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Transcribed by Bernadine Deckard, 7 March 2001

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                                            WILL OF
                                        PHILIP BETHEA

In the Name of God Amen
    I Philip Bethea of South Carolina & Marion District being weak of Body 
but of Perfect Mind &  Memory thanks be to God for the same & Calling to Mind 
the mortallity of My Body & Knowing that it is Appointed for all men Once to 
Die Do make & Ordain this my last Will & Testament (That is to say) first I 
recomend my Soul to the Hands of Almighty God that gave it & my Body to the 
Earth to be buried in a Christian like manner at the Discretion of My 
Executors nothing Doubting but I Shall receive the same by the Resurection of 
Jesus Christ & as Touching such worldly Property as it hath been pleased God 
to Blefs me with in this life I give & dispose of in the following manner 
(That is to say) I lend to my well beloved Wife Anne Bethea all My Estate 
both Real and Personal of Every description (Except as is hereafter Excepted) 
during her natural Life & out of the Said Estate I give to her My Sd Wife the 
following Property to be at her Dispotial forever (To wit)
I Give to Anna My well beloved Wife one negro woman named Rena with her Child 
Drusila Also Also [[2nd Also crossed out]] two negro wimen both named Dinah 
also one negro man named Aaron Also one Negro boy Named Saul also one negro 
Girl named Hannah to be at her Dispotial forever - - -
It is my will & Desire that at the Decease of My wife that My Executors do 
Sell all My Land on the S W Side of Little Pee Dee & Sweat Swamp Giving one 
years Credit & the money Arising from such land to be equally divided between 
the following persons (To witt) My brother Jefse Bethea & Henery Trawick 
William Trawick Goodman Trawick Tristram Bethea William Bethea John Bethea 
Cade Bethea Jeremiah Waters John Brady Bennet Andrews & Herod Stackhouse.
My land where John Crop now lives I give & bequeath to my Nephew Philip 
Bethea that is gone over the Mountain and to

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John Crop to be Equaly Devided between the Sd Phillip & John at my Decease.  
Sd John Crop to pay fourteen Dollars /to Capn Jones/  I give & bequeath to my 
Nephew William Trawick My negro boy Adam to be his after the Decease of my 
It is my Will & Desire that the balance of my land being the land on which I 
now live on to be sold at My. Wifes Decease by My Executors Giving Two years 
Credit  Purchasers to /give / Bond and Good Security & the money arising from 
Sd land I give to the following persons (To witt) the Three Sons of Jefse 
Bethea My Wifes Brother (that is dead) by the names of (John Bethea Tristram 
Bethea & Thomas Bethea) & to Simeon Bethea that is gone over the Mountains & 
to Jean Calcut (& to Elisha Bethea & William Bethea of North Carolina) & to 
Timothy Rodgers & to Jefse Bethea Son of Goodman Bethea & one Equal Share 
with the Above Named Persons to be appropriated - - - - - - - - - - -  and to 
Jefse Bethea My Brother - to the Repairs of Liberty Chappell & the Grave 
Yard/ all to have Equal Shares Alike
My lent Money being About Twelve Hundred Dollars I Desire My Executors to 
Colect & Return to My Wife.  I Give My Watch to My Nephew Hugh Bethea My Shot 
bag to Esqr Harllee My Wife will give as soon as I am Dead My Shot gun to 
William Trawick My Rifle to Isac & young John Stackhouse at My Decease.  My 
Stock of Cattle at Mr Hendersons My Wife will give out of Sd Stock one Cow & 
Calf to the Revd. James Harris one Cow & Calf to Mrs. Thompson one Cow & Calf 
to the Widow McRae one Beef to Mr Henderson & take the Rest home-The Little 
Stock at the Revd. Mr Andrews  I give to him my Riding Sadle My. wife will 
Give to Capn Jones my Bridle to Majr. McQueen & one Cow & Calf to Mrs 
McIntyre My Wife will Give to My Executors on their entering on their 
Executorship Twenty five Dollars each over and above their Commifsions by Law.
Mr Christopher May take My Horse Myder Alley & leave his horse to work on the 
It is my Desire that the Revd Mr Travis & the Revd Mr Christopher Attend My 
funerall & that My Wife give them ten Dollars

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It is my will & Desire that as Soon as convenient After my decease that My 
Executors do Collect all Moneys Due Me & pay all my Just Debts & Return the 
Ballance to My Wife  I do Nominate & Appoint My Beloved friends the Revd. 
Joseph Travis James Ervine Snr  Majr James McQueen & Thos Harllee as my 
Executors of this My last Will & Testament & if any controversy Should Arise 
About the Meaning of this My Will - - My Executors Shall be the Judges of My 
It is My Will & Desire that My Executors Should as soon as convenient After 
My Decease take My negro boys Randal & Peter & cary them Of & Sell them & 
Return the Money to My Wife  And Lastly I do hereby Revoke & Disanull all 
other Wills by Me Made heretofore of Every Description and I do hereby. 
Ratify & confirm this My last Will & Testament in Witnefs Whereof I have 
hereunto Set My hand & Seal this Seventeenth Day of Sepr. ano Dom1. One 
Thousand Eight Hundred & Fourteen
Signed Sealed Declared & Published )  Philip Bethea (SEAL)
by the Above named Philip Bethea as)
and for his last Will & Testament  )
in the Presents of us Who at his   )
request and in his presents have   ) 
subscribed our names as Witnefses  )
thereto                            )
William Bethea                     )
Malcom McIntyre                    )
Fredrick Roper                     )
Recorded in Will Book 1, Page 92
Recorded Dec. 6, 1814
Thos. Harllee, Ordy.
Roll No. 467

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