, lay out, and expend, the profits, proceeds, interests, hires &c arising from the same, in such manner as to them shall seem most advisable, for the use, benefit, enjoyment &c of my said daughter Mildred & her children, during her natural life; and at her death, I direct the said portion of property herein devised to my said daughter Mildred shall be equally divided and secured to my said daughters children then living & the children of such as may be dead (if any such there be) these last taking their parents portion. I hereby give the Trusts aforesaid entire control over said property and for the purposes and trust aforesaid:--I also give them power to sell all or any portion thereof; and vest the proceeds of such sale in other property or interest to be held by them upon the like Trust. If my daughter Mildred should die without children living at her death, or their children, then, I will that her husband Charles Shepperson shall hold the same in fee-simple if he be living, and if he be dead, then It is my wish that the portion aforesaid be equally divided among my living children or the heirs of such as may be dead. No part or parcel of the property aforesaid is to be subject to the debts contracts &c of my said daughter Mildred's husband. Should the Trustees herein named from any cause fail to act I desire that the Court of this County may appoint some fit & proper person or persons Trustees, as aforesaid.
    15th. I give my grand daughter Mary Louisa Comfort a miniature likeness of my uncle Thos. Read.
    16th. I give my grand-son Francis N Watkins my writing desk.
    17th. I give to my grand-daughter Mary (daughter of Paul C Venable) my mothers dressing table.
    18th. I desire Twelve plain-neat-mourning rings to be purchased by my Exors and my husband's and my own hair to be inserted in them & to be presented to each of my daughters, daughters-in-law and my son, Samuel.
    19th. I wish my pictures (not specifically devised) to be equally divided among my daughters, and the Portraits to be returned to those to whom they belong. I wish my books (not devised specially) to be also divided among my daughters.
    20th. I wish "Saunders" to be sold. I particularly desire my Exors to sell him conveniently to his wife, and I give them full discretion as to the manner, time, place &c in selling him, desiring them to keep in view the object I have in selling him--that is, convenient to his wife.
    21th. All of the residue of my estate, I desire to be sold.
    22th. After the payment of my debts, the pecuniary legacies &c, I give the Residium if any to my daughters Mary C Womack, Ann M Read, and Clementina Reid and their heirs forever, to be equally divided among them.
    23th. After my debts have been paid, and also the pecuniary legacies herein mentioned, I wish my Exors to appropriate the sum of Two Hundred Dollars from my estate to the purchase of some suitable portion of the public burying ground at the "College Church" or adjacent thereto, and to cause the same to be enclosed with a suitable wall &c to be used as a Family burying ground. And I desire that my descendants may make up a sufficient sum for the purpose, should $200 be insufficient.
    24th. I desire to be buried in the said burying Ground, and a neat plain Tombstone to be placed over my grave: and I particularly desire & request that if no stone shall be placed over my Husband's grave during my life, that my Exors, should cause a suitable one to be raised over him, & pay for the same out of my Estate.
    25th. I do hereby constitute and appoint my sons Nathaniel E Venable and Samuel W Venable Executors to this my last will & testament; and I do hereby revoke all other wills & codicils made by me.
    In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and affixed my seal this 18th day of February 1837.
    Witness: Mary S Venable (seal)
    Francis N Watkins
    John J Brightwell
    J W Womack

    At a Court held for Prince Edward County May the 15th 1837. This last will and testament of Mary S Venable, dec'd was presented in Court & Francis N Watkins a legatee therein, relinquishes any and all interest herein bequeathed to him, and the said will was proved by the oaths of said Francis N Watkins and John J Brightwell two witnesses thereto, ordered that the same be recorded.
    On motion of Nathaniel E Venable and Samuel W Venable Executors herein named, they with Clement R Read their security entered into and acknowledged their bond for the purpose in the penalty of Twenty thousand dollars, condition according to law, and took the oath required by law, Certificate for obtaining a probate thereof in due form is granted them.
    Teste: B J Worsham, C.C.
    A copy
    Teste
    Horace Adams Clerk
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