I was very interested in the part of your email which showed that showed that John
Daniel's wife, Elizabeth, was Elizabeth Robins. You are probably on the right track.
Below is my transcript of his will.
"In the Name of God Amen I John Daniell of the county of Northampton in Virginia
Planter beinge in perfect health of body and sound minde and memory (Blessed bee God) But
consideringe with my selfe the frailty and uncertainty of this present transitory Life and
that all flesh must Ressigne to Death when it pleaseth God to Call Have made and ordained
this my last will & testament in manner & forme following (vizt)
First and principally I humbly Comit & Comend my Soule to all mighty God my Creator.
My body to the Earth to be decently Interred att the discretion of my heires and Executrix
hereafter named in hopes & assuredly be provinge to have a Joyful Resurrection &
to obtaine Everlasting life through the only merits of my above Savior Jesus Christ And as
for that temporall Estate it hath pleased God to Endowe me withall (my juste debts beinge
paid & funerall charges defrayed) I Devize give will & bequeath in mannor &
forme followinge (that is to say)
Impris - I fully, wholly, really, & absolutely Devize give will & bequeath all my
Lands Tenements, Houses, orchards, fealds and all other things and appurtenances unto them
belonging in Northampton County aforesaid in Virg(ini)a where I now live or else where
Unto my Derist and lovinge wife Elizabeth Daniell her heires & assigns for ever to bee
By her & them possessed Enjoyed, aliened, bargained, & Sold at her will and
pleasure As also All my Negroes male & female men, weamon, & children whatsoever.
I likewise devize give, will & bequeath to my Said loving wife Elizabeth Daniell and
her heires & assigns for ever to bee by her and them possesed, Enjoyed, Bargained
sold, aliened, or otherwise disposed of att her will and pleasure as aforesaid and all the
rest of my Estate what soever horses mares Cattle, Chattles, money, wares goods,
merchandize Tobbaccos & other things, of what kinde or nature soever I likewise fully,
wholly, really, & absolutely give will and bequeath to my!
said lovinge wife Elizabeth Daniell her heires, Executers, Adm(ministrat)ors, &
assigns for ever to bee att her absolute sole disposle will & pleasure, And Lastly I
Doe Constitute ordaine make & appointe my Said loving wife Elizabeth Daniell my
absolute & undoubted heire of all my reale Estate as Land & Negroes as afore said,
and my full and sole Executrix of this my last will and testament hereby and wholy
revokeing All former wills and bequests by me either made or spoken & will that this
only shall stand & are for & as my last will & testament & none other. In
testimony whereof I the said John Daniell have hereunto putt my hand & fixed my seale
this 17th day of November A(nno) dom(ine) 1676
the marke of the
ye seale ( )
Signed sealed delivered & published by the said testator as his last will &
testament in presence of us Charles Parkes John Robins Dan. Neech Hu
The 28th day of September A(nno) dom(ini) 1688. This the last will and testament of John
Daniell late of this County deceased was proven in open Court by the Corporall oathes of
Major John Robins, Daniel Neech, & Charles Parkes & allowed of & ordereth bee
Teste Dan. Neech C(ounty) C(lerk) Co. North(amp)ton
Recorded Teste Dan. Neech C(ounty) C(lerk)"
Copy of the will of John Daniell XV Order Book & Wills No. 12, 1683-1689, pp 390-391.
John L. Daniel