Will Abstracts from Glynn County Probate Court Records


 Joseph Brooks Abrams
8 April 1919

 Will Book H pgs. 110 & 111
[Glynn County Probate Court]

 Georgia, Glynn County

            I, J.B. Abrams, of said State and County, being of sound mind and memory, and desiring to dispose of my estate do hereby make, publish and declare this my last will and testament, hereby revoking and annulling all other wills and codicils thereto by me at any time heretofore made.
            Item I.  I give, devise and bequeath, after my just debts have been paid, all of my property and estate, both real and personal, and all stocks and bonds, or to which my estate may or may become entitled to my wife, Irene Putzel Abrams, save and except the bequests to my daughter Elizabeth Abrams Hass, and my daughter Miriam Abrams and my son Victor R. Abrams, as set out in Item second hereof.
            Item II.  I direct that the proceeds of that policy of insurance upon my life in the sum of Five Thousand ($5,000.00) Dollars and payable to my estate shall be divided and paid as follows:  One Thousand ($1000.00) Dollars each to be paid to my said daughter Elizabeth and my said Son Victor, and Three Thousand ($3,000.00) Dollars to my said daughter Miriam in the event that she (Miriam) is unmarried, but if married then the sum of One Thousand ($1,000.00) Dollars, and in which later event the remaining Two Thousand ($2,000.00) Dollars shall to my said wife Irene.  Whereas in addition to the aforesaid policy, I have certain other insurance upon my life, as represented by the existing policies of insurance and payable to certain of my children in the amounts and in the manner therein indicated, but at this time being uncertain as to the amount in the aggregate under said policies payable to my son Victor, and desiring that my said son at my death should receive the sum of Sixteen Hundred and sixty six ($1,666.00) Dollars (in addition to the sum of One Thousand ($1,000.00) Dollars above indicated) from my said life insurance, therefore I hereby direct my executrix, in the event the amount to be receive by my son from said policies is less than the said sum of $1,666.00 to pay in cash to my said son from the assets of my estate such a sum sufficient in amount as to total the said sum of $1,666.00; it being distinctly understood, however, that nothing herein contained shall in any way be construed as making any of my life insurance as part of my estate unless said policy or policies shall so indicate.
            Item III.  I hereby nominate and appoint my said wife, Irene, to be the Executrix of this my last will and testament, including all codicils hereto, and I hereby direct that said executrix shall not be required to give bond and security as such in this State or in any State where it may be necessary for her to act; and she is hereby given full power and authority to lease, sell and dispose of my estate, both real and personal, either at public or private sale, at any time and in any manner which may seem to her most advantageous, and so to do without obtaining the sanction or order of any Court or Judge thereof; and as such executrix she is hereby relieved of making any official report of her acts or doings.
            In Witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand on this the 8th day of April 1919, in Brunswick, Glynn County, Ga.

J.B. Abrams

            Signed, sealed, published and declared by the above named, J.B. Abrams, as his last will and testament in the presence of each of us, who at his request and in the presence of him, and of each other, have subscribed our names as witnesses hereto.
            This the 8th day of April 1919.

B. Clyde Brown
Mrs. Clyde Brown
R.B. Harrison

State of Georgia, Glynn County
            I, Joseph B. Abrams, of said County, being of sound and disposing mind and memory, do make and declare this writing to be a codicil to my will dated April 8th, 1919, hereto attached, and do hereby revoke anything that may be contained in said attached will inconsistent with or contrary to the provisions of this codicil.
            Item I.  I give and bequeath unto Morton Hass, Sr. of Savannah, Georgia, in trust for his son, Morton Haas, Jr., my grandson, the sum of $1,000 in cash to be paid to said Morton Haas, Sr., as trustee for his said son, as soon after my death as this may be done conveniently, and to be held and invested by him for the use and benefit of said son.  Said trustee shall invest and hold the annual income from said trust fund as a part of the corpus thereof until said Morton Haas, Jr., arrives of age, when the corpus and all accretions thereto shall be paid over to him.
            Witness of all of which I have hereunto set my hand this May 23rd, 1922, at Brunswick, Georgia.

Joseph B. Abrams

            Signed, published and declared by Joseph B. Abrams as a codicil to his last will and testament in the presence of the undersigned, who subscribe their names hereto as witnesses at the instance and request of said testator and in his presence, and in the presence of each other, at Brunswick, Georgia, this May 23rd, 1922.

J.P. Davenport, Brunswick, Georgia
Wm. F. Parker, Brunswick, Georgia
Alexander Rotholz, Brunswick, Georgia

Georgia, Glynn County
            Before the undersigned in person appeared Irene P. Abrams, who having been first duly sworn deposes and says on oath that the foregoing writings purposing to be the last will of Joseph B. Abrams, and a codicil thereto are, so far as she knows or believes, the true last will of said Joseph B. Abrams and a true codicil thereto; and that she will well and truly execute the same in accordance with the laws of the State.

Irene P. Abrams

Sworn to and subscribed before me this August 10th, 1925.  Edwin W. Dart, Ordinary, Glynn County, Georgia.

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Albert Osgood Anderson
8 October 1928

Will Book H pgs. 243-245
[Glynn County Probate Court]

State of Georgia County of Glynn

            I, Albert O. Anderson, of the State of Georgia and county of Glynn, being of sound and disposing mind and memory, do make this my last will and testament, hereby revoking and annulling all others by me heretofore made.
            Item 1:  I desire and direct that all of my just debts be paid without unnecessary delay by my executrix hereinbefore named and appointed.
            Item 2:  I give, bequeath and devise to my sister, Bessie Anderson, of the City of Brunswick, County of Glynn and State of Georgia, all of my property, both real and personal, of which I may die seized and possessed.
            Item 3:  I hereby constitute and appoint my said sister Bessie Anderson, the sole executrix of this my last will and testament, and direct that this will be carried into effect by her.
            Item 4:  I hereby expressly direct that my said executrix shall not be required to give any bond or make and file any returns of her actings and doings as such executrix, and she is expressly relieved from so doing.
            In testimony whereof, I, Albert O. Anderson, have to this my last will and testament set my hand and seal upon this the 27th day of April 1923.

Albert O. Anderson, L.S.

            Signed, sealed and published by Albert O. Anderson as his last will and testament in the presence of us, the undersigned, who subscribed our names hereto in the presence of said testator, after he signed his name hereto, and at his special instance and request, and in the presence of each other.
            This April 27th 1923.

A.H. Crovatt
E.A. Thompson
Hugh E. Baumgartner

(Original Will)

In the Name of God Amen:
            I, Albert O. Anderson, of Brunswick, Glynn County, Georgia, being of sound mind and disposing memory, and being mindful of the certainty of death, and the uncertainty of this transitory life, and desiring to dispose of my property, both real and personal, at my death, do make, ordain, and publish this a codicil to a will, heretofore made and propounded by me, on the 27th day of April 1923, hereby directing that this codicil be made a part and parcel of my former will, and to be considered along with said will, as a part thereof.
            Item 1:  I hereby again direct that all of my just debts be paid at my death, and that my body be given a decent Christian burial, according to my station in life.
            Item 2:  I hereby bequeath and leave my entire estate, both real and personal, and everything I posses at my death, both real and personal to my beloved sister, Bessie Nevada Anderson, to be hers entirely.
            Item 3:  I desire my beloved sister, Bessie Nevada Anderson, to become the beneficiary of my former will, and of this codicil, of all things left by me, both real and personal, hereby affirming and confirming all of the provisions of my former will relating to the disposition of my property.
            Item 4:  I desire to confirm and affirm all of the provisions of my will relating to the appertaining of an executor, and to the qualifications thereof, as made by me in a former will heretofore referred to in this instrument.
            Item 5:  I do not desire Barbara Francis Symons to have any part of my estate, either real or personal, and I desire specifically in this codicil to affirm and state that it is not my desire that said Barbara Francis Symons share in any part of my real property or my personal property, as I do not, at this time, recognize her as my wife, as said marriage between said Barbara Francis Symons and myself was, and is, of no legal effect whatever, and I do not desire for said Barbara Francis Symons to be recognized in any way as my wife in the disposition of any real or personal property that I may leave at my death, hereby, by this codicil affirming that said marriage between us was null and void, and of no legal or binding effect whatever, and said Barbara Francis Symons was, and is, in no sense, my legal wife, and I do not desire for her to have any part whatever in the distribution of any property, either real or personal, that I might die possessed of.
            In testimony whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal in the presence of the witnesses, signing the same as witnesses, and in Brunswick, Glynn County, Georgia, on this the 8th day of October A.D. 1928.

A.O. Anderson (seal)

            Signed, sealed and delivered, published, ordained and declared, in our presence as witnesses, thereto, each of us seeing the testator sign his name as such to the above paper, and he signing in our presence, and we in turn, each of us, signing our names hereto, in the presence of the testator, he seeing us sign, and each of us in turn singing our names in the presence of each other, each one of us seeing the other sign as witnesses.
            At Brunswick, Glynn County, Georgia, on this the 8th day of October, A.D. 1928.

C.B. Gowen (seal) Brunswick, Georgia.
W.A. Fox (seal) Brunswick, Georgia.
C.F. Kelly (seal) Brunswick, Georgia.

N.S. Deaver, Notary Public, Glynn County, Ga. (Seal)

(Codicil to original will)

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William Carrol Anderson
14 September 1926

Will Book H pgs. 374-375
[Glynn County Probate Court]

Georgia, Glynn County:

            I, W.C. Anderson, being of sound mind and memory, do make this my last will and testament, hereby revoking all wills heretofore made by me.
            Item I:  I direct that my executrix shall promptly pay all of my just debts.
            Item II:  I direct that my executrix shall mark my last resting place with suitable tombstone.
            Item III:  To my beloved sisters, Mary A. Causey and Ella A. Winter, I give, bequeath and devise all of my estate, both real and personal, of whatever nature; the said Mary A. Causey to receive two thirds of the same, and Ella A. Winter to receive one third of the same.
            Item IV:  I hereby name and appoint Mary A. Causey and Ella A. Anderson as joint executrix of this my will; and direct that they shall administer without the giving of any bond, or the making of any reports to any court or officer; and that they shall have full power to sell any property without first obtaining the order of any court as authority therefore.
            Witness my hand and seal this the 14th day of September 1926.

W.C. Anderson L.S.

            The foregoing will signed and published by W.C. Anderson as his last will and testament, in the presence of the undersigned, who subscribe our names hereto as witnesses at the instance and request of the said testator, and in his presence, and in the presence of each other.
            This the 14th day of September 1926.

C.W. Peddicord
Hugh Burford
N.D. Russell

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Robert Armstrong
2 November 1810

Inventories & Appraisements Vol. D pg. 45
[Glynn County Probate Court]

Georgia}
Glynn County}

Brunswick November 2d 1810

            In the name of God Amen. I Robert Armstrong of the County & State aforesaid, being weak and in a Low condition but of sound and disposing mind & memory blessed be God for the same; taking into consideration that is appointed for all men one to die, Do make and ordain this my last will and Testament.
            Imprimis. I give and bequeath to my worthy Friend Mrs. Celia Lamb of the County and State aforesaid, Three of the choicest of my Milk Cows.
            Secondly after all my just Debts are paid and discharged, I give and bequeath to my worthy friend John Lamb, Son of the above named Celia Lamb, also of the before mentioned County and State the remainder of my stock of Cattle, not including in the above bequeath and also a certain negroe man Slave named Abraham, together with all and singular all other worldly goods, or debts, which may be due to me, at the time of my decease.
            And I hereby constitute and appoint my said worthy friend John Lamb, and James Piles and Samuel Boyd Esquires Executors of this my last will and Testament.

Robert Armstrong

Signed Sealed published & pronounced to be the Last Will and Testament of Robert Armstrong who in his presence & in the presence of each other have hereunto subscribed our names as witnesses to the same.

John Morgan
Britain Bunkly
Hester X Lamb

her mark

Probated 15 November 1818

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Susan Armstrong
3 August 1870

Will Book G pgs. 460-461
[Glynn County Probate Court]

State of Georgia}
Glynn County}

            I Susan Armstrong of the County of Glynn City of Brunswick and State aforesaid being of sound and disposing mind and memory deem it right and proper both as respects my relatives and myself that I should make a disposition of the property with which a kind Providence has blessed me.
            I do therefore make this my last will and testament hereby revoking and annulling all others by me heretofore made.
            Item First:  I desire and direct that my body be buried in a decent and Christian-like manner suitable to my circumstances and condition in life.
            Item Second:  My debts (if any) one to be paid by my executor hereinafter named together with other incidental expenses; to be equally borne by the Legatees hereinafter named.
            Item Third:  I give and bequeath to my nephews J.S. Armstrong and Henry Armstrong and to their heirs and assigns my two lots in the city of Brunswick known as sections fifty five (55) and fifty six (56) being a subdivision of Old Town Lot number two hundred and thirty three (233) each containing thirty feet fronting on Gloucester Street and running back ninety feet bounded east by Ellis street north by Old Town Lot number two hundred and thirty two (232) and west by the subdivision of said lot two hundred and thirty three (233) together with all and singular the houses buildings improvements and appurtenances thereunto belonging or in anywise appertaining to them the said J.S. Armstrong and Henry Armstrong share and share alike.
            Item Fourth:  I give and devise all the rest residue and remainder of my real and personal estate, goods and chattels of what nature or kind soever to my adopted daughter Frances E. Waters her heirs and assigns.
            Item Fifth:  I hereby appoint my nephew James Simpson Armstrong of the city of Brunswick county and state aforesaid my executors to this my last will and testament.
            In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal this twenty third day of August A.D. Eighteen hundred and seventy.

Susan M. Armstrong {LS}

The above instrument consisting of one sheet was at the date thereof signed sealed published and declared by the said Susan Armstrong as and for her last will and testament in presence of us, who at her request and in her presence and in the presence of each other have subscribed our names as witnesses thereto.  This August 23rd A.D. 1870.

G.D. Woodbridge
C.M. Woodbridge
William Williams

 

State of Georgia}
Glynn County}

            Before me came William Williams named as a witness to the foregoing writing purporting to be Susan M. Armstrong’s last will and being duly sworn saith that he with G.D. Woodbridge and C.M. Woodbridge at the request of said Susan M. Armstrong and in her presence did attest as witnesses the foregoing writing as her Susan M. Armstrong’s will; that the same was signed and published by Susan M. Armstrong in their presence as her last will, that she was at the time of said attestation and signing by herself of sound and disposing mind and memory, that she executed the foregoing paper voluntarily.

William Williams

Sworn to and subscribed before me this twelfth day of June 1883, Edgar C.P. Dart Ordinary G.C. Ga.

Recorded this July 5th 1883, Edgar C.P. Dart Ordinary.

State of Georgia}
Fulton County}

            I do solemnly swear that this (the within) writing contains the true last will of Susan M. Armstrong the within named deceased so far as I know or believe & that I will well and truly execute the same in accordance with the laws of this state so help me God.

James S. Armstrong

Sworn to & subscribed before me this Sept. 11th 1883, W.H. Nutting, N.P. Fulton Co. Ga.

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Christian Arnheiter
28 January 1908

Will Book G pgs. 675-676
[Glynn County Probate Court]

State of Georgia}
Glynn County}

            In the name of God Amen.  Know all men by these present, that I Christian Arnheiter of the city of Brunswick said County and State, being of sound and disposing mind and memory, recognizing the uncertainty of the things of this life, and the certainty of death and the life to come do hereby make, declare and publish this to be my last will and testament hereby revoking and annulling any and all will or wills heretofore at any time made by me:
            Item First:  I desire that all of my just debts, and obligations if any are left by me unsatisfied, be paid by my executrix hereinafter named, so soon as the same can possibly be done after my death, upon her being satisfied of the existence of each claims against my estate.
            It is my desire that all such debts be paid and satisfied out of any insurance monies that may be received by my said executrix without the necessity of selling any other property for that purpose, this being a suggestion to her, though the entire matter is left in her uncontrolled discretion.
            My soul, I commit to the God who gave it trusting in His mercy and goodness to me.
            My grave I desire marked with a suitable tombstone to be selected by my executrix to be modest and inexpensive.
            Item Second:  I hereby give devise and bequeath unto my beloved wife, Augusta Arnheiter, all of my estate and property of whatever kind, character and description, the came may be [sic] whether consisting of real or personal property, whether accounts, promissory notes or choses in action of any character [sic] or description, either located or situated within or without the County of Glynn, State of Georgia, its her and her heirs forever.
            Item Third:  I hereby nominate, constitute and appoint my said wife, Augusta Arnheiter executrix of this my Will.  I have the utmost confidence in her fidelity and she not be required to give bond or make returns of her actings and doings as such executrix.  Full power and authority is vested in her as such executrix, to make such deed or deeds carrying out the provisions of the will as to her may seem right and proper.
            This January 28th in the year our Lord 1908.

Christian Arnheiter

Signed and Published by the said Christian Arnheiter as his last will and testament in the presence of us the undersigned, who subscribe our names hereto as witnesses at the special instance and request of the said testator he signing in our presence and we signing in his presence on this the said 28th day of January A.D. 1908.

Mrs. Alma J. Hartman
James A. Montgomery
Thorvald F. Winter

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Lazaro Artau
13 September 1921

Will Book H pg. 245
[Glynn County Probate Court]

Georgia, Glynn County:

            I, Lazaro Artau, of said State and county, being of sound and disposing mind and memory do make this my last will and testament, hereby revoking and annulling all others by me heretofore made.
            1.  I desire and direct that my body be buried in a decent and Christianlike manner, suitable to my circumstances and condition in life.
            2.  I desire and direct that all my just debts be paid without unnecessary delay, by my executrix hereinafter named and appointed.
            3.  I give, bequeath and devise to my wife, Alice V. Artau all my property, real and personal, with all the rights, members and appurtenances in anywise belonging, free from all charge and limitation whatever; to her own use, benefit and behoof forever, with full power to dispose of the same by will or otherwise as she may deem proper.
            4.  I hereby constitute and appoint my wife Alice V. Artau, the sole executrix of this my last will and testament, and I expressly confer upon her power, as such, to administer my estate, excusing her from giving any bond, or making any returns to the Ordinary, and I expressly confer upon her the full authority and power to sell any part of my estate, not hereinbefore specially devised, at public or private sale, with or without notice, as she may deem best, and without any order of court, making good and sufficient conveyances to the purchaser and holding the proceeds of said sale to the same uses and trusts as herein before declared in the several items of this my will.
            I further hereby expressly confer upon her the authority and power to borrow money for the use of said estate, in any instance where she may think it necessary and proper, and to secure the same by lien, mortgage, security deed, or trust deed, or other form of security to or upon any part of my estate, not hereinbefore specially devised.
            This 13 day of September 1921.

Lazaro Artau

            Signed, sealed, declared and published by Lazaro Artau as his last will and testament, in the presence of us, the undersigned his name hereto, and at his special instance and request, in the presence of each other.
            This 13 day of September 1921.

Isaac M. Wengro
A.J. Mitchelson
Fred Pheiffer

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Dudley Hughes Asbell
15 June 1931

Will Book H pgs. 383-385
[Glynn County Probate Court]

Last will and testament of Dudley Hughes Asbell.

            I, Dudley Hughes Asbell of Brunswick, Glynn County, Georgia, being of sound and disposing memory, do make, publish and declare the following to be my last will and testament, hereby revoking all former wills made or purported to have been made and executed.
            Item I:  I direct that my executrix hereinafter named shall pay from my estate all of my just debts and funeral expenses as soon as practicable in accordance to the direction hereinafter given.
            Item II:  I give and bequeath unto each of my beloved nephews who are living at the time of my death the sum of five dollars.
            Item III:  I give and bequeath unto my beloved nephew George Asbell my watch, chain, and pistol.
            Item IV:  I give and bequeath unto my beloved sister Josephine Moore and my beloved sister-in-law Marie A. Asbell, each the sum of five dollars.
            Item V:  I give and bequeath unto my beloved niece Marie Asbell Clark my automobile.
            Item VI:  I give, devise, and bequeath unto my beloved niece Marie Asbell Clark, one house and lot, located at 2400 Norwich Street, Brunswick, Glynn County, Georgia, more particularly described as lot 2245 T.T. 363 of the City of Brunswick, County of Glynn, State of Georgia; unto my beloved niece Helen Moore one house and lots, located at 2402 Norwich Street, Brunswick, Glynn County, Georgia, more particularly described as lots 2247 T.T. 361 and 2248 N.N. 116 of the City of Brunswick county of Glynn, State of Georgia; unto my beloved niece Bessie Sunders one house and lots, located at 2109 Union Street, Brunswick Glynn County, Georgia, more particularly described as lots 1127 ZZ 146 and 1128 ZZ 146 of the City of Brunswick, County of Glynn, State of Georgia, unto my beloved niece Ada Pritchard one house and lots located at 2119 Union Street, Brunswick, Glynn County, Georgia, more particularly described as lots 1132 4A 497 and 1133 4A 497 of the city of Brunswick, County of Glynn, State of Georgia; unto my beloved niece Laura Ward one house and lot at 1922 Reynolds Street, Brunswick, Glynn County, Georgia, more particularly described as lot 940 3V 8 of the City of Brunswick, County of Glynn, State of Georgia, unto my beloved niece Clifford Moore one house and lot located at 1926 Reynolds Street, Brunswick Glynn County, Georgia, more particularly described as lot 942 3S 85 of the City of Brunswick, County of Glynn, State of Georgia; unto my beloved niece Claroce Asbell and unto my beloved niece Alverna Asbell Seal each an one-half undivided interest of the houses and lots located at 723 Egmont Street and Ellis Street Brunswick, Glynn County, Georgia, more particularly described as the North one-half lot 320 3L-104, 3P-572 Old Town, City of Brunswick, County of Glynn, State of Georgia.
            Item VII:  I hereby give, devise and bequeath unto my housekeeper, Mrs. Walter Fouche, the house I am now living in, located at 2116 Union Street, Brunswick, Glynn County, Georgia, more particularly described as lots 1295 3A and 373 and 1296 3A 373 of the City of Brunswick, County of Glynn, State of Georgia.
            Item VIII:  I hereby direct, and command, that the remainder of my real personal and mixed property which I have not specifically devised and bequeathed be sold by my executrix hereinafter named and she from the funds so derived pay all of my just debts and funeral expenses and that if there should be any funds left after all of just debts and funeral expenses have been paid, I direct, give, devise and bequeath to all of my beloved nieces, a share, and share alike of the residue of said fund.
            Item IX:  I hereby nominate and appoint Alverna Asbell Seal of Kathleen, Polk County, Florida, as my executrix of this my last will and testament, with full and complete authority and power to execute this will with the full intent and meaning hereof, and I specially request and desire that the said executrix shall act in this behalf without bond, unless specifically required to give bond by the Probate Judge of the County of Glynn, State of Georgia.
            In testimony whereof, I have hereunto set my hand and seal and do publish and declare this to be my last will and testament, in the presence of the witness named below this the 15 day of June, A.D. 1931.

D.H. Asbell, Testator

Signed, sealed, published and declared by Dudley Hughes Asbell the testator as and for his last will and testament in the presence of us, who at his request, and in his presence and in the presence of each other have subscribed our names as witnesses hereto.

R.M. Brown
F.S. Story
H.D. Symons
, J.P.

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Mary J. (Andrews) Asbell
7 June 1871

Will Book G pgs. 440-442
[Glynn County Probate Court]

State of Georgia, County of Glynn

In the Name of God Amen.

            I, Mary J. Asbell of the County and State aforesaid being in low health and of advanced age but of a sound and disposing mind and memory knowing that I must shortly depart this life deem it right and proper both as respects my family and myself that I should make a disposition of the property with which a kind providence has blessed me.  I do therefore make this my last will and Testament hereby revoking and annulling all others by me heretofore made.
            First, I devise and direct that my body be buried in a decent and Christian like manner suitable to my circumstances and condition in life, my soul I trust shall return to rest with God who gave it, as I hope for salvation through the merits and atonement of the blessed Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
            Secondly, I devise and direct that all my just debts be paid as soon as possible after my death by my Executrix after my death hereinafter named.
            I desire and direct my Executrix hereinafter named to sell my lots Number Two hundred and Eighty Nine and Two hundred and Ninety situate lying and being in the fourth District of Pulaski County in said State at private or public sale in her discretion as soon after my death as she may seem to the best interest of heirs and dispose of the proceeds of said sale of said lots as follows, to wit:  Two thirds of the amount of said proceeds to be invested in the purchase of a homestead for my three daughters, LauraMary – and Josephine Asbell.  The said homestead to be held by Dr. Gideon Macon of Glynn County as trustee for my said daughters each of my three daughters holding a third interest in said homestead.  The said homestead to be held intact until all three of my daughters are married, in the event of the death of one of my daughters without heirs of her body, her interest in the said homestead to invest in the two remaining daughters and in the event of the death of two of my said daughters without heirs of their body the entire homestead aforesaid to invest in the surviving daughter and in the event of the death of all my daughters without heirs of their body living the said homestead to invest interest to my estate the remaining one third of the amount of the proceed of the sale of lots above mentioned to be divided equally among my four sons, GeorgeDudleyJohn – and William Henry Asbell my eldest son George to hold the interest of my other three sons as guardian until they arrive of age.
            Fourthly, I desire and direct that my Executrix sell at private or public sale as she may seem fit or to the best interest of my estate my lot number Twenty situate lying and being in the third section of the twelfth Dist of Cherokee County of said state and the proceeds of sale to be applied to the payment of my just debts and the residue of the proceeds if there by any to be divided equally among my before mentioned seven children.  Those of legal age to receive their share as soon as possible and my Executrix to hold the shares of the minors and pay it to them as they arrive of legal age.
            Fifthly, my intention is that my three daughters aforesaid shall have and hold an undivided two thirds interest in and to lots number Two hundred and Eighty Nine Two hundred and Ninety in the fourth District of Pulaski County, and my four sons before mentioned to have and to hold an undivided one third interest in said lots in Pulaski County in the event my Executrix fails to carry out the disposition I devised to be made of said lots in the third section of this my last will and Testament.
            Sixthly, I will and bequeath to my daughters my household and kitchen furniture to be held by them share and share alike my Executrix to make division of the same in the event of their separation.
            Seventhly, I hereby constitute and appoint my daughter Laura Asbell Executrix of this my last will and testament this June 7th A.D. 1871.

Mary J. Asbell {LS}

M.R. Davenport
J.H. Anderson
Thos. E. Davenport
Wm. E. Jones

 

State of Georgia, County of Glynn}

            In person appeared before the undersigned a Justice of the Peace in and for said County M.R. Davenport who being duly sworn says that he saw Mary J. Asbell sign the within instrument as her last will and testament that she heard her declare the same to be her last will & testament that she signed the same as a witness at the request of the testatrix in her presence and saw J.H. Anderson, Thomas E. Davenport and William E. Jones also sign the same as witnesses in the presence of the testatrix and each in the presence of the other.
            Sworn to and subscribed before me this 30th day of April 1877.

M.R. Davenport
James E. Lambright
, Justice of the Peace.

 

State of Georgia, County of Glynn

            To the Honr. Wm. H. Berrie judge of the Court of Ordinary for said County.

            The petition of Laura Asbell of said county respectfully showeth and your Honor that she has reason to believe and does believe that the above writing herewith to the court shown is the last will and testament of Mary J. Asbell deceased late of Glynn County.  That the same was found amongst the papers of Thomas E. Davenport, deceased, and your petitioner further showeth that she was appointed Executrix of said will and hereby and herewith presents the same for probate.  Wherefore your petitioner prays your honor to [illegible] an order admitting said writing to probate and record as the last will and testament of said Mary J. Asbell.

Harris & Symmes, attorneys for Executrix.

 

State of Georgia, County of Glynn

            Benjamin F. Harris comes before the undersigned ordinary in aforesaid County and on oath says that he is well acquainted with the hand writing of Thomas E. Davenport that he has frequently seen him write and that to the best of his knowledge and belief the said foregoing last will & testament is in his handwriting and the signature T.E. Davenport thereto signed as a witness to the same is the signature of said Thomas E. Davenport.  Sworn to and subscribed before me this 1st day May 1877.

Benj. F. Harris
W.B.C. Coker
, N.P. & Ex. J.P.

Ordinary’s office May 7th 1877 upon reading the above petition and affidavit it is ordered said paper be admitted to record as the last will & testament of Mary J. Asbell, decd.

W.H. Berrie, Ordinary G.C. Ga.

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George Aymar
3 February 1876

Will Book G pgs. 447-448
[Glynn County Probate Court]

            In the Name of God Amen.  I George Aymar of the City of Brunswick County of Glynn and State of Georgia of the age of 65 years Borned 4th day of July 1811 being of sound mind and memory and considering the uncertainty of this frail and transitory life do therefore make ordain publish and declare this to be my last will and testament, that is to say,
            First, I direct my executor hereinafter named as soon after my decease as possible to pay my just debts and funeral expenses.
            Second, I hereby give and bequeath unto my beloved wife Catherine or Kate, and my two children Lizzie Lurine and Margaret Chasine during the term of their natural life the rents property and income to be derived from all and any property of which I may die seized and possessed both real and personal and of whatsoever name or nature and wheresoever the same may be situated.
            Third, upon the death of my said wife and children I hereby give devise and bequeath unto their children if they have any.  If Lizzie and Maggie should die without issue it is then to go to the Methodist Church for the support of the minister and the Parr. of the Church.  The houses and lots (254 & 255) two hundred and fifty four and two hundred and fifty five on Union Street and George and all of my property situate in the city county and state of New York and also all other property both real & personal of whatsoever name or nature and wheresoever the same may be situated of which I may die seized and possessed.  To have and to hold forever.
            I hereby appoint my said wife sole executrix of this my last will and testament hereby revoking all former wills by me made.
            In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal this twenty third day of February in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and seventy six.

Signed George W. Aymar

            The above instrument consisting of one sheet was at the date thereof signed sealed & published & declared by the said George W. Aymar as his last will and testament in presence of us and at his request and in his presence and in the presence of each other have subscribed our names as witnesses thereto.  Brunswick, Ga.

John B. Habersham
Arnold Kaiser
Michallis Kaiser

 

Ordinary’s Office Glynn County Georgia

            In person appeared before me Arnold Kaiser one of the subscribing witnesses to the written will, who being duly sworn deposes and says that he at the request of George W. Aymar saw him sign seal publish and declare the within and foregoing instrument as his last will and testament and that he saw Jno. B. Habersham and Michallis Kaiser sign the same as witnesses at the request of testator and in his presence and in presence of each other.

Arnold Kaiser

Sworn to and subscribed before me this Nov. 9th 1880.  W.B.C. Coker, N.P. & E.J.P.

Recorded Nov. 2 A.D. 1880, W.B.C. Coker, Clerk Ordinary

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Nathaniel Bell
26 January 1831

Inventories & Appraisements Vol. D pg. 292

State of Georgia}
Glynn County}

            In the name of God Amen
            I Nathaniel Bell of the above State and county, being weak in body and agreable to nature am drawing near eternity & thanks be to God enjoy the use of mind and knoledge, when it shall be God’s will to call my soul and my body comitted to the Earth and Lawfull or just debts being paid or settled.
            I leave this being my Last Will and Testament and I doth order and command haveing but littel to wit two negrow’s the man Billy and the woman Rose, for the use of Mrs. Jane. Mary. Bell. Russ and to use all the wages or profet of said negrows Billy and Rose for and during her lifetime or marage, at which time, The property shall not be devided it shall be kept together until by prophet or increse there be one negrow for each, and if either of my children die and leve no lawful child the property return to the surviving party. All my household furnerter kitchen utentials plantation tous, I give & bequeth to Mrs. Jane M.B. Russ, and as long as James Geurene Bell can agree with his sister Mrs. Jane M.B. Russ and her pleashure he may partake of with her.
            And I do appoint, John Burnet Esq and Urbanus Dart Esq both of the above state and county as trustees, to Execute this my last Will and Testament given under my hand this day and Date and in the presents of (blank space) let it be understood at the Death or marige of Mrs. Jane M.B. Russ who be Executrix at her death or mariage the said Mrs. Jane M.B. Russ the property be not sold nor no devetion be made until by profet or increase there be one negrow for each my children if the marage of Mrs. Russ she has one, Wm. S. Bell one, Nobel J. Bell one, James G. Bell one and if either Die leaving no child the property returns to the living part of the family given under my hand and dated this twenty six day January one Thousand eight hundred Thirty one (blank space) Date
at Brunswick sealed in present of John Burnett, Clk. LdJCGC

Nathl. Bell

[transcribed verbatim]

 

Georgia}
Glynn Co}

You do swear that you Saw Nathaniel Bell sign seal publish and declare this writing to be and contain his last Will & Testament that at this time thereof he was of sound disposing mind and memory & that he did it freely without compulsion to the best of your knowledge
So help you God

Sworn to in open Court 3 March 1834 John Burnett Jr.

Chas. Grant J.I.C.G.C.
Jas. C. Mangham J.I.C.G.C.
Henry C. Dubignon J.I.C.G.C.
J. Hamilton Couper J.I.C.G.C.

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David Blue
2 January 1900
Book G pg. 552

State of Georgia}
Glynn County}

Last Will and Testament of David Blue.

            David Blue of said State and County, being of sound and disposing mind and memory, do make this my last will and testament hereby revoking all wills heretofore made by me.
            1st:  I wish my Executor as soon as possible after my death to pay my debts, and I authorize him to sell a sufficiency of my property at public or private sale for that purpose.
            2nd:  I give to my daughter Jenlin Blue eight head of stock cattle and one yoke of Oxen known as the young oxen.
            3rd:  I give to my granddaughter Maud Mack the following property to wit, four head of cattle.
            4th:  I give to my grandson David Pyles in trust for my granddaughter Carrie DeLoach the following property to wit, all of the tract of land where I now reside, and I further will that in case said tract of land should be sold that it shall be sold to one of the other heirs so that it will remain in my family, also one yoke of Oxen, and all the residue of the stock cattle.
            5th:  I will that all the residue of my property to to my daughter Jenlin Blue in consideration of services rendered.
            9th [sic]:  I do hereby appoint David Pyles executor of this my will (without bond).
            In testimony whereof I have hereto set my hand.  This 2nd day of January 1900.

David X Blue
[his mark]

Signed and published by David Blue as his last will and testament in the presence of the undersigned who subscribe our names eto as witnesses at the instance and request of said testator and in his presence and in the presence of each other.  This the 2nd day of Jan. 1900.

Geo. W. Pyles
D. Lewis
Wade F. Knight

Probated February 1900

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Fred Blue
8 January 1936
Will Book H pg. 310

Georgia Glynn County.

            I Fred Blue, of said county, being of sound mind and memory, do make this my last will and testament, hereby revoking any and all others that I have heretofore made.
            It is my will and desire that my body be buried in a Christian-like manner, the place and detail of which I leave to my children Mazie Niles, Theresa Hippard and Payton Blue.
            I, will, bequeath, and devise all of my property, both real and personal as follows:  To my wife Charlotte I give one cow & calf all of my real estate I want equally divided equally between my three children viz:  Theres Hippard, Mazie Niles & Payton Blue, the rest of my personal property I want equally divided between my three children viz:  Theresa Hippard, Mazie Niles & Payton Blue.
            I make my son Payton Blue executor of this will and I relieve him from making any inventory of my property or appraisement or from giving any bond and he is required only by this will to probate the will, and he is further relieved from making any returns of his acts and doings whatever.
            This the Eight Day of January 1936

Fred X Blue {Seal}
[his mark]

Declared published, signed and sealed by Fred Blue as his last will and testament, in the presence of the undersigned as witnesses he first signing in our presecnec and we in his presence and in the presence of each other.

This the Eight day of January 1936

R.M. Scarlett
F.D. Scarlett
A. Hippard

Probated 21 August 1937

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Mary Ann Blue
Will 25 December 1875
Will Book G pg. 432

State of Georgia}
Glynn County}

In the name of God Amen.

            I Mary Ann Blue of the State and County aforesaid being of sound and disposing mind and memory thanks be to God for the same, but well knowing the uncertainty of life, do make and publish this my last Will and Testament; hereby revoking and making null and void all and every other Will or Wills by me at any time heretofore made.
            First--I commit my body to the Earth to be decently interred by my Executor hereinafter named and my soul I commit to God who gave it.
            Second--It is my will and desire that my funeral expenses and just debts be paid by my Executor hereafter named, as soon as possible.
            Thirdly--I will and bequeath all my Estate real and personal and mixed of what so ever nature or kind, lands, mortgages, and notes, interest, claims and demands, that I may die possessed of to my Niece Mary C. Berrie forever.
            Lastly--I do hereby nominate and appoint William A. Berrie Junr. Executor of this my last Will and Testament.
            In witness whereof, I have hereunto set my hand and seal this the Twenty fifth (25) of December Eighteen hundred and Seventy five (1875)

Mary Ann Blue  {LS}

Signed in presence of
A.M. Mathews
Francis D. Scarlett
R.M. Ratcliff

Refer to mortgages G.W. Pyles dated 15 July 1869 $531.60 with sundry credits.  Recorded in Book O pages 127 & 128 July 22nd 1869.  St. John Clerk[?] F.D.S.

Georgia}
Glynn County}
            Before me W.H. Berrie Ordinary of said County, came in person W.A. Berrie Jr., the executor of the last will and testament of Mary Ann Blue deceased late of said county, and also Francis D. Scarlett one of the witnesses to said will, who being duly sworn, deposeths and says, that he saw M.A. Blue sign seal publish and declare the said instrument as her last will and testament voluntarily and freely without complaint and that he, A.M. Mathews and R.M. Ratcliff signed said will as witnesses in the presence of each other.

Francis D. Scarlett

Sworn and subscribed to before me Jany. 31, 1876, Wm. H. Berrie, Ordinary.

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Minnie G. Borchardt
28 August 1962
Will Book I pgs. 425-428

State of Georgia,
County of Glynn

            I, MINNIE G. BORCHARDT, of said State and County, being of sound and disposing mind and memory, do make this my last will and testament, hereby revoking and annulling any and all testamentary writings or any kind whatsoever heretofore made by me.
            ITEM ONE--I desire to declare that I am the widow of Joseph Borchardt, late of Glynn County, Georgia.
            ITEM TWO--I desire and direct that my body by cremated and my ashes scattered.
            ITEM THREE--I desire and direct that all of my just debts be paid without unnecessary delay by my Executor hereinafter named and appointed.
            ITEM FOUR--I give, bequeath and devise to my nephew, Emile Guttman, whose address is 2461 N.W. 30th Street, Miami 42, Florida, One Thousand Dollars ($1,000.00).
            ITEM FIVE--I give, bequeath and devise to my niece, Cephalide Allcorn, whose address is 11020 N.E. 4th Avenue, Miami 38, Florida, One Thousand Dollars ($1000.00).
            ITEM SIX--I give, bequeath and devise to my nephew Edwin Fendig, of St. Simons Island, Georgia, One Thousand Dollars ($1,000.00)
            ITEM SEVEN--I give, devise and bequeath to my niece, Cephalide, and my nephew, Emile, such of my personal effects, silver and artifacts as they desire.  They are to agree between themselves on a distribution of same.  If they cannot agree then my Executor is to make final determination of the matter.  Such personal effects, silver, and artifacts which my said niece and nephew do not want and my furniture and fixtures shall be distributed or disposed of as my Executor, in his sole discretion, deems best.
            ITEM EIGHT--After payment of any obligations of my estate, expenses incidental to my death, expenses incidental to the administration of my estate and payment of the aforementioned bequests I desire and direct my Executor:
                        (a)    To pay to the National Jewish Hospital, Denver, Colorado, the sum of $1,000.00 at such time as my executor, in his sole discretion deems best;
                        (b)    To set aside twenty-five percent (but not more than $10,000.00) of the remainder of my estate as an educational endowment to be designated and administered in accordance with Item Nine of this my will.
            ITEM NINE--The name of such education endowment shall be THE JOSEPH AND MINNIE G. BORCHARDT EDUCATION FUND.  I name and appoint Albert Fendig as Trustee of this endowment vesting in him complete authority and discretion to administer this endowment.
            Without intending to curtail the discretion of my Trustee, but to provide a guide which he may take into consideration when making this decision, I have in mind and desire the following:

                        1.  The beneficiary of beneficiaries of this foundation shall be deserving men or women of any age, race, sect or creed, who are unable to pursue a college career, or special training at school for handicapped or post graduate work at college because of lack of funds.
                        2.  The Trustees shall be the final judge of the beneficiary or beneficiaries selected but it is suggested that he may wish to invite nominations from the faculty of Glynn Academy and other schools or colleges, or from other organizations who might be in position to know of eligible beneficiaries.
                        3.  It is suggested that normally no part of the fund should be used for students whose families have means to provide them with funds for such higher or special education.
                        4.  It is suggested that sufficient funds be provided annually to the selected beneficiary to enable her or him to obtain a degree and complete post graduate work and the Trustee should budjet [sic] his funds accordingly.  However, The Trustee, having selected the beneficiary, shall always be able to cancel the scholarship at any time in the event the beneficiary becomes undeserving or unworthy in the opinion of the Trustee, and for this reason the grant or funds may be parceled out in quarterly installations as the trustee deems best.
                        5.  While such matters are to be left entirely to the discretion of the Trustee, it is suggested that no more than $1,500.00 annually shall be granted to one beneficiary and no more than $10,000.00 over the entire period of college and post graduate work be granted to any one beneficiary.  It is contemplated that the beneficiary will be able to provide some funds for himself by working during the summer and perhaps doing extra work during the time he or she is attending college.  At the time the grant is made to the beneficiary, he or she should be informed that thriftiness shall be a factor taken into consideration by the Trustee when the Trustee is deciding whether or not the beneficiary is deserving of grants for additional years.
                        6.  Likewise, it is suggested that a beneficiary should rank among the top one-third (1/3) of the students I his or her class to justify selection as a beneficiary in the first place and his or her continued enjoyment of the use of funds in the second place.  However, it should be emphasized that while scholastics ability is of importance, even more important is the moral fibre of the beneficiary, who should be selected because of possessing well rounded qualities of integrity, leadership, ideals and ability.
                        7.  So that this fund will continue to be available for other deserving beneficiaries, it is expected that the recipients of funds from this trust shall commence repaying to the trust the funds granted them within two years after their graduation, or completion of post graduate work, or completion of internship.  To this and the Trustee shall require the beneficiary to deliver to him his or her promissory note, or notes, made payable to the Trustee for the amounts advanced and such note or notes, shall be payable in such installments and shall bear such interest as may be agreed upon by the Trustee and the beneficiary.
            ITEM TEN--All of the rest and remainder of my estate, I give and bequeath to my nephew, Albert Fendig, who has always assisted me with my affairs.
            ITEM ELEVEN--I hereby constitute and appoint Albert Fendig as Executor of this my last Will and Testament and empower him to handle all matters pertaining to my estate with as much freedom of restrictions and with as much freedom of action as he, under the laws, has in handling his own independent affairs and properties.  Such powers shall specifically include the right to sell, lease, mortgage and encumber any or all of the property of my estate, either real or personal, at public or private sale, with or without advertisement, for such considerations and in such a manner and on such terms as he may deem best, and without order or approval of any official court or person.
            ITEM TWELVE--In the event said Albert Fendig is unable or unwilling to serve as Executor and Trustee or having qualified in such capacity ceases to serve as such because of death or resignation, then I name as substitute Executor and substitute Trustee THE FIRST NATIONAL BANK OF BRUNSWICK, Brunswick, Georgia, or any bank into which it may merge or become a part.  Such successor Executor and Trustee shall have all of the powers and discretions and immunities given to the original named Executor and Trustee.
            ITEM THIRTEEN--A.  In the management, care and disposition of my estate and of every trust I confer upon the Executor of this Will and the Trustee of each and every trust created by this Will, and the survivors and successors in office, the power to do all things and to execute such instruments as may be deemed necessary or proper, including the following powers, all of which may be exercised without order of or report to any court:
                        (a)     To sell, exchange, or otherwise dispose of any property at any time held or acquired under this Will, at public or private sale, for cash or on terms, without advertisement, including the right to lease for any term notwithstanding the period of the trust;
                        (b)    To invest all monies in such stocks, bonds, securities, investment company or trust shares, mortgages, notes, choses in action, real estate, improvements thereon, and other property as such Executor or Trustee may deem best without regard to any law now or hereafter in force limiting the investment for Executors, Trustees or other fiduciaries;
                        (c)     To retain by way of investment any property or choses in action owned by me at the time of my death, including any stock in such Executor or Trustee;
                        (d)    To vote in person or by proxy any corporate stock or other security and to agree to or take any other action in regard to any reorganization, merger, consolidation, liquidation, bankruptcy or other procedure or proceeding affecting any stock, bond, note or other property.
                        (e)     To use real estate brokers, accountants, and other agents, if it deems such employment necessary and desirable, and to pay reasonable compensation for their services;
                        (f)      To compromise, settle and/or adjust any claim or demand by or against said estate or trust and to agree to any recision or modification of any contract or agreement affecting such estate or trust;
                        (g)     To renew any indebtedness, as well as borrow money, and to secure the same by mortgaging, pledging and/or conveying any property of such estate or trust;
                        (h)     To retain and carry on any business in which I may own an interest at the time of my death, to acquire additional interest in any such business, to agree to the liquidation in kind of any corporation in which my estate or trust may have any interest and to carry on the business thereof, to join with other owners in adopting any form of management for any business or property in which my estate or trust may have an interest, to become or remain a partner, general or limited, in regard to any such business or property, to incorporate any such business or property and hold the stock or other securities as an investment, and to employ agents and confer on them authority to manage and operate such business, property or corporation without liability for the acts of any agent or for any loss, liability or indebtedness of such business if the management is selected or retained with reasonable care;
                        (i)       To register any stock, bond or other security in the name of any nominee, without the addition of words indicating that such security is held in a fiduciary capacity; but accurate records shall be maintained showing that such security is a trust asset and the Executor or Trustee shall be responsible for the acts of such nominee.
            B.  Whenever the Trustee is directed to pay any money to or to use any money for the benefit of any minor, the Trustee shall not require the appointment of a guardian, but shall be authorized to pay the same over to the person having custody of such minor, to pay the same to such minor without the intervention of a guardian, to pay the same to a legal guardian for such minor if one has already been appointed, or to use the same for the benefit of such minor.
            C.  Whenever the Trustee is directed to distribute any property in fee simple to a person who is then a minor the Trustee shall continue to hold the share of such minor in trust for such minor until he or she becomes twenty-one years of age and in the meantime shall use such a part of the income and/or corpus of the share of such minor as said Trustee may deem necessary to provide for the proper support and education of such minor.
            D.  Neither my Executor nor any Trustee shall be required to file any inventory or appraisal of any annual or other returns or reports to any court or to give bond, but shall furnish a statement of receipts and disbursements at least annually to each person then entitled to income from my estate or any trust.
            E.  In the distribution of my estate and the division into separate trusts and shares, the Executor and Trustee shall be authorized to make the division in money or in kind or partly in money and partly in kind, and the division made by my Executor or Trustee and the values established by it for such division shall be binding and conclusive on all persons taking hereunder.  My Executor or Trustee may in making such division allot undivided interests in the same property to several trusts or shares.
            F.  My Executor or Trustee shall have discretion to determine whether items should be charged or credited to income or corpus or allocated between income and corpus in such manner as the Executor or Trustee in their discretion may deem equitable and fair under all the circumstances, including the power to amortize any part or all of any premium or discount, to treat any part or all of the profit resulting from the maturity or sale of any asset, whether purchased at a premium or at a discount, as income or corpus or apportion the same between income and corpus, to apportion the sale price of any asset between income and corpus, to treat any dividend or other distribution on any investment as income or corpus or apportion the same between income and corpus, to charge any expense against income or corpus or apportion the same, and to provide or fail to provide a reasonable reserve against depreciation or obsolescence on any asset subject to depreciation or obsolescence, all as such Executor or Trustee may reasonably deem equitable and just under all the circumstances.
            G.  The income on the part of my estate used to pay debts, taxes, expenses, general legacies and other such corpus charges, shall go to the income beneficiaries of the residuum of my estate and shall not be added to the corpus thereof.
            H.  My Executor or any Trustee shall be authorized to make any election permitted by any tax law, including filing of joint returns, if in the opinion of such Executor or Trustee such election s for the combined best interest of my estate and the beneficiaries thereof and may make or agree to such apportionment of taxes as such Executor or Trustee deems equitable under the circumstances.
            I.  The Trustee of any trust created by this Will shall be authorized to sell any property to or to purchase any property from any other trust created by this Will at the fair market value thereof as determined by the Trustee, even though the same person or corporation may be acting as Trustee of both trusts.
            J.  I authorize my Executor, in his sole and absolute discretion, to use administration expenses as deductions for estate tax purposes or income tax purposes and to use date of death values or optional values for estate tax purposes, regardless of the effect thereof on any interest under this my Will, and I direct that there shall be no adjustment of such interests by reason of any action taken by my Executor pursuant hereto.
            K.  My Executor or any Trustee may purchase property from, sell property or make secured or unsecured loans to, or otherwise deal without limitations with the Executor, Trustee, or other representative of any trust or estate in which any beneficiary hereunder has any interest, even though one or both of my Executors and Trustee by such Executor, Trustee, or other representative, without liability for loss or depreciation resulting therefrom.
            L.  For its services hereunder as successor Executor and successor Trustee, THE FIRST NATIONAL BANK OF BRUNSWICK, Brunswick, Georgia, shall receive compensation, which shall be the compensation stipulated in any schedules of compensation adopted by the Trustee and in effect at the time of such compensation shall become payable.
            IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand and affixed by seal on this the 28 day of August, 1962.

Minnie G. Borchardt [seal]

Signed, sealed, published and declared by MINNIE G. BORCHARDT, as and for her last Will and Testament in our presence and we, at her request and in her presence and in the presence of each other, have hereunto subscribed our names as witnesses the day and year above set out.

Lanelle T. Knight P.O. Address Brunswick, Ga.
Bertha L. Cook P.O. Address Brunswick, Ga.
Libby L. Tippins
P.O. Address Brunswick, Ga.

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 Raphael Borchardt
8 December 1922
Will Book H pgs. 142-143

State of Georgia}
County of Glynn}

            I, Raphael Borchardt, of Brunswick, Glynn County, Georgia, being of sound and disposing mind and memory, do hereby make, publish and declare this my last will and testament.
            Item I--I give, devise and bequeath to my wife, Rebecca Borchardt, one-half of all property of every kind and character of which I shall die seized and possessed. 
            Item II--I give, devise and bequeath to my wife, Rebecca Borchardt, ad to my brother, Joseph Borchardt, as trustees and in trust for my minor son Raphael David Borchardt, one-half of all property of which I die seized and possessed.  As such Trustees the said Rebecca and Joseph Borchardt shall have full and complete control over the property an interest in property comprising the trust estate hereby bequeathed to my said Son, and as such Trustees they shall have the right to sell any part of said property in their discretion at private sale, without obtaining any order of Court for that purpose, and to reinvest the proceeds upon like uses and trusts, and to use and apply the income, or as much thereof as may be necessary, for the support and education of the beneficiary, my said Son, and with full right in their discretion to apply any part of the corpus of the estate as they might deem necessary for the support and education of my said son.  As such Trustees they shall not be required to give bond or to make any returns to any court of their acts and doings.
            All monies applied to the support of my said minor son shall be by the Trustees paid over to the said Rebecca Borchardt as Guardian of the person of my said son. 
            Said Trustees shall not be required to give any bond or to make any returns or reports to any court of their actings and doings.
            In the event of the death or resignation of either the said Rebecca or Joseph Borchardt, hereby appointed as such Trustees the survivor shall have all of the rights powers and privileges and immunities hereby given to both of them.
            My said executor, hereinafter named, and my wife shall have full and complete authority to make partition and division of all property comprising my estate in two distributive shares, and my said executor shall convey and deliver to each legatee that is to my said wife and to the said trustees for the minor beneficiary, the portion awarded to each.
            Item III--I hereby appoint my said wife, Rebecca Borchardt, as Guardian of the person of my said son, Raphael David Borchardt.  As such Guardian she shall have full right and authority to apply and expend in her discretion all sums and moneys coming into her hands as such Guardian and which may be paid over to her by the Trustees of the estate of said minor in the support, education and care of said minor.  As such Guardian she shall not be required to give any bond or to make any returns or reports to any court.
            In the event of the death of my said wife I hereby nominate and appoint Joseph Borchardt as the Guardian of the person of my said minor son, and as such he shall have all of the rights, powers and immunities hereby given to my said wife as such Guardian.
            Item 4--The bequest hereby made to my said wife is in lieu of dower and or year’s support.
            Item 5--I hereby appoint Joseph Borchardt as executor of this my last will, and as such executor he shall not be required to give any bond or to make any reports to any court except that after he has completed the administration of the estate by paying over and delivering to the said Rebecca Borchardt her one-half interest and by paying over and delivering to himself and to the said Rebecca Borchardt as Trustees the one-half interest in said estate hereby bequeathed in trust to them for my said minor son, he as such executor may in his discretion make to the Court of Ordinary of said Glynn County one general report giving and inventory of the estate showing the properties and moneys paid over and delivered to the respective legatees.  Said executor shall have full and complete right and authority to sell at private sale, and without obtaining any order of court for that purpose, and in his discretion, any property or interest in property of which I may die seized and possessed for the purpose of converting the same into cash before completing administration of the estate.
            In the event of the death or resignation of Joseph Borchardt as such executor I hereby nominate and appoint my wife, Rebecca Borchardt, as executrix of this will, with full authority to administer or to complete the administration of the estate, and as such executrix she shall have all of the rights, powers, immunities, exemptions and privileges hereby given and granted to the said Joseph Borchardt as such executor.
            IN TESTIMONY WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand on this the eight day of December, Anno Domini, Nineteen Hundred and Twenty-two (1922).

Raphael Borchardt

Signed, published and declared by Raphael Borchardt as his last will and testament in the presence of the undersigned who subscribe their names hereto as witnesses at the instance and request of said testator, and in his presence and in the presence of each other, this eight day of December, Anno Domini, Nineteen Hundred and Twenty-two (1922).

Rosalie Fendig Address:  Brunswick, Ga.
F.E. Twitty Address:  Brunswick, Ga.
Edwin Fendig Address:  Brunswick, Ga.

Probated 10 January 1928

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Helen Campbell (Bass) Bostwick
2 October 1869

Will Book G pgs. 526-530
[Glynn County Probate Court]

State of Georgia}
County of Fulton}

In the name of God Amen.
            I Helen Campbell Bostwick of said state and county, being of sound and disposing mind and memory, knowing that I must depart this life, deem it right and proper, both as respects my family and myself that I should make a disposition of the property with which a kind Providence has blessed me, I do therefore make this my last will and testament, hereby revoking and annulling all others by me heretofore made.  First I direct that my body be buried in a decent and Christian like manner as suitable to my circumstances and condition in life, my soul I trust shall return to rest with God, who gave it, as I hope for salvation, through the merits and atonement of the blessed Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.  Second, I desire and direct that all my just debts be paid without delay by my executor hereinafter named and appointed.  Third, I give, bequeath and devise to my three children, Charles Bostwick, Mary Maude Bostwick, and John Orleans Bostwick, and to any further child or children that may be born to me, my entire interest and property in real estate situate, lying and being in the city of Galveston and State of Texas without the limits of the said city of Galveston, all of which interest and property in real estate I hold under the will of my beloved mother Rebecca Mary Thrasher late deceased.  And I hereby desire to give bequeath and devise to my beloved children now in life, and to any future child or children that may be born to me my entire interest under the said will of my said mother, with full power to dispose of the same by will or otherwise as they may deem proper.  Fourth I give and bequeath to my said children and to any future children that may be born to me share and share alike, all personal property of any description of which I may die owned and possessed, whether said property consists in money stocks bonds, promissory notes, accounts, jewelry, furniture, dresses, stock, carriages, or any other article of value of a personal or movable nature.  Fifth the residue of my property both real and personal, wherever and whatever it may be, I give bequeath and devise to my three beloved children aforesaid, and to any future child or children that may be born to me share and share alike in fee simple and forever, I desire it to be distinctly understood that all my real and personal estate of which I am now possessed or to which I am entitled under the will of my beloved mother, Rebecca Mary Thrasher, I give and bequeath to my three said children, and to any other child or children that may be born to me, share and share alike, forever in fee simple.  Fifth I hereby constitute and appoint my beloved husband John R. Bostwick, sole executor of this my last will and testament hereby declaring that I will and desire him as executor as aforesaid, to take charge of my said estate both real and personal without giving any bond or security, and without making any inventory or returns of the same.

Helen C. Bostwick {LS}

Signed, sealed, delivered and published by Helen Campbell Bostwick as her last will and testament in the presence of us the undersigned who subscribed our names hereto in the presence of said testatrix, at her special instance and request, and in the presence of each other.  This October 2nd 1869.

James O. Allen
Amelia T. Allen
Henry Jackson

 

A Codicil to this Will
            Whereas I Helen Campbell Bostwick, now of the city of Brunswick, County of Glynn, State of Georgia, formally [sic] of Atlanta, Fulton County, Georgia, having made my last will and testament in writing which is here annexed, having date the 2nd of October 1869, said will executed in Fulton County, city of Atlanta, State of Georgia, by which I have given to my children, born and to be born, my daughter Helen Maude born April 5th 1870 to share in equal division of my property both real and personal now therefore I do desire and declare and wish and do here declare that my will is that the division of my property of any kind, whether real estate, bonds, stock, cash, or notes, shall not be divided or paid to my children until the death of my husband John R. Bostwick, who made me leave him out—against my will—as a share in equal degree—in fee simple—with children, hence this my codicil, who as my executor I here so instruct, on the death of my husband John R. Bostwick I name my son Charles Bostwick as my executor and my younger son John Orleans Bostwick, to act with said Charles Bostwick, if at proper age as law requires.  Neither one to give any bond for the trust placed with them and lastly:  It is my desire that this codicil be and is here arranged[?] to and made a part of my last will and testament aforesaid to all intents and purposes.  In witness whereof, I have hereunto subscribed my name and affixed my seal the 2nd day of November 1881.

Helen Campbell Bostwick

The above written instrument was subscribed by said Helen Campbell Bostwick in our presence and acknowledged by her to each of us, and she at same time published and declared the above instrument a codicil so subscribed to be her last will and desire and testament, and we at testatrix request and in her presence have signed our names as witnesses hereto.

Eliza Drury
LeBaron Drury
J.W. Drury

 

State of Georgia}
County of Glynn}

In the name of God Amen
            I, Helen Campbell Bostwick, formally [sic] of Fulton County, said state, but now of the city of Brunswick, said county of Glynn, having formerly made the foregoing will (to which these presents are attached) to wit on the 2nd day of October A.D. 1869, and now being of sound and disposing mind and memory, do now make and publish this codicil to said last will and testament, which said codicil concerns only the property herein enumerated, and is in no other way whatsoever to vary, change, or in any way effect the foregoing last will and testament and this codicil thereto made and attached on November 2nd 1881.  To wit—Item—I do hereby give and bequeath unto my beloved husband John R. Bostwick a life estate, [illegible] an estate for his life, and to cease and terminate only at his death or by his act in the following property to wit:  All that parcel or lot of land, situate, lying and being in the County of Glynn said state, and on the town commons of the city of Brunswick embracing all those three lots on the Southern half o the block of lots, bounded on the north by the extension of “F” street, East by Lee street, South by the extension of Gloucester Street, and west by Stonewall Street, the said property known by the numbers twenty five, twenty seven and twenty nine (25-27-29) and being the homestead where I now reside.  Also a life interest and estate in all the household and kitchen furniture, and generally all personal property now used by me in connection with said homestead.  All of which property herein aforesaid, my said husband after my death shall have and hold until his death, and at his death it is my will and desire that the legal title of all said property shall immediately vest in fee simple in my dear daughter Maud Helen Bostwick my intention hereby being and is to give to my said husband an estate for life in said property, and after said life estate shall have ended ceased and expired by limitation that the said property shall be and become the property of my said daughter Helen Maud, forever in fee simple, this July 11th 1888.

Helen C. Bostwick

Signed, declared, and published by Helen Campbell Bostwick as a codicil to her last will and testament, in the presence of us the subscribers, who subscribe our names hereto as attesting witnesses in the presence of the said testatrix Helen Campbell Bostwick, (at her instance and request) and of each other, she the said testatrix signing the same in our presence, and us signing as attesting witnesses in her presence and in the presence of each other.

Estelle Harris
Robbie Baker
Frank H. Harris

 

I Helen Campbell Bostwick, of the city and county of New York, and State of New York, do hereby make publish and declare the following codicil to my last will and testament, bearing date the 25th day of October 1869.
            First, to avoid any question as to the effect of the death of my late husband John Robert Bostwick on the validity of my last will and testament, I hereby express my desire that my will as it now stands, being as written and approved by my dear and esteemed husband John Robert Bostwick shall stand and be valid except as modified by the codicil thereto (drawn by Frank H. Harris of Brunswick Ga. well and favorably known) which gives and devises to my youngest and last child Helen Maud Bostwick, my homestead lot facing Lee street east, Gloucester Street South and Stonewall Street west, one acre, town commons both said property being more particularly described in my said will deposited in the Oglethorpe National Bank of Brunswick, Ga.  Second, should my first born son Charles ever return (he is supposed to have been lost off the west Florida coast on the yacht Rosa Scarboro) he is to have his full share of all property I may be heir to, excepting the homestead property aforesaid, and I by his brother John Orleans, and his sisters Mary M. Wood, and Helen Maud Bostwick, to love and cherish him as my representative.  Third, my emerald ad pearl pin from my sister Clara is for my son Charlie, should he ever return, as to be for the first Charles Bostwick, thence to another Charles Bostwick or family that name to a Clara (or Claire) Menard who shall follow in direct line of descent; failing any such heir I desire that it shall be given to the cathedral of Galveston Texas, on condition that it shall be [illegible] by the image of the blessed Virgin and that a daily prayer shall be offered for the souls of my dear father, M.B. Menard, my mother and the heirs of her body, in [illegible], so shall I with my dear ones be remembered.  And I by my beloved children to love and help each other, and I pray they may avoid my faults and perform and carry out to perfection the ardent desires (and alas feeble efforts) to do and be all that God (and my heart) aimed and desired, and hoped I should be and lastly it is my desire that this my [illegible] codicil be annexed to and made a [illegible] of my last will and testament to all intents and purposes.
            In witness whereof, I have hereunto set my hand and seal this 26th day of October 1893.

Helen C. Bostwick {seal}

The above instrument was now here subscribed by Helen Campbell Bostwick the testatrix in the presence of each of us, and was at the same time in the presence of each of us declared by her to be her last will and testament, and we at her request, in her presence, and in the presence of each other, sign our names thereto as attesting witnesses.

Miss J. Moore, residing at 104 W 102nd Street in the city, county and state of New York.
Lewis P. Moore
residing at 104 W 102nd Street in the city, county and state of New York.
James South
residing at 226 Clinton Street, in the city, county, and state of New York.

Recorded Nov. 14th 1896, Horace Dart, Ordinary Glynn Co., Ga.

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Henrietta (Austin) Burgay
5 August 1931

Will Book H pgs. 277-278
[Glynn County Probate Court]

State of Georgia, Glynn County

            I, Mrs. Henrietta Burgay, of said State and County, being of sound and disposing mind and memory, do make this my last will and testament, hereby revoking and annulling all others by me heretofore made.
            1.  I desire and direct that my body be buried in a decent and Christian like manner, suitable to my circumstances and condition in life.
            2.  I desire and direct that all my just debts be paid without unnecessary delay by my Executor hereinafter named and appointed.
            3.  I give, bequeath and devise to Mrs. Leila Burgay Wilchar, of Glynn County, Georgia that certain house in Macon, Georgia, known as 3980 Houston Avenue, and likewise the lot upon which said house is located, during her lifetime, and at her death the said property shall revert to my beloved niece, Mrs. Ruby Staley, of Brunswick, Georgia.  The said Mrs. Leila Burgay Wilchar shall either use said property herself during her lifetime or shall rent the property to any person she so desires, and shall use the net proceeds derived therefrom as she may deem proper.
            4.  I give, bequeath and devise to my beloved niece, Mrs. Ruby Staley, of Brunswick, Georgia, all the remainder of my estate, both real and personal property, monies, and choses in action, wherever the same may be located, which I may own at the time of my death.
            5.  I hereby constitute and appoint D.C. Staley, of Brunswick, Georgia, the sole Executor of this my last will and testament, and I expressly confer upon him power as such to administer my estate, excusing him from giving bond or making any returns to the Court of Ordinary of said Glynn County, Georgia, or to any other Court, and do all acts which he may deem necessary in the premises, and convey any property which I may own at the time of my death at either private or public sale without the order of any Court, the proceeds derived thereform to be immediately delivered to my said beloved niece, Mrs. Ruby Staley.
            This 5th day of August 1931.

Mrs. Henrietta Burgay {LS}

            Signed, sealed, declared and published by Mrs. Henrietta Burgay, as her last will and testament, in the presence of us, the undersigned, who subscribed our names hereto in the presence of said Testatrix, after she had signed her name thereto, and at her special instance and request, and in the presence of each other.
            This 5th day of August 1931.

Saidie Ferguson {LS}
Julia M. Dart {LS}
F.M. Scarlett {LS}

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John Burnett
14 March 1838
Inventories & Appraisements Vol. D pgs. 354-356

            In the Name of God Amen. I John Burnett of the County of Glynn, and State of Georgia, being in perfect mind and memory, knowing that all men have to Die and that the time of my Departure cannot be far distant do ordain this my Last Will and Testament. I do give and bequeath to my children herein named the following Property, to wit. To my Son Samuel M. Burnett the following Negro slaves viz, Ben, Sue, Fortune, Celia, and Toby. To my Son Albert G. Burnett, the following Negro slaves viz. Luvizy, Caesar, Lucy, Phillis, Peter, Lomis, George, and Joe. To my Daughter Sarah Harriet Miller the following negro slaves viz. Anthony, Abby, Violet, Harry, Bedford, Tyra, Charles, and Nancy. To my Grand Daughter Mary McIntosh Burnett, Daughter of Samuel M. Burnett & Henrietta Burnett, one negro Girl slave viz. Matilda. To my Grandson Andrew Jackson Miller son of the Late Doctor Frs. E.K. Miller and Sarah H. Miller, one Negro Girl slave viz. Cinder. To my Son Albert G. Burnett and my Daughter Sarah H. Miller my House and furniture, with Twenty Acres of Land adjoining and all the Improvements thereon, to my son Samuel M. Burnett Ten Acres of Land, upon which he now Lives with all the improvements thereon. To my Sons Samuel M. Burnett and Albert G. Burnett and my Daughter Sarah H. Miller, all my Lands not included with foregoing bequests and also all my stock and all other property, not herein enumerated to be Equally divided between them, the said Samuel M. Burnett, Albert G. Burnett, and Sarah H. Miller, or their Legal Heirs and Representatives. And I do hereby reserve One hundred and fifty feet square of land as a family Burial plot, commencing ten feet west of a large line of Oak trees, to be forever a common property Between those interested in it. I do hereby direct that in the year of our Lord, one thousand Eight Hundred and fifty seven, the Negro slave Harry herein bequeathed to my Daughter Sarah H. Miller, shall be released from bondage and manumitted for the term of his natural Life. And that the said Sarah H. Miller or the person or persons in whose possession he may be at that time, shall pay, or cause to be paid, to said Negro slave Harry, at the time of his release in good and lawful money the sum of Fifty Dollars. In addition to the foregoing Bequests, I do give and bequeath to my Grand children John Burnett Miller and Andrew Jackson Miller, One Negro man Slave viz. Jim, one Negro woman named Rose, and one negro boy named Jim to be owned jointly between them the said John Burnett Miller and Andrew Jackson Miller, until they shall become of age, when the said Negro slaves Jim, Rose & Jim shall be equally divided between them the said John Burnett Miller & the said Andrew Jackson Miller and in the event of the death of either of them, the said John Burnett Miller or Andrew Jackson Miller the Survivor, shall receive all of the said Negroes viz. Jim, Rose and Jim and in the even of both of them the said John Burnett Miller and Andrew Jackson Miller , then the said Negroes Jim, Rose & Jim shall be owned by my Daughter Sarah H. Miller. Lastly I do hereby appoint my Sons Samuel M. Burnett & Albert G. Burnett & my friend William H. McIntosh, my three and Lawful Executors to carry the foregoing will and Testament into full effect. Given under my hand and seal this fourteenth day of March and in the year of our Lord one thousand Eight Hundred & thirty Eight.

The word "And" on the twenty fourth line of the second page was erased, And the word "Or" inserted in its place previous to the signatures be a [illegible word] to this paper.

John Burnett {LS}

Witness
Mary B. McIntosh {LS}
Margaret Burnett {LS}
Wm. H. McIntosh {LS}

Probated 5 November 1838

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John Burnett, Jr.
22 August 1836
Inventories & Appraisements Vol. D pgs. 359 & 360

            In the name of Almighty God and by his divine permission I John Burnett Jr. of the County and State aforesaid do make this my last Will & testament and hereby publish and declare it following--
            First I direct all my legal debts be paid I say emphatically legal debts I will and order also that my property real and personal shall be kept together and worked as during my life time unless it becomes unproductive. Then I desire that the three tract [sic] where I now reside can be disposed to the best advantage (I say the three upper tracts) that is the two which the plantation is on and the one run by U. Dart in 1834 and the proceed [sic] to go to the support & Education of my Wife and Children or otherwise and my family can settle on either of the other three tracts that is to say the lower or the ride[?] tract as my executor or executors think best or dispose of the whole.
            2nd It is my Will and desire on the day of marriage or arrival of age of my daughter Mary Elizabeth I will and bequeath one part or morety of my estate with a position injunction that her morety or portion be secured or settled on her by marriage settlement by my executors. To my sons William F. and Julian M. Burnett on their arrival at mature age I will and bequeath to each a part or morety of my estate each equal to that of their Sister aforesaid--
            To my daughter Clifford Burnett I will and bequeath of my aforesaid estate an equal part or morety the same attention being paid in securing her morety or portion as is require of my executors on the part of my other daughter above named. To my beloved Wife Margaret Burnett I will and bequeath a part or morety of my said estate equal to that of my children aforesaid should either of the children die before the attainment of Legal age or (marriage of the females) then in such case the morety of the Dec.d shall be equally divided among the surviving children. To my future Issue the fruits of my own body by my Wife aforesaid I will and bequeath and equal morety or portion with the rest of my children of the real and personal property or estate. It is particularly understood the I make disposition of Harriet & children being given my daughter Mary Elizabeth by her Grand Mother unless she should depart this life before marriage or arrive tot he age of Twenty one years but in case she should die before and having no legal issue the property to be equally divided between her brothers and sisters. And I do hereby appoint my dear Wife Margaret Burnett Executrix to her widowhood only with my son William F. Burnett (when he arrives to the age of Twenty years) and my friend Samuel M. Burnett Robt. Hazlehurst & Norman T. Gignilliat Esquires Executors to this my last Will and testament. In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and affixed my seal this Twenty second day of August Eighteen hundred & thirty six and in the presence of each witness.

