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Transcribed by Francine Jones, 19 Jul 2001

                               WILL OF

                            JOHN ROPER

In the name of God amen I John Roper of the District of Marion State of

South Carolina being in common health of body and of sound and disposing

mind and memory and being desireous to settle my affairs do make and

publish this my last will and Testament hereby revoking and making void

all former wills by me at any time heretofore made in persuance it is

my  will and desire that my Executors herein after to be named do pay all

my Just debts and funeral Expences out of my Estate

Item I give and bequeath unto my beloved wife Martha all my Lands and

tenements and all my household and Kitchen furniture plantation and farm-

ing tools and stock of Horses cattle and hogs only such as I shall dispose

of. here after and all the money that I may have and debts due to me which

I give to her during her natural life and no longer also I lend to her my

wife Martha the following named Negroes Dover Vine Alferd Warren Jerry Jin

Rob Rene all the above named property at the death of my wife Martha will

return to my children as I hereafter give it Item 3; I give unto my Son

John one nergroe boy named Revel who he had in pofsefsion  Item 4, I give

unto my daughter Nancy wife of Herod Stackhouse one negroe girl named Dez

who she has in pofsefsion  Item 5th, I give to my daughter Martha wife of

Isaac Stackhouse one negroe girl named Gin who she now has in pofsefsion

Item 6th, I give to my son Richard one negroe boy named Warran at the death

of my wife Martha Roper Item 7th, I give unto my son William one negroe boy

named Jerry at the same time Item 8th, I give unto my daughter Mary at the

death of my wife one negroe woman named Vine and one negroe boy named Bob

also I lend unto her the place which I now live on embracing the houses and

as much of lands as my Executors shall Judge sufficient for her maintaince

during her life or day of marriageand then the land to return to my son James

also if my daughter Mary shall die without lawful issue the negroe boy Bob

to return to my Estate Item 9th, I give unto my son James at the death of my

wife all the balance of the land that I now live on embracing the Mill and

Cotton Jin also one negroe boy named Alferd also at the death of my wife all

my household and Kitchen furniture and stock of all kinds to be Equally di-

vided between my daughter Mary and son James Item 10th, I give unto my daughter 


Sarah wife of Thomas Bridges one hundred Dollars for her final part of

my Estate to be given by my Executors to Richard and William Roper and they

to give it to her as they see she has need of it  Item 11th, It is my wish

and desire that all the balance of my property not disposed of heretofore

embracing the Wilson Tract of Land one negroe man named Dover Jin Rene and

all my Cash and debts due to me to be Equally divided between all my child-

ren mentioned in this will Except Sarah Bridges shear and shear alike and

I do constitute and appoint Isaac Stackhouse Herod Stackhouse and James Roper

Executors to this my last will and Testament in Witnefs whereof I have here-

unto set my hand and seal this 13th, March one thousand Eight hundred &

Forty signed seald and declared by the Said John Roper as his last will and

testament in the presance of us who at his request and in his presance and

in the presance of Each other have hereunto subscribed our names as witnefses

Test. John W. Hairgrove                              his
                                                 John X Roper (SEAL)
       Wesley Stackhouse                            mark

       Allen Gady

Recorded in Will Book 2, Page 55

Recorded Jany. 5, 1844

E. B. Wheeler, Ordinary M. D.

Roll No. 687            

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