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Transcribed by Betty Jo Stewart, 24 March 2001

In the Name of God Amen.  I James Davis of the District of Marion Planter 
being in health of body and of Sound mind memory and understanding Praise be 
to God for the same do make this my last will and testament in manner and 
form following.
First.  I will that I shall be decently buried.  And I give and bequeath unto 
my wife Sarah Davis the one half of my Stock and Household furniture to her 
own proper use forever It is also my will and desire that my wife Sarah Davis 
shall have her maintenance during her Widowhood out of my estate.  
Fourthly I Give & bequeath unto my Son Theodore Gourdine Davis the remaining 
half of my Stock & Household furniture & plantation tools of every description.  
Also It is my will & desire that he shall have the use and increase of the 
following negroes during his natural life and to the lawful Ifsue of his body 
forever, vis Silvy Phillis Jimmy Frank Nancy Patrick, John, Gabriel, 
Billy Abram, Fanny, Mary, Scotland, Bob & Jude.  But Should my Son 
Theodore Gourdine Davis die leaving no ifsue of his Body Then it is my will 
that the above mentioned negroes Bob & Jude shall return to my wife Sarah Davis 
for her own proper use forever.  And the part which is Silvy, Phillis Jinny, 
Frank, Nancy, Patrick, John, Gabriel, Billy, Abraham, Fanny Mary and Scotland, 
with all the Increases the females may have to go to my Nephew John Davis's 
children to be divided among them Share and Share alike.  I do nominate 
constitute and appoint my friends John Richardson John C Davis Thomas P Davis 
and my Nephew John Davis my Executors of this my last Will and testament hereby 
revoking and making void all and every other will & wills at any time 
heretofore by me made.  And do declare this to be my last will & testament
Witnefs whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal this 22d day of
April in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and seventeen in the 
forty first year of American Independence.  Signed Sealed, declared & published 
by the above named James Davis and by the request and in his presence we have 
subscribed our names as Witnefses thereto.    
James James                                   James Davis (SEAL)
John G Davis
Recorded in Will Book 1, Page 215
Sworn to May 1817
Thos. Harllee, Ordiny
Roll No. 220 

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