Will Abstracts from Glynn County Probate Court Records


William Armstrong
10 September 1829

Inventories & Appraisements Vol. E pg. 152
[Glynn County Probate Court]

            In the name of God, Amen.
            I William Armstrong of the County of Wayne 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 hereinafter named executors pay all my lawful debts and that to effect this they dispose of such part or parts of my property as they may deem best.  After which it is my will that my remaining property be disposed of in the manner following, viz.
            Imprimus.  To my beloved wife Caroline, I give and bequeath during her natural life, the use of my dwelling house, out houses and the other appurtenances at Blair in Wayne County, together with the furniture as it may stand at the time of my decease:  Also the full use and benefit during her natural life of the one half of all the negro slaves which may remain to my estate after the payment of my debts, and the one half of all my other property of every description whatsoever.
            To Alexander C. Wylly, James H. Giekie, and James Hamilton Couper, in Trust for my Daughter Susan, for the sole use of herself and of the heirs of her body, not to be liable for the debts of any husband or husbands she may have.  I give and bequeath at the decease of my wife Caroline, all the property herein bequeathed to my said wife:  Also all my other property whether real or personal.
            I do hereby appoint Alexander C. Wylly and James H. Giekie of St. Simons Island and J. Hamilton Couper of Hopeton to be the Executors of this my last will and Testament.
            In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal this 10th day of September in the year of our Lord, one Thousand Eight hundred and twenty nine.

William Armstrong {LS}

Signed Sealed and delivered in the presence of us and acknowledged to be his last will and Testament.

M.K. Giekie
Susan C. Wylly
J. Armstrong Wylly

 

State of Georgia}
Glynn County}

            Before us, Charles Grant and Robert S. Piles two of the Justices of the Inferior Court of said county in open court personally came James Hamilton Couper one of the Executors of the last will and Testament of William Armstrong late of said county deceased, and produced before us the last will and testament of said William Armstrong deceased and one of witnesses [sic] of said will to wit Mrs. M.K. Giekie now Mrs. Cater which witness being duly sworn, deposeth and saith that she saw William Armstrong the testator sign, seal, declare and publish the instrument now presented as his last will and testament freely, voluntarily and of his own accord and without any compulsion or influence whatsoever, that at the time of the execution of said will said Testator was of sound and disposing mind and memory; that deponent signed said will as a witness in the presence of the testator and at his special instance and request, and that she saw Susan C. Wylly and J. Armstrong Willy [sic] sign the same as witnesses to the same.

M.K. Cater

Sworn to and subscribed before us this 14th January 1850.  Chas. Grant, I.J.C.G.C. Robert S. Piles, I.J.C.G.C.

Recorded this 15th day of January A.D. 1850, Alex. Scranton, Clerk, C.C.G.C.

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Joe Assumpcao
11 July 1951

Will Book H pgs. 555-556

GEORGIA, GLYNN COUNTY.

I, JOE ASSUMPCAO, of Brunswick, Glynn County, Georgia, being of sound and disposing mind and memory, do make this my LAST WILL AND TESTAMENT, hereby revoking all others that I have heretofore made.

ITEM ONE.
It is my will and desire that my body be buried in a Christianlike manner suitable to my circumstances and condition in life.

ITEM TWO.
It is my will and desire that all of my just debts be paid as soon as possible after my death.

ITEM THREE.
I give and bequeath to my cousin, ALFRED VINCENT, the sum of Five Hundred Dollars ($500.00).

ITEM FOUR.
I give and bequeath to my cousin, DANNY VINCENT, the sum of Five Hundred Dollars ($500.00).

ITEM FIVE.
I give and bequeath to my son, DOMINGOS ASSUMPCAO, the sum of One Dollar ($1.00).

ITEM SIX.
I give and bequeath and devise to my sister, JOANO Da ASSUMPCAO, of Alhao, Portugal, all of the rest and residue of my estate, both real and personal, of whatever kind and character and wherever situated of which I may die seized and possessed to be hers absolutely and in fee simple forever.

ITEM SEVEN.
I hereby constitute and appoint RUTY BATTLE VINCENT, of Brunswic [sic], Glynn County, Georgia, executrix of this WILL and I relieve her of making any inventory of my property, or appraisal, or of giving any bond, and she is only required by this WILL to probate this WILL, and I expressly confer upon her the full authority and power to sell any part of my estate whether real or personal, at public or private sale, with or without notice, as she may deem best, and without any order of Court, and she is further relieved of making any return of her actings and doings to any court whatsoever.

WITNESS my hand and seal this 11th day of July, 1951.

Joe Assumpcao (SEAL)

 

Signed, sealed, declared and published by JOE ASSUMPCAO as his LAST WILL AND TESTAMENT, in the presence of the undersigned witnesses, he first signing in our presence and we then, at his special instance and request, signing in his presence and in the presence of each other.

Esther M. Cowen
W.W. Parker
David Gordon

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Marcus A. Baker
17 Jan 1914

Will Book G pgs. 772-774

Georgia, Glynn County

            In The Name Of God Amen:
            I, Marcus A. Baker, of said State and County, being of sound and disposing mind and memory, do make, publish and declare this to be my last will and testament, hereby expressly revoking and canceling any and all other wills and codicils heretofore made by me.
            Item I.  I hereby direct my executor hereinafter named, to close and wind up any and all business enterprises in which I may be engaged at the time of my death, as soon as the same can properly, and with as little finacil [sic] loss as possible, be done.
            Item 2.  My said executor shall then proceed to pay all my just debts as soon as practicable.
            Item 3.  I will and bequeath to my wife, Carrie E. Baker, my home on Gloucester Street in the City of Brunswick, Georgia, with all household and kitchen furniture contained therein, to be used by her as a home for herself and my minor daughters, Leslie and Marcia Baker, during her natural life or her remarriage and in either event then the said home shall revert to my estate.
            Item 4.  I will and bequeath to my wife, Carrie E. Baker, and to each of my two married daughters, Laura and Louise one seventh each of the net income arising from my estate, and to my minor daughters, Leslie and Marcia, two sevenths (2/7) each of said income, together with such additional sums out of my estate as shall be necessary for their education and maintenance until each one of them shall become twenty-one (21) years of age. In the event of the death or re-marriage of my said wife, that portion of said income which has been directed to be paid to her, shall forthwith be paid to my daughters, Leslie and Marcia until they shall have become of age.
            Item 5.  The provisions hereby made for my wife, shall be in lieu of her right of dower, and shall prevent her from making any claims for dower in my estate.
            Item 6.  If one or more of my said daughters shall be dead leaving a child or children surviving, the income hereby directed to be paid to the Mother, shall be paid to the support and education of such child or children.
            Item 7.  When my youngest living daughter shall reach the age of twenty-five (25) years, I hereby direct that my estate shall be divided, share and share alike, between my wife, if she shall be alive and unmarried, and my four daughters, Laura, Louise, Leslie and Marcia or to the child or children of either, if the mother should be dead. If my wife be dead at this time or either of my daughters shall be dead, leaving no children, then and in that case, the division shall be made among those who are alive.
            Item 8.  It is my intention in making all these provisions, to preserve my estate and the income therefrom to the use and enjoyment of my wife during her life and widowhood, and to my children and their children, foree [sic] from the use, control or ownership of any husband of any of them. And it is my wish that this will shall be construed with this end and in view.
            Item 9.  I hereby nominate and appoint Linton E. Allen of Brunswick, Georgia, as executor of this, my last will and testament with full power and authority to execute, and carry out all of its provisions and to that end I hereby give him full power and authority to sell and disperse of all or any portion of my estate either at public or private sale, and without first having to obtain the order or consent so to do from any court or judge and I do further invest him as such executor with the title to my estate, necessary to carry out the provisions of this will I do further nominate and appoint the said Linton E. Allen, as guardian of the property of my said minor daughters until they shall become twenty-one (21) years of age. If it should become necessary for him to hold any of my estate in trust for the purpose of carrying out any provision of this will, I hereby further appoint him such trustee with all the powers heretofore given him, as my executor, guardian or trustee, the same compensation as is provided by law for the payment of administrators, guardians or trustees.
            Item 10.  In the event said Linton E. Allen shall fail or refuse to qualify as such executor, guardian or trustee, or shall die, resign or be removed from said office I hereby nominate and appoint the Brunswick Bank & Trust Co., of Brunswick Georgia, to act as such executor, guardian or trustee with all the powers and authority hereinbefore given by me to said Linton E. Allen, and he shall be vested with all the powers of a trustee in carrying out the provisions of this will, just as said Linton E. Allen is here in before authorized to act.
            In Testimony Whereof, I have hereunto set my hand and affixed my seal, in the presence of the undersigned witnesses, this 17 day of Jan. A.D. 1914.

Marcus A. Baker (L.S.)

 

            Signed, sealed, published and declared by Marcus A. Baker, as his last will and testament; in the presence of 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 at Brunswick, Glynn County, Georgia, this 17th day of Jan. A.D. 1914

R. L. Phillips
Linton E. Allen
Larry W. Smith

Brunswick, Ga. Aug. 15th 1914

 

Codicil to my Will,
            My daughter Louise is to be taken care of & have her living our of my estate so long as her husband, Walter P. Brown, is unable to take the proper care of her.

M.A. Baker

 

State of Georgia, County of Glynn:
           
Oath of Executor
           
I, Linton E. Allen, do solemnly swear that this writing contains the true and last will of the within named Marcus A. Baker, deceased, so far as I know and believe and that I will well and truly execute the same in accordance with the law of said State. So Help Me God.

Linton E. Allen

 

Sworn to and subscribed before me, this April 12, 1916, Edwin W. Dart, Ordinary, Glynn County. Georgia.

Recorded April 12th 1916, Edwin W. Dart, Ordinary Glynn Co. GA.

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Amaziah D. Barber
6 August 1887

Will Book G pgs. 513
[Glynn County Probate Court]

            I Arraziah D. Barber of the City of Utica, County of Oneida, and State of New York, do make and publish this my last will and testament to wit:
            First I hereby appoint in case she survives me, my wife, Jane E. Barber sole executrix of this will and in case she does not survive me, I hereby appoint my daughter and son Marian Barber Sheppard and A. Dutton Barber, the Executrix and Executor of this will, with power and authority on the part of said sole executrix or of said executrix and executor to sell and convey by proper deeds of conveyance my real estate and to compromise[?] all claims and demands in favor of and against my estate and to dispose at her or their discretion of all my real estate and personal property and to collect all debts.
            Second, I hereby give, devise, and bequeath to my said wife in case she survives me all my real estate and personal property of every name and nature during her life with discretion to extend the principal interest and income thereof in such manner for her maintenance and use as she may see fit.
            Third, the said principal interest and income which may remain unexpended by her at her decease or my entire estate both real and personal at the time of my decease in case I should survive my said wife, I direct shall be divided into three portions viz:  one sixth, two sixths, and three sixths in value, said one sixth portion thereof I direct shall be given to Ella Barber wife of my son A. Dutton Barber, said two sixths portion thereof, I direct shall be given to my son, A. Dutton Barber, and said three sixths portion thereof I direct shall be given to my daughter, Marian Barber Shepard to be held by each of  them during their respective lives, with entire discretion to expend the principal interest and income of their respective shares in such manner for his and her maintenance and use as he or she may see fit.
            Fourth, upon the decease of the said Marian Barber Shepard all the real estate rights, credits, moneys and effects then held by her at the time of her decease under the preceding provisions shall pass and descend and I hereby  devise and bequeath the same to her heirs and legal representatives.
            Fifth, upon the decease of the said A. Dutton Barber, all the real estate, rights, credits, moneys and effects then held by him at the time of his decease under the preceding provisions shall pass and descend and I hereby devise and bequeath the same to his heirs and legal representative.
            Sixth, upon the decease of the said Ella Barber, in case she survive A. Dutton Barber, all the real estate, rights, credits, moneys and effects, then held by her at the time of her decease under the preceding provisions, shall pass and descend, and I hereby devise and bequeath the same to the heirs and legal representatives of A. Dutton Barber, but in case said Ella Barber does not survive said A. Dutton Barber, all of said property shall pass and descend; and I hereby devise and bequeath the same to said A. Dutton Barber.
            In witness whereof I Amaziah D. Barber have hereunto set my hand and seal this 13th day of December 1886.

