John ASKEW, 1771
Contributed by Joanne Harley, 7 Oct 2001
Will of John Askew..............1771, Proved May 5, 1793
In the name of God, Amen, June 6 day of One Thusand Seven Hundred Seventy One. I, John Askew, of Saint Davids's Parish and the Providence of South Carolina, being weak in body, but in proper and perfect mind and memory thanks be given unto God, that it is appointed for all men once to die, do make and ordain this my Last Will and Testament. That is to say, principally and first of all, I give and recommend my soul into the hands of God that gave it, and my body I recommend to the earth to be buried in decent Christian burial at the discretion of my executors, . Nothing doubting but at the general resurrection, I shall receive the same again by the Mighty Power of God, and or, touching such worldly estate herewith it hath pleased God to bless me in this life, I give, demise and dispose of same in the following manner and form.
IMPRIMIS: I give and bequeath to Ruth, my dearly beloving wife her life and all my land to live on same during her life and likewise my household goods and movables to my wife during her lifetime and likewise my stock and cattle, and hogs and horses to her for the suport of my beloved sons and *daughters , and at the decease of my beloved wife, I give and bequeath unto my loving sons named John Askew and Jesse Askew my land equally divided between them and all my said movables and stock and all sorts to be likewise divided amongst all my loving children in like manner.
Aaron Pearson being duly sworn maketh oath that he was present and saw John Askew, the testator named inthe within instrument or writing, sign, seal and execute the same as his Last Will and Testament. the said John Askew being then of sound mind, memory and understanding. That the named John Askew subscribed as a witness to the execution of said Will at deposnents meeting and that Manuel Cox and Moses Pearson were also present at and witnesses to the execution thereon together with the deposnents subscribed their names as such in the presence of each other.
Sworn in open Court, this 5th day of May 1793.
[***To date (March 25, 2000) no daughters have been found.]
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