Family traditions in Luxembourg are many a times tied to the predominant religion of the country, Roman Catholicism. Food is often a part of the traditions as seen in another family tradition I wrote about: Berliner and Verwurelter.
Lent is a period of about six weeks of fasting, self-denial and prayer in preparation for the feast of Easter. It comprises forty days, not including Sundays, from Ash Wednesday to the end of Holy Saturday.
On the fourth Sunday of Lent, the halfway mark, the people of Luxembourg celebrate Bretzelsonndeg or Pretzel Sunday. Men give their girlfriends a Bretzel or cake in the form of a pretzel. The size depends on how much he likes her or maybe can afford to like her. In return the young lady will give her young man a decorated egg on Easter Sunday.
The tradition isn’t only for singles, married people also follow the tradition. In leap years, the tradition is reversed and the young ladies offer a Bretzel to their beloved. This morning at the bakery, it being a leap year, the women were in the majority buying Bretzels for their chosen one.
Following my three part series on the slaves of my 5th grand-father James Sims I’ve made a commitment to write a post on a monthly basis until I’ve RELEASED all of the names of slaves owned by my ancestors. Today I’m RELEASING Will, Cintha, Delph, Cate, Darkis, Roas (Rose), Alesey, Chloe, Charlote, Feby, Jude, Peggy, Rick, Cuffey, Thomas, Sal, Easter, Jude, Lucy and Anthony.
While searching the Chancery Records of Virginia for records naming my ancestors I found this very large bundle initiated by Joseph Peters, Admr of Mary Smith vs Samuel Saunders. Joseph Peters was the brother of my 3rd great-grandfather Jordan N. Peters and the son-in-law of Gideon Smith who in turn was the son of Mary (Hairston) Smith.
I have only scratched the surface of this case with this transcription of the Last Will and Testament of Mary (Hairston) Smith’s father Robert Hairston who died in 1791 in Franklin County, Virginia. The slave named Delph given to Mary in the will had two children and they in turn had more offspring. During October I hope to go through the 127 images which include Bills of Sale, many passages with names and ages, and one long paragraph which includes the names and ages of the originally purchased slaves as well as their increase.
In the name of God, Amen. I Robert Hairston being sick of body but of perfect mind and memory, do make and ordain this my last Will & Testament, in manner and form following: First I recommend my Soul to God who first give it me and my body to be buried at the discretion of my Executors and touching my worldly goods which it has been please God to bless me with. I give and bequeath in manner and form following – Item. I give and bequeath to my loving son George Hairston five shillings Starling, unto him and his heirs forever. – Item. I give and bequeath unto my loving son Peter Hairston, one negro boy Will, to have after his mother’s death, to him and his heirs forever. Item. I give unto my beloved son Samuel Hairston five shillings Starling, to him and his heirs forever. Item. I give and bequeath unto my beloved daughter Elizebeth Rowland one negro gairl Cintha, to be first and kept in the care of George Hairston, to make what use of it he can for the support of her and her heirs of her body forever. Item. I give and bequeath unto my beloved daughter Mary Smith one negro gairl Delph, also one mare & coalt, also two head of cattle, one feather Bed and furniture, unto her and her heirs forever. Item. I give and bequeath unto my beloved daughter Ruth Hairston one negro gairl Cate, also one named Darkis, one dark bay mare & colt, one feather Bed & furniture also seven head of cattle, one Chest & Trunk, to her and her heirs forever.- Item. I give and bequeath unto my beloved daughter Agness Hairston, two negro gairls Roas and Alesey, also one feather bed & furniture, one mare, seven hand of cattle, one Desk & Trunk, to her and her heirs forever. – Item. I give and bequeath unto my beloved grand daughters Elizabeth Hairston Rowland and Martha, one negro woman Chloe and child Charlote, also a feather bed & furniture to be equally divided, with their increase whenever they both comes of age, to them and their heirs forever. Item. I give and bequeath unto my belove wife Ruth Hairston one negro Feby, also Jude, Peggy, Rick and, Cuffey, Thomas, Sal, Easter, Jude, Lucy and Anthony, likewise the hale of my lands, stocks of all kinds, household and chitchen furniture, with all plantation utentials during her life, and after her decease, to be equally divided between her six daughters, viz. Martha Hunter, Elizebeth Rowland, Mary Smith, Ruth Hairston, Jinny Rentfro, Agness Hairston. Item. I leave my beloved wife Ruth Hairston, Executrix and George Hairston Executor of this my last will & testament. In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and affixed my searth this 26th day of May 1790. Roert Hairston Witness Will B. Price Brett Stovall Jimmey James
At a court held for Franklin County on Monday the 3d day of August 1791 – This Will & Testament was presented in court by George Hairston and Ruth Hairston, Executor and Executrix therein named and proved by the oaths of William B. Price, Brett Stovall & Jimmey James witnesses thereto subscribed and ordered to be recorded. And on the motion of the said Executor & Executrix, who made oath thereto certificate is granted them for obtaining probate therof in due form. Teste. James Callaway, Clk A copy. Teste. M. G. Carper, Clk
[Transcribed 30 September 2015 from the images of the chancery records.]
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