Jesse BETHEA, 1809
Transcribed and contributed by Bernadine Deckard, 23 March 2001
In the name of God Amen. I Jefse Bethea of Marlborough District and State of South Carolina, planter being weak of body, but of sound and disposing mind, memory & understanding praised be God for same, do make and ordain this my last will and Testament, first, I recommend my soul into the hands of God who gave it, nothing doubting but at the General resurrection I shall receive the same again through his Mighty power. My body I recommend to the earth to be buried in a Christian like manner at the discretion of my Executors and Executrix, And as to the worldly Estate wherewith it hath pleased God to blefs me in this life, I give devise & dispose of the same in the manner and form following (that is to say) First, my will is that all my Just Debts should be fully paid out of my estate by my Executors, my children by my first wife, David, Jefse, and Simeon, I give, as follows, to David one negro man named Limbrick, a tract of land Stock & household furniture; to Jefse Bethea a Negroe man named Dave, Stock and household furniture, & a tract of land and a Negroe girl Dinah, to my son Simeon, I have given one Negroe boy Moses & a Negroe Girl Nan a Waggon and other property household furniture &etc to Betty Easterling a Negroe Boy Abram, Stock and household furniture, to my daughter Anne, I have given a negroe boy Aaron & household furniture, To my daughter Sally I gave a negroe boy Sam and a portion of household furniture, to my daughter Kiddy I gave a negroe boy Cudjo and a portion of household furniture which I conceive to be their full portion of my estate, to them and their heirs forever.
I lend to my beloved wife Elizabeth Bethea all the property I now pofsefs or that I may pofsefs at the time of my decease both real and personal, during the term of her natural life, I give to my well beloved son Tristram Bethea at the time of my wifes decease, all that part of my land Joining the land I gave to my son Jefse Bethea deceased by the publick post road, all between Said Road and a dividing line acrofs my land beginning at the mouth of a
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small drean which empties into the branch I now live on at or near against the lower end of my now home plantation & running up Sd drain to the head then still on with a strait line of marked trees quite acrofs all my lands, Also my negroe boy named George to him and his heirs forever. I give and bequeath to my beloved son Jefse Bethea all the other and remaining part of my lands includeing the plantation whereon I now live and my Negroe Girl Ginny at my wifes decease to him & his heirs forever, My negroe man Cudjo and my negroe woman Patty with all the other my personal estate, I give and Bequeath to my said two sons Tristram & Jefse to be equally divided between them at the time of my wifes decease, and if either of them should happen to die before arriveing to the age of twenty one years or without ifsue lawfully begotten, then the surviveing one to have all the estate hereby given to both, both /real/ and personal to him and to his heirs forever. and if it should so happen that both my said sons Tristram and Jefse should die before arriveing to the age of twenty one or having lawful ifsue then in that case I give and bequeath to all my first wifes and last wifes Children all my personal estate to be equally divided amongst them share and share alike, the children of any deceased brother or sister of them takeing amongst them the share alloted to their ancestor to them and their heirs forever after my wifes decease. And if it should so happen as aforesaid that both my two sons Tristram and Jefse should die as aforesaid beforeing arriving to lawful age or haveing lawful ifsue, then and in that case, I give and bequeath to all my first wifes children all my land, to be equally divided amongst them all, share and share alike, the children of any deceased brother or sister of them, takeing amongst them the share alloted to their parent or ancestor after my wifes decease; And I do hereby nominate and appoint my dearly beloved wife Elizabeth Bethea Executrix and my loved son David
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Bethea and my trusty friend Moses Parker of this District my Executors of this my last Will and Testament, hereby revokeing and makeing void all former wills and Testaments at any time heretofore made by me, and do declare this to be my last will and Testament, In Witnefs Whereof I have hereunto set my hand and affixed my Seal this thirieth day of September in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and nine and in the 34th year of the Independence of America.
Jefse Bethea (LS)Signed Sealed published pronounced & declared } by the above named Jefse Bethea as his last Will } and Testament in the presence of us Who at his } request and in his presence and in the pres- } ence of each other have hereunto Subscribed } our names as Witnefses.} Tristram Bethea John Pinner Mindard Bennet Joel Easterling
Recorded in Will Book A Page 67
Recorded 25th April 1812
Recorded by Wm. Easterling Ordy..
Case I---Box 2---
[Copied verbatim from copy of "Reproduction of Microfilm in South Carolina Department of Archives and History, Columbia, S. C." - Marlboro Co Wills Vol.1 Bk. A p. 84-86 Jesse Bethea]
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