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them, should, could, or might have had or claimed, if this act had never been made.

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

CHAP. VI.

An Act for docking the intail of certaiu

lands in the county of Nansemond, and vesting the same in Thompson Swann, in fee-simple, and for settling other lands and slaves of greater value, to the same

uses.

Intail of cer.

1. WHEREAS William Thompson, formerly of tain lands in the parish of Suffolk, in the county of Nansemond, Nansemond deceased, was in his life time, and at the time of his docked, and death, seised in fee-simple, of a plantation containing vested in Thompson

about three hundrel acres of land, lying in the said Swann, in parish and county whereon he lived, and being so fee.

seised, made his last will and testament in writing, bearing date the eighteenth day of April, one thousand six hundred and eighty six, and thereby devised the same to his daughter Elizabeth, and the heirs of her body lawfully begoiten, for ever, with divers remainders over; who after the death of her father entered into the same, and became thereof seiscd in fee-tail, and being so seised, intermarried with one Thomas Swann, now also deceased, and had issue by him Tho. mas Swann, her eldest son and beir at law, who after her death entered into the said three hundred acres of land, and was thereof seised, and being so seised, had issue Thompson Swann, his eldest son and heir at law, who is now seised of the same in fee-tail. And whereas the said Thompson Swann is seised in feesimple, of, and in one tract of land containing threc hundred acres, in the parish of Raleigh, and county of Amelia, lately purchased by him from one Joseph Boswell, and hath now on the same six slaves, named

Jemmy, Will, Lewis, Moses, Patience, and Patt, being his own proper slaves, and it will be for the benefit and advantage of the heir in tail, and those claiming under the will of the said William Thompson, to dock the intail of the said land in the parish of Suffolk, and county of Nansemond, and to settle the said land in the parish of Raleigh, and county of Amelia, and the said six slaves to be annexed thereto, and being of greater value, to the same uses. And forasmuch as notice hath been published three Sundays successively, in the several churches in the said parish of Suffolk, that application would be made to this General Assembly, to dock the intail of the said three hundred acres of land in the said parish of Suffolk, 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 Thompson Swann, that it may be enacted, and 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 plantation cuntaining about three hundred acres of land, lying and being in the parish of Suffolk, and county of Nansemond, with all its appurtenances, so as aforesaid devised by the last will and testament of the said William Thompson, to his daughter Elizabeth; and whereof the said Thompson Swann is now seised in feetail, be, and the same is hereby vested in the said Thompson Swann, now seised in fee-tail, be, and the same is hereby vested in the said Thompson Swann, his leirs and assigns for ever; and that the said tract of land purchased of the said Joseph Boswell, by the said Thompson Swann, lying and being in the said parish of Raleigh, and county of Amelia, and all and every the six slaves before named, together with the future increase of the said female slaves, be, and the same are hereby vested in the said Thompson Swann, and the heirs of his body, lawfully begotten, and on failure of such heirs, the same shall remain and desceud to such person and persons in the same manner, and under the same limitations and remainders as the said land in the parish of Suffolk, and county of Nansemond, would have remained and descended by virtue

of the before mentioned last will and testament of the said William Thompson, if this act had never been made.

III. Provided, That the said Thompson Swann shall cause the names of all the said slaves to be recorded in the court of the said county of Amelia, and that the said slaves so annexed to the said land, and their increase, shall not be liable to be taken in execution, and sold for the satisfying and paying the debts of the said Thompson Swann, or any other person who shall be tenant in tail of the said land, other. wise than the said land before the passing of this act was liable.

IV. 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 William Thompson, all such right, title, interest, claim, and demand, as they, every, or any of them, could or might claim, if this act had never been made.

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

CHAP. VII.

An Act to dock the intail of certain lands,

whereof Joseph Bridger is seised as tenant in fee-tail, and to sell the same in fee-simple, and lay out the money arising by such sale in slaves, to be annexed to other intailed lands therein mentioned.