John Burnett Jr. {LS}

Wm. M. Gignilliat
Jas. C. Mangham
J.I.C.G.C.

Probated 4 March 1839

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Thomas Bascom Burns
11 December 1936

Will Book H pg. 315
[Glynn County Probate Court]

State of Georgia, County of Glynn:

            I, T.B. Burns, of said state and county, being of sound and disposing mind and memory, do make, publish and declare my last will and testament as follows
            Item 1:  It is my desire that my body be buried in a Christian-like manner in the Palmetto Cemetery, Brunswick, Ga.
            Item 2:  It is my will and desire that all of my just debts be paid as soon as practicable after my death.
            Item 3:  I give and bequeath Twenty-Five dollars ($25.00) each, to the following: 

T.L. Burns, Fitzgerald, Ga.
C.L. Burns, Sarasota, Fla.
Mrs. H.S. Cannon, Waycross, Ga.

            The said amount to be paid to each party by my executors, hereinafter appointed.
            Item 4:  I will and bequeath to J.R. Burns all of the fixtures, equipment, stock and good will connected with and forming a part of the business now known as “Burn’s Body Shop” located at 1315 Grant St., Brunswick, Georgia, except the typewriter now used in said business.
            Item 5:  To J.R. Burns I give in addition to all other bequests mentioned, my shot gun.
            Item 6:  To A.F. Burns, in addition to other bequests herein mentioned, I give my watch and the typewriter now used in the business located at 1315 Grant St., Brunswick, Ga., known as “Burns Body Shop”, the said typewriter being the same machine excepted in Item 4.
            Item 7:  I give and bequeath to Mrs. Minnie Morris, 1205 “M” St., Brunswick, Ga., a life-estate in the house and lot located at what is known as 1205 “M” St., Brunswick, Ga., provided she does not re-marry or vacate the said house during her lifetime.

NOT FINISHED

 

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Ellen (Helen) Buzzacott
19 April 1950
Will Book I pg. 113

LAST WILL AND TESTAMENT

            I, ELLEN BUZZACOTT, widow of F.H. Buzzacott, of Glynn County, Georgia, being of sound mind and disposing memory, do make, publish and declare this as my Last Will and Testament, hereby revoking all other Wills heretofore made by me.
            ITEM ONE--I direct that my body be buried in a decent and Christian manner and that my funeral expenses and all my just debts owing at my death shall be promptly paid.
            ITEM TWO--I hereby declare and acknowledge that my only heirs at law are my brother, CHARLES KIDWELL BUZZACOTT, of Weymouth, Dorset, England; and my sisters, JESSIE NEWTON, of Manchester, Lancashire, England, and NORAH BUZZACOTT, of Weymouth, Dorset, England.
            ITEM THREE--I have intentionally, and not as a result of any accident, mistake or inadvertence failed in this Will and Testament to provide by devise or bequest for any of my aforesaid heirs at law, as I feel they are in ample circumstance and are not in need of any part of my small estate.
            ITEM FOUR--I give, devise and bequeath all of my property, of whatsoever kind or character, whether real, personal or mixed, whether now owned or hereafter acquired, of wheresoever situate, and including any lapsed legacy or devise of personalty or realty, to STAFFORD WILLIAM BURNEY, of Glynn County, Georgia, who was born March 4, 1941, if he be living at the time of my death.
            ITEM FIVE--In the event that Stafford William Burney predeceases me and is thereby not living when this Will and Testament becomes effective, then all of my property, of whatsoever kind or character, as provided in Item Four above, I give, devise and bequeath to MRS. WALLIE K. BURNEY, mother of Stafford William Burney, who has been so kind, helpful and considerate to me during my lifetime in Glynn County, Georgia.
            ITEM SIX--I hereby nominate STAFORD H. BURNEY as Executor of this Will.  In the event that he predeceases me or fails or refused to qualify or serve, or after qualifying should die or resign, then I name as Successor Executrix MRS. WALLIE K. BURNEY (wife of Stafford H. Burney), and the said Successor Executrix shall have all the powers, privileges, rights and exemptions hereinafter conferred upon my Executor.
            ITEM SEVEN--My said Executor may, while acting in his capacity hereunder, from time to time and as he may think necessary or deem best, in his sole judgment and discretion, exchange or sell any property, real or personal, either at public or private sale, at such prices and places, upon such terms and with or without advertisement, as he may think necessary or deem best, without previously procuring the order of any court authorizing him so to do; may invest and reinvest the proceeds of any sale, or funds derived from any other sources, in any other property, real or personal, that he may deem best, regardless of whether or not the subject of such investment be of the character permitted by law to trustees or executors; may hold in the same form or investment any property, real or personal, of which I may died possessed, may borrow money or renew any loans made by me and give security for repayment thereof by mortgage, deed of trust, loan deed or otherwise; may lease any property for any time, regardless of the duration of the administration of my estate.  I further relieve my Executor from giving bond and making any return or inventory to any court whatsoever.
            ITEM EIGHT--Should any beneficiary named herein die in the court of or as a direct result of the same accident, epidemic ro other calamity as shall cause my death, then I give and bequest or devise allotted to him to such persons and in such manner and proportions as the same would have been taken under the terms of this Will if such beneficiary had died before me.
            IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my signature and seal to this my Last Will and Testament on this the 19th day of April 1950.

Ellen Buzzacott (seal)

Signed, sealed, published and declared by ELLEN BUZZACOTT as her last Will and Testament, in the presence of us, the subscribing witnesses, who at her instance and request, and in the presence of each other and of the said Ellen Buzzacott, have hereunto set our hands and seals on this the day and year aforesaid. 

Donna C. Dykes (seal)
Selma B. Bunkley (seal)
Edward B. Liles (seal)

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Cornelius Thomas Calnan, Sr.
4 August 1927

Will Book H pgs. 263-265
[Glynn County Probate Court]

State of Georgia, County of Glynn

            I, Cornelius T. Calnan, of the County and State aforesaid, being of sound mind and disposing memory, do make and publish this as my last will and testament, hereby revoking and annulling all others by me previously made.
            Item 1:  It is my desire and I hereby direct that my body be buried in a Christainlike manner, suitable to my circumstances in this life.
            Item 2:  It is also my desire and I hereby direct that all my just debts be paid without unnecessary delay by my Executors hereinafter named and appointed.
            Item 3:  I give and devise, unto my beloved wife Mrs. Mary V. Calnan, all of my property and estate of every character, including all personal and real property, choses in action, notes and accounts, which I may own and possess, at the time of my death, during her natural life; or as long as she remains my widow, with the exclusive right, power and authority, to manage and control the same, subject to the conditions hereinafter set forth.
            Item 4:  At the death of my beloved wife Mrs. Mary V. Calnan, or upon her remarriage, I give and bequeath, unto my two single daughters Miss Mary Dean Calnan, and Miss Briget Calnan, all of the residue of my said estate, of every kind and character, including all real estate and personal property, choses in action, notes and accounts, in fact everything, to be exclusively theirs while they, or either of them remains single, with the exclusive right, power and authority, to use, control and manage the same subject to the conditions herein set forth.
            Item 5:  Upon the marriage of both of my said daughters hereinbefore named, and the death of my beloved wife Mrs. Mary V. Calnan, or her remarriage, I give and bequeath, to my beloved wife, if she be in life, and to each of my children begotten by her, or to their children, or child, if they or either of them be dead, leaving a child or children, an equal share and share alike in all of my said estate.
            Item 6:  I give and bequeath unto St. Francis Xavier Church, at the corner of Newcastle and Howe Streets, in the City of Brunswick, Georgia, One Hundred ($100.00) Dollars, per annum, the same to be paid out of the income of my estate, and to be paid quarterly by my executors hereinafter named, this legacy to be paid as long as the estate is kept together and has not been administered and divided between my heirs, on the terms and conditions herein set forth; provided, the payment of said amounts under this item, will be made by my beloved wife, Mrs. Mary V. Calnan, as long as she has the control and management of the estate; and by my said daughters or daughter, hereinbefore named, or either of them, prior to their marriage, and while they or either of them have the control and management of said estate, and prior to my said executors taking charge of said estate for the purpose of administration and division to my heirs upon the terms and conditions herein set forth.
            Item 7:  It is my desire that my beloved wife and unmarried daughter or daughters, be supported out of the income of the estate, that there be no lavish expenditures or extravagance, or waste, and that ample amount be put away or set aside each month, out of the income of the estate, by my said wife, and by my said daughters or daughter, during the time she or they have estate in charge, under the terms and conditions herein set forth, to pay promptly when due all insurance and taxes, or other proper charges against the state; and that the overplus be deposited in the National Bank of Brunswick, in the name and for the use of the estate, on interest, or invested in the purchase of United States Government Bonds, in the name of and for the use and benefit of the estate, the purchase of said Government Bonds being proffered, said bonds to be preserved and securely locked up in safety deposit box in the National Bank of Brunswick, there to be and remain until taken charge of by my said executors for the purpose of administration and division of the estate between my heirs.
            Item 8:  It is my desire and I hereby request and direct, that my home my residence number 1604 Union Street, City of Brunswick, Georgia, be not encumbered or sold for any purpose, as long as my beloved wife lives as my widow, or as long as my said two daughters or either of them, be single, I want this property to be and remain the home of the family, as long as my daughters or either of them are single and as long as my beloved wife lives as my widow.
            Item 9:  I hereby constitute, name and appoint, James J. Calnan, C.T. Calnan, Jr., my two sons, and my married daughter Mrs. H.E.A. Forsthoff, as the sole and only executors of this my last will and testament, and I confer upon them jointly, the power as such to jointly and not severally, to fully and completely administer my said estate, and I expressly confer upon them jointly full power and authority, to sell and convey, any or all of my said estate, except as hereinbefore provided, at either public or private sale, with or without notice, when they all jointly agree that it would be to the best advantage and interest of the estate to sell said property, or any portion of it, except the residence as hereinbefore excepted for the reasons set forth, and all funds derived from the sale of said property, or any portion of it, to be promptly invested in the purchase of United States Government Bonds, in the name of the estate, and deposited or placed in safety deposit box in the National Bank of Brunswick, for safe keeping, until they are paid and collected by my said executors for the purpose of administration and division between my heirs; and I hereby empower my said executors and confer upon them jointly the right to borrow money for the use of said estate, in any instance they all think it necessary and proper, and to secure the payment of the same by lien, mortgage, deed to secure debt, or other form of security, on any part of the estate except the residence, which is not to be encumbered for any purpose, or sold, except upon the conditions hereinbefore set out, but the right given to my said executors to borrow money and secure the same by lien, and I don’t want made use of unless absolutely necessary for the best interest of the estate.
            This the 4th day of August 1927.

Cornelius Thomas Calnan, Testator

            Signed, sealed, declared and published by Cornelius T. Calnan, as his last will and testament, in the presence of each of us, the undersigned witnesses, who subscribed our names hereto in the presence of said testator and in the presence of each other, at his special instance and request, after he had signed his name hereto.
            This 4th day of August 1927.

S.J. McCoy
B.F. McCullough
A.D. Beard

Attesting Witnesses

 

Executor’s Oath

State of Georgia, Glynn County

            We do solemnly swear that this writing contains the true last will of the within named Cornelius T. Calnan, deceased, so far as we know, or believe, and that we will well and truly execute the same in accordance with the law of this State, so help us God.  We further swear that Mrs. H.E.A. Forsthoff, named in said will as executrix is now deceased.

James J. Calnan
Cornelius T. Calnan, Jr.

Sworn to and subscribed before me this 12th day of March, 1935, Edwin W. Dart, Ordinary.

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Cornelius W. Calnan
8 September 1931 

Will Book H pgs. 237-238
[Glynn County Probate Court]

Georgia Glynn County

In the Name of God Amen:

            I, Cornelius W. Calnan, a resident of the State and County aforesaid, being of sound mind and disposing memory, constitute, make and publish this my last will and testament, hereby revoking and annulling all wills by me previously made.
            1.  It is my desire, and I hereby direct that my body be buried in a decent, Christian like manner, suitable to my circumstances in this life, at the place and in the way and manner, suitable to my circumstances in this life, at the place and in the way and manner directed by my executor, hereinafter named and appointed.
            2.  It is my desire and I hereby direct that all my just debts be paid promptly out of my said estate, by my executor hereinafter named and appointed.
            3.  I hereby give, devise and bequeath, to my beloved sister, Mrs. Hannah Dolan, who is a resident of Haydenville, in the state of Massachusetts, the sum of Seven Thousand Dollars, cash money.
            4.  I hereby give, devise and bequeath to my niece, Miss Mazie Dolan, the sum of five Hundred Dollars, cash money.
            5.  I hereby give, devise and bequeath unto Mrs. Katie Torras, and Miss Minnie Calnan, my two half-sisters, both residents of Westfield, Massachusetts, the sum of One Thousand Dollars each, cash money.
            6.  After the payment of all my just debts, including the debts of my last illness, doctor’s bills and funeral expense, which legacies are made subject thereto, the overplus of my said estate, cash money, and Old Town Lot Number One Hundred and Seventy-seven, South of First Avenue, and between Richmond and Reynolds Streets, in the City of Brunswick, said State and County; I hereby give, bequeath and devise to my beloved sister, Mrs. Hannah Dolan, aforesaid.
            7.  I hereby constitute and appoint the Brunswick Bank & Trust Company, in the City of Brunswick, Glynn County, Georgia, the sole and only executor of this my last will and testament, and I hereby relieve and excuse my said executor from giving of any bond, as required by law, being assured that Mr. Frank D. Aiken, my personal friend, President of said Bank, will see to it that my said estate is handled according to law and in accordance with the terms and conditions of this my last will and testament; but I hereby require that my said executor make and file with the Ordinary of said County, a true and correct inventory of all property of my said estate, for the purpose of advising those interested as to the nature and character of the property to be administered, and further require that my said executor file the necessary reports with the Court of Ordinary of said County, showing what disposition was made of all my property belonging to said estate; and I hereby authorize and confer upon my said executor the right to sell any or all real property which I may own at the time of my death, at either public or private sale, sale to be made to the best interest of said estate, with or without order of Court for that purpose, and with the right hereby given to my said executor to make and deliver unto the purchaser or purchasers of all real property, sold and conveyed, good and sufficient conveyances of the same, and it is my earnest desire and I hereby request that my said executor close and wind up my said estate as soon as practical and without any unusual or unnecessary delay.
            This the 8th day of September 1931.

Cornelius W. Calnan, Testator.

            Signed, sealed, declared and published by Cornelius W. Calnan, as his last will and testament, in the presence of us, the undersigned who subscribe our names hereto in the presence of said Testator, after said Testator had signed his name thereto, and in his presence and at his special instance and request, and in the presence of each other.
            This 8th day of September 1931.

Hugh Burford
Ottilee Johns
J.T. Powell

Attesting Witnesses

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James M. Calnan, Sr.
1 June 1897

Will Book G pgs. 530-531
[Glynn County Probate Court]

State of Georgia}
County of Glynn}

            In the name of God Amen.
            I James Calnan, Sr. of Glynn County, Georgia, being of sound and disposing mind and memory and desiring to make disposition for the disposal of my estate both real and persona, after my death, do hereby make and ordain this my last will and testament, hereby revoking any and all previous wills and testaments.
            Item First:  I desire that my boy shall receive christian burial.
            Item Second:  I desire that my executors hereinafter named shall out of my estate pay all my just debts and liabilities.
            Item Third:  Inasmuch as my son, James M. Calnan, Jr., has already received advances to the extent of Thirty Three Hundred Dollars, of which Twenty three Hundred Dollars is in the shape of and represented by a mortgage from myself to my nephew C.W. Calnan of Glynn County, Georgia on portion of Bay lot number seven in Brunswick, Georgia, and the sum of one thousand dollars is represented by a mortgage given by me upon the eastern portion of Bay lot number five in Brunswick, Georgia to another party.  I direct that before any division of my estate is had and made that said $3,300.00 shall be chargeable to the said James M. Calnan Jr. together with all interest accrued and accruing thereon from the date of said mortgage, and same shall be deducted form his one third of my estate, before he shall receive any share thereof whatever.
            Item Fourth:  I direct that the conveyance made by myself on May 31st 1897 to my son Cornelius T. Calnan in consideration of one Thousand Dollars conveying new town lots Twelve Hundred and Twenty nine and Twelve Hundred and Thirty two in Brunswick, Georgia shall not be taken as an advance or be chargeable against the third part of my estate, coming to my said son Cornelius T. Calnan.
            Item Fifth:  I direct that after my son Emmett Calnan shall have arrived at the age of twenty one years my entire estate shall be divided in money by a sole trust, or if the legatees prefer, by a division in kind of the real and personal property equally between all said three children James M. Calnan, Jr., Emmett Calnan, and Cornelius T. Calnan, excepting always that the said James M. Calnan, Jr. shall be just charged with the advances mentioned in item third of this will before receiving any distributive share thereof hereunder.
            Item Sixth:  I hereby appoint my son Cornelius T. Calnan, executor of this my last will and testament and give him full power to sell and dispose of my estate both real and personal, at public or private sale in his discretion, without the necessity of receiving any order of any court to that end, and I hereby waive the giving of any bond, by my said executor, or the making of any annual return or returns.

James Calnan Sr.

Signed, sealed, delivered and published by James Calnan Sr. as his last will and testament, in the presence of the undersigned who subscribe our names hereto in the presence of said testator, at his special instance and request and in the presence of each other this June 1st 1897.

J.W. Conolly
C.P. Goodyear Jr.
W.E. Kay

Recorded December 23rd 1897 Horace Dart Ordinary, Glynn Co., Ga.

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Mark Carr
4 December 1767

Colonial Will Book A pgs. 244-245

            In the Name of God Amen.  I Mark Carr the Parish of Saint Patrick in the Province of Georgia Esquire do make and declare this my last will and Testament.  I give to my Son William Carr and his heirs forever my town Lot in Frederica known by the number one north.  I give to my son Thomas Carr and his heirs forever my town Lot in Frederica aforesaid known by the number twenty one North.  I give and bequeath to my natural daughter Elizabeth Carr daughter of Elizabeth Rutherford all that my Island situate and being on the north side of the River Midway in the said Province of Georgia together with a tract of land on the main fronting the said island which I purchased of John Cubbage to hold the said island and tract of land to her and her heirs forever subject to and chargeable nevertheless with the payment of such a proportion of such just debts as shall at the time of my decease be due and owing from me, as the said Island and tract of land shall be esteemed worth, or valued at as part of my general estate.  All the rest residue and remainder of my estate real and personal whatsoever and wheresoever I give and bequeath to my beloved daughter Judith Carr and her heirs forever.  And I do hereby constitute and appoint the said Judith Carr sole Executrix of this my last will and testament hereby revoking [torn] former and other wills by me made.  In witness whereof, I have hereunto set my hand and seal this eighth day of June in the year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred and sixty seven.

Mark Carr

Signed sealed published and declared by the Testator as his last will and testament before us who in his [torn] at his request and [torn] other have [torn] witness [torn]

G. Elliott
[torn] Holtzendorff
Wm. Stephens

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Benjamin Franklin Cater
14 December 1838
Inventories & Appraisements Vol. D pgs. 382

Georgia }
Glynn County }

            Be it remembered that I Benjamin Franklin Cater of St. Simons Island Glynn County being weak in body but of sound and perfect mind and memory (blessed be the almighty God for the same) do make and publish this my last Will and Testament in manner and form following (that is to say) first I give and bequeath unto my wife Margaret K. Cater one third of my property consisting of Negro Slaves and land on St. Simons Island Georgia say five hundred acres more or less also land in Liberty County Georgia say three hundred acres more or less To Hold to her and her heirs forever. I do also give and bequeath unto my daughter Anne Armstrong Cater Two thirds of my property as above mentioned to hold to her and her heirs forever. In case of the death of my daughter Anne Armstrong Cater the other two thirds of my property will devolve on my wife Margaret K. Cater but should the latter die first Margaret K. Cater the whole of my property will devolve on my daughter Anne Armstrong Cater and lastly as to all the rest residue and remainder of my personal estate goods and chattels of what Kind and nature so ever I give and bequeath the same unto my said wife Margaret K. Cater whom I hereby appoint my executrix and my friends Mr. Roswell King Jr. and Mr. Hugh F. Grant Executors of this my last will and Testament hereby revoking all former Wills by me made. In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal this fourteenth day of December in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and thirty eight. Signed sealed published and declared by the above named Benjamin Franklin Cater to be his last Will and Testament in the presence of us who at his request and in his presence have hereunto subscribed our names as Witnesses of the same.

Benj. F. Cater {LS}

James F. Gould
H.B. Gould
Jno. W. Armstrong

Probated 13 January 1840

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Eli Lazrus Clubb
18 January 1949
Transcribed for me by Laverne Vaughn of New York.
 

GEORGIA, GLYNN COUNTY.

TO THE COURT OF ORDINARY OF SAID COUNTY AND TO HONORABLE EDWIN W. DART, JUDGE THEREOF:

            The petition of Inez Clubb, of Glynn County, Georgia, respectfully shows:
            1. - Eli Lazrus Clubb, late of Glynn County, Georgia, died on March 15, 1949, owning valuable real and personal property in the State of Georgia.
            2. - Said deceased left a will dated January 18, 1949, in which petitioner was named as his executrix.
            3. - In accordance with the obligation resting upon her as such executrix under the law, petitioner presents herewith for probate the will of said deceased dated January 18, 1949.
            WHEREFORE , petitioner prays that said will be admitted to probate in common form, and that letters testamentary do issue to her.

Inez Clubb
Petitioner

REESE, BENNET & GILBERT
by John Gilbert
Petitioner's Attorney

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GEORGIA, GLYNN COUNTY.

            Personally appeared before the undersigned, Inez Clubb, the petitioner named in the foregoing petition, who, having been duly sworn, deposes and says that she has read the foregoing petition and that the facts and statements made therein are true.

Inez Clubb

Sworn to and subscribed before me this March 16, 1949.

Edwin W. Dart
Ordinary, Glynn County, Georgia.

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GEORGIA, GLYNN COUNTY.

            I, Eli Lazrus Clubb, of Glynn County, Georgia of sound and disposing mind and memory, do make, publish and declare this writing to be my last will and testament, hereby revoking any and all other wills or writings of a testamentary nature heretofore made by me.
            ITEM I.--I desire and direct that my body be buried in a decent and Christianlike manner, suitable to my circumstances in life.
            ITEM II.--I desire my executrix hereinafter named to pay all of my just debts, including the expenses of my last illness and funeral expenses, as soon after my death as this may be done without embarrassment to my estate.
            ITEM III.--I nominate, constitute and appoint my beloved wife, Inez Clubb, as the sole executrix of this my last will and testament. I hereby relieve my said executrix of giving bond, of making or filing any inventory or appraisement of my estate, and of making or filing any reports or returns of any kind or character to the Court of Ordinary of Glynn County, Georgia, or to any other court or tribunal. My executrix shall have the right and power to sell and convey any of my estate, whether real or personal, either at public or private sale, with or without notice or advertisement, without order of court and for such consideration and upon such terms as she may deem best. It is my intent and purpose to confer upon and vest in my executrix as full and plenary rights and powers respecting the management and disposition of my estate as a testator lawfully can confer upon his executrix.
            ITEM IV.--I give, devise and bequeath unto my said wife, Inez Clubb, her heirs and assigns, forever in fee simple, all and singular the property of every kind and character and wherever situate, of which I may die seized and possessed.
            IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have executed this writing at Brunswick, in Glynn County, Georgia, on this January 18, 1949

Eli Lazrus Clubb

The foregoing writing was this day signed, declared and published as his last will and testament by Eli Lazrus Clubb, in the presence of the undersigned witnesses, said testator having signed said writing in the presence of each of us, and each of us signing as a witness at his instance and request and in his presence, and in the presence of each other, at Brunswick, in Glynn County, Georgia, this January 18, 1949

Lavonia Torkildson

Jane C Humphreys

John Gilbert

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James Alexander Clubb, Sr.
30 May 1860

Will Book G pgs. 297-300
[Glynn County Probate Court]

These are scanned images of the original documents on file at probate court regarding James A. Clubb's estate.  This is not his complete estate file, these are the the documents that were found when the court house moved.


Letters of Administration

Letters of Administration

Petition

Petition

Will 1

Will 2

Will 3

Will 4

Will 5

Will 6

Will 7

Will 8

Will 9

            “I James A. Clubb” being of sound and disposing mind, and being desirous of settling my worldly affairs, do make and publish this my last will and testament, hereby revoking and making void all former wills by me made.
            My soul I surrender to my creator, and direct my body to be decently buried, and as to such worldly estate as it has pleased my maker to give me, I dispose of as herein directed
            Item first, I direct that all my real estate on Cumberland Island, Camden County, together with the negroes, Horses, hogs, Corn fodder, household and kitchen furniture, plantation tools, Beds & Bedding and boats, which I may die possessed of, shall remain in possession of my wife Rebecca Clubb, if she survives me, during her natural life, and the income of the above mentioned property, shall be used and appropriated for the support of my above named Wife, and such of my unmarried children and Grandchildren as are not otherwise provided for, and may choose to live on the plantation with my wife Rebecca Clubb, the remainder of the property of which I may die possessed, shall be kept and held in trust till the decease of my above mentioned wife Rebecca Clubb and then all my real and personal property shall be directed into six equal shares, and in the event my wife my wife Rebecca Clubb does not survive me then at my death, all my real and personal property of which I die possessed of shall be divided as above mentioned and disposed of as herein directed.
            Item second:  I give and bequeath, one Sixth part of my estate, both real and personal of which I may die possessed, to my son James A. Clubb in trust for his children, born in lawfull wedlock from the body of his present or any future wife.
            Item third:  I give and bequeath to my son Elias A. Clubb, one sixth part of my estate, both real and personal of which I may die possessed to vest in him in fee but not to be controld by him till the decease of my wife Rebecca Clubb in case she survives me.
            Item fourth:  I give and bequeath my sons James A. Clubb and Elias A. Clubb in trust, for my daughter Emily Clubb, one sixth part of my real and personal estate of which I may die possessed for and during her natural life with remainder over to her children, issue of her body born in lawful wedlock and in case she dies without issue, that said remainder after her legal debts are paid to be equally divided between my children and Grandchildren then droing[?] “per Stempes” I.E. each of my children then in being, shall receive one equal share of said remainder and the children or issue of my deceased Daughter or son shall receive the portion that my deceased Daughter or son would have been entitled to under this Item, to be equally divided among such issue of said deceased son or Daughter.
            Item fifth:  I give and bequeath to James A. Clubb and Elias A. Clubb in trust for my Daughter Elizabeth Clubb for and during her natural life, with remainder over to the issue of her body born in lawful wedlock, one sixth part of my real and personal estate of which I may die possessed, for her own use and support during her natural life and not to be subject for the debts of her husband, and in case she dies without issue of her own body born in lawful wedlock then said remainders after all her lawful debts are paid shall be divided between my children then in being, and my Grandchildren born of my deceased son or daughter or daughter[sic] each set of Grandchildren taking the share of said remainder that would have fallen to their father of mother had they been alive, to be equally divided between them.
            Item sixth:  I give and bequeath to my sons James A. Clubb and Elias A. Clubb, in trust for the use benefit and support of my Daughter Isabella Harris formerly Isabella Clubb, wife of Lewis W. Harris, for and during her natural life, with remainder over to her children, issue of her body born in lawfull wedlock by her present or any future Husband, one sixth part of my real and personal Estate of which I may die possessed said trust estate not to be subject to the debts of her present or any future husband nor shall the "corpus" of said estate be diminished in the support of the [three illegible Latin words], the income alone shall be so used.
            Item seventh:  I give and bequeath, to my Grandchildren Rebecca Hawkins wife of Isham W. Hawkins, Milton Frohock, Robert Frohock & Emily Frohock issue of the body of my deceased Daughter Sarah Frohock, to be equally divided between them  one sixth part of my real and personal property of which I my die possessed and it is my wish and I direct that the share which falls to Rebecca Hawkins shall not be subject to the debts of her present or any future husband, and at her death to go to the heirs of her body share & share alike and the share which falls to Emily Frohock under this item shall not be subject to or liable for the debts of her H\husband if she marries, but shall be used and appropriated for the support and the support of her children and at her death to be divided among her legal heirs.
            In conclusion I appoint my two sons James A. Clubb & Elias A. Clubb the Executors of this my last will and testament, to effectuate and carry out my wishes touching the distribution of my estate both real and personal of which I may die possessed of and for fear my intentions may not be fully gathered from what has been written above, I now say that it is wish that my worldly effects left at my decease shall be used first for the support of my wife Rebecca Clubb (if she survives me) and such of my sons, Daughters, and Grandchildren, as may wish to remain with her on my plantation on Cumberland Island, and consequently it is my wish that the Executors shall collect and keep the property together & see that the plantation is properly managed consulting & advising with my said wife “Rebecca” and if possible make no encroachment on the corpus of the property for the support of the family, but should the income be insufficient for that purpose, then to use so much of the personallity as will be sufficient for that purpose, but in no count, do I wish any of the lands or negroes to be sold, till sold for distribution on the happening of the contingency mentioned in the first item of this will, and in the management of the trust estates, my direction to the trustees is to see that the beneficiaries as well those who have a life interest, as those who take the remainder shall be properly cared for, and supported, as I have no intention that the property I leave them shall fail to afford them a decent support, and as much depends upon the management of property to make it pay well, I desire that the trustees shall execute their trusts with fidelity and faithfulness.
            In witness whereof, I, the said “James A Clubb” to this my last will consisting of the foregoing two sheets of paper have set my hand and seal this 30th day of May A.D. 1860.

James A. Clubb

Signed, sealed, published, and declared, by the above named “James A Clubb” as his last Will and Testament, in presence of us, who, at his request, in presence of each Other have subscribed Our names as witnesses hereto.

G. Friedlander
J.W. Taylor

James T. Blain, Ex. J.P.

Recorded this [left blank]

 

State of Georgia}
Glynn County}
            Before me Stephen J. Gorton Ordinary of the County of Glynn come Gustavus Friedlander who being duly sworn says that he saw James A. Clubb sign, Publish and declare the written paper to be his Last Will and Testament, and he saw J.W. Taylor and J.T. Blain sign the the [sic] same as witnesses, in the presence of the said James A. Clubb and in the presence of each other.

G. Friedlander

Sworn to & subscribed before me this 4th day of December A.D. 1865, Stephen J. Gorton, Ordinary G.C.

Recorded this 9th day of February 1866, Stephen J. Gorton, Ordinary G.C.

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Calvin L. Cole
5 April 1876

Will Book G pgs. 438-439
[Glynn County Probate Court]

State of Georgia Glynn County

            In the Name of God Amen.  I Calvin L. Cole now residing in said state and county being of advanced age but of sound and disposing mind and memory being fully apprised of the uncertainty of human life deem it right and proper both as regards my family and myself, that I should make a disposition of the property with which a kind providence has blessed me.  I do therefore make this my last will and testament hereby revoking and annulling all others by me heretofore made as for as the same may affect any possessions, assets, or chose in action that I may die seized of within the state of Georgia but not by this will and testament dispossessing of any property or assets I may die possessed of without the said state.
            First, I deem and direct that my body be buried in a decent and Christian like manner suitable to my condition and circumstance in life and that my executor hereinafter named and appointed defray my funeral expenses from the property I may die possessed of within the state of Georgia.
            Secondly, I desire and direct my executor hereinafter named and appointed to take possession at my death of all and every description and kind of property notes bills of accounts and choses in action that may belong to me, at the time of my death, and convert the same into money as soon as he may deem proper and wise in his discretion which limit of discretion not to exceed two years after the time of my death at the expiration of which time I direct him to coerce settlement and conversion.
            Thirdly, I desire and direct that my executor hereinafter named and appointed to pay all my just debts with as little delay as possible.
            Fourthly, the residue of my property both real and personal whatever it may be I give, bequeath and devise forever and in fee simple to my two beloved daughters Eveline Cole Bartwell wife of Peter R. Bartwell and Charlotte Cole, both now residing at Rockaway, Queens County state of New York and I devise and direct my executor hereinafter named and appointed to divide equally share and share alike whatever there may be left of my estate after defraying my funeral expenses and paying all my just debts between my above named two daughters.
            Fifthly, for the fully carrying out of the intent of this my last will and testament my executor hereinafter named and appointed is hereby authorized and fully empowered to dispose of any and all my property at either public or private sale or in any manner he may deem wise or to the interest of the legatees.
            Sixthly, I hereby constitute and appoint my friend Thomas E. Davenport now of the city of Brunswick, Glynn County, Georgia sole executor of this my last will and testament this April fifth 1876.

Calvin L. Cole

Signed, sealed delivered and published by Calvin L. Cole as his last will and testament in the presence of us the undersigned who subscribed our names hereto in the presence of said testator at his special instance and request and in the presence of each other this April fifth 1876.

Laura Clark
G. Friedlander
Wm. Edgar Jones

Georgia Glynn County

            Before me Wm. H. Berrie ordinary of said County came in person Jas. M. Couper the appointed administrator [illegible] power of Atty. from the heirs at law and G. Friedlander witness to the last will and testament of Calvin L. Cole who being duly sworn deposes and says that he saw the said Calvin L. Cole sign seal publish and declare the said instrument voluntarily and freely without compulsion and that his with others signed said will as witness in the presence of said Calvin L. Cole and at his request and in the presence of each other.
            Sworn to and subscribed before me this the 7th day of May 1877.

G. Friedlander

7th day of May 1877 Wm. H. Berrie, Ordinary GC

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John J. Conoley
8 May 1930

Will Book H pgs. 275-277
[Glynn County Probate Court]

State of Georgia, County of Glynn.

            I, John J. Conoley, originally of Wilmington, in the State of North Carolina, but now residing at Brunswick, in Glynn County, Georgia, being of sound mind and disposing memory, and having in mind to make disposition of such estate as, in the Good Providence of God, may be vested in me at the time of my death, do make, publish and declare this my last will and testament, hereby specifically revoking and annulling any and all former writings of a testamentary character whatever which I may have made heretofore.
            Item I:  It is my desire that all of my just debts shall be paid, including ordinary funeral expenses for my self without unnecessary cost or display.
            Item II:  I hereby give, devise and bequeath all of the rest and residue of the property real and personal, remainders, reversions, interests, claims and demands whatsoever that I may have, own or possess at the time of my death equally share and share alike to my two beloved daughters, to-wit:  Miss Ethel Conoley and Miss Kezzie F. Conoley in defeasible fee with remainder over as hereinafter provided, and subject to the charge named and provided in Item V hereof.
            Item III:  The shares devised as above to my said daughters, Miss Ethel Conoley and Miss Kezzie F. Conoley, shall be theirs respectively during their lives, and at their death, should they, or either of them die without leaving children surviving, the portion of her share then unconsumed shall pass to my other named daughter, to be held by her under the same terms and conditions as the respective legacies are hereby devised and bequeathed; and should my said daughters, or either of them leave a child or children at death, then such child or children shall stand in the place of the parent, taking however absolutely and in fee simple the property which would have gone to the parent in defeasible fee were the parent in life.  Such taking by the child or children shall however still be subject to the charge named and provided in item V hereof.
            Item IV:  The shares of property herein given and devised to my said two daughters shall during the time that they hold the same be theirs respectively to use and consume both as to principal and usufruct for their own comfort and pleasure, and to that end they shall respectively have the right to sell the same and thereby pass to the purchaser by form of deed, will, sale or otherwise, or indirectly in any other manner whatsoever, to dispose of any of the same as a gift or in any other manner than for a fair market value received; the amount of such purchase price I leave to their discretion respectively, and not as a burden upon the purchaser of the property, impressing upon my said daughters hereby that this is a personal trust that I hereby impose upon and place in them.
            Item V:  Of all the dividends, rents, issues and profits that may arise from time to time from what may remain unconsumed of my estate in accordance with the foregoing provisions, one-third shall be paid over to my beloved wife, Mrs. Kezziah Fanning Conoley, for so long as she may live and remain a widow and no longer, to be hers absolutely and without limitation, and this same is made a charge upon the property remaining in the hands of my said two daughters respectively from time to time, without curtailing or limiting their right of disposition as hereinbefore given.
            Item VI:  All of the unconsumed portion of my said estate that may remain at the death of my said two daughters, should they both die without leaving child or children surviving them, I hereby give, devise and bequeath, share and share alike, to my brother C.H. Conoley, if he be still in life, and if not to his descendants, and to the descendants of my deceased brother A.G. Conoley, in two shares, the children of deceased parents taking per stirpes in lieu and stead of their parents, and not per capita.
            Item VII:  I hereby nominate, constitute and appoint the aforesaid Miss Ethel Conoely and Miss Kezzie F. Conoley executrixes of this my last will and testament.
            Item VIII:  My executrixes as hereinbefore constituted and appointed shall not be required to give any bond, nor report to or make any returns whatever to any court, tribunal or officer; but they shall have full, ample and free power to deal with all and any part of my said estate, and mortgage, encumber, sell or dispose of the same at public or private sale and as they may see fit and proper from time to time, without necessity for obtaining any order or authority therefore from any court or tribunal, but as fully and to the same extent in all respects that I could myself do were I in life seized and possessed of the same.
            In witness of all which I have hereunto set my hand and affixed my seal on this 8th day of May 1930.

J.J. Conoley {LS}

            Signed, sealed, published and declared as his last will and testament by him, the said John J. Conoley, in the presence of us, the undersigned, who, after witnessing his signature, sign our names hereto as subscribing witnesses at his request, in his presence and in the presence of each other.

Harriet Dart P.O. Address Brunswick, Ga.
C.R. Conyers P.O. Address Brunswick, Ga.
Chas. L. Gowen P.O. Address Brunswick, Ga.

Georgia, Glynn County

            We, Ethel Conoley and Kezzie F. Conoley, do solemnly swear that this writing contains the true last will of the within named John J. Conoley, deceased, so far as we know or believe, and that we will well and truly execute the same in accordance with the laws of the state.  So help us God.

Kezzie F. Conoley
Ethel Conoley

Sworn to and subscribed before me this March 5th 1936, Edwin W. Dart, Ordinary, Glynn County, Georgia.

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Lillie Beatrice (Rentz) Cooper
30 October 1973
Will Book V pgs. C1-C6

            I, LILLIE BEATRICE RENTZ COOPER, a resident of Glynn County, Georgia, being of sound and disposing mine and memory, do hereby make, publish and declare this to be my Last Will and Testament, hereby revoking any and all other Wills and Codicils heretofore made by me.
            ITEM ONE  I desire that my body be buried in a Christianlike manner.  I direct that all of my just debts, including expenses of last illness and funeral expenses, and the placing of a marker over my grave, be paid by my Executrix as soon as practicable after my death.  This direction to pay all just debts shall not include long term mortgages and the said mortgages may be continued or paid off in full in the sole discretion of my Executrix, as she shall deem best.  All estate taxes, if any, imposed upon my estate, shall be paid out of the residue of my estate by my Executrix.
            ITEM TWO  I give and bequeath my sewing machine to my daughter, VERNON BEATRICE COOPER HERMANSON, provided she survive me.  If she should fail to survive me or if I have no sewing machine in my possession at the time of my death, then this bequest shall lapse.
            ITEM THREE  I give and bequeath my silverware to my daughter, SARA LOUISE COOPER BLOUNT, provided she survive me.  If she should fail to survive me or if I have no silverware in my possession at the time of my death, then this bequest shall lapse.
            ITEM FOUR  I give and bequeath my china cabinet to my daughter, FRANCES MARION COOPER DUNN, provided she survive me.  If she should fail to survive me or if I have no china cabinet in my possession at the time of my death, then this bequest shall lapse.
            ITEM FIVE  I give and bequeath my writing desk, my piano, my big clock and any car that I may own at the time of my death to my daughter, JACQUELINE WELLENE COOPER CORBITT, provided she survive me.  If she should fail to survive me or if any of these items are not in my possession at the time of my death, then the bequest of any such item that is not in my possession at the time of my death shall lapse.
            ITEM SIX  I give and bequeath my husband's open faced watch to my grandchild, DONNIE CORBITT, provided he survive me.  If he should fail to survive me or if I do not have my husband's open faced watch in my possession at the time of my death, then this bequest shall lapse.
            ITEM SEVEN  I give and bequeath my husband's closed faced watch to my grandchild, WILLIAM DEWITT DUNN, provided he survive me.  If he should fail to survive me or if I do not have my husband's closed faced watch in my possession at the time of my death, then this bequest shall lapse.
            ITEM EIGHT  I give and bequeath the sum of One ($1.00) Dollar to RUSTY WILLIAM COOPER, provided he survives me.
            ITEM NINE  I give and bequeath the sum of One ($1.00) Dollar to ALLEN BARNARD COOPER, provided he survives me.
            ITEM TEN  All of the rest, residue and remainder of my estate, I give, bequeath and devise to my then living children, with an equal share, per stirpes, for the then living lineal descendants of a deceased child of mine.  It is my desire that my interest in the homeplace be sold by my Executrix as soon as it is convenient after my death, and the proceeds to be distributed according to the provisions in this Item of my Last Will and Testament.
            ITEM ELEVEN  If any one of my children fails to survive me and if there are living lineal descendants of a deceased child of mine, who have not attained the age of twenty one years, then I hereby constitute and appoint the surviving parent of said child to act as Trustee for the share of my estate which the said descendant is to receive, to be held for the following uses and purposes:
                        (a)  The Trustee shall retain each descendant's share until the said descendant attains the age of twenty one (21) years, during which time the Trustee shall pay to and/or use for the benefit of said descendant of a deceased child of mine so much of the net income as deemed necessary for his or her support, maintenance and education.  Any income not so used shall be accumulated and added to the corpus of the trust at the discretion of the Trustees at the end of each fiscal year of the trust, or more often if my Trustee deems it advisable.
                        (b)  The said Trustee shall have the power in his discretion, to encroach upon the corpus of the trust in such amounts and at such times as he may deem necessary, in order to provide for the support, maintenance, care and education of the said descendant of said deceased child of mine.  The Trustee shall have the full authority to determine the amount and necessity for such encroachment.  All income and undistributed principal shall be distributed outright to such descendant upon his or her attaining the age of twenty-one (21) years.
                        (c)  Should any such descendant die after a trust share has been so set apart for such descendant but before receiving final distribution of his or her share, the remaining share of such descendant shall be distributed to such person and in such manner, in trust or otherwise, as such descendant may by his or her Last Will and Testament direct or appoint, and should such descendant fail so to direct or appoint, then the share of such descendant shall be distributed per stirpes among his or her descendants then living, if any, and if none then, per stirpes, among my descendants then living.
                        (d)  As to any minor who becomes entitled to a distribution hereunder, the Trustee shall not be required to qualify as a Guardian, or to require any other person to qualify as Guardian with respect to any payment to be made to such minor, but may make payments thereof to, or for the account of, such minor, or to anyone having his or her custody without requiring any bond therefore.
                        (e)  Anything in this Will to the contrary notwithstanding, all property of every trust created by this Will shall vest in and be distributed to the persons then entitled to the income from such property at the expiration of twenty one years after the death of the last surviving beneficiary of this Will, who was in life at the date of my death, unless sooner vested as herein provided.  The purpose of this provision is to prevent any possible violation of the rule against perpetuities, and this provision should be so construed.
            ITEM TWELVE  I hereby constitute and appoint as Executrix of this Will my daughter, JACQUELINE WELLENE COOPER CORBITT.  If my said daughter fails to survive me, or does not qualify, or becomes incapacitated or declines to serve as Executrix of this Will, then I hereby constitute and appoint as Successor Executrix my daughter, SARA LOUISE COOPER BLOUNT.
            I hereby constitute and appoint as Trustee the surviving parent or any said living lineal descendant of a deceased child of mine who has not attained the age of twenty-one (21) years.
            ITEM THIRTEEN  The Executrix and Trustee under this Will and any successor or successors, which shall include any administrator with the Will annexed, shall hold and manage the estate with the duties and powers as follows, and shall have the authority to exercise any of the powers and privileges herein state without order of or report to any Court or officer whatsoever:
                        (a)  To sell, exchange or otherwise dispose of any property at public or private sale, for cash or on terms, without the necessity of Court approval or advertisement; and also to make leases for terms extending beyond the period of administration or the duration of any trust;
                        (b)  To enter into an option or to retain, sell, invest and reinvest in any stocks, bonds, securities or other property real or personal which is deemed proper, necessary or expedient, without any responsibility for the exercise of this discretion except that of using ordinary care and without being confined to what are known as legal investments for executors, trustees, or other fiduciaries;
                        (c)  To renew any indebtedness, as well as borrow money, and to secure the same by mortgaging, pledging and/or conveying any property;
                        (d)  To register any stock, bond or other security in the name of a nominee with or without disclosure of any fiduciary relationship; but accurate records shall be maintained showing that such security is an estate asset;
                        (e)  To compromise, adjust or settle any claim or demand by or against the estate and to rescind or modify any contract affecting the estate;
                        (f)  To employ agents, auditors, attorneys, real estate brokers, and to pay them reasonable compensation;
                        (g)  To select an annual accounting period, to charge any expense, tax, repair or replacement either to principal or income, or apportion the same between income and principal, to determine in his sound discretion whether to amortize any premium or accumulate any discount on investments purchased or sold, and to provide or fail to provide a reasonable reserve against depreciations or obsolescence for any asset subject to depreciation or obsolescence.
            The foregoing powers shall be exercised in such reasonable manner as shall be fair and equitable under all the circumstances.
                        (h)  To vote in person or by proxy all stocks or other securities at any time forming part of my estate as to any corporate question, including reorganization, to exercise options, conversion privileges or rights to subscribe for additional securities, as well as to make payment therefore;
                        (i)  To make any division or distribution required hereunder in cash or in other property, real or personal, or partly in cash or partly in property, real or personal, and the decision as to shares and the composition of shares shall be final and binding;
                        (j)  To serve without making and filing inventory and appraisement, without filing any annual or other returns or reports to any Court and without giving bond; but shall furnish at least annually a statement of receipts and disbursements to the income beneficiaries;
                        (k)  To continue my interest in any business or enterprise, to incorporate any such business and to hold as an investment or to become a partner, general or special, in any business which my Executrix and/or Trustee deem advisable for the benefit of my estate or to take any other action with respect to any such business, interest, partnership or corporation; and they shall not be personally liable to third persons for any claim, debt or demand, of whatsoever nature, incurred by or in the operation thereof, nor liable for any depreciation or loss incurred in the continued operation of said business;
                        (l)  To pay off in a lump sum or continue to make periodic payments on any mortgage on the homeplace in which I may be living at the time of my death.
                        (m)  In addition to the foregoing enumerated duties and powers, the Executrix and/or Trustee is hereby granted all of the fiduciary powers as provided by the laws of the State of Georgia, more specifically described in Georgia Laws 1973, pp. 846 through 856, inclusive.
            ITEM FOURTEEN  In the event that any beneficiary of this Will and I should died as the result of a common disaster under circumstances wherein it is difficult to determine as a matter of fact which of us survived the other, it shall be conclusively presumed for the purpose of this Will, and the distribution of the property hereunder, that my said beneficiary predeceased me, and this Will shall be construed upon that assumption.
            ITEM FIFTEEN  Any adopted child by any of my children shall be included in the provisions provided in this Will for living lineal descendants of a deceased child of mine.
            ITEM SIXTEEN  If ancillary administration be required in any State in which my Executrix and Trustee shall be unable or unwilling to qualify, then and in that event, my domiciliary Executor and Trustee shall designate in writing the person or corporate fiduciary to act in such capacity, with all the powers and immunities of my domiciliary Executor and Trustee, as may be specifically delegated by such written designation.  Unless prohibited by law of the state in which said property is located, I direct that upon sale of any assets by the ancillary fiduciary, the proceeds thereof shall be paid to my domiciliary Executor and Trustee.
            IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my signature and seal on this page and have signed my name on the margin of each of the other five pages of this Will, on this the 30th day of October, 1973.

Lillie Beatrice Rentz Cooper

Signed, sealed, declared and published by LILLIE BEATRICE RENTZ COOPER as her Last Will and Testament, in the presence of us, the subscribing witnesses, who, at her instance and request, and in her presence and in the presence of each other, have hereunto set our hands and seals on this the day and year aforesaid.

Clyde W. Barnes. Brunswick, Georgia
S??? B? Bunkley?. Brunswick, Georgia
Edward B. Liles, Brunswick, Georgia

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Caroline Georgia Couper
15 August 1890

            In the name of God, Amen.  I, Caroline Georgia Couper being in the full possession of my faculties and for the purpose of discharging a solemn duty, do hereby make this my last Will and Testament.
            It is my wish that the executors of my Will shall be my five children, to wit:  Alexander Wylly Couper, James Maxwell Couper, Margaret Wylly Stiles, Robert Hazlehurst Couper, and Rebecca Isabella Wylly, and my son-in-law Charles Spaulding Wylly.
            To my aforesaid five children I leave to be apportioned among them, as shall be hereinafter more fully set forth, the following property, to wit:  One house and lot in the City of Brunswick, State of Georgia; what remains unsold of a certain tract of land known as Couper's Point on the south end of St. Simons Island, Glynn Co., Georgia; three bonds of the State of Georgia loaned  to James Maxwell Couper in the year 1882; one Bond of the State of Georgia which was given ??? to me by my sister Heriot Louisa Wylly; eighty (80) shares of the Capital Stock of the Darien Bank; four hundred dollars ($400) on deposit in the Darien Bank invested in the name of Charles S. Wylly, Agent; one note of A.T. Putnam for four thousand dollars ($4000); one note of J.M. Madden for fifteen hundred dollars ($1500)
            To my daughter Rebecca Isabella Wylly I give and bequeath my house and lot in the City of Brunswick, Georgia.
            To my son James Maxwell Couper I give and bequeath three bonds of the State of Georgia ($3000) the same having been loaned to him by me in the year 1882, and not having been returned to me by him.
            To my son Alexander Wylly Couper I give and bequeath the monies loaned to A.T. Putnam to wit:  for himself three thousand and two hundred dollars ($3200) and in trust to be paid to Rebecca Isabella Wylly eight hundred dollars ($800) and I also give and bequeath to him what remains unsold of the tract of land at Couper's Point on St. Simons Island.
            To my daughter Margaret Wylly Stiles I give and bequeath the eighty (80) shares of the Capital Stock of the Darien Bank, viz; for herself, sixty four shares and in trust to be paid to Robert Hazlehurst Couper, twelve shares, and to be paid to Rebecca Isabella Wylly four shares.
            To my son Robert Hazlehurst Couper I give and bequeath the monies loaned to J.M. Madden to wit:  fifteen hundred dollars ($1500), also four hundred dollars ($400) on deposit in the Darien Bank, also one Bond of the State of Georgia, the same being the bond (given) to me by my sister Heriot Louisa Wylly.  In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal this 15 day of August 1890.

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James Hamilton Couper
12 September 1863

            In the name of God, Amen.  I James Hamilton Couper of the Island of St. Simons, County of Glynn and State of Georgia, Planter, do make, constitute, and publish this Instrument of writing as my last Will and Testament, hereby revoking all other Wills and papers of a Testamentary character by me heretofore made.
            1st Imprimis:  to my wife Caroline Georgia Couper, I give and bequeath my present house servants viz. Abraham, Abby, Daphne, Bulally, and Ellen; my place and household furniture of every description; my carriage, carriage and riding horses, and my paintings and framed engravings.
            2nd Item:  To my aforesaid wife Caroline Georgia Couper, I further give and bequeath my plantation on St. Simons Island known as Hamilton and Couper's Point.
            3rd Item:  To my aforesaid wife Caroline Georgia Couper, I further give and bequeath twenty of my negro slaves such as she may select; reference being mainly had to connections with her own gang.
            4th Item:  It is my will that my Executors shall sell and dispose of my plantations Cannon's Point on St. Simons Island and Altama on the South Branch of the Altamaha river Glynn County and all other landed property belonging to me, either at public or private sale as soon as it may be advantageously done.
            5th Item:  It is my will that my library shall be equally divided between my wife Caroline Georgia Couper and my surviving sons.
            6th Item:  To my son James Maxwell Couper I give and bequeath my chronometer watch.
            7th Item:  It is my will that the rest residue and remainder of my estate of every kind and description whatsoever whether real or personal, not herein before bequeathed or disposed of by this will, be applied, until my debts shall have been paid, to the payment of the installments and interest accruing on my debts.
            8th Item:  After my debts shall have been paid it is my will that the said remainder of my property be equally divided among my children then alive and the issue them in being of any child who may have married and died leaving a child or children; one share to each of my children then living and one share to the child or children of each deceased child who shall then take per stirpem (?) and not per capita.  The shares above bequeathed to my daughters.  I will and desire shall be conveyed by my Executors to my surviving sons the said share of each of my said daughters to be held by them in trust to the use of her while unmarried to her sole and separate use during covertures free from the debts and liabilities and control of her husband, to the use of her issue should any her survive to the use of such person or persons as she may by will appoint should she die without issue surviving, and should she die intestate and without any issue, to the use of her next of kin.  Having hereinbefore made provisions for my wife, I leave her no share in this the residue of my property.
            To guard against unforeseen contingencies and to leave a sound discretion to my Executors, I fully authorize them, should they deem it necessary or for the interest of my estate, to sell at any time the whole of my property in the last item described as the "rest, residue, and remainder of my estate," and after the payment of my debts to divide the residue among my children and their descendants in the manner hereinbefore prescribed.
            Finally:  I hereby appoint my wife Caroline Georgia Couper, my brother William Audley Couper, and my sons Alexander Wylly Couper, James Maxwell Couper, and Robert Hazlehurst Couper to be the Executrix and Executors of this my last Will and Testament.
            In Witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal this twelfth day of September in the year of our Lord One Thousand Eight Hundred and Sixty Three.
            Signed, sealed, and published in our presence by James Hamilton Couper as his last Will and Testament at whose request and in whose presence and the presence of each other, we have hereunto set our names as witnesses this 12th day of September A.D. 1863

G.A. Fraser
Heriot L. Wylly
W.P. Couper

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John Couper, Jr.
15 October 1833
Inventories & Appraisements Vol. D pg. 341

            I John Couper Junr of the County of Glynn and State of Georgia, Planter, Do make constitute and ordain this to be my last will and Testament, revoking all others. It is my will that on my decease should I die leaving any issue by my Wife Sophia or any be born to me by her after my death, that my property of every kind & description whatsoever, be divided equally between my said Wife and such child or children, share and share alike in the manner and under the conditions herein after prescribed but should I die without such issue and none be born to me by my said wife after my death then it is my will that the whole of my property aforesaid be made over to my said Wife in manner as follows. The property which by this instrument I will to my said Wife Sophia--I give and bequeath to my brother James Hamilton Couper and on his decease to his legally appointed Executors in trust for her sole benefit and use and not subject to the debts or control of any husband or husbands that she may hereafter have but to be subject to her disposal at her Decease in any way that she may see fit. Should any of my aforesaid issue be females, then I give and bequeath the share or shares hereinbefore [illegible word] to her or them to my Wife Sophia and my brother James Hamilton Couper in trust nevertheless for the sole use and benefit of my said Daughter or Daughters and their heirs, and not to be subject to the debts or contracts of any husband that they may have, should any of my aforesaid issue be a boy or boys then It is my Will that his or their share or shares shall be paid over the him or them as he arrives at the age of twenty five years and not sooner. I do hereby appoint my Wife Sophia and my brother James Hamilton Couper to be the Executrix and Executors of this my last will and Testament with full power to sell and reinvest the whole or any part of my Estate in such manner and at such times as they may deign most for the interest of my Estate.
            In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal this fifteenth day of October in the year of our Lord one thousand eighteen hundred & thirty three.

John Couper Junr.

Signed and sealed in our presence and by the testator declared to be his last Will & Testament Alexander Mitchell, W.H. Proudfoot, Reubin King

No probate date

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William Crawford
20 June 1809

Inventories & Appraisements Vol. D pg. 1
[Glynn County Probate Court]

Georgia--

            In the name of God Amen. I William Crawford, of little Satilla, in the County of Glynn, and State aforesaid, planter, being in perfect health, and of sound mind, memory, and understanding, do make, publish and declare, this, my last will and testament. Impremis[?] recommend my Soul, to God who gave it; and as for my body, that it be committed, to the Earth , in a becoming manner, at the discretion of my Friends, and, as to my Worldly affairs, wherewith, it has pleased God, to bless me, I give, and bequeath, the same, in the manner following, that is to say-- I give, and bequeath, undo [sic] my Brother, Doctor John Crawford; one third part, of all my property, and Estates, whereof I may die possessed, whither, it consists of lands, negroes, stock, cotton, debts, or other Chattels, of whatsoever kind, or wheresoever situate, to hold to him and his heirs forever.
            Item. I give and bequeath, unto my Sister Barbara Crawford, of Scotland, one Equal third part, or share, of all my property, and Estate, whereof, I may die possessed, whether it consist of lands, negroes, stock, cotton, debts, or other Chattels, of whatsoever kind, or wheresoever situate; to hold the same, to her, and her heirs forever. Whether, married or single, and in case of her marriage, the same to be conveyed by my Executors, (hereinafter named) to suitable Trustees, for her sole, and separate use, benefit, and behoof. Free from the control, debts, or incumbrances of her said Husband, and not liable, to be used, or disposed of by him, in any way, or part thereof.
            Item. I give and bequeath, to my sister, Betty Crawford (who I believe is married to a Mr. McNicol) one equal third part, or share of all my property , and Estate, whereof, I may die Possessed, whether, it consist of lands, negroes, stock, monies, debts, cotton, or other chattels, of whatsoever kind, or wheresoever situate to hold the same, to her, and her heirs, forever. Whether married or single, and in case of her being married, then I direct my Executors hereinafter named, to convey, the said one third part of my Estate, real or personal, or the proceeds thereof: to suitable Trustees, for the sole, and separate use, benefit, and behoof, of my said Sister, Betty, and the heirs of her body, free from the control, debts, management, government, or incumbrances, of her said husband, or any future husband she may have, so that she alone may enjoy the benefit, of the same without the interference of any husband, whatsoever. And in case of the death of my said brother, John Crawford, or either of my Sisters, Barbara Crawford, or Betty Crawford, or Betty McNicol, without lawful issue, then my will is that the share of such deceased Brother, or Sister, which they may receive from my Estate, shall go to, and be divided amongst, the survivor, or survivors of them, the said John, Barbara, and Betty, Share and Share alike.
            And, lastly, I do nominate, constitute, and appoint, my friends, John Couper, of St. Simons Island, Planter, and Richard M. Stiles, of Savannah, Executors, of this, my last will and testament, hereby revoking all former wills, and declaring, this my only last will and testament.
            In witness whereof, I have hereunto set, my hand, and affixed my Seal, at Savannah, this twentieth day of June in the Year of our Lord, one thousand, eight hundred, and nine, to duplicate Originals.

Wm. Crawford {L.S.}

Signed, sealed, published, and declared, by the said Testators, as and for, his last will and Testament, in presence of us, who in his presence, and in that of each other, have hereunto set, our hands, as Witnesses, at his request.

Samuel Miller Bond & Worthington Gale. S. Mordecia.

Probated 24 November 1809

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Fannie Lou (Spear) Dart
16 August 1924

Will Book H pgs. 92-93
[Glynn County Probate Court]

Georgia, Glynn County

IN THE NAME OF GOD AMEN

            I, Fannie Lou Dart, of said Glynn County, being of sound and disposing mind and memory, do make and declare this to be my last Will and Testament, hereby revoking and annulling all others heretofore made by me.
            Item I.  I desire and direct that my body be given a Christian like burial suitable to my conditions and circumstances in life.
            Item II.  I desire and direct that all my just debts be paid, if any there be, by my Executor and Executrix hereinafter named and appointed.  I hereby appoint Julia M. Dart, Executrix and Maurice St. Ivan Dart, Executor, of this my Will.
            Item III.  I give, devise and bequeath to my son, Maurice St. Ivan Dart, the tract of land in Jamica, Georgia, comprising about ten acres.  This land was originally purchased by my said Son and given to me, and for that reason I desire to devise and bequeath the same to him individually.
            Item IV.  I give, devise and bequeath to my Son, Maurice St. Ivan Dart, a one-half undivided interest in all the rest and residue of my estate, real and personal.
            Item V.  I give, devise and bequeath to my Son, Maurice St. Ivan Dart and my daughter-in-law, Julia M. Dart, as Trustees for my grandson John Patrick Dart, a one half undivided interest in all the rest and residue of my estate, real and personal.  I hereby empower the said Maurice St. Ivan Dart and Julia M. Dart, as Trustees for my said grandson, John Patrick Dart, full power and authority to mortgage or sell the one half undivided interest in the estate so bequeathed to my grandson, John Patrick Dart, as in their judgment it becomes necessary to so mortgage or sell the said property for the support and education of my said grandson, John Patrick Dart.
            Item VI.  My daughter, Eyla W. Moodie, has already received the portion of my husband’s estate to which she was entitled, the same being conveyed to her by quit claim deed of myself and my other children, Charles U. Dart, deceased, and Maurice St. Ivan Dart, and for that reason I am leaving no part of my estate to my said daughter.
            This 16th Day of August 1924.

Fannie Lou Dart {LS}

            Signed, sealed, declared and published by Fannie Lou Dart as her last Will and Testament, she signing her name first in our presence, and we signing our names in her presence and at her special instance and request, and after she signed her name thereto.
            This 16 day of August 1924.

Bessie Lee Wells {LS}
Janey C. Dart {LS}
C.E. Layton {LS}

 

Georgia, Glynn County
            We do solemnly swear that this writing contains the true last will and testament of the within named Fannie Lou Dart, deceased, so far as we know or believe, and that we will well and truly execute the same in accordance with the laws of Georgia.  So Help Us God.

Maurice St. Ivan Dart
Julia M. Dart

Sworn to and subscribed before me this 3rd day of November 1924.  E.C. Butts, Judge City Court of Brunswick, pro hoc vice Ordinary, Glyn Co., Ga. 

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Jacob Edgar Dart
19 September 1916

Will Book H pg. 11
[Glynn County Probate Court]

STATE OF GEORGIA, COUNTY OF GLYNN

            I, Jacob E. Dart of said State and County, being of sound and disposing mind and memory, do make this my last will and testament, hereby revoking and annulling all others, by me heretofore made.
            Item I.  I desire and direct that my body be buried in a decent and christianlike manner, suitable to my circumstances and conditions in life.
            Item II.  I desire and direct that all my just debts be paid as soon as possible by me executor hereinafter named and appointed.
            Item III.  I give, bequeath and devise to my sister Eliza R. Symons and to my Nephew, Edwin W. Dart, share and share alike, all real or personal property which I may have at the time of my death, as well as any right, privilege, interest or equity and own [sic] in any real estate at my death.
            Item IV.  I hereby constitute and appoint W.F. Symons the sole executor of this my last will and testament and hereby expressly relieve him from making any returns to any Court as such.
            This 19th day of September 1916.

Jacob E. Dart

            Signed, sealed, declared and published by Jacob E. Dart as his last will and testament in the presence of us, the undersigned, who subscribe our names hereto in the presence of said testator, after he had signed his name thereto, and at his special instance and request and in the presence of each other.
            This 19th day of September 1916.

H.J. Read
H.F. duBignon
Clarence V. Fryer

Filed in Office, March 26th 1917

Edwin W. Dart, Ordinary, Glynn Co. Ga

 

Georgia, Glynn County.
            I, W.F. Symons, do solemnly swear that this writing contains the true last will and testament of Jacob E. Dart, so far as I know or believe and that I will well and truly execute the same in accordance with the laws of this State, So Help Me God.

W.F. Symons

Sworn to and subscribed before me this 1st day of October 1917

D.W. Krauss, Judge City Court of Brunswick, Ga. and Pro Hoc Vice Ordinary, Glynn Co., Ga.

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Maurice St. Ivan Dart
12 December 1925

Will Book H pgs. 272-273
[Glynn County Probate Court]

State of Georgia, County of Glynn
            I, M.I. Dart, of said State and county, being of sound and disposing mind and memory, do make this my last will and testament.
            Item 1:  I desire and direct that my body be buried in a Christianlike manner suitable to my condition and circumstances in life.
            Item 2:  I desire and direct that all my just debts be paid without unnecessary delay by my executrix hereinafter named and appointed.
            Item 3:  I give, bequeath and devise unto my sister, Eyla W. Moodie and my sister-in-law, Julia M. Dart, jointly, my house and lot located on the Northern one-half of section number six (6) of the Dart Homestead tract, on Glynn Ave adjoining the residence of Edwin W. Dart.
            Item 4:  I give, bequeath and devise unto my sister-in-law, Julia W. Dart, all the rest and residue of my estate, real and personal, as well as any undivided interest I have or may have in any real estate.
            Item 4 [sic]:  I hereby constitute and appoint my sister-in-law, Julia M. Dart, sole executrix of this my last will and testament, and I expressly confer upon her power, as such, to administer my estate without bond and without making any returns to the Ordinary of Glynn County, and I expressly confer upon her full authority and power to sell any part of my estate, for the purpose of division or otherwise; it may be necessary to sell the property bequeathed in the third item of this my will, in order to make division of same, my executrix is empowered to sell at public or private sale without obtaining an order of Court and without advertisement of the same.  This 12th day of December 1925.

M.I. Dart

Signed, sealed, declared and published by M.I. Dart as his last will and testament in the presence of us, the undersigned, who subscribe our names hereto in the presence of said testator, after he had signed his name thereto, and at his special instance and request, and in the presence of each other.  This 12th day of December 1925.

B.M. Royal
Harriet C. Dart
Kathryn C. Dart

Witnesses

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David Davidson
14 February 1883

Will Book G pgs. 465-467
[Glynn County Probate Court]

State of Georgia}
County of Glynn}

            In the name of God Amen:
            I David Davidson of the county and state aforesaid knowing the uncertainty of life and being of sound mind and disposing memory do make and publish this my last will and testament as to the disposition of my property after my death.
            Item 1st:  I desire that my body should be decently buried and the expenses of said burial to be first paid out of my estate.
            Item 2nd:  I will and bequeath to my friend Mrs. Harriet Turner of the county and state aforesaid who now resides in the city of Brunswick all my household and kitchen furniture that I now possess or that I may be possessed of at the time of my death and in addition thereto the sum of five hundred dollars in cash to be realized by the sale of such real property as I may be seized and possessed of at the time of my death and direct said real property to be sold for the purpose of paying to her said five hundred dollars unless my two sons hereinafter named will pay to the said Mrs. Harriet Turner the sum of five hundred dollars in cash in which last event said property may be sold or not as they may desire.
            Item 3rd:  While I intend to give the aforesaid household and kitchen furniture and the aforesaid five hundred dollars in cash (bequeathed in the second item of this will) absolutely and not as a life estate to the said Mrs. Harriet Turner, yet in the event she should die before myself I then desire that my two sons shall take said property share and share alike.
            Item 4th:  All other property that I own or may own at the time of my death I give and bequeath to my two sons David Marion Davidson and Joseph Warren Davidson forever in fee simple share and share alike.
            Item 5th:  I further will and bequeath my love and best wishes to my aforesaid two sons above named David Marion Davidson and Joseph Warren Davidson for their success and prosperity in this life.
            Item 6th:  I hereby constitute and appoint as the sole Executor of this my last will and testament my friend Americus V. Putnam of the city of Brunswick to carry out the items of this my last will and testament dated this the 14th day of February anno domini one thousand eight hundred and eighty three and signed at Brunswick in the county and state aforesaid in the presence of the undersigned witnesses.

David Davidson {LS}

Signed declared and published by D. Davidson as his last will and testament in the presence of us the subscribed, who subscribed our names hereto as witnesses at the instance and request of said testator in his presence and in the presence of each other, he signing in our presence and we signing in his presence and in the presence of each witness whose name appears hereto.

F.H. Harris {LS}
Ira E. Smith {LS}
W.W. Watkins {LS}

 

State of Georgia}
County of Glynn}

            In person appeared before the undersigned W.W. Watkins who on being duly sworn deposeth and says that he as well as F.H. Harris and Ira E. Smith saw the D. Davidson named in the will hereto attached sign and publish said will as his last will and testament that he the said W.W. Watkins subscribed the same as a witness thereto at the special instance and request of the said D. Davidson and in his presence as did also F.H. Harris and Ira E. Smith, that the said D. Davidson signed the same freely and voluntarily and was at the time of such signing of sound and disposing mind and memory.

W.W. Watkins

Sworn to and subscribed before me this July 10th 1884, Edgar C.P. Dart Ordinary G.C. Ga.

 

State of Georgia}
Glynn County}

            I Americus V. Putnam do solemnly swear that the attached writing contains the last will and testament of D. Davidson late of said county now deceased, so far as I know or believe and that I shall well and truly execute the same in accordance with the laws of said state so help me God.

Americus V. Putnam

Sworn to and subscribed before me this July 10th 1884, Edgar C.P. Dart Ordinary G.C. Ga.

Recorded Aug. 6th 1884, Edgar C.P. Dart Ordinary.

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Charles Day
8 March 1883

Will Book G pgs. 469-471

            I Charles Day of Bibb County in the State of Georgia temporarily residing in the County of Glynn in the State of Georgia being of sound and disposing memory and understanding do make this my last will and testament hereby revoking all former wills made by me.
            Item 1st after the payment of my just debts I bequeath and devise all my remaining estate real and personal wherever the same be situate to my two children Henry Coit Day and Mary Day Lanier widow of Sidney Lanier in the proportion of two thirds to the Mary Day Lanier and one third to the said Henry Coit Day.
            Item 2nd In said division of my estate it is my will that neither of my said children shall be charged with any gift or advancement I may have made them, or either of them.
            Item 3rd I appoint my said children Henry Coit Day and Mary Day Lanier the executor and Executrix of this my will and desire that either my said Executor or my said Executrix shall have full power to execute any and all provisions of this my will without joining the other in the execution thereof, in the event both said Executor & said executrix should qualify nobby[?] this provision intending to prohibit them from acting jointly if they so desire and I further desire that my said executor & Executrix be relieved from all obligation to give bond under any circumstances and that my said Executor & Exectrix or either of them have full and ample power to sell any or all of my real or personal property in their discretion or in the discretion of either of them at public or private sale, without an order from the court and with or without advertisement as they or either of them deem best and I further desire that my said executor & executrix of this my will be relieved from the necessity for making any inventory or returns.
            In testimony whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal this eight day of March 1883.

Charles Day {seal}

Signed, sealed, published and declared by the above named testator Charles Day as & for his last will and testament in the presence of us & each of us who at his request and in his presence and in the presence of each other have hereunto subscribed our names as witnesses thereto this eight day of March 1883 all of us being residents & citizens of the city of Brunswick Glynn County Georgia.

W.E. Kay
L.G. Goldsmith
C.P. Goodyear

 

Georgia}
Glynn County}

            I Charles P. Goodyear do swear that I as well as the within named W.E. Kay and L.G. Goldsmith saw the within named Charles Day sign and publish the within paper as his last will and testament that I subscribed the same as a witness thereto at the special instance and request of the said Charles Day and in his presence that the said Charles Day signed the same freely and voluntarily and was at the time of such signing of sound and disposing mind and memory.

