Victoria Proctor, 15 March 2000
WILL OF [REV.] DAVID OWENS
In the Name of God Amen. I David Owens of South Carolina Marion District
being [at] present very sick and weak in body but of sound Memory thanks
be unto God calling unto mind the Mortality of my body and knowing that
it is appointed for all men once to die do Make and ordain this my Last
Will and Testament. Principally and first of all I recommend my Soul unto
the hands of Almighty God that gave it and my body I recommend to the Earth
to be buried in decent Christian burial at the discretion of my Executors.
Nothing doubting but at the General Resurrection I shall receive the same
again by the mighty Power of God, and touching such worldly Estate wherewith
it has pleased God to bless me in this Life I give demise and dispose of
the same in the following manner and form--
first I confirm unto Ruth my dearly beloved wife first one third of the tract
of land that I now Live on to be laid out by the discretion of the Executors
hereafter named. I give unto her two negroes one wench named Silvy and a girl
named Beck and to have the use of a boy named Paul during her life or continuance
in said State and then said boy to be equally divided amongst the Heirs. Also one
third part of all the household furniture and one year old mair named Fan also
five Cows and Calves and five oxen and the sheep and hogs to continue on the
plantation for the Equal use of the said Ruth and Solomon Owens.
Secondly I give and bequeath unto my Eldest daughter Ann Phillips Eight head of
breeding cattle one to Each heir of her body.
Thirdly I give and bequeath unto my Eldest son William Owens three negroes one
fellow named Will one wench named Nanny one boy named John also half the profits
of the mill and still.
Fourthly I give and bequeath unto my Second Daughter Rebeckah Dawsey two hundred
and fifty acres part of a five hundred acre tract on the East of Little Pedee River
the said two hundred and fifty acres to be Laid out on the off side from the river
also four head of stock cattle and four head sheep.
Fifthly I give and bequeath unto my third daughter Martha Williamson and the heirs
of her body two negroes one fellow named Tom and one boy named Jack.
Sixthly I give and bequeath unto my fourth daughter Elizabeth Edwards and the heirs
of her body one fellow named Forton and one wench named Sharlet.
Seventhly I give and bequeath unto my second and youngest son Solomon Owens three
negroes two fellows named Peter and Sam one girl named Rose also one tract of land
containing seven hundred and fifty acres except the part above mentioned to the
said Ruth Owens during her life also two small tracts joining on the north side
of the said seven hundred and fifty acres one containing about seventy acres the
other about forty acres Also
one hundred acres that includes the mill Beat joining the said plantation.
Eighthly I give and bequeath unto my grandson David Owens the son of
William Owens a plantation or tract of land containing three hundred and
ninety eight acres on the West side of Little Pedee River lying on said
River known by the name of Shelly's land also one hundred acres of land
on the east side of said River about Jordans Hearth and also all and every
part and parcel of my Estate that are not herein mentioned after paying my
just debts to be equally divided amongst my said Heirs and I now also
constitute and appoint and ordain William Owens, John Williamson and
Richard Edwards my Executors of this my last Will and Testament to act
for the rest of my dear children and wife this motive and this after
revoked disannul and disowning all other former Wills and Testaments
intent and meaning.
In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and Seal this seventeenth day of June
in the year of our Lord One thousand eight hundred and four.
Signed in the presence of
Elijah Owens David Owens
Thomas Owens 0
Proved 2 July 1804
Marion Co. Probate Judge's Office, Vol. 1, p. 31 Original will in Roll 621
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