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Last Will and
Testament of James Stuart Deceased. Copied from Jefferson Co., MS, Probate
Record Book B, page 209
I James Stuart make this my last will and testament. To wit, After my decease
that my property all to be divided, that is to say my negro property in equal
lots, then my wife to take her choice of lots, the rest to be drawn for as
usual in such cases, and all the heirs that is of age to take his lot, the
balance to remain with my wife and children. The children that is not of age
till more of them become of age to marry then the property to be valued over
again and so on till the last becomes of age. Always the balance to be left in
my wife's hands until the last child becomes of age. It is to be understood
that my wife does not come in again after she gets her lot. Whereas I had
given to my oldest daughter Henrietta McClellen afterwards Henrietta Hopson
three negroes a horse and some cattle-it is clearly to be understood that I do
not leave anything to her heirs except her oldest daughter Eliza McClellen and
bequeath to her a negro girl named Caroline, a daughter of big Polly's, at my
decease. Should she die without an heir from her body, then in that case the
said girl Caroline and increase shall revert back again to my heirs. I have
also lent to Sarah Ferguson, my grand daughter, now Sarah Price, two Negro
boys, Albert and Jack, and I design, provided she has heirs from her body and
they live, then in that case I will and bequeath to Sarah Price the above
named Albert and Jack at my decease to the said Sarah Price and the heirs of
her body. And also to my granddaughter Jane Ferguson I will and bequeath two
negroes to be equal to Albert and Jack or their value in cash, also two cows
and calves, it is understood if Jane Ferguson dies without Heirs from her own
body, the above negroes revert to my heirs again. I also will and bequeath to
my grandson James Stuart Ferguson the same amount at my decease that I have
bequeathed to Sarah and Jane Ferguson and on the same conditions. Whereas
William Wade who married my daughter Huldah H. Stuart having given him three
negroes, some horses and cattle, I wish it clearly understood that I don't
leave to William Wade nor his heirs one single cent more, not for want of
affection to my daughter nor Mr. Wade either, but merely because I think they
have as much as any body ought to be plagued with; as to my stock of horses
and cattle after my wife takes out of the stock as many horses, oxen and cows
and calves as will support the family and supply the farm at her own
discretion and such as she may choose, then the balance to be sold on a twelve
months credit taking good bond and security for the payment. As to my land I
own in Jefferson County I will and bequeath to my four youngest sons Moreau,
Hinds, Blunt and William. As to my Chockchuma lands I wish equally divided
amongst all my children except those I have excluded already, as to J. F.
Stuart I think he has a plenty to support him as so I do not leave him any
property whatever only his equal part of the Chockchuma lands that is to say
with Betsy Gibson, Adeline Gibson, Moreau, Hinds, Blunt and William, as to
Betsy Gibson and Adeline Gibson having given them about two thousand Dollars
each in negroes and other property which property they are to keep at the
above valuation as part of their dividend, the proceeds of the stock when sold
to be equally divided amongst my children that is to say Betsy Gibson, J. F.
Stuart, Adeline Gibson, Moreau Stuart, T. H. Stuart, Blunt Stuart and William
Witness my hand this 21st October 1834.
The original of this will was written in his own hand.
Contributed by: Annette Bowen Webster, Texas
And the will of his wife: Leonly Stuart Will, Jefferson
County Probate Book C, page 761, 1845
I, Leonly Stuart of the County of Jefferson and State of Mississippi, being of
sound and disposing mind, do make and constitute and ordain this my last will
First, I desire that my executor herein after appointed shall as soon as may
be after my decease pay and satisfy all just and legal demands against my
Second, I devise and give to my son William L. Stuart and to his heirs and
assigns forever all the
lands and real estate I have in the county of Jefferson except such as I may
herein after designate being a part of the Mead tract lying on the left hand
side of the now road to Fayette bounded by the lands of Jas. Clark Snr.,
Daniel Sillers, and the land devised by James Stuart to said William L Stuart
containing one hundred and eighty acres more or less-I also give and bequeath
to my said son William L. Stuart my four Negro slaves viz. Jerry, Rachel, and
her child Jane, and William, and their future increase-but the foregoing
devise and bequest to my son William L. Stuart are on the terms and with the
restrictions and limitations hereinafter expressed.
