Early Documents of Significance
to the Marable Family (1659 - 1796)


Bond  of George Marable 19 July 1659 Surry Co. VA
Patent of  George Marable 25 February 1663 James City Co. VA
Inquisition re: William White 20 September 1686 James City Co. VA
Will  of Henry Hartwell 2 August 1699 Stepney, London UK
Philip Ludwell to Eward Jennings 19 March 1709 Jams City Co. VA
Will of Claude Rouvierre 9 April 1740 Henrico Co. VA
Articles of Agreement 6 September 1757 Lunenburg Co. VA
Bond  of Matthew Marable 6 September 1757 Lunenburg Co. VA
Will of Henry Hartwell Marable 16 November 1775 Sussex Co. VA
Will of George Marable 4 November 1778 Charles City Co. VA
Will of Matthew Marable 12 June 1786 Mecklenburg Co. VA
Will of Christopher Marable 1 June 1795 Charlotte Co. VA
Will of George Marable 12 September 1796 Mecklenburg Co. VA
In re  Estate of Ann Marable 1796 Charles City Co. VA

Bond of George Marable,
William Jennings and Thomas Bentley
Surry County, Virginia
19 July 1659


Surry County, Virginia Court Records 1652-1663, Book I (Courtesy of Winfred Marable)
Knowe all men by these pr:sents that wee Wm. Jennyngs, Geo. Marvell and Tho. Bentley doe bind ourselves or or. heires or executors Joyntly and sevr:ally firmly by these pr:sents to pay unto his highness the Lord Protector his heires or successors the sume of ffifty pounds sterl upon lawful demand for witnes whereof wee have hereunto set or hands and seals this 19th July 1659. The Condicon of this obligacon is such that if the abovesaid Wm. Jennyings doe well and lawfully bare himselfe in such demeanore unto all his highnes his subjects as a p:son of peaceable behaviour ought to doe and espetially unto James Sowerby either by night or day to his p:son or goods from this day untill the next County Cort to bee held at Southwarke for the peace of Surry County then this pr:sent obligacon to bee voyd or else it shall stand in full force.  Record July 1659 Wm  W I Jennyings  Geo: Marrable  Thos: () Bentley  Sealed Signed and delivered 
in presence of 
      Geo: Jordan


Patent of George Marable
One Half-Acre in James City
James City County, Virginia
25 February 1663


Land Patents, Book 5, p. 253
 To all &c. Whereas &c. Now Know Ye that I the said Sir William Berkeley Knight Governor &c. give and grant unto George Mar[a]ble half an acre of Land in James City Beginning at a Corner stake at hight Water  mark  near the Mulberry then between the  said  Mulberry and the said Mar[a]bles now dwelling House North East-by North five & five Seventh Chains to a Corner Stake with in the Garden then South East by East three and a half Chains to a Corner Locest stake in the paled fence then South West by South five and five Seventh Chains to the River aforesaid, thence North West by West Three and ahalf Chains to  the place Where  it Began.  The said Land formerly belonging to Thomas Woodhouse by patent dated the Seventeenth of October one thousand Six hundred & fifty five  & Sold by him to Ann Talbot  by Bill of Sale dated the first of September One thousand Six hundred  and fifty seven &  purchased by the said George of the Heirs of the said Ann Talbot, as by Indented Deed appears To  Have and To Hold &c. To be Held &c. Yielding & paying & provided &c. dated the twenty fifth of February One thousand Six hundred and Sixty three.


Inquisition Concerning the Lands
and Tenements of William White
James City County, Virginia
20 September 1686


Ambler Manuscripts, No. 37, Manuscripts Division, Library of Congress
Transcription by Alvis Milton Holladay, Sr. 
Holladay Papers, Tennessee State Archives
 An Inquisition indented, had, and taken at the County Court House in James City on the twentieth day of September Anno Domini on thousand six hundred eighty six in the second year of the reign of our Sovereign Lord James the Second King of England, Scotland, and Ireland, and the defender of the faith etc. Before me John Page Escheator of this County by virtue of a commission from his excellency Francis Lord Howard Baron of Effingham his Majesty's Lieutenant and Governor General of Virginia dated the Thirtieth day of April 1686. And also by virtue of a writ to me directed, dated the twenty ninth of May last past for making the proper inquisition. In obedience whereunto I have caused a jury to be impannelled and given them my charge to inquire what lands and tenements Lieutenant William White late of this county died seized of and whether he had disposed of the said land and tenement by will or otherwise, or whether he hath to any of their knowledge any heir in this country, or whether the same escheat to his majesty. To which they upon their oaths brought in this verdict, viz. We of the jury whose names are here subscribed, sealed and set, do declare and present according to our judgement on the facts laid before us, that Mr. William May, late of James City, was seized of half an acre of land in James City by patent dated the 20th of May 1661, and of half an acre adjoyning thereunto granted to him by order of the Genl. Court dated ye 21st of June 1670. We also find that the said William May by his will dated the 7th of March 1671 did give all of his land in James City to Mr. Nicholas Meriwether and his heirs forever. We find that the said Nicholas Meriwether by deed dated the 6th day of February 1677 and entered in the said County Court did sell to Lt. Col. William White the said two half acres of land of which he died in possession. We also find that the said William White made no disposition of the said land by will or otherwise, nor is there any heir of the said White in this country to our knowledge. We therefore give verdict that the half acres of land granted by patent as aforesaid do escheat to his Majesty. And who . . . [torn] . . . granted by order of the General Court as aforesaid doth escheat or no. . . [torn] . . the judgement of the Hon. Genl. Court.
John Page, Escheator George Marable
Thos. Milton
Will. Briscoe
Rich. Hodge
James Hubbard 
John Wilkins 
Wm. Sherwood[?]
W. Sacke
Robt. Ashers
Ben Eggleston
George Lee
Thos. Holliday
This document is the earliest evidence of the public life of Maj. George Marable, son of the immigrant. Many writers, including James Branch Cabell have confused the father and the son during the perior from 1685 to 1695, some even attributing actions as late as 1699 to the immigrant. However, as a juror in a inquisition concerning the lands of David Newell in 1680, the immigrant signed his name as "George Marable, Senr." -- indicating that his son was then at or near to coming of age. (Duvall, Virginia Colonial Abstracts, Series 2, Vol. 4, James City County, Virginia, 1634-1904, p. 9.) Then, in 1685, a judgment was granted in Charles City Co. to Henry Gauler "as marrying Katherine late relict and one of the exors of George Marable decd," showing that the immigrant had died. (Fleet, Virginia Colonial Abstracts, Vol. XIII, Charles City County, Court Orders 1664-1665, Fragments 1650-1696 (Baltimore 1961), p. 100.) Here, in the next year, George Marable the son (not "Senr.") is serving as juror in an inquisition.


