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Transcribed by Francine Jones, 27 March 2001

                                                                    


                                    WILL OF

                               JOHN RICHARDSON

South Carolina  )
                )
Marion District )  In the name of God Amen, I John Richardson of the State
and District aforesaid being weak in body but of sound and perfect mind
and memory blefsed be Almighty God for the Same - do make and publish this
my last will and Testament in manner and form following (that is to say)
First after paying all my just debts and funeral expences I give and bequeath
unto my beloved wife Thamer Richardson Two negroes named June and Lisett 
One Horse Ten Cowes and Calves and One bed and furinture I do also give
and bequeath unto my eldest son William F. Richardson Four negroes named
Sall Cilia Frank and Caswell I do also give and bequeath unto my Son
Valentine Richardson one negroe fellow named Abraham I do also give and be-
queath unto my Son Andrew I Richardson Eight negroes named Baccus Mary 
Daniel Peter Frieday Binah Cherety and Silvey one Horse Ten Cowes and calves
One bed and furniture and the clock Also I give and bequeath unto my beloved
daughter Martha Legett the wife of David Legett Two negroes named Rachel 
and Joe Also I give and bequeath unto my beloved daughter Charlotte Legett
wife of Jefse Legett one negroe man named John also I give and bequeath unto 
my beloved daughter Emaline Richardson Six negroes named Tom Candis Henry 
Ann Jack and little Tom one Horse Ten cowes and calves one bed and furniture
& one large lookeing glafs-- also I will and order that the Two negroes and
their ifsue that I have herein bequeathed unto my beloved wife be sold at
her death and the money equalley divided among all of my children that is
now alive or if any of them Should be dead   then unto their children rep-
resenting their Parent drawing one Share Should any of my children that is 
now unmarried die without leaving any lawful children then it is my will and 
I do herein order that all the negroes and their encrease that I have herein
bequeathed unto them be equally devided among my children that is now alive
or if any of them should be dead then unto their children representing their
Parent drawing one Share Also it is my will and order that all my household 
and Kitchen furniture plantation tools stock of Hogs and sheep and all the
stock of provision that may be on the plantation at my death shall remaine
on the plantation with my son Andrew I Richardson Emaline Richardson and my
wife for their use and bennifet when my wife and my daughter Emaline Sees 
proper to remove from liveing with my son Andrew I then I do herein give and 
bequeath unto my son Andrew I Richardson all the above named household and 
Kitchen furniture Stocke of Hogs and Sheep and plantation tools also I will
and order that all my lands that I have not otherwise given away Consisting
of Eight Tracts with all the refsedue of my Horses and cattle to be sold
and the money ariseing therefrom together with all my ready money bonds
notes and accounts to be equally divided among my legal heirs It is my wish 
that my Two old negors Frieday and Binah be well used and taken good care 
of while they live I do give and bequeath them the said Two old negroes
unto my Two Sons William F. Richardson and Valientine Richardson whom I do
hereby Appoint joint executors to this my last will and Testament and hereby
revoking all former wills by me made In witnefs whereof I have hereunto Set
my hand and Seal this Eleventh day of November in the year of our Lord one
Thousand Eight Hundred and forty one and Sixty Sixth of American Independence

Signed sealed and)                                      his
                 )                                 John    Richardson (SEAL)
declared in the  )                                    mark
                 )
presence of      )
                                         
David Gibson
David Palmer
Alexander Sinclair

Recorded in Will Book 2, Page 70
Recorded Jany. 16th, 1844
E. B. Wheeler, Ordinary M. D.
Roll No. 688


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Notes from Probate Roll No. 688
One interesting aspect is that the printed will gives the name of 
Alexander Sinclair as a witness.  On the probate roll it refers to him
as Alexander Sudam.  

John Richardson died prior to Oct. 5, 1842 for the will was was proven 
on that day and Probate began on Oct. 11, 1842.  It appears that
probate was accomplished fairly quickly and distribution was made.  
Other family members not mentioned in the will were:

John M. Richardson, grandson,..son of James J. Richardson
Sarah Legett, daughter, wife of Nelson Legett
John Davis, son of deceased, (does not give name) son of T. Davis

Emaline Richardson, daughter mentioned in will, had married J. H. Alison 
before 1844.



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