C.P. Goodyear

Sworn to & Subscribed before me this 2nd day of June 1885, Edgar C.P. Dart Ordinary.

 

Georgia}
Glynn County}

            I Henry Coit Day do solemnly swear that this within writing contains the true last will of the within named Charles Day deceased so far as I know or believe and that I will well and truly execute the same in accordance with the laws of the state so help me God.

Henry Coit Day

Sworn to & subscribed before me this 2nd day of June 1885, Edgar C.P. Dart, Ordinary.

Recorded June 3rd 1885 E.C.P. Dart Ordinary.

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Henry Coit Day
22 January 1887

Will Book G pgs. 491-492

            I, Henry Coit Day of Brunswick Georgia being of sound mind and disposing memory do make this my last will and testament.
            Item 1st I desire all my just debts and funeral expenses paid and no outlay or expense beyond what is necessary for a quiet and simple funeral and burial.
            Item 2nd I give and bequeath all of the property real personal and mixed of which I may be possessed at my death to be divided equally between my present wife, Elizabeth B. Day and my three children to wit my two children by her now living, named respectively Lois Sidney Day and Henry Day and also to my daughter Mary Loisa [sic] Day my sole surviving child by my former marriage; to be divided equally between my wife and each of said children share and share alike.
            Item 3rd It is my desire and will that my trusted friends John Colville of Brunswick, Dr. Charles H. Hall of Macon and Henry Wadsworth Reed of Waycross, all of Georgia, act as my executors under this will or any two of them if either one fails to qualify, or in the event of death or two failing to qualify then the surviving one or the one that does qualify shall act with the full powers bestowed on all three.
            And I hereby authorize them to sell any or all of property at public or private sale with or without advertising.
            Item 4th And it is my desire and will after my executors or executor as above provided shall have settled my estate that John Colville and Henry Wadsworth Reed aforenamed shall thereupon act as testamentary guardians for my two children Lois Sidney Day and Henry Day until they become of age, and I further desire and will that Dr. Charles H. Hall and Henry Wadsworth Reed act as testamentary guardians for my oldest daughter Mary Louisa for all of her one fourth interest in my estate left by this will and also for any property she may inherit from other sources including what may be held by [illegible] guardian.  And I hereby invest the aforesaid testamentary guardians or either of them with the same powers and authority as to sales and management of the property in their charge as they are above clothed[?] with as executors.  This 22nd January 1887.

Henry Coit Day

Signed, sealed, and published by Henry Coit Day as his last will and testament in the presence of us the subscribers who subscribe our names hereto in the presence of said Testator at his instance and request and of each other, he signing in our presence and we signing in his presence.  This 22nd January 1887.

H.R. Symons
J.J. Spears
E.A. Penniman

 

State of Georgia}
County of Glynn}

            Personally came H.R. Symons before the undersigned and being duly sworn upon oath says that he with J.J. Spears and E.A. Penniman at the request of Henry C. Day late of said county deceased and in his presence and the presence of each other attest the within and foregoing as the last will and testament of him the aforesaid Henry C. Day, that the same was signed and published by said Henry C. Day in their presence as his last will and testament that he was at the time of said attestation and of the signing thereof by him of sound and disposing mind and memory and that he executed said will freely and voluntarily.

H.R. Symons

Sworn to and subscribed before me this Feby 6th 1888 Edgar C.P. Dart Ordinary G.C. Ga.

 

State of Georgia}
County of Glynn}

            I Henry W. Reed do solemnly swear that this writing contains the true last will of the named Henry C. Day, deceased so far as I know or believe, and that I will well and truly execute the same in accordance with the laws of this state so help me God.

H.W. Reed

Sworn to and subscribed before me this Feby 6th 1888 Edgar C.P. Dart Ordinary G.C. Ga.

 

State of Georgia}
County of Glynn}

            I, John Colville do solemnly swear that this writing contains the true last will of the within named Henry C. Day, deceased so far as I know or believe and that I will well and truly execute the same in accordance with the laws of this state so help me God.

John Colville

Sworn to and subscribed before me this Feby 6th 1888 Edgar C.P. Dart Ordinary G.C. Ga.

Recorded this February 6th 1888 E.C.P. Dart Ordinary.

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 Raymond Demere
29 August 1828
Inventories & Appraisements Vol. D pgs. 158-160

Georgia Glynn County

            Know all men by these presents, that I Raymond Demere of St. Simons Island, Planter, County & State aforesaid Do make Constitute appoint & declare this my last will and Testament hereby revoking all former Wills. Imprimus. I give and bequeath unto my Son Raymond Demere an annuity of Two hundred Dollars to be paid to him annually by my Executors. Item I give and bequeath unto my Three Grand Daughters Children of my son Raymond Demere my Plantation in McIntosh called Martins[?] hill containing Eleven hundred & fifty acres more or less. Also my three Lots in Darien known by the number Fifty five Fifty seven and fifty eight with all the buildings and improvements thereon. Also my Twenty two Shares in the Planters Bank of Savannah which said Plantation Lots and Bank Shares shall be held or disposed off [sic] as my Executors may think best for the Interest & benefit of my said Grand Daughters or for the purpose of making a division thereof amongst them so that each of my said Grand Daughters may receive their share when they arrive at the age of twenty one years or when they are married and from and after my Decease until my Executors shall make a division to my said Grand Daughters the rents of said Plantation and Lots, with the dividends received of said bank shares, or if sold then the Interest arriving from the sales shall be applied towards defraying the Education or support of my said Grand Daughters, and in Case of the Death of any of my said Grand Daughters before any division takes place the undivided part or share of the deceased party shall go to the survivors or survivor. Item. Whereas from the fidelity of my Negroe man Joy and my Negroe Woman Rose who not only saved & protected a great part of my property during the time the British occupied St. Simons, but actually buried and saved a large sum of Specie, with & which they might have absconded and obtained their freedom. It is therefore my will and I direct my Executors to Petition the Legislature to pass an act for the manumission of my said Negro Man Joy, my Woman Rose with her two Children Jim and John, and any other Children said Rose may have setting their meritous behaviour and faithful conduct during a period of Invasion when nearly all the Negroes on St. Simons deserted and joined the British but in Case the Legislature should refuse to pass an Act for the manumission of said Slaves It is my Will that said Joy Rose and her Children shall be sent to any other State where the freedom of such people can be secured and permitted--said Negroes to be transported and freed at the expense of my Estate. It is also my Will and I direct that if the said Joy and Rose and her Children are freed by Law or remain in Georgia, that the said Joy Rose and her son Jim & John shall each receive four Cows, and four Calves each from my Stock on St. Simons and that Roses son John shall receive Four Cows and Calves from said Stock and it is further my Will and I direct my Executors to Lay of [sic] separate lots of my Land on St. Simons for the said Joy Rose and her Children sufficient for them to cultivate and be comfortable with permission to build live and reside thereon during their lives and it is my Will that said lots of Land should be laid off and the partys put in possession within one year after my decease and also that said Joy Rose and her Children shall receive from my Estate One years provision from the time they take possession of their Lots, and also that my Executors shall pay annually from my Estate or have payment of the same secured viz: to my Negroe Woman Rose during her life an annuity of Seventy five dollars and also the further sum of Seventy five Dollars for the support of her son John until he arrives at the age of twenty one years and then my said Executors are directed to pay unto the said John from my Estate the Sum of One Thousand Dollars lawful money of the United States and it is further my Will and I direct that the said John shall be taught reading writing & arithmetic and to be brought up to and taught some mechanical profession. And I do hereby nominate and appoint my Grand Sons Joseph and Lewis together with my friend Thomas Miller of Lampidoser Benjamin Cater and John Couper Jun Trustees in behalf of the said Negroes man Joy Negro Woman Rose and her Children Jim and John with any others she may have To see in Conjunction with my Executors that my Will as respects those people be carried into effect agreeable to the true meaning and intent thereof. Item. I give leave and bequeath unto my Grand Son Joseph Demere The full one half or Mor?? of all my remaining Estate Real and Personal of whatever it may constitute[?] whether of Lands Negroes Cattle, Bonds, Notes, or debts, money in bank Stock or Crops on hand or of any other species of property whatever To him and his Heirs forever and that whenever my said Grand Son Joseph Demere arrives at the age of Twenty one years my said Executors shall divide lay of [?] pay over and deliver the one half of my Estate as before described to my said Grand Son Joseph Demere--It is further provided that If the said Joseph Demere should depart this life before he arrives at the age of Twenty one years and without leaving lawful Issue The half or share of my Estate which he would have inherited shall be in such case, divided amongst his heirs or relations agreeable to the Laws of Georgia. Item: To my Grand Sons Lewis Demere, John Demere and Paul Demere I give leave and bequeath the other half of my Estate--Real and personal as before specified To be equally Divided between or amongst them--when the youngest arrives at the age of twenty one years and also that after the division of one half of my Estate is laid off or paid off to my son Joseph Demere--The annual Income of the half hereby will'd, to my Grand Sons Lewis John and Paul shall be invested by my Executors in such manner as they see proper and think best for the benefit of the said Lewis John and Paul--and be considered as a part of my Estate In case of the death of either or all of my said Grand Sons Lewis John & Paul before they are arrived at the age of twenty one years or without lawful Issue The part of my Estate to which they would have individually been entitled shall be divided amongst their heirs agreeable to the Laws of Georgia Lastly I do hereby nominate and appoint as my Executors and to Carry this my Will and Testament into due effect my Son Raymond Demere, my Grand Son Joseph Demere and my Grand Son Lewis Demere to act as they become of age or arrive at twenty one years I do hereby give my said Executors full power and authority to Carry the foregoing Will into due effect, Witness my hand and Seal this Twenty ninth day of August in the year One thousand Eight hundred and twenty eight.

Raymond Demere {LS}

Signed Sealed and acknowledged before us and in the presence of each other at [sic] the last will and Testament of Raymond Demere.

Wm. Browne
R. Couper

W. Fraser

=======================

First Codicil to the foregoing Will--Imprimus That in place of one years provisions and Clothing to Joy Rose and her Children It is my Will that they shall receive Three years provision and Clothing from the time mentioned in my above Will. Item that the annuity left in my above Will to Rose and John shall be paid unto them half yearly Viz: one half on the first day of January and the other on the first day of July. Item. That in the even of Roses Son John being force'd by Law as before stated In that case I leave and bequeath unto him my two Negroes boys [sic] Jim and George the sons of Pricilla & Peggy and should it so happen that said John does not obtain by law his freedom in Georgia but is sent to another State it is then my Will that said Jim and George shall be sold and the proceeds paid to him when of age. Item: I also leave to Rose my negroe Woman Sally said Rose to have her services for three years after my Decease and during that time to be intruly[?] at her Command Given under my hand and seal this twenty ninth day of August One thousand Eight hundred and twenty eight.

Rayd Demere {LS}

Signed Sealed and acknowledged as the Codicil to the above Will before us and in each others presence.

Wm. Browne
R. Couper
Wm. Fraser

Probated 5 January 1829

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Charles Henry Dexter
28 December 1872

Will Book G pgs. 456-459
[Glynn County Probate Court]

Know all men that:
            I Charles Henry Dexter of East Providence County of Providence state of Rhode Island considering the uncertainty of life and being of sound mind and memory do make and publish this my last will and testament in the manner following.
            I give to my Dear wife Sarah Elizabeth Dexter all of my estate both real and personal of whatever kind name or nature or wherever situated which I may possess at the time of my death to her and to her heirs and assigns forever giving her full power over the same to use as she shall see fit.  Except that in case she shall marry after my death then do much of my estate as shall remain in her hands shall be placed in the control of two trustees to be appointed by the court of probate of the town of East Providence—neither of said trustees to be her husband, and the income and one thirtieth part of the property so trusted may be paid to her in each year thereafter and at her death what remains may be disposed of by her by will to whom she pleases.
            I furthermore direct that in case my wife Sarah Elizabeth Dexter shall die without children and shall leave no lawful will and testament then the balance of my estate unspent by her shall be divided equally among the following persons viz:  Sarah Dexter and Jessie Dexter daughters of Christopher Dexter of East Providence, William Cole and Hannah Maria Carpenter, children of Nathaniel Cole of East Providence, to them and to their heirs and assigns forever.
            I hereby appoint my wife Sarah Elizabeth Dexter to be the sole executrix of this my last will and testament without bonds requesting her to use my estate in a wise and prudent manner, always mindful of the sick and poor and hereby revoke all other and former wills by me heretofore made and publish this and this only as my last will and testament.
            In testimony whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal at Providence this twenty eighth day of December A.D. 1872.

Charles Henry Dexter {seal}

Signed, published and declared by Charles Henry Dexter as and for his last will and testament in our presence who have at his request in his presence and in presence of each other hereunto set our names as witnesses.

Edward Hawkins
Charles A. Messinger
Henry L. Norris

 

State of Rhode Island}
County of Providence}

            I Sarah Elizabeth Dexter do solemnly swear that this writing contains the true last will of the within named Charles Henry Dexter deceased so far as I know or believe and that I will well and truly execute the same in accordance with the law of the state of Georgia so help me God.

Sarah E. Dexter

Sworn to and subscribed before me this 19th day of December 1882, G.M. Carpenter, Jr. associate Justice of the Supreme Court of Rhode Island.

 

State of Rhode Island}
County of Providence}

            Personally appeared before me an associate justice of the Supreme Court for said county and state Sarah Elizabeth Dexter to me personally known to be the person who executed the above affidavit and acknowledged that she executed the same for the purpose therein mentioned.
            Given under my hand and official signature at Providence in said state and county this 19th day of December 1882.

G.M. Carpenter, Jr., Associate Judge of the Supreme Court for said County & State.

 

State of Rhode Island}
County of Providence}

            I Charles Blake clerk of the Supreme Court in and for said county and state do certify that said court is a court of record having a clerk and a seal; that George M. Carpenter, Jr. whose name appears to the jurat of the foregoing affidavit and who made the foregoing certificate of acknowledgement is and was at the time of signing the same Judge of said Court and that his signature to said jurat and certificate of acknowledgement is his own handwriting.
            In witness whereof I have hereto set my hand and official signature and the deal of said court this 19th day of December 1882.

Charles Blake, Clerk.

 

State of Rhode Island}
County of Providence}

            I Edward Hawkins do swear that I as well as Charles A. Messinger and Henr Le Norris saw the within named Charles Henry Dexter sign and publish the within paper as his last will and testament that I subscribed the same as a witness thereto at the special instance and request of the said Charles Henry Dexter and in his presence as did also the said Charles A. Messinger and Henry Le Norris; that the said Charles Henry Dexter signed the same freely and voluntarily and was at the time of such signing of sound mind and disposing memory.

Edward Hawkins

Sworn to and subscribed before me this 19th day of December 1882, G.M. Carpenter, Jr. associate Justice of the Supreme Court of Rhode Island.

 

State of Rhode Island}
County of Providence}

            Personally appeared before me an associate justice of the Supreme Court for said county and state Edward Hawkins to me personally known to be the party who executed the above affidavit and acknowledged that he executed the same for the purposes therein mentioned.
            Given under my hand and official signature at Providence in said State and County this 19th day of December 1882, G.M. Carpenter, Jr. associate Judge of the Supreme Court of said county and state.

 

State of Rhode Island}
County of Providence}

            I Charles Blake clerk of the Supreme Court in and fore said county and state do certify that said court is a court of record having a clerk and a seal; that George M. Carpenter, Jr. whose name appears to the jurat of the foregoing affidavit and who made the foregoing certificate of acknowledgement is and was at the time of signing the same Judge of said court and that his signature to said jurat and certificate of acknowledgement is his own handwriting.
            In witness whereof I have hereto set my hand and official signature and seal of said court this 19th day of December 1882.

Charles Blake, clerk {seal}

 

State of Rhode Island}
County of Providence}

            I Henry L. Norris do swear that I as well as Edward Hawkins and Charles A. Messinger saw the within named Charles Henry Dexter sign and publish the within paper as his last will and testament that I subscribed the same as a witness thereto at the special instance and request of the said Charles Henry Dexter and in his presence as did also the said Charles A. Messinger and Edward Hawkins; that the said Charles Henry Dexter signed the same freely and voluntarily and was at the time of such signing of sound mind and disposing memory.

Henry L. Norris

Sworn to and subscribed before me this 19th day of December 1882, G.M. Carpenter, Jr. associate Justice of the Supreme Court of Rhode Island.

 

State of Rhode Island}
County of Providence}

            Personally appeared before me an associate justice of the Supreme Court for said county and state Henry L. Norris to me personally known to be the party who executed the above affidavit and acknowledged that he executed the same for the purposes therein mentioned.
            Given under my hand and official signature at Providence in said state and county this 19th day of December 1882, G.M. Carpenter, Jr. associate Judge of the Supreme Court of said county and state.

 

State of Rhode Island}
County of Providence}

            I Charles Blake clerk of the Supreme Court in and for said county and state, do certify that said court is a court of record having a clerk and a seal; that George M. Carpenter, Jr. whose name appears to the jurat of the foregoing affidavit and who made the foregoing certificate of acknowledgement is and was at the time of signing the same Judge of said court and that his signature to said jurat and certificate of acknowledgements is in his own handwriting.
            In witness whereof I have hereto set my hand and official signature and the seal of said court this 19th day of December 1882.

Charles Blake Clerk {seal}

Recorded January 5th 1883, Edgar C.P. Dart Ordinary.

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John M. Dexter
23 June 1884

Will Book G pgs. 504-505

State of Georgia}
Glynn County}

            I John M. Dexter of the city of Brunswick State and County Aforesaid being of sound and disposing mind and memory do make this my last Will & Testament as follows.
            Item First.  I direct that all my just debts including funeral expenses and the expenses of administration be paid by my Executrix hereinafter named.
            Item Second.  I give bequeath and devise to my beloved Wife Lydia Eleanor Dexter all my estate both Real and Personal of whatsoever the same may consist & wherever situated, to her her heirs and assigns forever with this exception.  That I give bequeath and devise to my beloved adopted Daughter Agnes Steele The Sum of One Thousand Dollars to be held in trust by my Wife for the said Agnes Steele till the said Agnes Steele becomes of age or marries and to be then paid her.
            Item Third.  Thereby nominate & appoint my said Wife Lydia Eleanor Dexter to be Executrix of this my last Will & Testament and it is my request that she be exempt from giving any bond and if the Court of Probate, should see fit to require of her a bond then that she be required to give only an individual bond without sureties to pay debts & legacy.  I do hereby revoke all other and former Wills by me at any time made and declare this to be my last Will & Testament.
            In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal at Brunswick Glynn County Georgia this Twenty Third day of June AD 1884.

John M. Dexter

Signed sealed and declared and published by John M. Dexter as his last Will and Testament in the presence of us the subscribers who subscribe our names hereto, in the presence of said testator (at his instance and request) and of each other  The signing in our presence & we signing in his presence—on this Twenty Third day of June AD 1884.

Spencer R. Atkinson
Bolling Whitfield
A.J. Crovatt

 

Georgia}
Glynn County}

            I Eleanor Dexter do solemnly swear that this writing contains the true last Will and Testament of the within named John M. Dexter deceased, so far as I know or believe, and that I will well & truly execute the same in accordance with the laws of this State.  So help me God.

L. Eleanor Dexter

Sworn to and subscribed before me this 7th Day of November A.D. 1890 Edgar C.P. Dart Ordinary.

 

Georgia}
Glynn County}

            I A.J. Crovatt do swear that I as well as Spencer R. Atkinson and Bolling Whitfield saw the within named John M. Dexter sign and publish the within paper as his last will and Testament; that I subscribed the same as a witness thereto at the special instance and request of the said John M. Dexter and in his presence, as did also Spencer R. Atkinson and Bolling Whitfield that the said John M. Dexter signed the same freely & voluntarily and was at the time of such signing of sound and disposing mind and memory.

A.J. Crovatt

Sworn to & subscribed before me this 3rd day of November AD 1890 in Open Court Edgar C.P. Dart Ordinary G.C. Ga.

 

Georgia}
Glynn County}

            I Bolling Whitfield do swear that I as well as A.J. Crovatt and Spencer R. Atkinson saw the within named John M. Dexter sign and publish the within paper as his last will and Testament that I subscribed the same as a witness thereto at the special instance and request of the said John M. Dexter and in his presence as aid also A.J. Crovatt and Spencer R. Atkinson that the said John M. Dexter signed the same voluntarily and fully and was at the time of such signing of sound and disposing mind and memory.

Bolling Whitfield

Sworn & Subscribed before me in Open Court this 3rd day of November AD 1890 Edgar C.P. Dart Ordinary G.C. Ga.

 

Georgia}
Glynn County}

            I Spencer R. Atkinson do swear that I as well as A.J. Crovatt and Bolling Whitfield saw the within named John M. Dexter sign & publish the within paper as his last Will & Testament that I subscribed the same as a witness thereto at the special instance and request of the said John M. Dexter and in his presence as aid also A.J. Crovatt and Bolling Whitfield that the said John M. Dexter signed the same freely & voluntarily and was at the time of such signing of sound and disposing mind and memory.

Spencer R. Atkinson

Sworn & Subscribed before me in Open Court this 7th day of November AD 1890 Edgar C.P. Dart Ordinary G.C. Ga.

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D. James Dillon
9 April 1906

Will Book H pgs. 665-667
[Glynn County Probate Court]

Last Will and Testament of D. James Dillon.

State of Georgia}
County of Glynn}

            In the named [sic] of God Amen.
            Know all men by these presents that I, D. James Dillon, of the City of Brunswick, said county and State, being of sound and disposing mind and memory, desiring to settle my worldly affairs, recognizing the uncertainty of the things of this life, and the certainty of the life that is to come, do make declare and publish this my last Will and Testament, hereby revoking and annulling any and all will and wills heretofore, at any time in the past made by me.
            Item First:  I desire that my body be properly and decently buried by the side and grave of my wife at Brunswick, Georgia, and that my last resting place be properly and suitably marked giving the date of my birth and death.
            Item Second:  I hereby direct my executors hereinafter named, or those of them who may qualify, to as soon as possible after my death, pay off all my just debts and obligations, if there should be any left by me unpaid.  If a sale of property be necessary for the purpose of payment of debts, I direct them to select that portion of my estate that can be most advantageously used and sold; and I authorize them or those who may qualify, to sell such portions of my estate for the purpose of payment of any obligation or debts left by me aforesaid, either at public or private sale, as to them may seem best.
            Item Third:  I do hereby give and bequeath unto my children, namely, Miss Katherine E. Dillon of Brunswick, Ga., B.F. Dillon of Jacksonville, Florida, Mrs. Camilla Akers, of Atlanta, Georgia, Mrs. Mattie A. Coney of Brunswick, Georgia, John R. Dillon of Clarkston, .Georgia, Mrs. Lucy A. Devoe of Brunswick, Georgia, and James W. Dillon of Thomasville, Georgia, the following parts, portions and moieties respectively of all my property and effects, wherever the same may be situated and located and of whatever kind character or description the same may consist as follows that is to say:-
            (a) Unto my said son, B.F. Dillon, and his heirs forever, I devise and bequeath two twenty-fourths (2/24) interest and portion of my said estate.
            (b) Unto my said son John R. Dillon, and his heirs, forever, I devise and bequeath two twenty-fourths (2/24) interest and portion of my said estate.
            (c) Unto my said son, James W. Dillon, and his heirs, forever, I devise and bequeath three twenty-fourths (3/24) interest and portion of my said estate.
            (d) Unto my said daughter, Katherine E. Dillon, and her heirs forever, I devise and bequeath five twenty-fourths (5/24) interest and portion of my said estate.
            (e) Unto my said daughter Mrs. Mattie A. Coney, and her heirs forever, I devise and bequeath two twenty-fourths (2/24) interest and portion of my said estate.
            (f) Unto my said daughter Mrs. Lucy A. DeVoe and her heirs forever, I devise and bequeath six twenty-fourths (6/24) interest and portion of my said estate.
            (g) Unto my said daughter, Mrs. Camilla Akers, and her heirs forever, I devise and bequeath four twenty-fourths (4/24) interest and portion of my said estate.
            Item Four:  Should it so happen that the legatees hereinabove named be not able to agree upon a division in kind of my property and estate, so as to carry into effect the bequests and proportionate share to each of said legatees as are given in item three of this will – then I hereby direct my said executors, or those of them who may qualify to reduce my said estate to cash by a public or private sale of all of my said property, and upon such terms as to them may seem best, looking of course, to the best interests of the estate, and a proper distribution to the heirs and legates hereinabove named.
            Item Five:  I hereby nominate, constitute and appoint E.F. Coney of Brunswick, Georgia, and James W. Dillon of Thomasville, Georgia, and W.H. DeVoe of Brunswick, Georgia, executors of this my Will and in-as-much as I have full faith and confidence in their honesty and integrity and believe that they will fully and faithfully execute and carry into effect the terms of this Will, they need not give bond nor are they required to make any return of their actings and doings in the premises.
            In Testimony Whereof I have hereunto set my hand and affixed my seal on this ninth day of April 1906.

D. James Dillon (L.S.)

Signed, declared and published by D. James Dillon, as his last will and testament before the undersigned who subscribe our names as witnesses at the special instace and request of the said testator, he signing in our presence and we signing in his presence and in the presence of each other.  This April 9th 1906.

Frank D. Aiken
Peter W. Fleming
Hoyt W. Gale

Recorded February 15th 1908, Edwin W. Dart, Clerk, Court of Ordinary Glynn County, Ga.

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Thomas Dover
22 June 1844
Inventories & Appraisements Vol. E pg. 54

Georgia }
Glynn County }

In the name of God Amen.
            I Thomas Dover, Planter of the County and State aforesaid being in perfect sound mind and memory thanks be unto God calling unto mind the mortality of my body and knowing that it is appointed for man once to die. I do make and ordain this my last will and Testament in manner and words as follows to wit after all my just debts are paid. For the love and affection which I bear towards my Nephew William Dover Jenkins and for many services rendered me I give and bequeath to the said William Dover Jenkins the following property to wit. The two Tracts of Land called Dover Hall Plantation containing Nine hundred Acres of Land more or less also the following Negroes: viz. Chance, Peter, Chloe, Edward, Phebe, Beck, Eliza, Peggy, Genny, Sarah, Tenah, Sally, Kate, Nanny, Isaac, Carpenter, Ben, Molly, Mary Ann, Tom, Jeptha, Rachael, Elsy, Nancy, George, Diana, Jim, Marris, Quash, Grace, Frank, Black Ben, House Mary, Moses, Jacob, Stephen, Mariah, Loammi, Sam, Edy, Smart, Joe, Isabella, Moll, Cudjoe, Rosetta, Margarett, Tom, Renty, Archey, Ipard, Clarissa, Neptune, Abraham, London, Charles, Old Mary, Toby, Patty, Palbrus, Harriett, Suckey, Daniel, Peggy, Nannetta, Richard, Robert, Matilda, Elvira, Betty, Elizabeth, and Victora and Amy and all the increase from the said Negroes, from the signing of this will, also the Stock cattle sheep Horses and all the Plantation utensils household furniture boats also all debts due me by Book or otherwise and all other property belonging to me of every description. I also request the said William Dover Jenkins to pay to the heirs of Pryor Wright late of Baldwin County State of Georgia the sum of Two Thousand dollars which is to be equally divided between the children of the said Pryor Wright the same to be paid in four Installments on the first day of March annually after my decease.
            I also leave in charge of my Nephew William Dover Jenkins my servant woman Sally who shall be allowed the privilege of working for herself and appropriating the money arising from her Labours to her own benefit and that the said William Dover Jenkins shall furnish the said woman Sally with good and comfortable clothing and good and wholesome food during her life.
            Lastly I do hereby nominate and appoint my Friend Francis M. Scarlett my Executor of this my last will and Testament to carry into effect this my Last will.
            In witness whereof I Thomas Dover the testator have to this my last will set my hand and seal this Twenty second day of June one Thousand Eight hundred and forty four.

Thos. Dover {LS}

Witness Signed Sealed and delivered in the presence of us.

A. Fallen
R. Hazlehurst, Jr.
D.B. Palmer

Probated 7 July 1845

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LeBaron Drury
31 May 1882

Will Book G pgs. 454-455
[Glynn County Probate Court]

State of Georgia—County of Glynn
            I LeBaron Drury of said County and State being of sound and disposing mind and memory do make this my last Will & Testament hereby revoking and annulling any will heretofore made by me.
            Item 1st:  I desire and direct that my just debts be paid by my Executors hereinafter named.
            Item 2nd:  I give and bequeath to Mrs. Eliza Sophia Drury two thirds of the income and to my and her son James William Drury one third of the income of the compress building at the foot of Gloucester Street and on Old Town Water Lot number six in the city of Brunswick Glynn County Georgia and from the leasehold interest of the said foot of Gloucester Street and from water or wharf lots Numbers six and seven (6 and 7) in the old Town of Brunswick Glynn County Georgia and from all improvements erected or to be erected thereon during the natural life of my said beloved wife Mrs. Eliza Sophia Drury with power of sale of said property given only by the mutual written consent of said Eliza Sophia Drury and the said James William Drury.  It being the intention of this item to create a life estate in said property above described to the extent of a two thirds undivided interest therein and in the event of sale a life interest in two thirds of the proceeds of said sale, so as to authorize the said Mrs. Eliza Sophia Drury to receive two thirds of the income derived from the proceeds of said sale.
            Item 3rd:  At the death of the said Mrs. Eliza Sophia Drury the property described in the second item of this will if unsold and the proceeds of said sale of said property if sold to vest solely and absolutely in the said James William Drury or his heirs.
            Item 4th:  Mrs. Eliza Sophia Drury and James William Drury my beloved wife and son as aforesaid are hereby constituted Executor and Executrix of this my last will and testament with power to sell the property described in item second of this will at private sale but only by the mutual assent of both.
            This May 31st 1882.

LeBaron Drury {Seal}

Signed sealed and published by LeBaron Drury as his last will and Testament in the presence of us the witnesses who subscribed our names hereto in presence of the Testator and at his special instance and request and in the presence of each other this 31st day of May 1882.

Benjamin F. Macintire
Linus North
C.P. Goodyear

 

Georgia}
Glynn County}

            I Charles P. Goodyear do swear that I as well as Linus North and Benjamin F. Macintire saw the within named LeBaron Drury sign and publish the within paper as his last will and Testament, that I subscribed the same as witness thereto at the special instance and request of the said LeBaron Drury and in his presence as did also said Linus North and Benjamin F. Macintire that the said LeBaron Drury signed the same freely and voluntarily and was at the time of such signing of sound and disposing mind and memory.

C.P. Goodyear

Sworn to & subscribed before me this 3rd day of January 1883, Edgar C.P. Dart Ordinary G.C. Ga.

 

Georgia Glynn County
            We Eliza Sophia Drury and James W. Drury do solemnly swear that this writing attached contains the true last will of the within named LeBaron Drury deceased so far as we know or believe and that we will well and truly execute the same in accordance with the laws of this state so help us God.

Eliza Sophia Drury
James W. Drury

Sworn to & subscribed before me the 3rd day of January 1883, Edgar C.P. Dart, Ordinary G.C. Ga.

 

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Christopher Poulain DuBignon
2 April 1823
Inventories & Appraisements Vol. D pgs. 153 & 154

State of Georgia}
Glynn County}

In the name of God! Amen

            I Christopher Poulain Du Bignon of the Island of Jekyl in the State and County aforesaid, being of sound mind & body Do make and publish this my last Will & testament:
            1st After the payment of my Just debts & funeral Expenses I give & bequeath to my beloved wife Marguerite Lasseux Du Bignon for & during her lifetime the sum of Six hundred Dollars payable quarterly, which is nearly equal to one third of my annual income after deducting all expenses. I also give & bequeath unto her for & during her lifetime my Mansion House & the Buildings & appurtenances thereto belonging furniture & all else used in the family at present and also the use of my house Servants Should she however prefer to live & reside with our Son Henry Charles Du Bignon (one of my Executors) then She shall remain with him free of all household expense whatever and only receive from my Estate in quarterly payments the sum of Four Hundred Dollars per year: this bequest is in lieu & full of all claim of Dower or otherwise on my Estate & I bind the same for the faithful performance of this Clause of my Will
            2ndly I give and bequeath unto my Grand Daughter Louisa Du Bignon her Executors, administrators & assigns my negro woman named Susannah and future issue & Increase. 3rdly I order & direct that my Mulattoe woman named Maria Theresa and her Daughter Marguerette be made as free as the Laws of the Country will allow and that my Executors do aid all in their power to free them from Labour but for their own use allow them to leave the State if necessary for their comfort or to complete the intention of this my will: And I further order and direct that my Executors do pay the said Maria Theresa during her life time it for her use the sum of Eighty Dollars every year by quarterly payments. And I further order & direct that my Executors take the best care of the said Maria Theresa and support her out of my Estate wherever she is in want: and allow her to retain my Negro woman named Nilly for her use as long as she may want her services in consideration of the said Maria Theresa being in a helpless state of Infirmity.
            4thly I request & order that my old Negroes be treated with all the humanity & kindness necessary to their comfort & I rely upon the honour of my son Henry Charles Du Bignon for the Execution of this Clause of my Will.
            5thly I give and bequeath to my son Joseph Du Bignon the sum of Eighty Dollars per year during the term of his natural Life, this sum to be paid quarterly from and after the day of my Death--
            6thly As to all the rest & residue of my Estate Real & personal here and Elsewhere out of the United States of whatsoever kind at my be [sic] I devise give and bequeath unto my son Henry Charles Du Bignon now living on my Island of Jekyl, to his heirs, Executors, administrators and assigns forever.
            Lastly. I name and Constitute & appoint my son Henry Charles Du Bignon & my Friend Charles Harris and Peter De Nillers Executors of this my last Will & testament and to see the same faithfully & honorable [sic] carried into Execution.
            In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand & seal this second day of the month of April in the year of our Lord One Thousand Eight Hundred and twenty three.

Poulain Du Bignon {LS}

Signed Sealed & delivered in the presence of us who in the presence of the testator & at his request Signed our names as Witnesses thereto.

Wm. Carnochan
Armand Lefils
Allen B. Powell
Justice of the I.C. McIntosh County

Probated 26 November 1825

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Eliza Felicite duBignon
4 February 1886

Will Book G pgs. 475-477

State of Georgia}
Glynn County}

            I Eliza DuBignon of City of Brunswick said State and county being of sound and disposing mind and memory and being desirous to settle my affairs of this world and life do make and publish this my last will and testament hereby revoking all wills by me at any time heretofore made.
            First I desire that my body be buried in a christian like manner suitable to my circumstances and condition in life.
            Secondly I desire and direct that all my just debts be paid without unnecessary delay by my Executors hereinafter named and appointed.
            Thirdly I give bequeath and devise unto Sarah B. Berryman wife of William M. Berryman and Catherine A. Hazlehurst wife of Robert Hazlehurst all of said state and county the house and lot in the city of Brunswick said state and county fronting upon Reynolds Street and extending back to Union Street in said city and whereon I now reside to have and to hold unto them share & share alike, and their heirs and assigns forever in fee simple.
            Fourth I give and bequeath unto my grand Nephew John DuBignon Davenport of said city county and state three (3) shares of the Capital Stock of the Central Rail Road and Banking Company of Georgia now standing in my name upon the books of said Company and I hereby direct my executors hereinafter named to deliver the same to his legal representative as soon as the condition of my estate will warrant or authorize.
            Fifth I give and bequeath to Eugenia Terry of Long View in the state of Texas three (3) shares of the Capital stock of the Central Rail Road and Banking Company of Georgia now standing in my name upon the Books of said Company and direct that my executors shall deliver the same to her as soon as the condition of my estate will warrant.
            Sixth all the rest and residue of my estate whether real or personal not hereinbefore devised, I hereby give and bequeath in fee simple to my sister Catherine A. Hazlehurst wife of Robert Hazlehurst and Sarah B. Berryman wife of William M. Berryman hereinbefore named to them and their heirs or assigns forever.
            Seventh I hereby nominate constitute and appoint William M. Berryman and Leighton W. Hazlehurst Junior as executors of this my last will and testament.
            In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal this fourth day of February Eighteen hundred and eighty six.

Eliza DuBignon {seal}

Signed, sealed, published and declared as her last will and testament by Eliza DuBignon on the day and year above stated in the presence of the undersigned who subscribed our names hereto in the presence of said testator and of each other and at her special instance and request.  This February 4th 1886.

Mary DuBignon
Bolling Whitfield
A.J. Crovatt

 

State of Georgia}
Glynn County}

            Whereas I Eliza DuBignon did on the 4th day of February 1886 sign, seal, declare and publish my last will and testament in presence of Bolling Whitfield A.J. Crovatt and Mary DuBignon who signed said will and testament as witnesses and whereas I am desirous of altering and changing certain portions thereof.  I therefore make and publish the codicil to said will and testament.
            First Item Fourth of said will bequeathing to my grand nephew John DuBignon Davenport three (3) shares of the capital stock of the Central Rail Road and Banking Company of Georgia is hereby revoked so far as to give and bequeath to said John DuBignon Davenport one (1) share of such Rail Road stock instead and in lieu of the three (3) therein stated and no more.
            Second Item number fifth in said will is hereby revoked so that instead of bequeathing to my niece Eugenia Terry three (3) shares of the Capital stock of the Central Rail Road and Banking Company of Georgia as therein stated I hereby give and bequeath to said Eugenia Terry four (4) shares of the Capital stock aforesaid.
            Three the rest and residue of my estate bequeathed to Catherine A. Hazlehurst and Sarah B. Berryman in and by the sixth item of my will aforesaid includes and is intended to include all my interest in and right to the unpaid purchase money due me for thirty (30) acres more or less of land lying upon Jekyl Island in said county and state heretofore conveyed by me to John E. DuBignon and the item aforesaid of said will subject to the changes hereinbefore made only, is hereby fully reaffirmed.
            In witness whereof, after interlining between the 4th and 5th lines of this page the word “will”, I have hereunto set my hand and seal this the twenty ninth (29th) day of September AD 1886.

Eliza DuBignon {LS}

Signed, sealed, published and declared as a codicil to her last will and testament by Eliza DuBignon on the day and year above stated in the presence of the undersigned who subscribed our names hereto in the presence of said testatrix and of each other at her special instance and request this 29th day of September AD 1886.

Robert Hazlehurst
Bolling Whitfield
Lavenia X
(her mark) Solomon
A.J. Crovatt

 

Georgia}
Glynn County}

            I A.J. Crovatt do swear that I as well as Bolling Whitfield and Mary DuBignon saw the within named Eliza DuBignon sign and publish one of the within papers as her last will and testament and I as well as Bolling Whitfield, Robert Hazlehurst and Livinia Solomon saw said within named Eliza DuBignon sign and publish the other of the within papers as a codicil to the said last will and testament and that I subscribed the said last will and testament and the codicil as witness thereto at the special instance and request of said Eliza DuBignon as did also Bolling Whitfield and Mary DuBignon as to the will and testament and Bolling Whitfield, Robert Hazlehurst and Lavinia Solomon as to the codicil that the said Eliza DuBignon signed both of said papers freely and voluntarily and was at the times of signing of sound and disposing mind and memory.

A.J. Crovatt

Sworn to and subscribed before me this twenty third day of October 1886 Edgar C.P. Dart Ordinary.

 

Georgia}
Glynn County}

            We L.W. Hazlehurst and W.M. Berryman do solemnly swear that this writing contains the true last will and testament and the codicil to the same of the within named Eliza DuBignon deceased so far as we know or believe and that we will well and truly execute the same in accordance with the laws of this state.

W.M. Berryman
L.W. Hazlehurst

Sworn to and subscribed before me this twenty third day of October 1886 Edgar C.P. Dart Ordinary.

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Henry DuBignon
1 October 1866
Will Book G pgs. 353-355

Georgia}
Glynn County}

            In the name of God Amen.  I Henry Dubignon of the County and State aforesaid being of sound mind and disposing memory do make this my last Will and Testament, being fully impressed? with the uncertainty of life and certainty of death.
            Item 1st--I desire that my body should be buried in a decent & Christian manner.
            Item 2nd--I will and bequeath to my wife Mary the house wherein I live and the sum of one hundred and fifty Dollars per annum to be charged on my Estate, and to be paid her semiannually or quarterly as she may prefer during her life or widowhood with remainder to my children Virginia E., Emily A., Gertrude, Agnes S. & Valeria L. Dubignon forever in the house above bequeathed. 
            Item 3rd I will and bequeath the tract of Land whereon I now live, and known as Ellis Point (reserving the use of the house as above provided to my wife Mary during her life or widowhood.) and my Bank Stock in the Central Rail Road & Banking Company to my children Virginia E., Emily A., Gertrude, Agnes S., and Valeria L. Dubignon to be equally divided between them share and share alike forever; to be equally divided between them as they may marry or become of age.
            Item 4th  I will and bequeath all further income or accumulation of property which may accrue to me after the signing and sealing of this instrument to my children last above named.  And it is my Will and devise that the interest and dividends of the Stock in the Central Rail Road and Banking Company be appropriated by Executors to the education of the children aforesaid and that they receive as good as education as the money will afford.
            Item 5th  I desire my Executor to collect the debts owe [sic] me as soon as convenient without distressing the debtors and the proceeds thereof to be invested for the use of my five children above named, viz:  Virginia E., Emily A., Gertrude, Agnes S., & Valeria L. Dubignon.
            Item 6th  I will and bequeath Mrs. Sarah Reddick Fifty dollars.
            Item 7th  I will and bequeath to Leonidas and William Aust Fifty dollars each.
            Item 8th  I will and bequeath to my natural daughter Rosalia Fifty dollars.
            Item 9th  I appoint my friend William Audley Couper Executor of this my last will and Testament and hereby revoke all other Wills & Testaments by me heretofore made.
            In Witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal this first day of October in the year of our Lord Eighteen Hundred and Sixty Six.

Henry Dubignon  {seal}

Signed and Sealed before us the subscribing witnesses

Benj. F. Harris
Edgar C.P. Dart
U. Dart
James Houston

 

The will of Henry Du Bignon Senr. being before me, and filed in Office, and on the 12th day of March 1867 at chambers for the purpose of proving the last Will & Testament of Henry Du Bignon Senr. the witnesses to said last Will & Testament of Henry Du Bignon Senr., viz: -- Benj. F. Harris, Edgar C.P. Dart, U. Dart, & James Houston; Whereas James Houston one of the witnesses depose of the same, that he saw saw [sic] Henry Du Bignon Senr., sign and publish the same, as his last will, on the day and year then stated, as executed by him, that he witnessed the same, at his request, in his presence and in the presence of each other that the same was voluntarily executed by him, while he was of sound mind and memory.

James Houston

Sworn to before me this 12th day of March A.D. 1867 Stephen J. Gorton, Ordinary G.C.

[Monetary stamps posted]

Recorded this 12th day of April A.D. 1867, Stephen J. Gorton, Ordinary G.C.

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Edward H. Eldredge
22 April 1859
Boston, Suffolk Co., Massachusetts
Will Book G pgs. 393-402

[It is unknown by me why this will is transcribed in our will book.]

            I Joseph H. Tyler Register of the Probate Court of said County of Middlesex having by law the custody of the seal and the records books documents and papers of or appertaining to said court hereby certify that papers hereto annexed to be true copies of papers appertaining to said court and on file and of record in the office of said court.
            In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and the seal of said County this twenty fourth day of March in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and sixty nine.

Joseph H. Tyler, Register

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            I Edward H. Eldredge of Boston in the County of Suffolk and Commonwealth of Massachusetts, merchant being in good health and devising to arrange my affairs with reference to my death while I can do so with proper deliberation make publish and declare this my last will and testament.
            First--I appoint my wife Mrs. Elizabeth Trull Eldredge and Charles W. Storey of said Boston, counselor at law to be the executors of this my will.
            Second--I appoint my said wife, the said Storey and John T. Heard of said Boston, merchant to be the guardians of my son Rolfe Eldredge.
            Thirdly--I give devise and bequeath all the estate real or personal or of whatsoever description which may be mine at the period of my death to my said wife, the said Storey and the said Heard to have and to hold the same to them as joint tenants and not as tenants in common and to the survivors of them to the use of them respectively and of such person or persons as may hereafter be appointed by proper authority to succeed them or either of them forever in trust neverless for the uses and purposes with the [illegible word] subject to the condition and limitations hereinafter set forth, that is to say. First, to pay to my mother an annuity of three hundred dollars each year during her life in equal quarterly payments the first of which shall be made at the expiration of three months from the day of my death and all subsequent provisions of this my will are to be so construed with reference to this provision.
            Secondly, to apply such portion of the income there of as they may from time to time see fit to the proper and liberal education and maintenance of my said son until he shall reach the age of twenty five years and then to convey transfer and pay over the whole of said estate and all accretions[?] thereof then in their hands to him the said Rolfe to the use of him and his heirs forever provided that if in their judgment it will be best for his interest to convey, transfer and pay over the same or any portion or portions thereof at any earlier time or times after he shall have reached the age of twenty one years, they may do so.
            Thirdly, if my son shall die before reaching the age of twenty five years, leaving a widow and child or children, then to pay over one half of said income to his widow and devote such portion of what shall not be paid to said widow as they may from time to time see fit to the handsome maintenance and liberal education of such child or children until such child or the youngest of such children shall have arrived at the age of twenty one years and then to convey distribute transfer and pay over the whole of said estate and all accretions[?] thereof in equal shares to the survivors of the said widow and said child or children, share and share alike to their own sole use forever and that of their respective heirs. Provided that if any such child shall have died leaving issue such issue shall take by representation the share which its parents would have taken if one of said survivors and provided also that if after his arrival at the age of twenty one years my said son shall die leaving a widow or issue and a last will and testament duly executed the said estate and accretions[?] or any part thereof to which such will may refer shall be disposed of as shall be directed in and by his said will.
            Fourthly, if my son shall die without issue and leaving no widow then to pay over the whole net income aforesaid to my said wife during her life to her own sole and separate use and after her death to convey, distribute, transfer and pay over the whole remainder of said estate in equal portions to my brothers Frank O. Eldredge, Charles W. Eldredge, and George Eldredge and my sister Hannah M. Greene, Maria McClellan, and Elizabeth Bangs or to each of them as may then be living, to have and to hold the same to them and their respective heirs (meaning herein to exclude the issue of such as may then have deceased) to their sole and separate use respectively forever and free from intervention or control of the husbands of my sisters. (I consider my brother James L. Eldredge and my sister Emily ? Storey sufficiently affluent already.)
            And whereas my wife has made and executed a certain last will and testament whereby the mansion house estate numbered five (5) in Hancock Avenue in said Boston is made subject to my disposal in certain modes therein set forth.
            Now it is my will in regards to that estate so far as the same may be subject to my disposal that if my son Rolfe shall die before that estate shall have vested in him under the provisions of her said will, then in that case my executors and trustees shall convey the same to the President and Fellows of Harvard College a corporation established by law at Cambridge to have and to hold the same to the said Corporation and its successors forever in trust to hold the same or the proceeds of the sale thereof as a fund to be called The Trull Scholarship Funds and to dispose of the net annual income thereof as follows that is to say to devote as much thereof as the Faculty of said College for the time being may from time to time direct, to the comfortable and respectable maintenance, as under graduates of said College or such two young me as said Faculty may from time to time appoint and to hold and invest any surplus of said income as a part of said fund and when, as often as said fund shall have been so far increased as to furnish from its net annual income the means of giving a comfortable & respectable maintenance to another young man, or under graduate of said College, them to devote as much of said income as said Faculty shall direct to such maintenance as aforesaid of such additional young man as may be appointed as before provided.
            It is my wish that the young men so appointed shall be recommended to the said Faculty by upright and generous character and decided intellectual ability and that no one be appointed whose parents are pecuniarily able to give him a liberal education or whose near relatives are wealthy and the said Faculty may revoke any such appointment at their discretion.
            With respect to the investment of said Fund and the accretions thereof it is my desire that the same be as far as may be, invested in real estate in Boston.
            I desire that no bonds be required of my wife or said Storey, or said Heard for the discharge of their trust in any capacity under this my will. And it is my will that all the persons which I have given or hereinafter give to my said wife said Storey and said Heard in any capacity in this my will may be exercised in that capacity by any one or two of them in case of the deaths, absence at a distance of more than a thousand miles from Boston, declension or incapacity to act of the other or others and that in case of any doubt arising as to the true intent and meaning of any provision of this my will, any reasonable construction thereof which may be practically adopted by them or either one or two of them acting without the other or others as before provided shall be final conclusive and binding upon all parties.
            And I authorize said Trustees as named as aforesaid, having reference as every where in this my will to the case before adverted to, of one or two of them acting as before provided without the other or others, and I also authorize any Trustee or [illegible word] Trustee to be hereafter appointed under this my will at any time and as often as they or he may see fit to change the investment of any portion of my said estate and said accretions from real to personal estate or from personal to estate [sic] as fully and thoroughly as I could do the same myself were I alive and as that any purchaser of the same, or any part thereof, or of any substituted estate or property shall be in no degree responsible for the application of any purchase money or other consideration paying to them from such purchasers in the course of any transaction with reference thereto.
            And my said Trustees, so specified by name as aforesaid in whatever capacity acting under this my will, are hereby authorized to deduct from such sums of money as may come to their hands by virtue hereof, all the reasonable expenses, charges, and commissions as well for their own care and trouble in and about the said trusts as on their accounts and each and every of them shall be chargeable only for and with such property as shall actually come to his hands or be actually disposed of by him by virtue hereof and shall be responsible to any and all persons claiming under me or this my will, only for willful misconduct or gross negligence.
            Desiring in this behalf to leave any trustees to be appointed after the last survivor of the trustees so named to their ordinary responsibility under the law.
            In testimony whereof I have hereunto set my hand & seal this twenty second day of April in the year of our Lord eighteen hundred & fifty nine.

E.H. Eldredge {seal}

            Signed sealed published and declared by the aforenamed testator Edward H. Eldredge as for his last will and testament in presence of us, who in his presence, and in the presence of each other, & at his request, have here subscribed our names as witnesses hereunto.

R. Rogerson, Jr.
L.H. Briggs
Miles Washburn

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            I Edward H. Eldredge, of Boston in the County of Suffolk and Commonwealth of Massachusetts, merchant make publish and declare this as a codicil to be added to and considered as a part of my last will and testament made and dated April the twenty second in the year eighteen hundred & fifty nine and written on three sheets of paper.
            I hereby republish and confirm the said will subject to the provisions of this codicil. I hereby revoke the gift, devise and bequest in said will given devised and bequeathed to John S.[?] Heard as one of the Trustees in said will mentioned and to his heirs and assigns and I give devise and bequeath all that in and by said will is given and bequeathed to the said Heard and his heirs and assigns to my friend William W. Greenough and his heirs and assigns to have and to hold the same to him and them jointly with my wife and Charles W. Storey in said will mentioned and their respective heirs and assigns in trust as in said will set forth, it being my will that the said Greenough shall to all intents and purposes take the place which I assigned to the said Heard in my said will. I also revoke the appointment which in said will I made of the said Heard as one of the guardians of my son Rolfe Eldredge and I appoint in his place and stead the said William W. Greenough devising that no bond be required of him in any capacity under said will or under this codicil.
            I give and bequeath to my friend Thomas Starr King the sum of five hundred dollars as a mark of my respect and esteem for his character and if he shall not survive me I give and bequeath the same sum to his wife if she shall survive me. I give and bequeath to my sister Hannah W. Green if she survives me the sum of five hundred dollars and to my niece Elise H. Welch if she survives me the sum of five hundred dollars. I give and bequeath to my wife Elizabeth T. Eldredge if she survives me all the furniture plate books and pictures that may belong to me at the time of my decease and it is my wish and will that no inventory specification or appraisement of the same be required.
            In testimony whereof I hereunto set my hand and seal and publish and declare this to be a codicil to my last will and testament in the presence of the witness hereunder attesting the same this ninth day of August in the year Eighteen hundred & sixty.

E.H. Eldredge {seal}

            Signed sealed published & declared by the aforementioned Edward H. Eldredge as and for a codicil to his last will and testament in the presence of us the subscribers who in his presence and at his request and in the presence of each other have here subscribed our names as witnesses hereto.

William A. Brigham
L.H. Briggs
R. Rogerson, Jr.

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            I Edward H. Eldredge of Newton in the County of Middlesex and Commonwealth of Massachusetts, merchant (formerly of Boston in the County of Suffolk and said Commonwealth) make publish and declare the following as a second codicil to my last will and testament which said will bears date the twenty second day of April A.D. 1857 and is attested by R. Rogerson, Jr., L.H. Briggs, and Miles Washburn and the first codicil whereto (and which is annexed to it) bears the date the ninth day of August A.D. 1860 and is attested by William A. Brigham, L.H. Briggs, and R. Rogerson, Jr. Mr. Rogerson having lost his father by death is now called Robert Rogerson. And I hereby republish and confirm the said will and the said first codicil subject to the provisions of the second codicil.
            First--Desiring to relieve my wife from what I know would be a source of considerable care and annoyance to her and at the same time to testify my confidence in my friend Robert Rogerson of said Boston who has been my confidential clerk for many years, and is thoroughly conversant with my affairs. I revoke that portion of my said will by which I appoint my wife a one of the executors thereof and I appoint the said Rogerson to be one of the executors thereof in her stead, and it is my will that no bond be required of him in that capacity. I do not wish to alter those parts of said will by which my wife is appointed a trustee and a guardian.
            And I do give and bequeath to the said Rogerson in consideration of his services as such executor if he shall accept the trust the sum of Twelve hundred dollars. And I do also give and bequeath to the said Rogerson as a token of my high respect for his character (whether he shall accept said trust or not) the sum of twelve hundred and fifty dollars.
            Secondly--In addition to what I have given in and by said first codicil to Elise H. Welch, I now give and bequeath to her the sum of forty five hundred dollars and also the mortgages which I hold upon the real estate of her mother and the debt secured thereby. And I further give and bequeath to the said Elise H. Welch still another sum of five hundred dollars in order that she may devote it to an object which I know she has much at heart, but I wish to give it to her absolutely and untrammeled[?] by any trust.
            Thirdly--In addition to what I have given in and by said first codicil to my sister, Mrs. Hannah W. Greene, I now give and bequeath to her if she survive me, the sum of five hundred dollars to her sole and separate use. And I give and bequeath to each of my two sisters Mrs. Maria McClellan and Mrs. Elizabeth Bangs if they respectively survive me the sum of one thousand dollars to their sole and separate use respectively.
            Fourthly--I advise my wife in the management of her pecuniary affairs to rely upon the advice of my friends in whose capacity and integrity she knows that I have confided, and while I do not wish to cast any imputation upon the character of her half brother Mr. John L. Heard I do earnestly recommend and enjoin her to avoid as completely as possibly any connection or communication with him upon or respecting business of any description.
            Fifthly--I give and devise to my said wife Elizabeth T. Eldredge the estate in said Newton upon which my mansion house is situated and on which we have lately resided with all my lands and grounds about and adjoining the same, to have and to hold the same to her for and during the term of her natural life without impeachment of any manner of waste actual or permissive and I hope she will make it her principal place of residence so long as she may live, but do not wish to subject her to the least constraint in this particular. We have taken great pleasure together in arranging and beautifying the grounds and buildings connected with the estate and I should be sorry to picture it to my imagination as the abode of any persons but those whom I love and who will remember me with affectionate regard.
            Sixthly--In addition to what I have given to my wife by my said will and codicils I give and bequeath to her all my wines, horses, carriages & harnesses and generally all the articles of personal property used about or in connection with the said estate to her own sole use absolutely. In testimony whereof I have to this second codicil to my last will and testament set my hand and seal this twentieth day of April in the year of our Lord eighteen hundred and sixty five the said second codicil being written upon two sheets of paper and my signature being for the sake of convenience here placed at the head of the sixth page thereof.

E.H. Eldredge {seal}

            Signed sealed and published and declared by the aforenamed testator Edward H. Eldredge as and for a second codicil to his last will and testament in the presence of us the subscribers who in his presence and in that of each other and at his request have here subscribed our names as witnesses hereunto. And the said testator at the same time and in our presence republished and confirmed his said last will and the first codicil thereto subject to the provisions of this codicil and caused the two sheets of paper on which this codicil is written to be annexed to said will and said first codicil which had previously been annexed to each other. Eleven words on the fourth page of this codicil having been first erased.

Theresa Matthews of Colbrook, NH
Eleanor Armstrong Boston
Catherine Slattery Boston

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            I the aforesaid Edward H. Eldredge make and publish and declare the following as a third codicil to my last will and testament hereto annexed.
            My brother Charles W. Eldredge having been unfortunate in business of late years and having in consequence thereof and without any fault on his own part become indebted to me in a considerable sum of money. I give and bequeath to him the sum of six thousand dollars to be deducted from such indebtment. I also give and bequeath to my brother in law John McClellan, M.D. of Philadelphia, Pa. the sum of two thousand dollars as a mark at once of my high esteem for his character and of my grateful sense of his attentions to me during my present illness. I give and bequeath, further to my niece Mary McClellan the youngest daughter of Dr. John McClellan the sum of five hundred dollars.
            In testimony whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal this twenty fourth day of April in the year of our Lord Eighteen hundred and sixty five.

E.H. Eldredge {seal}

            Signed sealed and published and declared by the aforenamed testator Edward H. Eldredge as and for a third codicil to his last will and testament hereto annexed in the presence of us the subscribers who in his presence and in the presence of each other and at his request have here subscribed our names as witnesses hereunto this twenty fourth day of April A.D. 1865

Theresa Mathews Colbrook, NH
Eleanor Armstrong
Catharine Slattery

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Maude (Cargyle) Elliot
5 February 1930

Will Book H pgs. 273-275
[Glynn County Probate Court]

Georgia, Glynn County:
            I, Maude Cargyle Elliot, of said State and County, being of sound and disposing mind and memory, do make this my last will and testament, hereby revoking and annulling all others by me heretofore made.
            First:  I desire and direct that my body be buried in a decent and Christianlike manner, suitable to my circumstances and condition in life.
            Second:  I desire and direct that all my debts be paid without unnecessary delay by my Executor hereinafter named and appointed.
            Third:  I give and bequeath to my beloved son, Cargyle Elliot, the Western one-half of Old Town lot number three hundred and sixty-three (363) in the City of Brunswick, Glynn County, Georgia.
            Fourth:  I hereby give and bequeath to my beloved husband Chester L. Elliot, a life estate in the net profits of my estate which I may own at the time of my death, it being understood the said estate is to be kept intact during his lifetime, and at his death all of my said property shall be kept by my Executor hereinafter named and appointed intact for a period of twenty years from the date of my death in trust for the benefit of my children, Ethel Elliot Heald, Cargyle Elliot, Maude Elliot Boyd, Monroe Elliot, and Louise Elliot McCrary, and at the end of said twenty years from the date of my death the said property is to be divided by me Executor hereinafter named and appointed among my said children, share and share alike, and if any of said children should depart this life before said time, then his or her child or children (my grandchild or grandchildren by departed son or daughter) shall receive such share, and if there is not said grandchild or grandchildren by my said departed son or daughter, then the dead child’s share shall revert to her or his then living brothers and sisters.
            Fifth:  I hereby constitute and appoint my said beloved husband, Chester L. Elliot, the sole Executor of this my last will and testament, and I expressly confer upon him power as such to administer my estate, excusing him from giving bond or making any returns to the Ordinary, and at his death my said children, Ethel Elliot Heald, Cargyle Elliot, Maude Elliot Boyd, Monroe Elliot, and Louise Elliot McCrary, the beneficiaries under this will, or a majority of them then in life, shall select an Executor to hold my estate intact for said period of twenty years, and the said Executors so selected by a majority of said children shall manage my estate and divide the net profits equally among my said children or their children as above state, share and share alike, on the first day of each and every month, and the said Executor so selected shall have authority, upon consent of a majority of the beneficiaries, in any instance where he may deem it necessary and proper to borrow money for the use of my said estate and secure the same by lien, mortgage, security deed or trust deed, or other form of security to or upon any part of my estate, not hereinbefore specially divided; this he may do without the order of any Court.
            This 5th day of February 1930.

Maude Cargyle Elliot {L.S.}

            Signed, sealed, declared and published by Maude Cargyle Elliot, as her last will and testament, in the presence of us, the undersigned, who subscribe our names hereto, in the presence of said Testatrix, after she had signed her name thereto, and at her special instance and request, and in the presence of each other.
            This 5th day of February 1930.

F.M. Scarlett {L.S.}
Julia M. Dart {L.S.}
John J. Gilbert {L.S.}

 

Georgia, Glynn County:
            Whereas, I, Maud Cargyle Elliot, did on the 5th day of February 1930, sign, seal, declare and publish my last will and testament in the presence of F.M. Scarlett, Julia M. Dart, and John J. Gilbert, who signed said will as witnesses; and whereas I am desirous of adding an additional bequest and devise in the said will, I, therefore make and publish this codicil to said will and testament.
            1.  I hereby give, bequeath and devise to my beloved children Ethel Elliot Heald, Cargyle Elliot, Maud Elliot Boyd, Monroe Elliot and Louise Elliot McCrary, share and share alike, the Western one-half of Old Town Lot Number Three Hundred and Sixty-Three (363) in the City of Brunswick, in Glynn County, Georgia.
            This bequest changes my bequest as state in paragraph Three of said will dated the 5th day of February 1930.
            2.  Inasmuch as my beloved husband Chester L. Elliot has departed this life since the execution of said will dated the 5th day of February 1930 I desire that the residue of my estate be kept intact by my Executor for a said period of twenty years as stated in said will, and the Executor be selected as stated in paragraph Fifth of said will.
            This 16th day of October 1935.

Maud C. Elliot (Seal)

            Signed, sealed, declared and published by Maud Cargyle Elliot, as a codicil to her last will and testament, in the presence of us, the undersigned, who subscribed our names hereto in the presence of said Testatrix, after she had signed her name thereto and at her special instance and request, and in the presence of each other.

            This 16 day of October 1935.

Carey R. Sutlive (Seal)
Cecille Sutlive (seal)
Maude Bunkley (seal)

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Robert Hammond Everett
19 October 1932

Will Book H pg. 278
[Glynn County Probate Court]

Brunswick, Ga.  October 19th. 1932
            This is to make known and to certify that I have on this day and date mentioned above, give (sic) and bequeathed to my beloved Daughter, Marie A.  Everett, all of the land of every description which may be found belonging to me at my death,  She being the only daughter born to us—Were Six Sons—Robert,  Frank,  Plumber Harry,  Richard and Livingston.  All of whom are still living—Unless it may be Frank whom I have not seen nor known of his whereabouts for more than thirty (30) years.  I take it,  that either one or all of these Sons,  are more and better qualified to make a living than this precious Daughter, who for full twenty (20) Years,  has been our Main dependence [sic] takes care of us when sick and chiefly supports us while living—in witness whereof

I herby affix my Signature.

Robert H.  Everett
Witness

This instrument does not mean, nor is not intended that I shall not sell any or all of said land or use it in any way I may see proper while living, but is only valuable to this our only Daughter at my death.

Robert H. Everett
Witness

Witnesses

R.R.  MacGregor
J.R.  Nutt.
Gordon MacGregor.

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John Fahm
11 August 1928

Will Book H pgs. 151-152
[Glynn County Probate Court]

Georgia Glynn County

            I, John R. Fahm, of the County and State aforesaid, being of sound mind and disposing memory, do make and publish this as my last will and testament, hereby revoking and annulling all others by me previously made.
            Item 1:  It is my desire and I hereby direct that my body be buried in a Christian like manner, suitable to my circumstances and condition in life.
            Item 2:  It is also my desire and I hereby direct that all my just debts be promptly paid by my Executrix, hereinafter appointed, out of my insurance, my insurance I believe being sufficient to take care of an pay all indebtedness, without selling any of my property for that purpose.
            Item 3:  I give, devise and bequeath, unto my beloved wife, Mrs. Frances Vinson Gelow Fahm, all of my property, or every kind and character, wherever situate, unconditionally, she and I having no children and I have no other legal heirs.
            Item 4:  I hereby name and appoint my beloved wife, Mrs. Frances Vinson Gelow Fahm, as my sole and only executrix, of this my last will and testament, and confer upon her full and complete power as such to fully and completely administer upon my said estate, and excuse or relieve her from the giving of any bond or the making of any returns to the Court of Ordinary, or the making of any reports thereto about said estate, and expressly confer upon her full power and authority to sell or encumber, any part thereof for any purpose, at either public or private sale and without the giving of any notice for that purpose, making good and sufficient conveyance or conveyances thereof unto the purchaser or purchasers thereof.
            Item 5:  My beloved wife Mrs. Frances Vinson Gelow Fahm, may from time to time, after my death, need advice as to what to do and how to handle said estate or some matter connected therewith, and I hereby direct and it is my desire that she consult or confer with my friends Mr. C.T. Calnan and R.C. Lindsay, both of whom I am certain will gladly advise her in all matters pertaining to my estate without charge.
            Item 6:  Being satisfied that my insurance will be ample to pay off all indebtedness against my estate at my death, it is my desire and I hereby direct my beloved wife Mrs. Frances Vinson Gelow Fahm, not to sell or encumber my farm and live stock in the Sterling settlement, for any purpose, but hold and keep the same for her home after I am gone.  I have several times told my wife who I owed and the amounts I owe and she is familiar with all that and should have very little trouble paying them off out of the insurance money I leave.
            This the 11th day of August 1928.

J.R. Fahm, Testator

            Signed, sealed, declared and published by John R. Fahm, as his last will and testament, in the presence of each of the undersigned witness, who subscribed our names hereto in the presence of said testator and in the presence of each other, and at his special instance and request, after said testator had signed his name hereto.
            This the 11th day of August, 1928.

Walter M. Odum
Mrs. Ida D. Northington
, R.N.
Eolas J. Cogdell
Attesting Witnesses

 

Georgia Glynn County
            I do solemnly swear that this writing contains the true last will and testament of John R. Fahm, so far as I know or believe and that I will well and truly execute the same in accordance with the laws of Georgia.
            So Help Me God.

Mrs. J.R. Fahm

Sworn to and subscribed before me, this 10th day of September 1928, Edwin W. Dart, Ordinary, Glynn Co. Ga.

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Mary I.B. Fahm
11 October 1927

Will Book H pg. 134
[Glynn County Probate Court]

State of Georgia County of Glynn

            Know all men by these presents, that I, the undersigned, Mrs. Mary I.B Fahm, of the City of Brunswick, Glynn County, Georgia, being of sound and disposing mind and memory, do make this my last will and testament, hereby revoking and annulling all other by me heretofore made, at any time, if made.
            Item 1:  I desire and direct that my body be buried in a decent and Christianlike manner, suitable to my circumstances and condition in life.
            Item 2:  I desire that all of my just debts be paid without unnecessary delay by my Executor hereinafter appointed.
            Item 3:  I hereby give, devise and bequeath unto my son, Grover C. Fahm of Brunswick, Georgia, all of my property, wherever the same may be situate, and of whatever kind or character the same may be, to him and his heirs forever.
            Item 4:  I hereby name and appoint my said son, Grover C. Fahm, as Executor of this my will.  And I expressly confer upon him power as such to administer my estate, excusing him from giving bond, or making any returns to the Ordinary of said County.  And I expressly confer upon him full power and authority to sell any part or portion of my estate, at public or private sale, with or without notice, as he may deem best, and without any order of any Court, whatever, thereunto authorizing, making good and sufficient conveyance to the purchaser or purchasers, and holding the proceeds of such sale to the uses and trust above declared.  I further expressly confer upon him the power and authority to borrow money for the use of said estate, in any instance where he may think it necessary and proper, and to secure the same by lien, mortgage, security deed or trust deed, or other form of security to, or upon any part of my said estate; as to him in his uncontrolled discretion may appear right and proper.
            This October 11th, 1927.

Mrs. Mary I.B. Fahm, Testatrix

            Signed, sealed, declared and published, by the said Mrs. Mary I.B. Fahm, as her last will and testament, in the presence of us, the undersigned, who subscribe our names hereto, in the presence of the said testatrix, after she had first signed her name thereto, and at her special instance and request; she signing in our presence, and we signing in her presence, and in the presence of each other.

J.L. Vickers
R.L. Googe
J.W. Anderson
3 Witnesses, all of Brunswick, Georgia

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Albert Fendig
18 February 1915 or 1925

Will Book H pgs. 161-162

State of Georgia}
County of Glynn}      

            I, Albert Fendig, of said county, being of sound and disposing mind, hereby make, publish and declare this as my last will and testament, hereby revoking all other wills heretofore made by me.
            Item I--I give, devise and bequeath all property, real and personal, and of every kind and character and wherever located, of which I shall die seized and possessed, to my wife, Rosalie Fendig.
            Item II--I hereby nominate and appoint my said wife Rosalie Fendig as executrix of this my will, and as such she shall not be required to give any bond or make any returns accountings or reports to any court.  My said executrix shall have full and complete right, power and authority as such to sell and dispose of any property, real or personal, of which I shall die seized and possessed at private sale and upon such terms and for such considerations as she may desire in the full exercise of her discretion and without obtaining any order of court therefore, and she shall have full and complete control of all of said property, using her discretion in making sales of any part thereof for the purpose of paying debts, and in order that the estate may be promptly and completely administered so that she may take full possession and control as such legatee of all said property that shall not be required to be disposed of for the payment of debts, if there should be any such. 
            In witness Whereof, I have hereunto set my hand on this the 18th day of Feby. 1915.

Albert Fendig

            Signed, published and declared by Albert Fendig as his last will and testament in the presence of the undersigned, who subscribe their names hereto as witnesses at the instance and request of said testator, and in his presence and in the presence of each other.

This the 18th day of Feby. 1925 

Thelma R. Richardson Post Office address, Brunswick, Ga.
D.C. Staley Post Office address, Brunswick, Ga.
C.P. Dusenbury Post Office address, Brunswick, Ga.

Probated 14 June 1926.

