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Transcribed by Betty Jo Stewart, 3 June 2001

In the name of God Amen
        I Bryan Jones of the state of South carolina and District of Marion
being weak of body but of sound mind and memory calling to mind the uncer-
tainty of life do make ordain and appoint this my last will and testament
hereby revoking annulling and disallowing all former wills by me made
        In the first place it is my will and disre that my body receive
decent Christian burial and that the expenses thereof be paid by my executors
hereafter to be named out of my estate and as touching what worldly property
I may have at the time of my death I do hereby dispose of in manner and form
following that is to say In the first place I give and and bequeath to my young-
est son James A Jones my negro boy child Frank Floras child now about four 
months old to be his and at his disposal forever in the next place it is my 
will and desire that all my property of evry discription real and personal
remain upon my plantation and that my executors hereafter to be named have the
entire controle thereof and shall manage the same according to their discre-
tion to the best advantage for the benefit of my wife and children and that
my beloved wife Elizabeth Jones and my three sons Henry, Frederic and James A
Jones remain upon my plantation and be supported from the proceeds thereof
until my son James A shall arrive at the age of Twenty one years and that my
three sons reseve a reasonable allowance for education and other reasonable
expenses -
When my son James shale arriveat the age of Twenty one years it is then my wile
and desire that my beloved wife Elizabeth Jones should have all my land con-
taining one thousand acres more or lefs my three negroes Bea Flora and Kitty
and Four cows and calvs five head of sheep ten head of hogs and all my house-
hold and kitchen furniture during the term of her natural life and then at her 
death to be equally divided among my lawful heirs share and share alike and 
it is my desire that ale the balance of my property except what has been loaned
to my wife should when my said son James A should arrive at the age of twenty
one be equaley divided between my three daughters Elizabeth Nancy and mary my
three sons Henry Frederic and James A. only that my son James A is to have the
boy frank ever and above his eqal share with all other children and I do
hereby constitute nominate and appoint my trusty and wele beloved soninlaw
James Watson and my son Frederic Jones Executors to this my last wile and
testament with fule power and lawful authority to carry out the provision 
of this my last will and testament - it is my wile that my soninlaw James
Watson should at the division of my property account tomy other heirs
for a negro boy I have heretofro given him
I the afore named Bryan Jones do hereby acknowlede and declare the above
to be my last will and testament hereby revoking ale former wills by me
made in witnefs where of I have hereunto subscribed my name and affixed 
my seal in the presence of the subscribing witnefses this eleventh day of
august in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and forty nine and
in the seventy third year of the independence of the united states of
Hugh Godbold                                            Bryan Jones (SEAL)
Christopher Dew
Wilson [?]arren
Recorded in Will Book 2, Page 140
Recorded Decr. 2, 1849
Roll No. 420[?] 

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