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Transcribed by Victoria Proctor, 22 Feb 2001

WILL OF ITHAMAR GADDY

In the name of God Amen. 1, Ithamar Gaddy of the State of Carolina and District of Marion being admonished by the infirmities of my body that my departure from the scenes of this world is fast approaching and being desirous of disposing of such property as it hath pleased God to possess me do on this twentyeth day of September in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and fifty do make ordain and constitute this my last will and testament in manner and form following vis.

First my will is that my body may be buried in a decent and Christian manner and that there shall be a gravestone with a suitable epitaph set up to my memory and there may all so be at the expense of my estate grave stones with epitaphs set up at the graves of my wife Charity and William Gaddy, my son deceased, and further that all my just debts, funeral expenses be paid out of my estate.

Secondly, I give and bequeath to my beloved wife Charity all my Estate both personal and real (after the payment of my debts and funeral expenses) which she may choose to retain for her use and benefit during her natural life and afterwards to be subject to such disposition as is made following in this instrument.

Thirdly, I give and bequeath to grandchildren John I. Gaddy, Levi Gaddy, Isreal Gaddy, Mary Gaddy, Samuel Gaddy, Joseph Gaddy, Charles Gaddy, Sarah Gaddy, and Adaline Gaddy, all the children of my son William, except Elizabeth Grantham wife of Elias Grantham, one eighth as part of my entire estate both real and personal after the death of my beloved wife and one hundred dollars more to be equally divided between them and further I give and bequeath to my grandchildren John Grantham, Ann Grantham, Civil Grantham and Catherine Grantham, children of my daughter Elizabeth Grantham deceased one eighth part of my estate less one hundred both real and personal to be [saved] on interest by my executors hereafter named and remain in their hand until my said grandchildren above named shall come of age.

Fourthly, I give and bequeath to my sons James Gaddy, Hardy Gaddy, Allen Gaddy, my daughter Nancy Hays, my son Silas Gaddy, and my daughter Mary Stackhouse the other six eights less one hundred to be equally divided amongst them at the death of my wife Charity and if [my] they themselves cannot divide that they choose five disinterested men to divide for them or to sell the said property and divide the proceeds as a majority may elect.

And should my wife not choose to keep all the property during her life she can give it up to my executors hereafter named and they shall cause it to be divided amongst my heirs according to the tenor of the foregoing articles be it as much or little all she may choose to give up.

And lastly I constitute and ordain my sons Hardy Gaddy and Allen Gaddy my executors to this my last will and Testament to which I set my hand and seal on the day and in the year first above written constituting and ordaining it my last will and Testament and revoking all others.

Signed and sealed as found for the last will and Testament of Ithamar Gaddy
in the presence of us

Malcolm Stafford              Ithamar Gaddey
Davis Arnet
Alexander Arnet

Recorded in Marion County Will Book 2, pp. 149-150


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