I Nathaniel Owens of the county of Fauquier and commonwealth of Virginia being convinced of the uncertainty of human life and of approaching mortality do make and ordain this my last will and testament, revoking all former wills by me made. First I give and bequeath to my step-daughter, Elizabeth Marder, twenty pounds, to be paid by my executor, hereafter to be named to her or her heirs. Secondly, it is my will and desire that whatever property both real and personal that I am _____ of at my death shall be fairly sold by my executor to the highest bidder, except my slaves which are to have the privilege of choosing their masters and to be sold by my executor fairly at private sale to each person or persons as the said slaves may choose to serve at a fair price and after paying all just and legal claims against my estate and the legacy first mentioned that the residue be equally divided between the whole of my children and their heirs, except my son Samuel's part, which it is my will and desire shall be equally divided between my two grandsons, Reuben and William Owens, sons of my said son by the first marriage and their heirs. And lastly I do nominate and appoint my friend Joseph Blackwell, my two sons-in-law, Allen Stewart and Thomas Pettitt, sole executors to this my last will and testament. In testimony whereof I have hereunto set my hand and affixed my seal this 9th day of April 1807.
Signed, sealed and delivered in presence of: John Kember, Walker Alsop, R. Kemper. Signed by Nathaniel Owens (his mark) and seal.
Probated by Fauquier County Court 28 day of September 1807.
October 2012: Note from Brenda Bush: I am not certain of Elizabeth's birth info. since no trees that I have found list her as stepchild, and there was one name that I could not read that witnessed his signature and seal. Thanks to Steve Jeffries for obtaining the copy of this will on file.