19th Century Documents of Significance
to the Marable Family

Will of John Marable 13 September 1804 Lunenburg Co. VA
Will of Lt. Edward Marable 19 December 1805 Charles City Co. VA
Deed of Abraham Marable  29 May 1816 Charles City Co. VA
Will of Martha Marable 14  Feb 1828 Charles City Co. VA
Will of Elizabeth Gill  21 October 1830 Charles City Co. VA
Will of Edward Marable 4 May 1837 Sussex Co. VA
Deed of Elizabeth Marable 2 January 1844 Charles City Co. VA
Inventory of the Estate of Edward Travis Marable 10 April 1858 Granville Co. NC
Will of Sally P. Marable 3 February 1859 Sussex Co. VA
Will of Judith P. Marable 17 February 1859 Charles City Co. VA
Estate of Judith P. Marable after 1859 Charles City Co. VA
Estate of Elizabeth Marable 1866-1872 Charles City Co. VA

Will of John Marable
Lunenburg County, Virginia
13 March 1804
13 September 1804

Lunenburg Co., VA, Will Book 6, pp. 92, 92A (Transcription by James Leon Marable, Jr.  ("the other JLM"))
I John Marable [_____??] of Lunenburg County, State of Virginia do hereby make my last will and testement, all [_____??]  and forever, following that is to say, 

1st.  I desire that out of the money I have on hand after my death all my just debts and funeral expenses, shall be paid. 

2nd.  after the payment of my debts, and funerial expenses the [_____??] of money shall be kept by my wife Tabitha Marable for her use [during?] her lifetime, together with five negros, that is to say, Galloway, Will, Harry, Alse, and Sall, all my Stock of Horses, Hogs, Cattle, and Sheep, (except [_____ ??], as shall hereafter be given to my children) together with all my household + Kitchen furniture - and after my[?] death to be equally divided among my children. 

3rd. I leave to my son Hartwell Marable one negro boy named George. One Bed + furniture + one cow + calf. 

4th.  Give to my son Matthew one negro boy by the name of Jerry and one Bay Horse Colt, one Bed + furniture and one cow + calf. 

5th.  I give to my son John one negro boy by the name Bob + one Bay Horse colt and one Bed + furniture, Cow + calf. 

6th  I give to my son William one negro boy by the name of Joe.  One Horse,  one bed + furniture + one cow + calf. 

7th  I give to my daughter Polley two negro girls Doll and Edna, one horse, saddle, and bridle, one bed + furniture, and one cow + calf[.] 

8th  I give to my son Edward Tra[v]is, one negro boy by the name of Moody, One horse, one bed + furniture + one cow + calf. 

9th  My desire is that my sons or daughters that are not of age, come of age (sons to the age of Twenty one Years, or daughters to the age of eighteen Years), or marry, their part willed shall be given to them in [_____??]. 

10th  My will and desire is that the land I now live on, shall be divided, into three equal parts and the choice of said parts, to be kept by my wife for her use, [during?] her lifetime, and then go to Edward T. which I now give him after my wifes death.  and the other two parts of said land I give to my sons John and William. 

11th  and lastly I appoint my son Hartwell Marable and my two friends Valentine Brown and William Ellis exors to this my last will and testiment, heretofore [_____??].  in witness whereof I have hereunto, set  my hand and affix[ed] my seal this thirteenth day of March In the year 1804. 
                                                John Marable Seal 

Signed Sealed Published and [delivered?], 
as [and?] for [?] the last will and Testimont 
of the above named John Marable 
[in the presence of] 
Edward [Ellizon?] Ellis 
Thomas Ellis, 
[Alexander Erskine?] 
John Bragg (signature) 
 
 
At a Court held for Lunenburg County [held?] the 13th day of September 1804 
The within written last Will + Testament of John Marable, and Was exhibitedd] in Court and proved by the oath of five of the Wherefor witnesses Subscribed. and ordered, to be recorded. And at a Court hearing for Lunenburg  County, the 11th day of October, 1806. On the motion of Tabitha Marable wholeaving made oath according to Law.  Letters of [Administration?] is granted, with the will approved.  On the Estate of her husband John Marable [sureties?] with approved Security according to law. 
  Jno. Taylor

