George JAMES, 1846
Contributed by Donali Howell, Dec 2001WILL OF GEORGE JAMES In the name of God Amen. I George James of Darlington District in the State of South Carolina being of sound mind memory and understanding, do make this my last will and testament in manner and form following: I give and bequeath unto my beloved wife for and during the term of her natural life the following negroes: to wit, Billy, Arthur, Cato, Abram, Milly, Glasgow Betty, Nancy, Maria, Orph, Carolinia and Susan together with so much of my household and kitchen furniture, and of my stock of horses, cattle, and hogs and of my corn fodder and other provisions and plantation utensils, as she may desire to keep,- the same to be selected by my wife and set apart to her by my executors hereinafter named. I give and bequeath to my son Samuel C. James one negro named Enos; To my son George C. James one negro named Peter; To my son Thomas L. James one negro named Moll; To my daughter Harriet Gregg one negro named Sim; To my daughter Susanah W. Smith one negro named Nora. To my daughter Evelina Head one negro named Hannah. It is my will and desire that the negroes above given to my children shall remain in their possession respectively as before designated until the death of my wife; and then I desire that the said negroes, together with those given to my wife, and the increase of the whole shall be thrown together and valued, and an equal division thereof made among my six children above named. The negroes which may be allotted to my sons George C. James and Samuel C. James and to my daughter Harriet Gregg under the preceding clause of this will I give to them absolutely and without any Qualification or limitation. But the negroes the negroes which may be allotted to my daughters Susanah W. Smith and Evelina Head, and to my son Thomas L. James under the said clause of this will, I give to them respectively for and during the term of their natural lives, and then to the children which they respectively leave living at their death. I desire that all my just debts shall be paid out of my personal property, which may remain after my wife shall have selected for herself such parts of the same as she is authorised to do, in a preceding part of this will, and the residue if any, to be divided equally among my six children above named. At the death of my wife I desire that a sum of money shall be paid by my Executors to my son Edward James equal to the value of the property which may be allotted to each of my other six children under the foregoing provisions of this will. I give and bequeath to my son Joseph John James one dollar. All the rest and residue of my property of every description whatsoever, I desire shall be equally divided among my six children George C. Samuel C. Thomas L. Harriet, Susanah W. and Evelina. Lastly I do nominate constitute and appoint my wife Executrix and my sons George C. James and Samuel C. James Executors of this my last will and testament hereby revoking and making void all and every other will and testament at any time heretofore by me made; and I do declare this to be my last will and testament In witness whereof I the said George James have hereunto set my hand and seal this fifteenth day of January in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and forty six. Signed sealed declared and ) George James ( Seal ) published by the above named ) George James as and for his ) last will and testament in the ) presence of us, who at his request -) and in his presence and in the) presence of each other have sub ) scribed our names as witnesses ) thereto. ) E. A. Law A. H. David C. Hunter Recorded in will Book 10 Page 112 Recorded 24th May 1847 Ervin B. Brunson Ordinary D.D. Apartment A, Pkg. 433
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