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                                             WILL OF

                                      STEPHEN SHACKELFORD


In the name of God, Amen.

               I, Stephen shackelford of the District of Marion, and State

of South Carolina, being weak in body, but of a sound disposing mind, mem-

ory and understanding, do make and ordain this my last Will and Testament,

in manner and form following.  Imprimis, I will and direct that my Execu-

tors hereinafter named do pay all my just debts, and discharge the Legacies

herein contained, as soon after my descease, as soon thy may be legally

and conveniently enabled to do so.

Item, I give an bequeath to my dearly beloved wife Susannah Shackelford,

for and during the term of her natural life, the following property, that

is to say, two plantations or tracts of Land purchased by me from John Do-

sier in his lifetime, each tract containing two hundred acres, and known by 

the name of the Point field, and Bear Pond tracts; also all my household

and kitchen furniture, plantation tools, Carts, Wagon, and every other arti-

cle on my plantation necefsary for carrying on a farm; also two yoke of

Oxen, One horse and one brood mare, (such as she may select,) my Carriage,

One mule, twenty five head of Sheep, fifteen cows and calves, four head of

beef cattle, and thirty head of hogs; and also the following negro Slaves,

to wit, Rose and her four children John, Sampson, Moses and chloe, Joe,

Cain & Nanny: and from and after the descease of my said wife, I give and

bequeath all and singular the aforesaid property Real and Personal, (except

Moses, the Son of Rose) in manner and form following, that is to say, one

fourth part of the same to my Son John Shackelford, to him and his heirs

forever;  One fourth part to my daughter Ann Rogers, to her and her heirs 

forever; and the remaining two fourths of the same, I give and bequeath to

my executors hereinafter named, in Trust neverthelefs, and to and for the

equal use and behoof, of my daughters Elizabeth Paisley, and ///Mary//////Elisabeth

Moody, for an during the term of each of their natural lives; and from and after

the death of either of my last aforesaid daughter, I give the property held

in trust for said daughters, to her surviving ifsues forever.

Item, I give and bequeath to my Son John Shackelford one tract of Land in

Eagerton's point, adjoining the land above conveyed to my aforesaid wife


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containing about eighty acres & surveyed for me by John Dozier in his life-

time; also the following negro Slaves, to wit, Peter, Nero, Bob, & Murreah,

to him and his heirs forever.

Item, I give and bequeath to my daughter Ann Rogers, one negro girl named

Nancy, together with her future increase, to her and her heirs forever.

Item, on the death of my aforesaid wife, I give and bequeath the negro boy

named Moses to Eli Jones, to him and his heirs forever.  Item, Whereas I

own a moiety of a tract of Land of three hundred acres, more or lefs pur-

chased jointly by my Nephew James Shackelford and myself from Richard Smith,

I give and bequeath the Same to my Said Wife Susannah Shackelford for and du-

ring the term of her natural life, and from and after her death I give and

bequeath the same to my Grandson John Baker Shackelford to him and his heirs

forever, the other moiety of said land being conveyed by me by Deed, to his

father Stephen Shackelford in his lifetime.  Item, In the bequest to my wife

Susannah Shackelford of all my household furniture, it. is my meaning and

intention to convey thereby to her two beds & furniture out of the beds & bed-

ding of which I may die seized and pofsefsed, and it is my will and desire

that the remainder of my beds and bedding together with such other articles

of furniture, plantation tools &so forth, as my said wife may not need or

have use for, shall pofs into the hands of my Executors subject to the dis-

position and distribution hereinafter provided in the residuary clause of

this my last will and testement.  Item, Whereas I have already given to my

aforesaid children John Shackelford, Ann Rogers, Elizabeth Paisley, and Mary

Moody, Sundry negro Slaves, furniture, stock of cattle, horses and so forth,

which they have already, respectively had the pofsefsion of, I hereby ratify

and confirm the aforesaid gifts.  Item, it is my will and desire that the

residue of my Estate be sold by my Executors and the money arising therefrom

be appplied to the payment of any debts which I may be owing; and Should

there be any money remaining after the payment of said debts, that the same

be equally divided among my Surviving Children, and that that part or portion

which may be allotted to my daughters Elizabeth Paisley and Mary Moody be

held subject to the same trusts as are hereinbefore created.

Lastly I nominate, constitute and appoint my son John Shackelford and my

friend Benjamin Holt, Executors to this my last Will and Testament, hereby


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revoking all and every Will or Wills, by me at any time heretofore made,

and declaring and pronouncing this only to be and contain my last Will and

Testament.

           In Witnefs whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal

           this fifth day of July in the year of our Lord One thousand

           Eight hundred and thirty four, and in the fifty ninth year

           of the Sovreignty and Independence of the United States of

           America.

Signed, Sealed, published and declared to )    Stephen Shackelford (SEAL)
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be and Contain the Last Will and Testament)
                                          )
of the Testator, Stephen Sheakelford; in  )
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the presence of us, who by his request,   )
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and in his presence, and in the presence  )
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of each other, have subscribed our names  )
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as witnefses to the Same. - - - - -       )
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   The word "Elizabeth" being first       )
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erased, & the word "Mary" interlined      )
                                          )
Elizabeth. Wall                           )

Elizabeth S. Lewis
      his
Edward X Garner
     mark

Recorded in Will Book 1, Page 255

Sworn to Oct. 18, 1834

Edward B. Wheeler, Ordy M. District

Roll No. 747
 


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