Will of Henry Hartwell
Stepney, London, England
July 1699
August 1699


43 New England Historical and Genealogical Register ___; Geneological Gleanings in England, pp. 313-314; addtional material appearing in brackets is from Survey Report 5019 [04788] of the Colonial Records Project of the Library of Virginia
Henry Hartwell late of Virginia, Esq., now of the parish of Stepney als Stebonheath, 3 July 1699, with codicil dated 4 July 1699, proven 2 August 1699. 

To Nicholas Merryweather, nephew of my late wife [Jane Meriwether], two hundred pounds. To Francis Merryweather, another nephew, one hundred pounds. To Thomas Merryweather, another, one hundred pounds. To Jane Browne, wife of William Browne and niece to my late wife, one hundred pounds. To Elizabeth Browne, daughter to Coll. William Browne and niece of my late wife, one hundred pounds. To my kinsman John Spratly one hundred pounds. To my kinswoman Mary Sanders one hundred pounds (and other personal property [two paire of sheets, a dozen napkins, his blue bed and a featherbed and all furniture belonging to it]). To Elianor Say daughter of Capt. Edward Say one hundred pounds, to be put in the Bank of England until she arrive at the age of eighteen or day of marriage; but in case the Bank shall be redeemed before such time that then it shall be put out at the discretion of my executors till the time aforesaid [also his gold watch, japan cabinet, glass table and stands, and 10 for mourning]. In case of the death of the said Elianor Say, before she arrive at the age of eighteen or day of marriage then to Ann Say daughter to the above Capt. Edward Say. To Mrs. Susan Say his wife twenty pounds. To the poor of Maidenhead in the County of Berks. twenty pounds [to be spent by the magistrate].

I give and bequeath unto the College of William and Mary in Virginia the sum of fifty pounds. To my niece Mary Hartwell daughter of my late brother William Hartwell three hundred pounds at age of eighteen or day of marriage. To my nephew William Hartwell eldest son of my late brother William four hundred pounds at age of twenty one. To John Hartwell the youngest son four hundred pounds at age of twenty one. If the said Mary, William or John or either of them die before they arrive at their respective ages &c. the portion of such shall be equally divided in the survivors of them and their brother Henry Hartwell. To my coachman William Anderson five pounds. To my maid servant Isabella Leigh ten pounds. To my nephew Henry Hartwell, the second son of my late brother William Hartwell, all my land in Surry County, over against James City in Virginia, and to his heirs forever. To Thomas Lane and Mary his wife, each five pounds to buy them rings. [To Mrs. Sarah Perry , wife of Mr. Richard Perry, 5 for a ring.] To Micajah Perry and Richard Perry in consideration of their trouble in the management of the Trusts fifty pounds each. And it is my express will that my executors do send for my nephew Henry Hartwell out of Virginia to England and that they give him the best education they can till he shall so ararive at the age of one and twenty years. If my said nephew Henry Hartwell shall not live to attain the age of one and twenty years my will then is that my land in Surrey County &c. shall be to my nephew William Hartwell and his heirs forever. And all my other personal estate, in case of my nephew Henry Hartwell's death if he die before he attain the age of one and twenty years, I give as follows. I then give unto the College of William and Mary in Virginia, more, one hundred pounds for and towards the founding Scholarships in the said College to see it faithfully laid out to that end.

The residue of the personal esstate, in case of the death of my nephew Henry Hartwell, I give to my nephews William and John Hartwell and my niece Mary Hartwell and to Nicolas, Francis and Thomas Merryweather and James the wife of William Browne, and John Spratly and Mary Sanders and Elianor Say, equally to be divided among them.

I appoint my trusty and well beloved friends Micajah Perry and Richard Perry of London, merchants, executors &c.

Wit: Prescilla Jones, Anna Haddock, Elizaabeth Crawley

In a codicil a bequest of twenty pounds is made to Robert Wise, servant of Micajah Perry, for several services done.

Wit: Thomas Land, Isabella Lee

Proved 2 August 1699 in the Prerogative Court of Canterbury (Pett, 134).

The Will of Col. Henry Hartwell, Esq., establishes the names of the children of his brother, Capt. William Hartwell. It also implies that Mary Hartwell was not yet of age and not yet married (to Maj. George Marable) as of 1699. James Branch Cabell seems to have treated it as proof, asserting that Mary Hartwell was born in or about 1682 and married George Marable in or about 1699. However, Henry Hartwell had left Virginia in the early 1690's to report to the Board of Trade and Plantations in London, and the language regarding his niece, Mary, is what lawyers call "boilerplate." It is at least not strong evidence against the possibility of an earlier birth and marriage for Mary Hartwell.