Third, I give and bequeath to my daughter Roche L Stuart my five Negro slaves
namely, Mary, Alice, Ella, Owens, and Dave and their future issue-but on the
terms and limitations hereinafter expresses.
Fourth, I give and bequeath to my daughter Sarah A. G. Humphreys my four Negro
slaves namely, Sanford, Lucy, Albert, and Aron together with their future
issue also on the terms and limitations hereinafter expressed.
Fifth, I give and bequeath to my daughter Caroline Ann Sillers my five Negro
slaves namely Bill, Maryann, Martha, Ralph, and Van with their future issue.
Also on the terms and limitations hereinafter expressed-to wit, the devise and
bequests to my aforesaid four children William L. Stuart, Roche L. Stuart,
Sarah A. G. Humphreys, and Caroline Ann Sillers are each of them on the
conditions limitations and restrictions following, to wit, that if any one or
more of them shall die without children shall go and revert in common property
to the survivour or survivours as the case may be and to their heirs executors
and assigns forever but such reverting share to be held on the terms and
limitations and conditions aforesaid.
Sixth, I give and bequeath to my grandson Tulley B. Stuart, son of my son
Wiley B. Stuart, my Negro slave named Edmund to have and to hold to him his
heirs executors and assigns forever.
Seventh, I give and bequeath to my son Thomas H. Stuart five dollars in money.
Eighth, I give and bequeath to my son Victor M. Stuart my entire interest it
being one half in a tract of land consisting of two hundred and fourteen acres
bounded by the lands of Wm. L Stuart, William Harper, Stephen Terry, and
Michael Trimble during the lifetime of my said son Victor M. Stuart but on the
following condition, to wit, that should he not reside on it I then will and
bequeath the said land to my son William L Stuart. At his death said interest
in said land I will and bequeath said land to my son William L Stuart.
Ninth, I will and bequeath to my daughter Adaline M. Gibson my entire interest
in the stock of sheep now on the place where I reside.
Tenth, I will and bequeath all my household furniture to William L. Stuart,
Roche L. Stuart, Sarah A. G. Humphreys, and Caroline Ann Sillers, to be
equally divided among them.
Eleventh, I will and bequeath to Leonly Stuart, daughter of Victor M. Stuart,
my Negro slave Polly, to her and her heirs forever and desire that my
hereinafter appointed executor shall deliver said slave to the guardian of
said Leonly Stuart as soon as may be after my decease.
Twelfth, I will and desire that the property aforesaid bequeathed with the
exception of the eleventh bequest shall continue and remain in the hands of my
executors hereinafter appointed until those to whom it is bequeathed shall
arrive at the age of twenty one years at which time he shall deliver to them
respectively as they arrive at that age the share respectively allotted to
them together with such increase and profits as may arise from them.
Thirteenth, I do hereby constitute and appoint my son Wiley B. Stuart executor
of this my last will and testament. I give, devise and bequeath whatever shall
remain of my estate real or personal after the payments of my debts and the
aforesaid legacies to my four children William L Stuart, Roche L. Stuart,
Sarah A. G. Humphreys, and Caroline Ann Sillers and in my hand and subscribed
my name this 17th day of March anno Domino one thousand eight hundred and
Attest W. A. Fogle Philip O Hughs Jno. H Duncan Jr.
Leonly x Stuart her mark.
Contributed by: Annette Bowen Webster, Texas
Estate of Middleton Kelly dec'd
The estate of Middleton Kelly, deceased, in account with John G. Faris, Administrator thereof, Said Administrator charges himself with the moneys of said estate, on his hands as follows, to wit;
With the balance of money remaining on his hands on the settlement of the last annual administration account of said estate. $93.05
Said Administrator asks credit and allowance for the following moneys paid out of disbursed for and on account of said estate as shown by the vouchers to wit;
No Name Vouchers Amt.
1 Wm. B. Johnson Tax Receipt $7.31
2 S. Roses & Brothers Receipt on Acct. $ 20.35
Bal. due Est. $65.39
Sworn to and subscribed in open court this 5th day of June AD 1855
J M. Ellis, Judge John G. Faris
Examined, approved, confirmed and ordered to be
Recorded, July 5, 1855
J M. Ellis, Judge
Contributed by Jane Combs
Estate of Elizabeth Kelly, Deceased
First annual account of Abram K. Vause, Administrator of the estate of Elizabeth Kelly, deceased.
