Will Of Benjamin Lavender

In the name of God Amen I Benjamin Lavender + of the State of South Carolina & Destrict of Sumter Being Sick and weake in or of Body But of Perfect mind & memory thanks be given unto God Calling unto mind the mortality of my Body & Knowing that it is appointed for all men once to Die Do Make & ordain this my Last will & testament that is to Say Principally & first of all I Give & recommend my Soul into the Hand of Almighty God that Gave it & my Body I recommend to the Earth to be Buried in a decent Christian Burial at the Discretion of my Executors nothing Doubting But at the General resurrection I Shall receive the Same again by the mighty Power of God & as Touching Such ["werly" struck out] worldly Estate wherewith it has Pleased God to bless me in this Life I give Demiss and Dispose of the Same in the following manner & forme after paying all my Just Debts I Give & bequeath to Maryann my Dearly Beloved wife all my Whole Estate real & personal During her natural life or widowhood to raise my Small Children on & then to be Equally Divided after her Death or marriag among the whole of my Children Sariah Welch John Lavender ["Nancy struck out] Agnes Coker Benjamin Lavender Mary Lavender Catharin Lavender Zilpha Lavender Elizabeth Lavender Littelton Capel Lavender Roberd winter Lavender Isabel Lavender Except those that has had Some Parte Given them all the rest ["to" struck out] I wish to have in Proportion to them & Either when they Come to the age of twenty one or marriys if Convenient & if not at the Division then the whole of my Property Real & Personal to be Equally Divided amongst the wholeof my Children as above named to wit Sariah welch John Lavender Agness Coker Benjamin Lavender Mary Lavender Catharin Lavender Zilpha Lavender Elizabeth Lavender Littelton Capel Lavender Roberd winter Lavender Isabel Lavender I likewise Constitute make & ordain my wife Maryama Lavender John Lavender & John Baker the Executors of this my Last will & testament & I do Heareby utterly Disallow revoke & Disannul all & Every other former testament wills Legacies bequeaths & Executors by me in any wise before named will & bequeathed ratifying & Confirming this & no other to be my Last will & testament in witness whereof have heare unto Set my hand & Seal this the 9th Day of July one thousand EightHundred & twenty one Signed Sealed Published Pronounced hisDeclared By the Said Benjamon + Lavender McMaham Benjamin Lavender McMaham markAs his Last will & testament in thePresants of us who in his Presants in the Presants of Each other have heare

unto Subscribed our namesWilliam Jones

Henry Goodmon h1s

Timothey X Lee Senr markSTATE OF SOUTH CAROLINA )

SUMTER DISTRICT ) By William Potts Esquire Ordinary for Said DistrictPersonally Appeared before me Henry Goodman who being duly Sworn Sayeth that hewas present and Saw Benjamin Lavender McMaham sign Seal and pronounce the withininstrument of writing to contain his last will and testament and that he thesaid Benjamin Lavender McMaham was at the time of sound and disposing MindMemory and understanding as far as he (the deponent) knows or believes and thatWilliam Jones and Timothy Lee Senr did subscribe their Names with himself aswitnesses thereto by the request of the testator in his presence and in the presence of each other Henry Goodman Sworn to before methis 12 day of OctoberAnno Domini 1821

William Potts Ord-y S.D

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