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Transcribed and contributed by Winkie CRAWFORD Robinson, 18 Jun 2000

In my endeavor to transcribe this will, you will find a blank space when word/s can't be interpreted by me, question marks in brackets beside some words when I am unsure, and complete word/s within brackets when I am 90% sure or am able to hazard a probable guess. This will is written in a much clearer hand than many and the photocopying is superb. The spaces between paragraphs are inserted by me when the sentence ends in the middle of the sheet, or near the end. Most documents I've seen use the complete sheet of paper, from edge to edge. Therefore, I interpret the leaving off of a sentence in the middle of a line as a pause, or interjection of another thought and have made a paragraph to show this unfinished line of script. ***************************************************************************

In the name of God. Amen.

I John Mace Sr do make ordain and declare this Instrument to be my last Will 
and Testament revoking all others.  In the first place all my debts of which 
there are but few and non[e] of magnatude are to be punctualy paid and the 
legaces here after bequeathed are to be discharged as soon as circumstances 
will permit and in the manner directed in the fowling [following] Items
      
Item  To my dearly beloved wife Marthy Mace I give and bequeath one negro 
woman named Dinah as I also do my house hold and kitchen furnature of every 
kind with the Horses and stock of every kind and farming tools and crop that 
may be on hand at my death only so much as it may take to pay my debts at 
that time with what may be due to me at that time is to be collected and paid 
out as fare [far] as it will go and If there is any left it is to be kept by 
my Widow

Item To my son Mathew Mace I give and bequeath one negro man named Peter 
which is in his possession and the Land which he lives on all lying North of 
the Mill from high water mark on the south side ... 

Item To the heirs of 
[word scratched thru] Moses Mace I give and bequeath one negro man named Ben 
which negro is in the possession of the Estate   I add nothing to it because 
of the ample provision I have made for them by Title : 

Item To my Daughter 
Elizabeth Moody I give and bequeath three Negros known by the name of Rachel 
Bill and [Ketter] ....

Item to my Daughter Martha Edward I give and bequeath five  [negros] known by 
the name of Mary Barb Tobias Daniel and Malcom and if the said Martha Edwards 
shall dye without a lawful issue the property is to be returned and Equally 
divided [between] all my heirs which negros will be  in the possession of 
Edwards after the first of January 1846  Item To my Daughter Frances Roberts 
I give and bequeath one Dollar I add nothing to it because I have made a 
provision for her by Title ... 

Item To my Granddaughter Martha Jane Monro I 
give and bequeath two negros known by the name of Charlot and [Verch] wich 
negros I give in satisfaction of a land that I gave in satisfaction to her 
father which I consider an equal share with the rest of my daughters and If 
the said Martha Jane Munro [word scratche thru] should dye without a Lawful 
Issue it is my will that the Property shall be returned and Equally devided 
amongst all my heirs 

Item To the heirs of My Daughter Mary Crawford I give and bequeath Two negros 
known by the name of June and Luke which negros are in the possession of 
Mahaleeal Crawford the Father of said heirs .. 

Item to my Daughter Sarah 
White I give and bequeath one Dollar in money.  I add nothing to it because 
of the ample provision I made for her by Title

Item To my Son John Mace I give and bequeath one Dollar in money I add 
nothing more to it because of the ample provision I have made for him by Title

Item To my Daughter Rhody Lewis I give and bequeath one Dollar in money I add 
nothing more to it because of the ample provision I have made for her by Title

Lastly To my Beloved wife I gve and bequeath all my property as above 
mentioned Except such as may be claimed by my son James for such as is claim 
by him is his own and the balance is my beloved wife Martha Maces to use as 
she sees fit

Lastly I constitue and appoint my son Jon Mace and John Roberts Executors of 
this my last Will and testament  I hope and trust no dispute will arise 
concening the Legaces bequeathed but If contrary to Expectation any dispute 
should arise . My will and direction is that all disputes if any should arise 
shall be decided by The Intelligent men  Two to be chosen by the disputants 
each having the choice of one  the third to be chosen by the two which  three 
men shall declare the testators intentions and [sole/said] decision is to all 
intents and purposes to be as binding on the parts as If it had been given in 
the Supreme Court of the United States.  In witness of all thing here in 
contained I have set my hand and fixed my seal
       { This November the 12 . . . 1845

                                                             his
        Theophilus Campbell                              John X Mace {Seal}
Test:   William [D] Roberts                                  mark
        P olero Q  Polert/Pobenst] 


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NOTE: This Will is part of Marion County, SC Probate Roll #11397/8.
Victoria, Aug 2005.


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