1854 to 55
Said accountant charges himself as follows to wit:
With cash left by said intestate at her decease $175.00
With cash rec'd from Jas. W. Kelly 32.50
With cash rec'd from Wm. Shaw 90.00
With cash rec'd from W. J. Orr 109.75
With cash rec'd from Norman Frisby 50.50
With cash rec'd from Wm. F. Scott
Said accountant clains credit for the following disbursements made by him on account of
Said estate viz:
Cash paid A. J. Tibbs Voucher 1 40.00
Cash paid Burch & Agle Voucher 2 18.30
Cash paid Weis & Eusenan Voucher 3 6.50
Cash paid John F. West Voucher 4 2.65
Cash paid E. H. Hicks Voucher 5 10.00
Cash paid W. M. Hickey Voucher 6 180.00
Cash paid L. Wade Voucher 7 5.00
Cash paid Gno. H. Wilcox Voucher 8 50.00
Cash paid J. A. Graves Voucher 9 5.00
Cash paid Taxes &c, Voucher 10 6.55
Cash paid Thomas Harper Voucher 11 33.75
Cash paid Office of Court Voucher 12 91.85
Balance came down to my debit $49.15 $498.75
Balance down to debit admin. $49.15
State of Mississippe
Personally appeared before the undersigned a Judge of the Probate
Court of said County….. (copy ends here)
Contributed by Jane Combs
Will of Martha Smith Truly
Jefferson County Ms.
Dated this 5th Day of November 1855
A. K. Ford Clerk
Recorded Book F
Pages 413 and 414
The Last Will and Testament of Martha Truly of Jefferson County in the State of Mississippi.
I, Martha Truly Considering the Uncertainty of Human Life and Being Now of Sound Mind and Disposing Memory, Do Make, Publish Ordain and Declare this My Last Will and Testament, Hereby Revoking and Annulling All Other Wills by Me Hereto Before Made.
Item First; it Is My Will and Desire That My Executors Herein after Named, Shall Keep My Slaves, Stock, Furniture, Farming Utensils on My Plantation in Said County of Jefferson to Be Employed and Used to the Best Advantage in Raising Crops and That the Sum of Two Thousand Dollars Now at Interest in the Hands of Dr. B. F. Fox Daniel Smith and Mrs. Adeline Dangerfield, Remain at Interest until All My Debts Are Paid and That the Interest Be Collected When Due and Applied with the Proceeds of the Crop on Said Plantation, to the Payment of My Debts.
Item Second; I Will and Direct That after the Payment of My Debts, the Said Sum of Two Thousand Dollars at Interest in the Hands of Dr. B. F. Fox, Daniel Smith and Mrs. Adeline Daingerfield, Be Collected, and Equally Divided among My Children, Henkle I. Truly, D. Bradford Truly, Philip H. Truly, Sarah A. Fox, and John H. Collier
Item Third; after the Payment of All My Debts as Aforesaid, I Will and Direct That All the Horses, Mules, Oxen, Stock of Cattle, Sheep, Hogs, , Corn , Fodder, Wagons, Ploughs, and All the Farming Utensils, Household, Kitchen Furniture, Except the Bedding and Bed Clothes Be Sold on Such Terms and Credits as My Executers May Deem Best and the Proceeds of Thereof to Be Equally Divided Among, Henkle I. Truly, D. Bradford Truly, Philip H. Truly, Sarah A. Fox, and Richard H. Truly.
Item Fourth; I Will and Direct unto My Two Sons, Henkle I. Truly and Philip H. Truly My Plantation in Said County of Jefferson , Known as and Called "Wantmore", Containing Three Hundred and Twenty Acres More or Less, to Them as Tenants in Common with the Privileges and Appintinancet Hereunto Belong .
Item Fifth; I Give and Devise to My Son Henkle I. Trulymy Negro Slaves, Samson and Lilly.
Item Sixth; I Give and Devise to My Son H. Bradford Truly My Negro Man Slave Rodman.
Item Seventh; I Give and Devise to My Son Philip H. Truly My Negro Woman Slave Cynthia and Her Child Emma.
