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Will of Jacob Naff, Sr. - b. ca. 1727, d. 18061,2

In the name of God Amen I Jacob Nave Sr. of the County of Franklin being sick and weak 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 dispose of all such worldly estate as it hath pleased God to bless me with, I give and bequeath the same in manner following that is to say—To my Two sons Jacob Nave and David Nave all my Land, To Jacob the old improvement and one hundred acres joining of it Cald Arthurs Land for two hundred and fifty pounds. To David Nave a part of the old Tract, it being the lower end of the said Tract, and it being laud off by a marked line for one hundred pounds and both Jacob and David Together shall pay every year Twenty five pounds an Equal shear according to the price of each ones Land till they pay two hundred and twenty five pound to each of one of my children and it is my desire that Jacob and David shall pay the Balance to their father and mother which is one hundred and twenty five pounds each one according to the price of his Land and they shall pay their father and mother or either of them in money in Grane, in Meat or anything that they or either of them ask, and we will have liberty to go in the orchard and take fruit as much as We Want as long as we live, and the little place that I now live on which is a part of my old Tract, I will keep as long as I live, and if my wife should be the longest liver, she shall keep it as long as she lives and after our decease It is my desire that my son Jacob shall have it for seventy pounds, and shall pay yearly fourteen pound, til the seventy pound is paid. It is my desire that my daughter Mary shall have Thirty pound out of the seventy and the balance of the seventy pound—-which is forty pound--and the balance of the hundred and twenty five pound if there by any unpaid to be equally divided amongst all my children and there heirs forever unto Isaac one shear; unto Jacob one shear, unto Joseph one shear, unto Jonathan one shear, unto David one shear, unto Mary one shear, unto Susanna one shear, unto Elizabeth one shear, unto Catharine one shear, shear and shear alike unto all my Children, accept Thirty pound to my Daughter Mary which she shall have more than one of the rest, and if I & my wife should die shortly Jacob and David together shall not pay more than Twenty five pound a year til they pay for there Land, which is Three hundred and fifty pound—-and Lastly I do hereby constitute and appoint my friends Isaac Nave and Joseph Nave 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 herewith set my hand and affixed my seal this 20th day of March in the year of our Lord Christ 1802.

        his Jacob [X] Nave Seal mark
Sign'd Sealed published & declared as for the Last Will & Testament of above named.

At Court held for Franklin County October 6, 1806. This last Will and Testament of Jacob Nafe, deceased was proved by the solemn affirmation of Jacob Flora and Joseph Flora two of the witnesses hereto and ordered to be recorded. And on the motion of Isaac Nafe and Joseph Nafe the Executors herein named who took the oath prescribed by law and gave bond and security conditioned as the law direct, certificate is granted them for obtaining a probate in due form.

        Teste, James Calloway, C.F.C.

1Virginia State Library and Archives - Franklin Co., Virginia, Will Book I, pp. 340-342.

2Boitnott, John W., "Naff and Related Families, Swiss Ancestors of Naffs & Neffs in the USA and Descendants of Jacob and Eva Catherine (Flora) Naff and of Sebastian and Mary (Saylor) Naff," Harrisonburg, VA. Park View Press, 1979. Pages 24-25.


Last updated on December 30, 2001 - Betty Naff Mitchell.