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Contributed by Ron Rowell, August 2000

WILL OF WILLIAM ROWELL

    In the name of God amen.
    
     I, William Rowell, of the state of South Carolina, Marion District, 
being afflicted in body though of sound mind and being desirous of disposing 
of my earthly substance do make Constitute and ordain this my last Will and 
Testament in manner and form following:

     First, my Will, that all my just debts and funeral expenses be paid out 
of my monies, credits, and personal estate until the same discharged.  Item 
first, I give to my wife, Lecia, and bequeath her all my personal estate 
after payment of my debts of every name and kind except so much as I shall 
hereafter dispose of in this instrument during her natural life and at her 
absolute disposal with the exceptions herein, after made for the benefit of 
my daughters, I also give and bequeath to my said wife the use of my 
plantation and one hundred and twenty acres of land including it during her 
natural and at her death the said plantation and one hundred and twenty acres 
including it I give and bequeath to my son Jesse, subject to the provisions 
herein after made I give and bequeath to my son James, sixty acres of land in 
the fork of Little Cyprus and off the South Western end of my land subject to 
the provisions herein after made I give and bequeath to my son Jeremiah, 
eighty acres of my land including the House and clearing where he now lives, 
subject to the provisions herein after made, I give and bequeath to my son 
David Rowell, eighty acres of my land along the south side of it adjoining 
David C. Rowell's land and to extend to the land which I give my son 
Jeremiah, subject to the provisions herein after made, I give and bequeath to 
my son John, ninety acres of my land along Surls' land from what I give my 
son, Jeremiah, to Little Pee Dee River, subject to the provisions herein 
after made, and if my sons can not agree on  laying out each ones share, then 
my will is that each one choose a man to divide and lay off for them my wife 
choosing for my son Jesse, all of whom shall be disinterested free holders 
and the division made by them shall be a final adjustment of the division 
between them, these men having in  view with interest of each so as to mark 
out the lines dividing to give each justice, but the bequest of the above 
named land to my several sons is made only for their use and benefit  during 
their natural lives and not at their absolute disposal  or to become subject 
to sale for any debt which they contract but at their death to go to and be 
lawful property of their legitimate heirs the children born of their bodies 
and in the event that any one or more of them should die without any 
legitimate issue the lands given to him or them shall become the absolute 
property of my daughters, Elizabeth and Sarah, to be equally divided between 
them.

     To my daughters, Elizabeth and Sarah, I give and bequeath to each The 
worth of Fifty dollars in such property as can be best spared at it real 
value and that they receive it when they shall marry or become Twenty-one 
years of age and I also give them of the property remaining at the death of 
my wife, Twenty dollars each of so much remaining at her death and Lastly, I 
nominate appoint and ordain, my friend, Malcolm Stafford and David C. Rowell, 
executors to this my last will and Testament.  In Witness where of I have 
here unto set my hand to this my last will and testament on this the 
Twenty-second day of May in the year of our Lord, One Thousand Eight Hundred 
and Fifty-two, revoking all others.

Signed and declared to be the last Will of William Rowell in presence of John 
F. Campbell, Hiram H. Jackson, Peter Campbell.   Recorded in Will Book 2, 
Page 160
Sworn to July 5, 1852...Edward B. Wheeler, Ordinary of Marion District
Roll No. 696 

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