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Transcribed by Roberta Hayes King, 2 Mar 2000

Will of John SMITH, 1797

In the Name of God Amen. I John Smith of Liberty County Georgetown District in the 
State of South Carolina,  being in Perfect health both of Body and Mind, considering 
the infirmity of my Age, thanks be to the Almighty God for the Same, But calling 
to Mind the Mortality of this Body, and that it is appointed for all Men once to die, 
do therefore Make and Constitute this my last will and Teatament, But first of all 
I commit my spirlt into the hands of God, My Creator, from whom I first received 
my being, nothing Doubting but I Shall receive the Same Again at the Great day of 
the Resurrection of Quick and Dead,. and be again reunited by the Altmighty power 
of God, and as for such worldly goods as it hath Pleased God,. of his Great Goodness,
. to endow me with,. I do hereby dispose of in Manner and form following, that is 
to say after My Just Debts and funeral Charges are all well satisfyed and 
paid
-- Item I Give and Bequeath unto my Well beloved  Wife Mary Smith One negro 
woman named Pegg Two Hundred Acres of  Land lying & being on the N East side of 
Buck Swamp, which I bought of William Parker , One Riding Mare, Saddle and 
bridle Four Cows and Calves & one year old lieifer , Thre Sows and Piggs 
Supposed to be twenty Head Swine, 1 Feather Bed and Furniture , And a Lott 
of Pewter worth  Seven Pounds St.g. to her only use and behoof to hold unto 
her the sd Mary Smith and her heirs & Asigns forever
-- Item I give and Bequeath unto my Eldest Son Samuel Smith six Hundred and 
fifty acres of Land in Five tracts all Joining One of another lying and 
being on the Gully and Buck Swamp Mostly Granted in my Own name except 
one Fifty acre Tract which I purchased of  William Harralson (sic) and 
another whieh came out      in the name of William Roseyear  being a 
Bounty which I purchased, and also one Feather Bed   and Furniture 
seven Head of Stock Cattle & thirty Head of Sheep, to Hold unto him the
 sd Samuel Smith and to his heirs & afsigns in Perpetual succefsion absolutely 
for Ever 
-- I Give and Bequeath unto my son John Smith Two Hundred and fifty acres of 
Land whereon he now lives which he ia to give me, One Hundred Pounds St.g 
to be paid to my Daughter Mary Buckholls in the Country Produce as he shall think
 most proper agreable to her nesefsity(sic), Also Four Hundred acres of land 
Lying and being on the N East side of Little Peedee which I purchased of 
John Clarke, one Megro lad named Hall and Eighteen Head of Stock Cattle to 
Hold unto him the said John Smith and to his heirsd & afsigns in perpetual 
Succefsion of ages to Come actually For Ever 
-- Item I Give and Bequeath unto my Son James Smith Seven Hundred & Fifty 
acres of Land which I purchased of Benjamin Harralson Jr lying &  being on 
the  N East side of Buck Swamp also One Hundred acres of land lying on or 
near Catfish Joing on the East side of a Survey of Two Hundred Acres which 
joins Wraggs Land Granted in my Own Name Two Mares or horses six head of 
Stock Cattle Twenty head Swine one Feather Bed & Furniture and a Set of 
Black Smith Tools, to hold unto Him the said James Smith & to his heirs 
& Afsigns in perpetual Succesfsion of Ages to come absoluley For Ever--

Item I Give a Bequeath unto my Daughter Anne Berry One Negro woman named 
Dinah which she had in her Own Pofsefsion and Also one Hundred and Four Acres 
of Land on Catfish  whereon Joseph Jones and one Bryant now lives on being 
two tracts nearly Joining One of another Sixty seven acres in One Tract 
and thirty seven in the Other One Horse or Mare Fifteen head of Stock Cattle 
Ten head of Stock Hoggs One Feather Bed & Furniture a Lott of Pewter to be 
worth Ten pounds & lott plantation Tools to amount of Thirty Eight Shillings 
to Hold unto the said Anne Berry & to her heirs /of her body/ in perpetual 
succefsion of Ages to Come actually For Ever--  

