WILL OF GEORGE CHRISTIAN
Wilcox County Will Book, Vol. 1, p. 111-113

Transcribed by B.J. Smothers, bjsmothers@prairiebluff.com


State of Alabama }
Wilcox County }

In the name of God Amen. I George Christian call to mind the uncertainty of life think it right to get my affairs in order to prevent disputes when I am no more do make and ordain this my last will and Testament.

1st  I give unto my beloved wife Lucy B. Christian one negro woman named Mariah and her increase at her own disposal, and during her life I give her the quarter and half quarter section of land on which I now live with the mill and the half quarter section of land on which it stands together with all my stock of Horses, Cattle hogs and Sheep house hold and kitchen furniture for the support of her and my nine youngest children until her death then the land and the residue of the stock above mentioned to be equally divided Between James A Christian, Elijah W. Christian, Asa R. Christian, Lucy E. Christian, Joseph D. Christian, Samuel W. Christian, Margaret I. Christian, Gabriel M. Christian and Reuben H. Christian.

2nd  I give to my son Edward L. Christian's children the sum of two dollars in addition to the negroes and other property heretofore given him.

3rd  I give to my son Charles H. Christian's children the sum of two dollars in addition to the negroes and other property heretofore given him.

4th  I give to my son William M. Christian the sum of two dollars in addition to the negroes and other property heretofore given him.

5th  I give to my son George A. Christian one half quarter section of Land he now lives on also one negro man Sam Quinn and one negro woman Fanny and Maleeses child Berryman.

6th  I give to my son Thomas C. Christian one negro man named Bob and one negro woman name Maleese.

7th  I give to my Daughter Martha M. Glover one negro woman named Patience and her increase also Maleeses child Thorrington.

8th  I give to my grandson John W. Christian an equal dividend of the slaves with the following named children James A. Christian Elijah W. Christian Asa R. Christian Lucy E. Christian Joseph D. Christian Samuel W. Christian Margaret I. Christian Gabriel M. Christian and Reuben H. Christian to whom I give the slaves as before mentioned to be equally divided when James A. Christian arrives at the age of twenty one years. I also will and bequeath to my first wifes children the Legacy Left her by her Father Edward Walton my son Edward's Children excepted. In witness I hereunto set my hand and seal this the Eighth day of September in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and thirty.

George Christian {SEAL}

Signed sealed published and delivered by the Testator as and for his last will and Testament. In the presents of as who at his request and in his presents have Subscribed our names as witness Thereto

Joshua Slone
A.M. Sheppard
John Harwood
James McMillan

The State of Alabama}
Wilcox County }

Personally appeared in open court Joshua Sloan and John Harwood two of the subscribing witnesses to the foregoing will of George Christian and being duly sworn upon Oath saith that George Christian the Testator acknowledged to them that the foregoing was his last will and testament that at the time of making said acknowledgemnt the said George Christian was of sound * memory that at his request they signed their names as witnesses to said will in presence of the said George Christian the Testator and John Harwood further deposeth & saith that he saw James McMillan also one of the subscribing witnesses to said will sign his name as a witness to said will sign his name as a witness to the same also in presence of the Testator.

Joshua Sloan
John Harwood

sworn to and subscribed to }
before me this 14th June }
1831.
Ben Williamson Judge
C. C. Wil. Co.

George Christian will Proven and filed 14th June 1831. D.C. Smith Clk

Recorded May 19th 1832. D.C. Smith Clk  


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