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Transcribed by Betty Jo Stewart, 27 May 2001

WILL OF JOHN GREGG

State of South Carolina. In the name of God amen, I John Gregg of Marion District and State aforesaid, being in bodily health, and of a sound mind and memory, thanks to Almighty God for the same, and calling to mind the mortality of man, do make, constitute and confirm this to be my last will and testament in manner and form following (vis) after my decease I request my body to be decently buried, and all my Just debts to be paid.

Item. I ive and bequeath unto my wife Jannet Gregg the plantation or tract of land on which my buildings are placed containing 860 acres bya late plat and grant for the same, with some slight variations made by Saml E Wilson and myself, and about six acres recently bought of William Gregg dec/d,, and John Bigham, during her natural life, after which period, I give and bequeath said plantation to my son Ephraim E Gregg, to him his heirs and afsigns forever.--

Item. I give and bequeath to my son Ezra M Gregg one negro girl, (Sarey) & one thousand dollars, with such portions of property as he has already received, to be his full Share of my real and personal estate, to him his heirs and afsigns forever.--

Item. I give and bequeath to my daughter Eliza (B or D) Davis, and her two Sons Ezra M Davis, and John G Davis, the plantation or tract of land on which they now live, containing 400 acres by a late plat and grant for the same, also a tract of land I lately bought of Wm H Cannon containing 114 acres, also any other small parcels of land which I may hereafter purchase, adjoining any of the lands above named; also three nigro boys, named Jack Moses and Jerry, with the property already given them, to them, their heirs and afsigns forever.-----

Item. I give and bequeath to my Son J Eli Gregg, one negro boy named Willes, and one thousand dollars, with such portion of property as he has already rec/d,, to be his full Share of my real and personal estate, to him, his heirs and afsigns forever.----

Item. I give and bequeath to my son David H Gregg, Six negroes (vis) Simon, with his wife Hannah, and child Co(m or nn)ah, Old Jim, Nancy, and Sophy; the plantation or two tracts of land on which he now lives, one tract known by the name of the Broad place, containing by a late plat and grant 756 acres, the other tract contains 225 acres which I purchased from the estate of William Gregg dec/d,, together with such other property as he has already rec/d,, to be his full Share of my real and personal estate, to him his heirs and afsigns forever.---

Item. I give and bequeath to my daughter Mary E McCall ten negroes, (vis) Cooper Charlotte, with her six children, Leah, Lavinia, Jefse, Milley, Frances, and Clarisy, Old Phebe, Smart, and Prince, together with such other property as She has already rec/d,, to her, her heirs and afsigns forever.----

Item. I give and bequeath to my Son Evander A Gregg, the the upper part of the plantation which I now cultivate, containing by a recent plat and grant 1005 acres, one family bible, bucks theological dictionary, to him his heirs and afsigns forever.

Item. I give and bequeath to my daughter Sarah A Gregg (in lieu of any part of my real estate) ten negroes, (vis) Sarahe, Lizzy, Henry, Lucy, Nelly, Fanny, Ivy, Snipe, Handy and Prifsy, one bedstead bed and furniture, one bureau with glafs, one work table, to her, her heirs and Afsigns forever.---

Item. I give and bequeath to the proper officers authorized to receive donations for the theological seminary of outh Carolina five hundred dollars, to the one and benefit of the permanent fund of Said institution, to be paid one year after my decease.

Item. I give and bequeath to my said wife Jannet Gregg, and to my three Children, Evander A Gregg, Sarah A Gregg and Ephraim E Gregg, the whole remaining part of my personal estate, Share and Share alike, to be divided by three or more disinterested Men chosen by my executors herein after named, allowing my said wife to make choice of any portion according to appraisment to the am/t,, of her full share, to them their heirs and afsigns forever.--

And further; it is my will and desire, that, Should I leave any am/t,, of funds either in cash or paper, after paying off as above stated, I give and bequeath Said amount to my said wife and eight Children as above named, to be equally divided amongst them all, to the, their heirs and afsigns forever.--

Item. It is my meaning that the future increase of any of the negroes above named shall be included with the Mother of such increase. I do also make a reserved right of the two large ditches running through the low lands above willed to my Son Ephraim E Gregg his heirs and afsigns, for the purpose of keeping the low lands above willed to my Son Evander A Gregg, his heirs and afsigns, drained; as I have already constructed Said ditches. And my Said Son Evander A Gregg, his heirs and afsigns, I also bind to do one half of the labour in keeping two large ditches open, and in a proper State of repair.

And lastly. I do nominate constitute and appoint my three Sons David R Gregg, Evander A Gregg and Ephraimn E Gregg, my lawful Executors of this my last will and testament, and I do hereby disannul, revoke and make void all other wills by me heretofore made, ratifying and confirming this and no other to be my last will and testament. In witnefs whereof I have hereunto set my hand and Seal this twenty second day of May in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and thirty nine, and sixty third year of American Independence----

Signed sealed and acknowledged                                   John Gregg (SEAL)
in the presence of
Thomas McCall
Hilliard J Thompson
Sarah A Bigham
 

Recorded in Will Book 1, Page 311
Recorded Oct. 10, 1839
Ed. B. Wheeler, Ordy.
Roll No. 381


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