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Contributed by Winkie CRAWFORD Robinson, 3 Jul 2001

[    I have placed undecipherable words within "[brackets]".  Please excuse 
any typos and all errors in transcription, which appeared clear to me, but 
may be given an entirely different interpretation by another.  This will was 
typed as nearly as possible as it was written.  The only thing added by 
myself were 2 spaces, instead of one, in certain instances for ease in 
reading. 
      Source for this will is LDS Family Center: 
Wills of Marion Co, S.C., 1800-1888, Microfilm I.L # 024127, pp. 158-159 ] 

                  Abijah Porter's Will 

Page. 158 
In the name of God Amen I Abijah Porter of Marion District in the State of 
South Carolina being weak in body but of perfect mind and thanks be given 
unto God calling to mind the Mortality of my body and  knowing that it is 
appointed for all men once to die do make and ordain this my last will and 
testament that is to say principally and first of all I give and recommend my 
soul unto the hands of Almighty God and my body to the Earth to be buried in 
a decent Christian burial at the discretion of my Executors nothing doubting 
but at the General Resurrection I shall receive the same again by the Mighty 
power of God and as touching such worldly estates and has pleased God to 
blefs me with in this life I give and dispose of the same in the following 
manner and form  First I give and bequeath to my well beloved wife Charity 
Porter the plantation wher I now reside lying on [Hewes?] Swamp Little Pedee 
and all my household and Kitchen furniture and plantation tools my stock of 
hogs and stock of Cattle and a Cart also three negroes named Molly, Benbo and 
Chris and their increase during her life and at her death the plantation and 
all the personal property above named to be Sold on 12 Months credit and to 
be equally divided among my children  Jno & James [excepted ?]  share and 
share alike  Also I give to my beloved wife my mare and horse [team ?/Item?)   
 I give my beloved son John Porter my plantation or tract of land lying on 
Big Peedee known by the name Sandy Bluff Also I recommend to my Executor at 
Seventeen or 18 years of age to bind him to some good trade that he should 
[prefer?]  I give and bequeath to my son James Crawford Porter three years 
schooling two years at a school in the [county?[ one year certain and more 
[ifs, if or is ?] [nesf, or any?)] sufficient at an Academy  My plantation 
being in Charleston District and my stock of Cattle and hogs in Gum Swamp and 
my waggon to be sold on a reasonable credit and my debts to be paid out of it 
and the balance to be [afsfsifsunto, assign unto/appropriated?]  to the 
schooling of James  I likewise constitute and ordain my beloved wife Charity 
Porter & James Crawford the sole exutors of this my last will and testament 
and I do hereby [utterly disallow?] and revoke all and every other will for 
ever  Executors by me made and ratifying and confirming this to be my last 
will and testament  In witnefs whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal 
this 23rd day of Feby in the year of our Lord one thousand 1819 & 43'd of 
American Independence Signed Sealed published pronounced and declared by the 
said Abijah Porter as his last will and 

Page 159 Abijah Porter's Will Continued 
testament in the presence of us who in his presence and in the presence of 
each other have hereuntoSubscribed our names 
     William Blue 
     Gilbert McEachern A Porter     (Seal) 
     (D?) Carmichael J P 

South Carolina   }  Personally appeared before me Thomas Harlee 
Marion District  }  Ordinary of Marion District  Gilbert McEachern 
who being duly sworn by me on the Holy Evangelist of Almighty God sayeth that 
he was personally present and saw Abijah Porter Sign Seal publish pronounce & 
declare the within Instrument of writing to be his last will and testament 
and that the said Testator was then to the best of his Knowledge was then of 
sane mind and memory and that he subscribed his name as a witness with 
William Blue and [D?] Carmichael in the presence of the Testator & of each 
other 
Sworn to before me this 
4th Novr 1819 Gilbert McEachern 
   Thomas Harllee Ordinary 
   Qualified Charity Porter as Executrix 
   4th Nov 1819          Thomas Harllee 
                                           Ordinary 
Recorded June 2nd 1829 



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