Will of Hugh McDonald Senior

In the name of God Amen the Twenty Second day July One Thousand EightHundred and thirteen I Hugh McDonald Senior of Rocky Creek Chester District and state of South Carolina being very frail and weak in body but of perfect mind and memory thanks be to God--Therefore calling unto mind the Mortality of my body and it is appointed unto all men once to die do make and ordain this my last will and testament-----that is to say principally and first of all----I give and recommend my soul into the hands of Almighty God that gave it-----and my body I recommend to the Earth to be buried in decent Christian burial at the discretion of my executors nothing doubting but that I shallreceive the same again by the Mighty Power of God at the GeneralResurrection------And as touching such Worldy Estate wherewith it has pleased God to bless me in this life----I give, demise, and dispose of the same in the following manner and form--------First of all I allow that all my lawful Just Debts bepayed out of my Estate--------Imprimas I give and Bequeath unto my Dearly Beloved Wife Rebekah all my estate of Real and Personal Property together with all my Monies and Debts Due me whether by Note Bond, Bank account orotherwise. Secondly I Bequeath unto my sons John, Henry, and Francis McDonald to each of them one English Shilling and also I give unto my son John McDonald---Son viz William McDonald one English Shilling and also I give and Bequeath unto my two Daughters viz Jean Brown and Agnes Reeves to each of them one English Shilling----Thirdly I bequeath unto my daughter Molly Brown thesum of Twenty five dollars and also I give unto Hugh Gibson son to my daughter Bethiah Gibson the sum of Twenty five dollars. I also bequeath to my son William McDonald son of William McDonald by name one Negro Boy named Sambo to be his and his Heirs forever and further I Bequeath and give unto my NegroWench Sylvia her daughter Phebe and her two children viz Sylvia and Sam to be hers to assist her in making out a living while in life and then at the decease of the aforesaid Sylvia the said Phebe and her two aforesaid children and Sylvia and Sam and what more Children she may have at the decease of her mother Sylvia Shall then be at full liberty to make out a living for themselves----Further I Bequeath unto Hugh McDonald Son to my Son David McDonald My Negro Boy named Giddy (or Gidion) to be his and his Heirs forever-------And further I do Hereby allow and make free those of my Negroes hereafter --named viz---My oldest Wench Sylvia with her Children viz Jacob Charley, Jack, Isaac, Soloman, and Henry. No person or persons shall claim any Right or Title to any of them but shall be at freedom and liberty each and allof them to make a living for themselves by honers Industry and further I Bequeath unto the aforesaid Negroes viz Old Sylvia, Jacob, Charley, Jack Isaac, Soloman, and Henry all that Plantation or tract of land I now live upon with all appurtenance thereunto Belonging to be theirs and their Heirs forever. Also I give unto the said Negroes One Mare ,a Cow and Calf a Sow andPigs with all my farming utensils to be theirs forever ---------and further I Bequeath unto my two Sons David and William McDonald all my Books both ofDivinity and History and all my body clothes to be divided Equally Betweenth...-------------------N.B. the above Bequeasts I have herein made unto myWell Beloved Wife Rebekah are to be hers during her natural life and at herdecease all my Estate of Both Real and Personal shall be disposed of in theway and Manner I have above Bequeath and Directed Lastly, I do give unto my sons David and William McDonald all the moneys orproperty (if any shall be) that I am possesed of at the decease of my wifeRebekah and one that shall be over and above that I have herein Bequeathed ordisposed of to be equally divided between them if any shall be as was saidbefore-----Lastly I Constitute Make and Ordain my Well Beloved Wife Rebekah My Executrix and my Son William McDonald Executor of this my last Will and Testament to see it Lawfully and faithfully Executed and do hereby utterly disallow Revoke and disannul all and every other former Testament Wills Legacies and Bequeasts and Executers by me in any wise Before Named Willed and Bequeasted Ratifying and Confirming this and no other to my last Will and Testament------in witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and Seal the day and year above written----------- his Hugh McDonald markSigned Sealed Published Pronounced and Declared by the said Hugh McDonald ashis last will and Testament in the Presents of us the Subscribers William Brown Francis McDonald<John McDanielSouth Carolina Chester District Before me Joseph Brown Ordinary of the said District personally appearedWilliam Brown and Francis McDonald who being duly sworn Declares on theiroaths respectively that they saw Hugh McDonald sign and acknowledge the withininstrument of writing as his last will and testament and that they each ofthem together with John McDonald did subscribe thereto as witnesses in the presence and at the request of the said testator ----Francis McDonald says onhis oath that to the best of his knowledge and beleif the said Hugh McDonaldwas at the time of disposing mind and memory ---- William Brown expressed somedoubts of the sanity of the testator but gave no satisfactory reason for hisdoubts at the same time qualified William McDonald executor given under myhand this seventh day of January one thousand eight hundred and fourteen

J.D.(?) Brown ord Hugh McDonald Last Will recorded Book E, pages 272-273 and 274

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