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Transcribed by Betty Jo Stewart, 19 March 2001

WILL OF JOSEPH DAVIS

The State of South Carolina

  In the name of God, Amen. I Joseph Davis of the District of Marion and State aforesaid being weak in body but of found, disposing mind memory and understanding do make this my last will and Testiment in manner and form following viz

Imprimis - It is my will and desire that my Executors herein after named in their pofsefsion and management all my estate both real and personal, my personal Estate to be Kept on my Plantation and managed by My Executors until all my just debts be fully Paid and fatisfied, which my Executors are requested to do with all convenient despatch.>

Item - I give to my daughter Susan Davis four cows and their calves to her and her heirs and afsigns forever.>

Item. I give devise and bequeath unto my fon Daniel H Davis one negro man named March now in his pofsefsion and the one fifth part of all my Stock of horses, Cattle, hogs Sheep Etc. to him and his heirs and afsigns forever.>

Item. I give.devise and bequeath unto my fon Abram G. Davis One negro man named Peter and the One fifth part or share of all my Stock Consisting of horses, Cattle, Sheep, hogs Etc. to him and his heirs and afsigns forever.>

Item. I give devise and bequeath unto my son Benjamin S. Davis one negro woman named Lydia; One fifth part or Share of all my Stock of Horses, Cattle, hogs, Sheep Etc. and the one third part or Share of all my Lands lying on Little Pee Dee, to him his heirs and afsigns forever.>

Item. I give devise and bequeath unto my fons, Abraham G. Davis, Daniel H. Davis and Benjamin S. Davis the Three fifth parts or Shares of my two negroes named Pat & Cain to them and their heirs and afsigns forever>

Item. I give devise and bequeath unto my two fons Abraham G. & Daniel H. Davis in Trust for my fon William G. Davis One negro /woman man named Bilka, the One fifth part or share of all my Stock of horses, hogs, Sheep, Cattle Etc. The One third part or Share of all my Lands on little Pee Dee and the One fifth part or share of two negroes Pat & Cain,->

Item. I give devise and bequeath unto my faid two fons Abram G. And Daniel H. Davis in trust for my fon Joseph J. Davis One negro man named Fo_____ the One fifth part or Share of all my Stock of horses, hogs, Cattle, Sheep Etc. the One third part or share of all my Lands and Real Estate on little Pee Dee and the one fifth part or share of two negroes Pat & Cain.>

Item. It is my will and desire that my faid fons Abraham G. Davis and Daniel H. Davis may permit (if they be fo disposed) that the faid William G. Davis & Joseph J Davis to use occupy & enjoy the trust property fo given them in trust, fo long as they the faid William G. & Joseph J. Shall feverally live. But it is the true intent and meaning of this my will that neither of them shall be permitted to fell or dispose of any part of the faid state or that the fame be fold for the payment of their debts. And for the prevention of which my faid fons Abraham & Daniel are authorized to take into their pofsefsion at any time any part of said Estate and to dispose of the proceeds to the use and fupport of the faid William C. & Joseph J. and in case my faid fons Abraham G. & Daniel H. Davis should at any time find it much to the interest of the faid William or Joseph that Any portion or part of the faid Estate should be fold, then it is my will and desire that they fell the fame and lay out the proceeds in the purchase of other property real or personal and which Shall be fubject to the fame provisions, uses and limitations as the property above mentioned.>

Item. It is my will and desire that upon the death of my Sons Wm. C. Davis & Joseph J Davis or either of them that the portion or Estate above given to my two Sons above named in trust for them be equally divided between their heirs of his or their body as they case may be) living at the time of his or their death to them their heirs and Afsigns forever.>

Item. It is my will and desire that my Executors herein after named, as foon after my death as can conveniently may be, purchase for Mary Shaley daughter of Alex Shaley a negro Girl about twelve years and of the value of three hundred Dollars, to her and her heirs and afsigns forever.>

Item. It is my Will and desire that in case the negro woman Pat should have hereafter ifsue or increase, Such ifsue or increase shall be fubject to division in like manner as Pat & Cain are directed to be divided.>

Lastly - I do hereby nominate, constitute and appoint my fons, Abraham G. Davis, Daniel H. Davis & Benjamin S. Davis Executors of this my last will and testament. Hereby revoking all other and former Wills by me made

Figned fealed published and                         In Witnefs whereof I have hereto
declared by the testator to be
his last Will & testiment in the                    fet my hand & seal this             day
presence of us who at his request
have fubscribed our names as Wit-                   of August Eighteen hundred & twenty
nefses thereto
                                                                     feven
 
                                                                        (SEAL)

Item I give devise and bequeath unto Mary & Elizabeth the daughters of Aley Whaley One negro girl each, to be purchased by my fons herein before mentioned the property of my fons herein before mentioned to be fubject to the purchase and payment of the faid Legacies - the faid negroes to be of or near the age of the faid Mary & Elizabeth Severally viz the one to Mary to be of or about her age and the one to Elizabeth to be of or about her age, to them and their heirs & afsigns forever, Severally--.

Lastly I do hereby nominate Constitute & appoint my fons Abraham G Davis, Daniel H Davis & Benjamin S. Davis Executors of this my last will and testament Hereby revoking all other & former wills by me heretofore made

Signed fealed published and        )        In witnefs whereof I have hereto fet
declared by the testator to be     )        my hand & seal this the twelfth day
his last will & testament in the   )        of February Eighteen hundred & twenty
presence of us who at his request  )          Eight
have Subscribed our names af Wit-  )             The Erasures above made before Signed
nefses                             )    Joseph Davis (SEAL)

John Gibson
J_o Gibson
James R. Ervin
Recorded in Will Book 1, Page 252
Sworn to Novr. 14 1833
Edwd. B. Wheeler, Ordy M. D.
Roll No. _18


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