Philip Ludwell to Edward Jennings, 1709
In Regard to a Negro Plot


19 Virginia Magazine of History and Biography 28; Miscellaneous Colonial Documents
To the Hon'ble Edmond Jennings Esqr., President of the Council of Virginia: 

Pursuant to ye Com'and I had all Dr. Blair's negroes Mr. Jaquelins negroes my owne 3 Negroes & 3 more which I had intelligence of from my owne  people Secured under guards at James Towne by Eleven of ye clock yesterday & I got Mr. Marable, Mr. Broadnax & Mr. Jacquelin to Joyn with me in takeing theyr  Examinations whichI have herewith Sent you.  All Dr. Blair's negroes  & Mr. Jacquelins (Except one) and one of Mr. Marables & one of myne[,] The gentlement were  of opinion should be discharged for ye present haveing noe Evidence against some & very little against others of them & begin Satisfied that they would not Run away.  My other two upon my promise  of procureing theyr releasement verry readily made a free Confession of all they knew (I believe) & discovered to us 2 Considerable rogues that we knew not of before Viz: Jno. Brodnax's Jamy & Edw'd Ross's Essex whereupon ye Gentlemen were for Discharging my negroes but I told them I could not Consent to that till ye Hon'r was acquainted with our proceedings & we had your approbation tho' I must Confess I should be verry willing to have them out because of ye danger of Catching Cold this sickly time & I dare say they will not stir if they were out, nevertheless I submitt them intirely to y'r Dispossall, tho' after all I doe not designe that myne shall goe unpunished tho' they were Released.  The other 3 rogues viz: Jamy Essex & Mr. Jacquelin's Will, Confess nothing but what is got out of them by Pumping & Trapping them in theyr words tho' the 2 first seemed to  us to have bene verry instrumentall in ye designe & are doubtless great Rogues.  These five remain Prisoners in ye Constables [some lines torn away] to suffer any one to speak with them.  This S'r is the present State of ye Case with us & I beg ye favour of ye Directions what you please to have further done with them, whether they shall be released or Continwe as they are or Put into ye Sheriffs custodyor Sent to ye  Publick Goal at Williamsburg where I supose they may be kept with less charge.  Whatever y'r determination be y'r commands Shall  be faithfully Executed  by, Hon'ble S'r,  Y'r most obedient Humb' Serv't, Phil Ludwell  March ye 19th, 1709  [Endorsed] 

Coll'o Ludwell concerning Negroes.


Will of Claude Rouvierre
Henrico County, Virginia
9 April 1740


D.A.R. Library, 1775 D St. N. W. Washington, D.C. contributed by Mrs. Bama Jennings Porter, New York Branch State of Virginia Henrico County Miscellaneous Records Volume 4, page 1127 (Courtesy of Sue Ellen Marable)
In the name of God! 

Amen. I Claude Rouvieree of Dale Parish in Henrico County, being sick and weak but of good memory. Thanks be given to God, do make and ordain this to be my last will and testament in the following manner: 

First, I give and bequeath unto the poor of Dale Parish 3 pounds of current money to be disposed of by the vestry of the parish as they shall direct. 

I give and bequeath to Anne Jennings, granddaughter of Mrs. Frances L'Orange, dec'd, 25 pounds current money, to be paid her when she shall attain the age of 21 years. 

Then I give and bequeath unto Elizabeth Julia Flournoy 60 pounds current money to be paid her when she shall attain the age of 21 yeaars. 

Then I lend Frances Julia during her natural life my negro man Sam and after her death I desire the said megro may return unto the estate of Mr. John James Flournoy, dec'd and be disposed of as he in his will hath directed. 

And whereas William Marable of the County of James City hath lately set up a right to part of ny negroes upon a pretended promise made to him or his father upon his marriage with Elizabeth Chermeson, my daughter-in-law, I have thought fit to declare in these my last words the whole conversation and treaty between us. In the year 1725, I received a letter from George Marrable dated the 30th March concerning an intended match between his son, William Marrable and my aforesaid daughter-in-law. I received the letter of Thomas Green, Jun, which I kept and returned no answer. About the middle of April, following, the said George Marrable came to my house with Thomas Greene and acquainted me of his sons desire to marry my daughter, that he had given his son a settlement worth 500 pounds in land, negroes and stock and ask't me what estate my daughter had. I told him her father left her the new ordinary and a plantation near to it called Thompsons and two thirds of the personal estate which was about 90 pounds. Then George Marrable ask't me if a match was made and my daughter should have any children whether I would not after my decease give them some of my negroes that did belong to Joseph Chermeson to which I answered that I did not know, it might be if they were kind to me, I might be kind to them, upon which he said he was very much satisfied and did not doubt his sons kindness to me. This was the substance of what was passed between us. I never bound myself by promise or otherwise to give any part of my estate to William Marrable or to his wife, but since her death he has vex't me with a law suit and obliged me to pay interest on the money due to him on account of Chermesons personal estate, therefore I have no obligation to him and have given all my negroes to my good frind, Mr. John James Flournoy, dec'd, and I also desire that they may go to his children as he in his will hath directed. I desire that my estate may not be appraised nor my executor be obliged to give security. 