A.D. Barber {L.S.}

Acknowledged by the testator to each of us to have been subscribed by him and at the same time declared by him to us to be his last will and testament and therefore we and at the request and in the presence of the testator have signed our names hereto as witnesses this 6th day of August, 1887, in the City of Utica.

Joseph R. Swan, Residing at Utica N.Y.
James W. Watts, Residing at Utica N.Y.
Henry H. Durr, Residing at Utica N.Y.

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Mrs. Bessie W. Bass
3 October 1912

Will Book G pgs. 731-732
[Glynn County Probate Court]

 

State of Georgia,}
County of Glynn}

 

            Know all men by these presents That I Mrs. B.W. Bass of Brunswick, Glynn County, Georgia, being in good health of body and sound and disposing state of mind and memory, 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 executrix, Mrs. G.A. Faber to pay all my just debts from my personal property not hereinafter disposed of.
            Second:  I leave two policies, one a Metropolitan Life Insurance Company for $375 (Three Hundred Seventy-five Dollars) and one a Rome Insurance Company for Five Hundred Dollars ($500.00).
            Third:  I leave the above amounts (Eight Hundred Seventy Five Dollars) to be disposed of as hereinafter directed (to Mrs. G.A. Faber).
            Fourth:  I leave my piano to my adopted daughter Irene Bass.
            Fifth:  It is my desire that Mrs. Faber sees to it that my daughter Irene is given whatever benefits she may require, piano lessons especially.
            Lastly—It is my will that Mrs. Faber has full control of my daughter Irene Bass.
           
In Witness Whereof, I have set my hand and affixed my seal, and published and declared this my last will and testament, this the third day of October One Thousand nine Hundred and Twelve, in presence of the persons whose names are subscribed as attesting witnesses.
            “On the third day of October, 1912, the above Mrs. B.W. Bass, in our presence signed the foregoing instrument and declared to us that the same was her last will and testament, and requested us to subscribe our names hereto as witnesses, and we in her presence and in the presence of each other have in compliance with such request hereto subscribe our names.

Mrs. B.W. Bass

Hilton Thomas,
J. Sidney Roberts
T. H. Roberts.

 

Georgia}
Glynn County}

            I, Mrs. G. A. Faber, do solemnly swear that this writing contains the true last will of the within named Mrs. B. W. Bass, 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.

Mrs. G. A. Faber.

Sworn to and subscribed before me, this 7th day of October, 1912, Edwin W. Dart, Ordinary, G.C. Ga.

Recorded October 15, 1912, Edwin W. Dart, Ordinary, G.C. Ga.

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Fannie Bell
1 August 1929

Will Book H pg. 189
[Glynn County Probate Court]

GEORGIA, GLYNN COUNTY,

            I, Fannie Bell, of said County and State, being of sound and disposing mind and memory, do make this my last will and testament, hereby revoking any and all others I may have heretofore made.
            Item I—It is my will and desire that my body be buried in a christianlike manner, according to my station in life.
            Item II—It is my will and desire that all of my just debts be paid as soon as practical after my death.  At the present time I am indebted to Mrs. J.B. Church, of the County for money advanced for payment of taxes, insurance, material for repairing my residence and other items of expense, in the amount of $88.00, which indebtedness is evidenced by a certain promissory note executed by me, payable to the order of said Mrs. J.B. Church, and dated July 26th, 1929.  Mrs. Church has been very kind to me, and in order that she may be reimbursed for the sums she has advanced, I have executed and delivered to her the aforesaid promissory note, and hereby acknowledge said indebtedness and the execution of said note evidencing same.  Further advances will be made probably by Mrs. Church from time to time, to cover taxes, repairs, insurance and other expenses accruing subsequent to the execution of this will, for which further notes will probably be executed in favor of the said Mrs. J.B. Church, and I desire that such additional note or notes shall also be paid in like manner as the note above described.
            Item III—I will, bequeath and devise all of my property, both real and personal of whatever kind and character and wherever situated, to my son, Philip Charles Gilliard, to be his absolutely and in fee simple forever.
            I hereby constitute and appoint my good friend, Mrs. J.B. Church, executrix of this my last will and testament, relieving her from making any inventory or appraisement, or from giving bond, and she is required only by this instrument to probate the will, and she is further relieved from making any returns of her acts and doings to any court whatever.
            This 1st day of August, 1929.

Fannie Bell (Seal)

 

            Signed, sealed, declared and published by Fannie Bell, 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.
            This 1st day of August 1929.

Jennie B. Church
L.E. Cowen
Mrs. Adelia C. Clark
.

(See oath of executrix on next page)

[The oath mentioned above is not on the next page—ALH]

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Elizabeth Martha Berrie
14 September 1841

Inventories & Appraisements Vol. E pgs. 187-191
[Glynn County Probate Court]

            In the name of God Amen;
            I Elizabeth Martha Berrie,  at present of the town of Jacksonville in the county of Duval & territory of Florida being sick, but of sane and disposing mind and memory; knowing the uncertainty of life, and the certainty of death, do make, publish, and declare my last will and testament in manner following that is to say:
            I will that my Executors hereinafter to be named, shall cause me to be decently & fitly buried; and that my funeral expenses and all other debts justly owing by me shall be paid out of my estate.
            The rest and residue of my estate consisting of an interest in a growing crop of cotton in Georgia, negroes, money, choses in action, and all other property and demands belonging to me, or due me in any manner whatever, I will and bequeath to my nephew and two nieces the children of Doctor Henry D. Holland to wit:  Marshal Berrie Stockton Holland, Elizabeth Berrie Holland, and Jane Ann Holland, share and share alike except that it is my express will and desire that Elizabeth Berrie Holland shall take in said division four negroes more than either of the other two distributers.
            It is further my will and desire in case either of my legatees before named should die during infancy without lawful issue the share of such deceased legatee shall be divided between the survivors, or all shall go if but one survivor, to the survivor.
            I do moreover hereby as Executors to this my last will and testament appoint my brother in law Doct. H.D. Holland, and my brother Wm. A. Berrie who resides in Georgia; and I do hereby revoke, annul and declare void all and every will or wills, codicil or codicils, by me heretofore made.
            In testimony whereof I hereto set my name and affix my seal this fourteenth day of September A.D. 1841.

E.M. Berrie {Seal}

Signed, sealed, declared and published by the testatrix as and for her last will and testament in presence of:

Jas. B. Lancaster
J.D. Hart
L.S. Poinsett

CODICIL

            Whereas I, Elizabeth Martha Berrie of the town of Jacksonville in the county of Duval, in the state of Florida, have made and duly executed my last will and testament in writing bearing date the fourteenth day of September A.D. 1841 and thereby given and bequeathed all the rest and residue of my estate, after the payment of my funeral expenses, and all other debts (said estate consisting amongst other things of negroes) to my nephew and two nieces, the children of Doctor Henry D. Holland, to wit, Marshall Berrie Stockton Holland, Elizabeth Berrie Holland, and Jane Ann Holland share and share alike, except the said Elizabeth Berrie Holland, should take in said division, four negroes more than either of the two other distributes.  And whereas since the making and executing my said last will and testament, certain other children have been born to the said Doctor Henry D. Holland, viz. Louisa Barrett Holland, Selma Maria Holland, Mary Marshall Holland, and Henry Holland.
            Now I hereby revoke so much of the said will, as gives and bequeaths my estate exclusively to the said Marshall Berrie Stockton Holland, Elizabeth Berrie Holland, and Jane Ann Holland, as specified in the said will.  And I hereby give and bequeath the said estate and all my estate, whether real or personal, in equal proportions to the children, of the said Doctor Henry D. Holland to wit:  Marshall Berrie Stockton Holland, Elizabeth Berrie Holland, Jane Ann Holland, Louisa Burvit [sic] Holland, Mary Marshall Holland, and Henry Holland, except that the said Elizabeth Berrie Holland, shall be entitled to have and take before a general division or distribution of my property shall take place, as specified in the codicil two negroes it being my express will and desire that the said Elizabeth Berrie Holland shall take and have of the said property two negroes more than either of the other said legatees.
            It is further my will and pleasure, that in case either of my said legatees, named in this codicil, shall die during infancy and without lawful issue the share of such deceased legatee or legatees, shall go to the survivor or survivors.
            Also I revoke so much of my said will as appoints my brother William A. Berrie one of the Executors thereto, and I hereby nominate and appoint my brother in law Doctor Henry D. Holland, sole executor of my said will and testament and of this Codicil.
            And I declare this present writing to be a Codicil to my said will and that the same shall be annexed thereto and taken as a part thereof and I confirm my said will in every particular thereof, that is not hereby altered or revoked.
            In witness whereof I have to this codicil, set my hand and seal this seventh day of June, in the year of our Lord, Eighteen hundred and fifty.

E.M. Berrie {seal}

Signed and sealed by the said Elizabeth Martha Berrie, as and for a codicil to her last will and testament, in presence of us, present at the same time, who in her presence, and in the presence of each other, have hereunto subscribed our names, as attesting witnesses thereto.

S.L. Burritt
A.G. Richard
A.M. Reed

Probated 1 January 1851.

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Harry Orme Berrie
21 January 1918

Will Book H pg. 103
[Glynn County Probate Court]

Georgia, Glynn County

            I, Harry Orme Berrie, of the County of Glynn, State of Georgia, being of sound and disposing mind, do make this my last will and testament:
            FIRST:  It is my will that my just debts and all charges be paid out of my estate.
            SECOND: I give and bequeath to my nephew, Albert M. Smith, Junior, my gold hunting-case watch, having engraved thereon my initials “H.O.B.”
            THIRD: I give and bequeath all of the residue of my estate to Josephine Mitchelson Berrie, my wife, to be to her [sic] and her heirs forever.
            FOURTH:  I appoint and make my brother-in-law, Albert M. Smith, sole executor of this my last will and testament, and desire that no bond be given by him as such executor, or any report of his doings to any Court.
            This twenty-first (21st.) day of January, A.D. 1918.