I. WHEREAS Joseph Bridger, late of the county Intail of cer- of Isle of Wight, deceased, was in his life time, seised tain lands in Isle of

in fee-simple of a tract or parcel of land, called White Wight, Marsh, containing by estimation, seventeen hundred

acres, more or less; and also of one other tract or whereof Joparcel of land, called Curawaok, containing by esti-seph Bridger mation, seven thousand eight hundred acres, both the docked. said tracts or parcels of land, being situate in the parish of Newport, in the county of Isle of Wight, aforesaid, and so being seised, made his last will and testament in writing, bearing date the third day of August, one thousand six hundred and eighty three, and a codicil to his said will, dated the eighteenth day of October next following, whereby, amongst other things, be gave one half of his plantation of Curawaok, being seven thousand eight hundred acres, to his son Samuel Bridger, for life, remainder to the heirs of his body lawfully begotten: He likewise gave other lands to his son William Bridger, in tail, and then directed, that if either of his sons, Samuel or William, died before they obtained the age of twenty years, and without heirs lawfully begotten of their bodies, then all the lands given as aforesaid, he gave unto the survivor of them for life, remainder to the heirs of his body lawfully begotten; and that it should not go to their elder brother Joseph, but through default of such heirs, and then to him only for life, remainder to the heirs male of his body lawfully begotten. And whereas the said Joseph Bridger, after making his said last will and testament, by his said codicil reciting, that after making his said will, he found his son Joseph Bridger fly out into divers dissolute courses of life, and that he was grown disobedient to him, and that he might not be guilty, by giving him an estate, as an encouragement to continue in his wicked way of living, he did thereby revoke and disanul all and every part of the legacies given him in the will aforesaid, both of lands and personal estate; and did give the said seventeen hundred acres of land, called White Marslı, by the description of the lands and housing where he then dwelt; and the eight hundred and fifty acres of land, formerly belonging to Captain Upton, and the three hundred acres formerly belonging to Mr. Seward, on which Mr. Izard, Old Philip, and William Lewis lived, with all the tenements and whatever thereto belonged, after his wife's decease, to his son Samuel Bridger, for life, remainder to the heirs male of his body lawfully begotten; remainder to his son William Bridger, for life; remainder to the heirs male of his body lawfully

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begotten; and for the other half of the land of Curawoak, given to his son Joseph, he did thereby revoke the said gift, and give it to his son William for life, remainder to the heirs male of his body lawfully begotten, remainder to his son Samuel for lifi , remainder to the licirs male of his body lawfully begotten: He did also by his said codicil, give his said son Joseph, two thousand pounds of tobacco and cask, yearly, during his life; and declared that that was in full for what he intended he should have thereby, revoking all gifts and grants to him of any lands or personal estate whatsoever. After making which said will and codicil the said Joseph Bridger the testator, departed this lise seised of the said lands as aforesaid; after whose death the said Samuel Bridger entered into, and was seised of the said seventeen hundred acres of land, called White Marsh, and also the half of the lands called Curawoak, devised to him as aforesaid, and died so scised, without issue, after whose death William Bridger entered into, and was seised of the said lands as next in remainder, and also of the other half of the said Curawoak lands, as devisd under the will of the said Joseph Bridger, and died so seised, leaving issue at the time of his death, William and James his sons; which said William the son, after the death of his father entered into and was seised of the said lands called White Marsh, and Curawoak, and died so seised, Icaving issue Joseph Bridger, his only son and heir, who entered into and is now seised thereof. And whereas the said Joseph Bridger, the great grand-son of the said Joseph Bridger the donor, is possessed of but a very small number of slaves, wbich are not sufficient to cultivate and improve either of the said tracts or parcels of land, and without which the same will be unprofitable and chargeable to him and his posterity, and the said Joseph Bridger, the great grand son, is desirous to dock the intail of the said tract of land called Curawaok, which is very mean, and to sell the same in fee-simple, and lay out the money arising by such sale in slaves to be annesed to the said land called White Marsh, which is very good, and capable of being greatly improved, which will be to the advantage of the said Joseph Bridger the great grand son, and those claiming in remainder and reversion, under the will of the said Joseph Bridger the testator. And forasmuch as notice hath been

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