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William B. Fisher
30 March 1886

Will Book G pgs. 508-510

Last Will and Testament of William B. Fisher, Merchant, residing at Newark, in the State of New Jersey.
            I, William B. Fisher, being of sound mind and memory, do make, publish and declare this to be my Last Will and Testament, hereby revoking all other wills by me at any time made.
            First:  I do hereby direct that all my just debts and funeral expenses be paid out of my estate as soon as conveniently may be after my decease.
            Second:  I hereby give and bequeath unto my beloved wife, Hettie C. Fisher all my household furniture, library, books, pictures, silver plate, wearing apparel, jewels, horses, wagons, harness, and the proceeds of Life Insurance Policies, issued or to be issued to me by any Life Insurance or other like Corporation or association or society whatsoever, and that may be by me held at my decease, which by the terms of said policies or any of them, provide for payment to my said wife of the proceeds of said policies:  the same to be held and enjoyed by her in her own right forever.
            Third:  I do hereby give and bequeath unto Alfred A. Reeves of the city of Newark aforesaid and to my brother, David C. Fisher, residing at Fort Wayne in the State of Indiana, and the survivor of them as Trustees as hereinafter mentioned; the sum of Ten thousand dollars ($10,000) in cash to be paid to them out of my estate as soon as conveniently may be after my decease, upon the following Trust, that is to say:  To invest the said fund of Ten thousand dollars ($10,000) in any of the following securities:  First Mortgages of good improved Real Estate, or the bonds issued by the government of the United States of America, or by any of the States or Incorporated cities of the United States as my said trustees in their judgment may deem most expedient, secure and profitable and to keep the same so invested and the income and profits thereof to pay unto my beloved sister Henrietta B. Fisher, now residing at Newark, aforesaid, for the term of her natural life:  and at her death it is my will and I do hereby direct, authorize and empower my said trustees and the survivor of them to distribute the said principal sum of Ten Thousand dollars; and any unappropriated interest remaining in their hands among all my children when they or any of them shall attain the age of twenty one years:  that is to say; on reaching the age of twenty one years, the said Trustees or the survivor of them shall pay to each child his or her share of said fund, the same to be held and enjoyed by each of said children forever.
            And I do hereby authorize and empower my said Trustees and the survivor of them in their discretion, to sell and convey and to change the investments of the said fund and to execute proper conveyances thereof from time to time provided, however, that the said fund at all times shall be kept invested in securities of the class hereinabove specified and not otherwise.
            Fourth:  And I do hereby authorize and empower my executrix hereinafter named if she deemed it expedient so to do; to sell and convey and execute proper conveyances of all the rest and residue of my said estate real and personal, not otherwise hereby disposed of an to convert the same into money, and the same to distribute in equal shares among herself and my said children that may survive me each to take and equal share of my said estate, that is to say, if at my death two children and my wife survive me, then the residue of my estate shall be divided into three equal parts, to one of which my said wife shall be entitled, and my said children shall be entitled, and my said children shall be entitled to the remaining two shares, each child to take one of them.
            Provided, however, and I hereby direct my said executrix to invest and keep invested in good safe securities of the class hereinabove specified, the share or shares hereby bequeathed to each of my said children, until each of them attain the age of twenty-five years and the income of such share or shares, to appropriate to the proper support; maintenance and education of each child or children, during the minority of each of them, and when any of said children shall attain the age of twenty-five years, I do hereby authorize and direct my said executrix to pay to such child the share to which he or she may be entitled under and by this will.
            And I do hereby empower my said executrix, to sell and convey the securities and change the said investments from time to time as she may deem expedient so to do; and to execute proper conveyances therefore.  Provided however that the residue of my said estate at all times shall be kept invested in securities of the class hereinabove specified.
            Lastly.  I do hereby nominate and appoint my said wife Hettie C. Fisher the sole executrix of this my last will and the guardian of my children during the minority of each of them.
            Witness my hand and seal this Thirtieth day of March in the year of our Lord, one thousand eight hundred and eighty six.

William B. Fisher {L.S.}

            Subscribed, sealed, published and declared by the said testator in presence of each of us to be his last Will and Testament, who at his request in his presence and in the presence of each other have hereunto subscribed our names as witnesses hereto this thirtieth day of March A.D. 1886 at the city of New York in the State of New York.

H.A. Smith, 155 West 23rd St. New York.
Thomas A. Ross, 202 West 52nd St. New York City.
Joseph P. Osborne, 262 Broad St., Newark, New Jersey.

Recorded July 10, 1891 E.C.P. Dart Ordinary

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Thomas Forman
15 January 1868
Will Book G pgs. 428-430

Exhibit A

State of Georgia
Chatham County

In the name of God Amen!

            I Thomas M. Forman of the County and State aforesaid being of sound disposing mind and memory do make publish and declare this my last Will and Testament hereby revoking and making null and void all other last wills and testaments heretofore by me at any time made.
            1.  First--I direct all my just debts to be paid out of my estate, by my Executors hereinafter named.
            2.  Second--Having already made proper provisions for my wife Helen B. Forman by articles of separation[?] heretofore entered into between us.  I give her nothing by this will; and make this explanation here to prevent any difficulties or embarrassments which might arise hereafter out of the silence I herein observe concerning her.
            3.  Third--I give and bequeath to my daughter Florida Troup Forman and Gabriella Brooks Forman the sum of Five thousand dollars, to be equally divided between them.  I give them no more because they are beneficiaries of the trust created by the articles of separation hereinbefore agreed to.
            4.  Fourth--After the payment of the said sum of Five thousand dollars, I give, devise and bequeath the remainder of my Estate as follows.
            One fifth thereof, with my Randolph watch, to my son John Scriven Bryan.
            One fifth to my daughter Mrs. Augusta F. Wayne.
            One fifth to my daughter Mrs. Georgia Bryan Courad.
            One fifth to my daughter Helen May Forman.
            One fifth to my son John Scriven Bryan and my nephew Henry Bryan, and the survivor of them, in trust, nevertheless to have and to hold the same, to and for the sole use of my son Hugh Bryan during his natural life, and from and after his death for his lawful issue then living, share and share alike.
            And I hereby explicitly declare it to be my will and intention, that if either of my said children John S., Augusta F., Georgia B., Helen May and Hugh shall die before me, the devise or bequeath herein made to him or her, shall go to his or her lawful issue having at the time of my death, if any; and if none then living then to the survivors of my said children or their issue living at my death, share and share alike.
            5.  Fifth--I nominate and appoint my son John Scriven Bryan and my nephew Henry Bryan to be the Executors of this my last will and testament.
            In witness whereof, I have hereunto set my hand and seal this fifteenth day of January Eighteen hundred and Sixty Eight.

Thomas M. Forman

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Georgia}
Glynn County}

            I do hereby publish and declare this present writing as and for a codicil to my last will and testament above written--Viz-
            First--In the event of the death of either of my daughters Florida Troup and Gabriella Brook before me, without issue, I direct that the survivors of my said two daughters shall receive the whole of the sum of Five thousand dollars bequeathed to my said daughters, in and by the Third item of my said will; and if either should so die leaving issue, then I direct that her share shall go to such issue.
            Second--I desire that the sum of One Thousand dollars now in the hands of George H. Kyle Esquire of Baltimore, Maryland, for the benefit of a coloured woman named Martha Burke for her lifetime shall upon the death of the said Martha Burke be paid by him to my son-in-law Robert P. Wayne and my daughter Augusta F. Wayne, his wife, in trust for their infant son Thomas Forman Wayne, to be kept by them, at interest, until their said infant son shall attain the age of twenty one years, when the same, with all the accumulated interest, shall be paid to him.
            Third--As all of my estate, except the house and lot in Brunswick consists of bonds and mortgages which are not due until December A.D. 1872 and as it is not probably that my debtors will pay before that time; I direct that as fast as any amount shall be received of the principal of the said bonds and mortgages, it shall be safely invested, and the estate be divided as soon as practicable after the 1st day of January A.D. 1873; the interest being paid in the mean time to my children in proportion to the bequests made to them in my said will.
            Fourth--All promissory notes and other evidences of debt of my son Hugh Bryan, whether endorsed by me or not, which may be found among my papers at my decease, I give and bequeath to my said son Hugh and direct my executors to deliver the same to him, my intentions being that he shall not be liable therefore to any estate.
            Fifth--I nominate and appoint my son-in-law Robert P. Wayne to be Executor of my will and this codicil, together with those already named.
            And if the laws of Maryland and Delaware require Executors resident in those States, I appoint my friend George H. Kyle of Baltimore to be Executor in Maryland, and my friend George P. Rodney of Newcastle, to be my Executor in Delaware.
            In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal at Brunswick in Glynn County aforesaid this twenty fourth day of May Eighteen hundred and sixty nine.

Thomas M. Forman  {LS}

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William Fort
1 April 1875

Will Book G pgs. 445-446
[Glynn County Probate Court]

State of Georgia Glynn County

            In the Name of God Amen.  I William Fort being of sound mind but feeble in body and health knowing I must soon leave this world forever, and appear before my maker, sensible that all my transactions should be settled ere this body returns to its mother dust from whence it came.
            Art 1st.  I give and bequeath to my beloved brother Peter Smith all my premises except my house and yard and garden where myself and wife now residing.
            Art. 2nd.  I do furthermore give and bequeath to my dear and beloved wife Neomi Fort my house yard and garden which is attached to said premises for her sole and benefit and behoof in fee simple forever during her natural life and at her death the said premises house yard and garden will then revert to the said Peter Smith with all the appurtenances thereto belonging to have and to hold the said premises to himself his heirs and assigns forever in fee simple.
            Art. 3rd.  And in consideration of the above devised property the said Peter Smith is to take care of myself and wife during our natural lives.
            Art. 4th.  And do further give and bequeath to my son Adam Smith the natural son of my wife Neomi Fort five dollars for his sole benefit & behoof.
            Art. 4th [sic].  I do give and bequeath one sow to my step daughter Charlotte Lewis, also on sow to my step daughter Suckey Almond.  And also do give to my other step daughter Olive Wright one sow.  The above described property consists of three head of stock hogs and increase thereof to the sole benefit and behoof of the above named step daughters of my wife Neomi Fort.  The same to have and to hold during their natural lives and also my household & kitchen furniture after my death to be equally divided among all my other heirs at law.
            Art. 5th.  And lastly I do constitute and appoint my beloved brother Peter Smith my sole executor at law and to carry out this my last will and testament whereby revoking all other wills & testaments heretofore made by me.  And to pay all my legal debts.  And after my decease to have my body decently buried according to my situation in life.
            This 1st day of April A.D. 1875.

William x Fort {LS}
(his mark)

Signed sealed delivered & published in presence of

Henry x Brooks
(his mark)

James Duffey

 

Georgia Glynn County

            In person appeared before me a Notary Public & Ex. J.P. in an for the 26 Dist. G.M. Glynn County, Ga, Henry Brooks, who being duly sworn deposes and says that he say Wm. Fort deceased sign seal and deliver the within and foregoing will of his own free will and accord and for the purposes within set fort and said William Fort requested deponent to sign said will as a witness and that he saw James McDuffey sign his name as a subscribing witness to said will.

Henry x Brooks
(his mark)

Sworn to and subscribed before me this October 5th 1878, W.B.C. Coker, N.P. & E.J.P.

 

Ordinary’s Court October 16, 1887
            It is ordered by the Court the foregoing will be admitted to probation common form.  W.H. Berrie, Ordinary.

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Frances A. Fraser
18 March 1857
Will Book G pgs. 379-380

The last Will and Testament of Frances A. Fraser

Georgia Chatham County}

            I Frances A. Fraser of the City of Savannah and County and State aforesaid, do make and ordain this as my last Will and testament intending hereby to dispose of all the property both real and personal to which I may be entitled at my decease.
            First--To my nephew Alexander Campbell Wylly I leave all my plate or articles of silver.
            Second--To my nephew John Couper Fraser my negro slave [illegible word] woman Louisa together with her future issue.
            Third--To my Hamilton Couper [sic] I leave my negro slave Sci[?]
            Fourth--To my two nephews John C. Fraser and Hamilton Couper I leave as their joint property during their join lives, remainder over to their survivors of them in absolute property, my negro slave woman Tilla and request that in consideration of her faithful services to me, they will permit her to enjoy the proceeds of her own labor during the period of her natural life as fully as though she were left by me free.
            Fifth--To my three nieces Margaret W. Couper, Rebecca I. Couper, and Sarah L. Wylly I leave each one third of my residuary estate after the above mentioned specific legacies shall have been paid and in case of the death of one or more of my said nieces previous to my decease I leave my residuary estate to the survivor or survivors of them at my decease.
            Sixth--I appoint my nephews Hamilton Couper and John C. Fraser my executors of this my last Will and Testament.  I publish and declare this to be my last Will and testament intending[?] hereby to revoke and supersede all other wills by me made and have subscribed the same as my last will and testament this Eighteenth day of March in the year of our Lord One thousand and Eight Hundred and Fifty Seven.
            Subscribed as her last Will and Testament by Frances A. Fraser, who declared before us that she had subscribed her name as such and requested us to attest the same by signing as witnesses thereunto in her presence which we do this Eighteenth day of March A.D. 1857.

Alexander W. Couper
M.W. Wylly
Heriot L. Wylly

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Gustavus Friedlander
22 October 1887
Will Book G pgs. 501-502

            In the name of God Amen, I Gustavus Friedlander of the city and county of San Francisco, State of California of the age of 62 years and being of sound and disposing mind do make, publish and declare this my last will and testament in manner following that is to say:  I give and bequeath all my property both real and personal and whatsoever situated to my children Mary Ignatz Steinhart and Joseph Friedlander, they to share the same share and share alike.
            My real estate is situated in the City of Brunswick, Glynn Co., Georgia and some land in Glynn Co., Georgia.
            I ask and it is my wish that my former servants Deborah, Kate and her sister Tina be provided for as suits their nature for the balance of their natural life.
            I hereby appoint my son Joseph Friedlander and Ignatz Steinhart both of the city and of San Francisco the executors of this my last will and testament without bond; hereby revoking all former wills by me made.
            In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal this 22nd day of October AD 1887.

Gustavus Friedlander

            The foregoing instrument consisting of one page besides this was at the date thereof by the said Gustavus Friedlander signed and sealed and published as acknowledged and desired to be his last will and testament in the presence of us and that we then at his request and in his presence and in the presence of each other subscribed our names as witnesses thereto.

H.L. Gear city at law S.F. Cal.
A. Heyneman city at law S.F. Cal.

“Endorsed”

            Filed in the office of the clerk of the Superior Court in and for the city and county of San Francisco State of California, this 20th day of September AD 1888.

Wm. Ruddick clerk
by F.B. Haughton deputy clerk.

“Endorsed”

            Last Will and Testament of Gustavus Friedlander.

<Endorsed> Filed in the office of the clerk of the Superior Court in and for the city and county of San Francisco State of California this 20th day of September 1888.

Wm. Ruddick clerk
by F.B. Haughton deputy clerk.

Recorded August 8th 1889 E.C.P. Dart ordinary

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Alvan Davis Gale
29 October 1894

Will Book H pgs. 160-161
[Glynn County Probate Court]

State of Georgia Glynn County

            I, Alvan D. Gale, Senior, of said county and State, being of sound mind and disposing memory, and wishing while yet in life to give direction touching the disposition, after my death, of the worldly effects with which it has been the pleasure of Almighty God to trust and bless me, do make, publish and declare and execute this my last Will and Testament.
            Item First:  I will, devise and direct that my executor hereinafter named, see to it that I be given a Christian burial in keeping with my condition and circumstances while in life, and their discretion, as to the cost thereof, shall be uncontrolled and unrestrained.
            Item Second:  I further will, devise and direct, that so soon after my death as can be lawfully and properly done, my said executors pay off and discharge all of my just debts and legal liabilities.
            Item Third:  After the payment of my funeral expenses and all just debts and legal liabilities that may be left by me, I further will, devise, give and bequeath unto my beloved daughter, Mattie J. Gale, all of the rest, residue and balance of my estate, both real and personal, wherever situate, and of which I may die seized and possessed.
            Item Fourth:  I nominate, constitute and appoint as executors of this my last will and testament my son, L.D. Gale and said daughter, Mattie J. Gale; and I hereby authorize and empower my said executors to sell all, or any part of my said estate, real or personal, whenever in their judgment it is in best to do so, either at public or private sale, and with or without notice, as they please, (and upon these points their discretion shall be uncontrolled), for the purpose of raising money to pay any just debts that I may leave or otherwise carrying out the terms of this my last will and testament.
            In Testimony Whereof, I hereunto set my hand, this 29th day of October 1894.

A.D. Gale

            Signed, declared and published by Alvan D. Gale, Senior, as his last will and testament in the presence of us, the subscribers, who subscribe our names hereto in the presence of said testator, and at his special instance and request, and in the presence of each other.  He signing in our presence, and we in his.
            This 29th day of October 1894.

J.M. Bloodworth
G.V. Cate, Md.
S.H. Story

 

State of Georgia County of Glynn
            I, L.D. Gale, do solemnly swear that this writing contains the true last will and testament of the within named A.D. Gale, Sr., so far as I know and or believe, and that I will well and truly execute the same in accordance with the laws of the State.
            So help me God.

L.D. Gale

Sworn to and subscribed before me, this 14 day of February 1924, Edwin W. Dart, Ordinary, Glynn County, Georgia.

Recorded Feby. 22nd 1929.

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Frank Pierce Gale
12 December 1914

Will Book G pg. 759

State of Georgia, County of Glynn

            I, Frank P. Gale, of said County and State, being of sound and disposing mind and memory do make this my last will and testament hereby revoking and annulling all other, by me heretofore made.
            1st I desire and direct that my body be buried in a decent and christianlike manner, suitable to my circumstances and conditions in life.
            2nd I desire and direct that all my just debts be paid without unnecessary delay by my executor hereinafter named and appointed.
            3rd I give, bequeath and devise unto my sister, Susie R. Gale, my Grant Automobile, which is now in Atlanta, Georgia, and also my diamond ring which I am now wearing.
            4th I give and bequeath the balance and residue of my estate whether real or personal, one-half unto my son, L. Roy Gale, one-fourth to my sister Mattie J. Gale, and the balance of one-fourth to my sister, Susie R. Gale.
            5th I hereby constitute and appoint A.D. Gale the sole executor of this my last will and testament, and I expressly confer upon him power, as such, to administer my estate, excusing him from giving any bond, or making any returns to the contrary.
            This 12th day of December, 1914.

Frank P. Gale, (LS)

            Signed, sealed, declared and published by Frank P. Gale, as his last will and testament, in the presence of us, the undersigned, who subscribe our names hereto in the presence of said testator, after he had signed his name thereto, and at his special instance and request, and in the presence of each other.
            This 12th day of December, 1914.

B.F. Jones  (LS)
D.W. Middleton (LS)
R.L. Phillips (LS)

 

Georgia, Glynn County.
            I do solemnly swear that this writing contains the true last will of the within named Frank P. Gale, deceased, so far as I know and believe and that I will well and truly execute the same in accordance with the laws of the State.  So Help Me God.

A.D. Gale

Sworn to and subscribed before me, this 1st day of March 1915, Edwin W. Dart, Ordinary, Glynn Co. Ga.

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Mattie J. Gale
8 January 1920

Will Book H pgs. 76 & 77
[Glynn County Probate Court]

State of Georgia County of Glynn

            I, Mattie J. Gale, of said State and County, being of sound and disposing mind and memory, do make this my Last Will and Testament, hereby revoking and annulling all others by me heretofore made.
            FIRST:  I desire and direct that my body be buried in a decent and Christian like manner, suitable to my circumstances and condition in life.
            Second:  I desire and direct that all my just debts be paid with out unnecessary delay, by my executors hereinafter named and appointed.
            THIRD:  I give and bequeath unto my sister, Ella A. Gale, all my personal property except such as I shall specify in a letter to L.D. and Hoyt W. Gale and A.E. Leybourne of which I may die seized and possessed.
            FOURTH:  I give, bequeath and devise unto my brothers, L.D. and Hoyt W. Gale and H.E. Leybourne, all of my real estate, in trust, however, for the use and benefit of my sister, Ella A. Gale, during her life, and I hereby give to said trustees full power and authority to manage said real estate in such manner as they may deem for the best interest of my said sister, Ella A. Gale, during her life, giving said trustees the power to lease, convey, mortgage, assign, transfer, exchange and dispose of said real estate in any manner which may in their judgment be for the best interests of my said sister, with the limitation that the use of the income from or proceeds from said real estate shall be used for the sole benefit of my said sister, Ella A. Gale, during her life, and if said real estate should be sold, leased, mortgaged, transferred, conveyed, exchanged or otherwise disposed of by my said trustees, then any and all income therefrom or from any other property, whether personal or real, that shall accrue from said real estate, shall accrue from said real estate [sic], shall be used by my said trustees for the sole benefit of my said sister.
            FIFTH:  Upon the death of my sister, Ella A. Gale, I give, devise and bequeath said real estate, to my other sisters and brothers who may be living at the time of the death of my sister, Ella A. Gale, share and share alike, but it is my will that before the division among my other brothers and sisters shall be made that there shall be deducted from the said real estate, or the proceeds from the sale thereof, or from whatever property my estate may have been converted to by my said trustees, the sum of $500.00, which amount I direct my executors to secure from said property and pay the same to my brother, Hoyt W. Gale, and after the payment of the said $500.00 to my brother Hoyt W. Gale, then it is my wish that the said property shall then be divided equally, share and share alike, among my other sisters and brothers living at the time of the death of my sister, Ella A. Gale.
            This provision is made for the payment by me executors to my brother, Hoyt W. Gale, by reason of the fact that approximately that amount has been spent by him upon repairs to the homestead property.
            SIXTH:  I hereby constitute and appoint my brothers, L.D. and Hoyt W. Gale, A.E. Leybourne executors of this my Last Will and Testament, and I hereby expressly confer upon them power as such to administer my estate, excusing them from giving any bond or making any returns to the Court of Ordinary.
            Witness my hand this eight day of January 1920.

Mattie Jane Gale {LS}

            Signed, sealed, declared and published by Mattie J. Gale, as her Last Will and Testament, in the presence of us, the undersigned, who subscribe our names hereto in the presence of said testatrix after she has signed her name hereto in our presence, and at her special instance and request, and in the presence of each other, this day 8th day of January 1920.

Marie A. Peters
Virginia S. Scarlett
Frances P. Beach

 

Georgia Glynn County
            We do solemnly swear that this writing contains the true last will of the within named, Mattie J. Gale, deceased, so far as we know or believe, and that we will well and truly execute the same in accordance with the laws of the State.  So Help me God.

Hoyt W. Gale
L.D. Gale

Sworn to and subscribed before me, this 17th day of July 1923.  O.E. LeybourneEdwin W. Dart, Ordinary G.C. Ga.

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William R. Gale
2 January 1932

Will Book H pgs. 236-237
[Glynn County Probate Court]

            I, W.R. Gale of St. Simons Island, Georgia (Glynn County) being of sound mind and memory do make publish and declare this to be my last will and testament thereby revoking and cancelling [sic] all other or former wills and testaments by me made.
            First—All my just debts and funeral expenses shall be first fully paid.
            Second—I hereby give and bequeath to Clarance E. Clark and his wife Emmie E. Clark of St. Simons Island, Ga. the motor vehicle being used by me as my personal conveyance at the time of my decease.  I also give and bequeath to Clarance E. Clark and Emmie E. Clark whatever household furniture I own in the house where I now live and also all furniture in the Susan Crumady house, where J.D. Smith now lives.  I also will and bequeath to Clarance E. Clark and Emmie E. Clark the sum of three (300.00) hundred dollars (jointly).
            Third—I give and bequeath to Clarance E. Clark and Emmie E. Clark the following described property now owned by me on St. Simons Island Ga.  The lot known as Susan Crumady place situated in South end of St. Simons Island and consisting of one fourth acre more or less and being recorded in book 3-1 Folio 510 October 26-1917.  Also the lot adjoining the Susan Crumady place which I bought of Cornelia Murphy and containing one fourth acre more or less and recorded in book 3-1 Folios 686 April 8th 1918.  Also the lot adjoining the lot I bought of Cornelia Murphy, and containing one fourth acre more or less which I bought of Cornelia Murphy and Cassius Murphy and recorded in book 4-b Folio 356 Nov. 23-1928 and being the same place where Clarance E. Clark and Emmie E. Clark and myself now live.  I give the above three places or parcels of land with all improvements to Clarance E. Clark and his wife Emmie E. Clark for the term of their natural lives and at the decease of both of them, then to my nearest heir or heirs forever.
            Fourth—All the rest and residue of my estate I give to my sister Helen Jane White and her husband Walter W. White of (Norfolk, Virginia) forever.
            Fifth—I designate my brother-in-law Walter W. White as my executor to carry out the purposes of this will.  It is my desire that my executor act without bond and without compensation and that he be vested with all power to do all things necessary in carrying out my wishes as herein expressed.
            Done at Brunswick, Georgia, this 2nd day of Jan. 1932 in the presence of the undersigned who have this day witnessed my signature in my presence and in the presence of each other.

W.R. Gale {LS}

            We the undersigned hereby certify that W.R. Gale of St. Simons island, Ga. has signed the above in our presence and in the presence of each other and that the said W.R. Gale has declared the above to be his last will and testament.

Norman A. Way
W.H. Parker
A.M. Way

This 2nd day of January 1932.

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James Gignilliat
27 February 1821
Inventories & Appraisements Vol. D pg. 53

            I James Gignilliatt of the County of Glynn and State of Georgia intending an absence of some considerable time from the state do make this Instrument of writing my last Will and Testament I give and bequeath all the property that I may die possessed of both real and personal to the children of my Uncles John May Gignillatt and Henry Gignilliatt to be divided in equal proportions among them.
            I constitute and appoint Doctor James G. Peppin [Pepper?] & John M. Gignilliatt Esquires Executors of this my last Will and Testament. Signed & sealed this twenty seventh day of February in the year of our Lord one thousand eight Hundred and twenty one in presence of

James Gignilliat [sic] {LS}

Wm. Burnett
David E. Kemp
Caroline V. Pepper
Jacob Manning

Probated 3 May 1821

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John P. Golden
19 October 1932

Will Book H pgs. 270-271
[Glynn County Probate Court]

State of Georgia, County of Glynn
            I, John P. Golden, of said State and county, being of sound and disposing mind and memory, do make this my last will and testament, hereby revoking and annulling all others by me heretofore made.
            Item I:  I desire and direct that my body be buried in a decent and Christianlike manner, suitable to my circumstances and condition in life.
            Item II:  I desire and direct that all my just debts be paid without unnecessary delay by my Executrix hereinafter named and appointed, and I hereby bequeath to my executrixes for said purpose of paying my debts my Atlantic Coast Line Railroad Insurance policy, and if after paying my just debts there is any amount remaining I hereby give and bequeath the same to my Executrixes for the benefit of my two grandchildren as hereinafter state in Item V.
            Item III:  I give, bequeath and devise to my daughter-in-law, Jennie Irvin Golden, my undivided interest in all the residence property on Union Street, in the City of Brunswick, Glynn County, Georgia, and known as New Town lots numbered 1068, 1069 and 1070, together with all improvements thereon, and also all household furniture and personal property located therein or elsewhere which I may own at the time of my death.
            Item IV:  I give, bequeath and devise to my daughter, Mrs. Annie A. Dozier, all of my Brotherhood of Locomotive life insurance, which certificate therefore I have heretofore made payable to her, but in case she should depart this life before myself I desire and direct that said insurance be paid to my niece, Marion Dozier, she being the daughter of said Mrs. Annie A. Dozier.
            Item V:  I give, bequeath and devise to Mrs. Jennie Irvin Golden, as guardian for my two grandchildren, Irvin Patrick Golden and Edward S. Golden, Old Town lot numbered 49, located on Bay street in the City of Brunswick, Glynn County, Georgia, and also any balance from my Atlantic Coast Line Railroad insurance as stated in Item II, said balance from said insurance as well as the net proceeds from said property to be used for the education and maintenance of my said grandchildren, Irvin Patrick Golden and Edward S. Golden, and I hereby appoint their Mother, Mrs. Jennie Irvin Golden guardian of said property for said children, and said guardian is hereby authorized to sell, mortgage or convey said lot at any time she desires to do so and apply the proceeds derived therefrom to the trusts as hereinabove stated without the order of any Court.  In case of the death of said Mrs. Jennie Irvin Golden before both of said grandchildren reach the age of twenty-one years, then I hereby appoint W.H. Irvin, of Elberton, Georgia, as guardian of said grandchildren, giving him the powers which I have conferred upon the said Mrs. Jennie Irvin Golden, and in case of the death of either of said grandchildren before reaching majority then the surviving grandchild shall receive his brother’s share.
            Item VI:  I hereby constitute and appoint my daughter, Mrs. Annie A. Dozier, and my daughter-in-law, Mrs. Jennie Irvin Golden the sole executrixes of this my last will and testament, and I hereby expressly confer upon them power as such to administer my estate, excusing them from giving bond or making any returns to the Court of Ordinary of said Glynn County, Georgia, or to any other Court, and do all acts which they deem necessary in the premises, and convey any property not hereinbefore bequeathed which I may own at the time of my death at either public or private sale without the order of any Court, using the proceeds derived therefore for the uses and benefits as hereinbefore stated.
            This 19th day of October 1932.

John P. Golden (seal)

            Signed, sealed, declared and published by John P. Golden, as his last will and testament, in the presence of us the undersigned, who subscribed our names hereto in the presence of said testator, after he had signed his name thereto, and at his special instance and request, and in the presence of each other.
            This 19th day of October 1932.

Jenny Emanuel (seal)
Julia M. Dart (seal)
F.M. Scarlett (seal)

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Mattison Turner Goodbread
27 January 1941

Will Book H pg. 393
[Glynn County Probate Court]

State of Georgia, County of Glynn.
            I, M.T. Goodbread, of said County, being of sound and disposing mind and memory, do hereby make this my last will and testament, hereby revoking any and all others that I may have heretofore made.
            Item I:  It is my will and desire that my body be buried in a decent and Christian-like manner suitable to my condition and circumstances in life.
            Item II:  It is my will and desire that all of my just debts be paid without unnecessary delay by my executrix hereinafter named and appointed.
            Item III:  I give, bequeath and devise to my wife, Mrs. Marie Goodbread, all of my property of every kind and character, both real and personal, and wherever situate, to be hers absolutely and in fee simple forever.
            Item IV:  I hereby name, constitute and appoint my said wife, Mrs. Marie Goodbread, as Executrix of this will and I hereby expressly relieve her of making any inventory or appraisement of my estate and from giving any bond or making any returns to any court or officer thereof; all that shall be required of her being that she shall probate this will and then enter upon and take charge of all of my property as provided in Item III hereof.
            This the 27th day of January 1941.

M.T. Goodbread  his X mark {seal}

            Signed, sealed, declared and published by M.T. Goodbread as his last will and testament in the presence of the undersigned as witnesses thereto, being called individually and specially by the said M.T. Goodbread as witnesses to this will, he first singing the same in our presence, and we then signing as witnesses in his presence and in the presence of each other.
            This the 27th day of January 1941.

J.D. Baldwin
Mrs. John J. Cassidy
W.C. Little

 

            I, Mrs. Marie Goodbread, do solemnly swear that this writing contains the true Last Will of M.T. Goodbread, deceased, so far as I know and believe, and that I will well and truly execute the same in accordance with the laws of the State.  So help me God.

Marie Goodbread

Sworn to and subscribed before me this January 7th 1942, Edwin W. Dart, Ordinary.

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Charles Porter Goodyear, Jr.
28 September 1926

Will Book H pg. 199
[Glynn County Probate Court]

Georgia Glynn County

            I, C.P. Goodyear, being of sound mind and memory, do make this my last will and testament, hereby revoking all wills heretofore made by me.
            Item 1:  I direct that my executrix shall promptly pay all of my just debts.
            Item 2:  To my wife, Elizabeth M. Goodyear, I give, bequeath and devise all of my estate, both real and personal.
            Item 3:  I hereby name and appoint my wife, Elizabeth M. Goodyear, as executrix; and direct that she be relieved of giving any bond as such executrix, or of making any returns of her acts or doings as such; and that she shall have power of sale of any or all of my property without any order of Court; and that she shall not be required to secure any order approving such sale, and that the same be either at public or private sale.
           This 28th day of September 1926.

C.P. Goodyear

            The foregoing will signed and published by C.P. Goodyear as his last will and testament, in the presence of the undersigned, who subscribed our names hereto as witnesses at the instance and request of the said testator, and in his presence and in the presence of each other.
            This 28 day of September 1926.

S.H. Turner
J.M. Coker
Gerald Beach

Recorded April 24th 1931; Claude Dart, Clerk Court of Ordinary.

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Horace Bunch Gould
8 August 1879

Will Book G pg. 463
[Glynn County Probate Court]

Last will and testament of H.B. Gould, August 8th 1879.
            I give and bequeath all my property real and personal to my beloved wife Deborah Abbott Gould.

Horace B. Gould

Signed in the presence of:
Mary F. Gould
A.D. Gould
J.D. Gould
J.E. Gould

State of Georgia}
Glynn County}

            Before me came James D. Gould named as a witness to the within writing purporting to be Horace B. Gould’s last will and testament and being duly sworn saith he with Mary F. Gould, A.D. Gould & J.E. Gould at the request of said Horace B. Gould and in his presence did attest as witnesses the within writing as his the said Horace B. Gould’s last will and testament, that the same was signed and published by Horace B. Gould in their presence as his last will and testament, that he was at the time of said attestation and signing by himself of sound and disposing mind and memory and that he executed the within paper voluntarily.

Jas. D. Gould

Sworn to and subscribed before me this 4th day of October 1883, Edgar C.P. Dart Ordinary.

Recorded Oct. 5th 1883, E.C.P. Dart Ordinary.

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Clarence Blain Gowen
24 August 1950
Will Book I pgs. 129-130

LAST WILL AND TESTAMENT OF CLARENCE B. GOWEN

            I, CLARENCE B. GOWEN, of the County of Broward and State of Florida, being of sound and disposing mind and over the age of twenty-one years, do make this, my Last Will and Testament, and declare this my intention and purpose, herein and hereby, to dispose of all lands, personal estate and property of every kind which I may own at the time of my decease, together with all other property, real, personal or mixed of which I may have the power to dispose at the time of my decease and also all contingent, executory or other future interests in any real or personal estate, whether I may or may not be ascertained as the person or one of the persons in whom the same respectively become vested, hereby revoking all wills and testamentary papers at nay time by me heretofore made.
            FIRST:  I desire and instruct that all my just debt and the proper expenses of my funeral shall be fully paid as soon after my decease as the same may be done without inconvenience to my estate and the Executrix thereof.
            SECOND:  I give and bequeath to my son, CHARLES L. GOWEN, the sum of One Thousand ($1,000.00) Dollars in cash.
            THIRD:  I give ad bequeath to my son, GEORGE W. GOWEN, the sum of One Thousand ($1,000.00) Dollars in cash.
            FOURTH:  I give and bequeath to my daughter, GLADYS GOWEN FENDIG, the sum of One Thousand ($1,000.00) Dollars in cash.
            FIFTH:  I give, devise and bequeath all of the rest, residue and remainder of my estate and wherever situate, to my beloved wife, MARY JO GOWEN, in fee simple.

/s/ Clarence B. Gowen

            SIXTH:  I have made no provision in this, my Last Will and Testament, for the children of myself and my said wife, MARY JO GOWEN, for the reason that I recognize the great affection and love that my said wife has for my said children and I am confident tat she will provide for them to the best of her ability.
            SEVENTH:  I hereby nominate and appoint my wife, MARY JO GOWEN, as Executrix of this, my Last Will and Testament, and direct that no bond for the faithful performance of her duties as such Executrix be required of her and I hereby authorize and empower my said Executrix, if and whenever in her discretion it is deemed advisable for the payment of debts or for the purpose of liquidating my estate for cash and making distribution thereof in cash instead of in kind to forthwith sell the whole or any part of my real or personal property at public or private sale and to make, execute and deliver all deeds and instruments of transfer necessary or proper to pass the title thereto.
            IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand and seal to this, my Last Will and Testament, consisting of three (3) typewritten pages, on the margin of the first or which I have attached my signature for greater security and better identification this 24th day of August, A.D. 1950, at Fort Lauderdale, Broward County, Florida.

(s) Clarence B. Gowen (Seal)

            Signed, sealed, published and declared this 24th day of August, A.D. 1950, by the testator, as and for his last Will and Testament, in our presence, who, at his request and in his presence and in the presence of each other have hereunto set out hands as subscribing witnesses thereto.

William G. Miller, Jr. of Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.
Grace Gross of Delray Beach, Fla.
Gerry Miller of Fort Lauderdale, Fla.

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Edna L. Gowen
16 February 1932
Will Book H pgs. 233-234

State of Georgia, County of Glynn

            I, Edna L. Gowen, of the county of Glynn and State of Georgia, being of sound mind and disposing memory, and having in mind to make disposition of such estate as, in the Good Province of God, may be vested in me at the time of my death, do make, publish and declare this my last will and testament, hereby specifically revoking and annulling any and all writings of a testamentary character whatever that I heretofore may have made.
            Item I--I desire that all of my just debts shall be paid. 
            Item II--I give, devise and bequeath in trust unto the National Bank of Brunswick, a banking corporation organized under the laws of the United States of America with its principal office in Glynn County, Georgia, on bond of the principal amount of $1,000.00 of the 10 year 6% Gold Bonds due January 1, 1938, of the Central States Utilities Corporation, and two shares of the six per cent preferred stock of Central Telephone Company (being the bond and stock received by me from my father’s estate), for the following uses and trust specifically, to-wit:
                        (a) The said Trustee shall hold such property during the life of my beloved sister, Stella M. Latimer, of Fayette county, Iowa, and shall pay to her at regular intervals all of the income derived therefrom with full power to the said Trustee in its discretion to dispose of and sell the same, either at public or private sale, and reinvest the proceeds of the same, as may seem advisable from time to time, and upon the payment or call of the securities to invest the proceeds in like manner at its discretion, without obtaining any order or authority from any tribunal or court, but as fully in all respects , in accordance with the trust hereby created, as I could myself do were I in life seized or possessed of the same; with the further power and authority in the said Trustee, in its discretion from time to time, and without obtaining authority from any court or tribunal, to use any part or all of the corpus for the comfort and welfare of my said sister, should it determine that she be in need or want; and my said Trustee shall not be required to give any bond or make any report to any court or tribunal;
                        (b) Upon the death of my said sister, the residue and remainder of said property shall be equally divided and distributed among my three children, Charles L. Gowen, George W. Gowen, and Gladys Gowen Fendig, share and share alike, provided however that children of deceased children shall stand in the place of their deceased parents per stirpes and not per capita.
            Item II--Both my beloved husband and myself desiring that our children have homes of their own, I hereby give, devise and bequeath all the rest and residue of the property real and personal, remainders, reversions, interests, claims and demands whatsoever that I may have, own or possess at the time of my death unto my beloved children, Charles L. Gowen, George W. Gowen and Gladys Gowen Fendig, share and share alike, providing however that children of deceased children shall stand in the place of their deceased parents per stirpes and not per capita, with the hope that they will see fit to use the same as a nucleus for that purpose, in the event that they have not acquired homes previous to my death. 
            Item IV--I nominate, constitute and appoint my husband, Clarence B. Gowen and my son, Charles L. Gowen, executors of this my last will and testament. 
            Item V--My executors as hereinbefore nominated and appointed shall not be required to give any bond, and shall not be required to report to or make any returns whatever to any court, tribunal or officer, but they shall have full and ample and free power to deal with all and any part of my estate, and mortgage, encumber, sell or dispose of the same at their pleasure, at public or private sale, and as they may see fit from time to time, without necessity for obtaining any order or authority from any court or tribunal, but as fully and to the same extend in all respects that I could myself do were I in life seized or possessed of the same.
            In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and affixed my seal this the 16th day of February, A.D. 1932

Edna Latimer Gowen {L.S.} 

            Signed, sealed and published and declared as her last will and testament by her, the said Edna L. Gowen, in the presence of us, the undersigned, who after execution by her sign our names hereto as subscribing witnesses at her request, in her presence, and in the presence of each other. 

L.S. Robb Post Office address, Brunswick, Ga.
Harriet C. Dart Post Office address, Brunswick, Ga.
C.B. Conyers Post Office address, Brunswick, Ga.

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Hary Grant
10 March 1812
Inventories & Appraisements Vol. D pgs. 18 & 19

Charleston 10 March 1812

            Charleston State of South Carolina. In the name of God Amen. I Hary Grant of said state planter being of sound mind & memory do make this my last will and Testament revoking all others also all promises made verbaly [sic] all letters of bequeathments of whatever nature or kind prior to this date as my circumstances has changed not for the better with humility I offer up my soul to almighty God most humbly beseeching pardon and forgiveness of my sins and that I may meat in the mansions of Bliss my dear Daughter with regard to my property I leave it to those I hereinafter mention provided none of them go to Law about should either he, she, or they do it they loose their part or parts and to go amongst the heirs that are satisfied with my distribution. 1st all my just debts to be paid. Secondly I leave & bequeath to my wife Elizabeth Grant and her heirs Five thousand Dollars in lieu of all claims against my Estate to be paid her from the first asits[?] from my Estate by my Executors hereafter mentioned. Thirdly I leave in trust with my Executors the sum of seven thousand dollars to be disposed of agreeable to my letter of the 10th March 1813[?] addressed to them and have [illegible] also all my [illegible] furniture, Plate, Linen in Town & Country agreeable to Contents of said Letter. Fourthly I leave and bequeath all the remainder of my property real & personal to my dear Brother Robert Grant to be divided as he pleases amongst his children except my gold watch & chain to his son Hary and the sum of one thousand dollars to Miss Eliza Tappier[?] daughter of my friend Capt. Paul Tappier of New York. I nominate & appoint my respected friends William Drayton & Thomas W. Price Esquire and my Dear Brother Robert Grant to be my Executors and to dispose and do whatever they may think best with my property for the advantage of my heirs.
            Given under my hand and seal this tenth day of March one thousand eight hundred and twelve.

Hary Grant {LS}

Twenty pound Str. to my sister during her life.

Witness Saml. E. Axson, Alexr. Thompson, Lenord Elmes.

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Wm. Drayton, H.S.H.[?] Price & Robert Grant Esq. } Charleston 10th March 1813

            My Dear Friends,
            On the 10th March last I made my will wherein you will find I have nominated you my Executors and also trustees for my female friend Euphina Garvin[?] her children and two other boys of [illegible] Robert & Henry you will find by the third clause in my will I bequeath the sum of seven thousand dollars which you will lay out as follows. viz. the sum of two thousand dollars in the purchase of a house and lot for Euphina and her children the House & Lot for her during her life and at her death to go to her children by her with all my plate, linen & house furniture in Town also the sum of one thousand dollars at her own disposal and the further sum of two thousand dollars to be invested as you see best in [illegible] the interest to go towards the maintenance of her children until he or she may attain the age of 20 years and to be divided the principal share and share amongst them the children to. To Robert I bequeath him the sum of one thousand dollars and the like sum to his brother Henry with all my wearing apparel house furniture bed & bedding in the country or the value [illegible words].

Ever my Dear Friends yours
(signed) Hary Grant

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New York 17 December 1814

My Dear Brother

            I am sorry to inform you that I am rendered by my illness to such a degree of weakness that I am apprehensive I shall not have sufficient strength to overcome it. I have therefore thought it right to settle my account to this period with Capt. Tappier for which I have this day given him my Bond for the sum of one thousand dollars. The friendship attention and kindness I have experienced from Capt. Tappier and his whole family during my long illness merits my warmest gratitude and therefore it is my wish and desire of any monies on [illegible] or account of Georgia Lands from the United States commonly termed[?] the Yazoo license that the said Capt. Paul Tappier may be paid the further sum of one thousand dollars which you will please to communicate to the other Executors of my last will in your hands or wherever it may be left and I beg this request may be considered as a codicil to my said last will.

Hary Grant

Probated 16 August 1815

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Mary Elizabeth (Fraser) Grant
7 July 1873

Will Book G pgs. 449-450
[Glynn County Probate Court]

State of Virginia County of Frederick

            In the name of God Amen.  I, Mary Elizabeth Grant widow of the late Hugh F. Grant, formerly of Savannah, but now temporarily residing for the benefit of my health in the town of Winchester and state of Virginia, being of sound mind and memory do make publish and declare this as my last will and testament in manner following.
            Imprimus—I desire that all just debts chargeable by law upon my estate shall be paid.
            Item—I give and bequeath all property real and personal which at my death I may own or over which I may then have power of disposition to my children Maria E. King wife of Mallory P. King, Esq., Sarah A. Grant, H. Fraser Grant and Mary Louisa Grant, to them and their heirs forever; to be divided equally between them the child of a deceased parent (should any such there be at my death) inheriting the share of said deceased parent.  But should any of my said children die before or after my death leaving no children surviving them, then I will that the share to which such one of my said children if leaving would be entitled shall go to the others named as legatees in this my will to be divided share and share alike.
            And I desire and enjoin upon my executor to invest the share derived by my said daughters under this will in such property as my said daughters shall select in the name of such trustees as each of them shall select and to convey the same to such trustee to be held free from the debts con??? control of their several husbands.
            Item—I nominate and appoint my son Hugh Fraser Grant sole executor of this my will.
            In testimony whereof I the testatrix have hereunto set my hand and seal at Winchester in the said state of Virginia this 7th day of July Anno Domini Eighteen hundred and seventy three.

M.E. Grant  {LS}

Signed sealed published and declared as and for her last will and testament by the said testatrix in the presence of us who have in witness thereof at her request subscribed our names hereto in the presence of the said testatrix and each other.

W.C. Meredith
G. McGuire
Wm. P. McGuire

 

State of Georgia Chatham County
            I Mary E. Grant, the within named testatrix do hereby make and publish this codicil to be added to my last will and testament, bearing date the seventh day of July 1874, in manner following, to wit:  And whereas in my said will I did give and bequeath all of my estate to my children therein specified in fee simple I do hereby declare that it is my intent and will that one equal child’s share of my said estate shall go to the children of my daughter Fanny the late wife of Dr. Brailsford Troup as representatives of my said deceased daughter.
            In testimony whereof I the testatrix have hereunto set my hand and seal at Savannah in the state of Georgia this 27th day of April Anno Domini eighteen hundred and seventy five.

Mary E. Grant {LS}

Signed sealed published and declared as and for a codicil to her last will and testament by the said testatrix in the presence of us who have in witness thereof at her request subscribed our names hereto in the presence of the said testatrix and of each other.

Emily G. Johnstine
Ella M. Johnstine
Julia T. Johnstine

 

State of Georgia Glynn County
            I do solemnly swear that this writing contains the true last will of the within named Mary E. Grant deceased so far as I know or believe and that I will well and truly execute the same in accordance with the laws of the state so help me God.

H. Fraser Grant

Sworn to and subscribed before me this 11 Jany. 1882, Edgar C.P. Dart, Ordinary G.C. Ga.

Recorded this sixth of February 1882, Edgar C.P. Dart, Ordinary G.C. Ga.

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Robert Grant
22 January 1842
Inventories & Appraisements Vol. E pg. 18

State of Georgia }
County of Glynn }

            I Robert Grant of St. Simons Island County and State first named Do hereby make and declare this to be my last Will and Testament hereby also revoking all my other and former Wills. Imprimus I give and bequeath to my Daughter Elizabeth Helen Hogan at present the wife of Robert Hogan The sum of Three Thousand Dollars for her sole use and benefit and at her disposal without being subject to the control of her present or any future husband or husbands she may have.
            Item. I give and bequeath unto my Wife Sarah Grant all my remaining Estate Real and Personal of every description whether consisting of Lands, Negroes House furniture plate jewels Trinkets Bedding Table Linen, Horses Cattle & Stock of every kind carriages Pictures[?] Bonds, debts or money for the sole use and benefit of my Wife and to be at entirely her disposal. Lastly I do hereby nominate and appoint my wife Sarah Grant and H.F. Grant Executrix with every power required to carry my foregoing will into due effect.
            In witness whereof I have hereunto set my Hand and seal this

Robt. Grant {LS}

The amount of three thousand dollars left to my daughter Eliza Helen Hogan has been paid therefore she has no claim upon the Estate for the amount named in the Coda of the Will.

Robert Grant

Witness Hugh Fraser Grant

Signed sealed and acknowledged before us by Robert Grant as his last will and testament. This 22d January 1842.

Robert Hogan
Charles Grant
Thos. S. Bond
Hugh Fraser Grant

Probated 15 April 1844

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Absalom Hall
9 August 1832
Inventories & Appraisements Vol. D pg. 272

Georgia}
Glynn County}

In the name of God Amen

            I Absalom Hall of said County and State being of Sound mind but low of in [sic] bodily strength and knowing and believing it is a time appointed for man to die and believing my time has nearly come I make this as my last will and testament. I give my body to be decently buried after my decease and my Soul into the hands of God who gave it after paying my just and honest debts I give and bequeath unto my mother Wincy[?] Hall in Barron County in the State of Kentucky all my visible property real and personal the same when sold after my debts are paid and the money to be sent to my mother by my Executor and I do hereby appoint Samuel M. Burnett my trusty friend my only and sole Executor Witness I have set my hand and seal this 9th August 1832.

Absalom Hall {LS}

Henrietta C.R. Burnett
Phillander Broad
Henry A. Harris

Witnesses

Probated 3 September 1832

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Mary Elizabeth (Baskins) Hall
23 May 1922

Will Book H pg. 60+

State of Georgia}
County of Glynn}

            In the name of God; Amen.  I Mary Elizabeth Hall, a resident of said county for very many years, being of sound and disposing mind and memory, and desiring to dispose of my property, real, personal and mixed, during my life, but to take affect after my death, the more particularly as I have certain heirs at law, not devisees herein but nevertheless all of whom are well remembered, and now disclosed to wit, my sons Charles Crowder and John Crowder—the first of whom I have not heard from in the last ten years, and really do not know whether he is living or dead; and my grand sons Hugh Burford Flanders, Monroe Flanders and Willie Flanders, the children of my daughter Alice Flanders—nee Crowder—now deceased, who intermarried with Theodore Flanders, an my said grand children born of said marriage, and no other heirs at law whatsoever, do now make this my last will and testament, hereby revoking and annulling all other wills which may have been previously made.
            Item I.  I desire and direct, that my body be buried in a decent and christianlike manner, suitable to my circumstances and condition in life.
            Item II.  I desire and direct that all my just debts be paid without unnecessary delay, by my executors herein after nominated and appointed.
            Item III.  I give and bequeath and devise, to my son John Crowder, who now resides in Columbus, Georgia, and my grand son Hugh Burford Flanders, now residing in Brunswick, Georgia—with me—, all the property real personal and mixed, of which I die seized and possessed, or to which I am entitled or in any way interested, share and share alike; to say one half thereof, to John Crowder, and the other half to said Hugh Burford Flanders, for ever in fee simple.
            Item IV.  I hereby nominate and appoint as executors, of this my last will and testament, my son John Crowder, and my grand son Hugh Burford Flanders, and I expressly confer upon them, on in case only one qualifies as executors, then upon him so qualifying, full power to administer my estate.  Excusing my said executors from giving any bond, or making any returns of their actings and doings as such executors to the ordinary, or any court; and likewise excuse them from making any appraisement of my estate or any part thereof, and I expressly confer upon my said executors, full power and authority to sell my said estate or any part thereof, at public or private sale, which same rest in the discretion of my said executors, with or without notice, as they may elect, and without any order of court obtained for that purpose; and as such executors to make good and sufficient deed of conveyance, conveying said property so sold to the purchaser thereof; and I likewise confer upon my said executors, full power in their discretion to borrow money upon said estate, and secure the same by mortgage thereon, for the use of said estate, when ever in their discretion, they deem it conducive to the interest of said estate.
            Item 5.  In order that my reasons for so devising said estate, to my son John Crowder, and my grand son Hugh Burford Flanders exclusively, regardless of my other heirs at law, may be fully understood, my reasons are here and now stated.
            During all my latter years, the said John Crowder and the said Hugh Burford Flanders, have been unusually attentive to me and did all in their power, each according to his ability, to make my declining years peaceful and happy, and to contribute to all my needs, and because by that conduct, they have endeared themselves to me in every way, and hence my desire for them to have all my property at my death, as my only legatees; and not because of any ill feeling against any other heirs for apparent neglect.  This May 23rd A.D. 1922.

Mary E. Hall {seal}
Testatrix

Signed, sealed, declared and published by Mary Elizabeth Hall, the testatrix as her last will and testament, in the presence of us, the undersigned, who subscribe our names hereto, as witnesses in the presence of said testatrix, after she had signed her name thereto and at her special instance and request, and in the presence of each other, she signing in our presence, and we signing in her presence and in the presence of each other.

Frank H. Harris
Mrs. J.L. Lunsford
L.E. Harris

Probated 15 June 1922

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James Hamilton
16 July 1828

Inventories & Appraisements Vol. D pgs. 171-173

            I James Hamilton of Walnut Street in the city of Philadelphia and State of Pennsylvania being of sound and disposing mind and memory but knowing the uncertainty of Life do make and publish this my last will and Testament. Imprimus I give devise and bequeath to James Wilson of the City of Philadelphia aforesaid Spinster [? vaguely written above the name James looks like the name Janet] James Hamilton Couper of St. Simons State of Georgia Planter and George Woodruff and Thomas Cadwalader of the state of New Jersey Esq. & the Survivors and Survivors [sic] of them and to the Executors of the Survivor all my Real and Personal property of every description wheresoever or howsoever Situate together with the rents Issues Income and Profits thereof. In trust nevertheless that they the said Janet Wilson James Hamilton Couper, George Woodruff and Thomas Cadwalader the Survivors or Survivor of them and the Executor of the Survivor shall or may sell assign[?] transfer or dispose of my said Property or such parts or portions thereof as they or a Majority of them shall from time to time judge expedient or necessary to carry into effect the Several gifts Bequests and Objects of this my last Will and Testament as are herein after particularly expressed and declared---
            Also. I do hereby constitute and appoint the said Janet Wilson James Hamilton Couper George Woodruff and Thomas Cadwalader Executors of this my last Will and Testament. Also I desire my Executors to pay all my debts and funeral Expenses. Also I desire my Executors to pay to my son George yearly and every year during his life the sum of two thousand Dollars for the comfortable support in such sums and at such times as may best answer the purpose, but should my said Trustees and Executors or a majority of them be of Opinion that a larger Annuity would be made good use of and more especially should he marry with the approbation of my said Trustees or the Majority of them in that case I desire my said Executors to pay to my Daughter Agnes Rebecca Wife of Francis P. Corbin Esquire annually during her life the Sum of Four thousand Dollars the payment to be made in such manner as shall best secure the application of the money to the sole maintenance of herself and the Education of her Children. Also I desire my Executors to pay to my Niece Janet Wilson during her life the yearly sum of one thousand Dollars. Also I desire that my dwelling House where I reside in Walnut Street No. 260 City of Philadelphia aforesaid with all and singular the appurtenances of every description now in use or thereunto belonging may immediately on my decease be freely held occupied and enjoyed by my said Niece during her life at the same time wishing and expecting that under this disposition of it my life [may be crossed out] Son with his wife should he marry with the approbation of my said trustees or a Majority of them may if he wish reside with her and also my Daughter Agnes and her Children should she be disposed to do so. But should it so happen that such an arrangement of my House with the appurtenances cannot be satisfactorily made then my said Trustees are authorized to dispose of the same to the best advantage save and except that my plate shall be reserved and kept for my grandchild who shall first attain the age of twenty one years but should none of them reach that age then I desire the same to be sold. Also should any of my Grandchildren lose any of their Parents before arriving at age I desire my Executors to make a suitable provision for their maintenance and Education. Also to my Sister Jane Wilson of Edenburg in the United Kingdom of Great Britain and to my Nieces her Daughters, Marian, Agnes, Elizabeth, Christy, and Isabella I give the debt due to me by my Nephew Robert Wilson of Liverpool each an equal share and should the amount be reduced by payment or otherwise to less than three thousand Pounds Sterling I desire my Executors to make up the difference in money and should the whole be paid Then I give the same amount in Cash also I give to the Children of Mrs. Isabella Wilson wife of my Nephew Robt. Wilson each two thousand five hundred Dollars to be paid to them severally on their attaining the age of twenty one or marriage if a daughter also I give to James Hamilton Couper of St. Simons Georgia Twenty thousand Dollars to be paid to him from the sale of my Village Plantation by deducting that amount from his debt to me. But should his debt fall short of that amount I desire the difference to be made up to him in money. Also it is my will and desire that all my grandchildren should share the whole of my Estate not otherwise disposed of by this will equally between them that on my oldest Grandchild arriving at the age of twenty one my trustees and Executors do make a reasonable valuation of my Estate and give to such Grandchild his or her proportion according to such valuation and the number of Grandchildren then living that when the second Grandchild shall arrive at the age of twenty one they shall give to such Grandchild his or her proportion according to the same or a new valuation then to be made if thought necessary & so on in succession until a final division shall be made to the last Grandchild and when the last Grandchild shall arrive at full age such an arrangement shall take place if practicable as will place all my Grandchildren on an equal Footing with regard to my Estate leaving it to my trustees and Executors to adopt the next eligible plan for the purpose and it is my further wish that when the Grandchild who may be thus entitled to a share is a female her portion shall in the event of her marriage, either before or after her coming of age be secured to her sole and separate use. Whensoever the affairs of my Estate shall require a consultation among my trustees upon any matter of importance relating thereto and from the remoteness of their situation or any other cause they cannot all attend in person then it shall be Lawful for such trustee as cannot attend to give his consult in writing duly signed by him or delegate his power to one of his co trustees to act in his behalf and any act done under such authority shall be as binding and effectual as if the said trustee were personally present concerning therein. Lastly. It is my further will and desire that in the event of there being no Grandchild or Grandchildren to inherit my property under the provisions of this will as aforesaid then the property thus intended for their use shall if necessary be sold and the proceeds apportioned and distributed as follows to wit. To James Hamilton Couper His heirs and assigns one share deducting therefrom the Legacy of twenty thousand dollars already given by this will. To each of the children of my Nephew Robt. Wilson and their Heirs and assigns on[e] share deducting therefrom the Legacies already given to them. To my Niece Janet Wilson her Heirs and assigns one half of a share annually the annuity already given to her and one half share to John Bainbridge Esq. of London Nephew of the late George Bainbridge of Bread street London Esq. the same to be secured to himself Wife & Children or devises so that the amount may not be subject to the casualties of trade. In Witness whereof I the said James Hamilton have on the last sheet set my hand & Seal and to the other sheet my hand only the Sixteenth day of July in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and twenty Eight.

James Hamilton {seal}

Signed sealed published and declared by the above named James Hamilton for his last Will and Testament in presence of us who have signed our names as witnesses.

Isc. Peace, Joseph Peace, Wm. R. Peace

CODICIL--Having in the foregoing will appointed my niece Janet Wilson a Trustee and Executor under the expectation of her remaining single it is therefore my intention that her power in both Capacities is to become null and cease in the event of her marriage either before or after my decease. Witness my hand the sixteenth day of July 1828.

James Hamilton

Probated 8 June 1829

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Hannah (Short) Harris
1 December 1923

Will Book H pg. 199
[Glynn County Probate Court]

State of Georgia County of Glynn

IN THE NAME OF GOD AMEN:

            I, Hannah Harris, of said State and county, being of sound and disposing mind and memory, do make this my last will and testament, hereby revoking and annulling all others by me heretofore made.
            Item I:  I desire and direct that my body be buried in a decent and Christian like manner, suitable to my circumstances and condition in life.
            Item II:  I desire and direct that all my just debts be paid without unnecessary delay by my executor hereinafter named and appointed.
            Item 3:  I give, devise and bequeath to my nephew, Austin Short and to my nieces, Augusta Hippard and Fannie Higginbotham, all real and personal property which I may own at my death, share and share alike.
            Item 4:  I hereby constitute and appoint my nephew, Austin Short, sole Executror of this my last will and testament.
            This December 1st, 1923.

Hannah Harris (x) her mark

            Signed, sealed, declared and published by Hannah Harris, as her last will and testament in the presence of us, the undersigned, who subscribe our names hereto in the presence of said testatrix, after she had signed her name thereto, and at her special instance and request, and in the presence of each other.
            This December 1st, 1923.

H.F. duBignon
Clarence V. Fryer

Edwin W. Dart

Recorded April 9th, 1931, Claude Dart, Clerk Court of Ordinary

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Otellia Harris
28 July 1892

Will Book G pgs. 558-560
[Glynn County Probate Court]

State of Georgia}
County of Glynn}

            In the name of God, Amen:  Know all men by these Presents, that I Otella Harris of said County and State, being of sound and disposing mind and memory, and recognizing the shortness and uncertainty of human life, do hereby make declare and publish this instrument as my last will and testament:
            Item First:  It is my desire and earnest solicitation that should there at my death be any debts owing by me, that the same be paid immediately if possible or as soon thereafter as the same can be done.
            Item Second:  I hereby give devise and bequeath unto my friend N.B. Wheeler of said county in recognition of his many acts of kindness, and friendship towards me, all of my personal effects and property, of whatever kind and character the same may be at my death to his own proper use benefit and behoof forever.
            Item Third:  I also hereby give, bequeath and devise unto my said friend N.B. Wheeler of said County, all of my right title and interest of whatever character the same may be, by me inherited by virtue of being an heir at law of Lewis W. Harris, late of said county deceased; and whatever interest may be inherited by me from said estate I do hereby give, devise and bequeath the same unto my friend N.B. Wheeler as aforesaid.
            Item Fourth:  I also further hereby devise give and bequeath unto the said N.B. Wheeler, of said County, all of my right, title and interest to which I may under the law be entitled, and which may be derived from the suit pending in the Superior Court of Glynn County, Georgia, filed to the May Term 1892 of said Court by Isabella Harris and myself against Eolia Tison as Administratrix of the Estate of Lewis W. Harris, late of said County deceased.
            Item Fifth:  I hereby constitute and appoint my friend _____________________ of said County, Executor of this my last will and testament.  This the 28th day of July, in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and ninety two (1892).

Otellia Harris L.S.

Signed declared and published by the said Otella Harris as being her last will and testament in the presence of us, the subscribers, who also subscribe our names hereto in the presence of the said Otella Harris, at her instance and request and in the presence of each other; she signing in our presence and we signing in her presence, the said day and year above written.

L.A. Johnson
John E. Moore
Sam’l Borchardt
, Notary Public Glynn Co. Georgia

 

State of Georgia}
County of Glynn}
            I John E. Moore do swear that I as well as L.A. Johnson and Samuel Borchardt, saw the within named Otellia Harris, sign and publish the within paper as her last will and testament; that I subscribed the same as a witness thereto at the special instance and request of the said Otellia Harris, and in her presence as did also the said L.A. Johnson and Samuel Borchardt; that said Otellia Harris signed the same freely and voluntarily and was at the time of such signing of sound and disposing mind and memory.

John E. Moore

Sworn to and subscribed before me on this the 6th day of July 1900.  Horace Dart, Ordinary Glynn County Georgia.

Recorded August 6th 1900, E.W. Dart Deputy Ordinary.

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Susan Harris
20 February 1886

Will Book G pgs. 502-503

State of Georgia}
County of Glynn}

            In the name of God Amen.  I Susan Harris of said state and county being sick but of sound and disposing mind and memory believing that my stay in this world is short and that I must soon go from hence to another world I deem it but right and proper both as respects my family and myself that I should make a disposition of my property with which a kind providence has blest me do therefore make this my last will and Testament hereby revoking and annulling all others by me heretofore made.
            Item first—I devise and direct that my body be buried on my death in a decent and christian like manner suitable to my circumstances and condition in life my soul I trust shall return to rest with God who gave it.
            Item Second I devise and direct that all my just debts be paid with out delay by my Executor hereinafter named and appointed.
            Item Third I give and bequeath and devise to Sussie May Anderson of the City of Brunswick County of Glynn and State of Georgia all that certain lot of land Number (73) seventy three situate lying and being in the city of Brunswick on Gordon and Johnston Streets known as Town Commons lot according to the plan and survey of said city together with the improvements thereon with all and singular the rights members appurtenances and houses, fixtures rents issues and profits and all else appertaining or in anywise belonging to said lot free from all charges or limitations whatever, to her Sussie May Anderson to her own proper use benefit and behoof forever with full power to dispose of the same by will or otherwise as she Sussie May Anderson may deem proper the said Sussie May Anderson should she wish to sell said lot and improvements or a part of the same that she may do so without first obtaining an order from court as is required under the law to do so.
            Item Fourth I give bequeath and devise to Mrs. Agnes Wright colored woman of the city of Brunswick all my wearing apparel together with my bedding and furniture.
            Item Fifth I hereby constitute and appoint William A.O. Anderson Executor of this my last will and Testament.  This February 20th 1886.

Susan X Harris
(her mark)

Signed sealed and published by Susan Harris as her last will and testament in the presence of us the undersigned who subscribed our names hereto in the presence of said Testatrix at her special instance and request and also signed the same and in the presents [sic] of the other.  Brunswick, Geo. February 20th 1886.

Florence V. Friedlander
L.B. Davis MD
Jane X Berne
(her mark)

 

Georgia}
Glynn County}

            Personally came before me Jane Berne who being duly sworn says that the above last signature made by her mark is her signature made by her as a subscribing witness to the foregoing will of Susan Harris.

Jane X Berne
(her mark)

Sworn to and subscribed before me this 4th day of August 1890 Edgar C.P. Dart Ordinary.

Georgia}
Glynn County}

            Before me came L.B. Davis named as a witness to the foregoing writing purporting to be Susan Harris last will and being duly sworn saith that he with Florence V. Friedlander and Jane Berrie [sic] at the request of Susan Harris and in her presence did attest as witnesses the foregoing writing as her Susan Harris’ last will that she was at the time of said attestation and signing by herself of sound and disposing mind and memory, that she executed the foregoing paper voluntarily.

L.B. Davis

Sworn to and subscribed before me this 4th August 1890 Edgar C.P. Dart Ordinary.

 

Georgia}
Glynn County}

            I do solemnly swear that this writing contains the last will of the within named Susan Harris deceased so far as I know or believe and that I will well and truly execute the same in accordance with laws of this state so help me God.

Wm. A.O. Anderson

Sworn to and subscribed before me this August 4th 1890 Edgar C.P. Dart Ordinary.

Recorded August 5th 1890 E.C.P. Dart Ordinary.

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Elizabeth Harrison
28 May 1837
Inventories & Appraisements Vol. D pg. 343

Georgia Glynn County,

            Know All men by these presents that I Elizabeth Harrison being in perfect sound mind and memory but knowing the uncertainty of this mortal Life, do make this my Last Will & Testament in words and form as follows.
            Item. I give and bequeath to my Grandson James Gowen my negro fellow Jacob.
            Item. I give and bequeath to my Grandson Barny B. Gowen my negro woman Eve with her future increase, my Negro boy George and my Boy Moses.
            Item. All my ready money which I may have in possession say about Seven Hundred Dollars I request may be put out at Interest and to be Equally divided between the children of my Late son William Harrison as they may arrive at age. But if my Executors hereafter named think proper to make a distribution of the money among the children before they arrive at age, they are at Liberty to do so.
            Item. My three Negroes by the name of Jenny, Tamah, and Albert I request may be sold at Public Outcry to the highest bidder for Case and the proceeds of the same to be Equally divided between the following children, Ann Gowen, William Gowen, the children of my Late Daughters Mary Harrison, and James Scott Eliza Thomas Mary Henning and Sarah Porter the Children of my Late Daughter Sarah Harrison, Six in number.
            I also nominate and appoint and Leave my two Grandsons James Gowen and Barny B. Gowen my Lawful Executors to carry fully into effect this my Last will and Testament revoking all other wills by me made.
            In Testimony whereof I have this day Signed my name this 28th day of May 1837.

Elizabeth x Harrison
her mark

Signed sealed and acknowledged in presence of us V. Woolley, A.F. Woolley, Francis M. Scarlett J.I.C.G.C.

Probated 4 September 1837

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Thomas F. Harrison
3 November 1829

Inventories & Appraisements Vol. D pgs. 165 & 166

Georgia Glynn County In the name of God Amen.

            Know all men by these presents that I Thomas F. Harrison being weak in body but of a sound mind and memory, blessed be the name of Almighty God for the same, have this day made & constituted this my last Will and Testament, and by these presents do make & constitute this my last will & testament in form following to wit.
            It is my will and desire that after my decease that all the property which I obtained in right of my Wife, should remain as hers and she keep full possession of it as a legacy from me, and further all property that I have now in possession in my own right & title or which I have any right or title to should be given to my Child by my present Wife, and in case of the decease of said child, it is my wish that it should be given to my Nephews James Gowen & Barna Gowen and further I do give my Horse & Gigg to my Mother and after my Mothers death, it is my wish to give the Gigg to my Wife, and the Horse to my Nephew Barna Gowen, and further it is my wish to give my chestnut coloured Mare to my Wife, and it is my wish that the remainder of my Horses should be sold for the purpose of paying my just debts and I do hereby make and constitute this my last Will and testament, revoking all others heretofore made by me.

In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand & Seal this third day of November eighteen hundred & twenty nine.

Thomas F. Harrison

Witness Jno. W. McLeod & A. Delaroche.

Probated 4 January 1830

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Frances L. Hazelhurst
Memorandum, Will or Document Relating to her Property
29 April 1867

Will Book G pgs. 417-418

Memorandum of Mrs. Frances L. Hazelhurst, Will or Document in relation to her property.

Anguilla, Glynn County, Georgia
April 29th 1867

            I Frances L. Hazelhurst declare this to be my last will and testament to my sons F.W. Hazelhurst and P. Alston Hazelhurst I bequeath my certain share of the Anguilla place in consideration of their kindness to me and with hope they will have a home together, and dwell in love and perfect union as brothers should live and give a comfortable home to their sister Ellen D. Hazelhurst until she [illegible word] but should she [illegible word] to live with them but should she prefer live with brother W. or sister she has my full permission to do so.
            To my son William Hazelhurst I bequeath the sum of $100.00 to be taken from the amount he  now holds in his hands of my Central R.R. Stock $975.00 to purchase a gold watch to keep as a token of my love for him, and the balance to be for Ellen $875.00
            To my daughter Ellen D. Hazelhurst I bequeath all my personal and real estate, Bonds rail road stock Brunswick town property in fact everything I possess at the time of my death with the exception of a few articles hereafter named.
            To my daughter Frances L. Hazelhurst I bequeath my wardrobe silver fish knife and my bible.
            To my daughter Carrie C. Wright I bequeath my serving[?] [illegible word], silver cake knife & prayer book.
            To my daughter Ellen D. Hazelhurst I bequeath my small silver ladle, small silver [illegible word] butter knife, my trunk [3 illegible words] chairs and small work table.  I request that all of Ellen's property left by her further and myself should be secured to her should she marry and one her brothers be her trustee.  I leave it to her should I die before she is of age to select a guardian among her brothers.
            With my blessing to my children, my last request that they will seek that better part that cannot be taken from them.
            My dying prayer that God's blessing be theirs and we may meet where no [illegible word] no parting no trouble shall rend our hearts.

Frances L. Hazelhurst

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Georgia, Bibb County} 

            Whereas our mother Mrs. Frances L. Hazelhurst late of Glynn County died intestate but left a written memorandum of what disposition she wished made of all her estate property, a copy of which is hereto attached, we each of us whose names are hereto attached being all the children and heirs at law of our said mother, hereby agree for and in consideration of the sum of five dollars paid to each of us, that said writing shall stand as and for the will of our said mother, in all respects, same being relinquished[?] and given up to the several persons named in said writing all and each of our right title and interest in and to the property of all kind which did belong to our said mother at the time of her death.
            And for the purpose of carrying this agreement into effect we hereby nominate & appoint William Hazelhurst as our agent to take charge of all the property and effects of our kind mother's will and dispose of the same as directed in said paper hereto attached.
            In witness whereof we have hereto set our hands and seals and delivered this agreement this November 1867.

