Will of
George JAMES, 1846

Contributed by Donali Howell, Dec 2001


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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