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The Will of Dr. Augustine Slaughter Norfolk Borough, Norfolk Virginia
Augustine Slaughter, Surgeon.
Exec. Dept. Nov. 14, 1838. The heirs of Augustine Slaughter are allowed land for his services as a Surgeon in the Contl. line for eighteen months in addition to quantity hereto fore allowed. David Campbell, Gov.
The will of Augustine Slaughter
Augustine Slaughter of Norfolk Borough, but lately of the county of Norfolk. I bequeath $3000 to the Mayor and Alderman of the Borough of Norfolk, in trust for the following purposes; To pay my negro man Dave sixty dollars each year and every year of his life--I hereby set free forever this negro slave. There follows similar bequests and the emancipation of a number of slaves.
The interest arising from the $3000 to be employed for the purpose of educating one or two poor boys in reading,writing and arithmetic; and the element of navigation. He directs that the boy shall be, when sufficiently prepared, under the charge of some commander of one of the vessels of war, or some discreet master of a Merchant vessel. This is to be a perpetual fund. He strictly forbids the interest to be spent any other way or the principle to be meddled with. He states that he considers this his mite toward fostering the infant navy, which he hopes will in a few years be able to protect our vessels from insult and oppression upon the ocean. This will was made when America was engaged in a war to remind England that Augustine Slaughter and the men of the Revolution meant just the same thing on the sea as they did on land.
To his brother, Robert Slaughter, of Culpepper he bequeaths $2000, provided he exercise a forgiving spirit. To John Fields Slaughter, and resides in the state of Georgia; to his sister, Mary Ann Patton; to his sister, Elizabeth Hamarsley ; to Col. Nivison of Norfolk Borough and to William T. Nivison of same place. He appointed William Nivison sole Extr. He gives the overplus of his estate to Philip R. Thompson and John Fields Slaughter. Signed, Nov. 23, 1814. Witnesses, Matt Green, James B. Warren, John Thorowgood, and Joshua Fentress. The will was proved, Norfolk Borough, 27 Dec., 1814.
The above copy of the will was incorporated in a paper filed in a suit held in the Superior Circuit Court for Henrico Co. on the common law side, between Robert A. Slaughter, administrator de bonis non, with the will annexed. Attest, C. Robinson, Deputy Clerk.
Note, The above named persons are not to be taken for relatives of Dr. Augustine Slaughter. John F. Slaughter to whom a portion of the residue of Augustines estate was bequeathed, made an assignment of his title and rights to Philip R. Thompson, 21st Jan., 1815. Witnesses, Littleton Tazewell, Stanton Slaughter. On the 23rd of Jan., 1815, William Nivi-son, Extr. was given notice of this assignment. At Hustings Court, Norfolk Borough the assignment was proved. Stanton Slaughter was dead at this time but his signature was proved [p.273]
by oath of Robert A. Thompson. Teste, John Williams, Clerk of Court. [Source: Virginia Soldiers of 1776 Affidavits pages 272, 273]
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