Will of
William BENNETT, 1814

Contributed by Victoria Proctor, 22 July 2003

In the name of God Amen. I WILLIAM BENNETT of the District of Marlborough & State of South Carolina being sick and weak in body but of sound and disposeing mind memory and understanding. praised be God for the same, do make this my last will & Testament. in manner following. that is to say, first of all my will is that after my decease so much of my personal estate be sold as will be sufficient to pay all my Just debts funeral expences &c. at the discretion of my Executors.

Secondly I Give to my beloved son WILLIAM BENNETT five shillings sterling and no more as I have heretofore given him the portion attoled [allotted] for him.

Thirdly I give to my beloved daughter ELIZABETH COVINGTON five shillings sterling and no more I have heretofore given her the portion attoled for her.

Fourthly I give to my beloved daughter NANCY EASTERLING one sorrel mare & one feather bed & furniture and twenty dollars the said mare & bed to be delivered soon after my decease and the said Twenty dollars to be paid by my executors by the first of January one thousand eight hundred and Sixteen.

Fifthly I give to my beloved son NEAVIL BENNETT a Certain piece or Tract of land called the Beverly land and also a part of the Tract of land Whereon I now live called Boyakin field to be divided by a direct course through the Cypress pond and through the lane to the edge of a small pond. then to on near THOMAS LESTERS Corner thence nearly a west course to crooked Creek. and all the land I hold lying below said line is the above mentioned land be the same more or less and also one feather bed & furniture.

Sixthly I Give to my beloved son JOSEPH BENNETT one hundred acres of Land called the Drilling land, and one feather bed and furniture.

Seventhly I give to my beloved son JAMES BENNETT one hundred & Sixty acres of land called the BEACHAMP Land and one feather bed & furniture ---

Eighthly I give unto my beloved son BENJAMIN BENNETT all the

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remainder of the tract of Land whereon I now live, together with the balance of a late survey adjoining the same, and one feather bed and furniture and my negroes man ABRAM at the death of my wife.

Ninthly I give unto my beloved daughter SUSANNA BENNETT one feather bed & furniture and Fifty dollars to be raised out of my personal estate, and paid to her when she shall arrive at lawful age or marry by my Executors.

Tenthly. I lend to my son in law HAMLET FULLER one feather bed & firniture and three head of Cattle with a few other articles of household furniture which he now has in his possession dureing the time of his Natural life, and if in case he shall die without a lawful heir at his death the same shall revert to my four sons, NEAVIL JOSEPH JAMES & BENJAMIN & my daughter SUSANNA to be divided between them in the same manner as the rest of my personal estate is to be divided.

Eleventhly. I lend unto my beloved wife RACHEL BENNETT all my estate both real and personal after my Just debts and the above named legacies are paid during the time of her natural life or widowhood in order that my children live & remain with their mother, and have Education and after her death or the expiration of her widowhood all the rest residue and remainder of my personal estate which is not disposed of is to be equally divided into three parts, and one third to be given to my daughter SUSANNA when she shall arrive at lawful age or marry to be paid to her by my Executors. and the remaining two thirds to be equally divided between my four sons NEAVIL JOSEPH JAMES & BENJAMIN who are to receive the same and also possession of their respective lands when they arrive at lawful age or marry by my Executors. And if in case any of my above named sons NEAVIL JOSEPH JAMES & BENJAMIN shall die before they arrive at lawful age or being of lawful age die without a lawful heir then their respective shares of my estate both real and personal shall be equally divided between the remaining or surviving brothers aforesaid & in case my daughter SUSANNAH shall die before she has a lawful heir her part shall be equally be divided one half of which shall revert to MANLEY NANCY EASTERLING & her heirs. and

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the other half to be equally divided between her living Brothers aforesaid.-------

Lastly, I do hereby nominate and appoint my trusty & well beloved friends MOSES PARKER SEN., & THOMAS STUBBS sole Executors of this my last will & Testament hereby revoking and making void all and every other will and wills at any time heretofore by me made and do declare this to be my last will & Testament. In Witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and Seal, the fifteenth day of August in the year of our Lord one Thousand eight hundred & fourteen

Signed, Sealed declared & published by the above named WILLIAM BENNETT as & for his last will & Testament.

The above interlineations therein be
-ing first made namely the words one                    WILLIAM BENNETT (LS) 
feather bed & furniture (interlined) 
& the words at the death of my wife 
interlined as and for his last will 
& Testament. In the presence of us 
who at his request & in his presence
have subscribed our names as witness.
WM. BRISTOW 
THOMAS LESTER 
D. MONTGOMERY 

Recorded in Will Book A page 81
Recorded 13 th Oct. 1814
Recorded by WM. EASTERLING Ordy, M. D.
Case 1------Box 12

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