Will of
Jesse COUNCIL, 1802

Contributed by Joanne Harley, 23 March 2001


In the Name of God, Amen, I Jesse Council, of the State of South Carolina Marlborough County, Being Weak in Body, but of Perfect Mind and Memory, thanks be Given unto God, Calling unto Mind the Mortality of My Body, and Knowing 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 once first of all I give and recommend my soul into the hand of the almight God, that gave it, and my body I recommend to the earth, to be buried in decent Christian burial, at the descretion of my executors, nothing doubting but at the geneal resurrection I shall receive the same again, by the might power of God,--and touching such worldly estate wherewith it has pleased God to bless in this life. I give, Devise, once dispose of the same in the following manner and form--First I give and bequesth to John Terrel my half brother all my lands lying on both sides of Pee Dee river, one Negro fellow named Carolina, one Negro woman name Silva one other Negro woman named Any, one negro boy named Tom, one other boy named Peter, to gether with all my stock of horses and pigs.

Item I give and bequeath to Ginsey Feilds my half sister one negro girl by name of Sarah----

Item I give and bequeath to James Feilds my half brother one negro girl by name of Dol., one negro boy named Harry,

Item: I lend to my mother Elizabeth Feilds during her life all the rest of my property and at her death I give and bequeath the property to her lent, to John Terrel, Ginsey Fields, and James Fields to be Equally divided between them---and I do hereby appoint my Uncle William Pledger and my brother John Terrel my Executors and I do hereby utterly disallow revoke, and disannul all and every other former testament, Wills , Leagases, bequaths, and executors by me in any Will before named, Willed and Bequeathed. Ratifying and confirming this, and no other, to be my last Will and Testament I Wilness wherof I have thereunto set my hand and seal this tenth day of July in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and two , and in the twenty seventh year of the independance of America.

Jesse Council (Seal)

Signed, Sealed Published , pronounced and declared by the said Jesse Council as his Last Will and Testament in the presents of us who in his presents and in the presents of each other have hereunto subscribed our names.

Dan'l B. Snead                      Recorded in Will bk A, page 38, Apt. 1, pkg. 15, October 21st, 1802
Jonathan Brantley                   J. Winfield    Ordy.     
Joseph Dilport (his mark)


***Notes: Elizabeth Pledger, daughter of Phillip Pledger, was married three times.
1. Jesse Council, (issue: Jesse Council, Jr.)
2. Wm. Terrell, (issue: John Terrell, who marr. Ann Allison)
3. Wm Fields, (issue: James Fields, Jincy Fields/mar. John Donaldson)

Source: "KINFOLKS" by W.C. Harllee, Vol 3, p. 2006
"History of Marlboro Co.,SC" by J.A.W. Thomas
"Sketches of Old Marlboro" by D.D. McColl

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