|WILL OF PATRICK GRIER
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In the Name of God ,amen ,I Patrick Grier ,of Prince G eorge Parish in the province aforesaid planter ,finding my bodyly health decling but having all my intelletual facultys ,belefsed be God for the same do now make and publish my last will and testament . I commend my soul into the hands of Almighty God ,my body I order to be decently buried by my Executors herein after named ,humbly hoping for a Glorious resurrection to Etarnal life thro the Meritonous satifaction and prevaling intercefsion of my blefsed saviour Jesus Christ,and the worldly estate which almighty God of his bounty and favor has bestowed upon me , I give devise and bequeath in manner and form following,that is to say Imprimis.Igive and bequeath unto my beloved wife Judith Grier and to her afsigns for ever ,one fifth part of all the household goods and kitchen utensils,that I may dispofsefsed of the same being devided into five equal parts by my Executors hereinafter named,or such of them who shall qualify and take upon themselves the burthen of this my will also one riding horse at her Elextion with her saddle,bridle and funiture belonging thereto and six cows and calves to be chosen by my said wife,out of the stock of cattle that shall belong to me at the time of my death which choice shall be made within six moths after my decease. I also give and bequeath unto my said wife Judith , the sum of one hundred pounds current money of this province yearly and every year to be accounted from the day of my death for and during the term of her natural life,if she be remain and contiune so long my widow to be paid to her in manner ,as is herein after directed ,also the use of one Negro man named York and one Negro woman named Dorinda for and during the tirm of her natural life.Item, I will that my said wife Judith shall be and reside on my plantation situated on wacamaw river near Kingstown ,and have the full use and occupation of the dwelling house the out houses garden and orchard there to belonging to during the term of her natural life if she be remaain and contiune so long my widow with the previledge of planting on said land or such of them as has been already cleared (but without the previledge of clearing any new lands) until my son Samuel shall attain to his age of eighteen years any gift or devisce to my said son Samuel ,in this my will to the contrary in anywise not withstanding. Item where as I stand in debt to my son in law Richard Singleton ,as heir at law and nearest of kin to his father Ebenezer Singleton deceased a ballance arising from his fathers estate ,after deducting from the said porportion the expences I have incurred by mantaing and educating the said Richard Singleton and his brother Ebenezer Singleton deceased an equal dividend of whos personal estate and interest according to the law and equity belonging to my cheldren ,but willing neverthelefs to do ample justice to the said Richard Singleton ,I do hereby in full compensation and payment of all claims and demands which he have or can have against me give and bequeath unto the said Richard Singleton the following Negroes Vis Toney, Acque, Tamy ,Andrew , Flora ,Mary ,Lisfet Cain Adam Amoret and Galen ,together with one forth part of my stock of cattle marked on the one ear with a poplar leaf and the other with four fingers and branded PP and one forth part of my horses branded PP my will is that the cattle and horses ,under the above marks and brands shall be devided into four equal parts by three of five free holders indifferently chosen by my Executors hereinafter named or such of them who shall qualify and take upon themsewlves ,the burthen of this my will also one fifth part of all my household goods and kitchen utensils, I shall die pofsefed off ,, after being devided as above directed provided and on the following conditions that the aforsaid Richard Singleton Guardain athoritatively chosen shall and do fully realease Exenerate and grant a full discharge relinguishing all claim or claims and demands from my Executors after named or any of my heirs , which he now hath ,or had or ever will have ,incase the above devises be not accepted ,my will is that my Executors shall settle his part of his fathers estate either by abitration or by a suit of common law or equity and the above named Negros stock of horses and cattle and household goods and kitchen untencilsbe devided betweem my three children Vis James ,Samuel and Mary Ann and to their heirs for ever .Item I give and bequeath to my daughter Mary Ann Mitchell wife of Anthony Mitchell of Winyah Planter ,the use of the following ten Negros Vis Ronak and Grace his wife Bella and her son Jack July Befs and her daughter Dinah Ningoe and Corelina ,with the Ifmus and increase of the said Negro wemen ,during the term