In presence of:

A.R. Wright trustee for C.E. Wright {LS}
W. Hazelhurst {LS}
John R. Hazelhurst trustee for F.V.[?] Hazelhurst  {LS}
F.W. Hazelhurst   {LS}
P.A. Hazelhurst  {LS}
F.W. Hazelhurst trustee for Miss E.D. Hazelhurst  {LS}

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Mary R. Hazlehurst
15 December 1893

Georgia}
Thomas County}

            I Mary R. Hazlehurst, of the state aforesaid and of the county of Glynn, being of sound and disposing mind and memory do make this my last will and testament.
            Item 1:  I give bequeath and will unto my sister Sarah E. Hazlehurst all money bonds stock or stocks ??? and any other personal property, also all real estate I now own or may own at the date of my death.  The intention of the maker of this will is to bequeath to the said Sarah E. Hazlehurst any and all property she may own at her death to the exclusion of any and all other persons whatsoever.
            I hereby constitute and appoint the said Sarah E. Hazlehurst Executrix of this my last will and testament December 15th 1893.

(signed) Mary R. Hazlehurst

            Signed declared and published by Mary R. Hazlehurst as her last will and testament in the presence of us who subscribe our names hereto in the presence of said testatrix (at her instance and request) and of each other.  She signing in our presence and we signing in her presence.

F.J. Winn of Thomasville, Georgia
R.C. Dickinson
of Thomasville, Georgia
T.N. Hopkins
of Thomasville, Georgia

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Sarah E. Hazlehurst
15 December 1893

Georgia}
Thomas County}

            I Sarah E. Hazlehurst of the state aforesaid and of the county of Glynn being of sound and disposing mine and memory do make this my last will and testament.
            Item 1:  I give bequeath and will unto my sister Mary R. Hazlehurst all money bonds stock or stocks ??? and any other personal property also all real estate that I now own or may own at the date of my death.  The intention of the maker of this will is to bequeath to the said Mary R. Hazlehurst any and all property she may own at her death to the exclusion of any and all other persons whatsoever.
            I hereby constitute and appoint the said Mary R. Hazlehurst Executrix of this my last will and testament December 15th 1893.

(signed) Sara E. Hazlehurst

            Signed declared and published by Sara E. Hazlehurst as her last will and testament in the presence of us the, who subscribe our names hereto in the presence of said testatrix (at her instance and request) and of each other.  She signing in our presence and we signing in her presence.

F.J. Winn of Thomasville, Georgia
R.C. Dickinson
of Thomasville, Georgia
T.N. Hopkins
of Thomasville, Georgia

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State of Georgia}
County of Glynn}

            I do solemnly swear that this writing contains the true last will and testament of Sarah E. Hazlehurst, deceased, so far as I know or believe and that I will well and truly execute the same in accordance with the laws of Georgia, So Help Me God.

(signed) Mary R. Hazlehurst

Sworn to and subscribed before me this 29 day of March

(signed) Edwin Dart, Ordinary, G.C. Ga.

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William Wigg Hazzard
19 February 1858 
Will Book G, pgs. 250-251

State of Georgia}
Glynn County} 

            In the name of God amen.  I "William Wigg Hazzard" of said State and County being of advanced age, and knowing that I must shortly depart this life, deem it right and proper both as respects my family and self that I should make a disposition of the property with which a Kind Providence has blessed me; do therefore make this my last will and testament hereby revoking all others heretofore made by me.
            First--I devise and direct that my body be buried in decent and Christian-like manner; suitable to my circumstances and condition in life.
            2nd--I devise and direct that all my just debts be paid without delay by my Executors herein appointed, as I am unwilling my Creditors should be delayed in their rights; without the sacrifice of my property which must be kept together until said debts are paid.
            3rd--I give and bequeath, and desire, to my beloved wife "Mary Black Hazzard", in the strictest quiet? for thirty years the use of all my land, negroes, and all other property I am now, or may hereafter be possessed of on St. Simons Island, Glynn County or elsewhere with all the rights, members, and appurtenances to said landeds [sic], [illegible word], or other property, in anywise belonging, free from all charges, to her own proper use and her issue by me during her widowhood, with full power to dispose of her negroes secured? to her by deed to her Trustees, Edward Lenning? and John Hasleter? at any time previous, or by will, or deed, at her death, as she may think proper, this bequest made to my wife is in lieu of her whole dower, and to keep the property together during her widowhood, and at her death or Marriage to be divided as hereafter provided.
            4th--I give and bequeath, and direct to my son William Miles Hazzard, all that Lot, parcell [sic] or tract of land containing one thousand (1,000) acres of land, more or less, called and known as West Point, located on the west side of St. Simons Island in the State and County aforesaid, with all the rights members and privileges to said lot of land in any-wise appertaining or belonging forever, in lieu of all claims on me for his valuable services and in consideration of the labour he has performed building and improving the land, and should he require my other lot of land called and known as Pikes Bluff adjoining to West Point tract he must purchase from his Brothers their shares.  5th--I give and bequeath to my sons, William Miles, Thomas Edward, Richard Carnochan?, John Potter, and Elliott Wright Hazzard, and to my beloved daughter Mary Sarah Hazzard an equal share of my negroe [sic] property, to be as equally divided by my Executors as they may deem just and fair.
            6th--I will and bequeath after the marriage or death of my beloved wife Mary Black Hazzard all of that lot of Land containing one thousand (1,000) acres of land located on the West side of St. Simons Island, in the State and County aforesaid called and known as Pikes Bluff adjoining West Point tract, to my sons Thomas Edward, Richard Carnochan?, John Potter, and Elliott Wright Hazzard, and their issue for their own use and benefit forever.
            7th--I hereby constitute and appoint my beloved wife Mary Black Hazzard, during her widowhood sole Executrix and each and all of my sons, William Miles, Thomas Edward, Richard C., John Potter and Elliott Wright Hazzard, my executors so that in the event of the first named dying, moving or declining to act, the next of age may qualify and act, so that their mother may always have one of her sons to live with her and act for her, as Executor of this my last will and testament, nothing herein provided to prevent the said Executrix and Executors to let each of my heirs have their portions of my estate when they become of age, marry, or wish to settle for themselves, after my debts are paid and in the division of my Pikes Bluff place, between my sons Thomas Edward, Richard Carnochan, John Potter, and Elliott Wright Hazzard as above mentioned, either my purchase the share of the other at the rate I paid for it namely three thousand five hundred dollars $3,500--As it was the request of my Father, that his sister survive should be entitled to the oldest son.  I will and bequeath the said sister service to my son William Miles Hazzard, and in the event of his death without male issue to the next of age in the Male line of the Hazzard family, and I ???join it on my Executrix and Executors to afford my kind and generous Mother-in-Law, Mrs. Mary Ann Black Miles a [illegible word] and support as heretofore in my house as long as she likes.  All corrections made by me, the nineteenth day of February eighteen hundred & fifty eight, 1858.

William Wigg Hazzard  {L.S.}

            Signed sealed declared and published by W.W. Hazzard as his last will and Testament in presence of us the subscribed who subscribed our names hereto in the presence of said Testator and each other this February 19th, 1858.

James Postell, J.P.
Horace B. Gould, J.P.
Thos. L. Gelger?

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Lillian (Barnes) Holmes
10 February 1928

Will Book H pg. 139
[Glynn County Probate Court]

            This is the will and testament of me (Lillian Barnes Holmes) made this tenth day of February, A.D. 1928 in Brunswick County of Glynn and State of Georgia as follows:
            I bequeath my one half interest in the L.H. Barnes estate my household furniture and any money I may have to my Niece Addie Holmes and children.

Lillian Barnes Holmes

Witness:  Feb. 13, 1928
F.P. Cowman
Mrs. Ada T. Bruand

Recorded May 17th, 1928, Edwin W. Dart, Ordinary, G.C. Ga.

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Anna C. Hooker
20 December 1862
Will Book G pgs. 263-265

State of Georgia}
Glynn County} 

            In the name of God Amen.  I Ann C. Hooker of said State and County being of advanced age, and knowing that I must shortly depart this life, deem it right and proper both as respects my family and myself that I should make a disposition of the property with which a kind providence has blessed me, do therefore make this my last Will and testament, hereby revoking all others heretofore made by me.
            1 Item:  I desire and direct that my body be buried in a decent and Christian like manner, suitable to my circumstances and consideration in life.  My Soul I trust, shall return to rest with God Who gave it, as I hope for eternal salvation through the mists? and atonement of the blessed Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, whose religion I have prospered and as I humbly trust enjoyed for many years.
            2 Item:  I desire and direct that all my just debts be paid as soon as possible by my executors hereinafter appointed as I am unwilling my creditors should be delayed in their rights.
            3 Item:  I give bequeath and devise to my beloved and only son Christopher C. Burnett's children, a certain lot of land of fifty acres lying and being in the State and County aforesaid upon which is my residence with all the buildings farming utensils and appurtenances thereunto belonging, and two gray mares and two colts and a certain lot of hogs sows and pigs, shoats, burrows, marked in my mark, I also desire and direct that my landed? property in the City of Brunswick shall be sold to the best advantage and proceeds be applied towards the payment of my just debts the the Overplus to be given to my beloved son's children.  After my death should there be no prospect of sale of the above named land to advantage not to sell at a sacrifice but this will I trust to my executors I also give, and bequeath to my beloved son's children what household furniture I may possess at the time of my death and whatever other article that I may possess Otherwise disposed of.  5th Item:  I give and bequeath to my beloved sons children my negros [sic] Simon, Lizzie, Molly and Leonard being all the negro property that I possess except Emoline my nurse during the whole of my illness.  6th Item:  I desire and direct that Emoline shall be given all the warring? apparel of my own two? son or any such as she may desire the [sic] which will be set apart and marked with her name and that she shall be found a comfortable home and by no means illtreated, and as she is not healthy should she become so infirm as not to be able to take care of herself I desire and direct that she shall be taken care of as her position in life demands.
            7 Item:  I give and bequeath to my beloved son Christopher C. Burnett to hold keep or dispose of for himself or his children all moneys arising from the sale of any of the above named landed property, household or other property except the negroes by and with the consent of my Executors hereinafter to be mentioned.  8th Item:  I also desire and request of my beloved son that he shall always extend his hospitality.  While he is able and give to Robert Humphries a home, nor let him want for anything, for the kindnesses and attention that he has paid to me for years and in time of need.  I have also give Mr. and Mrs. ??? the privilege of living in a small house on my place and near my residence during the war, this I also desire that they shall be allowed to remain unless they of their own accord should remove to some other place.  9 Item:  I hereby constitute and appoint my beloved friend Dr. A.M. Moore and G.W. Wright the Executors of this my last will and testament, this December 20th 1862.

Anna C. Hooker

Signed sealed declared and published by Anna C. Hooker as her last will and testament in the presence of us the subscribers who subscribed our names hereto in the presence of said Anna C. Hooker (at her special instance and request) and of each other this December 20th 1862.

John Brooks
John D. Denson

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Leander D. Hoyt
2 April 1881

Will Book G pgs. 463-465
[Glynn County Probate Court]

            I, L.D. Hoyt of the city of Brunswick Glynn County Georgia being of sound and disposing mind and memory and desiring to provide for the conduct of the partnership business in which I am engaged with my partner M.J. Colson in the event of my death do hereby make this my last will and testament.
            Item First:  I desire that said partnership business shall be continued by said M.J. Colson and the share of net profits of the partnership paid to my wife to be expended by her for herself & the children born during said marriage with my present wife Rachel Hoyt.
            Item 2nd:  I desire said business continued & the profits of said business so app?? until my youngest child born or to be born of such marriage to my present wife Rachel Hoyt shall arrive at age unless the said M.J. Colson shall deem it advisable to close said business at an earlier date.
            Item 3rd:  Should M.J. Colson continue the business until my youngest child by my present marriage with Rachel Hoyt shall arrive at age I desire a division of the interest coming to me as follows should there not be more than $1000 each to my wife and her children or to such as may be then in life I desire it equally between my children then in life but should it exceed the sum of one thousand dollars each for my wife and children or such as may be living at the time of such division then any surplus over such $1000 each to be divided equally between such of my wife  children as may be living and said M.J. Colson this provision being in consideration of part & prospective services by said M.J. Colson in said partnership business—the words children wherever they occur in the last item is intended to refer solely to the issue born & to be born of my present marriage with Rachel Hoyt.
            Should the said M.J. Colson desire to an deem it advisable to dissolve said business which I desire continued in the old name & style before my youngest child shall arrive at age, He to pay the share my estate may be entitled to over to my wife if living to be held by her and applied to her & my said children’s support education &c and by her to be divided equally between her & her said children when the youngest of said children by my present marriage with said Rachel Hoyt shall arrive at age—and should my wife die before such division then I desire that M.J. Colson shall in event of a division before my youngest child arrives at majority then I desire that he shall hold said money & apply such portion as may be necessary for their support & maintenance until the youngest child arrives at age & then distribute the residue among such of said children as may be living at the time.  I desire M.J. Colson to have exclusive power to determine as to the wisdom of continuing or dissolving said Partnership before my youngest child by my marriage to Rachel Hoyt arrives at age.
            In all the previous items my reference to my children where not so specifically stated is intended to apply to my children by my marriage with Rachel Hoyt.
            Item 4th:  Whereas I have made advances in the past to my son Charles Hoyt my child by a former marriage equal to his full interest in any estate I now have or hope to have in the future I desire that my Executors of this my will do pay to said Charles Hoyt out of said partnership business the sum of $50 Fifty Dollars and no more this to be the sole provision for him.
            Item 5th:  I desire that my wife Rachel Hoyt shall act as Executrix & M.J. Colson as Executor of this my last will and testament and that they shall be excused from giving bond as such executor or executrix.
            Item 5 [sic]:  I authorize and empower the said M.J. Colson or the said executor & executrix jointly or the survivors of either to make private sale of any property of said partnership necessary in carrying on the business or in carrying out the division provided for in previous items of this will.
            Item 6th:  Should the said M.J. Colson die during the life of my said wife Rachel Hoyt in that event the partnership to be closed & divided between the estate of said M.J. Colson & my estate, the share coming to my estate to be held by my said wife Rachel & divided by her as heretofore provided.
            In witness whereof I have hereto set my hand and seal this 2 April 1881.

L.D. Hoyt

Attested by each of us in the presence of the Testator L.D. Hoyt this April 2nd 1881, who acknowledged the foregoing to be his will.

A.C. Bartlett
A.W. Cornell
C.P. Goodyear

 

Georgia}
Glynn County}

            I C.P. Goodyear do swear that I as well as the written named A.C. Bartlett and A.W. Cornell saw the within named L.D. Hoyt sign and publish the within paper as his last will and testament that I subscribed the same as a witness thereto at the special instance and request of the said L.D. Hoyt and in his presence as did also the said A.C. Bartlett and A.W. Cornell; that the said L.D. Hoyt signed the same freely and voluntarily and was at the time of said signing of sound and disposing mind and memory.

C.P. Goodyear

Sworn to & subscribed before me this 4th day of February 1884, Edgar C.P. Dart Ordinary.

Recorded February 9th 1884, E.C.P. Dart Ordinary.

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William Dover Jenkins
7 January 1858

Book F Wills & Appraisements pg. 422

Images of original estate papers

Account 1858-59 Account 1858-59 Account 1858-59 Account 1858-59 Account 1858-59 Account 1858-59 Account 1858-59 Account 1858-59 Account 1860 Account 1860
Account 1860 Account 1860 Account 1860 Account 1861 Account 1861 Annual Return 1867 Annual Return 1867 Annual Return 1868 Annual Return 1868 Inventory of Estate
Inventory of Estate Inventory of Estate Inventory of Estate Petition Petition Return Return Warrant Warrant Warrant
Warrant Will 1 Will 2 Will 3 Will 4 Will 5 Will 6      

State of Georgia}
Glynn County}

            In the name of God Amen. I William D. Jenkins of the State and County aforesaid being of sound and disposing mind knowing and believing from my low state of health that I have not long to live do make this my last Will and testament.
            First I direct that all of my honest debts and funeral expenses as soon after my death as possible after my deceased [sic] be paid by my Executors hereinafter named and that as soon as convenient my body be sent to Freetown for burial in my new family graveyard.
Second I will and bequeath to my nephew Henry William Cridland of England the Sum of Five Thousand dollars.
            Third I will and bequeath to my sister Sarah White the Sum of One thousand Dollars.
            Fourth I will and bequeath to my sister Mary Ann Alexton one thousand dollars. To my nephew William Dover Maccaw Five Dollars to my niece Mrs. Mary Dora duBignon Five Dollars to my niece Sarah Ann Aust five Dollars.
            Fifth I will and bequeath to my grand niece Margaret Fredonia Harrison her children but in no way subject to the debts of the present or any future husband the following named negroes viz. Old Jenny, Sarah, Isaac, Lydia, Pricilla, Paul, Tenah, Kate, Dinah and William with their future increase and issue.
            Sixth I will and bequeath to the Wife and children of Dr. Thomas S. Hopkins but in no way subject to any debts of said Dr. Hopkins the following named negroes with their future increase and issue viz. Old George, Quash, Sally, Jim, Frank, Phebe, Harry, Robert, Stephen, Dinah, Billy, Sandy, Grace, Toby, March, and Dick.
            Seventh I will and bequeath to the Wife and children of Joseph R. Richard but in no way to be subject to the debts of Jo. R. Richard the following negroes to wit Peter, Chloe, Edward, Beck, Eliza, Peggy, Alby, Louisa, Ben, Jacob, Martha, Rosetta, Richard, Maria, Susan, and Washington.
            Eight I request that my Executors hereinafter named shall dispose of the following negroes viz. Betty and her children Elizabeth, Victoria, Hetty, and James at private sale at any time they may deem fit and proper the balance of my property both real and personal I direct my Executors to dispose at public sale on the first of January next after my decease hereby authorizing my said Executors to adjourn said sale from time to time as they may deem and see fit the proceeds thereof, I will and bequeath to Peggy, Matilda, Nannetta, Elvira, Jane, Georgianna, and Robert who were formerly slaves but now free and live in Freetown, Massachusetts.
            Lastly I do nominate and appoint my friend Joseph R. Richard and Dr. J.S. Hopkins both of Wayne County Georgia my Executors of this my last will and testament.
            In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal this the seventh day of January in the year of our Lord Eighteen hundred and fifty Eight.

W.D. Jenkins {LS}

In presence of
David J. Delroach

Probated 20 January 1858

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Mette Catherine Johannesen
7 October 1928
Will Book H pg. 154

Georgia,}
Glynn County,}

            I, Mette Catherine Johannesen, of said State and county, being of sound and disposing mind and memory, do make this my last will and testament, hereby revoking and annulling all others by me heretofore made.
            Item 1--        I desire that my body be buried in a christianlike manner suitable to my condition in life, I desire and direct that a plain marble slab be placed on my grave and on the grave of my deceased son, Oscar.
            Item 2--I desire and direct that all of my just debts be paid by me executor hereinafter named and appointed.
            Item 3--I give, devise and bequeath to Edith Johannesen, (former wife of my Son, Oscar) of Jacksonville, Florida, the sum of One Dollar.
            Item 4--I give, devise and bequeath all the rest and residue of my real and personal property to my grandsons, Otto Johannesen and Luneil Johannesen and my daughter-in-law, Katie L. Johannesen, jointly share and share alike.
            Item 5--I hereby name and appoint my daughter-in-law, Katie L. Johannesen, sole executor of this my last will and testament, I relieve my said executor from giving bond or filing any report to any officer of the law or Court of Law; and my executor may in her discretion borrow money on the real estate left by me or she may sell the same at such price and such terms as may seem best to her judgment, and with the consent of her two sons, Otto and Luneil.
            This 7th day of October, 1928.

Mrs. M.C. Johannesen {L.S.}
Mette Catherine Johannesen.

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Anna Matilda (Page) King
17 April 1857

Will Book G pages 48-50
[Glynn County Probate Court]

            I Anna Matilda King, wife of Thomas Butler King, of St. Simons Island in the County of Glynn and State of Georgia being entitled to considerable real and personal estate under the will of my late Father Major William Page who by his last Will and Testament devised and bequeathed to Joseph Jones and James Hamilton Couper in trust for my sole and separate use and not subject to the debts of my said husband all the within hereafter described Real estate and fifty negro slaves named in the said Will and which by Natural increase and by purchase from the income of said separate Estate now amount to the number of one hundred and thirty three and being of sound mind and disposing memory and desirous of [illegible word] for the final disposition of my said estate and of all my worldly affairs do make and publish this my last Will and Testament hereby revoking and annulling all and every Will or Wills heretofore at anytime made by me.
            In the first place I give devise and bequeath all thou? [illegible word] Plantations situate lying and being on St. Simons Island in the said County of Glynn and State of Georgia whereof my said Father died seized and [illegible word] and since his death in my possession and use with all the Buildings and appurtenances thereunto belonging or in any manner appertaining.
            And also all those following named negro Slaves being One Hundred and Thirty Three in number to wit Toney, Jane, Bella, Jane Jr., Toney Jr., Lady, Alice, Boyd, Ellen, Jannet, Hannah, Charlotte, Julia, Abel, Patience, John, Betty, Louisa, Marcia, Quamina, Boney, Abraham, Nellar, Flora, Lizzie, Henrietta, Anthony, Hercules, Ferdinand, Mack, Amey, Ella, Clair?, Prince, Ruthy, George, James, Sam, Julia, Ann, Balam, Mina, Betty Jr., Nancy, Mack?, Matilda, Cilla, Maria Junior, Nelly, Abegail, Maria, Myrtida, Emily, Henry, Augusta, Rhina, Annie, William, Alfred, Peter Jr., Pupy?, Charles, Clementine Middleton, Christian, Isabel, Justina, Ellnora, Nora, James or Jimpa, Ila, Linda, Abner, Liddy, Frederick, Adelet, Sander, Neptune, Ned, Alic Jr., Patience, Betty or Lucinda, Alic 3rd, Clara, Fishu?, Ruthy Jr., Davison, June, Suckey, Camilla, Mordena, Miley, Emoline, Richard, Nancy, Robert, Richard Jr., Mary, Elizabeth, Ansel, Gabrael, Victoria, Nathaniel, Harper, Jerry, Smart, Rose, Charles Junior, William Jr., Caesar, Sye, Rosa, Mary, Wylly, Joseph, Joe, Edenborough, Sarah, Toby, Ned Jr., Margaret, Laura, Clementine Jr., Binah, Ishmael, Frank, Hercules, Peter, Polly, John Jr., William 3rd, Adam, and Albert, with the future [illegible word] and increase of the female slaves.  And also all other property and estate of every kind and description which I may hereafter purchase or if which I may be seized and possessed at the time of my death, to all my Children who may be living at the time of my death to them and their heirs forever, equally to by divided between them, share and share alike as tenants in common and not as joint tenants the child or children of any deceased child to take the share to which the parent would have been entitled of in life.
            Lastly I do hereby nominate constitute and appoint my Husband Thomas Butler King my son Thomas Butler King, Jr., and my friends William Audley Couper and James Hamilton Couper Executors of this my last Will and Testament.
            In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal this Seventeenth day of April in the year of our Lord One Thousand Eight Hundred and fifty seven.

Anna Matilda King  {seal}

Signed Sealed Published and delcared by the said Anna Matilda King as and for her Last Will and Testament in the presence of us who at her request in her presence and in the presence of each Other have hereunto sat our names as witnesses.

V. Woolley
D. Macdonald
Jno. Fraser

 

Georgia}
Glynn County}

            Personally appeared before me Stephen Gorton ordinary in and for the County aforesaid, Vardy Woolley, who deposeth & with that he saw Anna Matilda King execute the foregoing instrument of writing, which she declared to be her last Will & Testament & he signed the same as Witness in the presence of the others and he said, D. Macdonald, and Jno. C. Fraser, do the same.

Vardy Woolley


Sworn to before Me this 4th day of October A.D. 1859 Stephen J. Gorton Ordinary, G.C.

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Henry King
Of Allentown, Lehigh Co., Pennsylvania
20 August 1855
Will Book G. pgs. 422-423

In the name of God Amen!

            I Henry King of the Borough of Allentown County of Lehigh and State of Penn.a do make and publish this my last Will and Testament.  In faith and humble hope of  [illegible word] mercy through the mediation of the Saviour I commit my soul to God, all the property and estate lands, and personal and mixed of which I may die seized or possessed I hereby give devise and bequeath to my beloved wife Mary L. King her heirs and assigns forever except in the matters hereinafter otherwise disposed of--I give and bequeath to the two daughters of my brother Daniel King Jane & Henrietta, one thousand dollars cash to them to be paid[?] and each of them another one year after my death.
            I give and devise to Henry Lord King (a son of my Brother Thomas Butler King of St. Simons Island Georgia) and to his heirs and assigns forever a tract of about Four Hundred Acres of salt marsh land more or less which I own near the town or city of Brunswick in the State of Georgia except one tract of about ten acres and another tract of about fifteen acres which I have sold and conveyed from said Four Hundred Acre tract.  And I hereby constitute and appoint my said beloved wife Mary L. King the sole executrix of this my last Will and Testament, with this express proviso, that she shall not be compelled to file an Inventory of my estate or render an account thereof.
            In testimony whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal this twentieth day of August A.D. One Thousand Eight Hundred and fifty five.

Henry King  {LS}

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Joshua King
16 June 1816
Inventories & Appraisements Vol. D pg. 44
 

Georgia}
Glynn County}

            I Joshua King of the County in State aforesaid. Considering the uncertainty of this life and being of sound mind and memory Blessed be almighty God for the same do make and publish this my Last will & Testament in manner & form following. Item first after all my just debts are paid & funeral Expenses I give and bequeath unto Richard Martin of Washington County living on Buck Eye Creek the remaining part of my Property whatever it may be and I do hereby nominate and appoint Messrs. Edmond Matthews Cyrus Dart & Jacob Moore Sole Executors to this my Last will & testament hereby revoking all former wills & testaments Heretofore made by me In witness my hand and seal this sixteenth day of June in the year of our Lord one thousand Eight hundred & Sixteen.

Joshua X King
his mark

Signed Sealed Published and Delivered by the above Joshua King to be his Last will and testament in the Presence of us who at his request have hereunto Subscribed our hands as Witnesses to the same.

James Moore
William Moore
Sophia Moore

Probated 2 September no year

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Celia Lamb
29 April 1854
Will Book G pgs. 15-19

Transcribed for me by Laverne Vaughn of New York.

State of Georgia
Glynn County
In the name of God Amen.

            I Celia Lamb of Brunswick in the county of Glynn and State of Georgia being now advanced in years and weak in body, but of sound mind and memory, do make, publish and declare this my last will and testament.  Revoking all other wills of whatever nature or kind prior to this date by me made.
            Item.  I Give and bequeath unto my Grand Son John Myers, my negro woman Patience and my negro woman Lydia, and her three children Martha, Primas, and Moses, also my negro boy Anthony (a cripple) with the future issue & increase of the female slaves, from this date, for the sole use benefit and behoof of him the said John during his natural life, and not to be subject for his debts or liabilities that he now has, or may hereafter may have, or at his disposal, and at his death they shall be the property of his child or children if more than one to share and share alike, but should he have no child or children living at the time of his death then and in that case they are to be equally divided between my Grand Children that are living at the time of his death.
            Item.  I give and bequeath, unto my Grand Daughter Caroline H. Flinn (formerly Caroline H. Lamb daughter Burral Lamb late of said county deceased) the following property namely my negro woman Dinah, and her two children Isaiah and Richard, with the future issue and increase of the female slave from this date, (with the provisions hereinafter mentioned) also my House and Lots in the Town of Brunswick where I now reside and occupy, that is, all the lots now by me owned in said town of Brunswick or that I have any title or claim to, also my Filly and calf, my hogs that are in my mark, my plantation tools, cart hands?, and one undivided half my house-hold and kitchen furniture, beds bedding & plates, for the sole use benefit and behoof of her the said Caroline H, during her natural life not to be subject to the debts, liabilities or disposal of her self or husband she now has or any future husband she may hereafter have, and at her death it shall be and remain the property of her child or children, if more than one, to share and share alike, with this exception, that is, if the said Caroline H. should hereafter have any child or children by her present or any future husband, and the two children she now has are living or either of them at the time of her death, the two negro children before mentioned Isaiah and Richard shall be the property of her two children she now has Mary & George Arnow.  Exclusive and separate from any other property they may be entitled to, but in case she has no child or children living at the time of her death, then and in that case the aforementioned property shall all be equally divided between my Grand Children that are alive at the time of my death. Provided NeverthelessUpon This express condition I give the negroes before named Dinah and her two children to Caroline H. Flinn that is to say, if the said Caroline H. will cancel, or cause to be cancelled for her and given up to me before my death, or to my Executor hereinafter named within a reasonable time after my death a certain note given by me to “James Myers as Guardian of said Caroline H. for one hundred twenty five dollars payable one year after date for value received with interest from date” dated 10 January 1844, and recorded in the clerks office of the Superior Court of Glynn County in Book J.J. Folio 410.  Now if the said note is not cancelled as before stated, and the note should ever be presented for payment, the said negroes before mentioned Dinah & her two children shall be subject and liable for the payment of the note & interest and shall be sold for that purpose.
            Item.  I give and bequeath to my Grand daughter Anna Lamb my negro girl Nervy (or Manerva) with the future issue and increase from this date, for the sole use benefit and behoof of her the said Anna during her natural life, and not to be subject to the debts or liabilities she may now or here after have, or subject to the debts or liabilities or control of any husband she may have, or at her disposal or at the disposal of any husband she may have, and at her death, it shall be the property of her child or children if more than one to share and share alike, but should it so happen that she should depart this life without having a child or children alive at the time of her death, then and in that case, the aforesaid property, shall be and go to my two Great Grand daughters Rebecca & Celia Franklin share and share alike and be kept under and subject to the same restrictions and held the same as the other property given in this will.
            Item.  I give and bequeath unto my Grand daughter Hester Arnow formerly Hester Lamb, my Negro Girl Leander and her issue and increase from this date, for the sole use benefit and behoof of her the said Hester during her natural life, not to be subject, to her debts or liabilities that she may now has or may hereafter have, or the debts or liabilities of her husband she now has, or any future husband she may hereafter have or their control or disposal in any way whatever and at her death it shall be the property of her child or children if more than one to share and share alike, but should it so happen that a the time of her death, she has no child or children living then and in that case, the aforementioned property shall be and go to my two Great Grand children Mary & George Arnow (children of C.J Arnow deceased) share and share alike and be under the same restrictions and held the same as the other property given in this will.
            Item.  I give and bequeath, unto my four Great Grand Children John Hazzard (son of John N. Hazzard late of Glynn County deceased) and William, Rebecca and Celia Franklin (children of John Franklin late of Glynn County deceased) my negro Boy Jim and my negro girl Cornelius and the future issue and increase of the female slave for the sole use benefit and behoof of the said John Hazzard, William, Rebecca, and Celia Franklin during their natural lives not to be subject or liable for any debts contracts or liabilities they may have or may hereafter have but to be and remain for their benefit support and education, the said Negro boy Jim and the negro Girl Cornelius to be in the possession and to be under the entire control and management of my executor herein after mentioned and to work for him or be hired out by him as he may think best, and for him to allow whatever he may consider a fair compensation for their services, or what he may receive for their wages if he should hire them out and the proceeds of their services shall be for the purpose of assisting the said John, William, Rebecca and Celia towards their support and education and to be applied as he may think most conclusive in their benefit and comfort, and to keep them in the manner above specified and continue the same until the youngest of the said four children become twenty one years of age or the two girls are married unless he thinks it would be for their mutual benefit to give them up before that time that I leave to his own discretion but should either of the children die before the property should be divided their portion shall revert or go to those that are alive at the time of the division and the property when given up by my executor it shall be equally divided between the those living at that time or as he may think most conducive to their interest.
            Item.  I give and bequeath unto my Grand Daughter Martha C. Goodbread one undivided half of my household and kitchen furniture Beds, Bedding and plate, during her natural life, at her death it shall be the property of her daughters share and share alike.
            Item.  I give and bequeath to my two Great grand children Rebecca and Celia all my stock cattle, but two cows & Calfs them I give to Wm. Franklin my Great Grandson.
            Item.  My Land situated in said County lying about eight miles from Brunswick on the public road heading from Brunswick to the public Ferry where my Grandson John P. Lamb now resides consisting of one undivided half of my plantation containing two hundred and fifty acres more or less.  I request my executor to sell as soon after my death (if not sold before) as he can consistently either by private sale or otherwise as he may think best, for the purpose of paying a portion of my debts and the residue of my estate if any there should be after my death to be disposed of by him in the same way.
            Lastly.  I do hereby nominate constitute and appoint my friend Alexander Scranton of Brunswick Glynn County Executor of this my last will and testament.  Now it is my will and desire and special request that after my death my executor Alexander Scranton shall at once or as soon as practicable take into his possession all of my negroes and have full power and authority to hire out any portion or all of them at his discretion until he may receive wages or money from the hire of the same sufficient to pay all my just debts and all other expenses he may have to pay in settling my estate and a reasonable and just compensation for his services and trouble about the same, so that my estate may be free from all incumbrances that this will may be effectivally carried out.  Now should it so happen that my executor Alexander Scranton herein named should depart this life before this my will is fully carried out it is my will and desire that my friend Edgar C.P. Dart, Esq. be qualified as executor to this my will and he shall have the same power and authority that is given to my executor Alexander Scranton and for him to carry out this will the same as tho he should have lived to have carried it out.  In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and affixed my seal this twenty ninth day of April in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and fifty four (1854).

(her mark and seal)
Celia Lamb

Signed sealed published and declared by the said testator as and for her last will and testament in presence of us who in her presence and in that of each other have here unto set our hands as witness at her request.

B.M. Cargile
A.L. Blount
John R. Wood

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Joseph Florence Lasserre
10 December 1918
Will Book H pg. 29

State of Georgia}
County of Glynn}

            IN THE NAME OF GOD, AMEN. KNOW ALL MEN BY THESE PRESENTS, that I, Joseph F. Lasserre, of the City of Brunswick, said County and State, being of sound and disposing mind and memory, realizing the uncertainty of the affairs of this life, and the certainty and unmutability of the life to come, and desiring while I have the strength so to do, to make disposition of my affairs, do make, declare and publish this to be my last will and testament, hereby revoking any and all others heretofore made by me.
            Item 1. I desire my Executrix hereinafter named to pay all of my just debts, if any are left by me, and to that end she may sell any of my property for the purpose of the payment of debts, either at private or public sale. I do not anticipate leaving any debts, but in case there are any, she is authorized fully, without authority from any Court, to sell any of my property for that purpose.
            Item 2. I hereby give, devise and bequeath unto my beloved wife, Maria Lasserre, all of my property, of whatever kind or character or description the same may be, or wherever the same may be situated, absolutely to her, without any limitation whatever.
            Item 3. I hereby name, constitute and appoint my said wife, Mrs. Maria Lasserre, as executrix of this, my will. I have full faith and confidence in her integrity, and she need not make bond, or make returns to any Court of her actings and doings as such. She is hereby vested with full power and authority to make sale of my property, or any other disposition of the same, either at private or public sale, as she may so decide, and without obtaining authority from any Court whatever so to do, and she is hereby given full, ample and complete authority to make such disposition as she may think proper and best of my property.
            IN WITNESS WHEREOF I have hereunto set my hand and seal on this Tenth day of December, A.D. 1918.

Joseph F. Lasserre

Signed, sealed, declared and published by the said Joseph F. Lasserre as his last will and testament, in the presence of the undersigned witnesses, who subscribed our names as such witnesses at his special instance and request, he signing in our presence, and we signing in his presence and in the presence of each other, on this the Tenth day of December 1918.

C.D. Parker
H.R. Roberts


Filed in office 21 January 1919, Edwin W. Dart, Ordinary G.C. GA.

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Maria (Brown) Lasserre
24 February 1920
Will Book H pgs. 65-67

State of Georgia}
County of Glynn}

            In the Name of God, Amen.
            Know All Men By These Presents that I, the undersigned, Maria Lasserre, widow of the late Captain Joseph F. Lasserre, deceased, being of sound and disposing mind and memory, and recognizing the uncertainty of the affairs and things of this life, and the certainty of immortality and the life to come, do make, declare and publish this to be my last will and testament, hereby revoking and annulling any and all will or wills heretofore made by me.
            Item 1.  It is my desire and direction that the Executor hereinafter named shall, as soon as possible, pay off and discharge any indebtedness that I may leave unsatisfied at my death, I do not purpose, however, leaving any debts, except funeral expenses, and perhaps of last illness; and there may be sufficient funds with which to defray these; but if I do leave any valid outstanding obligations, it is my desire that they be paid and satisfied as soon as possible; and if it should be necessary to that end, my said executor is hereby authorized, empowered and directed to sell any of my estate, either real or personal, as to him may seem best, at private or public sale, as he may think proper, and without any order of any court or courts whatever to that end authorizing him so to do.
            Item 2.  I desire that my body be given decent and Christianlike burial in the family lot, Oak Grove, Brunswick, Georgia.  My resting place I desire to be marked with a suitable [sic] keeping with my condition in life which is already prepared and placed.  Our merciful Father has been good to me all through my life; and I know whom I have believed, and am persuaded that he is able to keep that which I have committed unto him against that day.  I desire that at my funeral ceremony there be sung "Abide with me" and "Lead kindly light."
            Item 3.  I hereby give, devise and bequeath unto Mrs. Selina Ligeour all of my furniture, rugs and carpets and family pictures which are now contained at and in the front bed-room of my residence at the corner of George and Wolf Streets in Brunswick, Georgia.
            Item 4.  I hereby give, devise and bequeath unto Mrs. J.C. Legeour [sic] all of my parlor furniture, and the back bed-room suit of furniture, and all of my Chinaware, rugs and carpets in the parlor and said back bedroom, located in the said residence and building at the corner of George and Wolf Streets, Brunswick, Georgia.
            Item 4 [sic].  I hereby give, devise and bequeath unto my friend, Mrs. W.W. Royal, of Brunswick, Georgia, my hall carpet; also my cedar box or cedar chest, which is now located in my bedroom at my said residence, and also the fireless cooker located in said residence.
            Item 5.  I hereby give, devise and bequeath unto Mrs. James V. McWhorter, of 163 Candler Street, Inman Park, Atlanta, Georgia, my watch and chain; also my diamond ring; also two large paintings now in the parlor of my said residence, one of said paintings being the "Cow and Milkmaid", and the other of said paintings being the Panel Picture of Roses."
            Item 6.  I hereby give, devise and bequeath unto Mrs. R.O. Ramsey the two large paintings and pictures in the parlor of my said residence, one of said pictures being known as "Mount Desert", now hanging over the mantelpiece in the parlor, and the other of said pictures being known as the "Picture Vase of Flowers".
            Item 7.  After payment of debts, funeral expenses and provisions for tombstone as herein provided, should there by any money left by me, I will and desire that it be divided into two protions; one of said portions shall go to and be received by my niece, Ethel Ligeour, and the other portion shall go to and be received by little Richard Ramsey.
            Item 8.  I hereby will, devise and bequeath my home and residence and the lot upon which the same is located, being situated at said corner of George and Wolf Streets in said City of Brunswick, and being a portion of Old Town Lot Number four hundred and thirty-two (#432), and being the Western Ninety by ninety (w.90x90) feet of said lot, equally to the First Methodist Church of Brunswick, Georgia, and to the Board of Trustees and Stewards of the said church; and to the Roman Catholic Church of Brunswick, Georgia, this devise being made by me by reason of the fact that my beloved husband, Captain Joseph Lasserre, was a Catholic, while I was a member of the Methodist Church.  During all of our married life, we had no friction over religion, and this devise is made to show that there was no friction whatever in our married life; and inasmuch as our daughters and near relatives have all been called from earth, and after mature thought and consideration, I have concluded that the lot and home place should to on-half to the Methodist Church and one-half to the Catholic Church of Brunswick, Georgia.
            Item 9.  I hereby constitute and appoint Mr. J.J. Vickers, and the minister in charge of the said First Methodist Church of Brunswick, Georgia, at the time probate of this will, and also Father J.T. Murphey and Father M.A. Cotter the present priests in charge of the Catholic Church in Brunswick, Georgia, as trustees with power under this will to carry into effect my wishes in regard to the said property.  I hereby direct the said Trustees to sell the said property to the very best advantage and interest, either at public or at private sale, as in their judgment they may think best.  In the event that the said Fathers Murphy [sic] and Cotter at the time this will is propounded may not then be in charge of the Catholic Church of Brunswick, Georgia, then the priest or priests of said Catholic Church in charge thereof are and shall be the substituted trustees representing said Catholic Church in carrying out the terms of this item of this will; and in the event that the sad J.J. Vickers may himself be deceased, or not willing to act as trustee under this will, then and in that event any one or more of the said trustees shall have the power to fully carry out my wishes in regard to said property; it being directed, however, that there shall be one representative of the Methodist Church and one of the Catholic Church as trustees to conduct the said sale, and make to the purchaser or purchasers either at public or private sale, a deed to the said property.  After the said property has been sold to the best advantage, and the expense of the sale has been paid, including a reasonable fee for the Attorney making the title to such purchaser, one-half of the net proceeds of the sale of said property shall go to and be received by the Board of Trustees for said Methodist Church, to be used by them in their uncontrolled discretion for the benefit and advantage of said Church.  I would like, however, for the said proceeds to be used in the erection, or in the aid to the erection of an annex to the Sunday School to the said First Methodist Church; but as to that I will leave it entirely to the good judgment of the Board of Stewards and Trustees of said Church.  As to the disposition of the one-half net proceeds arriving from sale of said property to go to the said Catholic Church, I leave that entirely to the direction of the Priest or Priests in charge of said Catholic Church to be used by him or them as a memorial to my loved and lamented husband, Captain Joseph Lasserre.  It is my will and desire that the Executor hereinafter named shall see to it that the terms of this item of my will are fully carried out, and to that end he is directed to join with the Trustees who may act with reference to the sale of the said property, and shall join with them in the marking of the said deed to said purchaser or purchasers; he to act in a supervisory capacity, but should he fail or refuse to act in that capacity, the action of the trustees, or any two of them representing the said two Churches shall be valid and binding, and convey the title to said property to the said purchaser or purchasers.
            Item 10.  I hereby constitute and appoint my friend, D.W. Krauss as Executor of this my will, to carry out the terms hereof, as herein provided.  I have full faith and confidence in his honor and integrity, and he need not be required to give bond or make any return of his actings and doings in the premises.  He shall be allowed as his compensation the same compensation as is allowed to administrators for services rendered, including commission on the value of the property to be sold, as well as the value of the bequeaths herein made.
            This February 24th, 1920.

Mrs. Maria Lasserre, Testatrix.

Signed, sealed, declared and published by the said Mrs. Maria Lasserre as her last will and testament in the presence of us, the undersigned witnesses, all of Brunswick, Georgia, who subscribed our names hereto as witnesses at the special instance and request of the said Testatrix, she signing in our presence and we signing in her presence and in the presence of each other, on this said 24th day of February, 1920.

Minnie Lee Krauss
Edna B. Miller
Ophelia P. Dickey

Witnesses, all of Brunswick, Georgia

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Asenath Ann Lewellyn
27 February 1928

Will Book H pgs. 153-154
[Glynn County Probate Court]

Glynn County, Georgia

            I, Asenath Ann Lewellyn, of said State and County, being of sound and disposing mind and memory, do make this my last will and testament, hereby revoking any and all others by me heretofore made.
            Item I--I desire that my body be buried in a decent and Christianlike manner, in Brunswick, Glynn County, Georgia.
            Item II--I desire and direct that all my just debts be paid without unnecessary delay, by my executor hereinafter named and appointed.
            Item III--I desire that if there are sufficient funds, a small and inexpensive stone or marker shall designate my last resting place.
            Item IV--I give and bequeath to my good friends Mrs. Carolina E. Ross and Miss Bonnie Ross, of Brunswick, Georgia, the sum of one hundred dollars to be paid to them jointly, but in the event of the death of either before the probate of this instrument, the total sum of one hundred dollars shall be paid to the survivor.
            Item V--I give and bequeath to the First Baptist Church of Brunswick, Georgia, all of the remainders and residue of my estate, to be used by it in any manner and for any purpose it may desire.
            Item VI--I do hereby appoint Mr. Millard Reese, of said State and county, as executor of this my last will and testament, and hereby expressly relieve him of making any inventory or appraisement of my estate or from giving any bond or making any return to any court whatever.
            This seventh day of February, 1928.

Asenath Ann Lewellyn X her mark {seal}

            Signed, sealed, published and declared by Asenath Ann Lewellyn as her last will and testament, in the presence of the undersigned as witnesses, she first signing in our presence and we then, at her special instance and request, signing in her presence and in the presence of each other.
            This seventh day of February, 1928

Annie L. Porter
Edna A. Ferguson
O.F. Gilbert

Probated 22 October 1928

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James Audimas Lowe, Sr.
30 April 1928

Will Book H pg. 158
[Glynn County Probate Court]

Georgia Glynn County

            I, James A. Lowe, of said State and county, being of sound and disposing mind and memory, do make this my last will and testament, hereby revoking and annulling all others by me heretofore made.
            1.  I desire and direct that my body be buried in a decent Christian like manner, suitable to my circumstances and condition in life.
            2.  I desire and direct that all my just debts be paid, without unnecessary delay by my Executrix hereinafter named appointed.
            3.  I give, and bequeath and devise to my beloved wife, America Eunice Lowe, of Glynn County, Georgia, all of my property, both real and personal, my money and choses in action which I shall own at the time of my death.
            4.  I hereby constitute and appoint my beloved wife, America Eunice Lowe, Executrix of this my last will and testament, and I expressly confer upon her the power as such to administer my estate, excising her from giving bond, or making any returns to the Ordinary, and I expressly confer upon her the full authority and power to sell any part of my estate at public or private sale, with or without notice, as she may deem best, and without any order of Court, making good and sufficient conveyances to the purchasers and holding the proceeds of said sale to her use.
            This 30th day of April 1928.

James A. Lowe {LS}

            Signed, sealed, declared and published by James A. Lowe as his last will and testament, in the presence of us, the undersigned, who subscribe our names hereto in the presence of said testator, after he had signed his name thereto, and at his special instance and request, and in the presence of each other.
            This 30th day of April 1928.

Nick Papadimos
Julia M. Dart
F.M. Scarlett

 

Georgia Glynn County
            I do solemnly swear that this writing contains the true last will and testament of James A. Lowe, deceased, so far as I know and believe and that I will well and truly execute the same according to the laws of Georgia, So help me God.

America Eunice Lowe

Sworn to and subscribed before me, this 24 day of January 1929, Edwin W. Dart, Ordinary, G.C. Ga.

Recorded Jan. 28th 1929.

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Sarah Ann Lucree
24 November 1911

State of Georgia}
Chatham County}

            In the name of God Amen.
            I, Sarah Ann Lucree, being of sound memory and discretion do hereby declare this to be my last will and testament hereby expressly revoking any previous wills I may have made.
            Item first:  I direct that all of my just debts be paid as soon as the nature, character and extend of the same can be known and definitely ascertained.
            Item second:  I give and bequeath to my daughter Margaret Cole formerly Margaret Lucree any and all property that I may be seized and possessed of at the time of my death, both real and personal of every kind, character and description.  In thus bequeathing all of my property to my said daughter I wish it known that I am not doing so on account of any greater love I have for my daughter than for others who are near of kin to me.  My reason being that she is a widow in reduced circumstances and it is my opinion she is in greater need of assistance than the others.
            Item third:  I do hereby nominate, constitute and appoint my said daughter Margaret Cole the sole executrix of this my last will and testament, she to serve without giving any bond.  I desire that no inventory or appraisement of my estate by made and no returns of the actings or doings of my said executrix be made to the court of Ordinary or to any other court.
            I hereby authorize and empower my said executrix to sell the whole or any part of my estate at either public or private sale without any order of court.  My purpose being that immediately upon my death the title to all my property shall vest absolutely in the said Margaret Cole and she to have generally all rights of ownership and be authorized to deal with the same in like manner as I could when in life.
            IN TESTIMONY WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand and affixed my seal this 24th day of November in the year of our Lord one thousand nine hundred and eleven.

Sarah Ann X Lucree {L.S.}
Her mark

Signed, Sealed, published and declared by the testatrix Sarah Ann Lucree as her last will and testament and we in her presence and in the presence of each other at her special instance and request do hereunto subscribe our names as witnesses this 24th day of November in the year of Our Lord One thousand Nine hundred and Eleven. 

Robt. L. Colding
Everette Iseman
John H. Morrow

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James C. Mangham
28 October 1847
Inventories & Appraisements Vol. E pgs. 106 & 107

Georgia}
Glynn County}

            In the name of God Amen. I James C. Mangham of the County and State aforesaid, planter, being of sound mind and memory and knowing the uncertainty of Life, do make and publish this my last will and Testament. 1. I desire that all my just debts be paid. 2d. I give and bequeath to R. Hazlehurst in trust to and for the use of my oldest son William W. Mangham, two Negroes namely Bill and Mary which said two Negroes shall be and remain for the use of my said son William during his life time, and at his death, be equally divided between his surviving brother and sister James S. Sysigambis. But should the said William marry and have lawful issue, then it is my wish that the said two Negroes with the increase of the female shall go to his children. 3d. on the death of my wife Ann Mangham of Florida, I direct that the negro woman Maria with her children shall be sold and the proceeds of the same be divided equally between the Trustees of Frances Piles to and for her use and my Daughter Sysigambis. 4th My other Negroes I give and bequeath to my two Children James Solomon and Sysigambis to be equally divided among them when James S. shall be of age share and share alike; except Sophia and her child Mary them I give to my friend Mrs. Rebecca Rumph for the term of her natural life, and at her death to revert to my said two children James S. and Sysigambis. 5th It is my will that the whole of my real estate situate to lying and being in the state of Georgia shall remain to the use of my three children Wm. W. James S. and Sysigambis as aforesaid until the youngest shall be of age or marry unless my Executor hereinafter to be named may deem it best that it should be sold and the interest thereon be applied to the education and maintenance of the same--All my other property of whatever kind, I will and bequeath to my three children above named subject to the use and trust aforesaid share and share alike. 6th I hereby nominate and appoint Robert Hazlehurst and Alexander McDonald Executors of this my last will, hereby revoking all other wills by me before made.
            In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal this twenty eighth day of October in the year of our Lord One thousand Eight hundred and forty seven.

J.C. Mangham {LS}

Signed and sealed in presence of

John D. Rumph
David C. Lowrie
Mary E. X Rumph

her mark

[Shortly after James' death, his children died as well.  Sysigambis was away at school in Scotsborough, her teacher W. Baird took care of her and eventually her funeral, I assume which occurred in Scotsborough.--Amy Hedrick]

Probated 6 December 1847

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Peter Massie
19 March 1839

Inventories & Appraisements Vol. D pgs. 375-377
[Glynn County Probate Court]

            In The Name of God Amen. I Peter Massie of Elizabeth Town [sic] in the county of Essex and State of New Jersey, do make and publish and declare this my last will and Testament hereby revoking all former Wills by me made:--In primis I give and devise to my Dearly beloved wife Sarah Massie and to her heirs forever the House and Lot and improvements thereon formerly called Rook House wherein I now reside, together with all my Household and Kitchen furniture in the same and every thing belonging thereto also my Horse Barouck Waggon [sic] yoke of Oxen Cows and Calves in Elizabeth town [sic] aforesaid also my Farm together with the farming utensils thereunto belonging of every Description.
            Item. I give and bequeath to my said Wife the sum of Twenty Five Thousand Dollars which devises and bequeath are in lieu of dower in all and every of my land and real Estate whatsoever and wheresoever.
            Item. I give and bequeath to Anna Elizabeth the Daughter of my Wife Sarah the sum of fifteen thousand Dollars, if my dear[?] wife shall consent to the bequest.
            Item. I give and bequeath to Hannah Williams the mother of my said Wife the sum of five Thousand Dollars.
            It is my wish that as soon after my decease and convenient My executors to pay all of my just Debts, with the proceeds of my Bank Stock or any Money in hand at the time of my decease I have in charge of Francis M. Scarlett and Stephen M. Timmons Two of my Executors hereinafter named. My seven Negroe Slaves Viz. Johny and Bella and her child Elizabeth, Peggy, Monday, Robert, Nancy of whom shall receive[?] for his and hers own use the Money and earnings arising from their own labours and the said Negros to remain my property.
            Item. It is my wish that as soon as can be conveniently done after my decease, my Plantation in the state of Georgia called Bonaventure together with all my negro slaves and every thing belonging to the said plantation be sold except any portion of the same that I may separate from the same by grant or device.
            Item. Francis M. Scarlett Esq. to have the preference of my property in Georgia Viz. Bonaventure and Negroes for the Estate of John Parland Esq. to be valued by three Independent Gentlemen Under affidavit and according to their knowledge in the value of the same.-- Item. I bequeath to Francis M. Scarlett and Stephen M. Timmons Esquire Both of Glynn County and state of Georgia for the Use and benefit of my slave Johny all of my wearing apparel trunks Books all of my Black Smith tools Two Horses four oxen four cows One Bull, One Waggon, One cart and all of my carpenters tools In the State of Georgia also Two Hundred Acres of Pine Land called Mannings[?] track [sic] -- Item. I bequeath to Francis M. Scarlett Esq. for the use and benefit of my Negro Johny all of my Household furniture and all of my Kitchen furniture at my Plantation Bonaventure above mentioned. -- Item. I give and bequeath for the Education of the poor children of Glynn County Georgia the sum of Five Thousand Dollars to be applied for that purpose in such manner as the justice of the Inferior Court of said County may direct. -- Item. I give and bequeath for the Education of the poor children in the city of Savannah the sum of Five Thousand Dollars to be applied for that purpose in such a manner as the Corporate Authority of said city shall direct. -- Item. I give and bequeath to the Revnd. Nicholas N. Murry and the Revnd. David Magee of Elizabeth Town aforesaid and to the Survivors of them and to their Heirs Executors or administrators of the Survivors of them the sum of five Thousand Dollars in trust to be applied in such manner as they shall direct for the Education of the Poor Children of the Township of Elizabeth in the county of Essex and state of New Jersey. -- Item. I give and bequeath to my Executors the Revnd. Nicholas N. Murry and Gidion Ross of Essex County New Jersey and Francis M. Scarlett Esq. and Stephen M. Timmons of Glynn County Georgia the sum of One Thousand Dollars Each. -- Item. I give and bequeath to the American Board of Commissioners for foreign Missionarys [sic] all of the rest of my Estate Real and personal, Lastly I hereby appoint my beloved wife Sarah Massie the Revd. Nicholas N. Murry and Gidion Ross of the county of Essex and State of New Jersey, Executors of this my Last will and Testament for the management of my property in the state of New Jersey and I appoint Francis M. Scarlett Esq. and Stephen M. Timmons Esq. of Glynn County & State of Georgia, Executors to this my last will and Testament for the management of my property in the State of Georgia. -- Item. I leave as guardian for my negro, viz. Johny, Bella and her child Elizabeth Peggy Monday Robert and Nancy and if Johny wants Alick he can have him at the value he is appraised at. -- Francis M. Scarlett Esq. and Stephen M. Timmons Esq.
            In Witness whereof I have hereunto set my Hand and affixed my seal this the nineteenth day of March in the year of our Lord One Thousand Eight Hundred and Thirty nine.
            Signed Sealed Published and delivered by the above named Peter Massie as and for his Last will and Testament, In the presence of us who have hereunto subscribed our names in the presence of the said Testator and Each other.

Peter Massie {LS}

Francis D. Scarlett
Zachariah Timmons
Andrew B. Scarlett

Witnesses

Probated 31 August 1840

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Rev. Edmund Matthews
20 July 1827

Inventories & Appraisements Vol. D pgs. 166 & 167
[Glynn County Probate Court]

            In the name of Almighty God, and by his divine permission I Edmund Matthews of the State of Georgia this 20th day of July 1827 do make this my last Will and testament & hereby publish and declare it as follows. First, I direct that all my legal debts be paid. I say emphatically legal debts. I will and order also that my property real & personal shall be kept together and worked as during my life time, unless it becomes unproductive. Then I desire that is shall be disposed of at public auction, the proceeds of which to be laid out in the purchase of Government or Chartered Bank Stock. The Interest thereof to be applied to the maintenance of my family. On the day of Marriage or arrival at age of my Daughter Anne Elizabeth, I will and bequeath one part or moiety[?] of my estate, or of Government or Bank Stock, with a positive injunction that her moiety or portion be secured or settled or her by marriage settlement by my Executors so that she may not be answerable for her Husbands debts. To my Sons Edmund Matthews and George Matthews on their arrival at mature age, I will and bequeath to each a part or moiety of my Estate equal to that of their Sister aforesaid. To my beloved wife Jane Elizabeth Matthews I will and bequeath a part or moiety of my said estate equal to that of my children aforesaid. To my daughter Jane Margaret Matthews, I will & bequeath of my aforesaid Estate an equal part or moiety the same attention being paid to securing her moiety or portion as is required of my Executors on the part of my other Daughter above named. To my unnatural Son Joshua Ward Matthews I will & bequeath twenty Dollars in observance to a requisition of the Law, he being unworthy of account[?], having already received and dissipated his portion of my Estate. I further will & desire the any sum received as indemnity for Spoliations by the British Government, shall be laid out in the purchase of Government or Bank Stock, and that the aforesaid Legatees viz: Jane Elizabeth Matthews, (my beloved wife) Ann Elizabeth Matthews, Edmund Matthews, Geo Matthews, Jane Margaret Matthews (my children) shall be entitled to an equal moiety (each) of this said Stock, subject each to the same restrictions, as heretofore required. Should either of the Children die, before the attainment of legal age or marriage of the females, then and in such case the moiety of the deceased shall be divided equally among the surviving Children. To my future issue, the fruit of my own body, by my wife aforesaid, I will & bequeath an equal moiety or portion with the rest of my children of the real & personal Estate and the anticipated indemnity for Spoliations by the British Government. To Joshua Ward Matthews I will not a Cent than the twenty dollars already expressed and bequeathed to him in this my last Will & Testament. And do hereby constitute and appoint my Dear Wife Jane Elizabeth Matthews Executrix to her widowhood only with my Daughter Ann Elizabeth, my Son George, Mr. Samuel Wright and my friend Allen B. Powell Executrices and Executors to this my last Will & Testament.

Witness my hand & Seal this 20th day July 1827

Edmund Matthews

Witness Jas. H. Giekie, Thos. H. Armstrong, Duncan Fort.

Probated 14 February 1828

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John W. McLeod
20 November 1831

Inventories & Appraisements Vol. D pgs. 255 & 256
[Glynn County Probate Court]

Georgia }
Glynn County } In the name o God Amen.

            I John W. McLeod of the County and State aforesaid being weak in Body but of sound mind and memory thanks be given unto God do make & ordain this my last will and Testament. To wit: first it is my desire that all the landed property lying in Glynn County also all plantation tools and utensils that I may dye [sic] possessed of should be sold either at public or private sale & as soon after my death as my executrix or executor hereinafter named as the case may be shall think expedient and the proceeds thereof to be applied to the payment of my just debts if not previously paid and the balance thereof of any to be appropriated to the benefit of my heirs. Secondly all my negroes are on the first day of January in each year to be let out at public hire and the proceeds of said hire to be appropriated to the raising and schooling of my children and the maintenance of my wife Eliza S. McLeod for and during the time of their minority and at the expiration of such time my said estate is to be equally divided between my children viz. James M., Sarah Ann, John Wm. & Samuel & my wife Eliza S. McLeod. My stock of cattle, hogs, horses & their increase are to remain with my wife to be used and applied to the support of herself and my children until the time of a general Division, when whatever remains of them and their increase are to be divided with the rest of my property. And I do hereby appoint my beloved wife Eliza S. McLeod my sole executrix to this my last will and testament for and during the term of my Childrens minority. Provided nevertheless that if my said wife should intermarry during said term that then and in that case her power as executrix shall cease determine[?] and be void to all intents and purposes and she shall be found to surrender into the hands of my trusty friend James Myers of the County aforesaid in which case I appoint him my sole executor the whole of my estate also all money, accounts & in as short and reasonable time after such surrender the said James Myers under the auspices of the Courts of Ordinary shall cause a just and equal distribution of my said Estate between my aforesaid children & my wife and such portion as may fall to my said wife the said James Myers shall surrender unto her, but shall have power to retain such portions as shall fall to my children and manage the same for their advantage during their minority in the manner above pointed out and shall then cause equal distribution to be made between them but at such distribution my said wife is to claim no further part than what she has already received and in no case must her husband act as guardian or trustee for any of my said children so far as relates to the property bequeathed them by this will.
            Ratifying this and only this to be my last will and testament and disallowing all other previous wills testaments and bequests by me in any wise made. I hereunto set my hand and affix my seal this twentieth day of Novr. in the year of our Lord Eighteen hundred & thirty one.

John W. McLeod {LS}

Signed sealed & declared in presence of Urbanus Dart, Mary Moore, Saml. L. Myers

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CODICIL--This Codicil is to explain to all to whom these presents shall come that the above testator Jno. W. McLeod was at the time of his marriage with his present wife embarrassed with certain debts to some considerable amount and that after his marriage and during the term of his embarrassment he the testator in order to secure to his said wife a support during life in case he should dye [sic] without discharging said debts did execute a certain deed of conveyance to one James Moore now dead of the County of Glynn in which deed the said testator conveyed all of his property to the said James Moore and the said James Moore by a certain deed of conveyance bearing date some short time after the date of the above mentioned deed did convey to William Moore & John Burnett, Jr. both of the county aforesaid as trustees & in trust for my said wife Eliza S. McLeod all of the property conveyed to him by the said testator but the said testator having lived to discharge all of said debts then due and having since had the within named children now explains the intention of said deed of conveyance to the said James Moore and from him to the said Wm. Moore & John Burnett in order that the foregoing will may according to the principals of equity and Justice be carried into effect and the said Eliza S. McLeod wife of the Testator admits the truth of this explanation and voluntarily agrees that she will carry into execution in every particular the foregoing will notwithstanding said deed of conveyance as the purpose for which they were intended have been fully realized. In witness whereof the said parties have hereunto set their hands and seals this twentieth day of Novr. Eighteen Hundred and thirty one.

John W. McLeod {LS}

Eliza S. McLeod {LS}

Signed Sealed & acknowledged in presence of Urbanus Dart, Mary Moore, Samuel Myers

Probated 9 January 1832

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Madge Burns Merritt
24 December 1929

Will Book H pg. 272
[Glynn County Probate Court]

Georgia, Glynn County:
            I, Madge Burns Merritt, being of sound and disposing mind and memory, do make and declare this instrument to be my last will and testament.
            I wish and direct that my Executors hereinafter named shall pay all my just debts as soon as possible after my death.
            I wish and direct that all my books be given to the Brunswick Public Library.
            I wish and direct that my body be placed in Frederica Cemetery at Christ Church on St. Simons Island, Georgia, and that a simple but substantial marker be placed over my grave with the following inscription:  “Madge Burns Merritt (date of birth and date of death) For God and Home and Native Land”.
            I wish and direct that my dear sister, Helen Burns Hanford, of Leesburg, Florida, shall receive in full all my property, both real and personal, of which I may die possessed, except the bequest named in the following paragraph.
            If at the time of my death my estate is of sufficient value that in the opinion of my Executors it will bring to my sister a reasonable amount, then and in that event, I wish and direct that my Executors establish a loan scholarship of five hundred dollars ($500.00), to be known as the Madge Burns Merritt Scholarship, and to be administered by the Board of Education of Glynn County; this scholarship to be available to the country girls of Glynn County who have completed satisfactorily the high school training in Glynn Academy, and have graduated therefrom, and who are desirous of pursuing a higher education and wish to specialize in Home Economics.  I wish, however, to leave the matter of establishing this scholarship or not establishing it entirely in the hands of my Executors hereinafter named.  They are also to work out the details of the agreement by which the fund is to be administered.
            I wish and direct that my two friends, Margaret Davis Cate and Alfred O. Townsend, shall be and act as the Executors of this my last will and testament and shall be relieved of giving bond or making any returns.  I wish to leave the matter entirely in their hands as to whether they shall sell some part or my property to satisfy my debts or to establish the loan scholarship above referred to, or they may sell it all and deliver to my sister the cash money instead of the property as she and they may wish.  Any property that is to be sold may be sold at public or private sale as my Executors may deem best.
            Witness my hand and seal on this the 24th day of December, one thousand nine hundred and twenty-nine.

Madge B. Merritt

Signed, sealed, and delivered in the presence of:

Margaret Davis Cate
Butler Yopp
A.O. Townsend

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Tim Meyers
18 July 1882

Will Book G pg. 451
[Glynn County Probate Court]

State of Georgia
County of Glynn

            I Tim Meyers being of sound and disposing mind and memory do make this my last will and testament.
            Item 1st:  I desire that my body be given Christian burial and that the expenses thereof be paid out of my estate.
            Item 2nd:  I give and bequeath to Sarah Meyers all of my property real or personal or mixed which may belong to me to be for the use benefit and behoof of her and the children born to her.
            Item 3rd:  I nominate and appoint Sarah Meyers my sole Executrix with full power to dispose of any and all property of mine in her discretion at public or private sale and with or without notice.  I desire that no bond be required of her as Executrix as aforesaid.

Tim Meyers {LS}

Signed sealed published and declared in presence of Tim Meyers & in the presence of each other as the last will and Testament of the said Tim Meyers this July 18th 1882.

James R. Abrams
Eliza Braxton
W.E. Kay

 

Georgia
Glynn County

            I William E. Kay do swear that I signed the name of Tim Meyers to the foregoing will by his wish in his presence and by his discretion after the same was read over to him and that I as well as the said James R. Abrams and Eliza Braxton were present at the publication of said will and that I signed the same as a subscribing witness and that I saw James R. Abrams and Eliza Braxton also signed the same as subscribing witnesses in my presence and in the presence of the said Tim Meyers and that said Tim Meyers was at the time of such signing of sound mind and disposing memory.

W.E. Kay

Sworn to and subscribed before me this 9th day of Oct. 1882, Edgar C.P. Dart, Ordinary Glynn County, Georgia.

 

State of Georgia}
Glynn County}

            I do solemnly swear that this writing contains the true last will of the within named Tim Meyers deceased so far as I know or believe and that I will well and truly execute the same in accordance with the laws of this state so help me God.

Sworn to and subscribed before me this 29th Oct. 1882, Edgar C.P. Dart Ordinary G.C. Ga.

Received this 6th Nov. 1882, E.C.P. Dart Ordinary.

