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body lawfully begotten, for ever, two thousand four hundred and forty six acres of land, situate, lying, and being on the eastside of Occoquan river, in the country of Fairfax, by the descripuon of all his lands above Occuquan, which he bought of Matthew Gregg and Isaac Kent.

II. And whereas it is represented to this present general assembly that the lands which the said testator directed to be disposed of, together with all his slaves and personal estate, were insuficient for the payment of his debts, and the maintenance and education of his children, whereby the laneis devised to the said John Gregg the son are become rather a burthen to him than of any real benefic or advantage, and are moreover very barren and poor, and in arrear to the lord proprietor of the Northern Neck for many years quitrents, which he is utterly unable to pay, and are subject to a forfeiture for nonpayment of such quitrents; and therefore that it would be greatly to the advantage of the said John Gregg the son, and the heir of his body, if he was permitted to sel! the said emailed lands and lay out part of the money arising from the sales thereof in other lands fitter for cultivation, and the residue, after discharging the quitrents and other public taxes and dues to which the said lands are subject, in slaves to be annexed to the lands so to be purcbased, and to descend, pass, and go therewith, to the heirs of the body of the said Jolm Gregg the son, according to the limitations and directions on the will of the said testator; and the said John Gregg the son hath made humble suit to this present renera) assembly that an act may pass for such purposes.

III. And whereas notice baih been published, three Sundays successively, in the several churches of the parish of Truro, where the said landslic, that application would be made to this general assembly to dock the entail of the said lands, pursuant to your majesty's instructions.

IV. May it therefore please your most excellent majesty, at the humble suit of the said Jolm Gregg, that it may be enacted, And be it enacted, by the Lieutenant-Governour, Council, and Burgesses, of this present General Assembly, and it is hereby enacted by the authority of the same, That from and after the passing of this act the said two thousand four hundred and forty-six acres of land, with the appurtenances, situate, lying, and being in the parish of Truro, in the county of Fairfax aforesaid, shall be, and the same is hereby vested in Henry

'Lee, George Johnston, and David Payne, gentlemen, and the survivers or surviver of them, their respective heirs and assigns, in trust; and to and for the several uses, intents, and purposes, herein alter mentioned, that is to say: That they the said trustees, or any two of them, or the survivers or surviver of them, shail as soon as conveniently they can after the passing of this act, sell and dispose of the said lands for the best price that can be procured for the same, to any person or persons who shall be willing to purchase; and that the said trustees, or any two of thein, or the survivers or surviver of them, or their heirs, shall, and they are hereby requirer!, upon receipt of the purchase money, by good and susti cient deeds or conveyances in the law, wherein this act shall be recited, convey and assure to such purchaser or purchasers the fee simple and absolute estate and inheritance of the said lands, with the appartenances: And the said trustees, after fully paying and discharg'ing all quitrents and other publick dues and taxes to which the said lands are subject to, and shall then be in arrear, shall fairly lay out one half port at least of the balance remaining in their hands in the purchase of other lands, and the residne slaves; and the said trustees, the survivers or surviver of them, are hereby empowered and required to cause a dead or deeds to be executed for the lands so by them to be purchased to the said John Gregg, wherein also this act shall be recited, and shall be acknowiedged, or proved and recorded, in the manuer prescribed by law, and shall also cause the names of the slaves so by them to be purchased to be recorded in the court of the county of Prince Willian: And the said John Gree, from and inmediately after the executing and pertrming of such deed or voeds, shall stand seized of the land so purchased, tegeiher with the slaves to be annexed thereto, and their liure increase, to such use and uses, and of such estate; and the same shall pass in descent, reversion, and remainder, as the said two thousand four hundred and forty six acres of land would have passed and descended if this act had never been made, any thing to the contrary thereof in any wise notwithstanding.

V. Saving to the king's most excellent majesty, his heirs and suces wars, and to all and every other person and persons, budies politick and corporate, their respective heirs and successous, other than the persons claiming under the will of the said John Gregg, the el.

der, all such ris bii, title, interest, property, claim and demand, as they, every. Jr any of them, shunid or vight have bad or claimed if this act had never been made.

VI. Pruvided always, Toat the execution of ihis act shall be, and the same is hereh: sspended, unul lis majesty's approbation thereof shall be obtained,

CHAP. XLIII.

