Last Will and Testament of John G. Whitnah

Re-recorded Deeds, Berkeley County, West Virginia
Book ??, Page 380
FHL film 1838667

In the name of God amen. I John G. Whitnah of the County of Berkeley and State of Virginia being of sound mind and understanding do make and publish this my last will and testament in manner and form as follows.

First I wish my executrix hereafter named to pay all my just debts and funeral expenses out of the proceeds of my personal estate

Second- it is my will that my said executrix shall have full power and authority to retain or dispose of all my property both real and personal as she may judge most expedient and in case my land property should be sold she is hereby authorized to make a good and sufficient title to the purchaser

Thirdly it is my will that my said executrix shall have full power to vest the proceeds of my whole estate both real and personal in any other property which she may selet or divided amongst our children at her own descretion and lastly I hereby appoint my wife Mary Ann executrix of this my last will and testament and it is my will that no further security may be required of my said executrix than may be necessary to secure the payment of my just debts and administration expenses.

In testimony whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal this 16th day of Febuary 1854.

J.G.Whitnah (seal)

Signed sealed and delivered in presence of us who have subscribed in the presence of each other.

Samuel D. Campbell, Robert Campbell, Henry Campbell

January term 1855
This last will and testament of J.G.Whitnah dec'd. was produced in Court, and proven by the oaths of Samuel D. Campbell and Henry Campbell two of the witnesses as thereto, and ordered to be recorded.

E.G. Alburtis, C.B.C.

Recorded Book 18 page 10
State of West Va., County of Berkley, ss. Dec. 30 1904
The within will was this day produced in my office and re-admitted to record.(1)

I.L. Bender, Clerk, County Court of Berkeley County, West Va.


  1. The original will book containing John's will is now lost. Likely for this reason, the will was re-recorded almost 50 years later.