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In the name of God. Amen. I John STEPHENS, being sick and weak of body but of sound and disposing mind and memory, and calling to mind the uncertainty of human life, and that it is appointed for man to die, do make and ordain this my Last Will and Testament, in manner and form following.
Imprimis: I give and bequeath to my beloved Wife Lydia STEPHENS one negro man named Charles, one negro woman named Leacid, and one negro by named Wine to her and her disposal forever.
Item: I also lend to my Wife Lydia STEPHENS one negro boy named Lamb, during her natural life, and at her decease to William THOMPSON and his heirs forever.
Item: I also lend to my Wife Lydia STEPHENS all my moveable property, as household property, tools, stock etc. during her natural life, and at her decease, to be divided, one half I give to William THOMPSON and his heirs, and the other half I give to all my Brothers and Sisters and their heirs, to be divided between them.
Item: I lend to my Wife Lydia STEPHENS, all my lands, during her natural life, and at her decease divided between all my Brothers and Sisters and their heirs, to be divided between them.
Lastly I will and desire, that my beloved Wife Lydia STEPHENS, be and are hereby appointed, constituted and ordained, whole and sole Executrix to this my Last Will and Testament. In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and affixed my seal this 17th day of October 1812.
/s/ John [his x mark] STEPHENS seal
Signed, sealed, pronounced and declared in the presence of us
Hosea BALL jurat
Samuel O'NEAL jurat
Recorded and examined the (blank) day of (blank)
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