Box No. 8 Package No. 693

South Carolina, Richland County, Probate Court

In Re: The Estate of Peter Smith

Will of Peter Smith

In the Name of God, Amen. I Peter Smith of Richland County and State of South Carolina being sick of body, but in perfect mind and memory, and calling to mind the mortality of my body, and knowing that it is appointed for all men once to die, do make and ordain this my last Will and Testament, as touching such worldly estate wherewith it hath pleased God to bless me with in this life, I give, demise, and dispose of the same in the following manner and form.

First I lend Sarah my dearly beloved wife, the whole of my estate both real and personal as long as she lives or during of her life.

And after my wife’s death, I give and bequeath unto the children issue of the body of my daughter, Catey, two negroes, namely old Flory and Bob.

Also I give and bequeath after the death of my wife, unto the children or issue of the body of my daughter, Nancy, two negroes namely Tom and Juday.

Also I give and bequeath after the death of my wife, unto the children or issue of Thomas McPherson after my wife’s death, the tract of land I now live on containing 150 acres more or less, also two negroes, namely, Jeffry and Nero.

Also I give and bequeath after the death of my wife, unto James McPherson Jr. a son of James McPherson deceased, one negroe called young Flory.

Also I will after the death of my wife that three Negroes namely Roben, Mary and Peg, be sold by my executors, and the money arising from the sale of the three said negroes to be equally divided between the children or issue of my two daughters Catey and Nancy and also the children of Thomas McPherson and also James McPherson, a son of James McPherson deceased, to have an equal part with the other children of the money proceeding from the sale of the  three above mention’d negroes.

Also I will to be divided equally between the children or issue of my two daughters, after the death of my wife, Catey and Nancy, and also the children of Thomas McPherson. (Will what equally???)

Also I will to be sold by my executors after the death of my wife, one wagon, grindstone, all my stock of hors’s, cattle, sheep and hogs and the money arising from the sale of the wagon, grindstone and stock be applied to discharge my debts. If any money should be left after paying of all my debts arising from the last mention’d sale the balance or remainder of the money I give and bequeath unto Nancey Cambell, daughter of James Cambell.

Also I give and bequeath unto Peter Cambell after the death of my wife, 20 pounds sterling to be paid out of my estate.

I do nominate, constitute and appoint my friends William Howell and Thomas McPherson executors of this my last Will and Testament and I do hereby utterly disallow, revoke and disannul all and every former testament, wills, legacies, bequests and executors by me in any wife before named, will’d and bequeath’d ratifying this and confirming it and no other to be my last will and testament in witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal this 24th day of March, 1797.

Sign’d and seal’d in the presence of: William McGrew, John Elders, Henry Moore

Proved in testimony of Henry Moore in Open Court July 7, 1797

Recorded Will Book C ­ Page 159

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