of her natural life and after her decease to the heirs of her body lawfully begotten ,but in case my said daughter should die without lawful ifsus as above said then and in such case I give and bequeath the above said ten Negros with their ifsus and increases to my sons James and Samuel ,to be equally divided between them. Item Igive and bequeath unto my said son Samuel Grier , one Negro man to be chosen for him by my Excutors hereinafter named or such of them who shall qualify and take upon themselves the burthen of this my will ,out of such Negros, that I shall die profsefed of,this bequest I make to my son in lieu of the difference in the value of the lands I shall hereafter devise.By this my will unto my said sons James Grier and Samuel Grier .Item I give and bequeath unto my neice Sarah Grier and to her heirs one Negro girl named Amorita to be delivered to her by my Excutors, one year after my decease ,but should my said neice die without ifsue of her body lawfully begotten then it is my will and I do direct that the said Negro Amorita and ifsue be desposed of by my Excutors hereinafter named and the money arising from such sale to be equally devided between my said sons James and Samuel,Item I give unto my son in law William Singleton and his heirs for ever one Negro woman named Venus and her youngest son George,also six cows and calves two mares and one riding horse branded PP. Item I give and bequeath unto my above named son Samuel and to his heirs and afsigns forever my plantation situate in Kingston township on wacamaw river ,containing six hundred and fifty acres more or lefs, subjet neverthelefs to the residence of my said wife Judith Grier in manner and form as is herein directed . Item it is my will and intention that all the rest surplus and residue of my personal estate whatsoever shall be from time to time kept and improved together to the upmost advantage and all My negros or other slaves as compose a part thereof be employed on my pedee plantation herein in before devised unto my son James untill my said son James shall attian to his age of eighteen years as aforesaid ,the profits arising therefrom to be applied in discharge of my just debts and funeral charges and for the support and education of my said son James and Samuel and the payment of one hundred pounds yearly by my Executors hereinafter named or such ,who shall qualify and take upon themselves the burthen of this my will unto my said wife Judith Grier in manner as herein before directed being part of one hundred and fifty pounds bequeathed above to my said wife to be paid her yearly for her suport during the rest of her natural life if she be and remain my widow,and the surplus if any shall be ,to be put to intrest on good securty or be invested in young Negro slaves at the descretion of the majority of my Executors hereinafter named or such of them who take upon themselves the burthen of this my will ,for the mutual benefit and advantage of my said sons James and Samuel. Item I will that as soon as my said son James ,shall have attained to his age of eighteen years as aforsaid that my Executors or the majority of them who act in thrust herein reposed in them ,shall by themselves or persons indifferently chosen and nomated by them make choice of twenty Negros out of such as I die pofsefsed off and that remained over and above such as I have by this my will bequeathed away with the ifsue and increse of such reminder and equally and impartially divided the said twenty Negros between my said sons James an Samuel , Item I do hereby direct that all the rest , resdue and remainder of my personal estate ,whatsoever and wheresoever ( except my household goods and kitchen utensils which I have herein before directed the divison of ) shall be ,by my Excutor hereinafter named or such of them who take upon themselves ,the burthen of this my will or by persons indifferently chosen by them ,divided into three equal parts .Item give and bequeath unto my above named daughter Mary Micthell on the terms and conditions of my first bequeath to her ,in this my will one third part of the rest, resdue and remainder of my personal estate as above said with one fifth part of my household goods and kitchen utensils ,the whole being devided into five equal parts as aforsaid charging neverthelefs, and I do hereby exprefsly charge my said daughter Mary Ann Mitchell with the payment fifty pounds current money of the province aforsaid yearly and every year to be accounted from the day of my death unto my said wife Judith Grier ,during the term of her natural life ,if she remaines my widow being in part of the sumof one hundred pounds I have herein before bequeathed to my said wife for her suport .Item I give and bequeath unto my above named son James and to his hiers forever ,ten Negros such as shall be chose for him by my