|Wilkes County, Georgia Will of Rev. Enoch Callaway|
State of Georgia.}In the name of God Amen, I Enoch Callaway of the State and County aforesaid in consideration the the uncertainty of this mortal life, but being of a sound and disposing mind and memory do make and confirm this my last Will and Testament in manner and form as follows:
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1st. I assign my eternal destiny to God who I trust has reconciled me to himself by Jesus Christ.
2nd. My will is that all my just debts be paid in due time.
3rd. I give and bequeath unto my beloved wife Martha Callaway for and during her natural life one half of my tract or parcel of land whereon I now live embracing the improvements and appertenances thereto as she may wish or deem needful for her use and benefit.
I also give and bequeath unto my said wife for and during her natural life sixteen negroes known and distinguished by their names as follow Wily a man and his wife Milly, Randel a man and his wife Sarah and her three children Calvin a boy Malvina a girl and Fanny a girl Mealy a woman and her three children Wily a boy Solomon a boy and Sang a boy, Abram a man Moses a man Charley a boy Luke a boy and Scot a boy. Together with all my household and kitchen furniture, one single and two horse buggy and harness, one road wagon and harness and on oxcart one set blacksmith tools with a suitable portion of carpenter's and plantation tools, and one half of all my stock of every kind also such things of small value not named above as she may need for her use and benefit.
Moreover it is my will that my executors hereinafter named reserve out of the proceeds of my farm a competent supply of every article necessary for the support of my said Wife and her family during the year subsequent to the date of my death, and I authorize my said wife to give unto my youngest son Brantly all such portions household and kitchen furniture and cattle as may be considered equitable and right.
4th. I give and bequeath unto my son William R. Callaway an equal interest with myself in a certain tract or parcel of land whereon our steam mill is located together with the appurtenances thereof containing fifteen acres more or less bounded on the west by Daniel Carrington on the north by William R. Callaway and the meeting house road and on the East and South by Enoch Callaway or the fence as it now stands to be his and his heirs and assigns forever.
5th. I give and bequeath unto my three sons William R. Callaway, Abner R. Callaway and Brantly M. Callaway jointly and equally all my interest in the above named steam mill to be theirs and their heirs and assigns forever.
6th. I give and bequeath unto my son Brantly M. Callaway the remaining part or half of my tract or parcel of land whereon I now live and after the death of my said wife I give and bequeath unto my said son Brantly M. Callaway that part or half of my said tract or parcel of land in which she has a life time interest to be his and his heirs and assigns forever. And I also give unto my said son Brantly M. in the same way one negro boy known by the name of Greenberry.
7th. My will is that the remaining part of property or estate which I have not specified as above be equally divided between all my children namely: Elizabeth Cheney, William R. Callaway, Lidia Binns [Lydia Binns, sic], Martha Spratlin, Mary P. Greer [Mary B. Geer, sic], Sarah Ann Rhodes, Abner R. Callaway, and my three orphan grand children namely: Virginia I. Callaway, Chandler M. Callaway, and Reuben H. Callaway, that is one share to be equally divided between the three, to be theirs and their heirs and assigns forever.
And after the death of my said wife my will is that all the property which I have given her as above named (the land excepted) be equally divided between my children as above named and my three grand children as specified above, to be theirs and their heirs and assigns forever.
8th. I hereby nominate and appoint my sons William R. Callaway and Brantly M. Callaway Executors of this my last will and testament.
In witness whereof I have here-unto set my hand and seal this twenty-sixth day of March one thousand eight hundred and fifty-nine.
Enoch Callaway (Seal)
State of Georgia.}In Court of Ordinary of said County. Personally appeared in the open Court Milton R. Barrett, Larkin R. Scisson & Luke Turner, Jr. the three subscribing witnesses to the annexed instrument who being duly sworn deposes and say that they saw Enoch Callaway to be his last will and testament, and at the time of his so doing he was of sound and deposing mind and memory, that he signed the same voluntarily as far as they know or believe, that they signed the same as Witnesses at his request and in his presence and in the presence of each other.
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Larkin R. Scisson
Sworn to and subscribed in open court.
Oct. 4, 1859
G.G. Norman, Ordinary
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