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Transcribed by Francine Jones, 14 March 2001



I John Rice in the name of God Amen do make this my last will and Testament.

First I recommend that my body after death be decently buried.-

Secondly after all my Just debts are paid I give to my beloved wife Elizabeth 
Rice for and during the term of her natural life, - the plantation and tract 
of Land, where I now live.  Also. With the same limitation, two Negro ---- by 
the names of Crifsey and Desday - also all the horses Cattle hogs plantation 
tools Etc. after her death as follows, Crifsy to Mary Davis and the lawful 
ifsue of her body forever - and Defday to my Grand daughter Mary Elizabeth Philips 
daughter of Katharine Philips and the lawful heirs of her body forever.

Thirdly - To Jane Davis wife of George and the lawful ifsue of their bodies 
forever - I give (after the death of my said wife) the Lands on which I now 
live and all adjoining lands thereto, supposed to Contain in the whole, five 
hundred acres - lying on the out Back swamp of Catfish also the following 
Negroes - Mary, Dolly, Prince and Will.

Fourthly - to my Daughter Katherine Philips wife of Zachariah L Philips and the 
lawful ifsue of her body forever a tract of Land Called the "River Swamp tract", 
lying in Marion District Containing five hundred and twelve Acres - also the 
following Negroes a wench by the name of Susan, Boy Caleb and fam,

Fifthly - to my Daughter Mary Davis wife of Abijah Davis, and to the lawful 
ifsue of her body forever the following Negroes, Sally, Judy, Ebby, Peter, 
and Harry.

Sixthly as this is my deliberate will I trust there will be no future 
controversy or dispute concerning the same.

Seventhly - There is a debt due me by II Davis of Alabama when Collected, 
I desire that my Executors should equally divide the same among the heirs 
above mentioned that is my children share and share alike

Lastly I nominate constitute And appoint George Davis and my friend 
Ed. B. Wheeler Executors of this my last will and Testament - Witnefs my hand 
and Seal 20 day of Sept. A. D. 1836

                                             John Rice  (SEAL)

In the presence of us 

H. G. Wall
James Wall
Washington Wall

It is my full intent and meaning that all the negroe property above bequeathed 
in this will shall be the property and the use thereof my said wife to have 
during her natural life and then to go as herein before directed.

           20 Sept. 1836
                                              John Rice (SEAL)


Washington Wall
James Wall
H G Wall

Recorded in Will Book 1, Page 297
Recorded July 14th 1837
E. B. Wheeler, R. M. C.
Roll No. 700

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