Item Eight; I Give and Devise to My Daughter Sarah A. Fox My Negro Girl Slave Hannah.
Item Ninth; I Give and Devise to My Son Richard H. Truly My Negro Woman Slave Cinda and Her Four Children, Levi, Wesley, Daniel and Caleb.
Item Tenth; I Give and Devise to My Granddaughter Sarah H. Collier, My Negro Girl Slave Bet and Her Increase.
Item Eleventh; to My Daughter Cora Collier, I Give and Bequeath the Sum of Twenty Dollars, to Be Paid Whenever She Applies for the Same to My Executors.
Item Twelfth; I Give and Bequeath to My Son Richard H. Truly the Sum of Fifteen Hundred Dollars out of the
Sum of Two Thousand Dollars Which I Loaned Him, the Remaining Five Hundred Dollars Appropriated by Him to the Creation of a Tombstone or Monument over My Grave, and an Enclosment Around the Same.
Item Thirteenth; I Give Ot My Son Henkel I. Truly My Spectacles.
Item Fourteenth; to My Daughter Sarah A. Fox I Give My Own Portrait, and the Picture of My Little Son.
Item Fifteenth; to My Son D. Bradford Truly I Give the Portrait of His Father.
Item Sixteenth; to My Granddaughter Sarah H. Collier I Give a Small Gold Locket Containing a Miniature Likeness of My Deceased Son Hardin Truly. Also a Set of Table Silver Spoons, with the Letters "M.t." Engraved on Them and Also All My Little Articles.
Item Seventeenth; to My Daughter Sarah A. Fox I Give One Set of Table Silver Spoons, and a Set of Silver Tea Spoons with the Letters "M. T." Engraved on Them.
Item Eighteenth; in the Vent of the Death of Either of My Children Without Issue, I Will and Direct That the Share or Portion Devised to Such Deceased Child, Shall Revert to My Estate and Be Equally Divided among the Remaining Except Cora Collier. And I Further Will and Desire That If Any Children or Others Interested in My Estate Have Any Regard for My Emory, and Any Respect for My Last Wishes, They Will Not Attempt to Set Aside this Will, but Be Satisfied with the Disposition I Have Made of My Little Property.
Item nineteenth; I Hereby Constitute and Appoint My Sons Henkle I Truly and Richard H. Truly Executors of this My Last Will and Testament and Desire That the Court Will Not Require Them to Give Security for the Performance of Their Duties as Such.
In Witness Whereof I the Said Martha Truly Have Hereunto Subscribed My Name, and Affixed My Seal, in Fayette in Said County of Jefferson this the 12th Day of October A. D. 1855
Signed Sealed Published and Declared by the above Named Martha Truly to Be Her Last Will and Testament on this 12th October 1855 in the Presence of Us Who Have Hereunto Subscribed Our Names as Witnesses in the Presence and at the Request of the Testator and in the Presence of Each Other.
Signed Jas. B. Wigginton
G. a Guilmont
Contributed by Barbara Celotto
Allen Grafton's Will
Jefferson Co., Mississippi
Chancery Clerk's Office
Book A, Page 131.
Copied by James H. Dempsey
January 30, 1995
In the name of God Amen this Twenty sixth Day of April one
thousand Eight hundred and Nine
I , Allen Grafton of Jefferson County and Territory of the
Mississippi Being frail of Body But of Perfect Mind and Memory thanks Be to
Almighty God and Calling to Remembrance the uncertain State of this transitory
Life and that all flesh must apeit(?) unto Death when it shall please God to
Call I do
Make Constitute ordain and Declare this My Last will and
Testament in Manners and form following Revoking and annulling By these
presents all and Every Testament and testaments will and wills Heretofore Made
by me or Declared Either by word or writing and this is to be taken only for
My Last will and Testament first of all I give up My Soul to God who give it
Secondly I order My Body to be Decently Buried all funeral Charges paid and
all Other Just Debts and Demands and I Do hereby
Nominate Constitute ordain and appoint Israel Coalman & James Jones to be any
__?__ in full power and authority as law will allow to order act and proceed
in all my affairs as my Self Could or Might Do when in being Now for the
Settling of My Temporal affairs I now do leave and bequeath to my best Beloved
Augnis Grafton an equal share with my Children of all my property both
personal and real and my Children to have an equal share one with another My
Will is that my property shall be kept together until my youngest Child comes
In Witness of this being my last will and Testament There unto set my hand and
Seal in presence of
Hugh Matthews Allen Grafton
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The Last Will of James Cook,
dec., of date 11th November 1812.
