Notes by Russell J. Rowlett, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
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I'm indebted to Dr. William Rowlett of Hopkinsville, Kentucky, for providing the following copy of the will of John Rowlett. The transcription was made by Mary Beadles and published in her book, A History of Four Jackson Purchase Families. The original is in Prince Edward County Will Book 1, p. 210.
In the name of God Amen I John Rowlet of Prince Edward County and Parish of St. Patricksburg, weak in body but in perfect mind and memory Thanks be given unto God, I do ordain and make this to be my last will and Testament in the manner and form following.
First I give devise and bequeath to my son, John Rowlet, one negro man named Jimmey to him and his heirs forever.
Also, I give devise and bequeath to my son, Mackness Rowlet one half of the land I now live on as I shall hereafter [illegible] of, also one negro man named Sam to him and his heirs forever.
Also, I give devise and bequeath to my son, William Rowlet, the other half the land I live on not yet given away, also one negro boy named Rafe to him and his heirs forever.
Also, I give devise and bequeath to my daughter, Mary Rowlet, one negro woman named Kate, also one feather bad and furniture that she is now in possession with to her and her heirs forever.
Also, I give devise and bequeath to my daughter, Prudence Dickinson, one shilling to her and her heirs forever.
Also the residue of my estate not yet given away I desire may be equally divided between all of said children except Prudence Dickinson, and that my executors hereafter named pay all my just debts and funeral expences, and lastly I appoint my two sons, John and Mackness Rowlet aforesaid executors of this my last will and Testament, in witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal this twenty third day of October, 1776.
Signed: John Rowlet
Signed sealed and delivered
in the presence of
John Cousins, John dawson, William Cousins
(The will was presented and proved by the witnesses at Prince Edward December Court, 1776)