An act to dock the entail of certain

tands whereof Harry Beverley, gentleman, is scized, and for settling slaves to be purchased in licu there

of to the same uses. Entail of cer I. WHEREAS Robert Beverley, formerly of the Main lands whereof

county of Spotsylvania, esquire, was seized in fee simple MarryBever- of and in a tract of land called Octonia, containing twenty ley is seized, four thousand acres, situate in the parish of St. Thomas, dacked

in the county of Orange, and was also seized of divers other lands in fee taille; and the said Robert having by donations in his lifetime, and by his last will and testament in writing, bearing date the twelfih day of May, one thousand seven hundred and thirty-three, disposed of vine thousand four hundred acres, part of the said Octonia tract of land, did by his will aforesaid devise all the residue of the said land, which on a survey is found to contain fourteen thousand eight hundred and twenty-nine acres, unto his only son and heir Harry Beverley, and the heirs of bis body lawfully begotten, for ever, as by the said will, remaining of record in the county court of Spotsylvania, may more fully appear; and after the death of the said testator the said Harry Beverley entered into the said lands so devised to him, and was and is thereof seized as tenant in fee taille.

Il, And whereas the said Harry Beverley is also seized in fee taille, under donations of other ancestors, of large quantities of other lands, which lands for want of slaves to work them are rather a burthen to the said Harry Beverley; and it hath been represented to this

present general assembly that it wil be greatly to the advantage of the said Harry Beverley, and his family, to sell part of the said tract of land called Octonia, and lay out the money in the purchase of slaves, to be annexed to the residue of the said land, by which the said Harry may be enabled to support his family, and make provision for his younger children, and the estate will descend to the heir in a more profitable state.

III. And for as much as notice hath been published, three Sundays successively, in the several churches of the said parish of St. Thomas, that application would be made to this present general assembly for an act to dock the entail of part of the said land, and for setting slaves in licu thereof, pursuant to your majesty's instructions.

IV. May it therefore please your most excellent majesty, at the humble suit of the said Harry Beverley, that it may be enacted, And be it enacted, by the Lieutenant-Governour, Council, and Burgesses, of this present General Assembly, and it is hereby enacted by the authority of the same, That nine thousand nine fundred and eight acres of land, part of the said Octonia tract, and bounded as followeth, to wit: Beginning at Mr. Beverley Stanard's corner on the river Rappidan, and running along his line south thirty seven degrees west, seven hundred and ten poles, crossing Headforemost run, to two white oaks in the back line of the patent; thence along the several lines of the patent to Beaver Dam run; thence down the said run to the line of a lot now in the occupation of John Carter; thence along the lines of the said lot to three corner pines standing near the mountain road; thence north thirty two degrees east, one hundred and ninety six poles, to the river aforesaid; and thence up the river to the beginning; bez and the same is hereby vested in Larkin Chew, Fielding Lewis, George Taylor, James Maddison, and John Carter, gentlemen, the survivers or surviver of them, and the heirs, executors, or administrators, of such surviver, in trust: That they, or the major part of thein, or their survivers, shall cause the said land to be sold at publick sale, in such parcels as they shall think most convenient, and for the best price that can be got for the same; and on payment of the purchase money, shall by good and sufficient deed or deeds convey the inheritance of the said lands to the purchaser or purchasers in fee simple, who shall for ever thereafter hold

and enjoy the same respectively, discharged of the limi: tations in the will of the said Robert Beverley, deceased.

V. And be it further enacted, by the authority aforesaid, That the money arising by the sale of the said lands shall be by the said trustees, or the major part of them, or their survivers, as soon as conveniently may be, fairly laid out in the purchase of slaves, whereof one third at least to be females; and the said trustees shall cause the names of such slaves, when purchased, to be recorded among the records of the said county of Orange: And thereafter the said slaves, and their future increase, shall be, and the same are hereby annexed to the residue of the said Octonia lands, and shall descend, pass, and go therewith, to the said Harry Beverley, and the heirs of his body, and to such other person or persons to whom the said nine thousand nine hundred and eight acres of land would have remained, descended, and gone, by vrtue, of the limitations in the will of the said Robert Beverley, if this act had never been made.

VI. Saving to the king's most excellent majesty, his heirs and successours, and to all and every other person or persons, bodies politick and corporate their respective heirs and successours, other than the persons claiming under the will of the said Robert Beverley, all such estate, right, title, and interest, as they, every or any of them, could or might have claimed, if this act had never been made.

VII. Provided ony, That the execution of this act shall be and the same liereby suspended, until his ma jesty's approbation therect shall be obtained.

CHAP. XLIV.

in Aci to test certain lands therein mentioned in James Tubard, and seliling other lands and slaves in lieu thereof.

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I. WHEREAS William Colston, late of the county lands vested 31 James of Richmond, was in his litetime, and at the ume of his

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