Harry O. Berrie (Seal)

            Signed, sealed, declared and published by Harry Orme Berrie as his last will and testament, in the presence of us, the undersigned, who subscribed our names hereto 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 twenty-first (21st.) day of January, A.D. 1918.

Edith Smith Young
J.M. Armstrong
T.A. Ford

 

Georgia}
Glynn County}

            I do solemnly swear that this writing contains the true last will and testament of Harry Orme Berrie, so far as I know or believe, and that I will well and truly execute the same according to the laws of Georgia, So Help Me God.

Albert M. Smith

Sworn to and subscribed before me, this 16th, day of February, 1925.  Edwin W. Dart, Ordinary, Glynn County, Georgia

Recorded this 20th. day of February, 1925.  Ordinary G.C. Ga.

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Annie (Arkwright) Bouton

5 January 1932

Will Book H pgs. 241-242
[Glynn County Probate Court]

Georgia, Fulton County.

 

            I, Annie Arkwright Bouton, of said State and County, being of sound and disposing mind and memory do make this my last will and testament, revoking all wills heretofore made by me.
            Item 1—I desire and direct that my body be buried in a Christianlike manner in the cemetery now known as the Bonaventure Cemetery, in Savannah, Georgia, on the lot where the body of my late husband is buried.
            Item 2—I desire and direct that my just debts be paid without unnecessary delay, by my executor hereinafter named and appointed.
            Item 3—I desire and direct that my brother, Preston S. Arkwright, be reimbursed, out of my estate, a sum of money equal in amount to that expended by him as rent for a place of abode for me during my life.
            Item 4—I give, bequeath and devise to my niece, Cora Walker, one Solitaire Diamond ring, deep stone, one diamond approximately 1.35 carats, two small diamonds, set in white gold mounting, for life and at her death to her son, S. Earnest Linton.
            Item 5—I give, bequeath and devise to S. Earnest Linton, my dinner ring, emerald surrounded by fourteen (14) small diamonds, set in white gold mounting.
            Item 6—I give, bequeath and devise to Mary Louise Sager my diamond and emerald cluster ring, one emerald, ten small diamonds set in white gold mounting.
            Item 7—I give, bequeath and devise to Sadie McDaniel my gold ring set with row of three small diamonds and two emeralds set alternately, for life and at her death to Chase Bouton Postell.
           
Item 8—I give, bequeath and devise to Emmy Johnson Stillwell my solitaire diamond ring, one diamond of 1.35 carats, set in gold.
            Item 9—I give, bequeath and devise to Preston S. Arkwright, Jr., my nephew, my solitaire diamond ring, one diamond, approximately 1.65 carats, with three diamonds on each side now set in platinum.
            Item 10—I give, bequeath and devise to Dorothy Arkwright Giddings my diamond brooch, two diamonds, approximately .35 carats each, thirty-six small diamonds, platinum and white gold mounting.
            Item 11—I give, bequeath and devise to Mary Louise Sager all my silver-ware.
            Item 12—I desire and direct that my executor pay to the City of Savannah a sum of money sufficient to provide for the perpetual care of the lot in Bonaventure Cemetery, on which my late husband is buried, as provided for in the Georgia laws, Acts. 1912, page 1242, section one and in section 189 and section 1788 of the Code of Savannah 1918.
            Item 13—I desire and direct that the residue of my estate be divided into equal parts; and
                        (a) I give, bequeath and devise to Dorothy Arkwright Giddings, (my niece) and Preston S. Arkwright, Jr. (my nephew), one-half of the residue of my estate, to be divided equally between them, and held by them in fee simple.
                        (b) I give, bequeath and devise to my nieces, Emmy J. Stillwell and Cora Walker, one-half of the residue of my estate, to be divided equally between them, and held by them in fee simple.
            Item 14—I hereby name and appoint my brother, Preston S. Arkwright, executor of this will.  I hereby expressly relieve him of making inventory or appraisement of my estate, and from giving bond, and making any returns to any court.  I hereby expressly confer upon him power and authority to sell any part or all of my estate, not hereinbefore specifically devised, at public or private sale, with or without notice, for cash or whatever terms he may deem proper, for a more equal division of the residue of my estate as provided for in “Item 13.”
            This 5th day of January 1931.

Annie A. Bouton. {L.S.}

 

            Signed, sealed, declared and published by Annie Arkwright Bouton, 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 hereto, and at her special instance and bequest, and in the presence of each other.
            This 5th day of January 1931.

Faye Petty
H.W. Washington
H.G. Andrews

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Jennie (Kline) Brown
25 May 1923

Will Book H pg. 560
[Glynn County Probate Court]

GEORGIA, GLYNN COUNTY.

            I, MRS. JENNIE BROWN, being of sound and disposing mind and memory, do make this writing to be my last will and testament, hereby revoking all wills heretofore made by me, and especially a will dated July 1, 1915.
            ITEM I—I desire that all my debts be paid by my executors as soon as this conveniently can be done after my death.
            ITEM II—I nominate and appoint my son, S.H. Brown, and my daughter, Leah Brown, as my executors.  They shall not be required to make any inventory or appraisement of my estate except such as may be mandatory under the law, nor to give any bond as executors, nor to make any report or reports of any kind or character whatever to any court or courts in connection with the administration of their trust.
            ITEM III—I give, devise and bequeath to my daughter, Leah, for life, or so long as she may remain unmarried, all and singular the property, of whatever kind or character and wherever situate, which I may own at the time of my death, with full power in her to control and manage the same, and to enjoy the use, rents, issues and profits therefrom, and likewise with power to sell or encumber the same or any part thereof, and to use such part of the corpus of the estate as she may find it necessary to support and maintain her in the degree of comfort to which she has been accustomed.  If she should marry all of my estate at that time remaining in her hands shall be divided, one-half to her absolutely and in fee simple forever, and the other half in equal parts to my daughter Estelle Brown MacPherson, and my son Mile [sic] Brown, absolutely and in fee simple forever.  If my daughter Leah should die without having married, then my estate remaining in her hands at the time of her death shall go in equal parts to my daughter Estelle Brown MacPherson and to my son Mike [sic] Brown, absolutely and in fee simple forever.  If either Estelle or Mike should not be living at Leah’s marriage or death, but should have children living, then such children shall stand in the place of the deceased parent; but if either Estelle or Mike should have died leaving no children living at the time of Leah’s marriage or death, then the survivor of said Estelle of [sic] Mike, or the children of such survivor shall take the part willed to Estelle and Mike upon Leah’s marriage or death.
            ITEM IV—I desire to make this explanation with respect to the disposition made of my estate by the preceding Item.  Leah is my only unmarried daughter, and she for many years has devoted herself to me, having cheerfully and gladly given up much that she might have enjoyed during her young womanhood to be my companion and stay in my declining years.  And so I feel that my first duty is to provide for her.  My resources have dwindled very considerably, owing to the failure of American Tie & Timber Company.  That Company was organized and operated successfully for many years by my two eldest sons, S.H. and S.K. Brown.  Having implicit confidence in them I turned over to them and permitted them to use in their business a large part of the property which came to me at my husband’s death, without security of any kind.  It seems to me only fair that I should give consideration to this in making ultimate disposition of the property that may be left after Leah shall have married or died.
            My husband, during his lifetime, gave our daughter, Rebecca Brown Nightingale, now deceased, property of considerable value.  For that reason I make no provision for her children.
            IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I, the testator, have hereunto set my hand and affixed my seal, this May 25, 1923, at Brunswick, Georgia.

Jennie Brown (SEAL)

            Signed, sealed, declare [sic] and published by Mrs. Jennie Brown as her last will and testament in the presence of us, the subscribers, who at her request and in her presence, and in the presence of each other have hereunto subscribed our names as witnesses, at Brunswick, Georgia, this May 25, 1923.

Margaret McGarvey (SEAL)
Post Office Address, Brunswick, Georgia.

Saidie Ferguson (SEAL)
Post Office Address, Brunswick, Georgia.

Millard Reese (SEAL)
Post Office Address, Brunswick, Georgia.

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William Berrien Burroughs
12 May 1911

Will Book H Pgs. 1-5
[Glynn County Probate Court]

GEORGIA, GLYNN COUNTY.

            I, William Berrien Burroughs, a citizen of the State of Georgia, and County of Glynn, being of sound and disposing mind and memory, hereby make, publish and declare this my last will and testament, hereby revoking  all wills heretofore made by me.
            Item I.  I desire and direct that my executors pay all my lawful debts as promptly as possible after my death.
            Item II.  I give and bequeath to my son, Leighton H. Burroughs, my large yellow topaz seal.
            Item III.  I give and bequeath to my son, Mac H. Burroughs, the bade (sic) of the Society of Cincinnati, and all the McPherson silver.
            Item IV.  I give and bequeath to my son, William B. Burroughs, Jr. my gold seal for a watch fob or charm, set with (sic)
            Item V.  I give and bequeath to my grandson, Clyde A. Taylor, Jr. my collection of postage stamps, including all books of stamps as well as the loose stamps.
            Item VI.  I give and bequeath all the rest and residue of the property, both real and personal, of which I shall die seized and possessed, share and share alike to my children, Lilla H. Burroughs, Mary McNish Deming, Josephine B. Taylor, William B. Burroughs, Leighton H. Burroughs and Mac H. Burroughs, or to the children of such of them as may not survive me, per stirpes.
            No advancement made by me in life to any of my children is to be charged against them or their children in the distribution of my estate under this will.
            Item VII. My executors, hereinafter named, are authorized and empowered to hold my estate intact for a period of five years from the date of my death, unless two or more of the legatees who are of age should elect to have earlier distribution and at the expiration of such period, said executors may divide all the property comprising said estate in kind as hereinafter provided among the legatees, or, if my said executors elect, they may sell all of such property at public or private sale, as hereinafter provided, and make distribution of the proceeds to said legatees according to the bequests as herein made.
            Item VIII.  I desire and direct my executors to make a complete inventory of all my rare and valuable books, autograph letters, documents and relics, including all seals not disposed of by this will, and give them full authority and power to sell and dispose of the same in their discretion at private sale, and with full authority to them to appoint and designate agents or attorneys in fact to make said private sale of such books.  It is my desire and request that said executors shall send a list of said books with requests for bids thereon, to Mr. W.D. DeRenne, Savannah, Georgia; Mr. Otis Ashmore, Savannah, Georgia; Georgia Historical Society, Savannah, Georgia; American Book Company, Americus, Georgia; Carnegie Library, Atlanta, Georgia.  If my said executors should not receive from any of said parties a bid or bids for the purchase of said books at prices satisfactory to them, then I desire and request that my said executors shall send said books to one of the following parties, to be sold and disposed of, namely:  Anderson Auction Company, 12 East 46th Street, New York City, New York, or L.F. Libbie & Company, 597 Washington Street, Boston, Massachusetts.  If said executors fail to dispose of all of said articles in said manner, they shall dispose of the residue in any manner satisfactory to them.
            Item IX.  I hereby nominate and appoint as executors of this my last will and testament, my two sons, Leighton H. Burroughs and Mac H. Burroughs, and my son-in-law, Clyde A. Taylor.  My said executors shall not be required to give bond or to make any returns or reports to the Court of Ordinary or to any other Court.  Each of said executors qualifying and acting shall have and receive as full compensation for his services the sum of Fifty ($50.00) Dollars.
            Item X.  If any one or more of said named executors fail or refuse to qualify and act as such executors, then the one of those qualifying shall be fully empowered to exercise the duties, rights and powers of such executor or executors as herein set out.  If all qualify a majority may act on any matter.
            Item XI.  I hereby authorize and empower my said executors to sell any or all of the property of which I my die seized and possessed, either at pubic or private sale without obtaining any order of court for that purpose, and for such consideration, and upon such terms and conditions as they may deem proper, unless the same is divided in kind as herein provided.  My said executors are fully empowered and authorized to vote all shares of stock held and owned by me in any corporation and they shall also have full authority to exercise any and all other powers, duties and rights necessary and proper in the management, control and administration of such estate, until the same is distributed as herein provided, including the right to invest or lend out any money.
            My said executors, after paying the necessary expenses incident to the management and keeping together of such estate, shall pay over to the respective legatees at the end of each year their respective portions of the net income from such estate until the same is finally distributed.
            In the event my said executors should elect to divide said estate in kind among the legatees, they shall, after appraising all of the items, pieces and parcels of property comprising said estate, divide the same in a fair and impartial manner into the requisite number of shares, equalizing such shares if necessary by balances in money to be paid either out of the estates (sic) or by the respective legatee and shall then distribute such shares to the respective legatees by let or other impartial method, and thereupon shall make, execute and deliver deeds conveying the title in and to the respective shares to the respective legatees.
            In Witness Whereof, I have hereunto set my hand this the Twelfth day of May, Nineteen Hundred and Eleven (1911)

