|Wilkes County, Georgia Will of Lawrence Bankston|
State of Georgia.}In the name of God Amen. I Lawrence Bankston of the County and State aforesaid being of sound and disposing mind and memory do make and ordain this my last will and testament in the form following viz:
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First I give and bequeath my soul to God who gave to me and my body to be Buried in a Christian manner, agreeably to the will of my friends, and such wordly effects as it has pleased God to bless me with, I will it be disposed of in the following manner.
2nd item. I will to my beloved wife Nancy Bankston the tract of land whereon I now live and also three Negroes, Jordan, a man Hannah, a woman and Aggy, a girl also the household and kitchen furniture and a sorrell mare and one black mare, two plows and plow gears, twelve stock hogs, three cows and calves, one side saddle and also a moderate supply of provisions for the term of twelve monts, and I will that the above named property after the death of my wife Nancy Bankston be sold and equally divided between my four daughters Isabella Irvin, Priscilla Mathis, Elizabeth Mosely and Martha Sappington.
3rd item. I will to my son-in-law Isaac Whitaker one dollar to be paid by my executors after my death.
4th item. I will to my granddaughter Sarah Truitt, wife of John Truitt five dollars to be paid by my executors after my death.
5th item. I will to my grandson Alfred Shorter the sum of five dollars to be paid by my executors after my death.
6th item. I will that the rest of my Property both real and personal be sold and equally divided between my four daughters Isabella Irvin, Priscilla Mathis, Elizabeth Mosely & Martha Sappington and the Lawful Heirs of Hyram Bankston deceased, with this exception, I will that my grandson Welden L. Bankston draw one half of the distributive share coming to the said orphans, and the other half to be equally divided between the rest of the children of the said Hyram Bankston deceased, which will be the one fifth part of the above named property including Welden L. Bankston and the other four fifths to be equally divided between my four daughters above named.
7th item. I will that my beloved sons in law Isaiah L. Irvin and Caleb Sappington be my Executors to this my last will and Testament. In witness thereof I have set my hand and seal
In presence of us } this 10 of April 1834 } his Geo. W. Johnson } Laurence X Bankston Daniel Woolbright } mark William Sherrer }
State of Georgia.}In chambers Nov. 22nd 1844 Personally appeared before us Lewis S. Brown and Archibald S. Wingfield Two of the Justices of the Inferior Court in and for said County. William Sherer one of the Subscribing Witnesses to the annexed will who being Sworn Says that he saw the testator Laurence Bankston Sign and Seal and heard him acknowledge the same to be his last will and testament, and at the time of his so doing, he was of sound and disposing mind and memory and that he subscribed the same as a Witness at his request and in his presence, together with George W. Johnson and Daniel Woolbright.
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Sworn to before us } 22nd Nov 1844 } } William Sherer Lewis S. Brown J.I.C. } A. S. Wingfield J.I.C. }
State of Georgia.}I Laurence Bankston of the State and County do for diverse good reasons make and constitute this as an alteration in my last will and testament which was amde and Executed on the 10th day of April in the year of our Lord 1834 that is to say whereas I did convey in said will to my daughter Priscilla Mathews and equal share with my other three daughters which said gift I do hereby absolutely and entirely revoke and in stead thereof I do hereby of my good will place my said daughters full share as given in my said former will into the possession of my grandson Griffin Mathews and Isaac Moore for them or either of them to act as agent or trustee daughter aforesaid for her sole benefit during her life and at her death to decend or to go to & belong to the heirs of her body. In testimony whereof I have hereunto set my hand and place my seal this 11th day of September 1838.
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Signed in presence of Charles Smith } his William Sherrer } Lawrence X Bankston Joseph H. Farrell} mark
State of Georgia.}In Chambers Nov. 22nd 1844 Personally appeared before us Lewis S. Brown and Archibald S. Wingfield Two of the Justices of the Inferior Court in and for said County. William Sherrer, one of the subscribing witnesses to the annexed codicil to the Will of Lawrence Bankston deceased, who being sworn says that he saw the testator sign and seal and heard him acknowledge the same to be a codicil or alteration to his last will and testament and at the time of his so doing he was of sound and disposing mind and memory and that he subscribed the same as a witness in his presence and at his requet together with Charles Smith and Joseph H. Farrell,
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Sworn to & subscribed } before us this 22nd Nov. 1844 } } William Sherrer Lewis s. Brown J. I. C. } A. S. Wingfield J. I. C. } Recorded 31st day of January 1845
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