Lastly, all the rest of my estate of what nature kind soever I give my good frind John Nash whom I appoint to be my whole and sole executor of this my last will and testament, hereby revoking and making void all former wills, legacies and bequests, by me heretofore made. Ratifying and confirming this and no other to be my last will and testament. In witness wherof I have hereunto set my hand and affixed my seal this 9th day of April, 1740.  Signed: Claude Rovierre 

Signed, sealed published and declared by the said Claude Rouverre to be his last will and testament in presence of: 

John Bramwell. 
John Bramwell. 
Mathew Chestwood 

The Will of Claude Rouvierre establishes that Maj. George Marable was alive as late as April of 1725. It proves the marraige of his son, William Marable, to Rouvierre's step-daughter, Elizabeth Chermeson (which is stongly implied by William's patent of the New Ordinary and Thomason's plantation). It, and the litigation brought by William Marable against Rouvierre to which it refers, strongly suggests that Elizabeth Chermeson, as William's wife, had at least one child born alive before her death in 1727. It is often assumed that Matthew Marable, the oldest known child of William, was this child. However, some sources give Matthew's birth date as 8 May 1730 which would make him a child of William's second wife.


Articles of Agreement of William and Mathew Marable
Lunenburg County, Virginia
6 September 1757


Records of Lunenburg County, Virginia (Courtesy of Winfred Marable)
Articles of Agreement Indented taken and made the sixth Day of september in the year of our Lord Christ one thousand seven hundred and fifty Seven Between William Marable of the parish of Cumberland in the County of Luneng. of the one part and Mathew Marable of the same place of the other part Witnesseth that the said William Marable divers good causes thereunto belonging but more Espetially for and in Consideration of the said Mathew undertaking Promising and agreeing to pay and satisfy the several debt hereafter Mentioned have Bargained sold and Delivered and by these presents do Bargain sell and Deliver unto the said Mathew the following Estate, to wit, seventeen Negroes, viz., Ben, Jack, Darby, George, Sella, Venus, Nan, Hannah, Bess, Wenches, Tom, Wilson, Sam, Will, Jamy, Seazar, Peter, Frank, Boys, Molly a girl Together with all his stock of Cattle, Hoggs, Horses Mares sheep Household furniture and all other his personal Estate whatsoever the the said William is possessessed of or have any Right to as also all Debts that due to the said William or will become due to him Hereafter. To which agreement and Indenture the said William doth by these presents oblige Himself his Heirs Exrs: to warrant and Defend unto the said Mathew his Heirs and assigns against all persons whatever that Have or Hereafter will Claim any Right Title to the above Estate or any part thereof in any maner whatsoever Revokeing all Former Wills, Deed, Legacies, Morgages or Bills of sails maide or given for the above Estate or any part thereof and the said Mathew for his part do Oblige himself his Heirs Executors and Administrators in consideration of the above Estate to pay and Satisfy all the moneys and Tobacos that the said William ows to Mr. Benjamin Waller and Edward Travis of James City County, William Newsum and Charles Turnbull of Dinwiddie County and all other Debts that the said William shall Request of the said Mathew. Also to suffer the said William and his wife to live in the Dewelling House where the said Mathew lately Moved from for and During their lives without Molestation or Interruption and to have the use and Benifet of the garden yard and Lote there inclosed for the same time find the said William and his wife two Negroe Wenches to wait and tend on them as long as they live, provide for the said William and his wife during the said Time everything that they or either of them shall Require towards their Maintainance in both Victuals and Cloaths find and provide for the said William and his Wife when ever they or either of them Request it, a Chair Horses and Boy to make use of when and Where they Please as also to permit and alow the said William & his wife to keep and Make use of all their Household furnuture for and during the siad Time to which agreement and Indenture the said Mathew obliges himself his Heirs & to stand and Abide by Witness both their Hands & seals the day and year above Mentioned  William Marable S. S.  Mat Marable S. S.  At a Court held for Lunenburgh County the 6th day of september 1757 

The within written Articles of Agreement were acknowledge by the within Named William & Mathew Marable and the same was ordered to be Redorded. Teste Clem. Read CSC 

Truly Recorded 
                           Clem Read CSC 



Bond of Mathew Marable
Lunenburg County, Virginia
6 September 1757


Records of Lunenburg County, Virginia (Courtesy of Winfred Marable)
Know all men by these presents that I Mathew Marable am held and firmly bound unto William Marable Junior John Marable and Christopher Edward Marable in the full and Just sum of one thousand Pounds Curre. money of Virginia to be payed unto the said William John and Christopher their Heirs Executors administrators or assigns to the which payment well and truly to be made I do by these presents bind myself my heirs Executors and Administrators. In Witness whereof I have here unto sett my Hand and seal this sixth day of september one thousand seven Hundred and fifty seven. 

The Condition of the above Obligation is such that if the above Bound Mathew Marable his Heirs Exs: them or either of them do make unto the above named William Marable Junr. a good and lawful Right when Demanded to six Hundred twenty acres alnd on finnywood Creek in Lunenburg County patented in the name John Ezell also these Negroes viz. George, Tom and Will six cows and calves two sows and piggs one Breading mare forty Barell Indian Corn one feather Bed & Build the said William a House on the said Land to five pound Value and Winter the said Williams said six cows and Calves ~~ Also pay unto the said John and Christopher when they come to the age of twenty one years old two Hundred pound cur. Money to each of them Clear of any Charge for Cloths or Victuals that the said Mathew may bear for Raising and Keeping the said John and Christopher that then the above obligation to be Voyed. In Witness whereof the said Mathew have here sett his Hand and seal the day and year above Written.  Mat Marable S. S. At a Court held for Lunenburgh County the 6th  day of september 1757 

The within written Bond & the Condition thereto were by the within Mathew Marable Acknowledged to be his acts of Deed & the same were ordered to be Recorded. Teste Clem Read CSC 

Truly Recorded 
                                 Clem Read CSt 

The Bond of Matthew Marable and the Articles of Agreement of William and Matthew Marable of the same date stand in the stead of a will for William Marable. Pursuant to these documents, the estate of William was transferred to his eldest son, Matthew, and Matthew undertook to provide shares of the estate to his brothers and to bring up his younger brothers, John and Christopher Edward Marable. These documents establish the relationship of Matthew, William the younger, John and Christopher Edward Marable as sons of William Marable. They also strongly suggest that the mother of the four sons had died (since the raising of the minor sons is undertaken by Matthew (and his wife, Mary Meriwether)) and William had recently remarried (since the Articles of Agreement nontheless secure a retirement for William and "his wife").


