Ran McGowens' Ferry on the Upper Savannah River.
In the name of God Amen
I, James McGowen of South Carolina and Abbeville county being in perfect health of body of mind and memory, thanks be given unto God calling to mindthe mortality of my body and knowing that is appointed for all men once todie do make and ordain this my last will and testament: That is to sayprincipally and firt of all, I give and recommend my soul into the hand ofalmighty God that give it and my body I recommend to earth to be buried in decent christian burial at the discretion of my executors. Nothing doubting but I shall recieve the same...in the general resurrection by the might power of god and touching such wordly estate where with it hath placed God to bless me within and this life I give and bequeath to ELISABETH my dearly beloved wife and all singular my lands manages tenements moveables to by her freely to be pssessed and enjoyed till death or marriage and then by virtue of this my last will and testament I give and leave the above mentioned lands tennements moveable in every poart and parcel to my son ELIJAH M MCGOWEN to his and fully possessed of them save only my negro man joe which I leave to my wife so long as she lives and to be at her disposal at her death to whom she will. And to everyone of my sons and daughters, MARY, WILLIAM, ROBERT, JOPHN, JAMES, SUSANNAH, SARAH AND ELIJAH M I give and leave to................one..g..to..and..to..at my death out of my estate: and I do make constitue and ordain the above names Elisabeth my wife and WILLIAM CAROTHERS MY SON-IN-LAW The executors of this my last will and testament and I do hereby utterly disallow revoke disannul all and every other former testament will legacies and executors by me in any wife before named ratifying and confirming this and no other to be my last will and testament in witness whereof I have here to set my hand and seal this fourth day December 1802 in the year of our lord one thousand and eight hunderd and two. Signed pronounced and declared by me James McGowen to be my last will and testament done in the presents of one who is in the presents of each other and have unto........names.
James McGowen..my hand and seal
HANNAH her mark McGowan
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