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notice has been published three Sundays successively, in the several churches in the said parish of Truro, that application would be made to this General Assembly, to dock the intail of the said two thousand seven hundred and thirteen acres of land, and to settle other lands and slaves of greater value to the same uses, pursuant to your majesty’s instructions.

II. May it therefore please your most excellent majesty, at the humble suit of the said Gerard Alexander, that it may be enacted, Jind be it enacted by the Lieutenant-Governor, Council, and Burgesses of this present General Assembly, and it is hereby enacted, by the authority of the same, That the said tract or parcel of land, with the appurtenances, containing two thousand seven hundred and thirteen acres, lying and being in the parish of Truro, and county of Fairfax, so as aforesaid, devised by the last will and testament of the said Robert Alexander, and whereof the said Gerard Alexancer is seised in fee-tail; be, and the same is hereby vested in the said Gerard Alexander, his heirs and assigns, to the only use and behoof of him the said Gerard, his heirs and assigns for ever. And that the said two several tracts or parcels of land herein before mentioned, the one granted by the Lord proprietor of the northern neck, to him the said Gerard; and the other purchased of Nathaniel Smith; and all and every the slaves before named, together with the future increase of the said female slaves, be, and the same are hereby vested in the said Gerard Alexander, and the heirs of his body lawfully begotten; and on failure of such heirs the same shall remain and descend to such person and persons, in the same manner, and under the same limitations and remainders, successively, as the said lands would have remained and descended, by virtue of the said before recited last will and testament of the said Robert Alexander, if this act had never been made.

III. Saving to the king's most excellent majesty, his heirs and successors, and to all and every other person and persons, bodies politic and corporate, their respective heirs and successors, other than the persons claiming under the last will and testament of the said Robert Alexander, all such right, title, interest, claim, and demand, as they, every, or any of them, should or might claim, if this act had never been made.

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IV. Provided always, That the execution of this act shall be, and is hereby suspended, until his majesty's approbation thereof shall be obtained.

CHAP. XXV.

..in let for docking the intail of certain lands in the county of Middlese.v, and vesting the same in Itobert Cliew in feesimple, and for settling other lands and slaves of greater value to the same uses.

Intail of cer. I. WHEREAS Richard Perrot late of the county tain lands in of Middlesex, deceased, was, in his lifetime seised in

Middlesex, docked and

fee-simple, of, and in one certain tract or parcel of

jino, land, called Perrot's-neck, containing by estimation. bert Chew in fourteen hundred and fifty acres or thereabouts, being

fee.

the plantation whereon he lived, with the appurtenances, lying and being in the parish of Christ Church, in the county of Middlesex, aforesaid; and being so seised, made his last will and testament in writing. bearing date the twentieth day of July, in the year of our loud, one thousand six hundred and eighty six, and thereby, among other things, he did give and devise to his wife Margaret Perrot, the said plantation, with the stock thereunto belonging, to be by her used and enjoyed, during her natural life, in full and ample satisfaction of all dower, and title of dower, due to her by the law; and further he did give and devise unto Henry Perrot the elder, son of his son, Richard Perrot, the said plantation he then lived upon, together with the whole tract or tracts of land thereunto belonging, or adjoining thereunto, with all plantations thereupon, and to the heirs of his body lawfully to be begotten, forever, to be held and enjoyed after the decease of his said wife; and for want of such heirs, to Bichard Perrot, the brother of the said Henry Perrot, his grandson, and to the heirs of his body to be lawfully begotten, and for want of such heirs, to descend to his right heirs for ever, as in the said will proved and

