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Style Of Wills Not The Same studying the history of one's forebears is as a hobby as one can have-a useless one, perhaps, but nonetheless! first of my ancestors of whom I have any record was one (William) Witt, born in France in 1675. He was among Huguenot refugees who came to America in 1699, in Manakintowne, Va. married after he came to America and reared a By reading his will and using one's instuition, it is to know a number of things about the man and his Y. Read on: [the name of God, Amen. I, WILLIM WITT, of the parish ' Anne and County of Albermarle, being in perfect health memory, appoint this, my last will and testament I anner and form as followeth, vis., First, I commit my t into the hands of the Almighty God that first gave it. [ly, my body to the earth, to be buried in a decent and manner. In premise, I give a bequeath unto my beloved Witt, a grey mare, a great Bible, one pewter ne plate and half my wearing clothes. I give to my Sarah Canidy, one feather bed and furniture, and all and corn on my plantation for the use of her and her ensuing year. Likewise, 1 lend to my daughter my Tom, 'till time her husband, John Canidy, comes in and her and her children as a husband ought to do. In John Canidy should not return, the said Negro to in her possession during her natural life, and after to be among my children, except my son, Benjamin Witt, and Agnes Key. Item, 1 give and bequeath to my Agnes Key, my Negro fellow, Ned. All the rest of my furniture, cattle, horses, hogs, etc., I desire it equally divided among my children except Benjamin Canidy and Agnes Key. I do appoint my son, John and Peter Chastaine executor of this, my last will and revoking all former wills by me made. As witness have hereunto set my hand and seal this 2Sth day of 1754.- will was witnessed by Harry Hopkins (which makes one he were a forerunner of another Harry Hopkins!J-and larnet. The old man described his health as being but that might have been debatable since he died six weeks later. Also, he seems to have been conviced that was not faraway, judging by some of the language in that as it may, I would say the style and language of wills Bdergone some changes since 17541 my direct line came Charles, who had three sons in the ionary War. To Charles' son, Joseph, he willed his in Halifax County, Va., together with his stock and "to my son and his male heir lawfully begotten of his forever.' ' Same Joseph received a grant of land in Tennessee for his and later moved there. Joseph is mentioned in the (Tenn.) History. Some of the family established around which a town grew up called by the same at!d is still there, There is land near Witt's Foundry to this of Joseph's daughters married Major Charles Robertson grandson of John Sevier of historical fame, and son of Sevier and Keziah Robertson Sevier, the latter an ancestor of the Robertson Ranch people of Baylor Texas. son, Silas, was a missionary Baptist minister who Susannah Randolph of the Virginia Randolphs, said to of Pocahontas and John Rolfe. years after Silas and Susannah married, they moved to Alabama and on to Texas where he died and was in the old Perry Cemetery near Moody in 1881. Susannah's son, James Randolph Witt (named for grandfather), married Delilah Harkrider, said to be Their son, and my great-grandfather, another (and another Baptist minister), married a woman with the longest name I ever heard, Melinda Emmeline and Emma's daughter, Ella Alberta, was married to Franklin Erasmus Jones, in 1889 in Parker Tex. They moved with his family to Crosby County in "here my mother, Belle Jones Sessions, was born. of the Jones family married into the Witt family, so that and irrevocably tied together. Thus a Kappa Chapter regional meet Kappa Chapter .members of Delta Kappa Gamma the regional meeting of Delta Kappa Gamma Society, at Booker Saturday 13th in the Booker School theme of the meeting was "Our Past is Prologue to Our Plan for Action." Frances Lowrence of El Paso, Alpha State President, was speaker. She is assistant professor in the school of at the University of Texas in El Paso. Her subject was Our Challenge." Laney of Amarillo, a teacher in the Amarillo presided at the morning session. Pidenta of the six participating chapters met with Mrs. and Mrs. Laney at breakfast in the home economics tat 7:30 a.m. They were Willie Mae Mangold of Pampa, Kimmins of Phillips, Edna Smith of Childress, Mildred of Dumas, Exie Vantine of Pampa and Wilma Clark of Mary Sue Waters Longan of Denver, Colorado was also for this regional meeting. She is the state president of Gamma Society of Colorado. Kappa Chapter composed of teachers from Collingsworth, Donley and Hall Counties presented a accomplishments of Delta Kappa Gamma, which to emulate, equal and surpass. Kappa Chapter won the award for traveling the attend the meeting. Those attending from Donley Were Inez Blakenship, Hazel Brandon, Zola Donald, Ivy Ikle, Edgar Mae Mongole, Mable Mongole and Naomi a very outstanding day that was enjoyed by all who regional meeting will be held in October, 1974, in Texas. Kappa's next meeting will be November 10th at 10:00 .***.**....**......,...4...,. a..4. The Clarendon Press, October 18, Page5 Star ReuterS, . , # ! !9!2! 00!ook Club m!e!s Tuesday . . . al) J : Th b m . S. Jak Clifford gave the program. It was a book review on the book entitled Two from Galilee, by Marjorie Holmes. The I book was a story of Mary and Joseph. f]a f" 0 Members present were Mines. Ritter, Clinton, Clifford, the Witts and Joneses have marched steadily westward until Decorations carried out the theme of Halloween. Thornberry, Frank White Jr., Bill Weatherly, K. K. Butler, Fred Chamberlain Jr., C. E. Bairfield, Richard Delaney, Ethelyn their offspring are scattered from one end of the country to the Gradv, Weldon Rives, and Miss Inez Blankenship. (.[her. There are some of whom one can be justly proud, but Mrs. Joe Ritter presided at the business meeting. 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