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Will of Lt. Edward Marable
Charles City County, Virginia
9 June 1805
19 December 1805

Records of Charles City County (Copy by Patricia A.Baber.)
In the name of God amen  I Edward Marrable of the County of Charles City and parish of Westover being in perfect mind and memory but weak in body do make and ordain this my last will and Testament utterly revoking all others as a testimony whereof I have hereunto set my hand and affixed my seal this ninth day of June One Thousand eight hundred and five. 

Item I lend to my beloved wife Elizabeth for the love and affection I have for her during her natural life the following property to wit Two negroes Joe and Cate, one feather bed and furniture two choice cows, one dark bindle work steer, one young hide steer not broke to work, Two sows with pig and five young hogs which property at the decease of my wife I give and bequesth to my son George to him and his heirs forever. 

Item I give and bequeath to my daughter Martha one negro girl named Delila and one bed and furniture to her and her heirs forever. 

Item I give and bequeath to my son Edward one negro girl named Judea one feather bed and furniture, and my gun called Moora, to him and his heirs forever. 

Item I give and bequeath to my son George one negro girl named Rachael and one feather bed and furniture to him and his heirs forever. 

And lastely my will and desire is that all the residue of my estate (after giving the above legacies) be sold and the money arising therefrom to be applied to the payment of my just debts and what remains after paying my debts to be equally divided between my two sons Major and Benjamin. 

And I also constitute and appoint my son Edw.d Marrable and Edw.d Walker, executors to this my last will and testament 

Signed sealed and                       }           Edw.d Marrable {seal} 
acknowledge in the presence of   } 
W.m Morecock, John West jun.r 

At a monthly Court held for Charles City County at the Courthouse on thursday the 19th day of December 1805. The aforewritten last will and testament of Edw.d Marrable dec.d was this day presented in Court and being proved by the oath of William Morecock one of the witnessess thereto was ordered to be recorded; the executors named in said will appeared in Court and refused to qualify 
Teste 
                                      Wyatt Walker C. C. 

See, Will of George Marable (1778)

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Deed: Abraham Marable to Elizabeth Gill
Charles City County, Virginia
29 May 1816

Charles City County, Virginia, Deed Book 6, p. 36 (Transcribed by Patricia A. Baber)
Know all men by these presents that I Abraham Marable of the county of Charles City of the one part and Elizabeth Gill of the County aforesaid of the other part witnesseth that for and in consideration of the sum of one thousand dollars in hand paid to the said Abraham Marable doth hereby acknowledge, hath granted, bargained, sold and delivered and by these presents doth grant, bargain, wll and deliver unto Elizabeth Gill her heirs and assigns the following property to wit, all my right title interest claim and demand in the estate of David Gill, deceased One negro woman named Lilly, one negro boy named John, one negro girl named Betsey, one ditto named Eliza, one horse, two cows, one heifer, tow calves, one sow, six shoats, one feather bed & furniture, one _____, two chests, two tables, one trunk, twelve plates, and four dishes, one noggan & can, six cups and suacers, one decanter, one looking glass, and tea cannister & one coffee pot, three pots, one dutch oven and one pot rack, one horse cart and all my crop of wheat and corn now growing. To have and to hold the aforesaid property to the said Elizabeth Gill her heirs and assigns forever quit of all claims of the said Abraham Marable, his heirs, exors and admrs. And the said Abraham Marable does by these presents warrant and forever defend a good & indefensible right and title to the above mentioned property to the said Elizabeth Gill her heirs and assigns forever. As witness my hand and seal this twenty ninth day of May eighteen hundred and sixteen. 