Recorded Book A, Page 8.
In the name of God Amen, I James Cook, of Jefferson County in the Mississippi Territory. sick and weak in body, but of Sound and disposing mind, memory and understanding. considering the Certainity of Death, and the uncertainty of the time thereof , and being disirous to settle my worldly affairs, and thereby be the better prepard to leave this world when it Shalt please God to call me hence, do therefore make and publish this my last Will and Testament, in manner and form following, that is to say.
First and principally, I commit my Soul into the Hands of Almighty God, and my body to the Earth, to be buried decently at the discretion of my Executors herin after named and after all my just debts and general expences are paid, I devise and bequeath as follows: -
1st. I give and bequeath to my eldest Daughter Nancy Boazman wife of Howel Boazman, a certain tract of land situated in the county of Effinham in the State of Georgia, Containing, One hundred and fifty acres be the same more or less, to her the said Nancy Boazman, her heirs and assigns forever: - Also the sum of one dollar to be paid to the Said Nancy or her heirs at the expiration of Six months after my decease. ---
2ly. I devise and bequeath to my second Daughter Elizabeth Willson wife of Jessie Willson, Eight head of horn Cattle heretofore delivered to the said Elizabeth in the county and State aforesaid to her and her hiers forever: -- Also the Sum of one dollar to be paid to the Said Elizabeth or her heirs at the expiration
of Six months after my decease.
3ly. I devise and bequeath to my third Daughter Ellender Nichols, wife of Henry Nichols a certain tract of land Situated in the county and State aforesaid, Containing One hundred Acres the same more or less, to her the said Ellender or her heirs and assigns forever: -- also the Sum of one dollar to be paid to the Said Ellender or her heirs at the expiration of Six months after my Decease. --
4ly. I devise and bequeath to my Fourth Daughter Margaret Hawthorne wife of Peter Hawthorne to be paid to the said Margaret or her heirs after the Decease of my Wife: --- the Sum of Fifty Dollars.
5ly. I devise and bequeath to my Grand Daughter Ritty Willit the Sum of Thirty dollars to be paid to the Said Ritty Willitt whenever She may Call for the Same: --
6ly. I give and bequeath the whole of the rest and residue of my Estate of what names or nature soever the same may be to my beloved wife Margaret Cook during her natural life, and at her Death the same to be quually divided Share and Share alike between my Three Sons, towit, Able cook, David Cook & Henry Cook, to them and their heirs forever: Nevertheless Should my Said beloved Wife Margaret during her widowhood marry again, then in that case She Shall be intitle to a lawful Dower only out of my Said Estate and the rest and residue thereof to be equally Divided amongest my Three Sons as above mentioned.
And Lastly I do hereby Constitute and appoint my Beloved wife Margaret Cook, Able Cook and William Curbey, all of the county and Territory afoesaid to be Executrix and Executors of this my last will and Testament revoking and annulling all former Wills by me heretofore made, Ratifying and Confirming this and none other to be my last will and Testament. In Testimony whereof I have hereunto Set my hand and Seal this Eleventh day of November in the Year of our Lord One thousand eight hundred and twelve.
Signed, Sealed published and declared by James cook the above named testator. As and for his last will and Testament in the presence of us who at his request in the his presence, and in the presence of each other, have Subscribed our names as witnesses thereto.------------- Archibald Sillers, Archibald Baker, Walter Sillers: ---- Signed: James Cook
Transcribed, as written, word for word; Photo copy of original document, in my possession was supplied by Diana Williams;
Recorded by Elnora Frances Cook-Wyrick.