William Berrien Burroughs

            Signed, published and declared by William Berrien Burroughs 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 said testator and in his presence of each other.

This Twelfth day of May, Nineteen Hundred and Eleven (1911).

Millard Reese
F.E Twitty
Gunnar Tolnas

Filed in office, Jan. 29, 1917, Edwin W. Dart, Ordinary, Glynn County, GA.

 

Georgia, Glynn County.

            I, William Berrien Burroughs, hereby make, publish and declare this codicil and addition to my will which was signed, published and declared by me on the 12th day of May, 1911, and to the codicil and addition thereto made, published and declared by me on the 27th day of February, 1912.
            Item I.  I give, devise and bequeath to my daughter, Lilla H. Burroughs my one-seventh undivided interest in and to that certain real property in the City of Brunswick, Glynn County, Georgia, described and designated as follows: New Town lots numbered nine hundred and twenty-nine (929) nine hundred and thirty  (930), nine hundred and thirty-one (931), nine hundred and thirty-two (932) nine hundred and thirty-three (933) nine hundred and thirty-four (934) one thousand and ninety-four (1094), one thousand and ninety-five (1095) one thousand and ninety-six (1096) one thousand and ninety-seven (1097), one thousand and ninety eight (1098) and one thousand and ninety-nine (1099) together with the improvements thereon.
            I own a one-seventh undivided interest in said property as an heir at law of my deceased wife, who died seized and possessed of said property.
            All of the rest and residue of my property shall pass and vest as provided in my said Will made May 12, 1911, and the codicil thereto made February 27, 1912.
            In Witness Whereof, I have hereunto set my hand on this the 30th day  of  January Anno Domini, 1914.

William Berrien Burroughs

            Signed, published and declared by William Berrien Burroughs as a codicil and addition to his last will and testament (which was made and dated May 12, 1911 and the codicil thereto made and dated February 27, 1912) in the presence of the undersigned, who subscribed our names hereto as witnesses at the instance and request of said testator and in his presence, and in the presence of each other.

This 30th day of January, Anno Domini, 1914.

Millard Reese
Address, Brunswick, Ga.

F.E. Twitty
Address, Brunswick, Ga.

David H. Pope
Address, Brunswick, Ga.

 

Georgia, Glynn County.

            I, William Berrien Burroughs, a citizen of the State of Georgia, and County of Glynn, being of sound and disposing mind and memory, hereby make, publish and declare this codicil and addition to my will which was signed, published and declared by me on the 12th day of May, 1911.
            Item I.  In addition to the bequests made to my son Leighton H. Burroughs and Mac H. Burroughs by my said will, I give and bequeath to my said sons Leighton H. Burroughs and Mac H. Burroughs, the northern two-thirds of the southern one-half of Old Town lot number one hundred and fifteen (115) in the city of Brunswick, Glynn County, Georgia, and which portion of said lot contains sixty by ninety feet, together with the improvements thereon, and said property having been conveyed to me by Burroughs Real Estate Agency.  It shall not be necessary for my said executors to appraise said property in connection with the appraisement of my estate, but the said Leighton H. Burroughs and Mac H. Burroughs shall be entitled to possession and control of said property at my death.
            In Witness Whereof, I have hereunto set my hand on this the 27th day of February Anno Domini, 1912.

William Berrien Burroughs

            Signed, published and declared by William Berrien Burroughs as a codicil and addition to his last will and testament (which was made and dated May 12, 1911) in the presence of the undersigned, who subscribe our 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 27th day of February Anno Domini, 1912.

Millard Reese
Gunnar Tolnas
F.E. Twitty

 

Georgia, Glynn County.

            We do solemnly swear that the within paper contains the true last will and testament of William Berrien Burroughs, deceased, and the codicils thereto attached so far as we know or believe and that we will administer the same according to law, so help me God.

Leighton H. Burroughs
Mac H. Burroughs
C.A. Taylor

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

Georgia, Glynn County.

            We solemnly swear that the within writing contains the true last will and testament of the within named William Berrien Burroughs, 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.

Leighton H. Burroughs
Mac H. Burroughs
C.A. Taylor

            Sworn to and subscribed before me this March 9th, 1917.  Edwin W. Dart, Ordinary, Glynn Co. Ga.

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Dorr E. Calkins
6 July 1950

Will Book H pg. 554-555

GEORGIA, GLYNN COUNTY

            I, Dorr E. Calkins, of the County of Glynn, State of Georgia, being of sound and disposing mind and memory, hereby revoking all others heretofore made by me, do make, publish and declare my last Will and Testament as follows:

ITEM I
            It is my will and desire that all my just debts, funeral expenses and expenses of my last illness shall be, by my Executrix hereinafter named, paid out of my estate, as soon after my decease as shall be found convenient.

ITEM II
            It is my will and desire that upon my death my body be buried in a Christian-like manner in the cemetery at Houghton Lake, Michigan, the details of which I leave in charge of the Executrix of this will.

ITEM III
            I will, bequeath and devise the sum of $1.00 unto each of my children hereinafter named: Maude Knapp, Vera Johnson, Marl Johnson, Opal Mainprize, Hazel Stanley, Elen Calkins, Rminnie Plowman, Elmer J. Calkins, Ethel Momma, Ile Vincent, Delbert Calkins and June Lawrence, and I further devise, will and bequeath the sum of $1.00 unto each of the heirs on my deceased daughter, Violet Fritcher, and said heirs of said deceased daughter at the time of the writing of this will, consisting of her husband and three children.

ITEM IV
            At the time of the writing of this Will, I have payable to my order a mortgage paper, payable to (sic) my daughter, Ethel Momma, which was originally in the sum of $200.00. It is my will and desire that should there by an existing indebtedness due me by Ethel Momma at the time of my death, I direct the Executrix of this will to mark said mortgage paper paid in full and to cancel the same, as it is my wish that my daughter, upon my death, be relieved of this obligation.

ITEM V
            At the time of the writing of this Will, I have payable to my order a mortgage paper, payable by my daughter, Opal Mainprize, which was originally in the sum of $400.00. It is my will and desire that should there be an existing indebtedness due me by Opal Mainprize at the time of my death, I direct the Executrix of this will to mark said mortgage paper paid in full and to cancel the same, as it is my wish that my said daughter, upon my death, be relieved of this obligation.

ITEM VI
            I will, bequeath and devise unto my beloved wife, Louise E. Perry Calkins, all of the residue and remainder of my property, both realty and personalty, whosesoever the same may be located, to be hers absolutely and in fee simple.

ITEM VII
            I hereby appoint my wife, Louise E. Perry Calkins, as Executrix of this Will. I relieve my Executrix of making an inventory of my property, or appraisal, or from giving bond, and my Executrix is required only by this Will to probate this Will, and is further relieved from making any returns from her accounts or doings to any court whatsoever. I expressly confer upon my Executrix the power and full authority to sell and dispose of any part of my estate at public or private sale, as my Executrix deems best, and I further expressly empower and authorize my Executrix to borrow funds, if necessary, and to secure the same by proper instrument to include mortgage, deed to secure debt or other mortgage paper, as may be necessary, and this without the order of any Court, making good and sufficient conveyances to the purchaser or mortgagee.

            IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand, affixed my seal of this the 6th day of July, 1950.

Dorr E. Calkins (L.S.)

 

GEORGIA, GLYNN COUNTY.
            Duly published, signed and sealed by Dorr E. Calkins as his last Will and Testament in the presence of the undersigned as witnesses, he first signing in their presence and they, at his special instance and request, signing in his presence and in the presence of each other.

This 6th day of July, 1950

Jack J. Lissner Jr. (L.S.)
Ruby B. Roberts (L.S.)
Alice W. Lane (L.S.)

