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WILL OF REUBEN B. JACKSON, 1895

Contributed by Al Munden, 25 Feb 2002

The State of South Carolina County of Marion

In the name of God, Amen
I, Reuben B. Jackson, of the County of Marion, in the State afoesaid, conscious of approaching dissolution, but of sound and disclosing mind and memory, do make and ordain this as my last will and testament, hereby revoking all other wills by me at any time heretofore made.

I desire, after my decease, that my body be buried in a decent and Christian-like manner, according to my means and station in society.

I will and desire that all my just debts be paid.

I give, devise and bequeath all my real estate not included in a mortgage given me by Wheeler Bros. of Marion, S.C., situated, lying and being in the County of Marion in the State aforesaid, on the western side of my original tract of land of the one hundred and five acres, containing fifty-five acres, more or less, bounded by lands of L. B. Rogers, John D. Bethea, Allen McKinzie, Enos Moody and the tract of land mortgaged to said Wheeler Bros., that is to say, to my beloved wife, Nancy Jackson, for and during the term of her natural life, should she survive me, and after her death, should she survive me, or after my death, should she not survive me, to our children according to the following limitations.

(1)twenty-five acres of said fifty-five acres on the western side thereof laid off as to include my dwelling house and out-houses and one tenant house thereon, bounded on the eastern side by a straight line running from the northern and southern boundary lines of said original tract, to that one of my three single daughters, Flora Jackson, Alice Jackson and Dora Jackson, who shall remain unmarried, or die last, to her absolutely and forever.

(2)twenty acres of said fifty-five acres, lying next to and adjoining said twenty-five acres above described, to the other two of said three daughters who may marry or die first, share and share alike, to them absolutely and forever, but should either one of said daughters die without having married, then the forty-five acres of land described separately as above shall become the property of the other two, the twenty-five acre tract ot the one who shall last marry or live longest, and the twenty acre tract to the other, and should two of them die unmarried, the the survivor shall take the whole of said forty-five acres of land absolutely and forever.

(3)The remaining portion of said fifty-five acres to my other four children, Sarah Jane Moody, Asbury W. Jackson, Franklin S. Jackson and Mary Florence McKenzie share and share alike, absolutely and forever.

I give and devise all my kitchen furniture and farming implements to my three single daughters, Flora Jackson, Alice Jackson and Dora Jackson, share and share alike, absolutely and forever. I desire that my stock of horses, mules, cattle and hogs shall first be sold by executor to pay whatever unsecured debts may come against my estate after my death, and in case the proceedsof said be insufficient to pay said debts, I hereby empower and authorize my executor to sell, and it is my desire and will that he do sell, the ten acre tract of land hereinabove given to my four children, Sarah Jane Moody, Asbury W. Jackson, Franklin S. Jackson and Mary Florence McKenzie, or so much thereof as may be necessary for the purpose of paying the balance of my said debts after the stock shall have been first exhausted for that purpose. In case it be unnecessary to sell my horses, mules, cattle and hogs for the payment of my debts, I give and devise the same to my three daughters, Flora Jackson, Alice Jackson and Dora Jackson, share and share alike, but in case of the death or marriage of either, to the survivor or the one who shall last marry.

All the rest and residue of my property, real or personal, I desire to be distributed among my children according to the statute of distribution in this state, reserving a life estate to my wife, Nancy Jackson, should she survive me.

I nominate and appoint my son, Asbury W. Jackson, the executor of this my last will and testament.

Signed, sealed, delivered, published and declared as and for the last will and testament of Reuben B. Jackson in the presence of us as witnesses, who in the presence of each other witnessed the execution thereof this April 22nd, 1895.

W J Bethea, W H Dineban, O B Sellers                R B Jackson (seal)

Transcribed by Al Munden, Feb 2002 from LDS microfilm of Estate Records for Marion Co (film nr 2169675). The Will is the handwritten copy from the estate folder. It's for a Reuben B Jackson, dtg 22 Apr 1895, filed 9 Sep 1900, recorded in Book 5 Page 190 R B Hamer --Judge of Probate


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