Jo Church Dickerson, 6 May 2000
WILL OF PRESERVED FORD - 1829
In the name of God Amen, I, Preserved Ford of the State of South
Carolina District of Marion, being very weak in body, but of sound
disposing mind and memory and knowing it is appointed to him once
to die, do make this my last will and testament
First, it is my desire that all my just debts be paid and the
legacies delivered as soon after my decease as my ex'ors can attend
to the same.
Second, I give and bequeath to my wife Celia Ford all that tract of
land or plantation situated in the Dist. of Marion on Bear Swamp
known by the name of Hen Coop ford containing one hundred acres,
more or less, also one negro girl by the name of SARAH; one horse
and chai(r?) and harness, two feather beds and furniture and one
ladies riding saddle. I also will and desire that my executors
shall as soon after my decease as possible, build for my wife
Celia, a comfortable dwelling house on the land above bequested to
her and also put the plantation in order for cultivation. It is my
further will and desire that my son Charles Ford do execute a deed
or conveyance for the above mentioned tract of land (or) quit claim
to said wife as the titles are now in his name, which if done by
him, I give and bequeath to my son Charles all that plantation or
tract of land where I now live containing six hundred acres more or
less together with my saw and grist mill and all the improvements
on the same, but should my said son refuse to execute the title in
maner and form aforesaid then in that case, my said wife Celia has
permission to remain on the plantation during his refusal.
I also give, desire and bequeath to my said son Charles and to his
heirs and assigns forever, one negro fellow named Ben, one negro
girl named Amy (Anny?), also two feather beds and furniture. I also
give to my daughter Mary Floyd one feather bed to her & her heirs
forever. I wish it distinctly understood that whereas my son Jesse
Ford and myself having become security for the payment of one
hundred twenty-five dollars to Willes Barfield, now therefore I
desire that the negroes above mentioned, intended for my son
Charles, be subject to the payment and that no other heirs portion
is to be taken to discharge the same.
It is my will and desire that all the rest of my personal property
of every description, among which are four negroes, Laban, Sam,
Jack, and Betty, with all my stock of cattle, horses, hogs, be sold
by my ex'ors, hereafter named, with all the balance of the
household and kitchen furniture, for a division among my sons and
daughters, to wit: George, James, Thomas, Cooper, Preserved, Jesse,
Jes Rawls, John, William, and Francis Floyd and my wife Celia Ford,
share and share alike with the exception of thirty dollars worth of
furniture to my son Charles Ford.
Lastly, I nominate, constitute, and appoint my sons, Jesse Ford and
William Ford ex'ors of this my last will and testament, hereby
revoking all others. In testimony wereof I have hereunto set my
hand and seal, this the 20th of March Anno Domini 1829.
Preserved Ford (seal)
Signed, sealed, published, pronounced
and delivered in the presence of:
C.J.W. McCall, Dan'l H. Davis, Benj'n S. Davis
Were subscribing witnesses to the same in the presence of each
other and in the presence of the testator and at his request.
Daniel H. Davis and Benj. S. Davis certified to the same.
Sworn to before me 6 April 1829 G.J.W. McCall
Daniel H. Davis
Benj. S. Davis
Edw. B. Wheeler, Ordy.
Recorded Feby 4, 1830, Book 1, Page 212
Transcribed by Jo Church Dickerson, 1993.
Back to Marion County Homepage
Published by Victoria Proctor © 2000, 2004, 2011. All rights reserved.
This WEB page is intended solely for the private, non-commercial
use of researchers, and may not be copied, altered, converted or uploaded to
any electronic system, BBS, Message Board, Mailing list, or web site, nor included in any software collection or print collection
of any type without the express written permission of the author. These electronic pages
may NOT be reproduced in any format for profit or presentation by other organizations.