Executors as above directed one fifth part of my household goods and kitchen utensils and one third part of the rest ,residue and remainder of my personal estate as above said ,which is to be delivered to him with one half of the improvements that shall be made from my estate during the term I have directed the the same to be kept together over and above the incumbrances that I have in this my will ,charged thereon when he shall attain to his age of eighteen years as aforsaid ,Item I give and bequeath unto my son Samuel and to his heirs forever ,ten Negros such as shall be chose for him by my Executors as is above directed with one fifth part of my household goods and kitchen utensils and one third part of the rest ,residue and remainder of my personal estate as above said ,to be delivered to him with one half of the improvments that shall be made from my estate during the term I have directed the same to be kept together over and above the incumbrances that I have in this my will charged thereon when he shall arrive at his age of eighteen years as aforsaid charging neverthelefs and I do hereby exprefsly charge each of my said sons James and Samuel with the payment of fifty pounds current money of of the said province yearly and every year to be accounted from the day of my death unto my said wife Judith Grier during the term of her natural life ,if she continues so long my widow being in full of the sum of one hundred and fifty pounds herein before bequeathed unto her my said wife Judeth for her suport , Item it is my will that in case either of my sons James or Samuel should happen to die before the period of time appointed respectively for their taking the several shares , parcels proportions of my estate ,real and personal herein before given devised and bequeathed unto them severally as aforsaid and without ifsue of their bodies lawfully begotton then on such cotingency I do hereby give and bequeath the share parcel or proportion of my estate real and personal of such of them my said sons so happening to die ,to the survivor of them my said two sons James and Samuel,his hiers and afsigns forever chargeable neverthelefs in manner and form as the same is herein before charged with the payment of fifty pounds yearly towards the suport of my wife Judith during the term of her natural life ,if she continues so long my widow ,but if it should happen that both of my said sons James and samuel and my daughter Mary Ann Mttchell should die without ifsue of their bodies lawfully begotten as aforessaid then and such contingency I do hereby give devise and bequeath all my estate real and personal herein before given ,devised and bequeathed unto my said three children unto the children of my brothers and sister herein after named Thomas Grier of the Kingdom of Irland ,Samuel Grier ,John Grier Joseph Grier Jannett Wilson Agnus Baxter and Mary Ridgell,all now or late of this provence to be equally and impartially devided and distributed among them by my Executors hereinafter named or such of them who shall qualify and take upon themselves the burthen of this my will or the survivors or survivor of them or my Executors or administors of such survivor,Item it is my will and I do intend the several gifs and bequests unto my said wife Judith as above,to be in lieu and satisfaction of all manner dower thirds or customary part which she ever had ,now hath or may or can claim of into or out of my estate ,real and personal ,in anywise howsoever.Lastly I do hereby nominate , constitute and appoint my said brother Samuel Grier ,my son James Grier when he attains to his age of eighteen years and my friends George Skinner ,Charles Fyffe,Job Rothmahler and Paul Frapier Executors of this my last will and testament ,hereby revoking all former and other wills by me at any time heretofore made and declaring this only to be my last will and testament contained on this and two proceding pages of one sheet of post paper.In witnefs whereof I this said Patrick Grier have to this my last will and testament ,set my hand and seal this twenty second day of July ,in the year of our Lord ,one thousand seven hundred and sixty seven and in the seventh year of his Majestys reign
Patrick Grier ( L S )
signed ,sealed ,published and declared by the above named Patrick Grier as ,and for his last will and testament
in the presence of us who in his sight and in the sight of each other have at his request subscribed our names as
witnefs. The words yearly and ever year between the 10th and 11th lines of the above page ,being first interlined.
David Drennan Proved by virtue of a Dedimus directed by the honableWilliam Bull Esqr Lient. Govr.
Jean Skinner To Peter Simmons /12th September 1768 at the same time qualified Job Rothmahler
and Samuel Grier Excutors to the said will.
Recored in will book 1767-1771
Recored on page 253