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Transcribed by Bernadine Deckard, 8 March 2001


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                                             WILL OF
                                        JOHN BETHEA


In the Name of God Amen- - - I John Bethea of the District of Marion in the 
State of South Carolina, being weak in body but of Sound disposing mind 
memory and understanding do make this my last will and testament in manner 
and form following.     Imprimis -   It is my will and desire that all my 
just debts be paid.  Item.  I give devise and bequeath unto my Son Elisha 
Bethea for and during the term of his natural life but no longer, all the 
plantation and Land whereon I now live and all my other Lands lying or near 
thereto which I have not heretofore conveyed by deeds to my Sons Also the 
following negroes with their increase and after to wit, Ben, Has, Humphrey, 
Anarchy, Buckey, Pomp, Efser, Jack & George  [& America  -- crossed out]  And 
after his death to Lawful heirs of his body which may be /may leave/ living 
at the time of his death:  But in case the Said Elisha Bethea should die 
leaving no heirs of his body Lawfully begotten, living at the time of his 
death then and in that case I give devise and bequeath all the aforesaid Land 
and any two of the aforesaid negroes or their increase which John Bethea may 
choose to my Grand'son the faid John Bethea (fon of William) his heirs and 
afsigns foreser and the rest of the faid Negroes with their ifsue and 
increase it is my will and desire be fairly just and equally amongst the 
other children of all my fons to them their heirs and afsigns forever that is 
to fay in case the faid Elisha die leaving no Lawful heirs of his body living 
at the time of his death - Item  I give unto my son Elisha all my Crop and 
provisions which I may leave or have at the time of my death together with 
all plantation tools emplements of Husbandry, twenty head of Cows with their 
calves all my Horses & mules, Stock of hogs and one fifth part of all my 
Stock of Sheep to him his heirs & afsigns forever  Item,  I give devise and 
bequeath unto my son James Bethea for and during the term of his natural 
life, but no longer, the following negroes viz Dinah, Nell, Aaron Ranter, 
Bob, Ned, Hannah & mary and after


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his death to the Lawful hiers of his body,/which he may leave living/ at the 
time of his death to them their heirs and afsigns forever-  Also I do give 
unto my Said fon James the one fifth part of my Stock of Sheep, the one 
fourth part of all my stock of cattle not given Specifically herein and one 
feather bed and furniture to him his heirs and afsigns forever --
Item - I give unto my son Philip Bethea for and during the term of his 
natural life but no longer the following negro flaves with their ifsue and 
increase vis: Obey, Step, Eliza, Nan, Daphne, Mariah and tom and after his 
death I give devise and bequeath all the faid last mentioned negroes together 
with their ifsue and increase to be equally divided among all his children 
(heirs of his body) which he may leave living at the time of his death to 
them their heirs & afsigns forever--  Also I give unto my faid fon Philip the 
one fifth part of Share of all my Stock of Sheep, the one fourth part of all 
my Stock of Cattle not herein Specifically mentioned and one feather bed. and 
furniture to him his heirs & afsigns forever--.

Item.  I give devise and bequeath unto my son Parker Bethea for and during 
the term of his natural life and no longer the following negro Slaves 
together with their ifsue and increase, viz: Peler, Bryant, Harry, Mourning, 
John, Nancy & Dido and after his death I give devise and bequeath all the 
faid Negroes with their ifsue and increase to be equally divided amongst the 
Children (heirs of the body) of the said Parker which he may die leaving 
living at the time of his death to them their heirs and afsigns forever--And 
further I give unto my son Parker the one fifth part or Share of my flock of 
Sheep and, the one fourth part of all my Stock of Cattle not herein 
particularly bequeathed and one bed and furniture to him & his heirs and 
afsigns forever-

 Item.-- I give devise and bequeath unto my son William Bethea, one negro man 
named Cader, the one fifth part of my flock of Sheep and the one fourth part 
of my Stock of cattle not herein Speci-


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fically given to him his heirs and afsigns forever.

Item--I give unto my Son-in-Law John Owens (Son of Ned) four cows and their 
Calves to him his heirs and afsigns forever-.

Item.  I give unto my other Son-in-Law John Owens of Natchez. twenty Dollars 
to him his heirs and afsigns Forever.

Item- It is my will and desire that my Executors hereinafter named do collect 
all the Debts, Notes, accounts * a due and that with the cash on hand at the 
time of my death be fairly & equally divided among my fons namely, William, 
Philip, James, Elisha & Parker to them and their heirs forever.

Item.  It is further my will and desire that my Son William Bethea be 
Authorised to Sell and dispose of negro man America and that the money 
arising from Such Sale be divided among my faid fons Share and Share alike.

Item I give unto my son Elisha two Beds and furniture to him his heirs & 
afsigns forever- also all the rest of my household & Kitchen furniture to him 
his heirs & afsigns forever

Item- I give unto my wife Lucy One Bed and furniture to her & her heirs and 
afsigns forever

Lastly- I do hereby nominate constitute and appoint my two Sons William and 
Philip Executors of this my last Will and testament hereby revoking and 
declaring Null & void all other & former Wills by me heretofore made          
                                                     his
Signed Sealed, Published & declared by the   )   John X Bethea (SEAL)  
testator to be his last will & testament     )       mark
in the presence of us who at his request     )
and in the presence of himself & each other  )
have subscribed our names as witnefses       )
     James R. Ervin
     Triftram Bethea
     Robert McKinsey
Recorded in Will Book 1, Page 150
Recorded May 30, 1829
Roll No. 31


*  Sign or word undecipherable


[Copied verbatim from copy of "Reproduction of Microfilm in South Carolina 
Department of Archives and History, Columbia, S. C." - Marion Co. Will Vol. 1 
Bk. 1 p. 163 - 165 John Bethea] 


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