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Transcribed by Betty Jo Stewart, 14 May 2001

WILL OF JOSEPH BURCH
 
State of South Carolina I Joseph Burch of George Town District in the State 
aforesaid being through the mercy of my creator of sound and disposing mind 
and memory do make and publish this my last will and Testament 
 
Imprimis I give and bequeath to my beloved son Edward Burch. One negro man 
named Ceasar and one woman named Rose with her increase for and during the 
term of his natural life and no longer and from and after the death of my son 
Edward I give and bequeath the said two negro slaves with the increase of the 
female to any child or children of his lawfully begotten to him her or them his 
her or their Heirs and afsigns foreve
 
Item.  I give and bequeath to my beloved son Joseph Burch One negro man named 
Jamey and one woman named Dinah with her increase for and during the term of 
his natural life and no longer and from and after the death of my said/Son Joseph 
I give and bequeath said two negro Slaves with the increase of the female to 
any child or children of his lawfully begotten to him her or them his her and 
their heirs and afsigns forever.
 
Item I give and bequeath to my beloved Son John Burch. one negro man named 
Hercules and one woman named Frank or Frances with her increase for and during 
the term of his natural life and no longer and from and after the death of my 
said Son John I give and bequeath the said two negro Slave with the increase of 
the female to any child or children of his lawfully begotten to him her or them 
his her or their Heirs and afsigns forever
 
Item I give and bequeath to my beloved Daughter Mary Burch Two Negroes by name 
Kifsey and Juno with their future ifsue and increase for and during the term of 
her natural life and no longer and from and  after the death of my said 
Daughter Mary I give and bequeath the said Two Slaves with their increase to 
any child or children of hers lawfully to be begotten to him her or them his 
her or their Heirs and afsigns forever
 
Item I give and bequeath to my three Sons a large River Boat which I pofsefs 
called the Dolphin
 
Item It is my will and desire that after all my just debts and funeral charges 
are paid the rest and residue of my personal estate of whatsoever Kind or nature 
shall be divided into 5 parts or lots=

One fifth thereof I give and bequeath to my wife Mary for and during the term 
of her natural life and no longer. and from and after her death it is my will 
and desire that the same shall return to and be Equally divided amongst such 
of my children hereinbefore named as shall be then living Share and Share alike 
to them their Heirs and afsigns and it is further my/will that neither my Wife 
for/hershall remove the said property or any part thereof out of the County 
wherein I now live and/thatif she should as to all Such property as she may 
removed shall be immediately deemed and taken to revert to my children and shall 
be devided amongst them in manner herin before discribed-

One Other fifth part thereof I give and bequeath to my beloved son Edward for 
and during the term of his natural life and from and after his death 
I give and bequeath the same to any child or children of his lawfully begotten 
to him her or them his her or their Heirs and afsigns forever.  

One/otherfifth part thereof I give and bequeath to my beloved Son 
Joseph for and during the term of his natural life and no longer and from and 
after his death I give and bequeath the same to any child or children of his 
lawfully begotten to him her or them his her or their Heirs and Afsigns forever.  

One/other.fifth part thereof I give and bequeath to my beloved Son John for 
and during the term of his Natural life and no longer and from and after his 
death I give and bequeath the same to any child or children of his lawfully 
begotten to him her or them his her or their Heirs and afsigns forever--

The remaining fifth part thereof I give and bequeath to my beloved daughter 
Mary for and during the term or her natural life and no longer and from and 
after her death I give and bequeath the same to any child or children of hers 
lawfully to be begotten to him her or them his her or their heirs and afsigns 
forever.  Hereby declaring it to be my will and intention that in case any of 
my before named Children should die without leaving lawfull ifsue of their body 
alive at the time such parts of my Estate as is herein before given to him her 
or them so dying Shall revert to and be equally divided amongst the Survivors 
but subject to the limitations herein before esprefsed
 
Item It is my will and desire that all of the lands of. which I may die pofsefsed 
shall be equally divided amongst my three sons Edward Joseph and John and I do 
give devise and bequeath all such lands to my sons to be equally divided amongst 
them to them their heirs and afsigns forever PROVided that my wife Mary Shall 
during her widowhood have a free and undisturbed residence on the plantation 
whereon I now live situated on the South West Side of Peedee River which I 
purchased of Doctor Lyn and shall also during her being my Widow. have full 
authority at her discretion to plant and cultivate So much of the said 
plantation as may be sufficient for the number of negroes she may own and shall 
also be at liberty to keep her negroes on the said plantation.  

I nominate constitute and appoint my beloved sons Edward Joseph and John 
Executors of this my last will and Testament hereby vesting them with full 
power and authority and it is my will and desire that they Keep and retain 
in their hands and under their management all and every part of my daughter 
Marys fortune (So much as may be necefsary from the product thereof for her 
maintenance and subsistence excepted) and that they do improve the same in 
the way most for her advantage untill the day of her marriage on which day and 
not before it is my will that she be put in pofsefsion of whatsoever I may 
have hereinbefore given and bequeathed to her in
 
Witnefs I the said Joseph Burch to this my last Will and Testament subscribed 
my hand and and affixed my Seal this 30th day of October in the year of our 
Lord one thousand seven hundred and ninety seven.  If I should have any more 
children after this date or my wife be pregnant at my death if a son to share 
my Estate as my other Sons if a daughter as my other daughter herein mentioned 
and equally bound in the/willas my other children to be compl/d within ev. pint
 
Signed Sealed Published and declared by the above named Joseph Burch as and for 
his last Will and Testament in the presence of us who at his request and in his 
presence have subscribed our Names as Witnefses thereunto
                                                            his                                                                                                                                                                                                         
Rich/dHughson  )                                  Joseph X B Burch (SEAL) 
Benjamin Bruce            )                                 mark 
John Bruce                ) 
 
Recorded in Will Book 1, page 11 
Original Will Missing
Sworn to on March 26, 1807 -- Hugh Giles, Ordinary for Marion District 
Role No. 38                                                                                                                                                       

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