Signed sealed & acknowledged                                Abraham Marable {seal} 
in the presence of 
Christ'n P. Dean 
Bolding Charles 

See, Will of Elizabeth Gill (1830)

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Will of Martha Marable
Charles City County, Virginia
14 February 1828 
18 October 1828

Charles City County, Virginia, Will Book 3, p. 333 (Provided by Marcia B. Curtis)
In the name of God amen!  I MARTHA MARRABLE of the County of Charles City
and State of Virginia being infirm in body but of sound and disposing mind do make and ordain this my last will and testament, revoking all  others heretofore made by me in the following manner to wit -

1st.   It is my will and desire that after my death my woman Marsha and all her children may be sold (she being at liberty to choose her master) on such terms as my Executor hereafter named may see most advantageous, and the proceeds of the sale to be equally divided between my brother BENJAMIN  MARRABLE’S children he may then have living, to them and their heirs forever -

2nd.  I give to my relation Mrs. Mary Harrison one white cotton counterpane, to her and her heirs forever - 

3rd.   I desire that my bed and furniture be sold and if the money arising therefrom is not sufficient to pay all my just debts, then it is my desire that my Executor pay them out of the money arising from the sale of my negroes before it is divided between my brother’s children -

4th.  I give to my brother BENJAMIN MARRABLE all my interest in my grandfather’s estate (GEORGE MARRABLE) to him and his heirs forever -

5th.  I desire that my wearing apparel be equally divided between my COUSIN SALLY MARRABLE and my friend Sally R. Stoll to them and their heirs forever -

6th.  And lastly, I nominate and appoint by BROTHER BENJAMIN MARRABLE Executor of this my last will and testament whereof I have hereunto set my hand and affixed my seal this 14th day of February 1828—

Signed Sealed and acknowledged         MARTHA MARABLE     (Seal)
In presence of
  James Harrison
  William (S. or T.?) Harrison
  Miller Pearman
 

At a Court held for Charles City County at the Courthouse on Thursday the 18th day of October 1828 –

This will was produced in court and proved by the oath of Miller Pearman a witness to the same, and continued for further proof – And at another Court held for the said County as aforesaid on Thursday the 19th day of February 1829 – The said will was further proved by the oath of William (T. or S.?) Harrison another witness to the same and ordered to be recorded—
   Teste
     Ro. W. Christian, Co. Clk.
 

See, Will of Lt. Edward Marable (1805)

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Will of Elizabeth Gill
Charles City County, Virginia
13 June 1828 
21 October 1830

Records of Charles City County, Virginia (Provided by Patricia A. Baber)
In the name of God Amen I Elizabeth Gill of the County of Charles City being infirm of body, but of sound mind and memory do make and ordain this my last Will and testament in manner and form following 

Item, I lend to my daughter, Judith P. Marrable during her natural life a negro man named John and a negro Girl named Eliza, being negroes purchased by me of her husband Abraham Marrable, also all my right and title in the estate of my late husband David Gill, deceased, which was also purchased by me of said Marrable being his quota of Said Estate in the right of his wife, also one feather Bed and furniture, three cows and one Steer together with their increase. 

Item, at the deth of said daughter Judith, I give and bequeath the aforementioned interest in the Estate of David Gill deceased to my grandsons James and George Loyd, to them and their heirs forever, 

Item, I give and bequeath to my daughter Martha Temple, one dollar to her and her heirs forever, 

Item, at the death of my daughter Judith I give and bequeath to her children generally that she has or may have by her present husband Abraham Marrable, the residue of the aforementioned property lent to my said daughter, together with all my remaining Estate to them and their heirs forever, and lastly I appoint Charles Barrow, executor of this my last will and testament revoking all others by me heretofore made, In testimony whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal the 13th day of June 1828. 
{Seal} 
Elizabeth Gill {Seal} 

Signed sealed and delivered 
in the presence of 
Thomas Morecock 
Samuel W Pryor 
Sarah D Pryor 

At a Court held for Charles City County at the Courthouse on the 21st day of October 1830, this Will was produced in Court proved by the oaths of Thomas Morecock and Samuel W Pryer, Witnesses to the same and ordered to be recorded. 
Teste 
R. W. Christian, Clk 
A Copy -- Teste -- Edm:d Waddill, Clk 

See, In re Estate of Judth P. Marable (after 1859)

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Will of Edward Marable
Sussex County, Virginia
7 October 1836
4 May 1837

Records of Sussex County, Virginia (Provided by Sue Ellen Marable)
In the name of God Amen:  I Edward Marable of the County of Sussex and State of Virginia. Do make and ordain my last will and testament to be as follows, that is to say. 