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Jeremiah Milbank
31 May 1882

Will Book G pgs. 482-488
[Glynn County Probate Court]

            I Jeremiah Milbank of the city of New York being of sound and disposing mind and memory do hereby make, publish and declare this my last will and testament.
            First I direct that my just debts and funeral expenses be paid out of my estate as soon after my decease as practical.
            Second I give devise and bequeath to my beloved wife Elizabeth L. Milbank all my household goods and chattels, furniture, plate, apparel, paintings, stalvary, horses and carriages, and also the sum of one hundred thousand dollars in cash and also the house and lot where I now reside number six East Thirty Eight Street, New York City, and also all of my real estate situate in the town and Borough of Greenwich, Fairfield County, State of Connecticut, and all the improvements thereon.  To have and to hold to her and her heirs assigns for her and their own sole use and benefit forever.
            Third I give devise and bequeath to my son Joseph Milbank one hundred thousand dollars in cash to my daughter Elizabeth Milbank Anderson one hundred thousand dollars in cash; to my brother Isaac M. Milbank ten thousand dollars in cash; to my nephew Albert J. Milbank ten thousand dollars in cash; to my niece Annie Mae Collum ten thousand dollars, and to my friend Reverend Charles D.W. Bridgman ten thousand dollars in cash.
            Fourth All the rest residue and remainder of my estate real and personal, I devise to my executors, to have and to hold the same upon the trusts hereinafter named and I direct my executors, or such as shall qualify to sell such real estate and convert the same into money for the purposes of the division hereinafter directed, hereby giving my executors or such of them as shall from time to time qualify and be entitled to act as such, full power and authority to execute all proper [illegible] for the conveyance of any and all my real estate on such terms as they shall think best also to collect in and convert into money all personal securities and to change investments in such manner as to them shall seem best and which shall be conducive to the best interests of and security of my estate, and until the sale of my real estate and the division as hereinafter directed to let and rent the same and to collect the rents issues and profits thereof, as well as the interest and dividends upon my personal property.
            Fifth The residue of my estate above devised to my executors in trust, and the proceeds thereof I hereby direct them to divide into four equal parts or shares to be disposed of by them in manner hereinafter directed.
            Sixth One of said quarter parts or shares I hereby devise to my wife Elizabeth L. Milbank, and I direct my executors to pay the same to her to have and to hold to her sole use and benefit.
            Seventh One other of said quarter parts or shares I hereby devise to my son Joseph Milbank to be paid over to him by my executors.
            Eighth One other of said quarter parts or shares I hereby direct my executors to pay as follows:  viz:  to my daughters Elizabeth Milbank Anderson, eleven-twentieths of the principal of said quarter share to have and to hold as her sole and absolute property; the remaining nine-twentieth of said quarter part or share I direct my executors to keep invested for my said daughter’s benefit during her life to collect the interest and income hereof and to pay over such interest and [illegible] to her in quarterly or semi annual payments as may be most convenient for her sole and separate use, independent of any husband she may have; and upon my said daughter’s death I hereby devise and direct my executors to pay the principal of said nine twentieths of said quarter to her lawful issue then living in equal shares, provided that said issue shall have arrived at the age of twenty-five years; but if, at the date of the decease of my said daughter, her children or either of them then living shall not have arrived at the age of twenty five years, I direct my executors to hold in trust such share which said child would have received had she or he have reached the age of twenty five years, at which time the principal sum of such share shall be paid over to such child, and I direct my executors to apply as much of the income arising from the funds thus held by them in trust pending the attainment by such child to the age of twenty five years in the support, maintenance and education of such child, as in their judgement [sic] may seem wise and proper.  Any accumulations from surplus incomes that may arise, I direct to be paid over to such child upon arriving at the age of twenty five years.
            If, at the date of the decease of my daughter there should be no lawful issue of her then living, but if there should be then living lawful issue of my said daughter’s children, then I direct that such portion of the said nine twentieth as would have been taken by any child of my daughter if living, shall be taken by the lawful issue of such deceased child of my daughter.  If, at the date of my daughter’s decease there should not be living any of her lawful issue, not any lawful issue of any child of my said daughter, then I devise the said nine twentieths of said share, and I direct my executors to pay the same to my wife and son Joseph Milbank in equal shares, if both be living, if either be not living then the whole of said nine twentieths to the survivor of them; if both be dead* then to the lawful issue of my said son’s lawful issue, but if no lawful issue of my son’s children be then living, then one third part of the same to my brother Isaac M. Milbank and his heirs; one third par tof same to my nephew Albert J. Milbank and his heirs, and if my brother James C. Milbank should then be living, I direct that the income arising from one third part of same be given to him during his life, and upon his decease the principal of said third part shall be taken, one half by Isaac M. Milbank and his heirs and one half by Albert J. Milbank and his heirs.  In case of the death of either of my daughter’s children without issue or her death before arriving at the age of twenty five years, then the share held in trust for the one so dying to go to his or her brother or sister [illegible].  *Then to the lawful issue of my son Joseph if any then living if none then living.
            Ninth The remaining one quarter part or share of my estate devised to my executors in trust, I direct to be kept invested by my executors during the life of my wife, and the interest and income thereof I direct to be paid to her during her life in quarterly or semi annual payments as may be most convenient; upon her death I direct the principal of said quarter to be disposed of as follows:  One half part thereof I devise and direct to be paid to my son, Joseph Milbank, or, if he be not then living, to his lawful issue, in equal shares; or, in the event that no such lawful issue should then be living, then to the lawful issue of my of my [sic] said son’s children; the other half thereof I direct my executors to divide into two shares, one of which shares I devise and direct to be paid to my daughter, Elizabeth Milbank Anderson, if she be living at the date of the decease of my wife, and one share of which I direct my executors to keep invested for my daughter’s benefit during her life, to collect the interest and income thereof and to pay over such interest and income to her in quarterly or semi annual payments, as may be most convenient for her sole and separate use independent of any husband she may have; and upon my said daughter’s death, I hereby devise and direct my executors to pay the principal of said share to her lawful issue then living, and in the event that no such lawful issue should then be living, then to the lawful issue of the children of my daughter, if any should be living, in the same manner and upon the same terms and conditions, and subject to the same provisions as are set forth and directed in the Eighth item of this will, in respect to the nine twentieths of one said quarter share therein referred.  In the event that my wife should survive my said daughter, then, it is my will that the one quarter of the share ot be held in trust for my wife during her life, which my daughter would have taken had she survived my wife, and the one quarter of the share to be held in trust for my wife during her life, the income of which would have been enjoyed by my daughter had she survived my wife, I devise and direct my executors to hold both of said quarters in trust to be paid to the lawful issue of my daughter, and if there should be no such lawful issue then living then to the lawful issue of the children of my daughter if any should be living in the same manner, upon the same terms and conditions, and subject to the same provisions as are set forth and directed in the Eight item of this will in respect to the nine twentieths of the quarter share therein referred to.  Upon the death of my wife, if neither my son nor any of his lawful issue, nor any lawful issue of my said son’s children be then living, then the one half of said quarter share herein provided to be held in trust for my wife above devised to my son and his heirs, shall be kept invested for my daughter’s benefit during her life, the income and interest of which shall be paid to her in quarterly or semi annual payments, as may be most convenient, for her sole and separate use independent of any husband she may have and upon my said daughter’s death, I hereby devise and direct my executors to pay the principal of the one half of the said quarter to her lawful issue then living, and if there should be no such lawful issue then living, then to the lawful issue of the children of my daughter, if any should be living, in the same manner, upon the same terms and conditions, and subject to the same provisions as are set forth and directed in the Eighth item of this will in respect to the nine twentieths of the quarter share therein referred to, but if my said daughter should not be living at the date of the death of my wife, I hereby devise and direct my executors to pay the principal of this one half of the said quarter to the lawful issue of my daughter then living, if there should be no such lawful issue then living, then the lawful issue of the children of my daughter if any should be living, in the same manner, upon the same terms and conditions, and subject to the same provisions as are set forth and directed in the Eighth item of this will, in respect to the nine twentieths of the quarter share therein referred to.  But if my daughter be not living at the date of my wife’s death, nor any of her lawful issue, nor any lawful issue of my daughter’s children, then, the one half of said quarter share directed to be paid over to her, and to her lawful issue, shall be paid to my son Joseph Milbank, if he be then living, or if he be not living, to his lawful issue then living, and if there should be no such lawful issue of my son then living, then to the lawful issue of the children of my said son, in equal shares.
            If neither my son nor daughter, nor lawful issue of either, nor lawful issue of the children of either my son or daughter be living at the date of the decease of my wife then I devise said quarter part or share, and direct the same to paid [sic] over on my wife’s death, such person or persons, or corporation, as my wife shall by Deed or Will appoint, and in default of her appointment, to my brother Isaac M. Milbank, and his heirs, one third part of the same to my nephew Albert J. Milbank, one third part of the same (and his heirs), and if my brother James C. Milbank be then living, I direct that the income arising from one third part of the same be given to him during his life, and upon his decease the principal of said third part shall be taken one half by Isaac M. Milbank and his heirs, and one half by Albert J. Milbank and his heirs; but if at the death of my wife, James C. Milbank should not be living, then the third part which would have been held in trust for his benefit shall be taken, one half by Isaac M. Milbank and his heirs, and one half by Albert J. Milbank and his heirs.
            Tenth In case of the death of my son or daughter before my decease, having lawful issue, then the bequests and shares above intended for them respectfully shall be paid to their to their [sic] respective issue in equal shares, as they severally arrive at the age of twenty five years, the interests and income of the shares, of each, or such portion of the same as my executors shall deem wise and proper, shall be applied to their maintenance, support and education and any accumulation of surplus income that may arise, I direct to be paid over to them as they severally arrive at the age of twenty five years.  In case either my son or daughter should die before me, without leaving lawful issue or, in case of my wife’s death before my decease, then, the provisions made for them respectfully in the Second, Third, Sixth, Seventh, Eighth and Ninth items of this will, and the shares of my estate therein intended for them respectfully that is to say:  for the one so dying before me shall go, and I hereby devise the same to the survivors or survivor in equal shares (the children to take the share their parents would have had, if living), to be paid, invested, enjoyed and disposed of in the same manner, and subject to the same eventual disposition as is provided in respect to the quarter share intended for each, respectfully, in the Sixth, Seventh, and Eighth items of this will.  It being my intention that whatever my wife, son or daughter may take under this item of my will, as survivor of the other, shall be taken or enjoyed by each respectively, and be disposed of in the same manner as the shares devised for each in the Sixth, Seventh and Eights items of this Will.
            Eleventh If in any contingency, my estate, or any part thereof, which I may have at my decease, shall not be effectually disposed of under the foregoing provisions of my will, then, such part of my estate not effectually disposed of under the foregoing provisions, I hereby devise to my wife, son, and daughter, such of them or their issue as may be living at the time of my decease in equal shares the children of my son or daughter to take the share their parents would have if living; if none then should be then living, then to the lawful issue of the children of my son or daughter, if any, if none then living then I direct my executors to pay over one half the sum to my brother Isaac M. Milbank, and his heirs, and one half of the same to my nephew Albert J. Milbank and his heirs.
            Twelfth I hereby appoint my wife, Elizabeth L. Milbank executrix, my son Joseph Milbank, Executor, and my daughter Elizabeth Milbank Anderson, executrix of this my Last Will and Testament.
            (The word “to” on sixth line of page two and the words “be living”, on the twenty fifth line of page four, erased and the words, “of the quarter shares” on lines second and third of page sixth and the words, “of the quarter share” on the nineteenth line of page six, inserted before execution.)
            The provision for my wife is in lieu of dower.
            In witness whereof, I have hereunto set my hand and seal this thirty first day of May, Eighteen hundred and Eighty two, hereby revoking any and all former wills executed by me.

Jeremiah Milbank (seal)

The foregoing will consisting of five sheets, was, on the date thereof signed, sealed, published and declared by the Testator therein named to be his Last Will and Testament in our presence, who, in his presence, and in the presence of each other, have, at his request, hereunto set our names as witnesses thereof.

William W. Niles, residing on Boston Road, near Fordham, Twenty fourth Ward New York City.
William M. Bruce 45 Prospect Place New York City.

Recorded this August 12th 1887 Edgar C.P. Dart Ordinary.

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Bridget Minehan
26 November 1887
Will Book G pages 493-497

State of Georgia}
County of Glynn}

            In the name of God Amen.  I Bridget Minehan (wife of Jere Minehan) of Brunswick in said County and State possessing a separate estate being of sound and disposing memory and aware of the uncertainties of this life, have thought fit that while I may yet do so I best give direction as to the disposition I wish to have made when I shall have past from this world of the property with which it has been the merciful pleasure of the Great Master to bless me.  And to that end and for that purpose I make publish and declare the following to be my last will and testament hereby and herein revoking all former wills and testaments and codicils of all former wills and testaments by me heretofore at any time made.
            ITEM FIRST--I direct that my executor hereinafter appointed as were[?] after my death as Legally it can be done shall pay off and discharge my funeral expenses which no case shall exceed the sum of one hundred and fifty ($150.00) dollars and all of my just debts and liabilities--The only debt and liability that I now remember to owe is a debt of Two Hundred and Fifty ($250.00) dollars due to Cornelius W. Calnan (my brother William's son); But these may be some small debts that I do not now remember and that from time to time during his trusteeship my said executor pay of all legitimate expenses of administering my estate that should come in his hands as such expenses shall attach including the fees of a lawyer to represent him and direct him on the management of my estate.
            ITEM SECOND--I direct that my said executor have placed over my grave an honorable[?], yet neat tombstone, truthfully inscribed to my memory in keeping with my circumstances in this life and costing not over One Hundred and fifty ($150.00) dollars.
            ITEM THIRD--give, bequeath and devise unto John J. Spears of Brunswick Glynn County Georgia In trust never the less, as hereinafter mentioned all of my Estate both real and personal and amongst or which is the following real estate situate in said city county and state to wit, all of those lots tracts or parcels of land situate lying and being in the "New Town" of the city of Brunswick and numbered as follows:--Lot Number Three Hundred and Ninety Nine (399) and lot number Four Hundred (400) lying together and bounded south by lot number Three Hundred and Ninety Eight (398) and west by "A" Street; said tract lying in the block between "A" and "B" and "G" and "H" Streets and Lots numbered Six Hundred and forty one (641) and Six Hundred and forty two (642) lying together and bounded south by lot number Six Hundred and Thirty nine (639) East by "B" Street, South by lot Number Six Hundred and Forty three (643) and west by an alley said two lots lying in the Block between "A" and "B" and "F" and "G" Streets and lot number Twelve Hundred and Thirty seven Twelve Hundred and Thirty Eight (1238) Twelve Hundred and Thirty nine (1239) and Twelve Hundred and forty (1240) lying together and bounded west by "C" Street south by lot number Six Hundred and Thirty six (636) east by an alley and North by Lot Number Twelve Hundred and forty one (1241) said four lots being in the Block between "C" and "D" and "F" and "G" Streets which said eight mentioned lots I own in my own name and as my separate estate in fee simple.  And also all the [illegible] interest and estate in "Town Commons" lots numbers One Hundred and Thirty four (134) and one Hundred and Thirty five (135) in the "Town Commons" of the city of Brunswick lying west of Cochran Avenue and wherever else the same may be, and however else described.--The description hereabove given with being intended to limit my right and title to property or confine my possessions to that as described but being given only for a more complete identification of so much thereof as is this above described.
            To Have and to hold the same in trust to an for the following purpose and uses only and to say
            FIRST--Said trustee shall keep all of said Estate on which insurance against loss or damage by fire can be obtained insured against such loss or damage and shall keep the same in reasonable and necessary repairs and out of the rents issues income and profits of such estate shall pay off and discharge all taxes insurance premiums and repairs from time to time as the same may become due.
            SECOND--Said trustee shall after paying the said taxes insurance and repairs as above provided for pay out of the rents, issues income and profits of my said estate on the first Monday of each and every month the sum of Thirty dollars per month to my beloved husband Jere Minehan during his natural life.
            THIRD--And said Trustee shall after said payments of taxes insurance and repairs and sad payment to my husband as above provided pay himself on the first day of January of each and every year of his trusteeship the sum of Fifty Dollars in addition to the fees allowed him by law.
            FOURTH--And after said payments of taxes insurance and repairs as provided for in part first of this clause and said payment to my said husband as provided in party second of this clause of my will and the said payment to my said trustee as provided in the third part of this item, said trustee shall in the first day of January of each year pay to my daughter, Mary L. Torras wife of Rosendo Torras of said County during her natural life and so long as said husband is in life the balance of money that may on such day be in his hands arising from said rents and issues, income and profits.
            FIFTH--And in the event my said daughter shall depart this life before my said Husband and shall leave a child or children surviving her, then and in that case said trustee shall hold the money that may be in his hands on said first days of January and which would be coming to her were she in life for the use of and in trust for such child or children as she may leave share & share alike and to the children of such child per [illegible].
            SIXTH--At the death of my said husband should my said daughter Mary L. Torras survive him said trustee shall defray his funeral expenses not to cost over One Hundred and Fifty dollars and place over his grave a tombstone attesting his goodly virtues and purity of heart at a cost of not over One Hundred and fifty Dollars and shall then and from thence afterwards hold the said estate in trust for my said daughter Mary L. Torras and for her sole and separate use.
            SEVENTH--And at the death of my said husband should he have survived my said daughter after paying for his funeral expenses and for a tombstone to his memory as mentioned in the sixth clause of this item then said trustee shall in that case hold said property in trust and for the sole use of any child or children that she may have left share and share alike and to the children of any such child per [illegible].
            EIGHTH--And said trustee for the better and more perfect execution of the trust is hereby authorized and empowered as follows and to say:  He may sell and convey either at public or at private sale, and without any sort of notice to any one whomsoever and for whatever for and just consideration he may see fit and proper and either for cash or on time as he may judge best any property of said estate reinvesting at all time the proceeds arising therefrom in other property of like kind and upon the same said uses and trusts and in the doing thereof his discretion in that behalf shall be uncontrolled except in this where he sells on time unless fully one half of the purchase price be paid down he must take mortgage security for the purchase money on the property sold and on property in addition worth fully as much as that sold so that the investment may be ever secure.  And when he sells on time and as much as half the purchase price is paid down he shall take a purchase money mortgage on the property sold for the balance:  And in all sales by said trustee purchasers shall not be held to see to a reinvestment of the trust funds.  During the while said trustee shall continue in said trust he may at any time and from time to time in his uncontrolled discretion improve any of said trust-estate, provided however none of the income from the same is used for such purpose except for usual wear and tear to be judged of by him and to that and said trustee is empowered to sell any of the property of the estate to improve any other property of the same keeping in view always the enhancement of the property and the welfare of the [two illegible words].
            ITEM FOURTH--I authorize my said executor to pay Courtland Symmes out of any money coming into his hands and before paying any other debt except my funeral expenses and expenses of my last illness his charges and fees for drawing and preparing this my last will and testament if I do not pay the same before that time.
            ITEM FOURTH--I nominate and appoint John Spears of Brunswick Georgia as executor of this my last will and testament and he is hereby empowered to sell any property of my estate real or personal at public or private or public [sic] sale, as he, in his discretion deems best for the purpose of defraying any expenses or paying any debts or other charges he may be required to defray and pay off.  If such sale be private then no notice of the same shall be given to any one.  And I desire that my said executor conclude his administration of my said estate as soon as he can do so under the law.
            In testimony whereof I have hereunto set my hand and affixed my seal this 26th day of November 1887.

Bridget Minehan {LS}

            The foregoing five and about ten thirteenth (5 10-13) pages of printed or written matter (printed or written with a type writer on one sheet of paper to each page of printed or written matter as states the sheet being printed or written only on one side and other the side [sic] left blank and a single red ink line run diagonally across the blank side) were this day signed sealed declared and published by Bridget Minehan as her last will and testament in the presence of all of us the undersigned who subscribed our names hereto as witnesses in the presence of said testatrix at her special instance and request, and in the presence of each other we saw her sign seal publish and declare the same as her last will and testament we saw each other sign the same as witnesses thereto and she saw all of us sign the same as such witnesses and each saw the other sign and we were all present at the signing of the same by her and by each other.  This 26th day of November 1887.

James Calnan Jr.
William R. Blain
anna G. Hardy
James P. Deacy

 

State of Georgia}
County of Glynn}

            In the court of ordinary of said county March Term 1888.
            The writing will having been produced and filed in the said court for probate by John J. Spears the executor therein named together with his petition to prove the same in solemn form, the witnesses to said will to say James Calnan Jr., William R. Blain, Anna G. Hardy and James P. Deacy now come and on oath depose and say and each for himself and herself say that they, and each of them saw said Mistress Bridget Minehan in the presence of each and all of us sign seal publish and declare the within and foregoing writing consisting of five and ten thirteenth pages of printed or type-written matter as her last will and testament that she saw each and all of us sign the same as witnesses thereto in her presence and in the presence of each other and at her instance and request that at the time she so signed the same she was of sound and disposing mind that these deponents witnessed the same for her at her request and that the same was executed b her freely and voluntarily on the day it purposes to have been executed to wit the 26th day of November 1887 that the attestation to the same affixed and signed by each and all of us as such witnesses beginning on the same page with last part of said will and just after the testatrix’s signature and continuing down to the crmmencement[?illegible] of the affidavit was signed by us at the time as above stated.  This March 6th 1888.

J. Calnan Jr.
William R. Blain
Anna G. Hardy
James P. Deacy

Sworn to and subscribed before me this 6th day of March 1888, Edgar C.P. Dart Ordinary Glynn County, Ga.

 

Georgia}
Glynn County}

            I John J. Spears do solemnly swear that this writing contains the true last will of the within named Bridget Minehan deceased so far as I know or believe and that I will well and truly execute the same in accordance with the laws of the state so help me God.

J.J. Spears

Sworn to and subscribed before me this 13th day of March 1888, Edgar C.P. Dart Ordinary.

Recorded March 14th 1888.

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Michael Minehan
20 July 1886

Will Book G pgs. 478-482
[Glynn County Probate Court]

State of Georgia}
County of Glynn}

            In the name of God Amen.  I Micheal Minehan of the city of Brunswick in said county and state being of sound mind and disposing memory and considering the uncertainty of this life deem it fit and proper that while yet living I make known my wishes and give direction [illegible] the disposition I desire to have made after my death of the property with which the merciful master has blessed me and also that I now give direction touching my burial.  Therefore I make publish and declare the following to be my last will and testament and hereby revoke all former wills and codicils of all former wills by me heretofore at any time made.
            Item First—I direct that my executors hereinafter appointed so soon after my death as can legally and properly be done shall pay off and discharge my funeral expenses which in no case must exceed the sum of two hundred ($200) dollars and all my just debts and liabilities and that from time to time during their trusteeship they also pay off and discharge all such expenses of administering my estate in their hands as rapidly as the same shall attach.
            Item Second.  I direct that my executors hereinafter appointed cause to be placed over my grave a neat tombstone suitably inscribed to my memory in keeping with my condition and circumstances in life and not to cost over two hundred ($200) dollars.
            Item third—I give and bequeath unto my death wife Mary Minehan all of my household and kitchen furniture paintings pictures and jewelry.
            Item fourth—I give bequeath and devise unto James Calnan James S. Blain both of Brunswick Georgia in trust nevertheless as hereinafter mentioned all of my estate both real and personal and wherever the same may be situated and not hereinbefore devised and bequeathed to have and to hold the same in trust to and for the sole and only uses and purposes following and to say:
            First from the rents issues and profits of said estate they shall pay annually on the first day of January of each and every year during the natural life of my said wife Mary Minehan to the Catholic Priest in charge of St. Francis Xaviers church at Brunswick aforesaid the sum of fifty two ($52) dollars per annum to be by such Priest expended in weekly masses for the benefit of soul in accordance with the customs of the Holy Catholic Church by the uncontrolled direction of such Priest and as his unrestrained judgment shall suggest.
            Second, and out of the rents issues and profits of said estate not hereinbefore or hereinafter otherwise devised and bequeathed when Katie Powers daughter of my cousin Jack Powers late of said city deceased and who lives with dear wife and myself as our own child arrives at the age of thirteen (13) years, the said trustees shall pay for her towards her education the sum of one hundred ($100) dollars per annum covering board and tuition or tuition [sic] but this they shall not be required to pay unless she actually and in good faith attends school and they may select the school which she shall attend and this payment shall wholly cease and determine when she arrives at the age of eighteen (18) years and is to be continued only during said four (4) years; and if at any time it should so happen that said Katie Powers and my dear wife Mary Minehan for any cause satisfactory to them can not live happily together and shall live apart from each other and the fact of such separation shall be determined by the uncontrolled judgment of said trustees then and in that even they the said trustees shall pay to said Katie Powers the additional and further sum of two hundred ($200) dollars per annum payable quarterly in advance on the first day of January, April, July and October of each and every year during her minority to cover her expenses of living and while said trustees may not say where she shall live yet they may direct where she shall not reside and if she disobey their reasonable request in that behalf they may discontinue and refuse this allowance until their wish in that behalf is complyed [sic] with and if my said wife should die before said Katie Powers arrives at majority then all of the rents issues and profits of said estate not otherwise disposed of by this my last will and testament after paying the said provisions for her maintenance and education shall be held by said trustees for said Katie Powers until she arrives at majority when they shall pay the same to her.
            Third—After paying reasonable and ordinary wear and tear of the property the taxes and insurance on the same and the sum hereinbefore and hereinafter provided for as hereby mentioned and declared said trustees shall then pay all the balance of the income rents and profits of said estate to my dear wife Mary Minehan for an during the term of her natural life.
            Fourth—After the death of my said wife Mary Minehan said trustees shall sell so much of said estate as will yield the sum of seven hundred ($700) dollars and out of this sum they shall use two hundred dollars in procuring a neat and suitable tombstone fitly inscribed to the many virtues of my dear wife and cause the same to be placed over her grave and the balance of five hundred dollars they shall pay to the Priest in charge of the said Roman Catholic Church at Brunswick aforesaid to be expended as aforesaid in weekly masses for the benefit of the souls of my beloved wife and myself in accordance with the cannons of said church and so as hereinbefore expressed.
            Fifth upon the death of my said wife said trustees shall pay the funeral expenses not to exceed the sum of two hundred ($200) dollars and if they have not any funds of said estate for the purpose then they shall sell so much of said estate as will realize that amount and pay the same.
            Sixth—After the death of my said wife and so soon as said Katie Powers arrives at her majority the said trustees shall make an equal division of all of said estate then in their hands between said Katie Powers my nieces Mistress Kate Fonda of Brunswick aforesaid and my sister Mistress Mary Clancy of Savannah Georgia share and share alike or their heirs being children per stirpe in kind or they may if they deem it best sell all same and make such division of the proceed arising therefrom and if said division is made in kind it shall be done by quit claim deeds and whenever and however the same is made it shall be finally and forever determined and end this trusteeship for all purposes.
            Seventh—Now all of the foregoing directions are given and all of the said several trusts to such ends and for the said several purposes are created upon the assumption that my estate that must go into the hands of said trustees after the same is fully administered will readily yield income enough so that after paying said several sums the balance to be left for and monthly paid to my said wife will be sufficient to support and keep her comfortably during her natural life.  But however if at any time it shall so happen and come to pass that such my assumption be untrue and that the rents issues and profits of my said estate that shall go into the the [sic] hands of said trustees shall not and do not yield sufficient money after paying the repairs of the necessary wear and tear of the property the taxes and insurance upon the same said provision for masses for my soul and the provision for the schooling of Katie Powers and also the provision for her expenses of living in said named condition to pay my said wife as much as thirty ($30) dollars per month then in that case said trustees shall after paying the said repairs of usual wear and tear of and the taxes and insurance on the property pay first to my said wife the sum of thirty dollars per month and pay them secondly out of the balance remaining in their hands said provision for masses for my soul and for the expenses of Katie Powers on the condition stated regardless of the provision for her tuition; and in the event said balance after making said payments to my said wife be not sufficient for said two last mentioned payments of masses and expenses of living then said trustees shall pay said balance first to said Katie Powers for her said expenses of living on the condition expressed and the overplus thereafter if any remaining to said Priest to be used in masses as aforesaid.  For be it known and kept in view that whatsoever else may be after paying the repairs of usual wear and tear of and insurance and taxes on said property from the income of the same my wife must first be paid the sum of at least thirty dollars per month and secondly Katie Powers if she be living separate and apart from my said wife must be paid any balance thereafter remaining up to said sum of two hundred dollars per annum for her expenses of living before any other payment by said trustees be made to any one or on any account whatever.
            Eighth—Said trustees shall continuously keep all of the said estate in their hands insured against loss by fire and they are authorized to pay such insurance premiums and all lawful taxes on the the [sic] property in preference to any other charges.  And said trustees for the better and more perfect execution of the trust are hereby authorized and empowered as follows:  and to say.  They may sell and convey either at public or at private sale and without any sort of notice to any one whomsoever and for whatever fair and just consideration they may see fit and proper and either for cash or on time as they may judge best any property of said estate and reinvest all times the proceed as rising therefrom in other property of like kind and upon the same said uses and trusts and in the doing thereof their discretion in that behalf shall be uncontrolled except in this; where the sell on time unless fully one half of the purchase price be paid down they must take mortgage security for the purchase money on the property sold and on property in addition worth fully as much as that sold so that the reinvestment may be ever secure; and where they sell on time and as much as half the purchase price is paid down they shall take a purchase money mortgage on the property sold for the balance; and in all sales by said trustees purchasers shall not be held to see to a reinvestment of the trust funds.
            During they natural life of my said wife and the minority of said Katie Powers the said trustees may repair and from time to time improve any of the property in their uncontrolled discretion provided however none of the income from the same is used for such purposes except for usual wear and tear to be judged of by them and to that end said trustees are empowered to sell any of the property of the estate to improve any other property of the same keeping in view always in view the enhancement of the property and the well fare of the cestui que trust.
            And all the estate hereby vested in said trustees, and all the duties required of them and as well all the powers conferred upon them shall vest in be required of and conferred upon the survivor of them.
            Item Fifth.  I nominate and appoint James Calnan and James S. Blain both of Brunswick Georgia Executors of this my last will and testament and they are hereby empowered to sell any property of my estate real or personal at public or private sale as they in their discretion deem best for the purpose of deraying [sic] and expenses or paying any debts or other charges they are directed to defray and pay off and if such sale be private then no notice of the same shall be given to any one and I desire that my said executors conclude their administration of my said estate as soon as they can do so under the law.
            In testimony whereof I have hereunto set my hand and affixed my seal this 20th day of July 1886.

Micheal Minehan {LS}

The foregoing thirteen and one half (13 ½) pages were this day signed sealed declared and published by Micheal Minehan as his last will and testament in the presence of all of us the undersigned who subscribed our names hereto as witnesses in the presence of said testator at his special instance and request and in the presence of each other we saw him sign seal publish and declare the same as his last will and testament we saw each other sign the same as witnesses thereto and he saw all of us sign the same as such witnesses and each saw the other sign and we were all of us present at the signing of the same by him and by each other.
            This 20th day of July 1886.

Horace B. Randolph
George W. Asbell
Lorenzo D. Odham
Stewart Johnson

Recorded 11th February 1887 E.C.P. Dart Ordinary GC Ga.

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Daniel A. Moore
14 February 1883

Will Book G pgs. 465-467
[Glynn County Probate Court]

State of Georgia}
County of Glynn}

            Be it known that we Burr Winton, Charles E. Flanders, Marilda R. Moore and Alameda Treadwell were each and all and every one of us together personally present on the fifth day of April Anno Domini one thousand eight hundred and eighty four at the house of the habitation and dwelling of Daniel A. Moore late of said county deceased at which he had been resident for the space of ten days and moor next immediately before the day aforesaid to wit in the city of Brunswick in the county and state aforesaid, and the said Daniel A. Moore was also likewise then and there he the said Daniel A. Moore was in life and of sound mind and disposing memory but sick and weak in body and was then and there in his last sickness of an from which he subsequently died to wit on the day hereinafter set out and at the house in the city county and state aforesaid; that the said Daniel A. Moore was then and there at the time and place aforesaid seriously impressed with the awful probability of approaching death; that the said Daniel A. Moore at the time and place aforesaid and under the said circumstances and amidst the said surroundings and in manner aforesaid lying languishing for fear of sudden death and for fear that death or want of speech or memory should surprise and overtake him so that he should be prevented if he stayed and daring not to stay the writing of his testament did bid some of us particularly to wit the said ??? and the said Charles E. Flanders bear testimony and witness that he would now that is to say then and there and thereupon give attention and listen thereto and did then and there hear and now do and each for himself and herself does declare and say that the said Daniel A. Moore did then and there in the manner and the means and at the time and place aforesaid and in the hearing and presence of each and all of the said witnesses and under the said surroundings and amidst the said circumstances make, publish, declare, letter and orally pronounce the following nuncupative will to be his last will and testament to wit.
            First, he willed and devised that all his just debts which he said were but few be duly paid.
            Second he willed and devised that his wife Marilda R. Moore should have for her own all of his estate both real and personal and wherever the same may be situated and to have and use absolutely for and as her own during her life unconditionally and as she may please and so he bequeathed unto her.
            Third, he willed directed and bequeathed that upon the death of his said wife all of his said estate bequeathed to her in second item hereof and not then disposed of by her should then divided equally and the one half thereof go to his daughter Almeda Treadwell wife of Benjamin Treadwell and the remaining half to W.D. Rayburn of Wayne County Georgia in trust nevertheless for the children of his son Charles Moore.
            Fourth he willed and desired that his said wife Marilda R. Moore be constituted his true and lawful executrix of his said last will and testament and that she faithfully carry out the same and further his said wishes.
            And we further declare and say that after giving expressive to his said wishes and desires as aforesaid the said Daniel A. Moore without recovering from his said sickness but gradually sinking with lifes ??? ebbing tide departed this life at the place and in the manner above said on the fourteenth day of April of the year aforesaid and so we the said witnesses do now come and within thirty days after the speaking of the same as aforesaid to wit on this twenty fifth day of April of the year aforesaid and in the county and state first aforesaid and reduce the said nuncupative will of the said Daniel A. Moore to writing.

Burr Winton {LS}
Chars. E. Flanders {LS}
Almeda Treadwell {LS}
Marilda R. Moore {LS}

 

State of Georgia}
County of Glynn}

            Before me James E. Lambright a commissioned Notary Public and ex officio Justice of the Peace in and for said county personally came and appeared Burr Winton, Charles E. Flanders, Almeda Treadwell, and Marildah R. Moore who each and every one of them after being by me legally sworn on their several oaths do say and each for himself and herself does say that the foregoing five pages of written matter contain and recite and express as therein reduced to writing and set out and written the nuncupative will of the last unwritten will and testament of Daniel A. Moore late of said county and state deceased and that the facts therein stated and contained are true as the stand[?] states.

Burr Winton
Chas. E. Flanders
Almeda Treadwell
Marilda R. Moore

Sworn to and subscribed before me on this twenty fifty day of April anno Domini 1884, James E. Lambright, Com. Not. Pub. And E.O. J.P. 26th Dis. G.M. Glynn Co. Ga.

 

State of Georgia}
County of Glynn}

            I do solemnly swear that this writing contains the true last will of the within named Daniel A. Moore deceased so far as I know or believe and that I will well and truly execute the same in accordance with the laws of this state so help me God.

Marilda R. Moore

Sworn to and subscribed before me this second day of June A.D. 1884, Edgar C.P. Dart Ordinary of Glynn County Georgia.

Recorded August 7th 1884, E.C.P. Dart.

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James Moore
4 January 1825
Inventories & Appraisements Vol. D pg. 149
 

Georgia}
Glynn County}

            In the name of God Amen, James Moore of the County of Glynn aforesaid planter being weak in body but of sound mind and memory (blessed by the name of God Almighty for the same) do make and publish this my last Will and Testament in manner & form following to wit--
            I do hereby make constitute and declare Ann Catherine Moore, James Moore, Joseph Moore, Malcolm Edwin Moore, and Alfred McLeod Moore children of William Moore my Brother to be my true and lawful heirs & it is my will and desire that all my real and personal Estate whatsoever or all property in anywise to me belonging or of which I have any right or title to after my Decease should be equally divided between the said Ann Catherine Moore, James Moore, Joseph Moore, Malcolm Edwin Moore, and Alfred McLeod Moore, children of William Moore my Brother and in case of the decease of either of the aforenamed children of my brother William Moore previous to a division taken place among the aforesaid heirs it is my will and desire that the portion which otherwise other [sic] would have been entitled to should be equally distributed between his or her respective heirs Except a certain Lot of Land Situated in the Town of Frederica on the Island of St. Simons and known in the plat of said Town of Frederica as Lot number four (4) north division with all the buildings and improvements thereof which I do give and bequeath to Mary Abbott (my niece) and the issue of her body and nothing herein shall be so construed as to deprive the said Mary Abbott and her issue of the aforementioned Lot of Land and the improvements thereon--And further I do give and bequeath to Ann Catherine Moore my Gold Watch as a token of my affection & friendship to her--Lastly I do hereby Constitute and appoint my aforementioned brother William Moore and John Wm. McLeod both of said County and State--Executors of this my last will & Testament hereby revoking all other Wills and Testament heretofore made by me.
            In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal this fourth day of January in the year of our Lord one thousand Eight hundred & twenty five.

James Moore {LS}

In presence of James Myers, Ann G. McLeod, Sarah M. Lee[?]

Probated 17 May 1825

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John J. Morgan
2 July 1877

Will Book G pgs. 443-444 & 461-462
[Glynn County Probate Court]

No date on the will, witnesses signed 2 July 1877, but the will was brought for probate on 4 June 1877, and John died 15 October 1876. 
The second copy on pages 461-462 the will was signed 2 July 1871.

State of Georgia, Glynn County
            In the Name of God Amen.  I John J. Morgan being of sound mind and body do hereby make my last will and testament and do hereby revoke all former wills at any time heretofore made by me.
            First, thanking the almighty for all his goodness to me and for what earthly goods I may die possessed of, I do hereby give and bequeath to my devoted wife Lucy Morgan all my kitchen furniture and to my said wife and my daughter Caroline S. Sawyer all my household furniture to be equally divided between them.  All the rest of my personal property as well as my real estate it is my wish an desire shall be rented out during the natural life of my said wife Lucy Morgan, and the proceeds thereof be equally divided between my said wife Lucy Morgan and my said daughter Caroline S. Sawyer.  But should my daughter Caroline S. Sawyer marry before the death of my wife Lucy Morgan then and from that time her interest in and right to the one half of the proceeds of the said rented property shall cease, and my said wife shall receive the whole of said rents during her natural life.
            Second, at the death of my wife Lucy Morgan I desire that my said property be equally divided between my three children James D. Morgan, Caroline S. Sawyer and Ellen E. Morgan they to have the use of the same during their natural lives, and if either of them die without leaving children whatever portion they have received is to go to my grandson Gorham Sawyer son of Caroline S. Sawyer for his exclusive benefit.  (Third) as my son William L. Morgan is without the limits of the United States, neither he nor his heirs shall have any part of my estate unless they return to the United States to reside, within ten years from the date of these presents.  Should they return as above then my son William L. Morgan shall receive an equal portion of my estate with his brother and sisters and upon the same terms.
            I desire that my wife Lucy Morgan qualify as my executrix and my friend Urbanus Dart Junior act as my executor and may God have mercy on my sole.
            Signed, sealed declared and published by John J. Morgan as his last will and testament in presence of us the undersigned who subscribed our names hereto in the presence of said testator at his special instance and request and in the presence of each other this July 2nd 1877.

John J. Morgan {LS}

H.C. Taylor
L.W. Harris
E.J. Harvey

 

Georgia Glynn County
            Before me Wm. H. Berrie Ordinary of said county in person came Urbanus Dart, Jr. executor of the last will and testament of John J. Morgan deceased late of said County.  And also Lewis W. Harris one of the witnesses to said will who being duly sworn deposes and say that he saw the said John J. Morgan sign seal publish and declare the said instrument as his last will and testament voluntarily and freely without compulsion and that he signed said will as a witness with others in the presence of said John J. Morgan and in the presence of each other.

Lewis W. Harris

Sworn to and subscribed before me this June 4th 1877, Wm. H Berrie, Ordinary GC.

 

Georgia}
Glynn County}

            I do solemnly swear that this writing contains the true last will of the within named John J. Morgan deceased so far as I know or believe, and that I will truly execute the same in accordance with the laws of the state sow help me God.

U. Dart

Sworn to and subscribed before me this 27th day of August 1883, Edgar C.P. Dart Ordinary G.C. Ga.

Recorded 27th August 1883, E.C.P. Dart.

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Isaac Munder
20 December 1815

Inventories & Appraisements Vol. D pg. 22
[Glynn County Probate Court]
 

            In the name of God Amen. I Isaac Munder of Glynn County in the State of Georgia and a citizen of the aforesaid state thirty years do make ordain and declare this instrument is now to be, to be [sic] my last will and Testament Revoking all others. First of all my debts are to be paid and my body to be buried in a decent manner, the expense of the same to be paid first out of the Estate after my death by the Executors of this my last will and Testament who are to be herein appointed. I Isaac Munder do dispose of my property in the following manner to my daughter Aggie[?] Hornsby one dollar to my dearly Beloved daughter Priscilla Russell one cow and calf and a heifer to my dearly beloved daughter Liddey Billis[?] one cow and calf to my dearly beloved daughter Betty Barllo[?] all the cattle that is called hers. Its well knowing to all my children the cattle that was called hers. Its my will that each of my children get what is herein bequeathed to each of them as [illegible] convenient for them to divide the same after I am dead to my Dearly Beloved son Daniel Munder two blankets two sheets one pillow and one mattress and one half of the plantation tools and one half of the stock of hogs one trunk all the cattle that are called his and one Bay Mare I will to my Dearly Beloved son John Munder the remaining part of the cattle what remains after the rest of my children gets what is Bequeathed to them and each of them to my son John one Black Mare and the other half of the Plantation tools the other half of the Stock of Hogs Also one Bed and Mattress two Blankets three sheets to my Daughter Clarsy[?] Munder one dollar Lastly I constitute and appoint my Dearly Beloved Son Daniel Munder, William Huston, William Moore Executrix & Executors [sic] of this my will and Testament.
            In witness of all and each of the things herein written I have set my hand and seal this Twentieth day of December one Thousand Eight Hundred and Fifteen.

Isaac X Munder {seal}

In witness here?? the following witness sign our names Simon Fraser & John Davison[?]

Probated 8 June 1816

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Harriet R. Myers
18 August 1876

Will Book G pg. 434
[Glynn County Probate Court]

State of Georgia}
Glynn County}

            M. William J. Sallens, Edward H. Manoe, Toby Brown and Aaron Hill, were present on the twenty ninth day of July in the year of our Lord Eighteen hundred and seventy six, at the residence of Harriet R. Myers, a widow woman, before and at the time of her death, about five days before her death but during her last illness, in perfect possession of her mental faculties, as appeared to us, said Harriet R. Myers called upon the by standers, and upon the undersigned in particular, to remember take notice of what she was about to say; when she said that it had been her intention for some time past to make her will in writing, thereby to dispose of her property, but had neglected to carry her intentions into execution, and that now it was not practicable.
            That she wished us to understand that her Will and desire was, that Dempsey P. Myers, her son and Hattie M. Myers her youngest daughter, should have, take and possess all her personal Estate, of any kind and description to their own proper use, benefit and behoof for ever, to be shared between the said Dempsey P. Myers and Hattie M. Myers share and share alike in equal proportions, except one cow and calf, which she desired and directed to be given to Adaline Myers, the daughter of Charlotte Myers.  That she had given to her other children, as they had married off, all the property that she desired them to have from her Estate, except the said Dempsey P. Myers to whom she had never given his proportional part of the Estate upon his marriage.  That he had taken care of her and his sister the said Hattie M. Myers, and had been kind to them in the past, and that she desired that he would continue to take care and protect the said Hattie M. Myers until her death or marriage.  That they would continue to live together upon the old homestead unless it prove to their advantage to remove elsewhere.
            And she desired her friend Edward H. Manoe to see that her wishes and desires, in this regard were carried out fully.
            Five days after which, and during the same illness, she died this August 23rd 1876.

Edward H. Manoe
Wm. J. Sallens
Toby x Brown
Aaron x Hill

W.E. Jones witness to the mark of Toby Brown & Aaron Hill.

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Charles H. Newton
16 June 1911

Will Book G pg. 718
[Glynn County Probate Court]

Georgia}
Glynn County}

            I, C.H. Newton, of said State and County, being of sound and disposing mind and memory, do make this my Last Will and Testament, hereby revoking and annulling any and all others by me heretofore made.
            Item First:  I desire and direct that my body be buried in a decent and Christian-like manner, suitable to my circumstances and conditions in life.
            Item Second:  I desire and direct that al my just debts be paid without unnecessary delay by my executor hereinafter named and appointed.
            Item Third:  I give, bequeath and devise to my beloved friend, Mary L. Cain, all the right, title, interest and estate, both legal and equitable, which I have in an to portions of Town Commons lot number forty-nine (49) between Lee and Stonewall Streets in Brunswick, Glynn County, Georgia; the said Mary L. Cain having befriended me in many ways and having provided me with the necessities of life and having in my old age cared for and provided me with the comforts of life and treated me with kindness and sisterly love.
            Item Fourth:  I give, bequeath and devise unto my said beloved friend, Mary L. Cain, all other property, both real and personal, which I may own at the time of my death.
            Item Fifth:  I do not desire, and the intention of this instrument is, that no relative of mine, whomsoever they may be, or wherever they may now reside, shall enjoy or have any of my property, as it has been many years since I have seen or heard of any relative, and none of them have cared for me or befriended me at all in my declining years.
            Item Sixth:  I hereby constitute and appoint my said beloved friend, William C. Cain, the sole executor of this my Last Will and Testament, and I expressly confer upon him as such power to administer my estate, excusing him from giving any bond or making any returns to the Ordinary or any Court.
            This 16th day of June, 1911.

C.H. Newton {LS}

Signed, sealed, declared and published by C.H. Newton as his Last Will and Testament in the presence of us, the undersigned, who subscribe our names hereto in the presence of said testator, after he had signed his name thereto, and at his special instance and request, and in the presence of each other.
            This 16th day of June, 1911.

James Griswold
M.S. Johnson
S.L. Attles

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Barnard Nicolau
18 January 1836

Inventories & Appraisements Vol. E pg. 80
[Glynn County Probate Court]

[name was spelled Barnard and Bernard in same document]

State of South Carolina}
City of Charleston}

            In the name of God Amen. I Barnard Nicolau of Glynn County in the State of Georgia Planter being of sound disposing mind and memory and being desirous of setting my worldly affairs whilst I have health strength and capacity so to do, do make and publish this my last Will and Testament hereby revoking and making void any and all former Will and Wills by me at any time heretofore made.
            Imprimis. It is my desire that all my just debts and funeral expenses be paid out of my Estate by my Executrix hereinafter named as soon as conveniently may be.
            Item. I give and devise to my three sons Joseph, Benjamin, and Stephen share and share alike to them and their respective Legal heirs, my two Tracks [sic] of Land lying and being in Glynn County aforesaid. To wit one Tract containing (250) Two hundred and fifty acres more or less and the other Tract containing (600) Six hundred acres more or less butting and bounding to the west on the road called John Couper road and further bounding to the west on my Plantation whereon I reside called Marengo.
            Item. By virtue of the marriage settlement my dear wife Elizabeth is entitled to the enjoyment of all the property I may die possessed of during her natural life the said two Tracts of Land devised to my three sons excepted. Now my will is that all the residue and remainder of my property real and personal shall after the death of my said wife be equally divided between my said three sons Joseph, Benjamin, and Stephen and my only Daughter Fanny now Mrs. Hazlehurst. to them and their Legal heirs and representatives forever share and share alike.
            Lastly. I do hereby nominate and appoint my dear wife Elizabeth Nicolau Executrix of this my last Will and Testament.
            In witness whereof I the Testator have hereunto set my hand and seal at Charleston aforesaid this Eighteenth day of January Anno Domini One Thousand Eight hundred and thirty six.

Bernard Nicolau {LS}

            Signed Sealed published and declared by the above named Barnard Nicolau as and for his last Will and Testament in the presence of us who at his request and in his presence and in the presence of each other have subscribed our names as witnesses thereto.

R. Heriot
William B. Heriot
Octavius B. Heriot

Probated 30 November 1846

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Pascal Nicolau
2 June 1829

Inventories & Appraisements Vol. E pg. 25
[Glynn County Probate Court]

Georgia}
Glynn County}

In the name of God.

            I Pascal Nicolau of said State and County aforesaid being weak in body but of sound and perfect mind and memory and thus considering the uncertainty of this mortal life I the said Pascal Nicolau of said state and county aforesaid do make and Publish this my Last will and Testament and "in" manner and form following that is to say.
            In the first place I do give and leave Free my Negro woman Silvie and my Negro boy Joe for their good strict and faithful attention to me while in my sickness, leaving them under and in the charge of my Executors hereafter named.
            Secondly all the residue of my Property both real and personal I wish to be disposed of for cash to the best advantage as early as my Executors hereafter named may think proper and after paying all my just debts the balance to be equally divided share and share between my Brother Cadet Nicolau and his children which may be living at the date of this will and my niece Arial Richard all now living in the city of Bordeaux in the Kingdom of France.
            Thirdly I do leave my worthy Friends Francis M. Scarlett and Peter Massie of said county and state aforesaid my Executors to carry into effect this my last will and testament for the purpose therein named hereby revoking all former wills by me made.
            Witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal this second day of June one thousand Eight Hundred and twenty nine.

Pl Nicolau {LS}

            Signed sealed and published and delivered by the above named Pascal Nicolau to be his last will and Testament in the presence of who have hereunto subscribed our names as witness in the presence of the testator.

W.D. Jenkins
Martin Palmer
Francis M. Scarlett

Probate 2 December 1844

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Ellen Douglas (Hazlehurst) Nightingale
21 March 1923

Will Book H pgs. 90-92
[Glynn County Probate Court]

Georgia Glynn County

            I, Ellen D. Nightingale, of Glynn County, Georgia, of sound and disposing mind and memory, make and declare this writing to be my last will and testament, hereby revoking any and all other wills heretofore made by me.
            Item I.  I desire that all of my just debts be paid as soon after my death as this may be done without embarrassment to my estate.
            Item II.  I desire that all of my property, real and personal, be distributed equally among my six children, namely, Frances N. Nightingale, of New York City; William Nightingale, of Jacksonville, Florida; Elizabeth Nightingale Rhett, of New York City; Nathaniel G. Nightingale, of Brunswick, Georgia; Hazlehurst Nightingale Woodriff, of Orange County, Virginia; and Douglas Nightingale of Brunswick, Georgia.  In the event any of my said children should predecease me, and should leave child or children surviving them who are in life at my death, such child or children shall take the part of my estate to which their deceased parent would have been entitled.  But if any of my said children should predecease me and leave no child or children, or if any child or children so left by any deceased child should die before this will takes effect, then the part of such deceased child shall go to my remaining children.
            Item III.  I designate and appoint Douglas Nightingale, of Brunswick, Georgia, as executor of this will.  I name him because I regard his residence in Brunswick as more fixed and certain than that of my sons, William and Nathaniel.  My said executor is relieved from giving bond and making any inventory or appraisement except such as may be mandatory under the law.  I also relieve him from making any return or report of any kind to any court or other tribunal.
            Item IV.  I will append to my will a memorandum showing certain articles of jewelry and the like which I desire to be given to those designated thereon.  I direct my executor to make the distribution of the articles listed as shown by the memorandum attached.
            Item V.  Realizing that it may be necessary for a sale of my property to be made in order to enable my executor to make a distribution of my estate, I hereby authorize and empower my executor to make a sale of my real property, as well as of any personal property which it may be deemed wise to sell, upon such terms and condition and for such considerations as he may deem best; provided that a majority of my children then in life shall approve such sale or sales.  By this provision I mean to say that my executor shall be authorized to sell all or any part of my property, at private sale, upon terms and conditions and for considerations satisfactory to him and a majority of my children living at the time, and that it shall not be necessary to take into account the rights of any minor beneficiaries in order to make a valid sale hereunder.
            IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this March 21, 1923.

Ellen D. Nightingale

            Signed, declared and published by Ellen D. Nightingale as her last will and testament in the presence of the undersigned who subscribe their names hereto as witnesses at the instance and request of said testatrix and in her presence and in the presence of each other, at Brunswick, Georgia, this March 21, 1923.

Margaret McGarvey, Brunswick, Georgia
Saidie Ferguson, Brunswick, Georgia
H.E. Twitty, Brunswick, Georgia

 

State of Georgia County of Glynn
            I do solemnly swear that this writing contains the true last will of the within named Mrs. Ellen D. Nightingale, deceased, so far as I know or believe, and that I will well and truly execute the same in accordance with the laws of the State.  So Help Me God.

Douglas Nightingale

Sworn to and subscribed before me, this 8th day of May 1924.  Edwin W. Dart, Ordinary, G.C. Ga.

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Phineas Miller Nightingale
9 September 1869

Will Book G pgs. 426-427
[Glynn County Probate Court]

State of Georgia}
Glynn County}

            I Phineas Miller Nightingale of Cumberland Island, County of Camden in the State of Georgia, being of sound mind and disposing memory, do make, publish and declare this my last Will and Testament, hereby revoking and annulling all Wills heretofore at any time made by me.
            First--I give devise and bequeath all of my estate real and personal and mixed of whatsoever kind and wheresoever situate, including the estate and property, which I took under the will of my late aunt, Mrs. Louisa C. Shaw.  Subject however to the provisions of the second clause of this my will.  To my wife Mary K. Nightingale and the child or children whom I may leave living at the time of my death, equally to be divided between them share and share alike as tenants in common and not as joint tenants, to them and their heirs forever.  The child or children of a deceased child, to stand in the place of and take[?] the shares to which the parent would have been entitled if in life.
            But it is my will that if any one or none of my children should set up an exclusive claim to that portion of my estate which I took under the will of my said aunt Mrs. Louisa C. Shaw to the exclusion of my said wife Mary K. Nightingale from one equal and proportionate share thereof as is hereinbefore divided, and should such claim if made, be judicially established, to the whole or any part of said estate, then and in such event, I revoke the devise herein before declared in favor of my said children, and I give devise and bequeath all of my estate and property real and personal and mixed wheresoever situate unto my said wife Mary K. Nightingale to her and her heirs forever.
            Second--It is my will and I direct that my estate shall be kept together undivided until my youngest child shall attain the age of twenty five years and direct my Executors to manage my estate in such manner as may be most beneficial to it an best calculate to free it from all debt and encumbrances.  And I further authorize them to sell or dispose of any portion or the whole of my estate, and to purchase for it, any other property real or personal they may deem most advantageous and generally to control and manage its affairs, as a prudent and careful man would his own, and to accomplish this purpose I give to them every necessary power and authority.
            And I further direct my Executors, until the debts of my Estate are paid in full, to pay to my said wife if alive or if not to whoever may have the charge of my family such portion of the income of my said estate, as in their judgment shall be proper for the support of my family and on the payment of all of the debts and encumbrances, I direct the net income of my Estate, shall be equally divided between my wife and children until the period appointed as aforesaid for the general division of my estate.
            And lastly I nominate and appoint my said wife Mary K. Nightingale my daughter Louisa G. & my sons John K. and William Nightingale Executrixes and Executors of this my last will and Testament.
            In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal of Brunswick this ninth day of September in the year of our Lord Eighteen hundred and sixty nine.

P.M. Nightingale

            Signed, Sealed, published and declared by the said Phineas Miller Nightingale as and for his last will and testament, in the presence of us, who at his request, and in his presence have hereunto set our names at witnesses.

H.A. Kenrick
Wm. W. Watkins
Wm. H. Berrie
Wm. Barkuloo
Notary Public Glynn County Ga.

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William Page
27 November 1826

Inventories & Appraisements Vol. D pg. 157
[Glynn County Probate Court]

Glynn County Georgia

            Know all men by these presents that I William Page of St. Simons said County and State, Planter, Do make and declare this to be my last Will and testament, hereby revoking all others. And I do hereby declare as my Will respecting the disposition of all the property I may Inherit or own at the time of my decease takes place, the following Viz-- Imprimus. I give and bequeath unto Joseph Jones Esq. of Liberty County and unto Mr. James Hamilton Couper of Glynn County, as Trustees, and in trust for the Sole use benefit and behoof of my affectionate daughter Ann Matilda, at present the Wife of Mr. Thomas Butler King. To her and her heirs, not subject to the debts or to be under the control of her present, or any future husband, or husbands she may have. The following property a part of my Estate real and personal. Viz. All my lands or landed property situated on St. Simons Island, with the improvements thereon, also my household furniture, bedding and bed linen, table linen & plate. Also all my Cattle and Stock of every kind on said Island. Also the following named Fifty negroe Slaves with their increase Viz. 1. Jimmy 2. James 3. March 4. Ruthy Jr.? 5. George 6. James 7. Amey 8. Marcia 9. Jerry 10. William 11. Smart 12. Rose 13. Flora 14. Laura 15. Sarah Jr.? 16. Joseph 17. Pussy 18. Clemintina 19. Charles 20. Lady 21. Tony 22. Hannah 23. Ellen 24. John 25. Cupid 26. Lisy 27. Cupid Jr.? 28. Abraham 29. Niller? Jr.? 30. March 31. Quamina 32. Peter Sr. 33. Polly 34. Neptune 35. Suky 36. Abner 37. Liddy Jr.? 38. Aleck 39. Mary Ann 40. Nancy 41. Ned 42. Patience 43. Allec Jr.? 44. Hercules 45. Myrtillas 46. Henry 47. Maria 48. William 49. Alfred and 50. Binah. Item. To my loving Niece Mrs. Mary Scott, I give and bequeath the sum of One thousand Dollars. Item. To Amanda Eliza Fitzallen Scott, I give and bequeath the sum of Two hundred and fifty Dollars. Item. To William Page Boyd, I give and bequeath the sum of Two hundred Dollars. Item. The residue of my Estate real & personal of every description whatever, together with all the debts due me, Bank, Stock, Money, & property of every other description of which I may die possessed, I leave and bequeath to my legal heirs to be divided if necessary agreeable to the laws of Georgia. And lastly I do hereby nominate and appoint my Daughter Anna Matilda, the present wife of Thos. Butler King my Executrix and Joseph Jones Esq. and James Hamilton Couper my Executors, to carry this my will into execution. For which purpose I give and grant unto my said Executrix and Executors the fullest powers necessary for said purpose. And hereunto I have set my hand sealed this twenty seventh day of November in the year of our Lord One thousand eight hundred and twenty six.

William Page {seal}

Signed sealed & acknowledged by William Page as his last will in our presence and signed before each other James Gould, James F. Gould, John Couper Justice of the Peace.

Probated 5 February 1827

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Martin Palmer
17 July 1822

Inventories & Appraisements Vol. D pg. 139 & 140
[Glynn County Probate Court]
 

Georgia}
Glynn County}

            In the name of God--I Martin Palmer of said County & State aforesaid being weak in body but of sound and perfect mind & memory & thus considering the Uncertainty of this mortal Life I the said Martin Palmer of said County and State aforesaid do make and publish this my last will & Testament in manner and form as following that is to say--
            I do give and bequeath to my Daughter Annis the sum of Ten Dollars also give & bequeath to my Daughter Elizabeth the sum of Ten Dollars, also give & bequeath to my Daughter Mary Rosan[?] the sum of Ten dollars, also give & bequeath to my Daughter Sarah the sum of Ten dollars, also give & bequeath to my son James Nix[?] Palmer the sum of ten dollars also give and bequeath the remainder of my Property after paying all my Just debts to be equally divided between the following persons Martin Palmer Nancy Palmer Rodger Palmer Harriot Palmer Ellena Palmer Dempsy Palmer & Amelia Palmer and my wife Fanny Palmer Except a Blaize face filly two years old which I give to my son Rodger Palmer and Eight head of Cattle which he claims Extra of his Equal share also there is some Expectation or hope of recovering some money from the State as my Indian Claims & should I be successful in obtaining the same I wish it to be Equally Divided amongst the above Children. Say Martin Nancy Rodger Harriott Ellina [sic] Dempsy Amelia & James Sarah Elizabeth and Mary--
            Also appoint my Friend Francis Muir Scarlett & Samuel Boyd Esq. my Executors with my Wife Fanny my Executrix of this my last will & Testament hereby Revoking all former will[s] by me made Witness Whereof I have set my hand & seal this 17th day of July one thousand Eight hundred and twenty two--

Martin Palmer

            Signed Sealed Published and declared by the above named Martin Palmer to be his last will and Testament in the presence of who have hereunto subscribed our names as witnesses in the presence of the Testator--

Samuel Piles
John Anderson

Probated 2 September 1822

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William Payne
22 January 1816

Inventories & Appraisements Vol. D pg. 21
[Glynn County Probate Court]

State of Georgia}
Glynn County}

            I William Payne of said county at present of sound mind and memory blessed be God for the same well knowing & considering the uncertainty of this life do hereby make and publish this as my last Will & Testament that is to say firstly after my death it is my will and desire that body be enterred [sic] in a respectable manner in my place of enterment [sic] on lot number twenty six, in the town of Brunswick in said County. 2nd. after all my just & lawful debts are paid, I give and bequeath unto my Daughter in law Susannah Louise Osmont all the following property (viz) four lots of land situate lying and being in the Town of Brunswick aforesaid and known on the place of said Town by lots number Twenty six and number twenty eight and the two water lots adjoining and attached to them together with all the improvements thereon & thereunto belonging and one tract of land lying on the Buffalo Swamp in said County purchased by Richard Bradly[?] containing five hundred acres with one other tract of parcel of land lying on Bird Island on or near Turtle River containing eight acres together with all and singular the rights members and appurtenances thereunto belonging to have and to hold the said several tracts of parcels of land in fee simple to her the said Susannah and her heirs forever.
            I likewise give and bequeath unto the said Susannah the three following named negro slaves viz Caty, Hamlet, and Peter and also one Bay Mare and one Sorrel Colt and all the stock of cattle in my mark and brand as recorded in said County and all other property whatsoever both real and personal of which I may be possessed at the time of my death to have and to hold to her own proper use and benefit and behoof. And finally [illegible] I hereby make and appoint Col. William Scott of Camden County & Col. John Burnett of said Glynn County my true and lawful Executors to Execute this my last will & testament hereby revoking all former wills & testaments by me at any former time made.
            In testimony whereof I the said Testator hereunto set my hand and affix my seal this twenty second day of January 1816.

William Payne

Signed sealed and delivered in presence of Thos. Winn[?] Wm. McKey, William Scott.

Probated 26 March 1816

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Nathan Pennington
30 July 1817

Inventories & Appraisements Vol. D pgs. 23 & 24
[Glynn County Probate Court]

Glynn County}
State of Georgia}

            In the name of God Amen. Be it remembered that I Nathan Pennington of St. Simons Island & County aforesaid being weak in body but of sound & perfect mind blessed be the almighty. I do make & publish this my last will & Testament in manner I [illegible] following viz. First I give and bequeath to my nephew Nathan Pennington of Brunswick County of [illegible] six negroes viz. Jim & Ann??? his wife with their four youngest children. I also give & bequeath to my nephew Howel[?] Short[?] of Oglethorpe County Georgia one negro boy named Washington. I also give and bequeath to my nephew Nathan Short one negro boy named Sam. I also give and bequeath to my Brother in Law Luther Short one hundred dollars of the sum of money which I left in his hands for safe keeping. I also give & bequeath to Joseph Kidd one hundred dollars to be paid from the sum I left with Luther Short. I also give & bequeath to John Grainger[?] one Hundred Dollars to be paid from the sum left the hands of Luther Short. I also give & bequeath to the children of my sister Betsy Pennington one hundred & seventy six dollars $176 being the balance now in the hands of the said Luther Short. I also give & bequeath to William Short my bay horse called Luby[?]. And lastly as to all the residue & remainder of my personal Estate goods & chattels of what kind to [illegible] I own[?] I give and bequeath to the above named Luther Short for paying my financial expenses and other attending[?] [illegible] during my illness.
            In witness I have hereunto set my hand and seal this 30th day of July and year of our Lord one thousand Eight hundred seventeen.

Nathan Pennington {LS}

Signed sealed published and declared by the above Nathan Pennington to be his last will & Testament in the presence of us who at his request have subscribed our hands as Witnesses.

E. Matthews
Geo. Abbott
John Cole

Probated 11 September 1817

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Jane Piles
7 May 1910

Georgia, Glynn County.

            I Jane Piles, of the City of Brunswick, County of Glynn, and State of Georgia, being of sound and disposing mind, and memory, and being desirous to settle my worldly affairs, while I have the strength so to do, do make and publish this, my last will and testament, hereby revoking all while by me at any time heretofore mad.  And first, I commit my soul to God who gave it, and my worldly estate I dispose of as follows:
            To my daughter, Lillie N. Mitchell, and my granddaughter, Laurada Jane Mitchell, I hereby bequeath my house and lot and all improvements, said lot being that certain parcel or lot of land, situate lying and being in the New Town of Brunswick, County of Glynn, and State of Georgia, being known and numbered on Baldwin's Map of Georgia, 1837, as Lot. No. 1410, 30X90 feet, fronting on Ellis ("D") Street, and also all of my personal effects, consisting of household and kitchen furniture, useful and ornamental of every description, including wearing apparel, jewelry, and all money, except as hereinafter stated:  the said real and personal property described above to be under the absolute control and ownership of said Lillie N. Mitchell during her lifetime, and at her death, if not disposed of by her, to be under the absolute control and ownership of said Laurada Jane Mitchell.
            To my daughters Kate Moore, Hester Flowers, and Janie Watson, and to my son Alec Williams, I bequeath one dollar ($1.00) each.
            In witness whereof, I the said Jane Piles, to this my will, have set my hand and seal, this the 7th day of May 1910.

Signed, Sealed, Published, and Declared by the said Jane Piles, as her last will and testament, in the presence of each other, we have subscribed our names as witnesses hereto.

H.F. DuBignon
J. Colson(?)
R.S. Pyles

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Mary Piles
14 January 1850

Inventories & Appraisements Vol. E pgs. 153-154
[Glynn County Probate Court]

Transcribed for me by Laverne Vaughn of New York.

State of Georgia
Glynn County

            Before us John M. Tison and Edgar C.P. Dart two of the justices of the Inferior Court of the said county in open court personally came Robert Piles executor of the last will and testament of Mary Piles late of said county deceased and produced before us the last will and testament of said Mary Piles deceased and one of the witnesses of said will to wit Mr. Robert R. Moody which witness being duly sworn deposeth and saith that he saw Mary Piles the testatrix sign, seal, declare and publish the instrument now presented as her last will and testament freely voluntarily and of her own accord and without any compulsion or influence whatever that at the time of the execution of the said will the said testatrix was of sound and disposing mind and memory that deponent signed said will as witness in the presence of the testatrix and at her special instance and request and that he saw William B Piles and Levi S.D. Lyons sign the same as witnesses to the same sworn to and subscribed before us this 14 January 1850

RR Moody
E.C.P. Dart,
J.I.C.G.C.
John M. Tison, J.I.C.G.C.

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Georgia
Glynn County
Clerks Office
Court of Ordinary

Recorded in book (E) of wills and appraisements, folio 153 & 154 this 15th day of January AD 1850.

Alex Scranton, Clerk ???

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Georgia
Glynn County

            In the name of God Amen. I Mary Piles widow of the County and State aforesaid being of sound and disposing mind and memory, blessed be Almighty God for the same, do make publish and declare this to be my last will and testament hereby revoking every other will or wills by me heretofore made.
            First, I give devise and bequeath unto my beloved son Robert S. Piles for and during his natural life for the support of himself and children but not to be subject to any other debts or contracts already existing or hereafter to exist, all my Estates both real and personal, consisting of lands, slaves, stock, cattle, horses and all and singular, all my lands, notes, mortgages or other evidences of debt in my favour wherever the same may be found after the death of my said son Robert S. Piles, these shall go to and become the absolute property of the children of the said Robert S. Piles, him surviving share and share alike their heirs and assigns forever.
            Second, I give and bequeath to my beloved son John Piles the sum of Three hundred dollars.
            Third, I give and bequeath to the children of my beloved son Samuel Piles the sum of three hundred dollars.
            Fourth, I give and bequeath to my beloved son William Piles three hundred dollars.
            Fifth, I give and bequeath unto my beloved son James Piles the sum of one hundred dollars.
            Sixth, I give and bequeath unto my beloved grandson Robert H. Piles, son of Robert S. Piles and to his heirs and assigns forever my negro boy Isaac.
            Seventh, I do hereby constitute nominate and appoint my beloved son Robert S. Piles executor to this my last will and testament.
            In witness whereof I have hereinto set my hand and seal this twenty fifth day of November one thousand eight hundred and forty eight.

X Mark of Mary Piles

            Signed sealed published and declared by the Testatrix, to be and contain her last will and testament in the presence of us who have subscribed hereto our names in the presence of the Testatrix at her request.

William B. Piles
Robert R. Moody
Levi S.D. Lyons

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Robert S. Piles
5 February 1861

Will Book G pgs. 312-313
[Glynn County Probate Court]

State of Georgia}
Glynn County}

            I Robert S. Piles of the county and State aforesaid do make this my last Will and Testament in manner and form following hereby revoking all former Wills and Testaments by me at any time heretofore made.
            Item First:  As soon after my decease and decent Christian burial as the same can be done without sacrifice of property I desire all my just debts to be paid; hereby requesting and directing my executors hereinafter named to pay and satisfy such debts out of the income of my property and without sale of such property or any part thereof such sale can be judiciously avoided.
            Item Second:  To my son Robert S. Piles I give devise and bequeath the tract of land on which I reside containing four hundred acres more or less known as the Lemmon Tract together with the buildings and improvements thereon at the time of my decease and the household and kitchen furniture and plantation utensils attached or appertaining thereto at the time of my decease to my said son Robert S. Piles his heirs executors administrators and assigns forever.
            Item Third:  To each of my two sons Henry W. Piles and Robert S. Piles I give devise and bequeath one undivided equal fourth part of the rest and residue of my estate and property of whatsoever nature or kind and whether Real, Personal, or mixed and wheresoever situate to each of my said sons his heirs executors administrators and assigns forever.
            Item Fourth:  To my said two sons Henry W. Piles and Robert S. Piles and the survivor of them and the executors and administrators of such survivor I give devise and bequeath the remaining undivided two equal fourth parts of said rest and residue of my estate and property of whatsoever nature or kind and whether Real, Personal or mixed and wheresoever situate In Trust nevertheless and to and for the sole use and benifit and behoof as to one said fourth parts of my daughter Sarah Eliza Cargyle wife of Benjamin M. Cargyle during her natural life not liable for the debts contracts or engagements or subject to the control of her said present or any future husband and from and immediately after the decease of said Sarah Eliza then to the child or children of the said Sara Eliza living at the time of her decease his her or their heirs executors administrators and assigns forever the representative or representatives of a child dying in the lifetime of said Sara Eliza to stand in the place of and take the share of its or their deceased parent and in case of their being no child or representative of child living at the death of said Sarah Eliza then to my other child or children living at that time his hers or their heirs executors administrators and assigns forever and as to the other said fourth part In Trust to and for the sole use benefit and behoof of my daughter Carolina Clifford Piles during her natural life not liable for the debts contracts or engagements or subject to the control of any husband she many marry and immediately after the decease of the said Caroline Clifford then to the child or children of the said Caroline Clifford living at the time of her decease his her or their executors administrators and assigns forever, the representative or representatives of a child dying in the lifetime of said Caroline Clifford to stand in the place of and take the share of its or their deceased parent and in case of their being no child or representative of child living at the death of said Caroline Clifford then to my other child or children living at that time, his her or their heirs executors administrators and assigns forever.
            Item Fifth:  And lastly I do hereby nominate and appoint my said sons Henry W. Piles and Robert S. Piles to be the executors of this my last Will and Testament and Trustees of said my daughters herein before named.
            In Witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal this twenty fifth day of February in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and sixty one.

Robert S. Piles  {seal}

Signed sealed published and declared by the above named testator as and for his last will and Testament in the presence of us who at his request and in his presence and in the presence of each other have hereunto set our hands as witnesses the day and year above written.  The word "of" underlined on the third page between "representative" and "child."

R.J. Berrie
John M. Tison
C.B. Moore

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Martha Powell
18 October 1815

Inventories & Appraisements Vol. D pg. 50
[Glynn County Probate Court]

Georgia}
Glynn County}

            I Martha Powell of the County & State aforesaid considering the uncertainty of this mortal life and being of sound mind and memory blessed be almighty God for the same do make and publish this my last will & testament. In manner & form following. Item First I give and bequeath unto James Moore and Sophia his wife a negroe man named George and a negroe Girl named Eliza also all my Bed, Bedding and furniture of Ever description. I also give and bequeath unto the aforesaid Mrs. Sophia Moore as a testimony of my affection my gold watch and trinkets attached and my riding Chair Secondly I give and bequeath unto George Abbott a negroe Man named Joe Thirdly I give and bequeath unto John Morgan the reputed Son of Joshua Morgan by Mrs. Frissil[?] a negroe man named Cudjo Fourthly I give and bequeath unto Eliza Anne Dart the Daughter of Doct. Cyrus Dart a negroe woman named Sophia and her Child Hector also all my wearing apparel, Plate & Jewelry of Every description and lastly also all the rest residue and remainder of my Property whether in Debts moneys [sic] or other Effects I give and bequeath the same unto Mary Abbott the wife of George Abbott and I do hereby nominate and appoint Messrs. James Moore George Abbott and Leighton Wilson sole Executors to this my last will and testament hereby revoking all former wills & testaments Heretofore made by me In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal the Eighteenth day of October in the year of our Lord one thousand Eight hundred and fifteen.
            Signed Sealed Published and declared by the above named Martha Powell to be her last will and testament in the presence of us who at her request have hereunto Subscribed our names as Witnesses to the same.

Martha Powell

Eliza Fowler
Jacob Moore
William Moore

Probated 13 June 1818

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Bell Priddy
2 November 1914

Will Book H pg. 271
[Glynn County Probate Court]

Georgia, Bibb County:
            I, Bell Priddy, of said State and County, being of sound and disposing mind and memory, do make this my last will and testament, hereby revoking and annulling all others, by me heretofore made.
            I desire and direct that my body be buried in a decent and christianlike manner, suitable to my circumstances and condition in life.
            I desire and direct that all my just debts be paid without delay, by my executor hereinafter named and appointed.
            I give, bequeath and devise to my niece, Clara Bell Hyer, at the present time residing in Brunswick, Georgia, all my worldly possessions of every character consisting partly of:
            Money deposited in any banks wherever it may be found in the name of Bell Priddy or Mrs. Edward Priddy.
            I give and bequeath to my said niece, Clara Bell Hyer, my wearing apparel, gold watch and chain, jewelry, and all my personal effects of the like kind, to be hers absolutely without accountability.
            I hereby constitute and appoint my niece, Clara Belle Hyer, the sole executrix of this my last will and testament, and I expressly confer upon her power, as such, to administer my estate, excusing her from giving any bond, or making any returns to the Ordinary.
            To my sister and her husband, to my other niece and nephew, and other relatives I bequeath my love and sincere affection with desire for their prosperity.
            This the 2nd day of November 1914.

Mrs. Bell Priddy

            Signed, sealed, declared and published by Bell Priddy as her last will and testament, in the presence of us, the undersigned, who subscribe our names hereto in the presence of said testator, after she had signed her name thereto, and at her special instance and request, and in the presence of each other.
            This the 2nd day of November 1914.

