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In the name of God, Amen. I Lydia 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 William THOMPSON, one negro man named Charles, one negro woman named Lucy to him and heirs lawfully begotten of his body and if he dies without as aforesaid, the aforesaid negroes, to return from whence they came.
Item: I give and bequeath to Edmund L. BEACHUM one negro girl named Peg, to him and his heirs lawfully begotten of his body, and if he dies without heir as foresaid, the aforesaid negro girl, to go to William THOMPSON and heirs forever.
Lastly my will and desire is that Hosea BALL be and is hereby appointed Executor to this my Last Will and Testament. In Witness Whereof I have hereunto set my hand and affixed my seal this 24th day of January 1817.
/s/ Lydia (her x mark) STEPHENS seal
Thomas SIMMONS jurat
Recorded and examined the (blank) day of (blank)
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