Will of
William F. ELERBE, 1826

Contributed to by Bushy Hartman, 30 Apr 2002


The State of South Carolina
In the name of God Amen! I William F. Elerbe of the District of Marlborough,
in the said State, being in an uncertain state of bodily health but in the
full pofsefsion of all my mental faculties, do make ordain and publish this,
as my last will and Testament in manner following that is to say,
1st. I desire that no final partition of my estate shall be made during the
life of my Wife Ann E. Elerbe, but that all of it shall be kept together on
my several plantations, except such unnecefsary stock of horses, cattle,
hogs or sheep, as my Executor in whose pofsefsion they are, shall think
proper to sell, and the proceeds of the farms shall be disposed of
hereinafter directed------------------
2nd.  I appoint and Constitute as the Executors of this my last Will and
Testament, my friends Captain John Elerbe, Colonel James Gillispie, and
Josiah J. Evans, and inasmuch as I do not desire to burthen each of them,
with the Superintendance of my whole estate, I make the following
distribution of their several duties, viz- My Chesterfield Plantation and
everything appertaining thereunto is to be under the exclusive charge of
John Elerbe, and all my planting interest in Marlborough and everything
connected with it, and all my mills are to be under the exclusive management
of James Gillispie; the Adjustment Settlement and Management of all my other
business I commit to my other Executor Josiah J. Evans----------------
3rd.  I give devise and bequeath to my wife Ann E. Elerbe my Mansion house
in Marlborough with all the appertenances together with all my house
servants, Carriage horses, Carriage Coachman, furniture and Library, to be
used pofsefsed and enjoyed by her at her sole will and pleasure, during her
natural life, and I desire that in the management of my estate she shall be
consulted and advised with by my Executors, and that she


shall be furnished from my estate with everything which can contribute to
her comfort and convenience,-----------------
4th.  When the crops shall be gathered annually ample provision for the use
of my wife & family shall be made therefrom of all such necefsaries as the
plantations can furnish, the balance of the crops, by the respective
Executors having charge of the plantations, shall be sold and after paying
all the Contingent expenses of the plantationsand reserving enough to meet
the probable charges of the subsequent  year;they shall pay over the balance
to Josiah J. Evans to be disposed of as hereinafter
5th.In disposing of my real estate, I do not think it can be advantageously
divided into more than two parts; I therefore give and bequeath to my
youngest son Thomas Robertson Elerbe, in lieu of land, Thirty thousand
dollars to be paid him at the time my personal estate is divided as
hereinafter disrected in Cash and Bonds or such other Choses in action as my
Executor having charge of that part of my estate, may then have in his
pofsefsion, And should he have been unable by that time to have provided the
means of paying this Legacy for the income of my estate; then the balance
unprovided for, shall be made up by my Executors out of my personal estate
before division.-----
6th.  I desire and direct that my Executor Josiah J. Evans shall annually
out of the income of my estate pay over to my wife such reasonable sums of
money as she shall deem necefsary to pay all theContingent expenses of the
Maintenance and education of my family, And the remainder of the income
together with all debts due me, when collected, shall be vested by him, in
bank stock or such other security as he may deem most productive, or the
purpose of raising the Legacy herein before given to my youngest son Thomas
R. Elerbe.------------


7th. I give devise and bequeath to my eldest son William T. Elerbe his heirs
and Afsigns, my lower plantation lying on both sides of Pee Dee river and
including all the lands in Marlborough whereof I am seized and pofsefsed in
my own right, lying on the South side of Naked Creek but of this property,
he is not to have pofsefsion, except with the consent of my Executors and
his Mother as hereinafter provided until the time herein fixed for the
partition of the whole of my estate.-------------
8th. To my son Alexander R. Elerbe his heirs and Afsigns I give devise and
bequeath, my upper plantation situated in Chesterfield District together
with all my lands in Marlborough lying on the North of Naked Creek, And also
the lands and Mills to which I am entitled in right of my wife by virtue of
the last Will & Testament of her father, the late Major Drury Robertson, but
the pofsefsion thereof is subject to the same restriction as the land herein
devised to my son William.-------------
9th.  I desire that all my children shall be well educated and charge my
estate with all the expenses thereof and should either of them study a
profefsion I desire that my Executors shall furnish him with the means from
my estate of purchasing a good profefsional Library should he commence the
practice of his profefsion before my estate is divided.  And inasmuch as no
part of my estate is hereby directed to be delivered into the pofsefsion of
any of my children during the lifetime of their Mother, I do hereby
authorize my said Executors by and with the consent of my wife, as soon as
provision shall have been made for the payment of the Legacy of Thirty
thousand dollars to my son Thomas, to allot to allot to each of my sons
William and Alexander some part of the lands hereby divided to them
respectively, with such number of slaves as my said Executors and my wife
may think necefsary to Cultivate the Land, And whenever such allotment shall
be made to either of them his right to be maintained out of the residue of
the Estate shall cease and determine.-------------


