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Transcribed by Victoria Proctor, 22 Feb 2001


In the name of God Amen, I William Gaddy of the State of South Carolina and District of Marion being of sound mind and disposing memory, and, being desirous of disposing of my property, do make this my last will and Testament, on this the 24th day of August in the year of our Lord, one thousand eight hundred and fifty in manner and form following

First my desire and is that all my Just debts & funeral expenses be paid and secondly my will is that my lands remain to those to whom I have given it & again I give and bequeath to my two sons John J. & Levi Gaddy that plantation or tract of land containing two hundred acres more or less it being on Beaver Dam Swamp where Elizabeth Ann Grantham now lives upon. This special trust and confidence that the Trustees permit my daughter Elizabeth Ann Grantham to receive and enjoy the said Tract her sole and separate use not to be subject to any of the debts of her husband for and during the Term of her natural life, and immediately after her death if there be no child of hers that may have arrived at the age of 21 years to hold the land aforesaid for the use and benefits of the children, until such time as one them shall be 21 years of age, then to transfer The said land to the lawfull children of the said Elizabeth Ann to them and their heirs forever Share and Share alike.

I give and bequeath to my wife Sarah Gaddy, a negro woman named Mary and Ben a Negroe boy; one horse, two Cows and Calves, six Sheep, one cart and all my household and kitchen furniture during her natural life, and after her death to be equally divided among my lawfull heirs Elizabeth Ann Grantham's part to be under [strikethrough] the same restriction not subject to her husbands debts or to be under his control.

Also I give and bequeath unto my daughter Sarah three hundred Dollars to be paid in a negroe at a fair Valuation.

Also I give and bequeath to my daughter Martha Adaline three hundred dollars to be paid in a negroe at a fair valuation.

It is my will and desire that all of my personal property be kept together until my son Charles B. Gaddy comes to the age of 21 years, then to be appraised and equally divided among my Children, to wit: John J. Gaddy, Levi Gaddy, Israel Gaddy, Samuel Gaddy, Joseph Gaddy, Charles B. Gaddy, Mary C. Gaddy, Sarah Gaddy and Martha A. Gaddy, Share and share alike. The three hundred dollars I give to Sarah and Martha Adaline is to make them equal. For the negroe girl Harriet I gave to Mary C. Gaddy in a deed of gift and the land I give the boys.

Lastly I hereby nominate & appoint my Trustees John J. Gaddy & Levi Gaddy Executors of this my last will & testament. In Witnefs Whereof I do hereunto set my hand and seal the day & year above written.

B. Moody				William Gaddey (SEAL)
Jas. Gaddy
William Pitman

Recorded in Will Book 2, page 143
Sworn to Sept. 7, 1850
E.B. Wheeler, Ordinary
Roll 1024

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