Here is the transcription of his will (
I think it is remarkable that a first generation American was able to have a plantation/farm which he could leave to his daughter and her husband, as well as various other valuables to the other children. It is noteworthy that Washington County, VA is actually on far the western side of the state, just before getting to the Cumberland Gap and Wilderness Trail going to TN and KY.
My ancestress was his daughter Margaret Beattie Hansford (as I've talked about for the last 2 days). She and her husband travelled away from VA to KY in the early days of its statehood, following Daniel Boone through Cumberland Gap.
I don't know birth dates for Sarah or Francis, but because Rosannah and her husband were to receive the home and farm, as well as a slave apparently...this was on the condition that they cared for Sarah and Francis. To me this means that they were too young to be on their own, perhaps pre-teens.
Francis Beattie Sr, is listed as having died in 1791, three years after making this will. Margaret was married to Rev.Thomas Hansford in 1788. They may have still been in the community when the will was written. There is evidence that they lived in Pulaski County, KY by 1799 when the first county court was held in their home.
But how about Ireland?
Francis' father was George Beattie, born in 1665 in Caven, in County Caven, Ireland.