1st  I wish my executors herein after named to pay out of my estate all the just debts that I may owe at the time of my decease, as soon as conveniently they can. 

2nd  I loan unto my wife Sally Marable during the term of her own natural life all my estate both real and personal except such things as I shall give away hereafter, but if my wife shall marry then my will and desire is that she only have one third of my estate which I lend to her during her natural life. 

3rd.  I give and bequeath to my son Marcus W. Marable one feather bed and furniture, one cow and calf of his own choice, the horse, saddle and bridle now in his possession, to him and his heirs forever. 

4th At the death or marriage of my wife I give and bequeath to my two sons William H. and Marcus W. Marable the whole of my land and 2/3 of all my personal estate to be equally divided betwixt them to them and their heirs forever. 

5th The widow of my son Jas. P. Marable, deceased, being now pregnant if in case she should bring a child alive and to cry, I give and bequeath the said child five dollars, to that and its heirs forever. 

6th The remaining 1/3 of my estate not herein before disposed of, I give and bequeath to my two grandsons, namely Thomas E. and William H. sons of my son Jas. P. Marable, deceased, but if one or both of them should die before arriving at the age of 21 years, my will and desire is that my two sons William H. and Marcus W. should equally divide the proportion of said grandchild and grandchildren as the case may be, which I give them and their heirs forever. 

7th And lastly, I do hereby nominate and appoint my wife Executrix and my two sons Will. H. and Marcus W. Executors of this my last will and testament, hereby revoking all other or former wills and testaments by me heretofore made and this only is to be taken to be my last will and testament. 

In witness whereof I have hereunto set my  hand and seal this seventh day of Oct., 1836

  Edward Marable

Signed, sealed and acknowledged
as the last will and testament of
Edward Marable in presence of 

Jos. Clanton 
Croshor Graves 
Daniel R. Butts 

At a court held for Sussex Co., the 4th day of May, 1837   The last will and testament of Edward Marable deceased was presented into court and proved by the oaths of Joseph Clanton and Crosher Graves two of the witnesses thereunto and ordered [recorded] and on the motion of Wm. H. Marable, one of the Executors therin named who made oath and entered into with security according to law, certificate is granted him for obtaining a probate thereof in due form.  Teste    L. Lanier  Clerk   Sussex Co.     M-422  

See, Will of Sally P. Marable (1859)

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Deed of Elizabeth Marable
Charles City County, Virginia
2 January 1844

Chales City County, Virginia, DB9, p. 393 (Copy by Patricia A. Baber)
This Indenture made and entered into this 2nd day of January in the year One thousand eight hundred and forty four, between Elizabeth Marable of the first part and John M. Marable, Edward H. Marable, Thomas J. Morecock and Catharine M Graves of the second part, all of the County of Charles City and State of Virginia: witnesseth that the said Elizabeth Marable for and in consideration of the natural love and affection which she has and bears toward her children and in further consideration that they will, each of them obligate themselves to pay her the sum of twenty five dollars annually, as long as she may live, hath given, granted, bargained and sold, and by these [presents doth give, grant, baragain and sell unto the said John M. Marable,] Edward H. Marable, Thomas J. Morecock and Catharine M. Graves to bivided equally between them all her the said Elizabeth Marable right title interest, claim and demand, begin her life estate in the same, to the following negro slaves, to wit, Sam, Silvy, Billy, Elviry, Joanna, Betsey Ann, James, Sam, Mary Ann, Adalah, Albert, Thomas, Martha and Jane, to them and their heirs forever. Upon this condition and with this reservation only, that the said parties t heirs or representatives shall not make sale or dispose of any or wither of the said slaves or their increase during the life of the said Elizabeth Marable. In witness whereof I hereto set my hand and seal this day and year above written. 

