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Transcribed by Winkie CRAWFORD Robinson, 24 Jun 2000

As before, I have placed undecipherable words within "[brackets]". Please excuse any typos and all errors in transcription, which appeared clear to me, but may be given an entirely different interpretation by another. This will was typed as nearly as possible as it was written. The only thing added by myself were 2 spaces, instead of one, in certain instances for ease in reading. The last line/s of the will is quite impossible.

            James CRAWFORD    S.C. Will

    In the name of God Amen.  I James Crawford of Marion District in the 
State of South Carolina being very weak in body but of perfect mind and 
memory thanks be given unto God calling into mind the mortality of my body 
and knowing that it is appointed for all all [word "all" repeated] men once 
to die  do make and ordain this my last Will and Testament that is to say 
principally and first of all I give and recommend my Soul into the hand of 
Almighty God that gave it and my Body I reccommend to the Earth to be buried 
in a decent christian burial at the discretion of my Executors nothing 
doubting but at the [Universal] Resurrection I shall receive the same again 
by the Mighty power of God  And as touching such worldly Estates wherewith it 
has pleased God to bless me within this life I give [desire] and dispose of 
the same in the following manner & form  First I give and bequeath to my 
Daughter [Elisabeth] Tart One negroe Boy named [Dick] One other negroe Boy 
named Peter  One negroe woman named [Fancy] and a Small Stock of Cattle  the 
negroes and cattle before mentioned is now in the possession of my daughter 
[Elisabeth] Tart  I also give to my well beloved Daughter Elisabeth Tart two 
other negroes one woman named Bess and one girl named [Cecy]  Also I give to 
well beloved daughter Charity Porter one negroe one negroe [words "one 
negroe" repeated] Woman named Sally one negroe Boy named [Luke] one Girl 
named Gussie and one old negroe named [Molle] Also I give to my well beloved 
Daughter Martha Gasque one negro woman named [Bett] One Negro boy named Simon 
& one negro man named Joe  Also I give and bequeath to my well beloved son 
James Crawford one negroe man [Isiiak] One negroe woman named [Sue]  One 
Negroe Girl named Mary  One negroe Boy named Bill and the Plantation and 
tract of land situate at [Cashenaway] Ferry on PeeDee  Also I give to my well 
beloved Daughter Sally Crawford One negroe man named Ben  One negroe woman 
named Esther and her three children Manuel David & [Nelle]  Also I give to my 
well beloved Daughter Nancy Crawford one Negro man named [Borough]  One 
negroe woman named [Lilah] & her two children Frank & Will  Also I give to my 
well beloved daughter Sarah Ann Crawford one negroe man named [Pirce]  One 
negroe woman named [Aley] One negro boy named [Porce]  One negroe boy named 
Stephen & one negro boy named [Tim]  Also I give the balance of my negroes 
that is not already named in my will to be equally divided amongst my 
children Share and share alike Also I give and bequeath to my three youngest 
daughters Sally Crawford Nancy Crawford & Sarah Ann Crawford the Plantation 
and tract of land which I now reside on Catfish to be equally divided amongst 
them the Balance of my land to be given all the remaining part of my property 
that I may be possessed of at the [stroke] of my decease to be equally 
divided amongst my Heirs share and share alike  I likewise constitute make 
and ordain my well beloved son James Crawford the sole Executor of this my 
last Will and Testament and I do hereby utterly disallow revoke and disannul 
all and every other former Testaments Wills legacies bequests and [Executor] 
by me in anywise before named [willses] and bequests in ratifying and 
confirming this and no other to be my last Will and Testament  In witness 
whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal Seventeenth day of September in 
the year of our Lord One thousand eight hundred and sixteen and on the forty 
first year of the Independence of the United States of America signed sealed 
published pronounced and delivered by the said JamesCrawford Senior as his 
last Will and testament in the presence of us [who] in his presence and the 
presence of each other have hereunto subscribed our names

    Thomas Godbold }                             James Crawford  {Seal}
    Stephen C Lane }
    John Finklea   }
    South Carolina }  Personally came before Thomas Godbold Esqr and  John   
    Marion District}  Finklea who after being duly sworn on the Holy Evangelist 
of Almighty God saith that they were present and saw James Crawford Sen Sign 
Seal and acknowledge this instrument writing to be his Will and Testament and 
[also] saw Stephen C Lane sign his name as a witness to the same

Sworn to before me this 5th Day November 1817}          Thomas Godbold
                      Elisha Bethea [QU]     }
                      South Carolina}  By Thomas Harllie Esqr Ordinary of said District personally  
                     Marion District}  appeared before me John Finklea who being duly Sworn 
on the Holy Evangelist of Almighty God [doth] make oath and say that he saw 
James Crawford Sen Sign Seal publish pronounce and declare the same to be 
[will written] his last Will and Testament & hath said James Crawford of then 
of sound disposing Mind & memory & understanding to the [party] of this 
deponents knowledge and belief [and that the said John Finklea did] his name 
as a Witness thereto [at ......................] 

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