In the name of God Amen, I John King Senior of the State of South Carolina, Darlington District, planter, being of a sound and disposing mind and memory do make and publish this my Last Will and Testament (revoking all former Wills & Testaments & Powers of Attorney by me made) in manner & form following. First, I desire that my body be buried in a decent and Christian like manner at the discretion of my Ececutors to be hereafter mentioned. Secondly, My Will and desire is that my Ececutors pay all my Just debts and funeral charges as speedily as possible. Thirdly, My Will and desire is that all my estate both real & personal be kept together and that my negroes and stock be kept on my Plantation for the support of my wife Zilpha and such of our children as may reside with her until my youngest child shall arrive at the age of eighteen years old, at which time my desire is that all my estate (Except as herein after Excepted) both Real & personal be Equally and impartially divided in the following manner (to wit) I lend to my wife Zilpha King for and during her natural life, should she be living when my Child shall arrive at the age of Eighteen as above; two Negroes / to wit, Jack and Morning... and all the Rest & Residue of my estate except three small bequests to my two daughters Sarah Williamson and Nancy Spivy and my son John. I wish Equally & Impartially divided among my Children herafter named; Viz: JAMES, HENRY, ABIGAIL, MARTHA, CULLEN, HANNAH, NOEL, share and share alike, also the Negroes loaned my wife, after her decease I wish divided share and share alike among my last seven named Children, I also will and bequeath to my two daughters NANCY SPIVY and SARAH WILLIAMSON together with my son JOHN KING / twenty Shillings each /to be paid them by my Ececutors out of my estate, having before given them a competency, it is my desire that they only have / twenty Shillings each / as before specified and no more. I do hereby appoint my wife Zilpha King Ececutrix together with my two brothers GEORGE KING and JAMES KING Ececutors, to this my last Will & Testament. In testimony whereof I have hereunto set my hand and affixed my Seal this Eighteenth day of January, One Thousand Eight Hundred and Thirteen in the thirty seventh year of the Independence of the United States of America. Signed, Sealed, Published, Pronounced and Declared by the testator John King Senior to be his Last Will and Testament in the presence of us who have subscribed our names as witness, in the presence of the Testator. JOHN KING SNR. (SEAL) Moses Sanders William Williams George Bruce
Recorded in Will Book 5, Page 199 Recorded 7th day July 1818 George Bruce Ordinary D.D. Apt. A Pkg. 464Document # 2: The State of South Carolina, Darlington District Personally appeared Moses Sanders one of the subscribing witnesses to the within will, and made Oath that he was personally present and did see JOHN KING, the within testator Sign and Acknowlege the within instrument of writing as said for the Last Will & Testament, and that the said testator was at the same time of sound & disposing mind, memory and understanding as this deponent doth believe and that William Williams, Geo Bruce & this deponent witnessed the same in the presence of each other & of the testator. Sworn and Subscribed to this Seventh day of July 1818. MOSES SANDERS (Signature) Geo. Bruce Ordinary DD Recorded 2 July 1818 1|2|3|4|5|6|7
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