Chances are, if you live in or anywhere near Pittsylvania County, you know someone named Scarce or Scearce. In fact, you may know a whole bunch of them. Well, whether they spell it with or without the “e”, they’re almost certainly descendants of Shadrack Scarce.
Shadrack moved to Pittsylvania County from Prince George’s County, Maryland, probably during the American Revolution, when in 1782, he bought 100 acres of land on Sandy River from John Marr.
Last Will & Testament of Shadrack Scarce
In the name of God Amen I Shadrack Scarce of the County of Pittsylvania and state of Virginia being afflicted in body but of sound mind and disposing memory do constitute and appoint this my last will and testament in manner and form following that is to say first I give my body to the dust from whence it came to be decently buried by my executor hereafter named & my soul to God who gave it and as to my worldly goods I wish to dispose of them in the following manner, that is to say
Item I give and bequeath to my beloved son James Scarce five dollars to him and his heirs forever.
Item I give and bequeath to my beloved son John Scarce ten dollars to him and his heirs forever.
Item I give and bequeath to my son Thomas Scarce one dollar to him and his heirs forever.
Item I give and bequeath to my son George Scarce all my stock of cattle, hogs, and sheep together with — lands — Benjamin Watkins to the amount of four hundred dollars to him and his heirs forever.
Item I give and bequeath to my son David Scarce three dollars to him and his heirs forever.
And lastly I appoint my beloved son George Scarce my soul executor to this my last will and testament revoking disanulling and making void all others appointing this my last will and testament. signed, sealed, published and declared in presents of and of the twelfth day of March one thousand eight hundred and twenty four.
James Watkins Shadrack X Scarce
William Gammon mark
At a Court held for Pittsylvania County the 17th day of May 1824. This writing, purporting to be the last will and testament of Shadrack Scarce Dec’d. was exhibited in Court by George Scarce the Executor therein named & offered for probate – whereupon James Scarce, John Scarce, Thomas Scarce, & David Scarce came into court made themselves parties Defendants & oppose the same, whereupon on motion of the defendants & for reasons appearing to the Court it is ordered that the said cause be continued and at another court held for said County the 19th day of July in the year aforesaid came the parties by their attornies & thereupon hearing the parties aforesaid & the testimony of sundry witnesses it is considered — the court and accordingly ordered that the said writing be recorded as the last will and testament of the said Shadrack Scarce dec’d. & that the plaintiff recover against the defendants his costs by him in this behalf expended & thereupon on the motion of the said George Scarce who made oath thereto according to law & with Benjamin Watkins and William Gammon his securities entered into and ackknowledged their bond in the penalty of $1000 conditioned as the law directs certificate is granted him for obtaining probate of said will in due form.