Henry Stampley Will,
Natchez Court Records,
Book B, Page 212, 1780 (d.1789)
Will of Henry Stampley, of Natchez District, planter, very sick; Son Jacob, to take care of William, my youngest son, till he comes of age of 21, that he should see and take care that my son William be brought in the fear of God, and as soon as he is fit, send him to school and let him continue there until he has learning sufficient; my wife, Margaret Stampley, should live and continue on my plantation as long as she should see fit. To my son Jacob Stampley my plantation, adjoining Mr. Dibdall Holt, containing 300 acres. also one cow and her increase and all the hogs on the plantation
except one sow; to my son Peter Stampley two cows and their increase and one small rifle gun. 10 Oct. 1780.
Signed Henry Stampley. Wit: Samuel Henry, David Holt.
I, Jacob Stampley, do hereby promise and engage to take care of my father and maintain him during his life as well as I am able. Oct. 19, 1780.
Signed Jacob Stampley. Wit: Samuel Henry.
// 10 Jany.1789. Don Carlos de Grand-Pre, Commandant, etc., received notice from Jacob Stampley of the death of his father, Henry Stampley, and repaired to his plantation on Cole's Creek, abt. 8 miles from this Fort, for inventory and appraisement of estate. Francisco Pavana and James Truly appointed appraisers and accepted. Both signed with Antonio Soler, Margaret(X)Stampley, Jacob Stampley, Carlos De Grand-Pre. Inventory small, signed by the above
Contributed by Stuart House
(Webmaster's note: At the time of this will, Jefferson County was part of the Natchez District)
Will of RICHARD CURTICE, SENIOR
Book 1, Transcript Original Spanish Records,
1777-1802, Adams County, Mississippi - Page 169
In the name of God, Amen, I,
RICHARD CURTICE, SENIOR of the Natchez being very sick and weak in body but of perfect mind and memory thanks be given unto God, and calling unto mind the mortality of my body 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 principly and first of all, I give recommend my soul into the hands of God that gave it and my body I recommend to the earth to be buried in desent Christian burial at the discretion of my Executors, nothing doubting, but at the general resurrection I shall receive the same again by the Mighty Power of God and as touching such worly Estate as it has pleased God to Bless me with in this life, I give demise and dispose of the same in the following manner and form. First, it is my will and desire that all my Just Debts be paid. Secondly, it is my Desire that all and singular my Estate shall be equally Divided between Jonothan Curtice and Jemmima Curtice, my dearly beloved children; likewise, it is my desire that the plantation that Eustace Humphreys lives on, shall be sold when the children shall be of age and the money equally divided between them and I do hereby utterly disallow, revoke, and disannul all and every other former testament, will, legacaes, bequests, and Executors by me in any wise before mentioned, willed, bequeathed, ratifying and confirming this and no other to be my Last Will and Testament and I do Constitute and appoint Eustice Humphreys and WILLIAM CURTICE Executors of this my Last Will and Testament, and Trustees of the above mentioned Estate in Witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal this 6 day of November One Thousand Seven Hundred and Eighty-four.
In Presents of us
John Still Lee
INVENTORY OF RICHARD'S ESTATE
A plantation of 100 Acres 100.00
200 bushels of Corn 100.00
1 Horse 100.00
2 Cows & their Calves & two young bulls 60.00
Forty head of hogs 100.00
One bedstead complete 50.00
One marble fountain, five dishes and one
salad dish of the same, five spoons, one
knife, three forks 6.00
Two axes, one hoe, three augers, one hand
saw, a drawing knife and a plough complete 32.02
Two pairs stripped small clothes, two jackets
of the same, three linen vests, and three
shirts-half worn 15.00
Fifteen bushels of potatoes 7.04
A saddle and bridle in good shape 25.00
$595 & (six reals)
Juan Joseph Rodriquez
John Still Lee
Contributed by Stuart House
(Webmaster's note: At the time of this will,
Jefferson County was part of the Natchez District)
The Last Will and Testament of Drucilla J. Chambliss of the County of Jefferson in the State of Mississippi.
