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Contributed by A Deason Smith, April 2000.
STATE OF SOUTH CAROLINA, PENDLETON DISTRICT
I, Hugh Reid, being very weak and infirm in body; but of sound and perfect mind and memory; do make and publish this my Last Will and Testament in the manner and form following:
First: I will that my body be decently interred and that all my lawful debts be paid.
Secondly: I give and bequeath unto my beloved wife, Elizabeth Reid, all the plantation and tract of land where I now live containing one hundred and ninety-two acres; together with all the farming tools of every description and one wagon and gears of every kind; and one sorrel mare and all my stock of cattle and all my stock of hogs; all the sheep and one loom and twin beds and all the furniture with all the household furniture of every kind together with all the kitchen utensils there unto belonging; and two walnut chests and also one Negro man named Cesar and one Negro girl named Lavina, to have and to hold all the above named property all her natural life time or widowhood with (unclear) trouble or molestation for her own private use;
Thirdly: I will that at my widow’s death or marriage that the said plantation and tract of land above mentioned shall be evenly divided between my three youngest daughters (to wit) Jane, Elizabeth and Ann to be divided agreeable to the number of acres; giving Jane her dividend on that first adjoining on Andrew McDonald and William Colwell; and giving Elizabeth her dividend on that part where I now live so as to include all the buildings and orchards thereon together with the spring; and giving Ann her dividend on that part where she now lives; said Jane is to pay to the said Elizabeth when she receives the land Twenty dollars; and also at the death or marriage of my widow I will that all the residue of all my personal estate consisting of the above named Negro man, Cesar, Lavina; together with all my stock of every kind whatever and wagon and farming tools and all my household furniture and bedding (except the two walnut chests which is to be given to Elizabeth and Ann) together with all my kitchen utensils and said loom to be brought to public sale by my executors; and the money arising there from to be applied as follows.
Fourthly: I give and bequeath unto my stepdaughter, Theresa McDonald the sum of five dollars.
Fifthly: I will that my executors after such sale as above directed and all the (unclear) make; that my executors shall pay to each of my lawful children; which is as follows: Eleanor McDonald, William Reid, Margaret Colwell, Jane Skelton, Martha Colwell, Elizabeth Reid, Ann Hearne; an equal dividend to each of them of the money so collected that shall remain after all the debts and discharging all (unclear).
Sixthly: I will that my daughter Elizabeth shall deep and provide for the support of my brother Alexander Reid and lastly I do ordain and appoint my worthy friend Benjamin Dickson and my son, William Reid (page went into the black on the microfilm)…. testament; and I do hereby revoke all forms … and I do publish and declare this to be my last will and testament.
Signed sealed published and declared this first day of July in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and twenty eighth. Signed by the testator in presents of us.
Charles Dilday Hugh Reid (signed
The State of South Carolina, Anderson District