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Transcribed by Victoria Proctor, 7 June 2002


                                      WILL OF
                                   RICHARD BAKER

In ye Name of God Amen I Richard Baker of this Province Esq.r being

sick of Body but of Sound Judm.t & perfect Memory praised be to Al-

mighty God for ye Same & knowing ye frailty of this Mortal Life do

make this my last Will & Testamt in manner & form following.  Impri-

mis I will and Bequeath my Soul to God my Creator & my Body to ye

ground from whence it was taken there to be Interred in Christian

manner & as for wt Temporal Estate it hath Pleased God to Endow me

wth in this Province I Give & Bequeath in manner & form following,

I Give to my Son Edward this House & Plantation Great Jack his Wife

& four Children also Tom his Wife & Son, I Give to my Son William

Pegg, Andrew, little Abraham & little Franck, To my Son John Mingo

Ansebah her three Children & Cuddye  To My Son in Law Jno Palmer

Hector his Wife daughter & ye Boy Jammey  To My Son in Law Wm Canty

Negro Franck & his two Children Flower & her Children  To my Daugh-

ter Elizabeth Negro Will his Wife & her five Children & Negro Bek

I Give to my daughter Elizabeth twenty head of Cattle which Sd Cat-

tle are to be numbered wth those my Son Richard Left her, I Give

twenty head of Cattle to my Son Jno Baker & one of ye Mares, To my

Son in Law Wm Canty a Stone Colt, I Order ye whole Stock of Sheep

to be equally divided amongst my Children, I Order a horse & Mare

for ye Plantat con use I Give to my Son ye        one hundred Acres

whereon he is now Settled & also three hundred acres Joining upon

my Son Wm Canty I Order yt Moreah if she doth well to my Son John

Palmer  I Order old Robbin & old Betty for ye Plantation use I Give

to my Son in Law Jnoo Palmer Six Cowes & Calves To my Son in Law Wm

Canty Six Cowes & Calves To my Sonn Wm Baker Six Cowes & Calves,

To my Son John Baker one Feather Bedd  I Order all ye remaneing part

of my Cattle to ye Plantation use  I Do hereby alsoe Nominate Ordain

& Appoint my Loveing Wife Elizabeth Baker Sole Sole Execut.rx of this

my Last Will & Testam.t disallowing of all other Wills or Testam.ts

by me or in my Name made Ratifying & Confirming this as my Last Will

& Testam.t   In Witness I have here Sett my hand & Seale this twen-

ty Eight day of January   Anno Dom. 1697/8   -----

WILL OF RICHARD BAKER, PAGE TWO                                      24

Wm Canty

James Hulbert                            Richard Baker   (Seale)

W(sup>m Baker

   Edward Baker

Memorand.m this 24th day of July Anno D.o 1698 Came & Personally ap-

peared before me Wm Canty, James Hulbert & Wm Baker & on their Oaths

on ye holy Evangelist taken say yt they & of them did See &

were personally Pres.t wn ye Testat.r Richd Baker did Sign Seal Publish

& Declare ye within written Testam.t & yt at ye Publishing thereof he

was of Sound &l Prfect Mind & Memory   -----

Capt et Jurat, die' )
et Anno Predict    )

                       Coram me

                                    Joseph Blake

TRANSCRIBER NOTES: Transcribed from Will Book 52 (1687-1710), a collection of typescripts of early South Carolina Wills and probate records. I do not know if the Richard Baker of this Will is related to the Marion County BAKERS, but certainly the Baker family was established early on in Marion County history.--vp

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