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Sarah Eliza (Pyles) Cargyle
2 February 1900

Will Book G pgs. 579-582
[Glynn County Probate Court]

Georgia}
Glynn County}

            Know all Men By These Presents, That I Sarah E. Cargyle, of the city of Brunswick County and State aforesaid, being a sound and disposing mind and memory, recognizing the uncertatinty [sic] of the things of this life and the certainly [sic] of death of the life to come, —do make declare and publish, This my Last Will and Testament, hereby revoking and annulling any and all wills wills [sic] heretofore at any time in the past made by me:
            Item First—I desire that my Executrix hereinafter appointed and named shall pay all just debts which I may leave owing and unpaid; that I shall be given decent and Christian burial, and, if possible that a headstone shall mark the spot where I may be buried:  my soul I commit to the Merciful God who gave it me:  and I look for the resurrection of thy dead and the life of the world to come.  If it should so happen that I do not leave sufficient money to pay any indebtedness due by me, or to pay necessary funeral expenses and so forth, I hire and now give my Executrix full power in the premises to sell any part or portion of my property hereinafter devised and bequeathed, or to hold all of the same intact until the rents issue and profits of said property shall be sufficient after payment of all taxes and insurance on said property, so to defray all of such expense.  And the legatees under this will shall not have the right to demand a deed or conveyance from my said Executrix of any property bequeathed to them or any of them, until all such expenses as aforesaid and debts due by me at my death shall have been fully paid off and discharged.
            Item Second—I devise, give and bequeath unto my loved daughter Mrs. Monroe Fleming, the following tracts, lots and parcels of land, all situated lying and being in said County and State, in the City of Brunswick therein, and described as follows, to say:  The Western one-half (½) of Old Town Lot Number Three Hundred and Sixty-two (362)  identified and described on and in the map and plans of said City of Brunswick, as made by George R. Baldwin, in the year 1837; Also the Western one-half (½) of Old Town Lot Number Three Hundred and Sixty-three, (363) identified and described on and in the same map and plan as made by said Baldwin; Also Town Common Lots, known and identified upon the map of the Town Commons of said City of Brunswick, made by H.J. Simmons, civil engineer, and numbered one hundred and forty-nine and one hundred and fifty one between Calhoun Avenue and Stonewall Street in said city; Lots Numbers one hundred and forty nine (149) and one hundred and fifty one (151) between Stonewall Street and Lee Street identified as aforesaid on said Town Commons Map:  and lots Numbers one hundred and forty nine and one hundred and fifty-one between Lee Streets and Gordon Street, identified as aforesaid upon the said map of said Town Commons of Brunswick, Georgia.
            All of my personal effects have already been divided out and distributed to my children; but should there be any monies or personal effects left by me and not distributed in kind to my children, then after payment of debts, (as to any monies left by me) I desire that all such personal effects, and money, if any, after expenses and debts as aforesaid shall have been paid off and discharged, shall go and be the right and property of my said daughter Mrs. Monroe Fleming.
            Item Third—I give devise and bequeath unto my loved daughter Clifford Cargyle New Town Lot in said City of Brunswick, known according to said George R. Baldwin’s  map of said Brunswick as new Town Lot Number Nine Hundred and Sixty one (961;) unto my loved daughter Mrs. Maud Elliot, the Western one half, (½) of New Town Lot described on said Baldwin’s map, and Known on said map as the Western one half of New Town Lot number Six Hundred and eighty, (680:) unto my loved daughter Mrs. Arrah Branham, I devise and give, that tract of land known on said Baldwin’s map of said City aforesaid as New Town Lot Number Three Hundred and Ninety-five, (395); unto my grand-son Cargyle Elliot, I give and bequeath the northern halfs of New Town Lots Numbers Seven Hundred and Twenty eight and Seven Hundred and Twenty Nine (N½ of 728 & 729).
            I desire my executrix hereinafter named and appointed out of money left by me at my death, or if there be none be [sic] left after payment of debts etc. as provided in first item hereof, then out of the rents issued and profits of my property to pay and give to my grand-daughter Ethel Elliot, when she is twenty years old, or when she marries, if she does before she arrives at the age of twenty, the sum of one hundred dollars in cash.  Should she arrive at twenty before my death or is married before my death then this bequest to her shall have no force or effect; this my wish as to her to take effect only in the event I should die before she arrives at twenty years of age, or before she marries, should she marry before she reaches twenty years.
            Item Fourth—I nominate, constitute and appoint my said daughter Mrs. Monroe Fleming, sole Executrix of this my will; she is fully empowered in the promises to carry into full effect these my wishes; she can sell any portion of the property to pay debs; but I would prefer that the property bequeathed should be conveyed by her as such Executrix without selling any of said property; but that said property be kept together if possible, and all debts etc. paid out of and from rents derived of and from said property.
            But as to this I leave it all to her good judgment; should she think it advisable to sell any or all of said property to raise money to pay off debts etc. as above provided against this[?] she is hereby fully authorized and empowered so to do.  After payment of debts and bequests as to money to be paid as herein provided, she will convey to each of the legatees herein their respective property and properties herein devised and bequeathed.
            Having full faith in her love and fidelity she need not give bond or be required to make any return or returns to any court of her actings and doings in the promises.  This 2nd day of February, 1900.

Sarah E. Cargyle

            Signed, declared and published by the said Mrs. Sarah E. Cargyle as her 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 said testator, and in her presence and in the presence of each other, she signing in our presence and we signing in her presence.  This 2nd day of February, 1900.

J.B. Tait
G. W. Harker
D.W. Krauss

 

Georgia}
Glynn County.}
            I Mrs. Monroe Fleming do Solemnly swear that this writing contains the true last will of the within named Mrs. Sarah E. Cargyle 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.

Monroe C. Fleming

Sworn to and subscribed before me this Aug 26th 1902, Horace Dart, Ordinary Glynn Co Ga.

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Alice Eleanor (Heins) Chandler
8 December 1924

Will Book H pgs. 106-107
[Glynn County Probate Court]

State of Georgia}
County of Glynn}

            In the name of God, Amen.  I, Mrs. Alice Eleanor Chandler, of the City of Brunswick, State and County aforesaid, being of sound mind and memory, do make this my last will and testament, hereby revoking all former wills and testaments by me made as follows:
            ITEM 1:  My will is, that all my just debts and funeral expenses, including one headstone to be erected at the grave of my deceased Husband and myself, by my executor hereinafter named, be paid out of the estate as soon after my decease as shall by him be found convenient.
            ITEM 2:  I give, devise and bequeath to my two Grand nieces, Miss Alpha Alice Leben, of Nederland, Texas and Miss Alice Baumgartner, of Macon, Georgia, the sum of Two hundred and fifty Dollars, ($250) each, to be paid by my executor hereinafter named.
            ITEM 3:  All the rest and residue of my estate, real, personal or mixed, of which I shall die seized and possessed, or to which I shall be entitled to at the time of my decease, I give, devise and bequeath, to be equally divided, share and share alike, to my two sisters, Mrs. Virginia Hall, of Hartford, Connecticut and Mrs. Julia Hoodenpyle, of Brunswick, Georgia, and my Sister in Law Mrs. Bertha Hines, of Atlanta, Georgia.
            ITEM 4:  I hereby nominate and appoint J.K. Cornelius to be my executor of this my last will and testament and I hereby relieve him from giving any bond as such executor.

Mrs. Alice Eleanor Chandler (L.S.)

            Declared, published, signed and sealed by Mrs. Alice Eleanor Chandler as her last will and testament, in the presence of the undersigned 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 the 8th day of December, in the year of our Lord, One Thousand Nine Hundred and twenty-four.

Witnesses:

Jos. F. O’Brien
J. Frank Jones
E.W.M. Griner

 

Georgia}
Glynn County}

            I do solemnly swear that this writing contains the true last will and testament of Alice Eleanora Cgandler [sic], deceased, so far as I know or believe and that I will well and truly execute the same in accordance with law, So Help Me God.

J.K. Cornelius

Sworn to and subscribed before me, this 8th day of April, 1925.  Edwin W. Dart, Ordinary, G.C. Ga.

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Anna (Crenshaw) Dart
29 September 1855

Will Book F pgs. 289-290
[Glynn County Probate Court]

State of Georgia}
Glynn County}

            In the name of God Amen.  I Anna Dart, formerly Anna Crenshaw, being in Sound in body [sic] & m ind declare this to be my last Will & Testament, hereby revoking all others heretofore made by me.
            Item 1st:  I give and bequeath to Rachael Matilda oldest daughter of Louis Harris my Negro woman Judy and all her issue, and my Negro man Sandy.
            Item 2nd:  I give and bequeath to Anne Eliza youngest daughter of Louis Harris my Negro man Ansil and my Negro boy Allonza.
            Item 3rd:  I give and bequeath any other property that I may at any time become heir to equally divided between the said daughters of Louis Harris.
            Item 4th:  I hereby Constitute and appoint Louis Harris and Horatio Harris, Executors of this my last Will and testament, this September 29th, 1855.

Anna Dart {LS}

            Signed Sealed, declared and published by Anna Dart as her last Will and testament, in the presence of the Subscribers, who subscribe their name hereto in the presence of said testator (at her special instance and request) and of each other, this September 29th, 1855.

Thomas T. Long
A.J. Miller Junr.
G.M. Scarlett

Georgia}
Glynn County}
            Personally appeared before me Stephen J. Gorton, Ordinary, Thomas T. Long, (Who being duly Sworn deposeth and Thomas T. Long who being duly Sworn deposeth [sic] and Saith that they Saw the said Anna Dart sign the above instrument of writing for the written purposes, also that G.M. Scarlett did the same as Witness, this 14th day of April 1857.

Thos. T. Long {LS}
A.J. Miller {LS}

 

Georgia}
Glynn County}
            In the matter of the Will of Anna Dart.  We Horatio Harris and Lewis W. Harris, Executors Constituted and appointed in the last Will and testament of Anna Dart, deceased, do Solemnly Swear that the annexed writing Contains the true and last Will of of [sic] the within named Anna Dart deceased, so far as we know and believe, and that we will Well and truly Execute the Same, by paying first the debts, and then the legacies Contained in the said will, so far as her goods and Chattels will thereunto extend and the law Charges us; And that we will Make a true and perfect inventory of all such goods and Chattels.  So help us God.

Horatio Harris
L.W. Harris

Sworn to & Subscribed before me, April fifteenth A.D. 1857.  Stephen J. Gorton, Ordinary G.C.

Recorded this 15th day of September A.D. 1857, Stephen J. Gorton, Ordinary.

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Mary Helen Frances (Remington) Downing
19 May 1928

Will Book H pgs. 183-187
[Glynn County Probate Court]

