Will of Arthur Alford

In the Name of God Amen - I Arthur Alford of South Carolina, Horry District, being weak in body but of sound mind, memory & understanding, thanks be to Almighty God for the same & calling to mind the mortality of man and that it is appointed unto all men once to die, I do make and ordain and constitute this to be my last Will and Testament in form and manner following that is to say first I of all I recommend my soul into the hands of Almighty God that give it and my body to be buried in a decent Christian like manner at the discretion of my executors and as to what - worldly good it hath please God to bless me with I will the same in manner following Viz:

I lend unto my beloved wife Clarky Alford all my Negros during her widowhood and should she marry, I give and bequeath to her one Negro woman by the name of Jinny and her increase.

Item - I lend unto my son Levi Alford two hundred & twenty one acres of land called the Simon land and one Negro man by the name of Harry - & also one mare & two cows & calves and one bed & furniture during my pleasure or his natural life and at his decease, I give the said property to the lawful heirs of his body to be divided amongst them share and share alike.

I give unto my son Arthur Alford on dollar.

I lend unto my daughter Mahely Ludlum, wife of Thoms Ludlum one Negro woman by the name of Hasty and her increase also one horse & three head of cattle and one bed and furniture during my pleasure or her natural life and at her decease, I give the said property to the lawful heirs of her body share & share alike.

Item - I lend unto my daughter Eliza Alford one Negro boy by the name of Jack during my pleasure or her natural life and at her decease, I give the said property to the lawful heirs of her body to share & share alike.

Item - I lend unto my son Warren Tress Alford my house and the land as the road runs, one half of the land that I got from Benjamin Gause, the upper end where the field is, also one Negro boy by the name of Fortin, during my pleasure or his natural life and at his decease, I give the said property to the lawful heirs of his body to be divided amongst them, share & share alike.

Item - I also lend unto my daughter Clarky Alford one Negro girl, Dinah and her increase during my pleasure or her natural life and at her decease, I give the said property to the lawful heirs of her body to be divided amongst them to share and share alike.

Item - I lend unto my daughter Unity Alford one Negro girl by the name of Hester and her increase during my pleasure and her natural life and at her decease, I give the said property to the lawful heirs of her body to be divided amongst them to share and share alike.

Item - I lend unto my son Meredith Alford one Negro boy by the name of Adam and also one by the name of Isaac, son of Dinah, and also old plantation mill & orchard, also one plantation that formerly belonged to William Alford, one half of the tract of land that I got from Benjamin Gause, the lowerend……..

I also lend unto my wife, Clarky Alford, Eliza Alford, & Clarky Alford & Warren Tress Alford & Unity Alford & Meredith Alford that my stock of cattle, hogs & sheep, household & kitchen furniture shall be equally divided amongst them as soon as they come of age or marry and not before. It is also my will that if any of my children should die without leaving lawful issue, that the property be equally divided among the surviving heirs of my family.

Lastly I do nominate constitute and appoint these my friends John Johnson and George Williams executors to this my Last Will & Testament, revoking all other wills and deeds before this date, ratifying and confirming this to be my Last Will and Testament in witness whereof I have here unto set my hand and seal this the 17th day of April in the year of our Lord One Thousand Eight hundred Twenty-seven and in the fifty-one year of the American independency, signed, sealed and delivered in the presence of

Henry Hemingway                              Arthur Alford (seal)
Jordan Smith
Hezekiah Cartret

Recorded in Will Book A. Page 43
Recorded May 26, 1827
John Durant Ordy. H.D.
Box 1 Bundle 1

Contributed by Glenda Moore on Sunday, February 14, 1999.

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