Will of John Durant

20 August 1846

IN THE NAME OF GOD, AMEN, I, John Durant of the District of Horry and State of South Carolina being weak in body but of Sound disposing mind, memory and understanding do make and ordain this my last Will and Testament in manner and form following:-

First I Commend my Soul to God who gave it;

Item  I give and bequeath to my beloved wife Martha Durant the following Negroes namely Peter, Littice, Lucy & child Peggy, Leah and child Ervener, Cate, Polly and child Salina, Backus, Bob, and Lewis, with their future issue, four feather beds, bedsteads, mattrasses and furniture, to dispose of as she may think proper, the ballance of my Estate both real and personal I lend to my beloved Wife  - Martha Durant during her natural life, and at her death I give and bequeath as follows;

Item  I give and bequeath to my Executors herein after named in Trust, a negro Girl named Peggy and her future issue for the purposes herein after named that is to Say in Trust for the use and benefit of my Neace Mary Ann Durant during her natural life and at her death to the Lawful issue of her body and not Subject to the present debts nor future contracts of her husband;

Item  I give and bequeath to my Executors herein after named in Trust a Negro Man named Jim (Son of Peter and Lettice) for the purposes herein after named that is to Say in Trust for the use and benefit of my Nephew John W. Durant during his natural life and at his death to the Lawful heirs of his body;

Item  I give and bequeath to my Nephew Henry H. Durant the following Negroes namely, Jim and his wife Judy, and child Billy, Scotland, and Grimmage, and their future issue also all my Real Estate my Mahogany Desk and one third of my Books to him and the Lawful heirs of his body;

Item  I give and bequeath to John Durant Son of Henry H. Durant a negro boy named Jackson to him and his heirs forever;

Item  I give and bequeath to my Nephew John D. Britton a negro girl named Francis and her future issue to him and his heirs forever and one third of my Books;

Item  I give and bequeath to my Nephews, Thomas and Henry D. Hemingway, Bethel Durant, and Francis Graham my Neace fifty Dollars each to be paid them out of my Estate by my Executors as soon as they Can make it Convient and one third of my Books to Thomas and Henry D. Hemingway;

Item  I leave my old Negro Woman Hager to my Executors to be treated Well;

Item  Should I not Sell My Negro Girl Minder in my lifetime I wish my Executors to sell her at private sale and Apply the money to the paying my debts;

It is my Will and desire that at the death of my beloved Wife that Whatever Stock of all Kinds their may be, plantation tools and household and Kitchen furniture be divided among my heirs as my beloved Wife may think proper at her death;

Lastly I do hereby nominate Constitute and appoint my beloved Wife Martha Durant Executrix and my Brother-in-law Benjamin Gause and my Nephew Henry H. Durant Executors to this My last Will and Testament hereby revoking all former Wills made by me at any time.

In Witness Whereof the Said John Durant the testator have hereunto Set my hand and Seal this twentieth day of August in the year of our Lord One thousand Eight hundred and forty Six and in the Seventy first year of the Sovereignty and Independence of the United States of America.
                                         John Durant    (SEAL)

Signed Sealed published and declared to be and Contain the last Will and Testament of the testator who Signed the Same in Our presence and who in his presence and at His request and in the presence of each other have Subscribed our Names as Witnesses to the Same.
 Robert Anderson             
 Reuben G.W. Grissette       
 Ann Grissette               
James Beaty, Ordy, H. D.

Recorded September 21, 1846    Recorded in Will Book C, Page 12Box 2 Bundle 3 South Carolina Department of Archives and History, Columbia, SC

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