Will of

Contributed to by Joanne Harley, 21 March 2000


   In the name of God Amen.  I John Donaldson of Anson County North Carolina, 
Planter being of sound and disposing mind and memory do constitute this my last 
will and testament and desire it may be received by all as such.  

first, I most humbly bequeath my soul to God my maker beseeching His most 
gracious acceptance of it.  I give my body to the earth from whence it was 
taken in full asurance of its resurectiion from thence at the last day as 
for my burial I desire it may be decent without pomp or state at the 
direction of my dear sife and my Executors.  

As to my worldly estate I will and positively order that my debts be paid.  
After my lawful debts is paid I give bequeath and order that all my estate real 
and personal be equally divided between y beloved wife Sarah Donalson and my 
three son (viz John Donalson Peter Donaldson & William Donaldson) . 

As to my wife Sarah Donalson's part She is to hold it or posess it during 
her natural life at the expiration of which her part is to be equally divided 
between my three sons, John, Peter, & William Donaldson.  I do also appoint 
my good friends Missuers  Ely Kershaw and Duke Gleen Esquire as my excutors 
with my wife Sarah Donaldson, whom I appoint as exeutrix.  

They the above Executors and Executrix are hereby ordered and required to pay 
all my lawful debts and to sue for all debts due my estate and that they make 
titles for lands to the amount of my lawful debts at the expense of my estate.  
In witness where of I have hereunto set my hand and seal this 2nd day of June, 
One thousand and Seven hundred & 80.  

                                             (signed) John Donaldson (seal)
Signed , Sealed and delivered in presence of us, 
Poindexter Tuloch, 
John Jones,
Richmond County, December Court 1781, 
The last will and testament  of John Donaldson dec'd of said co. was proven 
in open court by the oath of John Jones, Esq. and that he saw the other 
subscribing witnesses assign the same.   
Wm. Love, Clk

NOTE from Joanne Harley:
Born in England, John DONALDSON moved to the Pee Dee area and was possibly living in either Chesterfield or Marlboro Co. before the Rev. War. During the war, he began to buy land where Mark's Creek runs from the Chesterfield/Marlboro line into the Anson/Richmond area.

So many of his descendants are now in Marlboro, I think of him as a South Carolinian since this is where he started out. He died during the Rev. War. Was only 36 years old.

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