Wilkes County, Georgia Will of John Holmes

In the name of God Amen.

John HOLMES of the County of Wilkes and State of Gerogia being low of Health but of sound mind and memory do make this my last Will and Testament hereby revoking all of the wills made by me as touching such worldy estate as I am (can't make out this word) of I dispose of as follows.

First I lend to my wife CLOE HOLMES my whole estate be it of what kind soever it may as long as she should live.

Item: I give and bequeath to my daughter Apsilla MILNER one bed and Furniture Two Cows and Calves five sheep and one colt all she has received already as her part of stock and house hold furniture.

Item. I will and bequeath to my daughter Penelope MILNER one Horse called Tom also two cows and calves four sheep and one bed and furniture all which she has already received as her part of my stock and house hold furniture.

Item I will and bequeath to my daughter Mary PARKS one Mare called Pleasure also two cows and calves and four sheep and one bed and furniture all which she has already received, except the sheep, as her part of stock and house hold furniture.

Item. I will and bequeath the tract of land I now live on and my all my land adjoining

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to be equally divided among my four sons by quanity. First lot the lower part runing a crop the land I will and bequeath to my son JOSIAH, the second lot runing the same direction I will and bequeath to my son JOHN the third lot running as the aforesaid I will and bequeath to my son JAMES the forth and upper lot I will and bequeath to my son MOSES all after my wife's death. Likewise I will and bequeath unto my three eldest sons to wit JOSIAH, JOHN,and JAMES each of them a horse which they have already received.

Item. I will and bequeath to my daugher ELIZABETH one Negro girl named Charlotte.

Item. I will and bequeath to my son MOSES one Negro boy named Isaac the remainder part of my Negores to be equally divided between my six Eldest children except the Negroes Charlotte and Isaac that I left to my daughter ELIZABETH and son MOSES;

If neither of the Negroes should do then in that case for them to bear an equal part with my six eldest children; If there should be more than one Negro apiece for my six eldest children at my wife's death in that case for my daughter ELIZABETH and my son MOSES to bear an equal part in all that is our six. I also will and bequeath to my daughter ELIZABETH and my son

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MOSES one hundred dollars or a horse at that value apiece when they become of age the remainder of my estate to be equally divided between five of my children to wit, JOSIAH, JOHN, JAMES, ELIZABETH, and MOSES after my wife's death if either of the above mentioned five children should die without an heir it is my will that their part be equally divided among the last mentioned children.

Lastly. I do appoint my loving wife CLOE HOLMES,, George WILLIS, Sr., JEREMIAH BENTLEY and my three eldest sons, JOSIAH, JOHN, and JAMES my executors to this my last Will and Testament. Witness whereof I have heretofore set my hand and seal this 4th day of September in the year of our Lord Eighteen Hundred and Two (1802).

Signed John HOLMES {seal}

Signed, sealed, and delivered in the precence of us:

Jeremiah REEVES
Malachi REEVES

Personally apeared before me in open court Jeremiah REEVES and being duly sworn said that he saw John HOLMES sign seal publish and declare this (can't make out this word) instrument of writing to be his last Will and Testament and that at teh time of his so doing he was of sound and disposing mind

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and memory to the best of his knowledge and belief and that Malachi REEVES subscribed his name as concurring evidence to the smae in his presence.

Signed Jeremiah REEVES

Sworn to in open court this 8th day of March 1803
Recorded 20th day of July 1806

Source: The Last Will and Testament of John Holmes, 04 September 1802 (recorded 20 July 1806), Wilkes County, Georgia, Will Book (1806-1808), pages 61-64. Wilkes County, Georgia Probate Court, Washington, Georgia.

 

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