P.L. Hay
J.H. Mosley
R.W. Crockett

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James H. Pritchard
25 June 1822

Inventories & Appraisements Vol. D pg. 151
[Glynn County Probate Court]

State of Georgia}
Glynn County}

            I James H. Pritchard intending an absence for some time from this part of the Country and Considering the uncertainty of human life have thought fit to make this my last Will and Testament--To my Sister Sarah I give and bequeath my negro wench named Jenny--To my Sister Ann I give and bequeath my negro fellow named Tom--To my Brother Robert I leave all other personal and all the real property of which I may die possessed--I constitute and appoint James Moore, William Moore and Robert Pritchard executors of this my last will and Testament--In Witness Whereof I have hereunto set my hand and Seal this twenty fifth day of June in the year eighteen hundred & twenty two.

James H. Pritchard {LS}

Witness
James G. Pepper
Caroline Pepper

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Marshall Ashby Purse
11 December 1936

Will Book H pg. 315
[Glynn County Probate Court]

            Be it remembered that I Marshall Ashby Purse, of St. Simons Island in the county of Glynn and State of Georgia, being of sound and disposing mind and memory, make this my last will and testament.
            I give, devise and bequeath to my brother Thomas Purse of Savannah in the county of Chatham and State of Georgia, all my estate, both real and personal, of whatsoever nature and description, wheresoever the same may be or be found.
            And I hereby appoint my said brother, Thomas Purse, sole executor of this my last will and testament and request that he be exempt from furnishing any official bond for the due performance of his duties as said executor.
            Given under my hand this 11th day of December 1936, in the presence of three (3) witnesses hereunto undersigned, who have written their names in my presence and in the presence of each other.

Marshall Ashby Purse, M.D.

Witnesses:
Charles H. Lee, D.D.
Mary E. Everett, P.M.
Georgia True Smith

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James Ratcliff
4 November 1820

Inventories & Appraisements Vol. D pg. 148
[Glynn County Probate Court]

In the name of God Amen.

I James Ratcliff of the County of Wayne State of Georgia Planter being of sound mind but weak in body do make this my last will and Testament--I first resign my Soul into the hands of my Creator I then dispose of my real and Personal property in the following manner, I leave the place & Lands thereto to my Wife to live on as long as she thinks proper then to be divided among my children the residue of my property I leave to my Wife and five children share & share alike but no division to take place until my son James arrives at the age of twenty one years, the residue to be kept together till my Daughters attain that age or are married--I appropriate from the monies now on hand Eighty Dollars to my Daughter Mary, One hundred to my Daughter Patsey--Two hundred hundred [sic] to my son Richard and two hundred Dollars to my son William for their Education I leave my beloved Wife Executrix and my son James Executor to this my last Will and Testament--In Witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal having first declared & published the within Instrument of my writing as being my last will and Testament Dated this Fourth day of November in the year of our Lord Eighteen hundred and Twenty.

James Ratcliff {LS}
James Ratcliff

Signed Sealed & acknowledged in presence of Leighton Wilson, Benjamin Ratcliff, James D. Prevatt[?]

Probated 10 September 1825

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James M. Ratcliff
2 August 1860

Will Book G page 238-239
[Glynn County Probate Court]

Transcribed for me by Suzanne Brown of Texas.

Georgia}   
Glynn County}

In the name of God amen!

            I James M Ratcliff, of said state and County, being of sound mind but of feeble health and knowing that I must shortly depart from this world deem it right and proper, both as respects myself and family that I should make a disposition of the property with which a kind providence has blessed me; I therefore, make this my last will and Testament hereby revoking and annulling all others heretofore made by me. First; I desire and direct that my body be buried in a decent and christian like manner suitable to my circumstances and condition my soule [sic] I trust shall return to rest with my God, who gave it As I hope for eternal salvation through the blessed Lord and Savior "Jesus Christ" whose religion I have professed and as I humbly trust enjoyed.
            Second: I desire that my whole estate, both real and personal remain together to be managed by my son Robert M for the support of my beloved wife Mary my son Robert M and his family and my daughter Sarah M until the death of my wife
            Third: I give and bequeathe to my daughter Sarah M. my Negroe Girl Priscilla and her future increase to take effect at her marriage, or in the event of her not marrying at the death of my beloved Wife.  In the event of the death of my Daughter Sarah M. without leaving a child or children, it is my will and request, that the Negroe Girl Priscilla and her increase become the property of my two sons James M H and Robert M Ratcliff
            Fourth: I give and bequeathe to my Grand son "James Hugh Ratcliff," my Negroe Girl "Juda" and her future increase, to take effect at the death of my wife and not till then.
            Fifth: I give and bequeathe to my grand Daughter Henrietta Ratcliff the sum of three Hundred dollars to be paid by my Executors as soon after her marriage as convenient, or at the age of twenty one years should she ever arrive at that age.
            6th The true intent and meaning of my will is that my entire Estate, except the legacis [sic] to my Daughter Sarah M and my grand Daughter Henrietta on the conditions stated remain together, until the death of my beloved Wife, "Mary" to be under the control of my Executors and managed by my son Robert M for the purposes before stated.
            7th: I desire after the death of my beloved Wife that my entire Estate not otherwise bequeathed be equally divided among my sons James M H and Robert M Ratcliff and my Daughter Sarah should she be alive or to her children if she have any in case of her death.
            8th I constitute and appoint my son Robert M Ratcliff and my friend John M Tison Executors to this my last will and testament This August 2nd 1860

James M Ratcliff {LS}
[signature]

Signed sealed declared and published by James M Ratcliff as his last will and testament in the presence of us the subscribers, who subscribed our names hereto in the presence of said testator and of each other this August 2nd 1860

Saml W Laurance, Glynn County
William Sumerlin
John F May

 

Georgia}
Glynn CountY}

            Personally appeared before me, Stephen J Gorton Ordinary for said County, William Sumerlin & John F May, who being sworn deposeth & saith that they saw James M Ratcliff sign the above instrument of writing for the purpose therein specified and also saw Saml W Laurence sign the same as written in the presence of each other.

William Sumerlin
John F May

Sworn to before me this 4th day of May1861 Stephen J Gorton, Ordinary

 

Georgia}
Glynn County}

            You John M Tison and Robert M Ratcliff do solemnly swear that you will faithfully perform the duties incumbent on you as Executors of the last will & testament of James M Ratcliff by paying first the debts & then the legacis [sic] according to law "so help you God,"

Robert M Ratcliff
John M Tison

Sworn to and subscribed before me this 4th day of May 1861 Stephen J Gorton, Ordinary

Recorded May 6th 1861
L H Greenleaf J C O G C

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Martha Ratcliff
25 September 1847

Inventories & Appraisements Vol. E pg. 105
[Glynn County Probate Court]

Georgia}
Glynn County}

            In the name of God Amen. I Martha Ratcliff of said State and County, being of advanced age and knowing that I must shortly depart from this world deem it right and proper both as it respects myself and my family that I should make a disposition of the property with which a kind providence has blest [sic] me. I therefore make this my last will and Testament hereby revoking, annulling all other heretofore made by me.
            Item first. I desire and direct that my body be buried in a decent and Christian like manner suitable to my circumstances and condition. My soul I trust shall return to rest with God who gave it as I hope for Eternal Salvation through the blessed Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.
            Item 2. I desire and direct that all my just debts be paid without delay by my Executor herein after named as I unwilling my creditors should be layed of their rights [sic].
            Item 3. I give and bequeath to my daughter in law Mary A. Bryan now wife of James M. Bryan but formerly wife of my dear deceased son William B. Ratcliff five dollars.
            Item 4th. The rest of my property both Real and personal whatever and whatever it my be I desire and bequeath to be equally divided between my dear beloved children to wit James M. Ratcliff, Mary S. Grayham, Martha A. Stafford, and Richard R. Ratcliff giving to each one an equal fourth part but should the said Mary S. Grayham depart this life without leaving any children of her body alive at her death then and in that case the fourth part that I have bequeathed and give to her the said Mary S. Grayham shall revert and return back to my Estate and be subject to a division equally between my heirs.
            Item 5th. I constitute and appoint my beloved son James M. Ratcliff Executor to this my last will and Testament. This 25th day of September 1847.

Martha X Ratcliff {LS}
her mark

            Signed Sealed delivered and published by Martha Ratcliff as her last will and Testament in the presence of us the subscribers who subscribed our names hereto in the presence of the Testator and of each other this 25th day of Sept. 1847.

James Highsmith
Joseph Wiggins
B.W. Blakewood

Probated 11 October 1847

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Leon E. Robarts
17 April 1933

Will Book H pg. 383
[Glynn County Probate Court]

Georgia, Glynn County:
            I, Leon E. Robarts, of Glynn County, Georgia, being of sound and disposing mind and memory, do make this my last will and testament, hereby revoking any and all others that I have heretofore made.
            Item 1:  It is my will and desire that my body be buried in a Christianlike manner, the place and details of which I leave to my wife.
            Item 2:  It is my will and desire that all of my debts be paid as soon as practicable after my death.
            Item 3:  I will, bequeath and devise all of my property, both real and personal, of whatever kind and wherever situate, to my beloved wife, Annie O. Robarts, executrix of this will, and I relieve her from making any inventory of my property or appraisement, or from giving any bond, and she is required by this will only to probate the will, and she is further relieved from making any returns of her acts and doings to any Court whatsoever.
            Brunswick, Georgia, This April 17, A.D. 1933.

Leon E. Robarts {L.S.}

            Declared, published, signed and sealed by Leon E. Robarts as his last will and testament, in the presence of the undersigned as witnesses, he first signing in our presence, and we then, at his special request and instance, signing in his presence and in the presence of each other.  This 17 day of April, A.D. 1933.

W.H. Overstreet
E.R. Eason
W.E. Coleman

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Joseph Roberts
10 October 1871

Will Book G pgs. 421-422
[Glynn County Probate Court]

State of Georgia}
Glynn County}

In the name of God Amen!

            I Joseph Roberts of said State and County being of advanced age and feeble in body, but of sound and disposing mind and memory, knowing that I must shortly depart this life deem it proper and right both as respects my family and myself that I should make disposition[?] of the property with which a kind providence has blessed me.  I do therefore make this my last Will and Testament, hereby revoking and annulling all others by me heretofore made.
            First--I devise and direct that my body be buried in a decent and Christian like manner suitable to my circumstances and condition in life.  My soul I trust shall release[?] to rest with God who gave it, as I hope for salvation through the [illegible word] and atonements of the blessed Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
            Secondly--I devise and direct that all the Estate of whatever or nature of which I may die possessed after the payments of my just debts and funeral expenses be divided into five equal parts or shares and I give bequeath and devise to my four now living children to wit--my son Joseph W. Roberts my daughters Amelia Watkins, Sarah A. Crusoe, and Ann C. Randall each one of said parts or shares and the remaining part of share I give bequeath and devise to my Executors hereinafter named and appointed to be held by them in trust for the use benefit and behoof of the children of my deceased daughter Elizabeth Jane Sanders to be equally divided between them or their heirs per [illegible word] upon the arrival of the youngest of said children at the age of twenty-one years granting full power and authority to my said Executors to use the same for the purpose of educating and maintaining said children as in their discretion they may deem proper.
            Fourthly[?]--I hereby constitute and appoint my son Joseph W. Roberts and my son in law Walter W. Watkins Executors to this my last will and testament.
            This October 10th A.D. Eighteen hundred and seventy-one.

Joseph x Roberts {LS}
his mark

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Matilda E. (Bonnell) Roberts
12 May 1919

Will Book H pgs. 39-41
[Glynn County Probate Court]

State of Georgia County of Glynn

IN THE NAME OF GOD AMEN

            KNOW ALL MEN BY THESE PRESENTS, that I, the undersigned, Mrs. Matilda E. Roberts of the City of Brunswick, said County and State, being of sound and disposing mind and memory, recognizing the uncertainty of the things of this life and the certainty of death and the life to come, and desiring to make disposition of my estate while I have the strength so to do, I do hereby make, declare and publish this to be my last Will and Testament, hereby revoking and annulling any and all will or wills that may heretofore have been made by me.
            Item I.  I desire my executors hereinafter appointed to pay any indebtedness I may leave at the time of my death, including funeral expenses, my name, etc., to be placed on the monument that is by my husband’s grave.  Eric will attend to that; he knows my wishes.  My soul I commit to God who gave it, trusting in his infinite mercy and goodness, and looking for the resurrection and the life in the world to come.
            Item 2.  As soon as possible after my death, it is my wish and desire that my executors shall reduce to cash my estate that may be left by me, to be disposed of as hereinafter stated, to say:  The little house which is located on the southwest corner of the lot and premises where I now reside at the date of the making of this will shall be sold by my executors, and the fund derived from the sale of this house (only the house, the land belongs to Medora Brockinton) shall form a part and corpus of my estate.  The lot of land upon which is located the residence in which I now reside is the right and property of my daughter, Mrs. Medora E. Brockinton, and the land is Dora’s, one quarter of the lot.
            Item 3.  It is my will and desire that all my personal effects (except such articles as I shall give a list of to my daughter, and my wishes concerning such articles), such as household furniture, and the like, not including money, shall go to and be received by said daughter, Mrs. Medora E. Brockinton.
            Item 4.  The corpus of my estate constitutes the collection of a mortgage given to me by my son, E.Y. Roberts, which said mortgage is secured by certain property belonging to my son, said E.Y. Roberts, which property is located in the Old Town of the City of Brunswick, and on Gloucester Street, at the corner of Lee Street, City of Brunswick, and which said note and mortgage is in the sum of Eighteen Hundred Dollars ($1800.00) for principal.  It is my wish and desire that my executors shall not collect or require the said E.Y. Roberts to pay any interest on the said mortgage due prior to the 1st day of January, 1918.  After said date my said son, E.Y. Roberts, will account for the interest on said loan.  He has paid me some interest on the said loan, and he will continue to do so, I giving him receipts for such interest as he may pay me from time to time hereafter and before this will becomes operative.  However, as stated, I do not desire my executors to require him to account to my estate for any interest prior to said January 1st, 1918.  My son Harry S. Roberts is indebted to me in the sum of Two Hundred and Fifty Dollars ($250.00).  It is my wish and desire that my executors do not exact any interest from said son Harry S. Roberts for said loan of $250.00, but that Eric shall receive one-third of $250.00 more than Harry when the estate money is divided, and also that Dora receive one-third more than Harry.  He is not entitled to any more than Eric and Dora.
            Item 5.  It is my wish and desire that my grandson, Bonnell Roberts, be paid out of my estate in question, after the payment of funeral expenses, and other indebtedness that may be left by me, if any, the sum of $50.00 in cash.  The $60.00 which I have heretofore sent to him to discharge some obligation owed by him in Tampa, Fla. shall not be exacted of him, the said Bonnell Roberts, but I give that to him, and in addition thereto my executors will pay to him the said sum of $50.00 in cash.  I also desire that my said executors shall likewise pay to my said daughter, Medora E. Brockinton, the sum of Fifty Dollars ($50.00) in cash, as a slight remembrance of her love, care, and tender ministration for an to me during my residence with her, and tender solicitude and nursing of me during my illness from time to time.
            Item 6.  Whatever cash may be left by me at the time of my death, and when the mortgage referred to for $1800.00 due to me by my said son E.Y. Roberts, has been collected and reduced to cash, which same will make an estate of $1800.00, principal of said mortgage, about $200.00 cash in the Glynn County Bank, and one $50.00 Liberty Bond, making $2050.00, and after payment of the said bequests herein referred to, and all debts, it is my will and desire that the said fund shall be divided into three equal parts, one of which shall go to and be used by my said son Harry S. Roberts, or to his heirs, executors and administrators, except that from his part shall be taken Two-thirds (2/3) of $250.00, which like amount shall be added to E.Y. Roberts’ third, and also a like amount to Mrs. Medora E. Brockinton’s third.  Another third interest of said estate and fund shall go to and be received by my said son E.Y. Roberts, his heirs, executors and administrators.  The other third interest or share in said estate shall go to and be received by my said daughter, Mrs. Medora E. Brockinton, her heirs, executors and administrators.
            Item 7.  I hereby name, constitute and appoint my son-in-law Samuel A. Brockinton and my said son E.Y. Roberts executors of this my last will.  My said executors need not be required to give bond for the faithful execution and performance of the trust herein imposed.  I know that they will carry out the terms of my will with fidelity upon their part; nor need the said executors make any return of their actings and doings in the premises.  All that is necessary for them to do is to qualify under the will and execute the terms thereof.  Should either of the said executors die before this will becomes effective, or should either of them fail or refuse to qualify, then and in that event the other of them is directed and expected to qualify hereunder, and carry out the terms hereof, with all powers given to them by law.
            IN WITNESS WHEREOF I have hereunto set my hand and seal on this the 12th day of May, in the year of our Lord one thousand nine hundred and nineteen (1919).

Matilda E. Roberts, Testatrix {LS}

            Signed, sealed, declared and published by the said Mrs. Matilda E. Roberts as her last will and testament before us, the undersigned witnesses, who subscribed our names hereto as such, at the special instance and request of the said testatrix, she signing in our presence, and in the presence of each other, and we signing in her presence on this 12th day of May, in the year of our Lord one thousand and nineteen (1919).

Mrs. Minnie Lee Krauss
Hope Strong
D.W. Krauss

Witnesses all of Brunswick, Georgia

 

State of Georgia County of Glynn
            We do solemnly swear that this writing contains the true last will and testament of the within named Mrs. Matilda E. Roberts, deceased, so far as we know or believe, and that we will well and truly execute the same in accordance with the laws of the State.

Samuel A. Brockinton
E.Y. Roberts

Sworn to and subscribed before me, this 17th day of April 1920.  Edwin W. Dart, Ordinary Glynn County, .Georgia. 

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Carrie (Reiman) Rothschild
14 August 1922

Will Book H pgs. 196-197
[Glynn County Probate Court]

State of Georgia County of Glynn

            I, Carrie R. Rothschild, of the County of Glynn and State of Georgia, being of sound mind and disposing memory, and having in mind to make disposition of such estate as, in the Good Providence of God, may be vested in me at the time of my death, do make, publish and declare this my last will and testament, hereby specifically revoking and annulling any and all former writings of a testamentary character whatsoever which I heretofore may have made.
            Item I:  I desire that all of my just debts shall be paid, including ordinary funeral expenses for myself without unnecessary cost or display.
            Item II:  I hereby give, devise and bequeath all of my jewelry (with the exception of my engagement ring and my nine-stone diamond cluster ring) jointly unto my beloved mother and sisters, Mrs. R. Reiman, Mrs. Marie Borchardt, Flora Reiman and Ester Reiman, or to the survivors of them at the time of my death, to be divided among them in such manner as they may see fit, share and share alike.
            Item III:  I hereby give, devise and bequeath absolutely all of the rest and residue of the property real and personal, remainders, reversions, interests, claims and demands whatsoever that I may have, own or possess at the time of my death unto my beloved husband Abe Rothschild, only however in event that he should be in life at the time of my death: and with a charge upon said estate to continue during the life of the said Abe Rothschild of fifty dollars per month each to my niece Tillie Borchardt and Herman Borchardt my nephew; such payments to the said Tillie and Herman however, respectively, to cease and determine respectively upon occurrence of their death prior to the death of the said Abe Rothschild.
            Item IV:  In the event my said husband should predecease me, then and in that event I desire and direct that my said residuary estate shall be divided into six equal shares:  One such share to go absolutely to my sister Mrs. Marie Borchardt, or her heirs; one such share to go absolutely to my niece Tillie Borchardt, or her heirs; one such share to go absolutely to my nephew Herman Borchardt, or his heirs; and the remaining three such shares to go to my said sister Mrs. Marie Borchardt as trustee for the uses and trusts hereinafter named and recited.
            Item V:  For the purposes of the trust referred to in Item IV I hereby nominate and appoint my said sister Mrs. Marie Borchardt trustee for handling and controlling said property; she shall not be required to give any bond, and she shall have full power to handle said trust property as in her discretion may be wise, and to reinvest, sell, exchange or invest the corpus thereof as may seem to her wise and to the best interest of said trust, without necessity for obtaining any order or authority therefore from any court or tribunal, I having full confidence in her judgment and integrity.
            Item VI:  The three shares of my said estate which go to my said sister in trust as aforesaid shall be held by her for the following uses and trusts, to-wit:  She shall pay the income from one share to my brother Ike Rothschild, now of Jacksonville, Florida, for and during his natural life; She shall pay the income from one share to my sister Mrs. Mamie Hass, now of New Orleans, Louisiana, for and during her natural life; and she shall pay the income from the third share to my sister, Mrs. Ida Semansky now of Shreveport, Louisiana, for and during her natural life.  Upon the death of either or all of said beneficiaries, Ike Rothschild, Mamie Hass and Ida Semansky, she shall pay over the said shares, respectively, in remainder to my nephew Phil Semansky, now of Shreveport, Louisiana, or his heirs, absolutely.
            Item VII:  I hereby nominate, constitute and appoint my said husband Abe Rothschild the sole executor of this my last will and testament, an din the event of his death, before or after my death, with the estate not fully administered, he to be succeeded as such executor by my friends C.B. Conyers, Esq., now of Brunswick, Georgia.
            Item VIII:  My executor or executors as hereinbefore nominated and appointed shall not be required to give any bond, and shall not be required to report to or make any returns whatever to any court, tribunal or officer; but he shall have full, ample and free power to deal with all and any part of my said estate, and mortgage, encumber, sell and dispose of the same at his will, at public or private sale, and as he may see fit from time to time, without necessity for obtaining any order or authority therefore from any court or tribunal, but as fully and to the same extent that I could myself do were I in life seized and possessed of the same.
            In Witness Whereof I have hereto set my hand and affixed my seal this 14th day of August 1922.

Mrs. Carrie R. Rothschild {LS}

            Signed, sealed, published and declared as her last will and testament by her, the said Carrie R. Rothschild, in the presence of us, the undersigned, who sign our names hereto as subscribing witnesses, after her signing, and at her request, in her presence, and in the presence of each other.

Miss Alma Mitchell
R.L. Cunningham
Perry Battle
All of Brunswick, Georgia.

Recorded Nov. 28th 1930, Claude Dart, Clerk Court of Ordinary

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Villard Hopkins Royal
14 August 1942

Will Book H pgs. 412-414
[Glynn County Probate Court]

Georgia, Glynn County.
            I, V.H. Royal, of said State and County, being of sound and disposing mind and memory, do make, publish, and declare my last will and testament as follows:
            1.  I desire for all of my due and just debts, including funeral expenses, to be paid as soon as practicable after my death.
            2.  I desire my executor to pay unto The Brunswick Bank & Trust Company, as Trustee, the sum of One Thousand Dollars ($1,000.00).  Said Trustee shall invest and manage said fund in such a manner as their judgment dictates, the income therefrom to be used to maintain the cemetery lot in Palmetto Cemetery, Brunswick, Georgia, in which my mother, father and sister are now buried, in such a manner as my Trustee deems best.
            3.  I give and devise unto my niece, Edith Royal Branch, my personal automobile, if I own one at the time of my death.
            4.  I give and devise unto my nephew, Boyce Royal, Jr., all of my jewelry and guns of all kinds.
            5.  I give, bequeath and devise unto my niece, Edith Royal Branch lot sixteen (16) in Block number seven (7) of subdivision of East Beach, on St. Simons Island, Glynn County, Georgia, with the improvements thereon and all of the household furniture and effects contained therein.
            5A.  I give, bequeath and bequeath the following special legacies:

Trustees, First Methodist Church, Brunswick, Ga. $1000.00
Troop Committee, as Trustee, Troop #1, Boy Scouts, Brunswick, Ga. $500.00
Y.W.C.A. Trustees—Brunswick, Ga. $100.00
Minnie I. Dicks—Chattanooga, Tenn. $500.00
Mrs. Bessie Dicks Walker, Augusta, Ga. $500.00
Mrs. Josephine Dicks Prior, Chattanooga, Tenn. $500.00
Mrs. Ann McClure Dicks, Chattanooga, Tenn. $500.00
Josephine Franklin, if working for me at the time of my death $500.00
D.K. Price, if working for me at the time of my death $500.00
S.H. Burney, if working for me at the time of my death $500.00
Vassa Cate, Sr. Brunswick, Ga. $200.00
Henry Cate Brunswick, Ga. $200.00
Jimmie Jones Atlanta, Ga. $200.00
John N. Hotch, Brunswick, Ga. $200.00
Mrs. Belle Shinholser Atlanta, Ga. $200.00

            The above individual bequests shall only be of force and effect in the event that the beneficiaries named shall survive me.
            6.  I give and bequeath unto my brother, Boyce Royal, Sr., my one-half interest in the lot in Miami, Florida, which now belongs to my brother and myself jointly.  If my brother, Boyce Royal, Sr. fails to survive me, then the property described in this paragraph is to become a part of my residuary estate and is to be handled by my executor in accordance with instructions hereinafter given.
            7.  I have at this time a number of life insurance policies upon my life made payable to various beneficiaries.  On some of the policies I have borrowed against their cash values.  In the event that at the time of my death there should be loans outstanding against any of these policies I direct my executor to pay to the beneficiary named in such policy from my general estate an amount equal to the indebtedness against such policy so that the beneficiary or beneficiaries will receive the full face value of such policy just as if no loan or loans had been made thereon.
            8.  I give and devise unto my brother, Boyce Royal, Sr., providing he survives me, a one-eight interest in all my real and personal property not disposed of by any specific legacy; but if my brother, Boyce Royal, Sr., should fail to survive me, then I give, devise, and bequeath such property to any children that he may have other than Edith, Gladys, Ann, and Boyce Royal, Jr.; and if my brother, Boyce Royal, Sr., should fail to survive me and should not leave any other children than those above named, then such interest in said real and personal property shall revert to my residuary estate and shall be handled along with my other property in accordance with instructions hereinafter given my executor.
            9.  The rest and residue of my property, including the property given to my brother in the above paragraphs if he fails to survive me and fails to leave other issue than those named, I give and bequeath unto my executor hereinafter named, to be held in trust by them, for the uses and under the terms and stipulations set out hereafter, until my nephew, Boyce Royal, Jr. attains the age of twenty-five years, then at that time they shall convey to him a one-half interest in all of my property, both real and personal, and shall convey at that time my other half interest in equal parts to his sisters, Edith, Gladys and Ann.  My executor shall, however, during the period that the trust exists pay unto my said nieces and nephew the net income from my property, both real and personal, in the same proportion, that is, one-half to Boyce Royal, Jr., and the other half in equal shares between Edith, Gladys and Ann Royal.  It is understood that such needful expenditures as insurance, repairs, taxes, and other expenses and outlays incidental to the proper management of my estate shall be paid by my said executor out of the gross income from said estate before any distribution is made to my said nephew and nieces.  In the event any of my above named nieces should die prior to the time my said nephew attains the age of twenty-five, then their share shall descend to their children, but in the event they have no children, then their part will revert back to the common fund left in trust.  In the event Boyce Royal, Jr. should die prior to the time he attains twenty-five years of age leaving children of his own, then his share of my estate shall descend to his children, but if he should die prior to attaining twenty-five years of age leaving no issue, then his share shall revert to the common fund to be divided among his three above named sisters.  In the event Boyce Royal, Jr. should die before he attains twenty-five years of age leaving no issue, my executor shall be directed to pay over to my three nieces in equal shares all of my real and personal property covered by this paragraph when Ann, the youngest of the three sisters, attains the age of twenty-one years.
            10.  I appoint the Brunswick Bank & Trust Company as executor of this my last will and testament, and as trustee hereunder, I empower them to sell any and all of my property, both real and personal, at public or private sale for the consideration their judgment may dictate, reinvest the proceeds as their judgment may dictate for the trust and uses set out above.  I empower them to repair, improve, remodel, lease or rent, or in other words in any manner handle my properties as their sound business judgment may dictate.
            In the event The Brunswick Bank & Trust Company should fail or refuse to serve as my executor or in the event after qualifying as such they should resign, then in either event, I appoint in their stead The National Bank of Brunswick to serve as executor and trustee.

V.H. Royal Testator

            Published, declared and executed by Villard H. Royal as his last will and testament on the 14th day of August 1942, he signing in our presence and we signing in his presence, and in the presence of each other.

Fannie Mitchell
Frank Parker
W.E. Geiger

 

GEORGIA GLYNN COUNTY
            I do solemnly swear that this writing contains the last will and testament of the within named V.H. Royal, deceased, so far as I or the Brunswick Bank & Trust Company knows or believes; that I am the President of the said Bank, named as executor in said will, and authorized to make this affidavit; and that the said Bank as Executor will well and truly execute the same in accordance with the laws of the State of Georgia.  So help me God.

I.M. Aiken

Sworn to and subscribed before me this March 1, 1943, Edwin W. Dart, Ordinary, Glynn County, Georgia.

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David Rumph
29 February 1812

Inventories & Appraisements Vol. D pg. 10
[Glynn County Probate Court]

State of Georgia}
Glynn County}

            In the name of God Amen. I David Rumph of South Carolina, Planter, considering the uncertainty of this life and that it is appointed unto all men once to die, and being of sound mind and memory blessed be Almighty God, for the same do make publish and declare, this my Last Will and Testament; in the manner and form following that is to say first I recommend my soul to almighty God who gave it and my Body to the Earth, to be buried in a decent & Christian like manner. Secondly, after my just debts and funeral expenses are discharged I give and bequeath my worldly goods and chattels, in the following manner. It is my will that my beloved nephew Joseph Rumph shall at my demise, inherit and receive all my Estate Both real and Personal with this Proviso: that the said Rumph shall appropriate Two Hundred Dollars toward the Education of Charleton, John, and Charles Wallace, sons of James & Mary Wallace whenever they or either of them shall arrive at a proper age to be put to school: leaving the order of their Schooling to the discretion of said J. Rumph or in case of their parents moving or conveying said children out of the state to the inconvenience of said Rumph then the said sum of money to remain in the hands of said Rumph till said children arrive at the age of 21 years and I do further nominate and appoint said Rumph & Charles Dewit, Jr. Trustees of said money for the use of said children till they arrive at the age of 21 years. Lastly I do hereby revoke and disannul all former wills and Testaments by me made. Ratifying this and none other to by my last will and testament. In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and affixed my seal this 29th day of February in the year of our Lord one thousand Eight hundred and Twelve. Published and declared by the testator to be his last will and testament. In the presence of us who have hereunto subscribed our names as witnesses in the presence of the testator and each other.

David Rumph

Witness Charles Dewitt Sr. & James May

Probated 18 May 1812

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John Russell
18 January 1811

Inventories & Appraisements Vol. D pg. 16
[Glynn County Probate Court]

Bahama Islands}
New Providence}

            In the name of God Amen! I John Russell of the Island of Saint Salvador Esquire do make publish and declare this to be my last will and testament. I give devise and bequeath all the Property which I may died possessed of both real and personal in then[?] Islands the state of Georgia and elsewhere unto my wife Mary Russell and my children Eliza Russell, James Hunter Russell, William Edward Russell, Richard Henry Russell, Mary Emelia Ann Russell and to each and every other child hereinafter to be born to me by my said wife to hold to them my said wife and children to the survivors and survives them in equal portions share and share alike, subject to the discretions, limitations, and restrictions hereinafter mentioned that is to say I direct my said Estate to be kept together and managed to the best advantage for the benefit and support of all the said legatees and devised under the discretion of my Executrix and Executors hereinafter named until my youngest surviving child shall attain the age of twenty one years if a male and if a female eighteen years when a final and equal division of the same shall be made and take place among the survivors and in the event of the marriage of any or either of my said children during the minority[?] of my youngest surviving child or of any other event occurring which may render [illegible] or [illegible] a settlement of my Estate as regards the Interest of any of my said children who shall become of age I do in such case authorize and empower my Executrix and Executors if they shall deem it prudent to do so to pay over or surrender to each child or children the share or proportion of my Estate to which he she or they may be entitled to be estimated in a reasonable fair way and to be made in such manner under such circumstances and at such time as may least effect the remaining property and interests of the other legatees and devises then living. And I declare it to be my will that in the event of any of my children dying leaving lawful issue before a division of my Estate shall be made that the share or Interest of such child or children shall [illegible] to such issue but otherwise that the sum shall go[?] and belong to the surviving Legatees and Devices and I do nominate and appoint my said wife Executrix and son James Hunter Russell and Robert Leach[?] of the State of Georgia Executors of this my last will and Testament hereby revoking and declaring void all others by me at any time heretofore made. In witness whereof I the said John Russell have set my hand and seal this eighteenth day of January in the year of our Lord one thousand Eight Hundred & Eleven.

John Russell {LS}

            Signed sealed published and declared by the said John Russell the Testator as and for his last will and Testament in the presence of us who at his request and in his presence and in the presence of each other hereunto subscribed our names as witnesses.

Jno. Armstrong
David B. Hill
[?]
J.T. Thompson

Probated 4 May 1815

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John H. Salmon
5 November 1890

Will Book G pgs. 506-507
[Glynn County Probate Court]

State of Georgia}
County of Glynn}

            I John H. Salmon of said State and County being of sound and disposing mind and memory do this my last will and testament hereby make and declare.
            First—I desire my friend Benjamin F. Cooper who has been my partner in business for several years past to take charge of my body after my decease and bury the same wherever he may reside and the manner of my burial I leave entirely with him.
            Second—I give and devise and bequeathe unto the said Benjamin F. Cooper all the property which I possess and own in the city of Orlando County of Orange and State of Florida to say that store house and lot on Orange Avenue now occupied by my firm of Cooper and Salmon as a barroom; that store house and lot on Church Street now occupied by Jack [illegible] as a grocery store and also that vacant lot owned by me and lying on lake Lucerne next to Judge Norman’s and also all my interest in the business and stock of goods wares and merchandise wines liquors store furniture fixtures and so forth now belonging to and being a part of and used in and about the said firm of Cooper and Salmon now carried on and conducted in said city of Orlando and also all my right title and interest in and to the business and stock of goods wares and merchandise, store furniture and fixtures belonging to my firm of Salmon and Cooper and known as the exchange saloon and being in the City of Brunswick in the county and state first aforesaid at the southeast corner of Monk and Bay Streets.  It being my desire and intentions hereby to give to the said Benjamin F. Cooper not only said three pieces or parcels of land with all improvements therein but also all of the business and property jointly conducted and owned by him and me the same being the said business and property of Cooper and Salmon of Orlando Florida and the business and property of Salmon and Cooper of Brunswick Georgia aforesaid and all cash now on hand standing in the name of either of said firms.
            Third—After the above devise ad bequest and after the expenses and costs of administering and settling up my estate are pass and all other of my debts if any I give devise and bequeath all the rest and residue of my estate both real and personal to my brother Dr. Charles L. Salmon of Publeshire Scotland.
            Fourth—I hereby constitute and appoint the said Benjamin F. Cooper my executor of this will this 5th day of November AD 1890.

John H. Salmon

Signed declared and published by John H. Salmon as his last will and testament in the presence of us the subscribers who subscribed our names hereto in the presence of said testator (and at his instance and request) and of each other, he signing in our presence and we signing in his presence.

Stewart Johnson
A.J. Branham
Wm. H. Berrie

 

State of Georgia}
County of Glynn}

            I Stewart Johnson do swear that I as well as William H. Berrie and A.J. Branham saw the said John H. Salmon named as testator in the foregoing petition of probate sign and publish the within paper as his last will and testament.  That I subscribed my name as a witness thereto at the special instance and request of the said John H. Salmon and in his presence as did also the said Wm. H. Berrie and A.J. Branham, that the said John H. Salmon signed the same freely and voluntarily and was at the time of such signing of sound and disposing mind and memory so far as affiant knows.

Stewart Johnson

Sworn to and subscribed before me this 8th day of November 1890 Edgar C.P. Dart Ordinary G.C. Ga.

Recorded Nov. 9th 1890 E.C.P. Dart Ordinary

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Francis Muir Scarlett
7 December 1859

Will Book G pgs. 407-411
[Glynn County Probate Court]

Transcribed for me by Laverne Vaughn of New York.

Appraisement Authorization 1 Appraisement Authorization 2 Appraisement Paper 1 Appraisement Paper 2 Certification Letter
Envelope F.D. Scarlett paper 1 F.D. Scarlett paper a F.D. Scarlett Petition 1 F.D. Scarlett Petition 2
Inventory Testimony Report of Appraisement 1 Report of Appraisement 2 Will 1 Will 2
Will 3 Will 4a Will 4b Witness to will testimony 1 Witness to will testimony 2

State of Georgia
Glynn County

In the name of God Amen.

            I Francis M. Scarlett of the state and county aforesaid being of sound and disposing mind and memory thanks be to God for the same but well knowing the uncertainty of life.  Do make and publish this my last will and testament hereby revoking and making null and void all and every other will or wills by me at any time heretofore made.
            First I commit my body to the earth to be decently interred by my executer hereinafter named and my soul I command to the God who gave it.
            Second It is my will and desire that my funeral expenses and just debts be paid by my executor hereinafter named as once as I do not desire to delay my creditors in securing what may be due them.
            Third I will and desire that all my my Estate real and personal of whatever nature or kind that I may die sign? of to be kept together by my Executor herein after named for and during the life of my beloved wife Ann Scarlett and that she is to have the use and control of the process of the same, and to have the careful possession of the same for and during her life.
            Fourth I will and bequeath to my younger son George Stanton Scarlett as a special bequest and in no wise to impair or affect his receiving an equal part of my Estate hereinafter to be divided.  A negro boy named Robert and five hundred acres of land including the homestead on which I now reside and my family graveyard and planting land.  And the house and kitchen furniture and stock that may be on it as his mothers death.  This divide is not to to take effect until after the death of his mother Ann Scarlett. and the property herein divided in this the fourth item is to be controlled by his mother as in the third item of this my will.
            Fifth Subject to the foregoing bequests and divide I give devise and bequeath onto Francis D. Scarlett in trust for Meta T. Long daughter of my deceased daughter Theodosia Long one sixth part of the remainder of my Estate both real and personal.  To have and to hold the same in trust for the sole and separate use benefits belong and maintained of my granddaughter Meta T. Long but in case that my said granddaughter should depart this life before attaining the age of twenty one years unmarried and without having any lawful issue living at the time of her death.  Thus and in that case the property him? bequeathed and divided to the said Francis D. Scarlett in trust for my said granddaughter is to return to my estate and be awarded equally divided amongst my children or their representatives.
            Sixth All the rest residue and remainder of my estate real personal and mixed of whatever nature and kind whatsoever situate subject to the forgoing devises bequests and trusts I give devise and bequeath in manner following to my beloved son Francis D. Scarlett one undivided sixth part to his heirs un assigns forever.  To my beloved son David C. Scarlett one undivided sixth part thereof to him and his heirs and assigns forever.  To my grandaughters Jean A. King and Frances Ann Parland daughters of my daughter Mary Ann McKay one sixth part of my estate undivided.  The said Jean A. King and Frances A. Parland only to receive together one sixth part to them and their heirs forever.  To my beloved son John P. Scarlett one undivided sixth part thereof to him and his heirs forever.  To my beloved son George S. Scarlett one undivided sixth part thereof to him and his heirs forever.  And it is my will that no part of my property be divided until after the death of my beloved wife.  She to have the income and control arising from it during her life.  And it is my intention to give to her a life estate in all my property left by me at my death.
            Seventh This my will desire and bequest that all the negro property now loand to my sons David C. Scarlett and John P. Scarlett be returned into my my estate and farm a portion of the same and be subject to a general division.  Also the negroes given to my daughter Theodosia and now represented in her daughter Meta T. Long under a trust and to Frances D. Scarlett be deducted from her share at the time of the division of my estate.  So that my said granddaughter Meta T. Long is only have one sixth of my estate left subject to a division.  As it is my intention that all of my children are to share equal in that portion of my estate not specially willed and bequeathed.
            Lastly I do hereby nominate and appoint my beloved son Francis D. Scarlett executor and my beloved wife Ann Scarlett Executrix of this my last will and testament.  And my said son Francis D. Scarlett trustee of the trusts contained in said will.
            In witness whereof I have hereunto set my name and seal this 7 day of December Eighteen hundred and fifty nine.

Frances M. Scarlett

In presence of
B.M. Cargyle
Henry D. Holland
Henry W. Piles

State of Georgia}
Glynn County}

            I J.F. Rowe Ordinary of said County do hereby certify foregoing is as true copy of the last will of Francis M. Scarlett duly proved before me at the November Term 1869 at a Regular Term of the Court of Ordinary; That Francis D. Scarlett named therein as Executor duly qualified before me at said Term and to vest him with full authority to execute said will.  I have duly issued to him letters testimentary [sic] annexed to said copy of will.  In testimony whereof I the said Ordinary have hereto set my hand and seal of Office this 29th day of November 1869.

J.F. Rowe, Ordinary G.C.  {LS}

 

State of Georgia}
Glynn County}

            By J.F. Rowe ordinary of said county.  Know all whom it may concern that on the first Monday in November the last will and testament of Francis M. Scarlett deceased, at the time of his death a resident of said County was legally proven at the Regular term of the Court of Ordinary a copy of which is annexed, duly certified at which time an order was also taken to allow Francis D. Scarlett named Executor in said will to qualify and that letter testimentary should issue to him upon qualifying as such Executor.  Now therefore the said Francis D. Scarlett having taken the oath of Office and complied with all necessary prerequisites of the law said Scarlett is legally authorized to discharge all the duties of an Executor on the will of Francis M. Scarlett to administer the property of said deceased, which is devised according to the will and the law of the land and said Francis D. Scarlett is hereby required to render a true and perfect inventory and appraisement of all and singular the goods the goods [sic] and chattels rights and credits of said deceased, and make returns of them to the ordinary of Glynn County and further to report annually to the same officer the situation of said estate his actings and doings until his executorship is fully discharged.
            Given under my hand this 29th day of November 1869.

J.F. Rowe, Ordinary G.C.

 

State of Georgia}
Glynn County}

            Personally appeared before me B.M. Cargyle who being duly sworn deposeth and saith that he saw Francis M. Scarlett sign seal publish & declare the within writing to be the last will and testament of said Francis M. Scarlett that he the said Francis M. Scarlett was at the time of sound and disposing mind and memory that the same was executed freely and without compulsion that deponent at the special instance and request of testator and in his presence sign the same as a witness and saw Henry D. Holland and Henry W. Piles do the same in the presence of said testator at his like special instance and request.

B.M. Cargyle

attest J.F. Rowe Ordinary G.C.

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Fanny C. Schlatter
5 May 1873

Will Book G pg. 433
[Glynn County Probate Court]

Brunswick
Glynn County
State of Georgia

            I Fanny C. Schlatter being of sound and disposing mind and memory, do make this my last will and testament hereby revoking and annulling all others by me heretofore made.
            I give and bequeath and devise to my beloved husband Charles L. Schlatter, all my property, real personal and mixed, during his natural life only and after his death, the said property to be divided equally between my children, viz  Charles Lyon, Fannie and Mary Lee.  I hereby constitute and appoint my husband Charles L. Schlatter my sole Executor to this my last Will and Testament.

Fanny C. Schlatter  {LS}

Signed sealed and published May 5th 1873 by Fanny C. Schlatter...

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Minnie Bealer (Townsend) Schoeppel
27 June 1929

Will Book H pgs. 181-183
[Glynn County Probate Court]

State of Georgia
County of Glynn

            In the name of God, Amen.
            I, Mrs. Minnie Bealer Schoppel [sic], of the city of Brunswick, in said County, Being of sound and disposing mind and memory, do hereby make, ordain, publish and declare this to be my last will and testament, hereby expressly revoking all other wills and codicils heretofore made by me.
            1.    I desire and direct that my body be buried in a decent and Christian-like manner, suitable to my circumstances and condition in life at the time of my death, upon the lot heretofore prepared and provided for me in Lott Cemetery in Waycross, Georgia.
            2.    My executrix hereinafter named shall pay all my jut debts as soon as practicable after my death.
            3.    When my debts shall have been paid, I make disposition of my estate as follows--
            4.    I give, bequeath and devise to my married daughter, Mrs. Lola May Boyd, those certain lots of land situate in that part of the city of Brunswick, Glynn County, Georgia, known as New Town, and known according to the map and plan of said city as New Town lots numbers Twenty0Four Hundred and Nine (2409) and Twenty-Four Hundred and Ten (2410), with the rights, members, improvements and appurtenances, thereunto belonging, in fee simple.
            5.    I give, bequeath to my son, Robert Edward Lee Schoeppel a certain tract of land situate in said city of Brunswick described according to said city map and plan as the southern two thirds (2/3) of the eastern one-half (1/2) of Old Town lot number Five Hundred and Eighteen (518) and fronting east on Cochran Avenue, with the rights, members, improvements, and appurtenances thereunto belonging, in fee simple.
            6.    I give, bequeath and devise to my daughter, Mrs. Lily H. Peterson, a certain tract of land situate in said city of Brunswick and known according to said map and plan as the northwestern one-fourth (1/4) of Old Town lot number One Hundred and Eighty-Five (185), with its rights, members, improvements and appurtenance, forever in fee simple.  I also give to my said daughter a certain piano known as a "Kholer and Campbell" piano.
            7.    I give, bequeath and devise to my daughter, Miss Ruby Ethel Schoeppel, those certain lots of land in said city of Brunswick known according to said map and plan as New Town lots numbers Sixteen Hundred and Three (1603) and Sixteen Hundred and Four also the Southern Two-Thirds (2/3) of the Eastern One-Half (1/2) of Old Town lot number One Hundred and Thirty-Seven (137), fronting east on Reynolds Street, with the rights, members, improvements and appurtenances to all said lands appertaining or belonging, in fee simple.  I also give and bequeath and devise to my said daughter Miss Ruby Ethel Schoeppel all my jewelry.
            8.    I direct that all my household goods, kitchen utensils, furniture, cutlery, and all other personal property not hereinbefore specifically bequeathed, be divided as equally as possible between my said four children.
            9.    I further direct and will that all property hereby specifically bequeathed and all my estate shall stand charged with the payment of as much as the sum of Fifteen Hundred Dollars ($1500.00), which amount or as much thereof as may be necessary is to be used by my executrix in placing in good condition the building now standing on the southern two-thirds of the eastern one-half of Old Town lot One Hundred and Thirty-Seven in said city, hereby specifically bequeathed to my daughter Miss Ruby Ethel Schoeppel; and all my said estate shall be held intact and shall not pass to the respective devisees until said amount of Fifteen Hundred Dollars shall have been paid off and expended for said purpose; and my executrix is hereby given full power to borrow without any order of court on said property or any part of it as security said sum of not more that [sic] Fifteen Hundred Dollars, and to expend as much as this amount for said purpose; and, as before stated, no title shall pass to any of said devisees until said amount shall have been paid to the lender.
            10.    I hereby name and appoint my said daughter, Miss Rubey [sic] Ethel Schoeppel, sole executrix of my will.  She shall be allowed to qualify and not without giving any bond.  She shall not be required to make or file an inventory or to have an appraisement of my estate.  She shall have full power to sell or convey any part or parts of my estate or to borrow thereon and to give mortgage, deed to secure debt or other security, for the purpose of carrying out the provisions of this my will, without having to obtain the order of any judge, court or tribunal.  She may make any such sale at either public or private sale and with or without advertising, in her discretion.  She shall not be required to make any report or return of any of her acts and deeds as such executrix, to any judge or court.
            Witness Whereof I have set my hand and seal in said city of Brunswick this June 27th, A.D. 1929.

Minnie B. Schoeppel {L.S.}

            Signed, sealed, published and declared by Mrs. Minnie Bealer Schoeppel as her last will and testament in the presence of the undersigned as witnesses thereto, who act as such at her special instance and request, she signing in our presence and we signing in her presence and in the presence of each other, in said city of Brunswick, Georgia, this June 27, 1929

J.M. Lambright, Jr.
Paul Morton
R.D. Meader

Brought for probate 6 February 1930.

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Mary Scott
27 December 1844

Inventories & Appraisements Vol. E pg. 53
[Glynn County Probate Court]

State of Georgia }
Glynn County }

            December the twenty seventh one thousand Eight hundred and forty four.
            In the name of Almighty God Amen.
            I Mary Scott being in my perfect senses and right mind do execute my last will and Testament (to wit) To my daughter Amanda F. Woolley I give and bequeath the following named Negroe Slaves Jane, Allen, Mariah, Ellen, Lady, John, Ben, Sarah, Hester. The following named Negroe Slaves I also give to my daughter Amanda F. Woolley during her natural life and at her death then to go to my son A.C. Scott (to wit) Joe, also to my daughter A.F. Woolley I give all my household furniture and stock of every kind also all my ready money together with all that is now or may be due to me the first day of January next. Also all the property willd. to me by the late Mrs. Eliza Abrahams--To my son Alexander C. Scott I give the following Negroe Slaves (to wit) Carolina, Trecy, Nancy, Charles, Louisa, Hagar, Beck, William, Gim, and Manerver. To my Grand daughter Julia Ann Scott I give my Negroe girl Sharlett. To my Grand Son Thomas G. Scott I give my Negro boy Albert. To my Grand Son Alexander C. Scott I give my Negroes Jerry and Princess.
            I also give and bequeath to my son-in-law V. Woolley my Plantation in Glynn County with all its appurtenances containing ten hundred & Eighty acres.
            This I hereby declare to be my last will & Testament and revoking all others by me heretofore made or Executed in any former manner whatsoever.

Mary Scott {LS}

Signed Sealed in the presence of--

W. Tarkington
Daniel X Brockington

his mark

Probated 9 June 1845

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Phillis Shires
19? April 1877

Will Book G pg. 425
[Glynn County Probate Court]

[Will is very hard to read]

State of GA}
Glynn County}

            In the name of God Amen.  I Phillis Shires of said County and State being of sound mind and memory, but rapidly declining in health and knowing the certainty of death feel it my duty to give directions as to my children I may leave minors living at my death and for that reason make this my last will and testament in regards to my worldly affairs.
            First--I commit my soul to God its given and design as [2 illegible words] as my circumstances in life will [illegible word].
            Secondly--I will and direct that my minor daughter Anna Shires [illegible word] my son John Worles [not sure that he is her son] be [several illegible words] John Worles and that he have full and complete custody[?] of [illegible word] to see that they are provided for and raised in the best possible manner.
            Thirdly--I give and bequeath all my effects real and personal to my daughter Anna and son John.
            Fourthly--I desire that my friend John Worles take charge of everything for the benefit of my children as above stated.  In witness whereof I Phillis Shires this [sic] my last will of the [illegible word] have set my hand and seal this April 19[?] 1877.

Phillis x Shires {LS}
her mark

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Elisha Smith
26 February 1824

Inventories & Appraisements Vol. D pg. 145
[Glynn County Probate Court]

State of Georgia}
Glynn County}

            No ye [sic] that I Elisha Smith of the County & State aforesaid being weak in Body but of sound mind do make this my last Will & Testament In the presents [sic] of Almighty God and these Witnesses that is to say for the Natural affection I bear to my beloved wife Neomy Smith and my three Children William Mathew and James Smith the heirs of her the said Neomy's Body--It is my wish and desire that all my property both real & personal shall belong to my Wife Neomy during her Natural Life or Widowhood and at the death of her Neomy--It is my wish and desire that my property real and personal shall be equally divided between my three Sons above mentioned and it is my wish and desire that if my Wife Neomy Smith Should marry that then in that Case the property Should be divided equally between my Wife and my three Sons William Mathew and James Smith and in case of the Death or [sic] Either of them that the Survivors be the Lawful heirs or heirs[?] and it is my wish & desire that my Wife Neomy Smith be the Executrix to this my will and Testament to administer on and distribute Justice according to the true intent & meaning of the Same that is to say on my Lands household and Kitchen furniture & Negroes namely George Mary and Bill--In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and affixed my seal the twenty six day of February In the year of Lord [sic] one Thousand Eight Hundred & twenty four.

Elisha Smith {LS}

D. Jones
Susan Jones
James C. Mangham
J.I.C.

Probated 5 April 1824

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Fannie A. (Myers) Smith
24 June 1910

Will Book H pg. 15
[Glynn County Probate Court]

Georgia, Glynn County,

            I, Fannie A. Smith, of said State and County, being of sound and disposing mind and memory, do make this my last will and testament, hereby revoking and annulling all others, by me heretofore made.
            (1)  I desire and direct that my body be buried in a decent and christianlike manner, suitable to my circumstances and condition in life.
            (2)  I desire and direct that all my just debts be paid without unnecessary delay.
            (3)  I give, bequeath and devise to my son Thomas E. Smith, the lot of land, with the improvements thereon situate in the above named State and County, aforesaid, and described as follows, to-wit; Being ten (10) acres, more or less, of 26th District of Section Number _____, and bounded and described as follows, to-wit; On the North by Marsh Lands, On the East by Marsh lands, On the South by lands of J.A. Walker and on the West by Public Road known as “Boulevard” leading from Brunswick in a northerly direction, and being known as the “Old Smith Place”, with all the rights, members and appurtenances to the said lot of land in anywise belonging, free from all charge and limitation whatever; to his own proper use, benefit and behoof forever, with full power to dispose of the same by will or otherwise as he may deem proper.  I also give and bequeath to my said son, in the same manner unreserved, all of my household and kitchen furniture of every sort whatever, with all live stock and farm implements including.  I give and bequeath to my said son all of my wearing apparel and all other of my personal effects of this like kind, to be his absolutely without accountability in the general distribution of my estate.  I give and bequeath to my said son Thomas E. Smith all of the residue of my estate both real and personal of every sort whatever not hereinbefore specially devised.
            This 24th day of June A.D. 1910;

Fannie A. Smith

            Signed, sealed and declared and published by Fannie A. Smith, as her last will and testament, in the presence of us, the undersigned, who subscribed our names hereto in the presence of said testator, after she had signed her name thereon, and at her special instance and request, and in the presence of each other.
            This the 24th day of June A.D. 1910

Margaret Davis
A.O. Townsend
H.J. Read

Filed in Office, Nov. 5, 1917, Edwin W. Dart, Ordinary Glynn Co. Ga.

 

Georgia, Glynn County.

            I do solemnly swear that this writing contains the true last will and testament of Fannie A. Smith, deceased, so far as I know or believe and that I will well and truly execute the same according to law, So Help Me God.

Thos. E. Smith

Sworn to and subscribed before me, this 5th day of November, 1917.  Edwin W. Dart Ordinary, Glynn County, Ga.

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Goulding Augustus Stacy
5 October 1931

Will Book H pg. 398
[Glynn County Probate Court]

Last Will and testament of Goulding Augustus Stacy.
            This is the last will and testament of me, Goulding Augustus Stacy, made this the fifth day of October, nineteen hundred and thirty-one, as follows—I give, devise and bequeath all my hereditaments, and all my household furniture, ready money, securities for money, bank stock, money secured by life insurance, goods and chattels, and all other parts of my real and personal estate, and effects whatsoever and wheresoever, unto my dear wife, to and for her own absolute use and benefit, according to the nature and quality thereof respectively, subject only to the payment of my just debts, funeral and testamentary expenses, and the charges of proving and registering this my will.
            I appoint my said wife executor of this, my will, and this is the only will that exists.
            In witness whereof, I have hereunto set my hand and seal, the day and year above written.  Signed by the testator.

Goulding A. Stacy, Testator

            Signed, sealed, published and acknowledged by the said party as and for his last will and testament, in the presence of us, who, in his presence and at his request, and in the presence of each other, have subscribed our names as witnesses.

C.J. Wilson
Dorothy L. Porter
I.C. Glover

Sworn to and subscribed before me, this the fifth day of October, nineteen hundred and thirty-one.  Fannie Mitchell, Notary Public {seal}

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Maria Louisa (Stacy) Stacy
7 November 1936

Will Book H pgs. 370-371
[Glynn County Probate Court]

Georgia, Glynn County.
            I, Maria Louisa Stacy of said State and County, being of sound disposing mind and memory, do make this my last will and testament.
            First:  I desire and direct that my body be given a Christianlike burial, and my grave marked with a suitable tombstone.
            Second:  It is my wish and desire that all of my just debts, and my funeral expenses be paid by my executors hereinafter named and appointed.
            Third:  I give, bequeath and devise to my son Frank L. Stacy all of my books, and at his the said books are to be given to my grandson Gilbert Thomas Stacy.
            Fourth:  I give, bequeath and devise to my son Ernest H. Stacy, all the furniture in my room, except the tables and other furniture which are otherwise devised herein.
            Fifth:  I give, bequeath and devise to my son Thomas S. Stacy, the drop-leaf mahogany table and all furniture in his room and my sewing machine.
            Sixth:  I give, bequeath and devise to my sister Mary L. Stacy, my feather bed and my wool mattress.
            Seventh:  I give, bequeath and devise to Carrie Stacy Gould, my Mother’s work table.
            Eighth:  I give, bequeath and devise to my sons Ernest H. Stacy, Frank L. Stacy and Thomas S. Stacy, all the remainder of my furniture which furniture is located in my residence at number 1303 Union Street in the City of Brunswick, Georgia.
            Ninth:  I give, bequeath and devise to my daughter Emmie S. Howell, my broach made from Pompeyan lava.
            Tenth:  I give, bequeath and devise to my sister Mary L. Stacy, my daughter Emmie Stacy Howell, and my niece Carrie Stacy Gould, the remainder of my jewelry to be divided among them as they desire.
            Eleventh:  I give, bequeath and devise to my three sons, Frank L. Stacy, Ernest H. Stacy, and Thomas S. Stacy, the remainder of my property to be divided share and share alike.
            Twelfth:  I hereby constitute and appoint my sons, Frank L. Stacy and Thomas S. Stacy, executors of this my last will and testament, and I expressly confer upon them power as such, to administer my estate, excusing them from giving any bond, or making any returns to the Ordinary, and I expressly confer upon them the full authority and power to sell any part or all of my estate, not hereinbefore devised, for the purpose of paying debts and of division among the legatees, without obtaining any order of any court, at public or private sale.
            This 7th day of November 1936.

Maria Louisa Stacy {Seal}

            Signed, sealed, declared and published by Maria Louisa Stacy, as her last will and testament, in the presence of said testatrix, after she had signed her name thereto and at her special instance and request and in the presence of each other.
            This 7th day of November 1936.

Annitte Spell {seal}
Julia M. Dart {seal}
John P. Dart {seal}

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Henry Summerlin
29 August 1839

Inventories & Appraisements Vol. D pg. 394
[Glynn County Probate Court]

[Note: There are 2 page 394s, this is the second one]

Georgia}
Glynn County}

In the name of God Amen.

            I Henry Sumerlin [sic] of the County and State aforesaid being mindful of my mortality do this month the twenty ninth of August in the year of our Lord one thousand Eight hundred and thirty nine--Make and publish this my last will and Testament in manner following--First I desire to be decently burread [sic]--also I give and bequeath to my two sons Wyley and John each one dollar and Thomas Dennis and William one dollar each. Also I give to my five Daughters each one dollar: namely Frances Sarah Elizabeth Catherine and Linda to be paid to them respectfully so soon as one year after my decease shall be expired and lastly I do give unto my said Wife Sarah Summerlin during her mortal life all the rest of the residue of my real and personal property whatsoever of what nature or kind and quality so ever the same may be after the payment of debts legacies and funeral expenses and after her death the balance of my property both real and personal to belong to my youngest son Jacob Executor of this my last Will and Testament. In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal the day and year first above written: -- Signed sealed published and declared by said Testator for his last will and Testament in the presents of us.

Henry X Summerlin {LS}
his mark

Frederick Yeamans
Rowland F. Williams
William Holland

Probated 8 June 1840

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Lander H. Taber
17 January 1859

Will Book G pgs. 436-437
[Glynn County Probate Court]

            Know all men by these presents that I Lander H. Taber of Prospect City in the County of Vermillion and State of Illinois being in usual health and of sound and disposing mind and memory do make & publish this my last will and testament hereby revoking all former wills by me made.  (First) I hereby constitute and appoint my wife Sarah A. Taber to be my sole executrix of this my last will and testament.
            2nd I give devise and bequeath to my wife Sara A. Taber my land situate in Lyons City Clinton County State of Iowa known as lot number three (3) in bloc number thirty one (31) in Town of Lyons and designated upon the map or plat of said town.  Together with the dwelling house and all other appurtenances thereto belonging.
            Thirdly I give devise and bequeath to my wife Sarah A. Taber my land situate in Prospect City Vermillion County State of Illinois, known as lot number III and the last half of lot number two (2) in block No. Thirty Three (33) in Rail Road addition to said Prospect City together with the dwelling house and all other appurtenances thereto belonging.
            And I do further give devise and bequeath to my wife Sarah A. Taber, my land situated in Vermillion County & state of Illinois in section seven (7) in township Twenty Three (23) north of range ten (10) east containing ten (10) acres and conveyed to me b y deed from Manning and Mary F. Leonard together with all of the appurtenances thereunto belonging.  To have and to hold the same to her executors, administrators and assigns forever.
            And I do further give devise and bequeath to my wife Sarah A. Taber all the rest and residue of real estate and also all my personal estate of what kind soever for her sole use in witness whereof I have hereunto set my seal the seventeenth day of January in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred & fifty nine.

Leander H. Taber

Signed, sealed & published and declared by the said Leander H. Taber as and for his last will & testament in presence of us who at his request and in his presence and in the presence of each other have hereunto subscribed our names as witnesses to the same.

Wm. W. Blanchard
Henry R. Daggett
Sophie M. Daggett

Prospect City this seventeenth day January 1859.

 

State of Illinois Ford County

            Personally appeared before John Kelley, a Justice of the Peace in and for said County, William W. Blanchard, Henry R. Daggett and Sophia M. Daggett and on being duly sworn deposeth and says that on or about the 17th day of January 1859 they and each of them witnessed a will made by and signed by Leander H. Taber then of Prospect City Vermillion County Illinois now of Paxton Ford County and state aforesaid.

Wm. W. Blanchard
Henry R. Daggett
Sophia M. Daggett

Subscribed and sworn to by William W. Blanchard, Henry R. Daggett, and Sophia M Daggett this 1st day of Jany 1877, John Kelly JP.

 

State of Illinois County of Ford
            I Merton Dunlap, clerk of the County Court of the County of Ford, as aforesaid do hereby certify that John Kelley is a Justice of the Peace duly commissioned and qualified, that his commission was dated on the 28th day of April 1877.  Given under my hand and the seal of said court this 1st day of January 1877.

Merton Dunlap, clerk.

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James Thompson, Sr.
24 January 1887

Will Book G pg. 497
[Glynn County Probate Court]

Brunswick, Ga January 24/1887

            This is to certify that I James Thompson Sr. make this Deed and Property to my 2 Daughters and there children as a will to them of the following property.
            First Part to Caroline R. Buggs I give her in first house the 2 front rooms and in the two story Building I give to her 2 middle Rooms.
            Second Part to Rosina Sloon I give her in first house two Back Rooms and in the two story Building two front Rooms.
            Third Part to my wife Cattine Thompson in the first house give her Two Rooms and in the two story Building the last two Rooms for the support of her until death and to Kattin Thompson I give the little house on the left of all for her support until Death.  This what I will and Land belonging to my first two daughters.

James Thompson Sr.

Witness
Oliver M. Buggs
John Williams
Tim Moton

 

Georgia}
Glynn County}

            I John Williams do swear that I, as well as Oliver M. Buggs and Tim Moton saw the within named James Thompson sign and publish the within paper as his last will and testament and I subscribed the same as a witness thereto at the special instance and request of the said James Thompson and in his presence as did also Oliver M. Buggs and Tim Moton that the said James Thompson Sr. signed the same freely and voluntarily and the time of such signing was of sound and disposing mind and memory.

John Williams

Sworn to and subscribed before me this seventh day of May 1888 Edgar C.P. Dart Ordinary.

Recorded May the eight 18888 Edgar C.P. Dart Oridnary

[Typed as is written--ALH]

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Ann Greene Lee (Mitchell) Tison
15 August 1884

Will Book G pgs. 498-500
[Glynn County Probate Court]

State of Georgia}
Glynn County}

            In the name of God—Amen.
            I Ann G.L. Tison of said State and County being of sound and disposing mind and memory, and knowing the uncertainty of life, do make and publish this my last will and testament hereby revoking all other wills by me made.
            First I desire that all my just debts be paid by my Executors hereinafter named.
            Second I give and devise to my son William Scotia Tison and my friend William W. Gordon my land in Glynn County known as the Bethel and Thomas Point place upon the following trusts and uses that is to say to permit such of my daughters as my be unmarried at the time of my death to occupy use and enjoy the dwelling house and household and kitchen furniture contained in the same also the outbuildings contained in the enclosed yard around the dwelling and the enclosures known as the flower garden and the vegetable garden as long as she or they wish to keep said premises as a home and in further trust to permit my son Robert M. Tison to have and enjoy during his natural life all the rest and residue of the aforesaid land and in further trust at and upon the death of said Robert M. Tison to sell and convey the said land known as the Bethel and Thomas Point place and divide the proceeds of such sale equally between such of my daughters as may survive the said Robert M. Tison.
            Third when my unmarried daughters decide to give up the home above provided for them at the Bethel place, I wish the household and kitchen furniture equally divided between such of my five (5) daughters as may then be in life.
            Fourth to my daughter Arabella C. Tison who has for so many years been my constant and faithful companion I give and bequeath such of my stocks and bonds as she may select to the par[?] value of Two thousand (2000) dollars and I will and direct that the residue of my stocks and bonds be sold by my executors hereinafter named at either public or private sale as to them or the survivor of them—I have seen[?] expedient and the proceeds of such sale shall be by my said Executors or the survivor of them divided as follows.  To my grandson Mason Tison Scarlett who is now a minor there shall be paid the sum of Five hundred (500) dollars for which his receipt notwithstanding his minority shall be a sufficient voucher to my said Executors, to my grandson Pinkney A. Hazlehurst there shall be paid the sum of Five hundred (500) dollars and the residue of the proceeds of such sale shall be divided equally between my children Robert M. Tison, Virginia V. Scarlett, John M. Tison, Mary T. Walter, Anne Lee Tison, Daisy C. Tison, and William Scotia Tison provided that each of my said legates shall survive me but if any of my said children or either of my said two (2) grandchildren shall die before me then and in that event the rights of the legatee or legatees shall become part of the residue aforesaid and be equally divided among my children who survive me.
            Fifth I give and bequeath to my son Robert M. Tison all my livestock including horses, cows, oxen, hogs and other animals and farming utensils and vehicles.
            Sixth I hereby nominate and appoint my sons Robert M. Tison and William Scotia Tison Executors of this my last will and testament.
            In witness whereof I Ann G.L. Tison the testator have hereunto set my hand this the 15 day of August in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and eighty four.

Ann G.L. Tison

I appoint my two sons W.S. Tison and R.M. Tison executors to my will.

Signed declared and published by Ann G.L. Tison as her last will and testament in the presence of us the undersigned who subscribed our names hereto as witnesses in the presence of said testatrix at her special instance and request and in the presence of each other.

H.M. Stafford
Benj. F. Lewis
G.W. Ratcliff

 

State of Georgia}
Glynn County}

            Before me came George W. Ratcliff named as a witness to the foregoing writing purporting to be Mrs. Ann G.L. Tison’s last will and being duly sworn saith that he with H.M. Stafford and Benj. F. Lewis at the request of Mrs. Ann G.L. Tison and in her presence did attest as witnesses the foregoing writing as her Mrs. Ann G.L. Tison’s will that the same was signed and published by Mrs. Ann G.L. Tison in their presence as her last will and that she was at the time of said attestation and signing by herself of sound and disposing mind and memory and that she executed the foregoing paper voluntarily.

G.W. Ratcliff

Subscribed and sworn to before me this fifteenth day of April 1889, Edgar C.P. Dart, Ordinary Glynn County Georgia.

 

Georgia}
Glynn County}

            I do solemnly swear that the within writing contains the true last will of the within named Mrs. Ann G.L. Tison deceased so far as I know or believe and that I will well and truly execute the same in accordance with the laws of this state so help me God.

Wm. S. Tison

Sworn to and subscribed before me this 15th April 1889, Edgar C.P. Dart, Ordinary Glynn County Georgia.

Recorded 15th April 1889, E.C.P. Dart, Ordinary.

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Arabella Clay Tison
23 September 1903

Will Book G pgs. 615-617
[Glynn County Probate Court]

State of Georgia County of Glynn

            In the name of God Amen.
            I, Arabella C. Tison, being of sound and disposing mind and memory, but realizing the uncertainty of this life, think it proper that I should make a disposition of my property.  I therefore make this my last will and testament, hereby revoking and annulling all others heretofore made by me.
            Item First:  I direct that my body be given a Christian burial and that a suitable monument out of the fund hereinafter provided be erected over my grave.
            Item Second:  I desire and direct that all my just debts be paid as soon after my death as practicable by m y Executrices, hereinafter named.
            Item Third:  I direct that whenever my lands in Glynn County, Georgia known as “Green Creek” and “Cabbage Bluff” tracts are sold by my Executrices, or the survivor of the other, that they or she shall pay out of such purchase price:
            (1) All of my just debts and the expenses of administration upon my estate.
            (2) Then if after paying all of my just debts and the expenses of administration of my estate, there remains any sum or sums in excess of Ten Thousand Dollars ($10,000.00) such sum or sums remaining in excess I devise and bequeath unto my brother William Scotia Tison without condition or limitation.  It is expressly declared that if there is no excess of Ten Thousand Dollars ($10,000.00) remaining after paying all my just debts and the expenses of administration of my estate, from the sale of said “Green Creek” and “Cabbage Bluff’ properties, my said brother, William Scotia Tison, is to receive no portion of my estate.
            Item Fourth:  I devise and bequeath the said sum of Ten Thousand Dollars ($10,000.00) mentioned in the proceeding item to be realized from the sale of my “Green Creek” and “Cabbage Bluff” properties, to the following named persons and in the amounts indicated as follows to wit:  (1) to my sister, Annie Lee Wright, in Trust, One Thousand Dollars ($1,000.00), to be used in the erection of a monument or monuments over the graves of my two deceased brothers John M. Tison and R.M. Tison, and in the erection of a monument over my grave, and I direct that the said monuments to be plain and neat, but of durable material.
            (2) To my sister, Annie Lee Wright, without condition or limitation, Five Thousand Dollars ($5,000.00) of said sum of Ten Thousand Dollars ($10,000.00).
            (3)  To my niece, Annie Belle Hillsman, One Thousand Dollars ($1,000.00) of said sum of Ten Thousand Dollars ($10,000.00).
            (4)  The remaining Three Thousand Dollars ($3,000.00) of said sum of Ten Thousand Dollars ($10,000.00), I devise in the proportion and to the persons, as follows, to wit:
            (1)  Two-fifths thereof to my sister, Annie Lee Wright.
            (2)  Two-fifths thereof to my sister, Daisy C. Branham.
            (3)  The remaining one fifth thereof to my niece, Arabella Tison Wright.
            Item Fifth:  I direct my Executrices or the survivor of the other, whenever they or she shall sell my interest in what is known as the “Bethel Tract” and also my interest in that particular tract known as “The Plantation” (both of said tracts of land located in Glynn County, Georgia) to pay the net proceeds derived from such sale over to my sister, Mrs. Virginia Scarlett, her heirs or assigns.
            Item Sixth:  All the rest and residue of my estate, both real and personal, not hereinbefore especially described and bequeathed, I devise in the proportion and to the persons as follows, to wit:
            (1) Two-fifths to my sister, Annie Lee Wright.
            (2)  Two-fifths to my sister, Daisy C. Branham.
            (3) The remaining one-fifth to my niece, Arabella Tison Wright.
            Item Seventh:  I nominate, constitute and appoint Annie Lee Wright, as Trustee to receive the property bequeathed unto Arabella Tison Wright, and hold the same in trust during her minority, and said Trustee is empowered to invest said trust funds in any manner she may deem to the best interest of said trust estate, without any order or direction from any Court or tribunal whatsoever, and full power and authority is hereby given unto said Trustee, without any order of Court or tribunal whatsoever, to sell and convey any portion or all of said trust estate, from time to time, either at public or private sale, and reinvest the proceeds in like uses and trusts, and likewise with full power and authority in said Trustee, without order of any Court or tribunal whatsoever, to mortgage or pledge said trust property, whenever it is in her judgment to the best interest of said trust estate.  Said Trustee is relieved from giving any bond.
            Item Eight:  I nominate and appoint my two sisters, Annie Lee Wright and Daisy C. Branham, the Executrices of this my last will and testament.  I hereby exempt and relieve my said Executrices from filing any inventory of my estate, and from making any returns of any kind whatsoever of my estate to any Court or tribunal.  I hereby authorize and empower my Executrices, or the survivor of the other, to sell any or all of the property of my estate, real or personal, wherever the same may be situate, either at public or private sale, without any order or decree of Court, just as in their or her discretion, they or she may deem best and just, as I might or could do while living, and to that end my Executrices, or the survivor of the other, shall be the sole judges or judge at what time or times such sale or sales shall be made, and for what price they or she shall sell such property or properties.
            It is my purpose to confer upon my said Executrices, and upon the survivor of the other, the fullest powers possible as to the sale and management of my estate, so that whenever, in their judgment, or in the judgment of the survivor of the other, they or she may think needful, necessary or proper to do, they or she shall be at liberty to do so.
            In witness whereof, I, the said Arabella C. Tison, have hereunto set my hand and seal, to this my last will and testament, in the City of Brunswick, Glynn County, Georgia, this 23rd day of September, A.D. 1903.