recorded in the court of the said county of Middlesex, more fully is contained. And soon after making the said will, the said testator departed this life; after whose death, and the death of his said wife, the said Henry Perrot entered into the said lands with the appurtenances, and died seised thereof without issue, and atter his death the said Richard Perrot the grandson, entered into the said lands with the appurtenances, and dict thereof scised, leaving issue Henry Perrot. his citiest son, who entered into the same, and died thereof seised, leaving issue Mary Perrot his only child and heir, who hath since intermarried with Robert Chew of the county of Spotsylvania, and the said Rovert Chew, and Mary his wife, in right of the said Miaoy have entered into, and are now seised of the salu lands, with the appurtenances, in fee-tail. And waereas the said Robert Chew is seised in fee-simple of a certain tract or parcel of land, containing by estimation four hundred acres, lying and being in the parism of Saint George, in the county of Spotsylvania aforesaid, which he purchased of Achilles Bowker, and Martha, his wife; and of one other tract or parcel of land, containing by estimation, seven hundred and thirty seven acres, lying and being in the parish and county last mentioned, lately purchased by him of Thomas Forster and Elizabeth his wife, adjoining to the last mentioned tract; and of another tract or parcel of land, containing six hundred und fifty acres, in the parish and county last mentioned, which descended to him from his mother, Margaret Chew deceased; and was granted to Harry Beverley, gentleman, deceased. by patent bearing date the twenty seventh day of February, one thousand seven hundred aud nineteen; and is also possessed of six slaves, named Captain, Samson, Major. Sarah. Eucy, and Nanny, as of his own proper slaves; which said three tracts of land in the county of Spotsylvania, and six slaves, are of greater value than the said tract of land in the county of Middlesex; and the said Robert Chew, and Mary his wife, are desirous to dock the intail of said land in Middlesex county, and to settle the said lands in Spotsylvania county, with the slaves aforesaid, to he annexed thereto, to the same uses in lieu thereof; which will be to the advantage of the said Robert Chew, and Mary his wife, and of those claiming under the will of the said Richard Perrot the elder. And forasmueh as notice hath been published in the several churches of the said parish of Christ-Church, that application would be made to this General Assembly, to dock the intail of the said fourteen hundred and fifty acres of land called Perrot's-Neck, and to settle other lands and slaves of greater value to the same uses, pursuant to your majesty’s instructions. II. May it therefore please your most excellent majesty, at the humble suit of the said Robert Chew, and

Mary his wife, that it may be enacted, Jind be it enact

ed, by the Lieutenant-Governor, Council, and Burgesses, of this present General Assembly, and it is hereby enacted, by the authority of the same, That the said tract or parcel of land, called Perrot's-Neck, containing fourteen hundred and fifty acres, with the appurtenances, in the county of Middlesex, so as aforesaid devised by the last will and testament of the said Richard Perrot the elder, be, and the same is hereby vested in the said Robert Chew, his heirs and assigns, to the only use and behoof of him the said Robert Chew, his heirs and assigns forever; and that the said three tracts or parcels of land, herein before mentioned, lying and being in the county of Spotsylvania, containing together seventeen hundred and eighty seven acres, or thereabouts, with the appurtenances, and the six slaves herein before named, together with the future increase of the said female slaves, be, and the same are hereby vested in the said Robert Chew, and Mary his wife, to such use and uses, and for such estate and estates, and subject to the like limitations, as the said tract of land called Perrot's-Neck, in the county of Middlesex, is and stands limited by the last will and testament of the said Richard Perrot the elder. Iil. Saving to the king's most excellent majesty, and to all and every other person and persons, bodies politic and corporate, their respective heirs and successors, other than the persons claiming under the last will and testament of the said Richard Perrot the elder, all such right, title, estate, interest, claim and demand, as they, every, or any of them, should or might have or claim, if this act had never been made. IV. Provided always, That the execution of this act shall be suspended until his majesty’s approbation thcreof shall be obtained.

CHAP. XXVI.

•An Act to impower John Armistead, gent. to sell and dispose of certain intailed lands, to raise money for the performance of his father's will.

I. WHEREAS Thomas Meriwether late of the parish of South Farnham. in county of Essex, gen- ... tleman, deceased, was in his life-time, and at the time j toil of his death, seised in fee-simple, of, and in one thou-certain insand seven hundred and ten acres of land, with the tailed o: appurtenances, lying and being in the parish of South-..." Farnham, in the county of Essex, aforesaid, and also tance of his of, and in eight lots of land in the town of Tappahan- mother late nock, in the said county, and being so thereof seised, so did make his last will and testament in writing, bear- Meriwether. ing date the seventh day of of January, in the year of our lord one thousand seven hundred and eight, and thereby, devised the same to his young daughter, who was not then baptized, but was afterwards baptized by the name of Susannah, by the description of all the rest of his lands he had in Virginia, or elsewhere, and to the heirs of her body lawfully begotten, for ever, with divers limitations over, in case of failure of issue of the body of the said Susanna: And some time after making the said will the said Thomas Meriwether died, whereby the said Susannah became seised of the said one thousand seven hundred and ten acres of land, and eight lots aforesaid, in tail, under the limitations and restrictions in the will of the said Thomas Merivether mentioned. And whereas the said Susanna, after the death of the said Thomas, did intermarry with John Armistead, of the county of Gloucester, gentleman, by whom she had issue, John Armistead her eldest son and heir. And whereas some time after the death of the said testator, his said daughter Susanna departed this life, whereby the said lands so devised to her, became wested in her said son John Armistcad, who is now thereof seised. And whereas John Armistead the father, by his last will and testament in writing, bearing date the ninth day of April, in the

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