Franklin County Wills:

Will of Benjamin Williams-1794

Will Book B, Page 19

 

In the name of God Amen I Benjamin Williams of Franklin County No. Carolinia being in perfect mind and memory do make and ordain this my last Will and testament Viz my soul I give unto the hands of God my body I Recommend to the earth, my living Estate I give devise, Bequeath, and dispose of in the following manner--

 First It is my will that all Just demands against my estate be duly paid

2nd I give to my Wife Mary Williams the plantation whereon I now live with One Hundred and Seventy give acres of land belonging thereto, to her and her heirs for ever. I also give to her A Negro Woman Called grace, but so as being subject to the following conditions (Viz) the first child the said Negro Grace shall have after this date I give I give to be the property of my youngest son John Williams, and all the remainder of the increase of sd Negro Grace after this date, I give to be equally Divided among my Children
(Viz) Peggy, William, Patsy, and John Williams, to them their heirs & assigns for ever, also I give to my wife Mary Williams a Negro man called Abram, and Negro woman called Dinah but I give the sd Negro Dinah on condition that my mother Lettie Williams enjoy the use of sd Negro Dinah so long as my said mother shall live, I further give to my sd wife Mary Williams, one fifth part of all my Household Furniture and all my plantation utensils

3rd I give to my daughter Peggy Williams a Negro boy called Reddick, I give to my son William Williams a Negro boy called Bob, I give to my daughter Patsy Williams a Negro boy called Tom, to each of them as above given their heirs and assigns for ever.

4th I give all the remaner of my Estate (not before given) to all my children (Viz) Peggy, William, Patsy, & John Williams to be equally divided among them. Lastly I constitute and appoint my brother John Williams and Joseph Williams Executors of this my last Will, and hereby make void any former will & do ratify and confirm this to be my last Will & Testament.

In Witness wherof I have hereunto set my hand & seal this Nineteenth day of
December one thousand Seven Hundred & Ninety four.

Signed, Sealed, published pronounced & Declared in presence of us John Williams (Jurat) Francis Linum (Jurat) John Norwood