About Ralph Blankenship, Jr.
1754 Chesterfield Co., VA Will bk. 1 Admitted 8 Nov 1754 In the name of God amen I Ralph Blankinship of Chesterfield being of sick and weak, but of perfect mind and memory do make this to be my last will and testament in manner and form following ) First I give and bequeath my soul to God that gave it in hope of his acceptance thereof through the Merritts of Christ my Savior and my body to the yearth from whence it was taken to be buried by the discresion of my Executor. Item I give and bequeath to my son, Ephraim the land and plantation he now lives on containing on hundred acres more or less to him and his heirs forever and one shilling sterling. Item I give and bequeath to my beloved wife, Elizabeth, the plantation I now live on during her natural life or widow hood and after her decease to my son, Jeremiah, and his heirs forever and if Jeremiah should die before he come of age then the land to fall to my son, William and his heirs.Item I give to my beloved wife the fether bed and furniture that she call her own to be at her own disposall at her decease. Item I give to my son, Francis, one cow and calf. Item I give my son, Fredrick, one bed and furniture as it now stands. Item I give to Matthew one bed and furniture as it now stands. My will is that if my son, Fredrick, should die before he be of lawful age that Jeremiah shall have his bed. Item I give to my son, John, one shilling sterling. Item I give to my son, Ralph, one shill: sterling. Item I give to my son, William, one shill: sterling. Item My will is that my beloved wife, Elizabeth, shall have possession of and enjoy of all the remainder of my Estate not before given away during her natural life or widowhood and at her death or marriage to be equally divided betwixt Matt, Fredrick, and Jeremiah. Item I give to my daughter, Sarah Cobb, one shill. Item My will is that my Estate shall not be appraised. I also appoint my son, William Blankinship, my hole and sole Executor of this my last will revoking and disanulling all wills heretoffore by me made. In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal this 20th day of September 1754. Ralph (X) Blankinship, Jr. Signed sealed and delivered in presence of: Elizabeth (X) Blankenship John Ward,William Wilson
"The WILL of Ralph Blankenship dated about March 1759 and presented by Ephraim Blankenship, executor. This Ephraim is presumably the oldest son of Ralph Blankenship, Jr. (1695-1754) . Ephraim would have to have been of legal age to present the will in Court and therefore his date of birth would have to have been some time prior to 1738. The WILL was proved by James Farmer and William Hatcher who presumably were neighbors. The appraisers of his estate were William Adkins, Mark Farmer, Charles Cayce and Robert Cayce who also must have been neighbors".