I, Sally L. Tompkins, of Richmond, Virginia, do make this my last will and testament, hereby revoking all former wills by me made.
Having made and signed a written memorandum, dated April 15th, 1907, giving directions as to the place of my burial, and as to the disposition of my personal effects, which is not to be probated as a part of this my will, I shall now dispose of my estate.
First: I direct that all my just debts be paid.
Second: I give and bequeath the sum of One Hundred and Fifty Dollars to each one of the following relations and friends.
Mrs. Ellen Tabb Lane, of Mathews County, Va. Mrs. Kate H. Robertson, of Mathews County, Va. Mrs. Lydia Taylor, of Norfolk, Va. Mrs. Harriet A. Brooke, of Richmond, Va. Mrs. Emeline Lightfoot, of Richmond, Va. Mrs. Mollie B. Lightfoot, of Richmond, Va. Mrs. Bettie B. Cocke, of Richmond, Va. Miss Augusta A. Daniel, of Richmond, Va. Dr. Christopher Tompkins, of Richmond, Va. Col. Walter H. Taylor, of Norfolk, Va.
Third: I direct that my executor, hereinafter named, shall invest the residue of my estate either in first mortgage real estate loans or in such other safe securities as he may deem advisable, and pay over the income there from to my niece, Clementina M. Tompkins, during her life.
Fourth: On the death of said Clementina M. Tompkins, I direct my executor to pay the following legacies out of said residue:
To the Confederate Home for Needy Women, Richmond, Va., the sum of One Thousand Dollars.
To Christ Episcopal Church, Kingston Parish, Mathews County, Va., the sum of One Thousand Dollars.
To the Sheltering Arms Hospital, Richmond, Va., the sum of One Thousand Dollars.
To the Memorial Hospital, Richmond, Va., (to which I have heretofore given $100) the sum of Nine Hundred Dollars; provided the Board of Directors of said Hospital will call one of the patient's rooms "The Tompkins Memorial Room:, after my father, Christopher Tompkins, and my mother, Maria Boothe Tompkins, and attach a brass plate to the door or wall of said room bearing the names of my said parents.
Fifth: Should there be any residue of my estate, after the payment of the legacies provided for in the Fourth clause of this my will, or should any of said legacies lapse, then I give and bequeath one-half of said residue, or lapsed legacy, to Mrs. Harriet A. Brooke; or, if she be then dead, to said Confederate Home for Needy Women; and I give and bequeath the other half to Mrs. Emeline Lightfoot; or, if she be dead, to said Confederate Home for Needy Women.
Sixth: I appoint my young friend, Walter H. Taylor, son of R. C. Taylor, of Norfolk, Va., as my executor; and I request that no security be required of him as such executor.
Witness my hand hereto affixed this 7th, day of May 1907. (signed) Sally L. Tompkins
Signed and declared as and for her last Will and testament by Sally L. Tompkins, In the presence of us, who, in her presence And in the presence of each other, have hereto Subscribed our names as witnesses. (s) Charlotte Lee (s) Annie Jones
Having made my will disposing of all my estate, except certain personal effects, I now desire to dispose of these, and also to give certain directions for the disposition of my remains. I, therefore, direct as follows:
First: I wish to be buried in the same grave with my sister Elizabeth, in the Church Yard at Christ Church, Kingston Parish, Mathews County, Virginia.
Second: I wish my sister Elizabeth's grave to be put in good order.
Third: To my cousins, Mrs. Ellen Tabb Lane and Kate Robertson, who have even been as own sisters to me, I give all my personal effects which shall be at "Woodstock", Mathews County, at the time of my death, except my silver spoons, which I dispose of herinafter.
Fourth: To the same Ellen and Kate I give, to the first, my black silk skirt, and to the second, my astrakan cape.
Fifth: I give to Sally Braxton Ivy my workstand that was my Sister Elizabeth's.
Sixth: To my niece, Ellen Wise, I give my silver sugar dish and cream pot, now in my room in Richmond.
Seventh: I desire that my silver spoons, now at Woodstock, in Mathews County, be sold and the proceeds to be devoted to the purchase of a simple Communion service for Christ Church, in Mathews Co.; and, should such proceeds be insufficient to purchase such a set as the vestry of said Church may desire, then such vestry may add to such proceeds a sum to be taken from the money I have left said Church, sufficient for the purpose.
Eighth: To Mollie Lightfoot and Emmy Lightfoot I give the bureau and wardrobe now at Harriet Cringans.
Ninth: To Howell Brooke, with a desire that he shall obey the injunction engraved within its case, I leave my gold watch.
Tenth: Any and all of my personal effects of which I may have made no mention herein, I desire Hal Brooke, Mollie Lightfoot and Emmy Lightfoot to take charge of and make such disposition of them as they may see fit.
Eleventh: I wish my dear friends, Hal Brooke, Emmy Lightfoot and Mollie Lightfoot, to see that my wishes are carried out as herein expressed, and direct that none of the articles herein mentioned be appraised. It is my further desire that this memorandum, disposing of my effects as set forth, be not probated as a part of my will.
In Witness Whereof, I hereunto subscribe my name and affix my seal to this memorandum, this 15th, day of April 1907, at Richmond, Virginia.
(Signed) Sally Tompkins, (Seal)
Charlotte Lee Annie Jones
William F. Tompkins Collection. Mathews Memorial Library, Herman Hollerith Archival Room, ARCHIVES Box 6 R 17-2 MCHS.