First: I do by this instrument of writing revoke all former wills by me. Second: I desire all my just debts to be paid. Third: I give and devise to my grandson, Leonard H. Wilkinson, one Negro boy named Chesterfield, one Negro girl named Rosalla, one Negro girl named Patsy, one Negro girl named Millie. Fourth: I give and devise to my daughter, Mary D. Richardson, one Negro girl named Frances, one Negro man named Ned, one Negro girl named Jeede. Fifth: I give and devise to my daughter Lucinda S. Berry, one Negro man named Jim. Sixth: I give and devise to Susan Elizabeth Chambliss, my youngest daughter one woman named Lucy and her daughter Melinda, and all the natural increase of said Lucy. Seventh: I give and devise to my said daughter Susan Elizabeth Chambliss one half of all my household and kitchen furniture, and to my son Jackson Chambliss and my grandson Leonard H. Wilkinson the other half of my household and kitchen furniture. Eighth: I give and devise to my sons, Calvin and Cortez Chambliss, my daughter Martha Gaston, all the remainder of my estate not herein devised equally. In testimony, I have here unto set my hand and seal this 4th day of April A. D. 1859 Signed: Drucilla J. Chambliss Seal Signed, sealed, published, and declared by Drucilla J. Chambliss as an or her last Will and Testament in the presence of us, who in her presence and at her request and in the presence of each other have
hereunto set our names as witnessed this 4th day April A. D. 1859. Robert Duncan, R. C. Trimble, G. A. Clerk
Codicil: Whereas I, Drucilla J. Chambliss of the County of Jefferson, the State of Mississippi have made and duly executed my last Will and Testament in writing bearing date 4 April 1859. Now I do hereby declare this present writing to be a codicil to my said Will and direct the same to be annexed thereto and taken as a part thereof. I will and direct that my son-in-law, Dr. Robert E. Richardson, be my executor under my will. In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand an seal this 8th day November 1861. Signed: Drucilla J. Chambliss Seal Signed, sealed, published, and declared by said Drucilla J. Chambliss as for a codicil to her last Will and Testament in the presence of us who in her presence and in the presence of each other have hereunto set and subscribed our names as witnesses hereto this 8th day of November A. D. 1861. G. A. Guilminat, A. N. Ford, Theo. Reed
Estate of Drucilla J. Chambliss - Petition for Probate of Will - Drucilla Chambliss
State of Mississippi Probate Court Jefferson County May Term A. D. 1864
To the Honorable G. W. Shackleford, Jury of Probate in Jefferson County
The petition of Robert E. Richardson would expressed that Mr. Drusilla J. Chambliss, late of said County departed this life on or about the first day of April last, leaving an instrument of writing purporting to be her last will and testimony which is herewith annexed and prayed to be taken as a part of this petition marked A. Your petitioner would also represent by a codicil to said will which is attached thereto and marked B. Your petitioner is made Executor of decedent, which trust he hereby accepts. Your petition would further represent that said decendent left personal property to the amount of $4000.00 consisting of horses, mules, cattle, sheep, farming utensils, some corn, and a growing crop of corn. Your petitioner would therefore pray that said last Will and Testament and Codicil thereto may be probated and letters of executorship may issue to as Executor thereunder upon complying with statute in such case as made and provided and he would suggest that the following named persons as suitable appraisers said estate to wit: G. G. Whitney, D. C. Griffing, and D. S. Patterson ans as in duty bound he will ever pray. L. C.
Sworn to and subscribed before me the 2 May A. D. 1864 G. A. Guilminat, Clerk Signed: Robert E. Richardson Contributed by: Leland Chambliss
Last Will of Philip MAY
State of Mississippi, Jefferson County
I, Philip MAY of the county and state aforesaid being in perfect sound mind do ordain and constitute this my last will and testament this 6th day ofSeptember A. D. one thousand and eight hundred and thirty three vis;
I lend unto my beloved wife Sarah MAY all the property I am possessed of at present both real and personal as long as she lives and after her death I give unto my son James MAY a certain negro boy by the name of Simon and the tract of land including the plantation I now reside on and also a feather bed.
I give unto my sons William, David, Benjamin and Philip MAY and also unto my daughters Nancy SHAW, Lucy DUCHER, Martha MOBLEY and Elizabeth FULLER an equal division of the balance of my property except one dollar I give unto my daughter Catharine GUICE (that is after the aforesaid death of their mother Sarah MAY) that is all the property that I am now possessed of after James MAY part is taken out or set apart.
In conclusion I appoint my wife Sarah MAY and my son James MAY my executors.
Phillip + MAY (his mark)
Witnesses: ?A. CAMERON and David MAY
Contributed by: Imogene Boswell
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