Will of Henry Hartwell Marable
Sussex County, Virginia
31December 1764
16 November 1775


Sussex County Wills, Library of Virginia
194  Will of Henry Hartwell Marable November Court. MDCCLXXV. 

In the Name of god Amen I Henry Hartwell Marable of the Parish of Albemarle in the county of Sussex being weak in body but of sound and perfect memory do make and ordain this my last Will and Testament; First & Principally I recommend my soul to god that gave it: and as for what worldly Estate it hath pleas'd the lord of his great mercy to bestow upon me I give and dispose of in the following Manner Dist. # 

Item.. I lend my dear and loving wife Mary the use of my land and plantation whereon I now live and my land in Brunswick county together with the use of all my negroe Slaves household goods and stock of all kinds during her Widowhood but in case she Marrys then I leave as many of my negroes to be hired out yearly as will bring in twenty five pounds a year during her life and for her to have the said twenty five pounds yearly during her life.------------ 

Item.. I lend my loving brother George Marrable my lands and plantation whereon I now live after the Widowhood or death of my Wife aforesaidand his choice of ten of my negore slaves from off the said plantation during his life.------------- 

Item.. I give and bequeath unto Hartwell Marable son of George Marable and his heirs forever my lands and plantation whereon I now live and the aforesaid ten negroe slaves after the death of his father aforesaid.------------------ 

Item.. I lend unto my loving brother Benjamin Marable during his life my lands and plantation in Brunswick county after the widowhood or death of my Wife aforesaid and choice of six of my negroe slaves during his life.----------- 

Item.. I give and bequeath unto Hartwell Marable son of Benjamin Marable and his heirs forever my lands and plantation in Brunswick County and the aforesaid six negroe slaves after the death of his father aforesaid.--------------- 

Item.. I give and bequeath unto my Brother George Marables mail Children every one of them a negroe apiece the Eldest to have the first choice and so down to the youngest Except his son Hartwell.------------------- 

Item.. I give and bequeath unto my Brother Benjamin Marables mail children every one of them a negroe apiece the eldest to have the first choice and so down to the youngest Except his son Hartwell if there shou'd be any negro left after George Marables Children have got theirs; and if there shou'd be any remaining after Benjamin's Children have got theirs to begin with George's Children as aforesaid. 

Item.. I Desire my crop of Tobacco, Twenty five barrels of corn fifty gallons of Brandy and what Cyder there is may be sold and after my just debts and funeral Expenses are paid; that the money arising from the sail of them together with all the money I have due to me may be collected together and that the Vestry shall put it out upon Interest and take three good securities for it and that hte Interest arising from it shall be laid out in schooling poor children, and that every child so put shall continue at school five years and at the Expiration of that time have a Bible given him, And I do nominate constitute and Appoint My Loving Wife 

195  Anno Regni quintus decimo Georgii tertis Regis 

Wife my Brothers George and Benjamin Marable whole and sole Executrix and Executors of this my last Will and Testament and my Will and desire is that their should be no appraisment of my Estate In Witness whereof I have here unto my Hand & affixed my seal this 31th day of December one thousand seven hundred & Sixty four.

Hartwell Marable (Seal) 

Sign'd seal'd published and declared by t
he said Henry Hartwell Marable to be his l
ast Will and Testament in presence of
William Pettway Jr. 

At a Court held for Sussex County the 16th day of November 1775, The last Will and Testament of Hartwell Marable deced was presented into court by Edward Marable (the subscribing Witness being dead) who made oath thereto as the law directs and the same was order'd to be recorded and on the motion of the said Edward Marable (George Marable the Exor in the said last Will named refusing to act as such) Certificate is granted the said Edward for obtaining letters of administration of the Estate of the said Hartwell with the said last Will & Testament annexed giving security, Whereupon he with William Claiborne Senior and John Tyler his Securities enter'd into and acknowledged their bond for his due performance of what the law directs. 

Teste  R(?) Claiborne CSC 


Will of George Marable (abstract)
Charles City County, Virginia
4 July 1776
4 November 1778


Crozier, Williamsburg Wills, p. 38.
MAR[]ABLE, [GEORGE], Par. of Westover, Charles City Co., 4 July, 1776; 4 Nov., 1778. My three daughters Amy Drinkard, Agnes Collier and Martha Major; decd. brother Henry Hartwell Mar[]able; sons Edward, William, Benjamin, Hartwell, John, George and Abraham Mar[]able; wife Ann. Exrs. Wm. Edloe, Henry Southall. Wit. William Holdcroft, James Bullifant, Littleberry Perry. 

See, In re Estate of Ann Marable (1796) 


Will of Matthew Marable
Mecklenburg County, Virginia
12 March 1786
12 June 1786


Mecklenburg Co., Virginia, Will Book 2, p. 169-173 (Courtesy of Sue Ellen Marable)
In the  name of god Amen I Matthew Marable of the county of Mecklenburg, and state of Virginia, being through the abundant mercy and goo[d]ness of god of sound and perfect Memory the and Understanding, constitute and make this my last will and Testamment  and desire it may be recieved by all as such. 

