WILL OF JOHN M. TILLMAN
I, JOHN M. TILLMAN of All Saints Parish in the State aforesaid, planter do make & ordain my last Will and Testament in manner & form following, that is to say,
I first direct all my just debts to be paid, my Negroes to be fed and clothed with proper clothing at the discretion of my executors.
Item 1 st , I lend to my nephew JOHN THOMAS JOHNSON, son of my sister HARRIET, during his natural life but no longer, the use of the property viz, my Negroes JULIUS & his wife DOLLY & their children, viz MURPHY, LIZETTE, LEWIS, SARAH, WILLIS, NANCY & also CAESAR & MARY his wife with their children viz, DIANAH, ISAAC, CAROLINE, JEREMIAH & ROBERT, with the plantation and all the lands whereon I now live containing about three thousand acres, with one half of my stock of hogs, cattle & sheep I may be possessed of, all my plantation tools and my old woman PATIENCE, and at the death of the said J.T. JOHNSON to be equally divided among his lawful children that may survive him.
Item 2 nd , to my brother B.A. TILLMAN, I lend the use of the following property during his natural life but no longer viz, my Negroes RODERICK and his wife JENNY with their children JIM, BELL, TAZERVELL, SARAH, NANCY, MINERVA, LITTLE RODERICK, JENNY & my man CHARLEY with one half of the hogs, cattle & sheep I may die possessed of, also two mules with all the notes and accounts I may hold against him at my death, the said B.A. TILLMAN to have the use of the above property during his natural life but no longer, and at his death to go to his son MAYHAM WARD TILLMAN.
Item 3 rd , To my sister ELIZA SINGLETON, I lend the use of the following during her natural life but no longer the following Negroes, viz, PETER & his wife PASSIE with their children MOSES, JOE & BELLA, MESEDA, ADAM, LYDIA & BEBETSEY, also five hundred in cash to be paid her out of my estate in one year after my death, my said sister to have the use of said property during her natural life but no longer, and at her death to be equally divided among her surviving children except JOHN P. SINGLETON.
Item 4 th , To my sister AGNES SINGLETON, I lend the use of the following property during her natural life but no longer, viz, my Negro man TOM and RETTA his wife & their children FRANK & GEORGE, my said sister to have the use of the said Negroes during her natural life but no longer, and at her death to be equally divided among her children that may survive her.
Item 5 th , To my nephew JOHN P. SINGLETON, I lend during his natural life but no longer, viz, my man SMART & his wife NANNETTE & their children THOMAS, JANE & ESTHER,, during his natural life but no longer, and at his death to be equally divided among his lawful surviving children.
Item 6 th , JOHN T. GREEN, I give & bequeath five hundred dollars to him & his heirs forever to be paid one year after my death.
Item 7 th , To my nephew SILVIUS F.GREEN lend the use of my Negro man MARCUS during his natural life but no longer and at his death to be equally divided among his lawful children.
Item 8 th , To my nephew ROBERT P. GREEN, I lend the use of my Negro man BEN during his natural life & no longer and at his death to be equally divided among his lawfully (sic).
Item 9 th , To my nephew PLOWDEN GREEN, I lend the use of my Negro man SAM during his natural life but no longer and at his death to be equally divided (among) his lawful children.
Item 10 th , To my neice MARY WILLSON, daughter of my sister MARY GREEN, I give and bequeath one thousand dollars to be paid her one year after my death to her and her heirs forever.
Item 11 th , To my nephew ALBERT SINGLETON, I lend the use of the following Negroes viz, AMELIA, MITCHELL, MARY ANN, NELLY & BECKY during his natural life but no longer and at his death to be equally divided among his lawful children share & share alike.
Item 12 th , To my esteemed friend JOHN D. MAGILL, I give unto him these Negroes named LIZETTE, MARTHA & give also a note of one thousand dollars including interest thereon and my gray horse Hunter to him and his heirs forever.
Item 13 th , I hereby declare it to be my will & desire that no part of the legacies named in this will which is entailed in _____, shall be subject to the debts or contracts of my _____legatees who shall take at my death & legacies of my sisters shall not be subject to the debts or contracts of the present or my (sic) husband.
Signed: JOHN M. TILLMAN
Signed, sealed & declared by the testator in our presence and in the presence of each other to be his last Will & Testament who at his request & in the presence of each other, subscribed our names as witnesses thereto.
BENTLEY S. STALVEY
DUFF G. STALVEY
[Note: there is no date on this will]
State of S.C. Horry District
Personally appeared before me JOSEPH STALVEY and BENTLEY S. STALVEY who being duly sworn on the Holy Evangelist of Almighty God doth make oath and say that they saw JOHN M. TILLMAN sign seal publish and declare this within writing to be and contain his last Will and Testament and that the said JOHN M. TILLMAN was then of sound and disposing mind, memory and understanding to the best of their knowledge and belief of the deponents and that they with DUFF G. STALVEY did sign their names as witnesses thereto at the request of the testator and in his presence and in the presence of each other. The deponents further say that the existing said will was made and done subsequent to the year 1854 . Signed: JOSEPH STALVEY, BENTLEY S. STALVEY
Sworn to before me 21 Feb. 1866 – JOS. T. HARRELL O.H.D.
B.A. TILLMAN qualified as administrator cum testaments annexed. 16 March 1866 and Letters of Administration granted same day.
[Transcribed by Deryl Young ]
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