Will of Benjamin Hodge

I, Benjamin Dupre Hodge being of sound mind desire to make the following distribution of my property. I wish my personal property (except my household & kitchen furniture) to be appraised & to be Equally divided between my wife Emily Eliza Hodge, & my three children John William Hodge, Benjamin Evans Hodge & Emma Elizabeth Hodge---The portion awarded to my daughter Emma is to be settled on her & her heirs in case of her marriage------ The house hold & kitchen furniture mentioned above to be given to my wife without appraisement. Of my real Estate I give the place on which I reside--bounded on the North by my own lands (otherwise bequeathed below) commencing at a corner above the school house field at a lightwood Stake, & running nearly west course avoiding the School house to the South end of the Sweet gum plat to Mr. S. Harvins land. South bounded in Pocotaligo Swamp by River's land, East by lands of John M. Hodge, & west by Mr. Saml Harvin's land---to my wife Emily Eliza Hodge during her life--after her death to my daughter Emma Elizabeth Hodge & to be settled on her & her heirs in case of her marriage all of my other lands I wish to be appraised & equally divided between my sons John W. Hodge & Benjamin E. Hodge The Negros about the house are to be appraised & given to my wife in her portion, namely Negro woman Hannah, man Cyrus, boy Chaner. I wish my wife & my Sons John & Benjamin to be my Executors, & my wife to be guardian for my daughter Emma

April 1, 1851

Benjamin Dupre Hodge (SEAL)

Witness

J. M. Hodge

Dudley E. Hodge

John I Ingram

J. C. Haynsworth

(Recorded in Will Book D 2 page 394)

(Recorded Oct. 29th 1851)

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