Impreimis -- I most humbly bequeath my soul to God my maker, Beseeching his most gracious Acceptance of it, through the all sufficient merits and dedi[c]ations of my most Compassionate redeemer Jesus Christ, who gave himself to be an Attonment for my sins, and is able to save to the Uttermost all that come unto god by him, se[e]ing I ever  liveth  to  make a just Intersession for them. [?]  I trust he will not reject  me, a returning penitent sinner when I come to him for mercy. 

In this  hope and confidence, I render my soul up with comfort, b[e]seeching the bles[s]ed and  glorious Trinity,, one  god most holy, most mercifull and gracious, to prepare me for the time of my desolution, and then to take me to himself into that peace and rest, and Imcomparable felicity,  which he has prepared for all that love and fear his Holy name Amen -- Blessed be god. 

I give my body to the Earth from whence it came, in full assurance of its resurrection from thence at the last day; as for my burial, I desire it may be de[]cent and plain at the dis[cre]tion of my beloved wife and my Executors who I doubt not will manage it with all requesite prudence and disc[r]etion. 

I give and bequeath to my son Mathew and to his heirs forever all my money which he carried away with  him which I believe was to the amount of one Thousand pounds. 

Item I give and bequeath to David Stokes  my son in law and his Heirs forever two hundred acres of land in Mecklenburg County and is the same which I bought of Thomas Neal; and so much  of my land  adjoining  to the last mentioned tract which I  bought of my Brother John Marable, as is Contained between the said Neal's upper line and the first branch above running into Finny wood Creek, bounded by the said branch as it turns out to my back line of the said tract which I had of my said Brother supposing the same to be two hundred acres; I also give and bequeath to the said David Stokes seven Negroes (to wit) Gidd Casar, Brittain, Jane and Barbary, and Hannah, Ceesars wife and Child Called Alfred son of Jane: the first five has been delivered to him before my death; the slaves last mentioned to be delivered the first news day after my decease, to hold to him and his Heirs forever.  I also give and bequeath to the said Stokes my studd horse bay bottom and a black mare named Robertson which have been also delivered -- all of which I value to one thousand pound the portion I ever intended for my Daughter when she married 

Item.  I give and bequeath to my Daughter Elizabeth and her Heirs forever seven hundred  acres of Land (to wit) three hundred acres the residue of the land which I bought of my Brother John as aforesaid which I value at forty shillings an acre; and four hundred acres which I bought of Branch Tanner adjoining upon the north side of the last mentioned three hundred acres, and lying on both sides [of] the Carpenters branch; both tracts in the County of Mecklenburg.  I also give and bequeath to my Daughter Elizabeth and her Heirs forever one thousand acres of land in the said County of Mecklenburg which I also bought of Branch Tanner of the value of four pounds an acre distinct and separate from any of the above mentioned tracts but joining the land I bough[t] of Kennon.  I also give and bequeath to my said Daughter Elizabeth a new single chair which is  now at Petersburg unfinished but which, I desire, may be  finished at the charge of my Estate before it is delivered to her, also my old grey mare and harness.  I also give and bequeath to my  said Daughter and he Heirs one Negroe Girl named Sarah and two hundred pounds Cash.  It  is my will and desire that my Executors choose a place for her residence during her minority and particularly at McMurrays in Mecklenburg if it can be co[n]veniently effected -- 

Item.   I give and bequeath to my son Richard and his heirs forever four hundred and twenty five acres of Land which I had of my father, and known by the name of Fowlers including my two plantations called the Indian field  and Fowlers -- Also I give and bequeath to my said son Richard and his heirs forever another tract of land Containing  four hundred acres  which I had also of my father and called the pine Woods -- I also give and bequeath to the said Richard  my son and his heirs forever a new survey in my own name of three hundred and forty five and a half  acres adjoining the north line of my aforesaid  tract called Pine woods.  The three aforesaid tracts of lying in the County of Mecklenburg. Item I give and bequeath to my son Champion and his  heirs forever all the lands which I have in the County of Charlotte (to wit) The tract which I bought of William Read Containing Eight hundred acres more or less -- I also bequeath to the said Champion my son another tract of land in the said County of Charlotte Containing one hundred acres which I  bought of William Willis. 

Item.  I give and bequeath to my son John and his Heirs forever the land I bought of Richard Kennon Containing one thousand acres mor[e] or less lying in the County of Mecklenburg -- And as an Ejectment is now depending in the general Court concerning the title to the said land, and a doubt has arisen whether Kennon was Capable of making me a good title to the aforesaid tract,  therefore my further desire and orders are, that in Case the said Kennon should be found incapable of making a  right to the said land, that then a suit or suits shall be brought for a Recovery of the money back which I have paid him and for such damages as my Estate may have sustained by means of the nonperformance of his Covenant; all which monies so recovered back and damages upon the Breach of Contract, I give and bequeath to my said son John and his Heirs forever. -- 

It is my will and desire that my sons John, Richard and Champion shall not take possession or be entitle to the proffits of their lands above desired to them untill they respectively arrive to the age of twenty on years and as they severally arrive to the age of twenty one years I desire that my Executors Should give  them possession of the lands But not  to render the proffits of the said land to them which shall be raised from my death to those respective periods.  It is also my will and desire that my Daughter Elizabeth Shall not be intitled to the lands above desired her untill she arrives to the  age of Eighteen years or mar[r]iage. -- 

Item.  It is my will and desire that my wife Mary should reside on the plantation whereon I now live during her natural life.  In witness whereof I here unto Set my hand & Seal this twelfth day of the March 1786. 