            I, Mary R. Downing, of Brunswick, Glynn County, Georgia, being of sound and disposing mind and memory, do make and publish this my last will and testament, hereby revoking any and all wills or testamentary dispositions that may have been heretofore made by me.
            ITEM 1:  The following bequests are made to be delivered in the specific articles enumerated, to the parties named, to-wit:
            (a) To my daughters, Madeline Downing Knight, wife of Raymond D. Knight, of Jacksonville, Florida, my necklace of pearls for and during her natural life, and at her death to go to my grand-daughter, Marjorie Troup Nightingale, in fee.  To my said daughter, Madeline, I also will and bequeath my white marble French clock that belonged to her great-grandmother.
            (b) To my daughter, Ethel Downing Nightingale, wife of P.M. Nightingale, Brunswick, Georgia, I will and bequeath my two-stone diamond ring and my hall clock.
            (c) To my grand-daughter, Majorie (sic) Troup Nightingale, I will and bequeath my house and lot at 825 Halifax Square, corner of Prince and Egmont Streets, in the City of Brunswick, Georgia, which was given to me by my late husband.
            (d) To my Grand-daughter, Marjorie Troup Nightingale, I give and bequeath my diamond lavalliere (sic), my emerald and diamond ring, and my platinum and diamond bracelet.
            (e) To my Grand-daughter, Ethelyn Nightingale McKinnon, I will and bequeath my cluster diamond ring (containing eight small diamonds).
            (f) To my grand-son, C. Downing Nightingale, I will and bequeath Two Thousand Dollars, ($2,000) in United States Government Bonds.
            (g) To my grand-son, Brailsford Troup Nightingale, I will and bequeath Two Thousand Dollars, ($2,000) in United States Government Bonds.
            (h) To my grand-son, Raymond Demere Knight, I will and bequeath Two Thousand Dollars, ($2,000) in United States Government Bonds.
            My late husband has already provided for my three grand-sons, which is the reason for the bequests by me to them being limited to the amounts named.
            (i) To my niece, Edith M. Newton, I will and bequeath my platinum and diamond bar pin, and One Thousand Dollars, ($1,000.00) in United States Government Bonds.
            (j) To my niece, Grace L. Horton, I will and bequeath my platinum pin with diamond and sapphire stones, and One Thousand Dollars, ($1,000.00) in United States Government Bonds.
            (k) To my grand-niece, Elizabeth Titus, the daughter of Earl and Mary Titus, of Kansas City, Missouri, Two Thousand Dollars ($2,000.00) in United States Government Bonds.
            (l) To my great grand-daughter, Lynn Nightingale McKinnon, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. William McKinnon, Three Thousand Dollars, ($3,000.00) in United States Government Bonds.
            (m) I will and bequeath to St. Marks’s Episcopal Church, at Brunswick, Georgia, the sum of Five Thousand Dollars, ($5,000.00), to be used for any purpose for the benefit of said Church that the Vestry and Bishop may desire.
            (n) I direct that all of the household furniture, fixtures, furnishings, pictures, library, and other personal belongings connected with the home I may have at the time of my death be divided according to the terms and provisions of written instructions filed with this, my will.
            ITEM 2:  I give, bequeath and devise absolutely and in fee simple to The Fourth National Bank of Atlanta, Atlanta, Georgia, Fifty Thousand Dollars, ($50,000.00), of par value in United States Government bonds, subject, however, to the following trust:
            Said Trustee is directed to pay over the income derived from the said Government Bonds semi-annually, or oftener, in its discretion to my two grand-daughters, Ethelyn Nightingale McKinnon and Majorie (sic) Troup Nightingale, share and share alike during the terms of their natural lives, and after the death of either of my said grand-daughters, to pay one-half (½) of the corpus of said trust to her children, or descendants thereof.  It is my will that my two said grand-daughters share equally in the income from the said trust estate and that their children, or decendants (sic) thereof, after the death of my said grand-daughters share equally in the corpus per stirpes.  If either of my said grand-daughters should die without leaving child, or descendants thereof, then her one-half (½) interest in the income from said trust estate shall be paid to my surviving grand-daughter until her death, and if both should die without leaving children, or descendants thereof, then the corpus of said trust estate shall revert to and become a part of my residuary estate and shall be distributed in accordance to the terms and provisions governing the distribution of my residuary estate.  If, after the death of both of my said grand-daughters, only one should leave children, or descendants thereof, then the entire corpus of said trust shall vest in them absolutely and in fee simple.
            My said Trustee shall have the power and authority to manage and control the property conveyed to it by my executors with full power to sell and re-invest the same, having the power of public or private sale, without order of any court and without the necessity of obtaining orders for re-investments, or making any reports to any Court, and conveyances from said Trustee shall convey the property sold in fee simple, and all property purchased by it shall be held under the trust of this will.
            My trustee is directed to keep a full set of books, showing the receipts and disbursements, all investments and re-investments, and shall furnish semi-annual statements to the life tenants herein, and said set of books shall be open for inspection during banking hours to those entitled to inspect the same.  Although my Trustee is not limited to making strictly trust investments under the laws of the State of Georgia, I caution it to use every proper precaution against loss.
            ITEM 3:  The entire residue of my estate, of every kind and character, whether real, personal or  mixed, and wherever situated, I will and bequeath, in equal shares, to my daughters, Ethel Downing Nightingale and Madeline Downing Knight, and to my two grand-daughters, Ethelyn Nightingale McKinnon and Majorie (sic) Troup Nightingale, so that my two daughters and my two grand-daughters may each receive one-fourth (¼) of the residue of my estate, absolutely and in fee simple.
            My son-in-law, Raymond D. Knight, is Trustee of a trust fund originally in the principal amount of Two Hundred Thousand Dollars, ($200,000.00), created by my husband, C. Downing, to Raymond D. Knight, as Trustee.  I am entitled to a one-eight (1/8) interest in the principal amount and accrued interest of said trust fund and it is a part of my residuary estate and shall be divided in accordance with the terms and provisions of this item of my will.
            It is my will that my Executors deliver the shares to each of my two daughters and my two grand-daughters in securities, such as United States Government Bonds, good seasoned railroad bonds or other good securities, or in bonds of the City of New York.
            It is my will that in the event my estate does not own at the time of my death sufficient Government Bonds with which to carry out the special bequest in Item One, of my will, that my Executors acquire the same by purchase.
            It is my desire and request that the beneficiaries hereunder keep the United States Government Bonds as an investment, and that they do not dispose of the same, but this shall not prevent them from doing so if it becomes necessary or desirable for the same to be disposed of.
            ITEM 4:  I hereby nominate, constitute and appoint Raymond D. Knight and Millard Reese, Executors of this my will, and request that they be allowed to qualify without giving any bond or making any return or inventory of my estate, except that required for Estate Tax Purposes.  Said executors will, however, furnish to my said daughters and grand-daughters, upon their order, full statements of their acts and doings at least annually, and oftener upon reasonable request therefore.
            In case of the death, resignation or failure to qualify of either or both of said named Executors, I request that the Court appoint an Administrator or Administrators to fill the place of such Executor so failing to qualify, dying or resigning, and to appoint such person as may be agreed upon by my family.  Any administrator appointed to complete the administration not finished by me (sic) Executors, shall have the full powers herein enumerated as the Executors.
            IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I, said Mary R. Downing, have hereunto set my hand and seal, this the 19 day of May, 1928.

Mary R. Downing (Seal)

            Signed, sealed, published and declared by Mary R. Downing as her last will and testament, in the presence of the undersigned, who witnessed the same at her instance and request and in her presence, she first signing in our presence, and we then signing in her presence, and in the presence of each other on this the 19 day of May, 1928.

Daniel MacDougald
John A. Sibley
Hughes Spalding

            I, MARY R. DOWNING, of Glynn County, Georgia, being of sound mind and memory, do make, declare, and publish this writing, attached to my will as a codicil to my last will and testament, which was executed by me on the 19th, day of May, 1928, hereby confirming my said will, except in so far as it may be altered and affected by this codicil:
            Item 1:  I give, bequeath and devise to the Childrens Aid Society of Georgia, Atlanta, Georgia, One Thousand Dollars, ($1000.00).
            Item 2:  I give bequeath and devise to the Georgia Industrial Home, Macon, Georgia, One Thousand Dollars, ($1000.00).
            Item 3: I give, bequeath and devise to Brunswick Hospital, Brunswick, Georgia, One Thousand Dollars, ($1000.00).
            IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand and seal on this the 5 day of February, 1929.

Mary R. Downing (Seal)

            Signed, sealed, declared and published by the above named Mrs. Mary R. Downing, as and for a codicil to her last will and testament, in the presence of the undersigned, who in the presence of said testatrix and of each other, and at the said testatrix’s special instance and request, do sign this codicil, which is attached to said testatrix’s last will and testament, as witnesses thereto.

This the 5 day of Feb. 1929.

C. H. Sheldon
A.M. Harris
Elisha Johnson

 

GEORGIA, GLYNN COUNTY.
            IN THE COURT OF ORDINARY OF SAID COUNTY, FEBRUARY TERM, 1930.

In the matter of Estate of Mary R. Downing, deceased.

            Before the undersigned, in person appeared Raymond D. Knight and Millard Reese, each of whom having been first duly sworn deposes and says on oath that the two writings executed by said Mary R. Downing, deceased, on her last will and testament, dated May 19, 1928, and the other a codicil thereto, dated February 5, 1929, both of which are attached to the petition filed by these deponents for the probate of said writings as the last will and testament of said deceased, are in fact her true last will and testament so far as each of these deponents knows and believes, and each of them further swears that he will well and truly execute the same in accordance with the laws of Georgia.

Raymond D. Knight
Millard Reese

Sworn to and subscribed before me, this February 10, 1930.  E.C. Butts, Judge, City Court of Brunswick, presiding as Ordinary of Glynn County, Georgia, on account of the incapacity of Hon. Edwin W. Dart, Ordinary of said County, to act owing to sickness and absence from the County.

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Glover Foreman
7 August 1852

Inventories & Appraisements Vol. E pgs. 284-285
[Glynn County Probate Court]

State of Georgia}
Glynn County}

            In the name of God Amen.
            I Glover Foreman being in my proper mind and wishing to arrangeing [sic] my estate for the best interest of my family after my death.
            And as to my worldly estate and all the property real and personal of which I shall die seized and possessed or to which I shall be entitled at the time of my decease, I devise bequeath and dispose thereof in the manner following, to wit:
            First, My will is that all my just debts and funeral charges shall by my executors hereinafter named be paid out of my estate as soon after my decease as by them be found convenient.
            Secton, It is my will that my estate be kept together under the care & control of my beloved wife Melinda Foreman with the privilege of selling of the place on which I now live and appropriating the proceeds of that and all my real estate at her disposal for the benefit of the estate.
            Third, I give & bequeath to my beloved wife Melinda Foreman all the natural increase of the property of my estate together with the income to be hers and to be disposed of as she thinks best and proper.
            Fourth, It is my wish & desire that after the death of my beloved wife my estate shall be equally divided between my children, the proper issue of Glover and Melinda Foreman.
            Lastly, I do nominate and appoint my beloved wife Melinda Foreman and my two sons John J. and Glover as executrix and executors of this my last will and testament.
            Signed and declared in presents us this seventh August 1852.

Glover Foreman

Florence O’Sullivan
Moses P. Harris
, I.J.W.C.
S.S. Akins

Probated 10 January 1853.

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James Gould
3 April 1852

Inventories & Appraisements Vol. E pgs. 288-289
[Glynn County Probate Court]

Georgia}
Glynn Co.}

            This my last will and testament made this third day of April Eighteen hundred and fifty two.
            To wit—To my son James I give all of my property now in his possession (being his full share) excepting the woman Polly and her children, whom I give to my grandson James Gould.
            To my son Horace I give all the property now in his possession (being his full share or one fourth) together with one third of my horses and cattle.
            To my sister in law Caroline Harris, I give the negro woman Rose and her children for her use, with the condition that she shall not sell the same or will them to any one out of the family, but with the privilege of giving them to whomever of my children or grandchildren she may wish at her death and I wish it understood that the room occupied by her at present shall be considered her own as long as she lives or wishes to occupy it, and that she enjoy all the privileges in & about the house she was accustomed to during my life.
            I give to Stephen Harris Esq. my gold spectacles, as a memorial of our long standing friendship and good feeling to each other.
            I give also to my son James my gold watch a present from his mother with the request that It may not leave the family.
            I give also to my son Horace my writing desk.
            I give the balance of my property as follows (to wit) all the land bo’t from the Est. of Major Wright and all the land bo’t of the state known as the “Graham Tract” (excepting that portion known as the Blackbank tract which is the property of Horace) my house and furniture and plantation implements and two thirds of my horses and cattle and the following negroes:  Joe, Betty, Charlotte, Jack, Cato, Bob, William, Abram, Richard, Tapo, Nan, Hester, Dinah, Maria, Sarah and her children (excepting Tilly), Peggy and her children (excepting Isack), Dido and her children to be equally divided between my daughters Mary & Jane with the following condition:  That the woman Dido and children shall be included in the share of Jane for my grandson James Orville to be delivered to him, when of age.  The rest of my daughter Jane’s share I give to her for her own sole and separate use.
            I appoint my sons James & Horace, and my daughters Mary & Jane my executors & executrix of my last will & testament.

