Friday, April 7, 2023

FRIDAY FINDS ~ The will of my 6th great grandmother– Mary Ann Redding nee Poage (abt 1760-1826)

In some recent connections made via Family Search and Rootstech, I am looking at some of my more distant lines.

Today, it’s my maternal 6th great grandmother –Mary Ann POAGE.

I’ve already published the probate record for her husband, James Redding and you can read it here FRIDAY FINDS ~ The will of James Redding (abt 1755-1815)

His wife, Mary Ann Redding nee Poage also left a will and named her sons-in-law as heirs.

This will was located here West Virginia, U.S., Wills and Probate Records, 1724-1985

NameMary Ann Redding
Residence PlaceCounty of Pocahontas, Virginia
Will Date17 Oct 1823
Probate DateFeb 1826
Probate PlacePocahontas, West Virginia, USA
Inferred Death Year1826
Inferred Death PlaceWest Virginia, USA
Item DescriptionWills, Vol 1-2, 1822-1852

Probate record for Mary Ann Redding - 1823

Here is my transcription of the will.

I Mary Ann Redding of the County of Pocahontas and State of Virginia make this my last will and testament revoking all others. I do will and Bequeath my personal estate in the manner and form following first after my funeral expenses and just debts are paid I give and bequeath to my son-in-law Richard Hutson twenty dollars, secondly I give and bequeath unto my son-in-law John Denason six dollars and thirdly I give and bequeath unto my son-in-law Thomas Denason fifty dollars and fourthly I give and bequeath unto my son-in-law William May fifty dollars, and fifthly I give and bequeath unto my son-in-law John May one hundred and twenty dollars, together with all my goods and all my chattled in my possession at the time of my death, and likewise I do constitute and appoint John May to be the executor of this my last will and testament as witness my hand and seal this seventeenth day of October one thousand eight hundred and twenty three

Signed sealed and acknowledged in the presence of us

Daniel Sharp                     
Thomas Lamb?
Pocahontas County February court 1826 This last will and testament of Mary ann Redding was proved in court by John May the executor therein named and proven by the oaths of Daniel Sharp and Thomas Lamb subscribing witnesses thereto and was ordered to be recorded.


Josiah Beard

You might notice both in this record and the one for her husband, James, that they had 5 daughters and four of them married brothers.

Sally Redding married John Dennison

Elenor Redding married Thomas Dennison

Mary Ann Redding married William May

Hannah Redding married John Simpson May

and Elizabeth Redding married Richard Hudson (my ancestors)

As difficult as it may be to ascertain some of the words in an old probate record, it often gives us plenty of information.  We can identify family members, witnesses and perhaps get an idea of the year of death.  Although many wills are not probated until years later.

The next question is whether I can take this line back one more generation?  Can I locate and confirm the parents of either James Redding or his wife Mary Ann Poage?

If you are related to or connected to anyone in this blog post, please get in touch.  Let’s exchange information.

Happy hunting,

Michigan Girl

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  1. It's very impressive that you are able to locate wills from the time periods you mentioned. To date I have only found one will on my ancestors and it is from a Detroit line (Johann Jacob Feucht). It runs 25 pages and is quite interesting.

    1. Hi Cheryl. I've been pretty fortunate where wills are concerned. Especially if the ancestors were in the Virginia area or up in New England. Believe or not, I have located, I believe, one from Detroit. They sure can tell us a lot.
      Thanks for stopping by. I enjoy it when readers leave comments.


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