In presence of 
Paul Carington J.r                             Matthew Marable {LS} 
James Mayne 
William Burn 
Edward X-mark Hogan's 

I Mathew Marable being of sound and perfect mind and memory do Continue to make and publish this my last will and testament in manner following (to wit) It is my will and desire that instead or in lieu  of Dower my Dear wife Shall use occupy and prossess the Plantation whereon I now live during her Natural life with all the advantages and emoluments [illegible] as she would be entitled to were she to hold it by Tenancy in Dower -- 

Item;  It is my will and desire that my whife should have and possess during her natural life one third of my negroes  not  before  bequeathed -- Also one third of my stockes of horses, hogs, Neat Cattle to her own Proper use and behoff.  It is also my will and desire that my my wife should retain to her own proper use all my household furniture of every kind and nature whatsoever -- It is further my will and desire that all the rest and residue of my Negroes and  Personal Estate shall be sold by my Executors upon twelve months Credit; and the money arising therefrom to be applied to the purpose hereafter mentioned (to wit) First all my Just debts I desire may be discharged as soon as Convenience will permit, and after they are discharged I desire that my money which arises from the sale of all my personal Estate of every nature and kind whatsoever shall be put out on loans upon interest with such Security as my Executors may direct. ---- 

It is also my desire that my Executors commence suits for the recovery of  all debts due to me and the money recoved to put to  interest on loans -- at the discretion of my Executors[.] ---- 

It is [my] will and desire that my children may be maintained and Educated  at the  discretion of my Executors -- But [I] Cannt forbear expressing my particular desire that my son Richard should be Educated to be an attorney, and my son Champion as soon as his strength will permit to be bound to a Carpenter untill he arrives to the age of twenty one  years.  ---- 

It is also my will and desire that the money which shall remain after all Charges and incumbrances are discharged in the hands of my Executors shall  be divided equally amongst all my Children except my Daughter Mary Meriweather Stokes and Georg Marable. ---- 

I nominate and appoint Paul Carrington of the County of  Charlotte and Paul Carrington, jun.r, Thompson Fowlkes, Edward Almond, Thomas Shore and Ch[r]istopher M[c]Connico Executors of this my last will and Testament. 

In presence of 
James Mayne                                                   Matthew Marable {LS} 
Wm Burn 
Edward x{mark} Hogan's 

At a Court held for Mecklenburg County the 12th day of June 1786.  This will and the  codicil annexed were  proved by the Oaths of James Mayne  and Edward Hogan Witesses thereto  and Ordered to be recorded And on the motion of Thompson Fowlkes and Christopher McConnico two of the executors therein named who made Oath thereto and together with Henry Speed, David Stokes, William Hunly, William Robertson, and William Glanville Baptist their  securties entered into and acknowledged their bond in the penalty of twenty five thousand  pounds Conditioned as the Law directs Certificate was granted them for obtaining a probat thereof in due form:  liberty being reserved for the other executors therein named to  join in the probat when they shall think fit. 

Teste John Brown Ct. Cur. 


Will of Christopher Marable
Charlotte County, Virginia
24 March 1779
1 June 1795


Wills of Charlotte County, Library of Virginia
In the name of God Amen I Christipher Marable of Charlotte County being in perfect Health & sound memory do make & ordain this my last Will & testame nt as followeth Viz I lend unto my beloved wife Betty Marable the use of my whole Estate including one hundred & twenty five acres of land together with my Stock of Cattle and Hogs & all my household Furniture dureing her widowhod, but if she shall marry, that then it is my desire that my Executors hereafter mentioned shall Sell & dispose of all my said Estate & the amount thereof to be equally devided betwen my wife and all my Children the one my said wife now goes with to come in for an equal dividend with the rest of my Children but in case my said Wife should not marry that then it is my Will and desire that she shall have the use of whole Estate during her natural life & at her decease to be disposed of and devided as aforementioned amongst all my Children or their legal representatives and I do hereby constitute and appoint my Friends Thomas Williams and Thomas Collier Exors of my Last Will and testament hereby revoking all former Wills by me made. In Witness whereof I do hereunto set my hand and affixed my Seal this 24th day of March 1779. 

Christopher Marable .LS. 

Teste Edward Almand 
Joseph Collier 
Williams Rawlins 
John Collier . . . 

At a Court held for Charlotte County the 1st day of June 1795 This Last Will and Testament of Christopher Marable dec.d was presented in Court by Thomas Williams one of the executors therein named and the same was proved by the Oath of Edward Almond & John Collier two of the Witnesses thereto subscribed and ordered to be recorded. 

Teste Thomas Read W 

Truly Recorded 
Thomas Read tee 


Will of George Marable
Mecklenburg County, Virginia
15 July 1796
12 September 1796


Wills of Mecklenburg Co., Virginia.  Courtesty of Mrs.ClydeMarable McCarty
I George Marable of Mecklenburg County being in perfect sound memory but low in health do make constitute and confirm this my last will and testement this nineteenth day of May one thousand and even hundred and [ninety-]six and diviseth my estate as follows: 

1.  It is my will and desire the summer after my deceas e that allmy stock of every kind should be sold to the highest bidder on a credit of twelve months giving Bond with good security. 

2.  It is my will and desire that my crop of corn be sold on the above terms some timein the spring after my decease. 

3.  It is my will and desire that the fodder shucks together [with] oats may be sold the fall after my decease should it so happen they may not be wanting to winter the stock untill the next spring. 

4.  It is my will and desire that [my] crop of tobacco [and] wheat shall be held up [by] my Executors for the  bests price [that] can be got agreeable to their judgement. 

5. It is my will and desire that all my household and kitchen furniture with  my plantation utentials on the same day of the first sale take place and on the same terms provided my  beloved wife should not object to such sale in that case let this clause be void andn the household andn kitchen furniture or any part thereof which she may choose revert toher during her lifetime and the remainder sold. 

