Mary Polly BANDY
Did Jonathan name our ggg Joel L. James after his youngest brother Joel
who was b. ca. 1795?
According to Dorothy Walker, family tradition says that Jonathan James
married a Cherokee. That would make our ggg grandfather Joel Leftridge
James 1/2 Cherokee, unless his mother was 1/2 Cherokee, in which case
Joel would be 1/4 Cherokee, just as Eva Blalock said had been passed on
The Last Will and Testament of Jonathan James (c. 1785 - 1843) Bedford
County, Virginia, Will Book 11, page 438.
I Jonathan James of the County of Bedford and State Virginia being weak
in body but of sound and good mind and memory, do hereby make and ordain
this my last Will and Testament in maner and form following, that is to
First I resign my would to God who gave it, and my body to the tomb to
be decently interred.
Secondly - As to what little estate it has pleased God to bless me with
it is my Will after the payment of all my just debts and funeral
expenses, that my beloved wife Polly James have and enjoy all the
balance of my estate both real and personal for and during the term of
her natural life for the purpose of raising and supporting her children
and keeping them together, and after her demise I give the same to my
(N.B. I will that my three daughters Polly James, Susannah James, and
Patsy Jane James is to have a Briviear a bedstead a bed and bedding, and
my son Jonathan James I expect to remain with his Mother until he is 21
years of age and after that is to have the prvilige to cultivate and to
have the same free of rent, a part of my plantation for the term of three
Joel James, George W. James, John James, Jonathan James, Polly James,
Susannah James and Patsy Jane James to be equally divided between them
and enjoyed by them forever. And lastly I do hereby constitute and
appoint my beloved wife Polly James executrix to this my last Will and
Testament, hereby revoking all other or former Wills or Testaments by me
heretofore made. In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and
affixed my seal this 28th day of August in the year of our Lord one
thousand eight hundred forty three.
Jonathan James X Seal
At a Court held for Bedford County at the Courthouse the 27th day of
November 1843. This last Will and Testament of Jonathan James Deceased
was produced in Court proven by the oath of John Horn a subscribing witness thereto. And thereafter to wit at a Court held for said County
the 26th day of February 1844. The same man further proven by the oath
of James Howard and another subscribing witness thereto and ordered to be
recorded. And on the motion of Polly James the executrix in said Will
named, who made oath and entered into bond and security in the Penalty
of $600. Conditioned accordnig to law, certificate is granted her for
obtaining a Probate on said Will in due form of law.
Ral. Mitchell C.B.C.