Will of Margaret Strane
In the Name of God Amen This 23d day of Sptember One thousand Seven hundred and Seventy four I Margaret Strane of Prince fredericks parish Craven County and Province of South Carolina planter being very weak in body but in Perfect Mind and Memory and Calling to mind the Mortallity of my Body and that it is a ppointed for all Mankind once to die, do make and Ordain this my last Will and Testament that is to say principally and first of all I recommed my Soul into the hands of God who gave it & my body to the Earth to be burried in descent Christian like manner nothing doughting but at the general Resurrection I shall received the same again by the Almighty power of God and touching such Wordly Estate wherewith it hath pleased God to bless me with. I give & dispose of in the manner following, Imprimus I first desire my funeral Charges and all my Lawful debts first paid. Item I give unto my well beloved grand Son Hugh Strane Winter three young Negroes named Limerick, Bett & Pegg and their increase to him and his Heirs for ever and all the Cattle and Horses in my possession Branded HS with two Hundred and Seventy pounds Currencey, Item I give and bequeath unto my well beloved grandson James Cooper two young Negroes named Cambrick and Sara with their increase to him and his Heirs for ever & all the Cattle and horses in my Possession Branded ?C, Item I give and bequeath unto my well beloved grand -Daughter Margaret Cooper all the Cattle in my Possession Branded M and the best riding horse in my plantation and her Saddle likewise her Bed and furniture to her and her Heirs for ever. Item I give and bequeath unto my well beloved Nephew John Boyd One hundred pounds Currency. Item I give and bequeath to my Nices two Children Viz. Moses and Isabel Scott fifty pounds each to them and the lawful Heirs of their Body. Item I give and bequeath unto my well beloved Son Hugh Winter one pound Currency. Item I give and bequeath unto my Well beloved grand Children Vis. Hugh Strane Winter, James Cooper, Margaret Cooper and Jannet Graham all the remaining part of my Estate to be equally divided Share & Share alike their Legacies & Shares to be given them eithe at their Marriages Respectively or when they arrive at the age of Twenty one Years except their cattle which is my desire shall be given them at my decease if any of the above named Children should die before they arrive at the above term of time their Lagacy or Lagacies, Share or Shares to be Equally divided among the Survivors I likewise fully Impower my Executors after Named to Sell and dispose of my Estate as they shall see most Convenient to the discharging the above mention'd Legacies and Shares. I likewise make Constitute, Nominate & appoint as only and Sole Exectors of this my last Will and Testament Robert Dick, Robert Petticrue & John Boyd, and I do hereby renounce revoke and dissannul all former Wills and Testament by me in any ways made before this time and I do hereby Ratify & Confirm this and no other to be my last Will and Testament. In Witness whereof I have hereunto Set my hand and Seal the day and Year above written.

Margaret @ Strane (L.S.)
(Margaret's mark looked like a "at" symbol)

Signed, Sealed, pronounced and declared by the said Margaret
Straine to be her last Will & Testament In presence of us the
Robert Paisley

Isabel"D" McCutchen
(Isabel's mark was a capitol "D")

Proved Oct 20th 1774

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