Will of Benjamin Stephenson

Copied at Horry County Courthouse by Flossie S. Morris.

In the name of God, Amen, I, Benjamin Stephenson of South Carolina Horry District, Planter, being sick and weak of body - but of perfect mind and memory. Thanks be to God for the same but calling to mind the mortality of my body and knowing that it is appointed for all men once to die, Do make and ordain this my last will and Testament, That is to say,

First, I give and recommend my soul into the hands of Almighty God who gave it, and my body to the earth from whence it was taken, And touching such worldly estate as it has pleased God to bless me with.

I dispose of in the following manner, First that all my lawful debts be paid. I also leave my beloved wife, Martha Stepehenson, the use of my plantation where I now live, with the household furniture and plantation tools, till my youngest child comes of lawful age, for the use of the family, not to sell any.

I, likewise, leave my stock of hogs, cattle and sheep for the use of my family till my son, William, comes of age, then to be equally divided according to the value of the other property. I give them between my wife, my sons, Samuel, William, James and Benjamin, my Daughters, Nancy and Martha.

I also leave my wife, for the use of my family, one Negro man named Bethel, Also one Negro woman named Jin till my youngest child comes of age or during her widowhood. I also give my Beloved wife, Martha, one negro child named Becca to her own use and behoof forever.

I also give my son, Samuel, one negro boy named Abram to his own use and behoof forever. I also leave my Daughter, Mary, one negro girl, Minder; I also give my son, William, one negro girl Lucy, and I also leave my daughter, Nancy, one negro girl, Hannah. I also give my son, James, one negro man, Bethel, I also give my Daughter, Martha, one negro woman named Jin, it is also my will that her next child shall belong to Martha and all the children she may have after the first one to be equally divided between my Sons, Samuel, William and James and Benjamin and Daughter, Polly. I also give my son, Benjamin the plantation and tract of land on which I now live, also that tract of land, bought of William Hemingway, except one hundred and seven acres given by deed to Daughter, Mary ----

Lastly, I do nominate, constitute, and appoint my son, Samuel M. Stephenson and my wife, Martha Stephenson executor and executrix to this my last will and testament, Revoling all other wills and deeds before this date, Ratifying and Confirming this to be my last will and testament ---

In witness, whereof I have unto set my hand and seal this twenty fourth day of Feby. In the year of our Lord, one thousand, eight hundred and twenty seven, and in the fifty-first year of American Independence.
                     Benjamin Stephenson

Signed Sealed in presents of
Moses Harrelson
John C Grainger
Lewis x Harrelson

Recorded in Will Book A, Page 45
Recorded, November 17th, 1827
Recorded by John Durant
Ordy. H.D.

The Independent Republic Quarterly
Summer 1985, Pg 25

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