|Wilkes County, Georgia Will of John Townsend 21-Sep-1790|
In the name of God Amen, I John Townsend of Wilkes County Being weak in Body but in perfect Mind and Mimory (sic), Makes this my last Will and Testament.
My Estate and Effects I Bequeath and Dispose in the maner and forms following ---
Item - I lend unto my loving Wife Elizabeth Townsend during her life my Negro Man Will and my Negro Woman Jude, also my three Horses, and her choice of the third part of my Cows, and my Beds, and all my Household and Kitchen furniture and working Tact. And at her Death, my Will is that what I have lent her should be Divided equally among all my Children. Also I give unto my loving Wife Elizabeth Townsend half my crop of Corn and Tobacco, and the Choice of the third part of my Hogs. Also my Will is that my said Wife Should have the place I now live on During her life.
Item. I give unto my Son James Townsend my Land James live on, it being in the fork of Little River containing two hundred and sd Acres. Also my Rifle gun and saddle for ever--
Item, I give unto my son John Townsend my Tract of Land lying on the north side of the North Fork of Little River containing three hundred Acres and my smooth-bore gun forever --
(There is some confusion regarding the middle of this will and until someone can go to the Courthouse and research the book, I will eliminate the text.)
Item, My Will and desire is that the rest of my Estate not already mentioned be equally Divided among all my Children.
I hereby Constitute and appoint my two sons and Laws, Joseph Catching and Lemuel Adkerson Executors of this my last Will and Testament given from under my hand and seal this twenty-first Day of September one thousand seven hundred and ninety -- Signed Sealed and declared to be my last Will and Testament in the presence of us -
John Townsend (Seal)
Proved approved and Exhibited Sept the 10th 1795
(Wilkes County, Georgia Register Office pp. 13-15)
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