Lancaster Co., SC - 1844 Will James Reeves

1844 Will - James Reeves

Will of James Reeves

Lancaster County, SC
24 Jan 1844
Recorded 13 Jan 1885
Recorded Lancaster County Wills 1865-1892, Page 329-331

Copy of a certified Copy of the Last Will and Testament of James Reeves deceased - The certified copy is in the handwriting of James H. Witherspoon who was the Ordinary of Lancaster District and bears date 21 February 1844, The Seal of the Comis attached to the Certificate -

South Carolina} January 24th, 1844
Lancaster District}

I, James Reeves, of sound mind, give this my last will and testament. I give and bequeath unto my beloved wife Thene the tract of land on which I reside and all the buildings viz the dwelling house, mill house, gin and screw and all the other buildings on the said tract of land. Household and kitchen furniture, wagons and harness, farming tools, two mules and the Billy mare. All the corn and fodder, all the Pork and all the Hogs, and a third part of the valuation of all the negroes, which are not given off as negroes. The negroes which have been given off to the Heirs are to be valued at the time they were given off, and she to receive the third part of their valuation. When the minor heirs act for themselves, give off out of the house a Bed and furniture to the amount which the other heirs have received. My wife is not to move any of the negroes out of the State and at her death all these negroes are to be returned to the Estate - I wish my Son James to have One Hundred & Seventy five dollars or otherwise keep a negro boy named Morris without being valued. If he takes the One Hundred and Seventy five Dollars the Boy must be valued at the time he received him. - My son Elisha have received One Hundred Dollars more than the heirs who have received and also his negro girl named Servey must be valued at the age he received her. - My son John must have his negro girl named Martha valued at the age he received her - My Daughter Winney the wife of Richardson must have her negro girl valued named Emily at the age she received her, my Daughter Jane wife of Amos Blackmon must have her negro girl named Harriet valued at the age she received her - my daughter Elizabeth, wife of Bynum Byrum J. Blackmon must have her negro Boy named Daniel valued at the age she received him. My daughter Caroline, Mary, Dorcas and my son Thomas and my daughter Amy to have an equal share with the rest of the heirs. Each one to have a small negro about the age of those that have been given off to the rest of the heirs & must be valued as same as the rest. I wish my son Thomas to have one third of the Mike Horton tract at the price I give & also my wife is pregnant and if it is a Son I wish him to have the third part of the same tract and to have an equal share with the rest of the heirs if a daughter to have as the rest of the daughters - If my son Elisha wishes to take one third of the said Mike Horton tract of land at the price I give if he sees proper to take it.
Signed Sealed and his
delivered in the presence James ~ Reeves {Seal}
of us mark
A. B. Blackmon
William J. Blackmon
Edward J. Hooper

Will proven in Common form by the oath of Andrew Bynum Blackmon 17th day of February, 1844 - On the 21st February 1844 Beththena Reeves & James Reeves Jr were qualified as admx and Adm with the will annexed.

South Carolina}
Lancaster District} I, James H. Witherspoon ordinary for Said District certify that the foregoing is a True Copy taken from the original will of James Reeves died now on file in my office.
Given under my hand & Seal of office at Lancaster C H February 21st 1844
{LS} James H. Witherspoon
Ordinary Lancaster District

This record is made from a certified copy in the hands of T. J. Reeves and recorded at his instance & returned again to him Jany 13th 1885 Genr W C Witherspoon
Probate Judge Lancaster


FamilySearch - Lancaster County, South Carolina Wills, 1865-1892, pp329-331 - Starting from image number 198 (of 325) at https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:939L-VM8D-Y?i=197&cc=1919417&cat=389903 (accessed 26Apr2018)