Witness                                        Elizabeth Marable {Seal} 
     James H. Christian 
     Jos: C. Wilson 
     John L Harwood 

At a Court held for Charles City County at the Courthouse on thursday the 21st day of March 1844 _ This Indenture was proved by the oaths of James H. Christian, Jos: C. Willson and John L Harwood the subscribing witnesses to the same and ordered to be recorded. _ 
Teste  Ro:W. Christian c? cm 

Exam.d 

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Will of Sally P. Marable
Sussex County, Virginia
9 May 1857
3 February 1859

Sussex Co., Virginia, Will Book "R," page 105 (Transcribed by Tammy Marable Turley)

In the year eighteen hundred and fifty seven on this ninth day of May. I Sally Marable, feeling perhaps, I may not long enjoy life, and being of sound mind, make this my last will and testament in the following manner.

1st I leave to my Grand children and great Grandchildren the following items, vis. - To Jno: M. H. Marable I give he sum of five hundred dollars. To Elizabeth S. A. Marable I give five hundred Dollars and my buncan. To David A.J. Marable I give five hundred Dollars. To Wm. R.T. Marable I give five hundred dollars - In case one or more of the above mentioned heirs should die before coming in possession of the above legacy I wish those that remain of the mentioned to be their heirs.

3d. To my Grand daughter Sarah J. Parsons (formerly Marable) I give five hundred dollars. To my Great Grandson Thos. E. Marable I give the sum of one thousand Dollars & All the balance of my estate (present or expectant) I leave to be divided one half to Wm. H. Marable my Grandson and one half I leave in trust for the benefit of the wife and children of my Grandson Thos. E. Marable. And I appoint the said Thos. E. Marable the Trustee and wish that he may not be required to give securty for the management of the trust. -

Sally (her X mark) Marable [Seal]

Witness
W.J. Harrison
G.H. Dillar

At a Court held for Sussex County on the 3d. day of February 1859, The last will and Testament of Sally Marable decd. was presented in to Court and proved by the oaths of W.J. Harrison and G.H. Dillard the two subscribing witnesses and ordered to be recorded. And on the motion of Wm. H. Marable the executor named in the will who made oath and entered into bond with security.

  See, Will of Edward Marable (1837)

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Will of Judith P. Marable
Charles City County, Virginia
11 September 1857
17 February 1859

Charles City County, Virginia,Will Book 5, p. 586 (Transcribed by Patricia A. Baber)
I  Judith P. Marable of the County of Charles City do make and ordain this my last will and testament in manner and form following. 

First I desire that all my property not heretofor disposed of to be sold, secondly I will and bequeath to my grandson George Loyd one bed and furniture, one trunk and one hundred dollars. Thirdly I give and bequeath to my daughter Mary E. Willis and my granddaughters Rebecca Eshon and Jane Eshon the sumof ten dollars each. Fourthly I give and bequeath to my children Nancy F. Pond and Major Marable the residue of my estate to be equally divided between them. In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and affixed my seal this 11 day of September 1857. 

Signed,sealed and acknowledged                             her     Judith P. X Marable {seal} 
in the presence of                                                    mark 
E. B. W. Apperson 
Jno M. Adams 

I appoint and constitute James E. Holdcroft my Executor. 

her      Judith P. X Marable {seal} 
mark 

At a cout held for Charles City County at the courthouse on Thursday the 17th day of February 1859 the forgoing will was presented in court and proved by the oathes of E. B. W. Apperson and Jno M. Adams the subscribing witnesses the same. 
[teste line illegible] 

See, In re Estate of Judith Marable (after 1859)

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