James Gould

Witness:
E.P. Brown
J.W. Armstrong
S.L.W. Harris

[daughters listed as Mary E.H. Gould and Jane Richardson in probate testimony]

Probated 3 January 1853.

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Agnes (Campbell) Hartridge
1 October 1940

Will Book H pgs. 556 & 557
[Glynn County Probate Court]

            I, Agnes C. Hartridge, of Glynn County, Georgia, being of sound mind and disposing memory, do make and publish this as my Last Will, hereby revoking all other Wills heretofore made by me.
            ITEM ONE—I give, devise and bequeath to my daughter-in-law, Frances A. Hartridge, my two stone diamond ring.
            ITEM TWO—I give, devise and bequeath to my grandson, Alfred Lamar Hartridge, my silver desk blotter, six silver fish knives, the mahogany bureau and commode brought from the Bahama Islands by his great, great grandmother Gould’s family, and the portrait of James Gould, his great-great grandfather.
            ITEM THREE—I give, devise and bequeath to my daughter-in-law, Gaby Gassin Hartridge my opal and turqouise (sic) pendent and also all of my lace sets.
            ITEM FOUR—I give, devise and bequeath to my son, Earle M. Hartridge, the pair of silver goblets and salt cellars which once belonged to the original John Earle Hartridge, the silver cigar lighter that belonged to his father and the small sugar tongs that he and his brother gave to me as small boys.
            ITEM FIVE—I give, devise and bequeath to my four granddaughters, share and share alike, all jewelry, table silverware (plated ware excepted), silver, and personal belongings not otherwise specifically bequeathed herein.
            ITEM SIX—I give to my son, Earle M. Hartridge, a one-half interest and to my grandchildren a one-half interest (said grandchildren to share and share alike as to their one-half interest) in any property or sum, or sums, or money or other things of value, to which I, or my estate, may be, or may become, entitled by reason of any inheritance to myself, or to my estate, from the Anna Dodge estate.
            ITEM SEVEN—All the residue of my property, of whatever character, real and personal, whether now owned or hereafter acquired, I give, devise and bequeath to my son, Earle M. Hartridge.
            ITEM EIGHT—I hereby nominate, constitute and appoint my son, Earle M. Hartridge, as Executor of this my last Will and Testament, and I expressly give to my said Executor the power and authority, from time to time, as he may think necessary or deem best, to 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 advertisements, 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; may hold in the same form of investment any property, real or personal, of which I may die 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);  and may lease any property for any time regardless of the duration of the administration of my estate.  I expressly relieve my Executor from giving bond, having an inventory or appraisement made or making any return, either annual or final.  In the event that my son, Earle M. Hartridge, shall, for any reason, fail or refuse to qualify as said Executor, or be incapacitated so as to be ineligible to qualify, then I appoint J. Robert Bruce, of St. Simon’s Island, Georgia, as alternate Executor of this my Will, with all of the powers, privileges and immunities granted to my original Executor.
            IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I hereunto set my signature and seal on this page, and have signed my name on the margin of each of the other two pages of this Will, this 1st day of October, 1940.

Agnes C. Hartridge (Seal)

            Signed, sealed, declared and published by Agnes C. Hartridge 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, the day and year aforesaid.

Mary G. Everett (Seal)
Catherine H. Bruce
(Seal)
J. Robert Bruce
(Seal)

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John Holland
10 November 1857

Will Book F pg. 420
[Glynn County Probate Court]

Georgia}
Glynn County}
            In the name of God Amen.
            I John Holland of said State and County being of advanced age and afflicted in body but of sound mind and disposing memory, do publish this as my last will and testimony hereby revoking all other heretofore made as I know the time of my departure from this World cannot be [sic]
            Item 1st:  I give my Soul to God Who gave it trusting in the Merits of Jesus Christ, my body to be buried in a decent and Christian like manner.
            Item 2nd:  I give and bequeath to my beloved Wife Elizabeth all my property of whatever kind, Lands, Cattle Hogs Horses, household and Kitchen furniture and whatever other property not enumerated for and during her natural life and after her death I wish all of my property then left to be equally divided between the children then left to be equally divided between the children then living of James Hornsby and his Eliza his wife [sic].
            Item 3rd:  [I] give and bequeath to my daughter Sarah the wife of Roland Williams and my daughter Henrietta one cow a piece i.e. one to each.
            Item 4th:  I hereby appoint my true and trusty friend Samuel M. Burnett & George W. Wright My Executors to this my last Will and testament given under my hand and Seal this 10th day of November A.D. 1857.

John “x” Holland
his mark

Witness by us in the presence of John Holland when he declared this his last Will and testament in presence of each other.

Treacy Summerlin
Sarah “x” Morgan

her mark
Dempsey Beckham

 

State of Georgia}
Glynn County}
            On this day personally came Dempsey Beckham Who being duly Sworn Says that he Saw John Holland Sign and Seal the foregoing instrument of Writing as his last Will and testament and that he Signed the same as a Witness and Said Treacy Summerlin and Sarah Morgan Sign the Same in presence of John Holland and in presence of each other.

Dempsey Beckham

Sworn to and Subscribed before Me this 7th day of December 1857, Stephen J. Gorton, Ordinary G.C.

 

State of Georgia}
County of Glynn}
            In the matter of the last Will and testament of John Holland dec’d.
            I Samuel M. Burnett constituted and appointed Executor of the last Will and Testament of John Holland dec’d do Solemnly Swear that the annexed paper contains the true and last Will of John Holland dec’d so far as I know or believe and that I Will Well and truly Execute the Same by paying first his debts then the Legacies Contained in the said Will as far as his Goods and Chattels Will extend and the Law Charges Me.  And I will Make a true and Perfect Inventory of all Such Goods & Chattels as shall Come into my Knowledge So help me God.

S.M. Burnett

Sworn to & Subscribed before me this 7th day of December 1857, Stephen J. Gorton, Ordinary G.C.

Recorded this 29th day of December A.D. 1858, Stephen J. Gorton, Ordinary, G.C.

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William Holland
15 December 1856

Will Book F pgs. 245-246
[Glynn County Probate Court]

Georgia}
Glynn County}
            In the name of God Amen.  I William Holland of the County of Glynn in said State being long afflicted and weak in body but of a sound and disposing mind and knowing it is appointed for all men once to die and believing the time of my departure cannot be far off do make and publish this as my last will and testament and hereby revoking all others heretofore made.
            Item 1st I give my soul to God who made it and request that I shall be buried in a decent and Christian like manner.
            Item 2nd I give and bequeath to my nephew John F. May, who I have raised and who has contributed so much to my comfort in my affliction all of my property of whatever kind both real and personal personal [sic] consisting of Fifty acres of land where on I now live all of my House Hold furniture of whatever kind my stock of cattle and stock of hogs, two head of horses and my Rifle Gun all of which is to be come [sic] the property of the said John F. May immediately after my death.
            Item 3rd I hereby constitute and appoint my friend James M. Ratcliff my Executor to this my last will and testament.
            Given under my hand and seal this 15th day of December A.D. 1856.

William “X” Holland {LS}
his mark

Signed sealed and acknowledged before us:

A.J. Raspberry
Thos. H. Hooker
Samuel M. Burnett
J.I.C.G.

 

State of Georgia}
Glynn County}
            Personally appeared before me Stephen J. Gorton Ordinary in and for said State and County, Samuel M. Burnett, J.I.C.G.C.  Who being duly sworn deposeth & saith that he saw A.J. Raspberry & Thos. H. Hooker isgn the above and foregoing will as witness and he likewise did the same and seen William Holland do the same also.

S.M. Burnett

Sworn to before me this 2nd day of February 1857, Stephen J. Gorton, O.G.C.

Recorded this 2nd day of February 1857, Stephen J. Gorton, O.G.C.

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Captain George Alexander Manoe
19 July 1923

Will Book H pgs. 103
[Glynn County Probate Court]

State of Georgia,
County of Glynn.

            KNOW ALL MEN BY THESE PRESENTS, That I, the undersigned, G.A. Manoe, of the City of Brunswick, said county and State, and being of sound and disposing mind and memory, recognizing the shortness and the uncertainty of this life and the certainty of the life to come; and desiring while I have the strength so to do, to make disposition of my worldly goods and affairs, 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 I—It is my wish and desire, and I hereby direct my Executor hereinafter named to see that same is carried out, that all of my just debts and obligations, including funeral expenses are paid by him out of my estate, as soon as the same possibly can be done; and to that end he may sell and dispose of any of my estate either real or personal at public or private sale, and without any order to that end first obtained, seeing to that that such claims when presented are just and proper charges against me and my estate.
            ITEM 2—I hereby give, devise and bequeath unto my daughter, Mrs. Pearl Roach of Jacksonville, State of Florida, and to my daughter, Mrs. Florence (or Flossie) Walker, of Birmingham, Alabama, to them share and share alike, equally, per stirpes and not per capita,—All of my estate, property and effects, of every kind, character and description, and wherever the same may be situated, without any restrictions or limitation whatsoever, and free from the control of any husband or husbands whatever.  Should they agree on a division in kind, then the executor after payment of expenses of administration, including the usual costs and fee to the Executor which shall be the same as allowed under the law to administrators,—shall reduce my estate to cash and divide it equally between the said daughters, or their respective heirs, as here in set forth.
            ITEM 3—I hereby name, nominate and appoint my friend, Judge D.W. Krauss, of Brunswick, Georgia, as Executor of this my will.  I have faith in his integrity, and that he will faithfully carry out the terms hereof.  He need not give bond or make return to any Court as to his actings and doings as Executor.  And in case said estate has to be sold for the purpose of payment of debts or distribution to the heirs, he is hereby authorized and empowered to sell the same or any part thereof either at private or public sale and without first obtaining the consent or order of any Court to that end; he being given full discretion uncontrolled in regard to the same.
            IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand and seal on this the 19th day of July, 1923.

G.A. Manoe,  (L.S.)
Testator. 

            Signed, declared and published by the said G.A. Manoe, as his last will and testament, in the presence of us the undersigned subscribing witnesses, we signing the same as such 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 said 18th day of July, 1923.

James S. Wright
Edgar S. Wilson
Guy T. Hackett
Witnesses:  All of Brunswick, Glynn County, Georgia

 

Georgia}
Glynn County}

            I, D.W. Krauss, do solemnly swear that this writing contains the true last will and testament of G.A. Manoe, deceased, so far as I know & believe and that I will well and truly execute the same in accordance with the laws of Georgia, So Help Me God.

