|Wilkes County, Georgia Will of William Hudspeth 13-Aug-1802|
State of Georgia. Wilkes County }
In the name of God Amen. I William Hudspeth of the county of Wilkes and state of Georgia being far advanced in years but of sound and disposing mind and memory thanks be to Almighty God for the same and calling to mind the uncertainty of Life do make and Ordain this my last will & Testament in manner and form following
And first of all I comment my soul to God trusting that through his infinate mercy and Goodness and the blessings of of my offering Redeemer Enterceding for me at the throne of grace I shall receive Everlasting life and Salvation. My body I request to be decently Entered at the discretion of my Executors hereafter named Touchey (sic). My Worldly Estate I dispose of in the following manner.
First my will and desire is that there be no division of my Estate until my Just debts are all paid --
Item. I lend to my wife Mary Hudspeth during her natural life the plantation whereon I now live including three Hundred acres of Land & five Slaves. Viz. Stephen, Andres, Iam, Sam and Grace and also all my stock and Household and Kitchen Furniture Except what may herein after be disposed of Otherwise.
Item. I give and bequeath to my son Robert Hudspeth one negro woman named Grace after the decease of my wife and One Negro woman named Phoe also a Bond for sixty-five Pounds given by Stephen Lyons now in his possession to collect.
Item. I give and bequeath to my daughter Mary Lawrence two Slaves viz. Stephen & Pink Stephen to be taken at the death of my wife to Pinkalay term
Item. I give and bequeath to my son Thomas Hudspeth two Hundred acres of Land Joining Joel Appling also Two Negroes Jacob & Milly and one Negro called Andrew after my wifes decease
Item. I give and bequeath to my son George Hudspeth two negroes Isaac and Vodel also one negro called Sam after the decease of my wife
Item. I give and bequeath to my son Richard Hudspeth Four negroes Viz. One man called Brink one boy called Napier one girl called Rose & one other called Lilly also Three Hundred acres of Land lent to my Wife also one negro boy called Iam after the decease of my Wife
Item. I give and bequeath to my Grand daughter Tabitha Lawrence One negro Girl named Maca & One feather Bed and Furniture.
Item. I give and bequeath to my Grandson George Lawrence One negro Boy named Lewis
Item. It is also my will and desire that after the decease of my Wife that all the residue of my House hold & Kitchen furniture and also all my stock of what kindsoever be Equally divided among all my childrren Viz. Robert Hudspeth Mary Lawrence George Hudspeth Thomas Hudspeth & Richard Hudspeth
Lastly I do hereby nominate constitute and appoint my friends John Hanson & Thomas Terrell ____ & my son George Hudspeth my Whole and Sole Executors of this my last Will and Testament And I do Hereby revoke all former Wills heretofore made by me In witness whereof I have hereunto set my seal this 13th day August A.D. 1802
Signed Sealed Published
Wm Hudspeth (Seal)
Personally appeared in open court David Keir and Marcus Roly two of the subscribing witnesses to the foregoing will and being duly sworn saith that they saw the within named Wm Hudspeth sign seal publish and declare the above instrument of Writing to be his last Will and Testament and that at the time of his sodoing he was of sound and disposing mind and memory and that Harris Coleman and Isaac McKleroy subscribed as concurring Evidences To the same.
Sworn to in Open Court the 8th Day 1806
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