Arabella C. Tison {LS}

Signed, sealed and published by said Arabella C. Tison, the testatrix, as and for her last will and testament, in the presence of us, and each of us, who at her request, and in her presence, and in the presence of each other, have hereunto subscribed our names as witnesses, in the City of Brunswick, Glynn County, Georgia, this 23rd day of September, A.D. 1903.

Letitia Wright Fleming
James S. Wright
Harry F. Dunwody

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Job Tison
3 February 1824

Inventories & Appraisements Vol. D pg. 143
[Glynn County Probate Court]

[Many family historians believe that TISON was the correct spelling therefore I have titled this page thusly]

            In the name of God Amen, I Job Tyson [sic] of Glynn County & State of Georgia , Planter being weak in body but of sound and perfect mind & memory do make & Publish this as my last Will & Testament in the manner & form following that is to say , after all my Just & lawful Debts are paid I lend[?] to my Wife Sidnah Tyson my Plantation & all Me[?] Lands adjoining thereto, to become the Property of my four youngest children viz. Susan William John & Theresa at her Death also to my Wife my negroes named Tom Judy Ned & Maria who after my Wifes death are to be divided equally among my Children Susan William John & Theresa-- I do also give & bequeath to my son Aaron my negroe man named Ben, to my Daughter Sidnah my negroe Girl named Hester, To my Daughter Melinda I give One hundred Dollars in Cash, & my negroe Girl named Phillis, To my Daughter Susan I give my negroe Girl Clarissa To my Son William I bequeath my negroe boy Peter To my Son John I give my negroe boy named Joe and to my Daughter Theresa I give my negroe Girl named Lydia, I also give my Grand Daughter Eliza Carter my negroe Girl called Patty To my Grand Son Job Carter I give my negroe boy Frank, To my Children Susan William John & Theresa I give & bequeath the sum of One hundred Dollars each To my sons William and John I bequeath one Tract of Land Situated in the fourth District of Irwin County--after the above Legacys [sic] are considered and paid it is my will that every remaining part or species of my property after being Justly & truly valued be equally divided between my Children when my son Aaron shall arrive at the age of twenty one years or as soon thereafter as may be in Order that my son Aaron may receive his part thereof and each one of my Children after him, as he or she may become of age--In this my last will I [illegible] give to my Grand Children Job and Eliza Carter their full proportion of my Property and excepting what is herein mentioned they are to have nothing My Negro Woman named Mary Ann and her future increase I wish left undivided until my youngest Child shall become of age--Lastly I do hereby appoint my Wife Sidnah Tyson Executrix my Friend Sherrard [sic] Sheffield and Robert Hazlehurst Executors of this my last will & testament hereby revoking all former wills by me made--
            In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal & publish & declare this to be my last will & testament this third day of February in the year of our Lord One thousand Eight hundred & twenty four--

Job Tyson {LS}

Signed Sealed & published in presence of Charles McClellan & J.H. McClellan

Probated June 1824, no day listed

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John Mason Berrien Tison, Sr.
20 May 1882

Will Book G pgs. 452-453
[Glynn County Probate Court]

State of Georgia}
Glynn County}

            I John M. Tison, being of sound mind but in feeble health do make this my last will and testament revoking all previous will [sic].
            I give to my beloved wife during her life time only, any portion of my property to the amount of Ten thousand dollars that she may select or in lien thereof an annual income of five hundred dollars a year and the homestead at her option.
            I give to my grandson Pinckney A. Hazlehurst Three thousand dollars in good Bonds and if he should die without leaving a legitimate child the property to revert and return to my Estate.  This is all the property he is to have from my Estate having given his mother some property previously.  I give to my son John M. the notes due me from Littlefield and Tison for money loaned amounting to four thousand dollars and three thousand dollars in Bond.  This is all the property he is to have from my estate I regret to say that I do not feel that he has treated me during my illness as a dutiful son should.
            I give to my daughter Virginia S. Scarlett and her children all my Visivee Lands and enclosure consisting of one thousand acres more or less.
            To my son Robert M. my Green Creek place bought of W.R. Gignilliat of six hundred and fifty acres as per deed made me.
            I give to my daughter Arabella C. and my son William Scotia my Coleridge place and lands as per deed already made to them.
            I give to my daughter Mary J. Dickison four thousand dollars in good Bonds.  This is all the property she is to have from my estate.  I have several Bonds in my tin Box in Merchants National Bank at Savannah which I have transferred in pencil and intend they are to go as directed but deducted from any Share the parties are to receive from my Estate.  Should any of my heirs die without leaving a living child the property they inherit or that I have given them to revert to my Estate.
            I give and bequeath to the following children the balance of my Estate viz my son R.M. Tison my daughter Arabella C. Tison, my daughter Virginia S. Scarlett, my son Wm. Scotia Tison my daughter Ann Lee Tison my daughter Daisy C. Tison to the latter two namely Anne Lee and Daisy C. I give the property in trust to Arabella C. Tison in trust for them.  I wish my stock of cattle sold as soon as practicable with the exception of what is known as the Riley Stock, and the money invested in good Bonds.  I appoint as my Executrix my daughter Arabella C. Tison, as my Executors my sons Wm. Scotia Tison and R.M. Tison and Capt. W.W. Gordon of Savannah.

May 20th 1882

John M. Tison {LS}

Joseph Howe witness
Benj. F. Lewis
G.W. Ratcliff

 

State of Georgia}
County of Glynn}

            In person appeared before undersigned in open court Joseph Howe, Benj. F. Lewis and G.W. Ratcliff who on being duly sworn deposeth and says that the within writing propounded and offered as the last will and testament of John M. Tison late of said county deceased is said last will and testament of said John M. Tison that said John M. Tison signed said will and published the same as such in the presence of Deponents who signed the same as subscribing witnesses thereto at the request and in the presence of said John M. Tison and in the presence of each other.  That said Instrument offered as the last will and testament of said John M. Tison was executed by him when he the said John M. Tison was of sound and deposing mind and memory and that the same was voluntarily signed by him the said John M. Tison.

Joseph W. Howe
Benjamin F. Lewis
G.W. Ratcliff

Sworn to and subscribed to before me this Jan. 1st 1883, Edgar C.P. Dart, Ordinary G.C. Ga.

 

Georgia}
Glynn County}

            We R.M. Tison and W.S. Tison do solemnly swear that this writing contains the true last will of the within named John M. Tison deceased so far as we know or believe and that we will well and truly execute the same in accordance with the laws of this state so help me God.

R.M. Tison
W. Scotia Tison

Sworn to and subscribed before me this Jan. 1st 1883, Edgar C.P. Dart, Ordinary G.C. Ga.

Recorded this 1st day of January 1883, Edgar C.P. Dart, Ordinary.

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Rosendo Torras
8 July 1925

Will Book H pgs. 155-156
[Glynn County Probate Court]

State of Georgia County of Glynn

            I, Rosendo Torras, of the City of Brunswick, in the County and State aforesaid, being of sound and disposing mind and memory, do hereby make this day my last will and testament, hereby revoking any and all wills heretofore made by me.
            Item One:  I desire that all of my just debts be paid out of my estate, including my funeral expenses, but it is my express wish and desire that such expenses be as modest as possible and free from religious ceremony.
            Item Second:  I hereby give, devise and bequeath whatever interest I may lawfully possess in Old Town lot number One hundred and fifty one (151) and the improvements thereon, in the City of Brunswick, said State and county, said lot measuring ninety (90) by one hundred and eight (180) feet, located between Richmond and Reynolds Streets, and formerly owned by my deceased wife, Mary L. Torras, as one of her heirs at law, and of the indebtedness to me of a certain sum of money accumulated during the time I acted in the capacity of administer of said wife’s estate and guardian of trustee of my children Marie, Fernando, Josephine and Stella, children by my said first wife, to my said children Marie, Fernando, Josephine and Stella, the same property to be equally divided among them:  provided however, that out of the property heretofore mentioned, the sum of three thousand dollars shall be paid to my said daughter Marie, in addition to the bequest hereinbefore mentioned; this being in consideration of an obligation which I deem I am justly due her, which is at least, if not more that the amount of this second bequest, said obligation being for assistance rendered by my said daughter Marie, to me, with rents from her individual property, collected by me.
            The rest and residue of any and all property by me possessed, or to which I may be or become entitled, I hereby devise and bequeath in equal parts unto all of my children Marie, Fernando, Josephine, Stella, Raymond, Julian and Elvera, to be divided between them, share and share alike.
            Item Third:  I hereby constitute, name and appoint my son, Fernando Torras, as my executor of this my last will and testament, and I expressly enjoin upon my said executor that if he shall find the same to be practical, he may execute the trust hereby reposed in him and settle and close the administration of my estate within one year, as nearly as may be, from and next after my death.
            I desire that this will shall be carried into effect by my said executor, and that he shall be exempt from giving any bond or security for the faithful performance of the same.
            In Witness Whereof I have hereunto set my hand and affixed my seal on this the 8th day of July, One thousand Nine Hundred and Twenty-five (1925).

Rosendo Torras {LS}

            Signed, sealed, published and declared by Rosendo Torras as his last will and testament in the presence of the undersigned, who each subscribe our names hereto as witnesses thereof, at the instance and request of said Rosendo Torras, in his presence, and in the presence of each other, in the City of Brunswick, County of Glynn, and State of Georgia, upon this the 8th day of July, One thousand nine hundred and Twenty-five (1925)

W.S. Tison
R.E.L. Burford
A.J. Crovatt

 

Georgia Glynn County
            I do solemnly swear that this writing contains the true last will and testament of Rosendo Torras, deceased, so far as I know and believe, and that I will well and truly execute the same in accordance with the laws of Georgia, So Help Me God.

Fernando Torras

Sworn to and subscribed before me, this 7th day of January 1929, Edwin W. Dart, Ordinary, Glynn Co. Ga.

Recorded January 10th, 1929, Edwin W. Dart, Ordinary, G.C. Ga.

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Daniel Touchstone
15 November 1809

Inventories & Appraisements Vol. D pg. 9
[Glynn County Probate Court]

            In the name of God Amen. I Daniel Touchstone of Green Creek in the County of Glynn Planter, being weak in body but of sound mind and perfect recollection do make this my last will and Testament in manner and form following. Vis--Imprimis I recommend my soul to God who gave it, and give my Body to the Earth, to buried [sic] in such manner as my Executors may deem proper, the expenses whereof I hereby order to be paid out of any monies belonging to my Estate.
            Item I give and bequeath unto my dearly beloved wife Annis Touchstone and to my children: Rebecca, Lewthany[?], and Catherine and to their heirs forever, all my Estate personal to be divided among them share and share alike (except as is hereinafter excepted) and whereas my said wife Annis is now in a state of Pregnancy if it should happen that the child whereof she is now quick[?] should be born alive it is my intention and I hereby expressly declare it to be my will that the said child should have and possess its equal proportion of my Estate with my said wife Annis and my other aforementioned children anything herein contained to the contrary notwithstanding.
            Item I give and bequeath unto Stephen Brook as soon as he should have become of Legal age the amount of fifty acres of land to be taken from the proceeds of the sales of my Real Estate at and after the rate which the whole may sell for.
            Item it is my will and intention that all my real Estate and stock of meat cattle, Horses, and Hogs should be sold by Executors hereinafter mentioned as soon as circumstances in their opinion shall warrant it, such as schooling of the children, purchasing negroes, lands, etc.
            And lastly I do hereby nominate, constitute and appoint my aforesaid beloved wife Annis Touchstone my executor and my trusty and well beloved friends John Franklin and Thomas Waters my Executors. Declaring this to be my last will and testament and revoking all others by me heretofore made. In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal this fifteenth day of November in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and nine.

Daniel Touchstone {LS}

Signed, sealed, published, and declared in the presence of us Jno. Thomas, Wm. Larrie, Absalom Finley

Probated 10 January 1810

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James Troup
20 December 1847

Inventories & Appraisements Vol. E pg. 135
[Glynn County Probate Court]

            I James Troup of the County of Glynn and State of Georgia do make and publish this my last Will and Testament hereby revoking and making void all former wills by me at any time heretofore made. And as to such worldly Estate as it hath pleased God to intrust [sic] me with, I dispose of the same as follows--
            First I desire and direct that all my debts be paid as soon after my decease as possible from the proceeds of the crops and the sale of such Lands, as are not cultivated or being cultivated in rice.
            Secondly I desire and direct that no part of my real or personal Estate that is now cultivated or being cultivated in rice shall be sold for the liquidation of my debts so long as the Executors can control the same.
            Thirdly It is my desire and positive command that no division of my Estate either real or personal shall be made until all my just and lawful debts are paid.
            Fourthly I desire that after all my debts are paid my Estate both real and personal shall be divided in accordance with the Laws and Statutes of the State of Georgia therefore made and provided.
            I do hereby make and ordain my son Daniel H.B. Troup and my neighbor James Hamilton Couper Esquire Executors of this my last Will and Testament. In witness whereof I James Troup the testator have to this my Will set my hand and seal this twentieth day of December in the year of our Lord Eighteen hundred and forty seven.

James Troup

Signed sealed & delivered in presence of us

Hugh Fraser Grant
Jas. Swan Sullivan
Chas. Grant

By some strange inadvertence Magt. Grant in writing out the will substituted as first Executor my sons name, the object of this codicil is to rectify the mistake by placing Mr. Coupers name as first Executor.

James Troup

Probated 7 May 1849

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Benjamin Turner
6 June 1818

Inventories & Appraisements Vol. D pg. 25
[Glynn County Probate Court]

The State of Georgia}
Glynn County}

            I Benjamin Turner being in Perfect mind and memory do constitute this my last will after paying all my just debts do give and bequeath unto my wife Elizabeth Turner one feather bed & furniture one mattress & furniture & two sets of cups & saucers one tea kettle three pots one side board one dozen plates two dishes and fifty dollars per year in money during her life to be paid out of my Estate. I also give & bequeath unto my Brothers John W. Turner children named Patience Betsy[?] Matthew Penny[?] Jane Henry Annie Mariana & Jonathan six negroes named John Tom Nancy Taby Bob & Chaney one hundred head of cattle on horse all my [illegible words] two bedsteads & furniture three guns three trunks & all my wearing cloths one sets silver tea spoons one sets table spoons about thirty yards homespun cloth & cotton [illegible] all to be sold and equally divided amongst above named children which I desire to be done by Samuel Higginbotham & Benjamin Liles as my Executors to this my last will & Testament in Witness whereof I set my hand in the presence of this sixth day of June 1818.

Benjamin Turner

Witness

Benjamin Liles
Samuel Higginbotham
Robert Moody

Probated 13 June 1818

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Lucinda Turner
15 March 1932

Will Book H pg. 213
[Glynn County Probate Court]

State of Georgia,
County of Glynn.

            Know all men by these presents that I, Lucinda Turner, of said county and State, being in sound and disposing mind and memory, do hereby make and declare this to be my last will and testament whereby expressly revoking and annulling any and all other heretofore made by me.
            1st I desire that my body be buried in a Christianlike manner suitable to my circumstance in life and that my grave be appropriately marked and that stones be placed in memory of myself, husband and children at a cost of not more than one hundred ($100.00) dollars.
            2nd My Executrix, hereinafter named, shall proceed to pay all my just debts as soon as possible, and to that end is hereby authorized and empowered either at private or public sale and without any order of the court whatever, to sell or borrow from my estate or any part of my property.
            3rd I hereby give and bequeath to my niece, Mary Banks, all of my property, both real and personal of every kind, character, and description wherever the same be located.
            4th I hereby name, nominate and approve said Mary Banks as executrix of this my will.  The said executrix need not give bonds or make any return to any court of her actions and doings as such.   She is hereby given full power and authority to carry out the terms of this will and to that end she may transfer and convey any and all of my property or sell the same or mortgage the same for the purpose of borrowing money if needed for said estate without any order of the court whatsoever.
            In testimony whereof I hereunto set my hand, and in the presence of three witnesses, declare this to be my last will, this fifteenth day of March, 1932.

 Lucinda x Turner
(her mark)

Witness Jno. W. Buggs.

            The undersigned hereby attest that the above will was signed in their presence by said testratrix (sic) and by us in her presence and in the presence of each other as subscribing witnesses thereto.

Witnesses:
Jno. W. Buggs.
Samuel Moore
W.A. Stewart

Recorded Apr.  13th, 1932, Claude Dart, Clerk of Ordinary

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William Turner
25 April 1819

Inventories & Appraisements Vol. D pg. 46
[Glynn County Probate Court]

            Be it remembered that I William Turner of St. Simons Island Glynn County & State of Georgia, considering the uncertainty of this mortal life, & being of sound body & mind, blessed by Almighty God for the same, do make & publish this my last will and testament in manner & form following. Viz I give & bequeath unto my uncle William Turner of Marian South Carolina the whole of my real & personal Estate. Also I do constitute James Gould Esquire of the aforesaid Island of St. Simons, planter to be sole Executor of this my last will & testament. Item I bequeath unto James White Executor of my fathers Estate the sum of Ten Dollars or so much as will enable him to purchase himself a shive[?] board, Thimble, needle & goose, deeming him far more fitter to have the management of them than Estates. Item to Mrs. Eunice Whittimore of Coventry in the State of Connecticut, I leave the sum of twenty Dollars to purchase a ring as a token of my regards. Item if any Physician of the county in which I die wishes to have my body for dissection it must be delivered him it may constitute a mile towards the advancement of the Science of anatomy. In Witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal this 25th day of April & Year of our Lord One thousand Eight hundred & nineteen.

William Turner

Signed Sealed, published & declared by the above named William Turner to be his last will and Testament in the presence of us, who at his request & in his presence have hereunto subscribed our names as witnesses to the same.

Luke Blount
Henry A. Harris

Probated 3 January 1820

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John Vickery
3 August 1840

Inventories & Appraisements Vol. E pg. 24
[Glynn County Probate Court]

State of Georgia
August 3d 1840

Testament of John Vickery

            I John Vickery being of sound mind and memory have requested Dr. A. Delaroche and hereby request Mr. Wm. D. Jenkins to act as my friends and Executors to this my Last will and testament.
            First--I give my mother all my money due or otherwise viz. fifty dollars due by my brother, fifty dollars due by my nephew Mr. Trescott and the balance due on my wages by Dr. A. Delaroche.
            Second--I leave my woman Pender and her two children with Dr. A. Delaroche so long as he keeps a plantation and for him to allow such wages for their services as he can afford to be paid to William Trescott my nephew and in the event of the death of William Trescott without leaving any children I bequeath the said negroes to my two nephews & niece John Porter, Thomas Vickery Porter and Jane Porter--and in case of Dr. A. Delaroche breaking up his plantation I request that Mr. W.D. Jenkins will take the said negroes and pay over the income to Mr. Wm. Trescott in the same manner as I have requested Dr. A. Delaroche to do. My object in leaving the negroes in this way is that Mr. Trescott may have the income of them during his lifetime without having them subject to his debts or control.
            Third--I leave my clothing to Mr. Trescott my nephew.
            Fourth--I give my double barrel gun to my friend Mr. William D. Jenkins and my little things on Dr. Delaroches plantation to Miss Isabelle Delaroche--In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal the day and year before written.

John Vickery

Signed in presence of S.A. Hooker and J.H. McNish.

Probated 11 December 1844

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Mamie C. (Dinney) Minehan Wallace
28 May 1908

Will Book H pgs. 129-131
[Glynn County Probate Court]

State of Georgia , County of Glynn

In the Name of God Amen:

            Know all men by these presents, that I, Mrs. Mamie C. Wallace, (formerly Mrs. Mamie C. Minehan, widow of T.J. Minehan) of the City of Brunswick, said county and State, a married woman, but acting for myself and in behalf of my separate estate, recognizing the uncertainty of the things of this life, and the certainty of death, and of the life to come, and desiring to make what to me seems to be, a proper disposition of my worldly affairs, do here and now make, declare and publish this to be my last will and testament, hereby revoking and annulling any and all will or wills that may have at any time in the past been made by me.
            Item First:  It is my will and desire that all of my just debts, if any are left by me unpaid, including funeral expenses and physicians bills, shall be paid by my executor hereinafter appointed, as soon as may be.  My soul I commit to the good Father in Heaven who gave it to me, believing and trusting in his infinite goodness and mercy; looking for the resurrection of the dead and the life of the world to come.  I desire that my body shall be entombed, tighter with the body of my late husband, Mr. T.J. Minehan, in a family vault or sepulture in Oak Grove Cemetery, in the City of Brunswick, Georgia; such vault, tomb or sepulture to be like and similar in kind and character to the family vault or tomb wherein Mrs. Alethia Anderson and Mr. W.H. Anderson now rest in said oak Grove Cemetery.  My executors are directed to see to the proper securing and arranging of such vault for the said remains of my late husband, T.J. Minehan, and my own body, leaving the same to their discretion; but it is my wish that said vault or tomb shall not cost more than $1500 to $2000; (Fifteen Hundred to Two Thousand Dollars).  But as to the value of the same, whether it be more or less than the figures suggested by me, I leave the same to the good judgment of my executors hereinafter named.
            Item Second:  I hereby give, devise and bequeath unto my loved mother, Mrs. Elizabeth C. Mock, that certain home and residence, facing East on Union Street, in Brunswick, Georgia, wherein Mr. J.H. Anderson now resides; and the lot of land whereon the said residence is located, and which said lot of land is described as the Southeastern one-fourth of Old Town lot number one hundred and eighty (S.E. ¼ O.T. lot No. 180); said lot contains forty-five by ninety feet (45 x 90), faces East 45 feet on said Union Street, and is a part of the same property that was conveyed to me by deed recorded in Book V, page 53 of the general records of said County; reference to which said deed and the record thereof is made and had for all purposes of a more perfect description of said lot of land; to her, my said Mother, Mrs. Elizabeth C. Mock, her heirs, executors and administrators forever.
            Item Third:  I hereby direct and request that my said executors shall set aside from money then on hand or from sale of property as hereinafter provided, other than that above given to my mother, a sum sufficient to insure the payment on the first day of January and the first day of June in each and every year for five years after my death, (5); and to pay on said days the sum of Fifty Dollars, ($50.00) to the Catholic Priest in charge of St. Frances Xavier’s Catholic Church, of Brunswick, Georgia, to be used by the said Priest and expended in masses for the rest and repose of the soul of my said husband T.J. Minehan, and of myself, in accordance with the rules, cannons and customs of the said Holy Roman Catholic Church; the said expenditure to be in the uncontrolled discretion of such Priest in charge of the said Church, and as his unrestrained judgment may suggest and dictate, as to the said masses for the purpose herein named.
            Item Fourth:  I hereby give, devise and bequeath unto my sister Minnie Edenfield, of Savannah, Georgia, my diamond ring and my piano, both now in my possession at my home in Brunswick, Georgia.
            Item Fifth:  I hereby give, devise and bequeath unto my said Mother, Mrs. Elizabeth C. Mock, my watch, in trust for my niece, Elizabeth C. Mock, to be held by my Mother until my said niece reaches the age of sixteen years.  I give unto my sister Miss Hattie Mock of Brunswick, Georgia, my sewing machine, in recognition of her thrift energy and industry.  My niece above referred to having the same initials as my Mother.  She is also called by the members of the family the pet name “Sugie”.
            Item Sixth:  I hereby give, devise and bequeath unto my husband, Benjamin S. Wallace, of Brunswick, Ga., and unto my sisters, Minnie Edenfield, May Herfel and Hattie Mock, and unto my brothers, James Dinen, Wm. G. Mock, Jos. A. Mock and Charles S. Mock, all of my property and estate, (not otherwise hereinbefore disposed of) of every kind and character the same may be and wherever situated, to them share and share alike, the children of any to take the share of the parent.  Should the legatees herein named not be able to agree among themselves as to a fair and equitable division of my estate to each of them, then and in that event my said Executors, or any person carrying into effect this my will, are and is hereby requested, authorized and directed to as soon as may be reduce my said estate to cash, by a sale of all of my said property, either at public or private sale, and on such terms as to them or him may seem best and proper, and after paying off all debts and other bequests herein made, equally divide said cash among the legatees herein named as herein stipulated.
            Item Seventh:  I hereby name, constitute and appoint my said husband, Benjamin S. Wallace, and my brothers, William G. Mock and Joseph A. Mock, as executors of this my will.  I have full faith and confidence in their honesty and integrity, and they need not give bond, nor make returns for their actings and doings, as such executors, unless they may be thereunto required by law upon the part of the Ordinary or said County or any legatee herein named.  I direct that my said executors shall pay to themselves the sum of Two hundred and twenty-five Dollars ($225) as compensation to them for their services in carrying out the terms of my will.  And this shall be a special charge on my estate other than that set aside for my said mother, (which same is to be her own property absolutely without let or hindrance), and which shall be next in point of dignity to the provision concerning the payment to my church for masses as herein provided.  My said executors are fully authorized and empowered to sell any of my property, other than that to my mother, and otherwise specially decreed, for the purpose of paying the debts or carrying out of the terms of my will.  They may likewise make such loans and secure the same in any manner as to them may seem right; and in case of sale for the payment of bequests, or in case of sale for distribution, to legatees, or for the purpose of a division in kind, they or a majority of them or any person executing this will, are hereby authorized and empowered to make sign, seal and deliver, any deed or deeds, conveyance or conveyances, for the purpose of fully carrying into effect the terms and provisions of this my will.  They, my said executors, are to have full, complete and plenary power and authority to fully execute and comply with the directions herein contained.
            This May 28th A.D. 1908.

Mrs. Mamie C. Wallace, Testatrix

            Signed, declared and published by the said Mrs. Mamie C. Wallace, as her Last Will And Testament, before us the undersigned subscribing witnesses, who have hereto annexed our names as such witnesses at her special instance and request, she signing in our presence, and we signing in her presence, and in the presence of each other on this said 28th day of May A.D. 1908.

Horace Dart
Jacob E. Dart
H.F. duBignon
All of Brunswick, Glynn County, Georgia

 

State of Georgia County of Glynn
            Before the undersigned, Ordinary of said County, personally appeared B.C. Wallace, W.G. Mock and Joseph A. Mock, the executors named in the hereto attached will; who upon being first duly sworn, depose and say that the hereto attached writing contains the true last will and testament of the within named Mrs. Mamie C. Wallace, deceased, so far as we know and believe.
            Deponents further say that they will well and truly execute the said will in accordance with the laws of said State, and to the best of their ability.

B.S. Wallace
W.G. Mock
Joseph A. Mock

Sworn to and subscribed before me this June 9th, 1927.  Recorded June 25th 1927, Edwin W. Dart, Ordinary, Glynn County, Georgia.

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Lucy Letitia (Morse) Way
22 March 1918

Will Book H pgs. 35-37
[Glynn County Probate Court]

State of Georgia, County of Glynn

IN THE NAME OF GOD AMEN.
            I, Lucy Letitia Way being of sound mind and memory, make this my last Will and Testament, revoking all previous disposition, of whatever kind or character heretofore made.
            Item 1st.  It is my wish that soon after my death, all of my just debts, if any, shall be paid for by my executors, Albert Morse Way and Walter Hamilton Way (my sons) or either of them, if only one is living.  If neither of htem are living, Mrs. W.H. Meeks (my daughter) be executrix.
            Item 2nd.  After a decent but not extravagant funeral be paid for, I wish all monies, left by me, to be used as I shall hereafter state.
            Item 3rd.  I give and bequeath to my son Albert Morse Way and his wife Corrie Q. Way, all the furnishings of my room, added to their home #1208 Union Street, Brunswick, Ga., April 1917, for my use as long as I live.  Also the sum of Four Hundred ($400.00) Dollars for building of same.
            Item 4th.  I give and bequeath to my son Walter Hamilton Way and his wife Florence G. Way, all the furnishings belonging to me, of the room they added to their home #115 E. 39th Street, Savannah, Ga., July 1917 (for my use as long as I live).  Also the sum of Three Hundred Dollars ($300.00) for building of same.
            Item 5th.  I give and bequeath to my daughter Mary Ina Meeks, the sum of Five Hundred ($500.00) Dollars, plain gold ring (wedding), worn by me and my personal belongings as clothing, if she cares for same.
            Item 6th.  I give and bequeath to (my granddaughter) Corrine Q. Way, Gold Broach, with coral bar, gold locket, hand painted, china, jewelry and sett of “Elsie” Books.
            Item 7th.  I give and bequeath to (my grandson) William A. Way, House and lot #1002 Johnson St. Brunswick, Ga., or if sold, the sum of Three Hundred Dollars ($300.00).  His father, Albert M. Way, to be trusted until he is of age, his grandfather’s jewelry.  If he should not be living the same to be given to any other child or his parents, if none, to them.
            Item 8th.  I give and bequeath to my granddaughter, Lucy M. Way, house and lot #813 North Cochran Avenue, Brunswick, Ga..  If sold, the sum of Three Hundred Dollars ($300.00).  Her father Walter H. Way to be trustee until she is of age.  Ring with birthstone (Emerald and ruby) Gold broach (Chasing in gold and black, pearl in center).  If she is not living, to be given to any other child of Walter H. Way or Florence G. Way, if are none are living, to her parents.
            Item 9th.  I give and bequeath to Matilda Ruth Way (my granddaughter) Gold hand hasped, broach, with stone in fingers (given to me by my husband when we were engaged), Jet bar pin with white etching, was (my mother’s) Set of “Mildred” Books.
            Item 10th.  I give and bequeath to (my grandson) Walter Hamilton Way, Jr., the sum of Twenty Dollars ($20.00)
            Item 11th.  I give and bequeath to my niece and name sake Lucy L. Norwood, Watch and pin, long and short chain belonging to same.  Bridal present from my husband.
            Item 12th.  I give Alice Holmes Harper nee Harrelson of Georgetown, So. Ca., the sum of Five Dollars ($5.00).
            Item 13th.  If there are any monies left, I wish Fifty Dollars ($50.00) to be given to each Foreign and Home Missions.
            Item 14th.  If there are monies still left, I wish Five or Ten Dollars to be given to each of my grandchildren, Corrine Q. Way, Walter H. Way Jr., Lucy M. Way, Matilda Ruth Way and William A. Way.  The amount according to funds had, or available.
            Item 15th.  If there should be any remaining funds I wish to have some equally divided between my three children viz:  Albert Morse Way, Walter Hamilton Way, and Mary Ina Meeks, or those of them who are living or their children.
            Jewelry, herein mentioned, will be found in vault on shelf in my closet, of room #1208 Union Street, Brunswick, Ga.
            Item 16th.  I desire my said executors, Albert Morse Way and Walter Hamilton Way, shall administer on said estate, to carry out the purpose of my Will; and shall not make any return to Ordinary, or be required to give any Bond in the premises.
            This Twenty-second day (22) of March 1918.

Lucy Letitia Way

            Signed, sealed, declared and published by Lucy Letitia Way, as her Last Will and Testament, in the presence of us, the undersigned, who subscribed our names hereto, in the presence of said testator, after she had signed her name thereto, and at her special instance and request and in the presence of each other.

Lucy Letitia Way

This Twenty-third (22) [sic] of March 1918.

F.L. Stacy 2/22/1918
R.A. Gould
F.E. Decker

 

Georgia, Glynn County
            I do solemnly swear that this writing contains the true last will and testament of the within named, Mrs. Lucy Letitia Way, deceased, so far as I know or believe, and that I will well and truly execute the same in accordance with the laws of the State.  So Help me God.

Albert M. Way

Sworn to and subscribed before me, this 8th day of October 1919.  Edwin W. Dart, Ordinary, G.C. Ga.

 

Georgia, Chatham County.
            I do solemnly swear that this writing contains the true last will and testament of the within named, Mrs. Lucy Letitia Way, deceased, so far as I know or believe, and that I will well and truly execute the same in accordance with the laws of the State.  So Help me God.

Walter H. Way

Sworn to and subscribed before me, this 8th day of October 1919.  Henry McAlpin, Ordinary, Chatham County, Ga.

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Alice Westmoreland
2 November 1910

Will Book H pg. 39
[Glynn County Probate Court]

State of Georgia County of Glynn

            I, Alice Westmoreland, of Brunswick, Glynn County, Georgia, realizing the uncertainty of Life, and being of feeble health, but of sound mind, memory and judgment, do make and declare this to be my last will and testament in manner and form following, to-wit:
            I direct that all my debts and funeral expenses be paid from moneys now on deposit to my credit in the NATIONAL BANK OF BRUNSWICK, Georgia; the balance of such money, together with all the rest and residue of my estate to Mr. Charlton Wright of Sterling, for his use forever.
            I hereby nominate and appoint Mr. Charlton Wright, the Executor of this my last will and testament and revoke all other and former Wills made and executed by me.
            In Testimony Whereof, I have hereunto set my hand and seal on this 2nd day of November 1910.

Alice Westmoreland (seal) Signed with her mark.

            Signed and published by Alice Westmoreland, as her last Will and Testament, in the presence of the undersigned, who subscribe our names hereto as witnesses at the instance and request of said testator, and in her presence, and in the presence of each other.
            This the 2nd day of November, Nineteen Hundred and Ten (1910).

Edwin W. Dart
A.O. Townsend
H.F. duBignon

 

Georgia, Glynn County
            I do solemnly swear that this writing contains the true last will of the within named Alice Westmoreland, deceased, so far as I know or believe, and that I will well and truly execute the same in accordance with the laws of the state.  So help me God.

Charlton Wright

Sworn to and subscribed before me, this 19th day of April 1920.  Edwin W. Dart, Ordinary, Glynn County, Georgia.

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Nancy White
18 May 1935

Will Book H pg. 278
[Glynn County Probate Court]

Brunswick, Ga. May 18, 1935—Last Will and testament of Nancy White.

            I, Nancy White, of the city of Brunswick, County of Glynn, state of Georgia, being of sound mind memory and understanding do make my last will in the following manner:
            I desire all of my just debts and funeral expenses be first paid from my estate.  And I further bequeath all my property personal and real to my devoted nephew Jas. P. Monroe who has taken care of me these years and to my beloved grand niece Lucile Armstrong to share equal in what is left if there be anything.

Nancy White

Signed in the presence of the following witnesses.

R.B. Taylor, Brunswick, Ga.
Mattie Reynolds
, Brunswick, Ga.
C.C. Martin, Brunswick, GA.

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John L. Whitman
3 March 1889

Will Book G pgs. 500-501
[Glynn County Probate Court]

State of Georgia Glynn County

            I John L. Whitman of said County and State being of sound and disposing mind and memory, do make this my last will and testament.
            Item first, I give bequeath and devise to my niece Miss Frances Whitman of Niagra Falls New York after deducting my funeral expenses doctor’s bill and other incidental expenses to be paid by my executor William A.O. Anderson hereinafter constituted and appointed by me a certain promissory note for the amount of Four thousand seven hundred and fifty dollars ($4750 00/100) bearing date March the 29th 1884 and made to me in Brunswick Georgia by Alexander Piper of said county said note being secured by mortgage on Dover Hall Plantation lying and being in said county & state and recorded in the Clerk’s office of the Superior Court said county free from all charges or limitation whatever to her own proper use benefit and behoof.
            Item Second I hereby constitute and appoint my friend William A.O. Anderson of said state and county “without requiring any bond Executor of my last will and testament this March 23rd 1889.

John L. Whitman

Signed declared and published by John L. Whitman as his last will and testament in presence of us the subscribers who subscribed our names hereto in presence of said testator (at his instance and request) and each other he signing in our presence and we in his.

W.J. Williams
John P. Lamb
Emile Heyman

 

Georgia Glynn County
            Before me came Emile Heyman named as a witness to the within writing purporting to be John L. Whitman’s last will and being duly sworn saith that he with W.J. Williams and John P. Lamb at the request of John L. Whitman and in his presence did attest as witnesses the within writing as his John L. Whitman’s will, that the same was signed and published by John L. Whitman in their presence as his last will, that he was at the time of said attestation and signing by himself of sound and disposing mind and memory that he executed the within paper voluntarily.

Emily Heyman

Subscribed and sworn to before me this Sixth day of May 1889 Edgar C.P. Dart Ordinary of said county.

 

Georgia}
Glynn County}

            I do solemnly swear that this writing contains the true last will of the within named John L. Whitman deceased so far as I know or believe and that I will well and truly execute the same in accordance with the laws of this state so help me God.

Wm. A.O. Anderson

Sworn to and subscribed before me this May 6th 1886 Edgar C.P. Dart Ordinary G.C. Ga.

Recorded May 7th 1889 E.C.P. Dart Ordinary.

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Caroline C. (Lang) Wilson
14 April 1923

Will Book H pgs. 213-214
[Glynn County Probate Court]

Georgia, Glynn County

            I, Caroline C. Wilson, of said County, being of sound and disposing mind and memory, do make this my last Will and Testament, hereby revoking any and all others that I have heretofore made.
            Item 1:  It is my will and desire that all of my just debts be paid just as soon as practicable after my death.
            Item 2:  I, will, bequeath and devise to my niece, Mamie H. Atkinson, all of my property, both real and personal, of whatever kind and character, and wherever situated, including my house and lot at number seven hundred and twenty-nine (729) Grant Street, in the City of Brunswick, said State and County, and also one $1,000 Bond #4313 of Bangor and Aroostook Railroad Stock County, Maine; and ninety-six (96) shares in the Livingston Manufacturing Company, of Rockland, Maine, and also any and all money or moneys which may be left after the payment of the necessary funeral expenses, and my just debts, as referred to an Article 1 of this instrument, together with any and all other property of whatever kind and character of which I may be seized and possessed, or to which I may be or become entitled; to have and to hold all of the above referred to property in fee simple.
            Item 3:  I hereby make, constitute, and appoint my said niece, Mamie H. Atkinson, executrix of this my Will and Testament, to have immediate seizure and possession of all of my property contemporaneously with the happening of my death; and I relieve her from making any inventory of my property or appraisement, or from giving any bond, and she is required only by this will to probate the will, and she is further relieved from making any returns of her acts and doings to any court whatever.
            IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I, the said Caroline C. Wilson, have to this my last Will and Testament, contained in these two pages, set my hand and seal, this the 14th day of April, in the Year of our Lord, One Thousand nine Hundred and Twenty-three (1923).

Caroline C. Wilson

            Signed, sealed, published and declared by Caroline C. Wilson, as her last will and testament in the presence of the undersigned, who each subscribe our names thereto as witnesses thereof, at the instance and request of said Caroline C. Wilson, in her presence and in the presence of each other, at the City of Brunswick, County of Glynn and State of Georgia, upon this the 14th day of April 1923.

Guy T. Hackett
C.E. Porter
J.L. Owens

Recorded April 25th,k 1932, Claude Dart, Clerk.

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John Aldham Wilson
17 November 1886

Will Book G pgs. 488-491
[Glynn County Probate Court]

State of Georgia County of Glynn

In the Name of God Amen
            I, John Aldham Wilson formerly of Toronto, Canada but at present of said county of Glynn and State of Georgia where I expect to spend the remainder of my days on earth being of sound mind and disposing memory my physical force being unabated in the enjoyment of good health and the possessions of are the powers of my mind and body yet knowing it at this tenement of day is weak and is likely at any time dissolved do hereby make publish and declare this my last will and testament revoking all wills heretofore made by me.  I desire to be buried according to the ritual of the Church of England and that my remains be laid away in the cemetery appertaining to the City of Brunswick, Georgia.  I care not for an expensive funeral but leave the same entirely with my Executor to do as he shall please in this matter.  I would however ask that my grave be marked by a plain marble slab and enclosed by a neat and durable iron railing.
            This will is intended to have effect on my property lying and being in the said County of Glynn only whatever other property I have elsewhere has been by me already satisfactorily arranged and disposed of and my Executor shall have nothing to do with any property under this will except the same shall be within the limits of said County of Glynn unless it is to collect a debt due me by a party residing out of said county, in which event my Executor has full power and authority to proceed to enforce the collection of the same.
            My watch and jewelry and any little personal articles which are valuable only for the memories associated with them, I desire packed up and sent to my Sister hereinafter named to hold upon the trusts hereinafter stated.  All the rest of my property I wish sold as soon as possible and all my notes, accounts, rights, credits and choses in action collected in short.  I desire my whole estate with the above mentioned exceptions converted into ready cash as soon as it can be done and to this end I authorize my Executor to compromise any claim or release the same or any part thereof to make sale of my property by private treaty or at public outcry to sell for cash or on time just as he shall in the exercise of a sound discretion deem for the best interests of my estate.  It is my will that my executor shall as fast as he can pay off all my honest and just debts and when this is done I direct that he shall send whatever remains in his hands to my sister Mistress Martha Penner Miles of 45 Beverly Street, Toronto, Canada to whom I give and bequeath the same together with my watch and jewelry and other personal articles before mentioned as trustee and in trust nevertheless for my two sons Frederick William Wilson* and John McNab Wilson and I hereby empower her the said Martha Penner Miles to hold and use said fund for such time and in such manner as she shall deem best for my said two sons.  I simply request that it be applied to their good the manner and the time of the disposition thereof I leave entirely with her, she may expend it on them immediately or keep it until their majority and then give it to them if she thinks best may retain it still longer and until a later period and then give them control of it if she appears so do.  If she retains control of said fund any considerable length of time she may put out the same or invest the same or make any other disposition hereof which she may deem for the advantage of said fund.
            It is my will that my Executor shall not as required by law make annual returns to the Court of Ordinary but shall unless he shall think or devise otherwise make only one return which shall be as follows to say, after all my effects, which are to be sold have been sold and all my notes, accounts, rights, credits and choses in action have been collected or [illegible] as worthless.  All my debts paid off my estate wound up and the money ready to be sent to my said Sister as aforesaid, then my Executor shall make a full statement in writing of all of his actings and doings in the premises and the value of the estate when it came into his hands and shall submit the same to the ordinary of said county of Glynn who shall pass upon the same and make an estimate of his services rendered by my Executor and say what he shall receive as compensation for such services and the said ordinary shall endorse his said decision in writing upon the back of said statement and shall send a copy of said statement and decision to my said Sister for which he shall be paid out of my estate.  And whatever sum said ordinary shall name as being proper compensation for my Executor that same shall my Executor retain for himself out of my estate.
            I do hereby appoint and constitute Stewart Johnson attorney at law of said County of Glynn and State of Georgia Executor of and to this my last will and testament and give him full power to execute all my desires herein set out and beg him to be faithful to the trust.
            In testimony whereof I have hereunto set my hand this seventeenth day of November 1886.

John Aldham Wilson

            Signed and published by the said John Aldham Wilson as his last will and testament in our presence as witnesses [illegible] by his request this seventeenth day of November 1886 we signing as witnesses in his presence and in the presence of each other.

Wm. F. Doerflinger
E.T. Horman
J.W. Collins
Ed F. Herzog
Stewart Johnson

Georgia Glynn County, I Stewart Johnson do solemnly swear that the within writing contains the true last will of the within named deceased John Aldham Wilson as far as I know or believe and that I will well and truly execute the same in accordance with the laws of said State.  So help me God.

Stewart Johnson

Sworn to and subscribed before me this September 6th 1887, Edgar C.P. Dart, Ordinary of said County.

Recorded this September 7th 1887, E.C.P. Dart, Ordinary.

[*According to family information, Frederick was named Frederick Aldham Wilson and not Frederick William Wilson.]

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Arthur Jarvis Wood
17 April 1933

Will Book H pgs. 385-386
[Glynn County Probate Court]

NOT FINISHED

Georgia, Glynn County:  In The Name of God:  Amen.
            I, Arthur Jarvis Wood, being of sound and disposing mind, memory and understanding, do make, publish and declare this my last—Will and Testament.  Hereby revoking any and all others that I might have heretofore made.
            Item 1:  It is my will and desire that all of my just debts and funeral expenses by paid by my executrix, hereinafter named, as soon after my death as may be practicable.
            Item 2:  It is my desire that my three sisters, Mrs. Florence Shelly, Mrs. Agnes Bolding, and Mrs. Mary Burkhimer, occupy as a home, so long as any of them are living, and so long as any of them desire to use it as a home, that certain piece of property in the City of Brunswick, Glynn County, Georgia, known and designated by the map of the City of Brunswick as 511 First Avenue (Eastern ¼ of Old Town Lot Number 178).  The property is not to be rented nor sold by any of my sisters and should the same be vacated, it is then to revert back to and become a part of my estate.  At the death of all of my sisters mentioned above, this property is to revert back to and become a part of my estate.
            Item 3:  I give, devise and bequeath all the rest and residue of my estate, real and personal, tangible and intangible, and of every sort and description, and wheresoever located, jointly and equally, unto my beloved wife, May Bell Wood, and adorable son, Arthur Jarvis Wood, Jr., to share alike, to have, use and enjoy in fee simple forever.
            Item 4:  It is also my desire, request and will that should either of my beneficiaries as named in item 3, predecease the other, then the entire residue of my estate, or the balance remaining at that time, shall revert to the remaining heir.
            Item 5:  I hereby nominate and appoint my wife, May Bell Wood, executrix of this will, and I hereby expressly relieve her of the necessity of giving bond and of making any inventory or appraisement of my estate, and she shall not be required to make any returns to any court or courts.  I hereby confer upon my said executrix the power and authority to sell, mortgage and dispose of any part, or whole of my estate, at public or private sale, as in her judgment may seem best, and I hereby relieve her of the necessity of any advertisement and of the necessity of obtaining leave or order of sale from any court or courts, and she shall not be required to make any returns or accounting to any court or courts of any sale made by her under the power conferred upon her by this item.

Arthur Jarvis Wood {L.S.}

 

Dr. Ervine H. Oakman died without a will sometime before 10 November 1854 and Francis Scarlett filed administrator papers on that date.  Apparently Dr. Oakman served the families of Brookman.  William H. Myers built his coffin and his aacounts show the Scarletts, Blues, Piles, and Tisons.

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Marion (Colesberry) Wood
8 January 1920

Will Book H pgs. 148-150
[Glynn County Probate Court]

Georgia Glynn County

            I, Marion C. Wood, of Glynn County, Georgia, of sound and disposing mind and memory, hereby make and declare this writing to be my last will and testament, hereby revoking any and all other wills heretofore made by me.
            Item I:  I desire all of my just debts and funeral expenses paid as soon after my death as this may be done without embarrassment to my estate.
            Item II:  I hereby name my daughter, Marion C. Wood, as my executrix.  She shall be relieved of giving bond and of making any report or return of any kind or character to the Court of Ordinary of Glynn County, Georgia, or to any other court or tribunal.  She shall not be required to make any inventory or appraisement of my estate except such as may be mandatory under the law.
            Item III:  To my daughter Marion C., I hereby give and devise, so long as she may live and remain unmarried, my home place in the City of Brunswick, Glynn County, Georgia, facing south on Gloucester Street, extending from said street to the Thomas C. Wood home on the North and from Lee Street on the west to Gordon Street on the east, together with the furniture and furnishings (including books, silverware, china and glassware) therein contained, with remainder over, upon her marriage, or upon her death if she should not marry, to my son, Alfred V. Wood, if he be then in life, forever in fee simple.  But if my son, Alfred V. should not be in life upon the marriage of my daughter Marion C., or upon her death if she should not marry, then the home place shall be sold as hereinbefore provided, and the proceeds of such sale shall be divided equally, share and share alike, among my four sons, Thomas C., Alfred V., Ralph and Laurence, the descendants of Alfred V. and of any other deceased son in life at the time of such sale to take the part of their deceased father; but if at the time of such sale Alfred V. or any other deceased son should not have descendants in life, then the proceeds of such sale shall be divided equally, share and share alike among my sons then in life, with the descendants of any deceased son taking the part of their deceased father.
            The sale contemplated by the terms of this Item III shall be made by my executrix above named, and she shall make distribution of the proceeds as hereinabove provided, if the event with authorizes the sale should be her marriage and not her death.  But if such sale should be authorized by her death, then the Ordinary of Glynn County, shall appoint as successors to my executrix two of my children or descendants of children as executors of this my will, and the executors so appointed shall make such sale and distribute the proceeds among those entitled by the terms of this Item.  In either event a private sale is authorized, for such consideration and upon such terms as my executrix or her successors may deem best.  The purchaser at any sale under the powers conferred by the terms of this Item shall be under no obligation with respect to the proceeds of such sale.
            In the event of a sale of the home place under the powers conferred in this Item III, the furniture and furnishings thereof may either be sold and the proceeds distributed as the proceeds of the home place are to be distributed, or those entitled to such proceeds may divide the furniture and furnishings among themselves, as they may prefer.
            Item IV:  I give and bequeath to my daughter, Marion C., absolutely, to be hers forever, the sum of Twenty Thousand Dollars in cash, or its equivalent in securities that I may own at the time of my death.
            Item V:  In addition to the last preceding bequest, I give and bequeath to my daughter Marion C., so long as she may live and remain unmarried, the sum of Ten Thousand Dollars in cash, or its equivalent in securities that I may own at the time of my death.  She shall have the right to invest and re-invest this bequest and the income therefrom shall be hers absolutely.  Upon the marriage of my daughter Marion C., or upon her death if she should not marry, said Ten Thousand Dollars, in whatever form the same may be at the time, shall become the property of my son, Alfred V., if he should be then in life; provided, the home place shall not have been sold previously, as authorized in Item VI below.  This bequest is intended to go with the ownership of the home place, and to provide a source of revenue for its upkeep.  And if my son Alfred V. should not be in life upon the marriage of my daughter Marion C., or upon her death if she should not marry, and if the home place shall not have been privately sold as authorized in Item VI below, said sum of Ten Thousand Dollars shall be distributed to my four sons and their descendants in the same manner that the proceeds of the sale of the home place shall be distributed in the same event, as provided in Item III above.
            Item VI:  At any time after my death and before the marriage of my daughter, Marion C. she and my son Alfred V. shall have full power and authority to make a private sale of the home place for such consideration and upon such terms as they may deem best, and to convey to the purchaser absolute title thereto.  In the event of such a sale the proceeds thereof shall be divided share and share alike among my four sons, the descendants of any deceased son to take the part of their father.  The share of any deceased son who may have no child or children in life at the time of such sale shall be divided among my sons then in life, the descendants of any deceased son to take the part of their deceased father.  In the event of the death of my son Alfred V. before the marriage of my daughter Marion C., she, the said Marion C., so long as she may remain unmarried, shall have the same power and authority to make a sale of the home place conferred upon her and my son, Alfred V.  The purchaser at any sale made under and pursuant to the powers conferred by this Item shall be under no obligation with respect to the distribution of the proceeds of such sale.  In the event of a sale of the home place as contemplated by this item, that is, before the marriage of my daughter Marion C., the $10,000 left to my daughter Marion C. by Item V above so long as she may remain unmarried, shall become her property absolutely, and the furniture and furnishings of the home may either be sold and the proceeds distributed as provided with reference to the home place, or those entitled to such proceeds may divide the furniture and furnishings among themselves, as they may prefer.
            Item VII:  I give and devise to my daughter Marion C., the lot on Glynn Isle in Glynn county, Georgia, which I own, the same being number 504, forever, in fee simple.
            Item VIII:  To my oldest daughter, Irene Wood Hopkins, I give and devise certain real property in the City of Atlanta, Fulton County, Georgia, located on Ponce de Leon Avenue and known as Number 448, forever, in fee simple.  The property referred to is the only real property which I own in the City of Atlanta.
            Item IX:  To my daughter, Clara Wood Gould, I give and devise the land on St. Simons Island, Glynn County, Georgia, on which my cottage is located, the same being a lot fifty feet wide running from the Ocean to the new public road near the Government ditch on the west, forever, in fee simple.
            Item X:  To my son, Thomas C. Wood, I give and bequeath his indebtedness to me which is secured by a mortgage on his home, and direct my executrix to cancel the note and mortgage and deliver the same to him.
            Item XI:  My jewelry, wearing apparel and similar personal effects I leave to my executrix, to be distributed among my children.  I intend to leave a memorandum showing the disposition I desire made of some of these things, but if I should fail to do so, my executrix is to use her own judgment and discretion in this matter.
            Item XII:  All the rest and residue of my property I give and bequeath to my three sons, Ralph, Alfred V. and Laurance, share and share alike.  If any of said three sons should predecease me leaving descendants in life at the time of my death, they shall be entitled to their father’s share.  If any one of the three sons named should predecease me leaving no descendants in life at the time of my death, then the part of such deceased son under this Item shall go to the survivor or survivors of said three sons, the descendants of any one of them who may be deceased to take the share of their deceased father.
            Item XIII:  My executrix shall have full and absolute right to sell at private sale for such consideration and upon such terms as she may think best, any and all property, real or personal, which I may own at the time of my death, except the real estate specifically devised in Items VII and IX above, and the mortgage indebtedness bequeathed in Item X, and the home place, the sale of which is governed by provisions contained in Items III and VI above.
            In Witness Whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal this May 10, 1928.

Marion C. Wood (Seal)

            Signed, declared and published by Marion C. Wood in the presence of the undersigned as her last will and testament, she having signed in the presence of each of us and each of us signing as a witness at her instance and request and in her presence and in the presence of each other at Brunswick, Georgia, this May 10, 1928.

Saidie Ferguson
Jennie Emanuel
Millard Reese

 

Georgia Glynn County
            I do solemnly swear that the within writing contains and is the true last will and testament of Marion C. Wood, deceased, late of Glynn County, Georgia, so far as I know or believe, and that I will well and truly execute the same in accordance with the laws of the State.  So Help Me God.

Marion C. Wood

Sworn to and subscribed before me, this August 6th 1928, Edwin W. Dart, Ordinary Glynn County, Georgia.

Recorded Sept. 27th 1928, Edwin W. Dart, Ordinary, G.C. Ga.

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Amanda Woolley
3 June 1870

Will Book G pg. 420
[Glynn County Probate Court]

In the name of God Amen,

            I Amanda F. Woolley in the County of Glynn and State of Georgia being of sound mind and memory, and considering the uncertainty of this frail and transitory[?] life do therefore make ordain publish and declare this to be my last will and testament.  That is to say
            First, after all my lawful debts are paid and discharged, the residue of my estate real and personal I give bequeath and dispose of as follows; to wit:  To my faithful colored servant Susan Fenton[?]; my lot and house in the city of Brunswick, for her own personal use and behoof to be under her own control, not subject to the debts of her husband, or to his control in any way, except with her consent, and the consent of my executors who I hereby appoint as her [illegible word] and Trustees, and if at any time it should appear advisable to sell said lot and house it can be done by the consent of my executors.  The proceeds of said sale being immediately invested in real estate.
            I wish my colored apprentice Josephine to serve out her time with my beloved cousin H.M.P. Couper, and after said apprenticeship to have a house with Susan Fenton as long as she behaves in a manner acceptable to her.
            I give bequeath and devise all the rest residue and remainder of my real and personal estate to my beloved cousin H.M.P. Couper.
            Likewise I make constitute and appoint Wm. A. Couper and Thomas B. Gowan to executors of this my last will and testament, hereby revoking all former wills made by me.
            In witness whereof I have hereunto subscribed my name and affixed my seal the third of June in the year of our Lord One Thousand Eight hundred and seventy.

Amanda F. Woolley  {LS}

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Rebecca Wright
24 June 1815

Inventories & Appraisements Vol. D pg. 17
[Glynn County Probate Court]

In the name of God Amen.

            I Rebecca Wright of the Island of St. Simons being weak in body but of perfect mind blessed be almighty God; do hereby make and publish this my last will & testament in manner following.
            First I will and bequeath to my son Samuel Wright & his Heirs forever, the tract of land commonly called Dunbar; the balance of the purchase[?] money due on the same to be paid out of any other property in my possession.
            Secondly: I will and devise that the residue of my Estate be equally divided share & share alike between my children Mary Abbott, James Bruce Wright, and Samuel Wright and to the heirs of their bodys [sic] forever.
            Thirdly it is my desire that my son James Bruce Wright & Samuel Wright do live with Mr. Abbott my son in law--lastly I do constitute and appoint my brother James Moore & George Abbott Executors of this my last will & Testament. In witness hereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal this twenty fourth day of June in the year of our Lord Eighteen Hundred & fifteen.
            Note: In the distribution of my personal Estate I devise that the following shall [illegible] vis. Adam to become the property of my daughter Mary Abbott and her heirs alone of her body forever, Bella to James Bruce Wright my son; and Little Hagar and Little Cassius to my son Samuel to their heirs forever.
            Witness my hand & seal date and year above written.

Rebecca Wright {LS}

N.B. the intention of the tenth line above of her body inserted before the [illegible]

Witness

E. Matthews
Margaret Moore
John Cole

Probated 30 June 1815

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Alexander Campbell Wylly
2 July 1827

Inventories & Appraisements Vol. D pg. 306
[Glynn County Probate Court]

            In the name of God, Amen.  I Alexander Campbell Wylly of the Village, County of Glynn, State of Georgia do declare this to be my last Will and Testament.  All the property I may die possessed of both real and personal, I give, desire(?) and bequeath to my wife Margaret Wylly for and during her natural life with power to sell or dispose of any part of the farm she may desire.  I do further authorize my said wife at her death to apportion and divide among our children the said property as may to her be deemed just, and in case of her demise without will, said property then to be divided share and share alike.  I do appoint my said wife my executrix, John Armstrong of Bath in England, Richard W. Habersham and James Hamilton Couper, Esquire as my executors of this my will requiring that my said wife for whose affection and discretion I have the most implicit confidence will in the event of her determining again to intermarry secure to our Children such proportion of any property I may leave (not less than three fourths of the same) to each in such proportion as she may deem equitable or they may merit & Trust and pray all our Children by their affectionate and dutiful conduct may merit an equal attention[?] from their mother.  Witness my hand and seal this second day of July in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and twenty seven.

Witnesses:

John Bowers
John Couper, J.P.
Edmund Matthews

Probated 1 July 1833

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Harriet Louisa Baillie Wylly
1 January 1885

Will Book G pgs. 471-475
[Glynn County Probate Court]

            In the name of God Amen—Know all men that I Heriot Louisa Wylly being of sound mind and body and being desirous of settling my worldly affairs while I have strength and capacity, do make and publish this my last will and testament; hereby revoking and making void all former wills by me at any time heretofore made.
            First I direct my Executors hereinafter named to pay all my just debts and funeral expenses from such personal property as I may die possessed of.
            Second I give and bequeath to my sister Caroline G. Couper my bond of the state of Georgia said bond being for the amount of one Thousand Dollars, and is now in the keeping of my nephew James M. Couper.
            Third I give and bequeath to my niece Rebecca J. Wylly my stock in the South Western Rail Road consisting of eight shares of one Hundred Dollars each.
            Fourth I give and bequeath to my nephew James M. Couper any money which may be due me by parties who have purchased land of me on St. Simons Island and have not made full payment for said lands.
            Fifth I appoint my nephews James M. Couper and Charles S. Wylly as Executors to this my will and testament.
            In witness whereof I have set my hand and seal to this and published this as my last will and testament in the presence of the subscribing witnesses on this the twenty first day of January 1885.

Heriot L. Wylly seal

Witnesses:
R.C. Williamson
Wm. C. Wylly
W.C. Clark
Notary Public McI Co Ga

 

State of Georgia}
Glynn County}

            I do solemnly swear that the foregoing writing contains the true last will of the within named Heriot L. Wylly deceased so far as I know or believe and that I will well and truly execute the same in accordance with the laws of this state so help me God.

James M. Couper

Sworn to and subscribed before me this 30th day of June 1885 Edgar C.P. Dart Ordinary GCGa.

 

State of Georgia}
Glynn County}

            By His Honor Edgar C.P. Dart Ordinary for the County and State aforesaid.  To Richard W. Grubb and C.L. Livingston Esquires.  Greeting whereas the last will and testament of Miss Heriot Louisa Wylly late of said County has been offered for probate by James M. Couper Esq. one of the Executors therein named and whereas the witnesses to said will and testament are R.C. Williamson, Wm. C. Wylly and W.C. Clark who reside in the county of McIntosh in said state and cannot at our court in person without manifest inconvenience.
            Now know ye That I reposing[?] special trust and confidence in your prudence and facility have appointed you and you are hereby authorized and required to cause one or more of said witnesses to come before you and after being duly sworn to examine him or them concerning the said will and testament agreeably to the interrogatories hereto annexed and the answers to the same being plainly and distinctly written you are to send the same closed up under our hands and seals to our said court at Brunswick in the county and state first aforesaid to be held on the first Monday in July next with this commission.
            Witness the Honorable Edgar C.P. Dart Ordinary for Glynn County Georgia this Eleventh day of June in the year of our Lord Eighteen hundred and Eighty five.

Edgar C.P. Dart ordinary and virtute[?] office clerk of ordinary {seal}

 

State of Georgia}
McIntosh County}

            You shall according to the best of skill and knowledge truly and faithfully take the examination and depositions of all and every witness and witnesses produced and examined by virtue of the above commission upon the interrogatories now produced and left with you so help you God.

C.L. Livingston
Richard Grubb

Sworn to and subscribed before us this 13th day of June 1885 Richard W. Grubb C.L. Livingston Commissioners.

 

State of Georgia}
McIntosh County}

            You shall truly and faithfully take and write down transcribe and engrave the depositions of all and every witness and witnesses produced before and examined by the commissioners or any of them named in the commission hereunto annexed so far first[?] as you are directed and employed by the said commissioners or any of them to take write down or engross the said depositions or any of them so help you God.

Richard W. Grubb

Sworn and subscribed before me this 13 day of June 1885 C.L. Livingston, [illegible].

 

In the court of ordinary for Glynn County Georgia}
In the matter of the probate in common form of the last}
will and testament of Miss Heriot Louisa Wylly}

            Interrogatories to be addressed to W.C. Clark Noty Pub McIntosh county a witness to said last will and testament who resides out of the county of Glynn State of Georgia and in the county of McIntosh said state.
            1st Please look upon the annexed paper purporting to be the last will and testament of Miss Heriot Louisa Wylly and say whether or not you signed the same as a witness and whether or not you recognize your signature as such witness.
            2nd If you say you signed as a witness, did you do so at the request of and in the presence of the said testatrix.  Did the other parties also sign at her request and in her presence as witnesses.
            3rd Did said Testatrix sign and execute said will and testament in your presence or acknowledge her signature thereto in your presence intending to execute the same before you as and for her last will and testament.
            4th Did or did not said testratrix [sic] at the time appear to be of sound and disposing mind.  Did she seem to know what she was doing and did she in your opinion possess testamentary capacity.
            5th State any other facts known to you and not already stated showing that the annexed paper was duly executed by said testatrix before you as attesting witness and as and for her last will and testament.
            Witness my official signature as Ordinary for Glynn County Georgia this eleventh day of June A.D. 1885 Edgar C.P. Dart Ordinary GC Ga.

 

State of Georgia}
McIntosh County}

            In the matter of the proof in common form of the will of Miss Heriot Louisa Wylly in the court of Ordinary for Glynn County Georgia.  Examinations and Depositions of witnesses produced sworn and examined by the undersigned commissioners in virtue of the annexed commission issuing out of the Honorable court of Ordinary for Glynn County in the state of Georgia taken and reduced to writing at Darien McIntosh county on this 13th day of June 1885.  W.C. Clark aged 43 years being duly sworn answers and deposes unto the annexed interrogatories as follows to wit:
            To the first interrogatory the witness answering saith I did I did sign the same and recognize the signature the signature as my own.
            To the second interrogatory the witness answering saith I did I did not witness the signing of the other witnesses but Miss Wylly acknowledged before me that it was her signature signed before them.
            To the third interrogatory the witness answering saith she acknowledged her signature in my presence with the intention that it was her last will and testament.

            To the fourth interrogatory the witness answering saith she appears to me to be all right should say she was in the enjoyment of all her faculties so far as I could judge she did.
            To the fifth interrogatory the witness answering saith at the time I signed the will she remarked that it was a great relief to her mind that she had now got every thing arranged to her satisfaction.

W.C. Clark Notary Public McI Co Ga

Sworn to and subscribed in presence of us this 13th day of June 1885 at Darien McIntosh County Georgia.

Richard W. Grubb Comm
C.L. Livingston Comm

 

The Witness William C. Wylly.  To the first interrogatory answering saith I do recognize it as the will of Miss Hariet [sic] L. Wylly.  I signed it as a witness she was present and I signed it by her request.
            To the second interrogatory the witness answering saith it was signed in my presence by Mr. R.C. Williamson the other witness they signed at her request Mr. Williamson and witness in her presence.
            To the third interrogatory witness answering saith she did in my presence.
            To the fourth interrogatory witness answering saith she did she did.
            To the fifth interrogatory witness answering saith, I know of nothing further, she was of sound mind and had called upon witnesses to witness her execution of her last will and testament.

William C. Wylly

Sworn to and subscribed in presence of us the 15 day of June 1885 at Darien Georgia

Richard W. Grubb Comm
C.L. Livingston Comm

Recorded July 8th 1885 Edgar C.P. Dart Ordinary

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Margaret Wylly
23 December 1846

Inventories & Appraisements Vol. E pgs. 174-176
[Glynn County Probate Court]

In the name of God, Amen.

            I Margaret Wylly of the Island of St. Simons, County of Glynn, and State of Georgia, widow of the late Alexander Campbell Wylly, do make, constitute, and ordain this to be my last Will and Testament, revoking all others.
            I resign my soul to Almighty God, in the full hope of a resurrection and remission of sins through the ??? of a redeeming Savior.
            Imprimus:  I give an bequeath to my son Alexander William Wylly and my son-in-law James Hamilton Couper in trust for the sole use and behalf of my daughters Margaret Matilda Wylly and Harriet Louisa Wylly and not to be subject to the control, or liable for the debts, of their husbands should they marry, my negro slave Maretta and her children, who are thereafter excluded from the bequests hereinafter made of my negro slaves.
            Item:  I give and bequeath to my son-in-law James Hamilton Couper, in trust for purpose specified in my letter to him of this date, one fifth of the negro slaves of whom I may die possessed.
            Item:  I give and bequeath to the above named Alexander William Wylly and James Hamilton Couper in trust for my daughter Francis Anne Fraser, widow of the late Dr. William Fraser, for the sole use and behalf of herself during her natural life, and in her death to the children of her body, one fifth part of the negro slaves of whom I died possessed, less two as an equivalent for those I have already given her.
            Item:  I give and bequeath to the said Alexander William Wylly and James Hamilton Couper, in trust for my daughter Caroline Georgia Couper, wife of James Hamilton Couper, for the sole use and behalf of herself and the children of her body after her death, and not to be subject to the debts of her husband, one fifth part of the negro slaves of whom I may die possessed, among whom shall be the following family viz. Nancy, Harriet and her children, James, and Mary and her children.
            Item:  To the said Alexander Wylly and James Hamilton Couper, I give and bequeath in trust for the sole use and behalf of my daughter Margaret Matilda Wylly and Harriet Louisa Wylly, not to be subject to the control of, or liable for the debts of, their husbands should they marry, both to be disposed of as they may see fit by any instrument in writing in the form of a last will and testament, the remaining two fifths of the negro slaves of whom I may die possessed, one fifth to each.
            Item:  It is my will that, with the exception of the negro slaves especially named above, my daughters Margaret Matilda Wylly and Harriet Louisa Wylly shall, after my negro slaves have been divided by my herein named executors into five equal portions, choose such two as they may prefer.
            But it is my will that in the division of my said negroes, the families shall be kept as much together as is consistent with a fair and equal division.
            Item:  To my daughters Margaret Matilda Wylly and Harriet Louisa Wylly, I give and bequeath my plantation on St. Simons Island known as the Village together with all its appurtenances of land, buildings, stock, horses, carriages, carts, boats, tools, household furniture, as there may be at the time of my decease, on condition ??? ??? that should any of my said daughters marry, her rights and interests in the said plantation and its appurtenances, shall cease in her marriage, and that the whole shall then be exclusively to the unmarried daughter.  Should either of my said daughters died while unmarried, then it is my will that the whole of the said plantation and its appurtenances shall rest with the survivor, with the ??? to the said survivor to dispense of the same as any way that she may see fit, provided that she also shall die unmarried.  But should both of any said daughters marry, then it is my will that the said plantation and appurtenances (page is ripped here can not read) be equally divided between my said daughters, or their families, should either of them have died leaving children.
            Should however my said daughters at any time wish to sell the said Village plantation, they shall be at liberty to do so, and the proceed, shall in such can be equally divided between them.
            Item:  I give and bequeath to my daughters Margaret Matilda Wylly and Harriet Louisa Wylly, to be equally divided between them, all the rest and residue of my estate, whether real or personal of every kind and description whatever.
            Item:  I do hereby nominate and appoint my son Alexander William Wylly and my son-in-law James Hamilton Couper to be the Executors of this my last Will and Testament
            In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal this Twenty-Third day of December in the year of our Lord One thousand eight hundred and forty-six.
            Signed and sealed in the presence of us, and acknowledged to be her last Will and Testament.  The word "in law' being interlined(?) before signing.

James W. Armstrong
Richd. L. Hodgdon
John Demere, J.P.

 

On 24 February 1850, Margaret added a codicil to sell the slaves to pay her debts before dividing them among the children.

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