10th. I have reason to feel and do feel in my wife the most implicit
confidence and have in this dispofition of the Worldly goods wherewith God
hath blefsed us, endeavoured to make her situation, after my death, as happy
and as comfortable as is consistent with its nature, And I do hereby enjoin
on my friends whom I have selected as my Executors, to provide most amply
for all her wants and to manage all my business with all due regard to her
wishes desires.-----------------
11th. As soon after the death of my wife as the same can conveniently be
done, I give and bequeath after paying the Legacy to my son Thomas, all
residue of my personal estate to be equally divided between my three sons,
William, Alexander, and Thomas. And this partition is to include not only
the estate pofsefsed in my own right but also my wife's share of the estate
of the late Major Drury Robertson, And in order that the same may be made
with little expense and trouble, I authorize my Executors to appoint
Commifsioners not exceeding five to effect this partition among my
12th.  In disposing by this will of my estate among my children I found it
necefsary and convenient in order to make the partition ample and equal, to
include, with the consent of my wife, the estate devised and bequeathed to
her by her father, the late Major Robertson.  This disposition I hope and
trust and believe she will never disturb, And the provision thereby made for
her is done under the expectation that she will never defsent to any part of
this my last will and testament. If however she should think proper to
difsent to the disposition hereby made of her estate, she must elect to do
so in twelve months after my decease.------------
13th. My summer Residence in Richmond County North Carolina I give devise
and bequeath to my wife during her life, and afterwards to all my children
as joint Tenants, And I desire during the lifetime of my wife should she
reside there in


the summer that some Negroes may be kept there to make provisions for her
and my family.----------------------
14th.  To my worthy friend John McFarlane and his wife Rebeccah McFarlane I
give and bequeath the Lot of land whereon he has built a house at my summer
residence in North Carolina for and during their joint lives and the life of
the survivor.--------------
15th. I authorize and empower my Executor Josiah J. Evans to sell and convey
my lands in Darlington District and to vest the money arising from the sales
towards raising the Legacy for my son Thomas.----------------
16th.Whereas I am jointly seized with George T. Hersey of a tract and Mills
which we bought from James C. Thomas and the said Hersey has requested me to
buy his half of the land, I do therefore authorize and empower my executors
to take the said land in payment from the said Hersey on settlement of my
private dealings with him and of the estate of Major Robertson, at the price
he gave for the same, which land so purchased is to be held as the residue
of my estate during my wife's lifetime, And afterwards I give it to my son
William and desire my Executors to convey it to him.----------------
17th.  I give and devise all my right title and interest in a tract of land
bought by Thomas Powe from the estate of Falconer and conveyed by him to
myself, Zachariah and Thomas F. Elerbe, to my sister Martha Powe during her
life and after her death to all her children.
							W. F. Elerbe. (L.S.)
Signed, acknowledged, published and )
declared by the said William F.     )
Elerbe as and for his last will and )
testament in our presence who have  )     Recorded in Will Book A Page 145
attested the same in his presence   )          Recorded 20th.July,1826
and at his request, The following   )          Recorded by Wm. Easterling,
interlenations were made before     )		      Ordinary, M.D.
signing, viz-the words "for the use )          Case 1---Box 21---
of my wife and family," in the 1st. )
line of the 4th Clause, & the word  )
"endeavoured" in the 2nd.line of the)
10th Clause.                        )

		Thomas E. Powe
		Peter E. Graves
		Wm. McQueen

[Note: Typed exactly from typed copy on microfilm including misspellings.]

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