6.  It  is my will and desire that the profit arising from the griss mill owned by my Brother John and myself one half to each after every expense is paid may be held by my executors  subject to the payment of all my just debts should not the above sales be sufficient. 

7.  It is my will and desire that my finnywood tract of land may be rented during the life time of my Mother and after her death provided my beloved wife will consent my will is then to sell it to the best advantage and the money arising from such sale be laid out in negro wenches and boys and those hired out  for the support of my wife and child provided it is her wish they should be hired otherwise not.   Should the land be sold I give and bequeath to my beloved wife during her widowhood the profits of such sale and should the land not be sold I then give and bequeath to her the ame with all the advantage arising therefrom during her widowhood likewise all moneys that may be left in [the] hands of my executors after the  payment of all my just likewise a negro girl which came by her named Amey and her increase during her life and after the death of my beloved wife I then give and bequeath all the aforsaid estate to my only son Champion Carter Meriwether Marable during his lifetime except where he should die with issue in that case I give it then in his power to act and do as he pleases but should he die without heir I then give and bequeath to my brother John [two] thirds of the aforesaid estate to him and his heirs forever and the other one third to my brother Champion and his heirs forever except Amey and her increase having left it in the power of my beloved wife  to dispoe of her as she pleases and [in] the same terms [as] I have devise[d] the legacies to my brothers. 

8.  It is my will and desire that my son Champion should be supported by his mother and brought up by her until she thinks proper to put him to school and it is my wish that he should have as good an Education as their narrow fortune will allow and bred to such business as seems to suit his inclination. 

9. I give and bequeath to my brother John and his heirs my half of the sawmill. 

10.  I give and bequeath to my brother Champion my shot gun and trunk. 

Lastly It is my will and desire that My brother John and my brother Champion be appointed by the Worshipful Court of Mecklenburg my executors. After revoking all other will made hereafter given under my  hand and seal the date and year first above written.

  George Marable [seal]

Signed sealed and confirmed 
In the presence of 
Richard C. Williams 
Richard Marable 

Mecklenburg County July 15, 1796 
Since the date the above was written the article repecting the griss mill was this day sold by me to John Marable and it is my will and desire the above should be left out and considered [no?] part of my estate.

  George Marable [seal]

Richard Marable 

At the court held for Mecklenburg County the 12th day of September 1796 

This will and the codicilannexed were proved by the oath of Richard Marable a witness thereto and ordered to be recorded as to the personal estate therein devised and John Marable and Champion Marable the Exors therein named personally appeared in Court and refused to take upon themselves the Executorship thereof and on the motion of the said John Marable and Champion Marable who made oath thereto andn together with David Stokes andn Philip W. Jackson their securities entered into and acknowledged their bond in the penalty of three hundred pounds conditioned as the law directs certificate was granted them for obtaining Letters of administration on the estate of the said George Marable decd. with his will and codicil annexed in  due form. 

William Baskerville C:Cw: 

See, Will of Matthew Marable


In re Estate of Ann Marable
Charles City County
1796 - 1807


Loose papers of Charles City County, Virginia. (Copy by Lyndon Hart, - Courtesy of Christopher Hartwell Davis)
To the Worshipful the justices of Charles City County siting in Chancery humbly complaining herewith unto your Worships your Orators Edward Marrable Abraham Marrable John Major and Martha his wife Agnes Collier & George Marrable Ann H Marable John Marable Sarah Marrable -- these three last mentioned being children of William Marable under the age of twenty one by their next friend, Wm H Drinkard Agnes Drinkard George Drinkard, Jas Drinkard David Drinkard children of Amey Drinkard deceased ____ Nance and Nancy his Wife which said Nancy i also one of the Children of Amey 
Drinkarad by their next friend _____   Edward 
[tear][Marrable Ben]jamin Marrable Mary D Marrable 
[tear - - - - - - -] [Henr?]y H Marrable which four last 
[tear- - - -][are childre]n of Hartwell Marrable deceased 
[tear - - - -][w]hich said Edward Marrable Abraham 
[tear][M]arrable first mentioned Martha Major Amey 
[tear][D]rinkard & Hartwell Marrable deceased & William 
Marrable deceased are children of Ann Marrable lately deceased. Your Orators & oratrixes state that not long time since the said Ann Marrable departed this life Intestate leaving an Estate in different Articles of property  That Administration was granted on her Estate to one Benjamin Marrable on the Estate of the said Ann who is also one of her children & entitled to an Equal share  Your Orators & oratrixes are advised that by the Laws of the Land all the Estate of the said Ann ought to be divided into nine equal Share to one of which Edward Marrable will be entitled Abraham Marable to George Marable one to Agnes Collier one toone John Major in right of his wife to one the Children of Hartwell Marrable to one the Children of Ameyt Drinkard to an other share the Children of William Marrable to another share and Benjamin Marrable the Admor to one -- Your Orators and Oratrixes hope that in as much as this is a case proper for the interposition of the Court -- your Worships will take cognizance of the case & Decree accordingly the Division aforsaid and grant such other & further [tear][relief as Your]Worships may deem proper [tear]  [J?]-Ty[l??][tear - - - - -] The Answer of Benjamin Marrable Admor of Ann Marrable to the Bill of Colmplaint exhibited against him in the worshipfull Court of Charles City County by Edward Marrable Abraham Marable John Major & Martha his Wife -- the Children of William Marrable Hartwell Marrable & Amey Drinkard by their next friend and Nance and Nancy his Wife this Defendant admits the allegations in the Comp's Bill to be true & has no objection to such a Division of the Intestate's Estate as this Court shall esteem consistent with Law & the principles of Equity -- and hopes to be hence[?] dismissed with his Costs  [??] Atty Def 
See, Will of George Marable (1778)