Will Book A, p35
Written 26 Oct 1830
Proven 7 Mar 1831
Talbot County }
I Stephen Reaves being this day in my proper mind and judgement do make and declare this to be my last will and testament in which I constitute and appoint my wife Sarah Reaves my executrix and Leonard P. Breedlove and John Pratt Sen my executors to this my last will and testament.
I will that my estate both real and personal be disposed of in the following manner (namely)
Item First after paying my just debts I give & bequeath unto my wife Sarah Reaves all my estate both real and personal during her widowhood or lifetime exclusion of the sum of twenty five dollars to be given to each of my children as they may arrive to the age of twenty one years or marry except my son Henry Reaves Asher Reaves and my Daughter Nancy Huckuby Lydia Mackinvale and Sarah Moore to whom I have already given the sum of twenty five dollars each which estate both real and personall to be kept in the hands of my wife Sarah Reaves during her widowhood or lifetime for the support of herself & the maintaining my children Stephen Reaves Samuel J Reaves Harrel F. Reaves & Abner L. Reaves.
Item Second after the death or marriage of my wife Sarah Reaves I give and bequeath unto my sons William Reaves Stephen Reaves & Samuel J Reaves my lot of land known by (no 239) two hundred and thirty nine in the fifteenth District of originally Muscogee now Talbot County to be divided in the following (manner) my sons William Reaves to have seventy five acres of the west side of said lot the line to run north & south my son Stephen Reaves to have (75) seventy five acres adjoining my sons William the line to run the same direction the balance which is fifty two and a half acres being the east side of said lot I give to my son Samuel J Reaves
Third I will that my lot of land known by (no 240) two hundred and forty in the fifteenth district original Muscogee now Talbot County be divided unto two equal parts by a line running east & west and the north half of said lot I give and bequeath unto my son Harrel F Reaves the east half of said lot I give and bequeath to my son Abner L Reaves
Fourthly I will that my negroes be disposed of in the following manner to wit Toney Esther and her child Edy Harry and Nelly and their increase to be equally divided among my children (viz) Henry Nancy Asher Lydia William Betsy Stephen Sarah Samuel J Harrel F. & Abner L Reaves.
Fifth after the death or marriage of my wife Sarah Reaves I will that the balance of my estate be sold by the executors to this my last will and testament and be equally divided among my children
In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal this 26 day of October 1830
WitnessStephen (his x mark) Reaves (LS)
Hamilton P ?ead
Wm L Walker
Samuel H Davis
The will was proven in open court on 7 March 1831 and ordered to be recorded & the executrix qualifyed
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