WILL OF
JOHN GRAHAM, SR.

In the name of God, Amen
             I, John Graham, Sr., being infirm in Body, but of a sound Memory and understanding, do make this my last Will and Testament.  First, I give my Soul to God who gave it and my Body to the dust.  And as for such worldly goods as it has pleased God to bless me with, I will and bequeath as follows:  Item,  I give unto my beloved wife, Martha Graham, and my son, Joseph, and two daughters, Jennet and Margaret, my two Negroes, Walley and Rose and the use of my grist mill plantation and plantation tools together with all my household furniture and stock of cattle and hogs, equally to each and every of their uses, and benefit, until my daughter Margaret comes of age or married, at which time I do allow my Negro man, Walley and Rose and all the surviving part of my stock of cattle, hogs, household furniture and plantation tool to be divided between my wife and son, Joseph, and two daughters, Jennet and Margaret or those of  them who may survive, I allow, that at the decease of my wife, her part of my estate  above mentioned in conjunction with my children, return to my two daughters, Jennet and Margaret.  Item, I give unto my son Joseph my bald face Filley, and my Plantation and Mill after my daughter Margaret comes of age or marries or in case of her death until my daughter Jennet comes of age, marries or dies, I allow my Roan Mare for the use of my wife  and three children above mentioned.  When my daughter Margaret comes of age, I allow said Mare to be equally between her and my daughter Jennet.  If there is more money due my Estate than will satisfy my just debts, I do allow it to be equally divided between my wife and children above named.  Item, I give unto my sons, John and William, one shilling each in addition to what they have already had.  Item, I give unto my daughter, Elizabeth one shilling in addition to what she has had.  Item, I give unto my daughter, Mary, one shilling in addition to what she has had with allowing her a privilege to live on my land and lending a part of it for her support.
             I do appoint my son, Joseph Graham, and William H. Grice, Executors of my last Will and Testament, revoking all former wills and bequeaths by me made.  Witness my hand and Seal this 14th day of May in the year of our Lord, one thousand eight hundred and eleven.

Signed in the presence of                                                                                                                                                                                                   John Graham, Sr.          (Seal)
               William H. Grice           
               Jane Graham               
                                  her          
               Betsy Ann  x  Murphy
                                 mark

South Carolina)     By Henry Durant, Esgn. ordinary of said District -- Personally appeared before me, Jane Graham, who being duly sworn by me on Holy 
Horry District  )     Evangelist of the Almighty God, doth make oath and say that she saw John Graham, Sr. sign, seal, publish, pronounce and declare the within Instrument of Writing to be and contain his Last Will and Testament and that the said John Graham was then of sound and deposing mind, memory and understanding to the best of the deponent's knowledge and belief:  and that she, the said Jane Graham, did sign her name a witness thereto at the Request of the Testator in his presence given under my hand this ninth day of November in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and eleven.

Sworn before me the date
above written.                                                                                                                                                                                                                       Signed Jane Graham, Witness
Henry Durant, Ordinary


Recorded in Horry County
Courthouse Probate
Judge Office
Box 3, #21

Transcribed by Harmon Graham, January 2006

 

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