Several of us have tried to make a definitive connection between this James and the James Fears whose will is copied below. I have also wondered about the connection between Rev. Fears and my known ancestor, William Fears b. abt. 1784 - 1790 in Tennessee and married to Mary "Polly" Douglass 29 Sept. 1809 in Grainger Co., TN. To date, I have not been able to determine with any certainty William's parentage. Any help with this connection would be greatly appreciated.
Will of James Fears
In the name of God Amen--I James Fears of Saint Patrick's Parish and County of Prince Edward being in sound mind and memory do make and ordain this to be my last will and Testament in manner and form following VIZ
I give unto my sons William, James, Absolem, Edmund & Jesse Fears the property I have already given in possession to them and their heirs forever, & I give unto my daughters Elizabeth Brown and Fanny Choney the property I heretofore gave them in possession to them and their heirs forever--I give unto my son Thomas Fears my X cut saw and the profits I heretofore gave him to him and his heirs forever--I give unto my daughter Sally Fears two Feather beds & furniture one Cow and Calf also a bond on Humphrey Nelson with Sirus Waston Security for twenty five pounds payable Christmas 1798 except five pounds of the said bond which will be hereafter disposed of to her and her heirs forever.
I give unto my grand daughter Elizabeth Jackson four sheep and five pounds to be paid out of the above mentioned bond of Humphrey Nelson and Sirus Waston payable Christmas 1798 to her and her heirs forever.
I give unto my daughter Kesiah Sadler the remainder of my estate both real and personal to her and to her heirs forever.
Lastly I constitute and approve my son in law Edward Sadler my Executor to this my last will and testament. In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal this sixth day of September one thousand seven hundred and ninety seven.
Signed, sealed and delivered by his
the testator to be his last will James X Fears
and Testament in the presence of mark
At a court held for Prince Edward County, Virginia, June 18, 1804 this last will and testament of James Fears, dec. was presented in court and proved by the oaths of Edward Redford and John Purnall, two of the witnesses thereto ordered that the same be recorded, and on the motion of Edward Sadler the executor, therein named, who with William Scott his secretary entered into and acknowledged their bond for that purpose in the penalty of one hundred and fifty pounds and conditions according to the law and took the oath required by law certificate for obtaining a probate thereof in due form is granted him.
Test: B. Watkins, D. C.
[Prince Edward Co., Virginia Will Records]
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