WILL OF DAVID S. EDWARDS
The State of South Carolina ) In the name of God Amen I David S. Edwards of
) the District and State aforesaid being impressed
with the shortness of human life and the uncertainty of its duration, and being
of sound and disposing mind and memory do make this my last will and testament,
hereby revoking all former wills by me at any time heretofore made in manner
and form following, to wit:
Item first. It is my will and desire that my body, as soon as practicable,
after my death, be buried in a decent and christian like manner and that all my
just debts be paid by my executors hereinafter named out of my personal estate
not hereinafter specifically bequeathed.
Item Second. I give bequeath and devise to my beloved wife Martha during her
natural life or widowhood a tract of land whereon I now reside estimated at
about two hundred acres beginning at a pine corner near mink pond and running
thence to stake corner on tarkill bed near the corner of the fence, thence
Straight line nearly an east course to corner on cherry tree in field, thence
near a South easterly direction to lightwood pine corner in field near the head
of a bottom, thence north easterly to corner on an Oak by the road side below
my dwelling house thence down the lane as it now runs to corner at lower end
of Said lane, thence in a northeast course to my back line thence up Said back
line to upper corner thence upper line to the beginning corner pine, also two
negroes, a boy named Joe and a girl named Peg together with all my household
and kitchen furniture, plantation tools all my stock of hogs Sheep and cattle
(except a black cow and her calf) a yellow mare and a bay horse and my rockaway,
the personal property bequeathed in this clause above to my Said wife Martha is
for and during the term of her natural life or widowhood only as the land
devised to her above is, and at the death or marriage of my said wife Martha
the said land devised to her I devise to my Son William if he be then living
and if he be dead to his lawful issue if he have any to survive him and if he
be dead without leaving any issue him surviving then to my right heirs at the
death of my said wife or her marriage I give the boy Joe to my son Robert if
he be then living and if he be dead to the rest of my children and my Grandson
George Edwards, the said George to take a share in Said negro equal to the share
of any one of my children his uncles and aunts. At the death or marriage of my
said wife I give the girl Peg and her increase to my daughters Alice Bryant
wife of Solomon Bryant and Emaline Edwards to be divided between them Share and
Share alike and if either of my said daughters die without leaving lawful issue
then Surviving the moiety to her to be divided equally between my right heirs.
Item 3rd I give to my son William a light cream colored mare and at
the death or marriage of his mother I give him all my stock of cattle hogs
Sheep household & kitchen furniture and plantation tools horses and
rockaway given to her for life or widowhood.
Item 4. To my daughter Alice I give a black xcow and her calf and one
featherbed and furniture
Item 5. To my son Cary Edwards I give a note of his dated 7th day of April 1869
for Sixty one dollars due at one day after the date thereof I have already given
my son Cary what I consider right and proper.
Item 6th. To my daughter Harriet Moody I give the sum of one dollar. I have
allready done for her what I consider right and proper.
Item 7th. To my daughter Sarah Martin I give the sum of one dollar having already
done for her what I consider right and proper.
Item 8th. To my Son Andrew A. Edwards I give and devise a tract of land in Horry
District between the two bug Swamps known as the Carrol land containing four
hundred acres more or less as represented by my papers.
Item 9th. To my daughter Elizabeth Thompson wife of John Thompson xI give his
promessory note to me dated 1st day of January 1855 for five hundred dollars due
at three days after the date thereof with credits upon Said note as follows
"Recvd of the within note thirty two dollars and 10 cents February 5 1855.
Recvd of the within note thirteen dollars 59 cents January first 1856. Recvd
of the within note Sixty one 37 cents April 1 day 1856. Recvd Nov. 1st 1856 on
the within note ninety three dollars. Recvd of the within note fifty dollars
March the 3 day 1857"
Item 10th. I give and bequeath to my son Richard Edwards my Blacksmith tools.
Item 11th. I give bequeath and devise to my son David W. Edwards a tract of
land near my residence beginning on an oak corner on the road below my house
thence running down the land towards the buck swamp as described in Item
Second above to my back line in the Swamp thence down my backline till it
Strikes Dempsey Cribbs line, thence Saml Cribbs line to the road thence up
the road to the beginning corner on the road containing one hundred acres
more or less, also the privilege of plantation timber on the land hereinafter
devised, also I give him his two promessory notes which I hold, one for
twenty dollars and fifty cents and the other for ninety Seven dollars and
twenty four besides interest.
Item 12th. To my grand Sons Benjamin F. and Austin N. Edwards I give and
devise the rest and residue of my lands not hereinbefore specifically devised
Subject to the use of timber as mentioned in Item 12th above Supposed to be
about one hundred acres it being the land on which my Son Richard Edwards
Item 13th. To my daughters Martha Perrit Nancy Perrit and Mary Smith
I give each one dollar, I having heretofore done what I consider right and
proper for them.
Item 14th. All the rest and residue of my estate of which I may die possessed
after paying my just debts and funeral expenses and the legacies hereinbefore
mentioned I give and bequeath to my beloved wife Martha.
Item 15th. Lastly I nominate my two sons Richard Edwards and David W. Edwards
Executors to this my last Will and testament.
Signed, published and declared as and for the last will and testament of the
testator in the presence of us who at the request of the testator and in his
presence and in presence of each other subscribe our names to the Execution
thereof this twenty second day of February AD 1862.
words marked thus X
interlined before execution s/ David S. Edwards (SEAL)
W. W. Sellers
L. M. Edwards
P. A. G. W. Lewis
South Carolina By Asa Godbold Esquire
Marion District Ordinary of Marion District
Personally came before me L. M. Edwards and made oath that he was present
and saw the annexed instrument of writing signed sealed published pronounced
and declared by the within named David S. Edwards as his last will and testament
and that the said testator was then of sound disposing mind and memory to the
best of this deponents knowledge and belief and that W.W. Sellers and P.A.G.W.
Lewis were subscribing witnesses with himself thereunto in the
Sworn to be fore me
17th August A.D. 1863 L.M. Edwards
Ordinary M. D.
Probate Roll # 1397
While I did my best to transcribe this Will as written, the photocopy from which
I worked was quite worn and faded. As always, please consult the original document.
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