Item I Give & Bequeath unto my Daughter Elizabeth Watson one tract of 
Land of Thre Hundred Acres which I Bought of Collins being  the place where 
Kelly now lives on the Road and Also one Hundred & Fifty acres Purchased of 
W. Studdivant lying on the Bay Joining Land held by Frederick Jones. Also 
One Negro woman named Fibb and her Child and Twenty four head of Stock 
Cattle To Hold unto her the said Elizabeth Watson & to her heirs /of her body/ 
in perpetual Succefsion of Ages to Come Actually For Ever--

Item I give and Bequeath unto my Daughter Mary Buckholts One Hundred Pounds to 
be paid by the Hands of my Son John Smith in Produce at Market Price as her 
Necefsity Shall require as the Last Part of her Portion 

Item I give & Bequeath unto my Daughter Sarah Tart, Seven hundred & Fifty acres 
of Land Joining to the Plantation & Mill Seat whereon I now live being Part 
of the Remaining part of the Old Tract which I purchased of Evan Evans which 
is One Hundred & Fifty acres more in Two other tracts all Joining One of 
another Observing to take off that one Hundred & fifty acres of the Old Evans 
Tract on the sd East side Joining to the other Two Tracts &next to the  
woodland part Reserving One Hundred  Acres More or lefs of the Said Old Evan's 
Tract for the use of the aforsed . Plantation & Mill whereon I now Live 
One Negro man named Tom one Negro woman Named Dinah, to Hold unto Her the 
sd. Sarah Tart and to her heirs /of her body/ in Perpetual Succefsion from 
Generation to Generation absolutely and Forever -- 

Item I Give and Bequeath Unto my Daughter Martha Fincklea One  Hundred 
Acres of Land which I purchased of George Gibson lying in the west side 
of Catfish, One Negro man Named Harry one Horse or Mare Ten Head of Stock Cattle,
 One Small Negro Girl to Hold unto her the said Martha Fincklea and to her 
Heirs /of her body/ in perpetual Succefsion from Generation to Generation 
absolutely For Ever -- 

Item I Give and Bequeath unto My Daughter Mourning Bryant the Plantation and mill se
at whereon I now Live Containing One Hundred Acres being that Part of the Tract 
which I had & purchased of Evan Evans which is Situated at the Dwellings and Mill 
and One Negro Girl One Horse or Mare, Fourteen Head Stock Cattle, Twenty Head 
Stock Hoggs To Hold unto Her the said Mourning Bryant and to her heirs
 /of her body/ perpetual Succefsion of Ages to Come actually & absolutely for Ever --  

Item I give and Bequeath unto my My Daughter Cealey Harralson One Negro man named 
Caroline One Negro Boy named Joe also Five Hundred acres of Land whereon she 
now Lives and Granted in my Own Name. Thre Head of breeding Cattle, and 
Household Goods to amt of fifty four Shillings & nine Pence St.g. To Hold 
unto her the said Cealey Harrelson and to her heirs /of her Body/
in perpetual Succefsion of ages to come actually and Absolutely For Ever --  

And I do hereby Nominate, Constitute and appoint my Trusty Friends, my sons 
Samuel Smith and John Smith and Eaneas Tart to be my true and Lawful Executors 
to this my Last Will and  Testament, Denying all other wills or Testaments 
heretofore made Signed or executed by me in any wise, Ratifying and 
Confirming this and no other to be my Last Will and Testament 
In Witnefs whereof I have hereunto Set my hand and seal this Tenth day 
of June in the Year of our Lord One Thousand Seven Hundred and Ninety Seven

                                                               his
Sighnd Sealed Published Declared                          John     Smith
                                                              mark        
In the Presence of__________

Interlined before afsigned the words
of her Body

John Finkly
John Dear
Peter Keighley


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