D.W. Krauss

Sworn to and subscribed before me, this 10th day of March, 1925.  Edwin W.  Dart, Ordinary, G.C. Ga.

Recorded, March 16th. 1925.  Ordinary, Glynn Co. Ga.

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Charles E. Putnam
17 April 1847

Will Book F pgs. 77-78
[Glynn County Probate Court]

Georgia
            I, Charles E. Putnam, of the County of Glynn in the State of Georgia aforesaid, Planter, do make and decrare [sic] this to be my last will and testament, hereby revoking all other and former wills by me made.
            Whereas I am possessed of the following persons, to wit, a woman named Cis and her children, Alexander, Scott, Eveline, Benjamin, and Ann Sophia, and whereas she has another son named Thomas, who is now in Ohio and whereas all these persons, except Cis are my own children, and I feel it to be my duty to them to protect and support them, so far as the laws of the land especially the laws of the state of Georgia will allow (which I have not the slightest desire to violate in any respect and request that my will shall be interpreted as having been made with an intention to conform thereto), and I am now desirous of giving my directions concerning them, and the property real and personal I may leave—To carry out said intention.
            First I give, devise and bequeath all my property real, personal, and mixed debts due to me and everything that I may die sused [sic] or possessed of or entitled to in Georgia or elsewhere unto James Hamilton Couper and Robert Hazlehurst Esqs. of the county of Glynn aforesaid, to them and the survivor of them, their and his heirs executors, administrators and assigns forever In Trust Nevertheless, upon the uses and trusts and for the purposes hereinafter mentioned—
            I request that my said Executors shall, as soon as possible, after my death, remove or cause to be removed the said persons, Cis, and all her children to such other Country or State as they may choose respectively where no such institution as slavery exist, and where, without violating any law (which I do not wish to do) the said Cis and her said children may be to all intents and purposes free and enjoy the privileges of freedom.  I direct that this be done without infringing in any manner the laws of Georgia and I make this direction as to said persons upon the information that I have received, that it is lawful under the decisions of our Courts of Justice.
            Secondly, after said Cis and her said children shall have reached said free Country I direct and request my said friends and Executors, James Hamilton Couper and Robert Hazlehurst to pay semi-yearly to said woman Cis such sum of money, out of my estate as they or the survivor of them may deem proper for her maintenance and support during her natural life—the amount so to be paid to her, however, to be regulated according to the discretion of my Executors or the survivor of them in reference to the conduct of the said Cis—and the amount so to be paid to her, not to be in any manner subject to the debts or control of any other person than herself.  I further direct that my said Executors should cause the said children of said Cis above named to be to be [sic[ properly educated, mentally and morally—the boys to receive proper and useful trades, and to be maintained, educated and supported out of my estate.  I direct my said Executors as the said children of said Cis respectively come of age or as soon thereafter as my said Executors or the survivor of them may think under the circumstances desirable to deliver to said child as he or she respectively become of age as near an equal part or share of my estate as can be there ascertained, reserving of course, a sufficient portion therefrom as may be a notable share  ??t?bute to the life estate of Cis)—to hold to him or her his or her heirs assigns executors and administrators forever.  If either or any of my said children shall depart this life before such arriving at full age his or her share shall be reserved for distribution among the Survivors of said children of said Cis already mentioned—the share which the girls may receive to be secured to their separate and exclusive use.
            I give my said Executors full power at any time to sell and dispose of all my cattle stock and lands for the purposes before mentioned—and lastly, I nominate & appoint the said James Hamilton Couper and Robert Hazlehurst as the Executors of this my last will and I pray them and all other persons and courts to carry out the intentions of this my said Will.
            In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal this seventeenth day of April in the year of your Lord, one thousand eight hundred and forty seven.

Chas. E. Putnam {LS}

            Signed sealed & published by the [sic] Charles E. Putnam as and for his last Will and testament in the presence of us, who, in his presence, at his request and in the presence of each other have hereunto set our hands as witnesses thereto on the day and year before mentioned.  The words “will allow”  having been first interlined [sic] on first page, and the word “power” having been first stricken out on third page.

John W. Owens
Robert M. Charlton
Thos. E. Lloyd

 

Georgia}
Glynn County}
            Before me Edgar C.P. Dart Ordinary of said county in vacation personally came James Hamilton Couper & Robert Hazlehurst executors of the last will and testament of Charles E. Putnam deceased late of said county & produced before me the said last will and John W. Owens one off witnesses thereto who being duly sworn deposes and says that he saw Charles E. Putnam the the [sic] Testator sign publish & declare the instrument now presented as as [sic] his last Will & Testament, freely & of his own accord & without influence or compulsion that at the time of the execution thereof the testator was of sound and disposing mind & memory & that deponent signed said will as a witness in presence of the testator at his request & in the presence of the other witnesses who signed in his presence.

John W. Owens

Sworn to and subscribed this 10th April 1854, Edgar C.P. Dart, Ordinary GC.

Recorded this 9th May 1854, Edgar C.P. Dart, Ordinary.

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William Scott
4 August 1849

Inventories & Appraisements Vol. E pgs. 164-165
[Glynn County Probate Court]
[Typos were corrected]

Georgia}
Wayne County}

            In the name of God Amen.
            I William Scott of the said State and County of Glynn being weak in body but of sound mind and despising memory and knowing that I have to depart from this world deem it right and proper both as respects myself and my family that I should make a disposition of the property which a kind providence has blessed me with.
            I therefore make this my last will and testament hereby revoking and annulling all others heretofore made by me.
            1st, First, I desire that my body be buried in a decent and Christian like manner.  My soul I trust shall return to rest with God who gave it as I hope for Eternal Salvation through the blessed Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
            2nd I desire and direct that all my Just Debts be paid if any without necessary delay by my executrix and Executor herein after named as I am unwilling that my creditors shall be delayed of their rights.
            3rd I give and bequeath to my beloved wife Mary Louisa Scott all that tract of land in Richland Dist., South Carolina said Hill residence near the cross roads containing fifty five acres more or less bounded west by Henry Ledingham also twenty-eight hundred acres of land more or less in Glynn County, Ga. bounded on the east by the Great Buffalo south by lands unknown and Robert Hazlehurst and Nicholo [Nicholau] north by Gerven and others—also the following negro male slaves, to wit:  Andy Charles, Denver, Daniel, Daniel, Henry Elex, Joe, Jim, Jacob, Jim, Dick, Ramson, Peter, Peter, Gam or now Frances Gilman Harry Joe Jesse Albert Walker Charles Franks & Jim twenty six in number—also the following female negro slaves to wit:  Molly Nancy Fanny Mina Sylvey Frances Fanny Parthene Tab Charlotte Agy Charlotte Sarah Lish Nancy Rhine Rachael Louisa Juda Nancy Laura Juda Anachy Cinde Rachael Agy & Louvinia twenty eight in number with the issue and increase of the female slaves.
            4th I also give and bequeath to my beloved wife M.L. Scott all my stock of horses mules cattle hogs sheep and goats also all my household and kitchen furniture goods and chattels, wares and merchandise which I may be possessed of at the time of my death.
            5th I constitute and appoint my wife Mary Louisa Scott and my brother John Scott my executrix and executor to this my last will and testament to act with the above named property to sell buy and occupy as I might do if I were alive in the best manner to promote the interest of my estate and family and for the comfort of my beloved wife during her natural life.
            6th And after the death of my wife what of my property may be left at her decease to be equally divided between my seven children namely Samuel Axton Scott, James Hammond Scott, Marion Scott, John Winfield Scott, William Fox Scott, Walter Scott, and Celestine Scott, or the survivors of them or the lawful issue of their body.
            7th I also give and bequeath to my daughter Celestine Scott my negro girl slave named Catherine aged about 4 years old with the future issue and increase of the said negro girl slaved named Catherine the only use of my said daughter Celestine  and should my daughter Celestine die without leaving lawful heirs of her body then the said negro girl slave named Catherine shall return to my lawful heirs.
            Signed, sealed declared and published by William Scott his last will and testament in the presence of us the subscribers who subscribe our names hereto in the presence of the testator and in the presence of each other this fourth day of August one thousand eight hundred and forty nine.

Wm. Scott {LS}

Robert Stafford
Robert B. Crum
Jas. Wiggins
I.J.C.

Probated 6 May 1850 Recorded 7 May 1850.

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Samuel W. Shelton
24 April 1857

Will Book F pgs. 287-288
[Glynn County Probate Court]

            In the name of God Amen!  I Samuel W. Shelton of the State of Georgia and County of Glynn, being of sound mind and memory, but weak in body and feeling the near approach of death do hereby make publish and declare this to be my last will and Testament.
            Item First:  It is my will that after death my body be buried in the earth in a style suitable to my situation in life.
            Item Second:  I give and bequeath to my son James B. Shelton my negro man slave Jim, to be given up to him immediately after my death to replace the negro slave that I sold, and which said slave I had held in trust for my said son.
            Item Third:  I Give and Bequeath to my Beloved Wife Lucy H. Shelton all my House Hold and Kitchen furniture and the Lot in the City of Brunswick Situated upon the Town Commons upon which I hold a lease for the Term of Thirty years.
            Item Fourth:  I Give and Bequeath all the balance of my property both real and personal—including all the Debts which be owing to me at the date of my Death and every other Specie of property to which I may have a claim either Law or in Equity to my Beloved Wife Lucy H. Shelton and my Son James B. Shelton equally divided between them.
            Item Fifth:  It is my will that after my Death that my Negro Slave Banister be sent to New Orleans and sold upon the express condition that he is never to be brought within the Boundaries of the State of Georgia, should which condition be violated by the purchaser or any after purchaser—then the negro Slave Banister is to revert to my after named Executor and Executrix and to be by them re-sold and the proceeds given to the Trustees of the Methodist Episcopal Church in New Orleans.
            Item Sixth:  I Give and Bequeath The Money arising from the Sale of my said slave Banister to My Wife Lucy H. Shelton and to My Son James B. Shelton to be Equally divided between them.
            Item Seventh:  I hereby appoint my Wife Lucy H. Shelton and Son James B. Shelton Executrix and Executor of this my last Will and Testament.
            Item Eight:  I hereby revoke all other Last Wills and Testaments which I may at any time have Executed and declare this to be My Last Will and Testament

S.W. Shelton

Signed in the City of Brunswick this 24th day of April A.D. 1857 in presence of

Charles C. Moore
Benj. F. Harris
James Houston

 

Georgia}
Glynn County}
            Personally appeared before me Stephen J. Gorton Ordinary in and for the County aforesaid, James Houston & Benj. F. Harris who deposeth and Saith that they saw S.W. Shelton execute the foregoing instrument of Writing which he declared to be his last Will and Testament & each Signed the same as Witness in presence of the Other, and they saw Charles C. Moore, do the same.

James Houston
Benj. F. Harris

Sworn to and Subscribed before me this 9th July A.D. 1857, Stephen J. Gorton, Ordinary.

Recorded this 9th day of September 1857, Stephen J. Gorgon, Ordinary.

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