Geo Town So Car Decr 6 1829
Knowing the shortness of life & certainty of death I make this my last Will & Testament In the Name of the Lord Amen
First I give and bequeath to my eldest Ann [?] Greaves, The following named Negros Mary Esau Cherry & their increase
Second_ I give & bequeath to my second son Jos. B. Greaves The Following Negros viz Big Heriot, Virgile, her child & Caswele
Third to my Daughter Charlotte I give & bequeath the Following Negros viz Little Heriot, Molsey, Nelly and their increase
Fourth_ To my son S. A. Decatur Greaves The Following Negros & their increase_ Larry & Ginny_
Fifth_ to my daughter A. D. Greaves viz the following named Negros & their increase_ Florence & Betty_
Sixth_ To W. H. Greaves I give and bequeath the following Negros & their increase, Lawson & Lienzer
The residue of my Negros I give to my beloved wife Mary B. Greaves & my daughter Mary Jane Greaves during their natural life_ then to be equally devided among my Children when of age_
I also give & bequeath to each of my Children when of age a Bed & furniture_ & also I give to my beloved Wife & daughter afforsaid all my Real estate during their life as afforsaid & then to return to my lawful heirs to be equally devided_
During the life time of my Wife & daughter afforsaid_ the Children are to remain with their ????? pleasure- And further should any of my Children be so unfortunate as to loose a Negro before they come of age they are to be replaced by my executors from the Residue of my Negros_ as afforsaid Eavin to my Wife & Daughter_ I also appoint my son John M Greaves, Jos. B Greaves, Francis Greaves & James I Richardson to be my lawful executors of this my last Will &Testament, in Testamony when of I now assign my hand & seal in presence of these_
/s/ Joseph Greaves
Peter E. Graves
James I Richardson
It is also my Request that if any of my Children be without lawful issue that their Property Recd from me be equally devided among my surviving heirs.
Same signature and witnesses.
Probated in Marion County SC, 9 Apr 1830. Recorded in Book A, pages 299 & 300.
Transcribed by John Gregg
Digitalized by JMG