Saturday, January 1, 2011

* Benjamin Braswell Will Morgan Co., GA 1818

Morgan County )
State of Georgia ) In the name of God Amen. I, BENJAMIN BRASWELL, of the County & State aforesaid being sick and weak in body but of sound & perfect memory and calling to mind the transitory things of this life do make & ordain this to be my last will & testament revoking all other wills made by me in my name, Viz,

Having no children of my own it is my wish to dispose of my property so that it may be of a benefit to the unfortunate poor, etc. ----

Firstly. It is my will that any Executors hereafter named shall dispose of my sundry household and furniture with all my stock of Horses, Cattle and hogs in a way they may think best for the purpose of promoting the intention of this my last will and testament.
Secondly. It is my will that my Executors do dispose of the following named Negroes in the manner hereafter presented in this will Susannah, Nancy, Milbery, Jack, Ephrain, Amy, Abram, Solloman, Ransom, Lusana, Lucy Alicat & Benjamin. but the above negroes are to be sold on the following conditions which is to say that each Negroe is to be sold to such person as they may chuse for a master provided such person so chosen will pay at least one half the value of such Negroe and after the sale of all my property as aforesaid and together with all the money now in hand and also that is due me it is my express wish that my Executors do take the whole amount of the money and lodge it in the funds of the State Bank and whenever there shall be a sufficient sum arising from the interest of the principal it is my will that my Executors shall appropriate the said money to the sole purpose for Educating of Orphan children in the County of Morgan and it is my earnest request that after the death or refusal to act of my Executors, that the Court of Ordinary and their Successors in office in Morgan County do take the money into their hands and cause the true intent and meaning of this my last will and testament to be carried affect. I do hereby appoint as my Executors to this my last will & testament JAMES MALCOM, DAVIS GRISHAM & WILLIAM ________.

Given under my hand & seal this 20th day of March 1817



Recorded 28th Feby 1818 Jn NESBIT

Georgia ) Personally appeared in open court came EPPIE DUKE &
Morgan County ) DAVID MALCOM Subscribing Witnesses to the within will who after being duly sworn saith that they saw the testator BENJAMIN BRASWELL sign & seal the same and heard him proclaim it to be his last will and testament and that they believe he was at the time in his proper sanity and that Z. AEIDDLETON also signed his name as a witness to the same sworn to & subscribed in open court this 1 day of Sepr 1817


Recorded 28th Feby 1818 John Nesbet Clk

Photo copy September 9, 1971 from Morgan County Ordinary Court, 1815-1830, pages 135, 136 & 137, Drawer 41, Box 49. Last name of the third Executor and part of the year it was written is cut off.