WILL OF MARY RATCLIFF
Wilcox County Will Book, Vol. 1, p. 321-324

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


In the name of God Amen. I Mary Ratcliff of the County of Wilcox in the State of Alabama considering the uncertainty of this mortal life, and being of sound and disposing mind and memory (blessed be Almighty God for the same) do make and declare this my last will and testament hereby revoking and making void all former wills by me at any time heretofore ade and first and principally I commit my soul into the hands of me Creator who gave it and my body the earth to be decently buried without funeral pomp at the discretion of my executors heretofore made and as to such wordly estate wherewith it has pleased God to intrust me I dispose of the same as follows (viz)

I give unto my unti my daughter Winifred C. Jamison who was formerly the wife of John Jamison during her natural life the following property that is to say a certain negro woman by the name of Nan about thirty years of age, a negro boy by the name of Gilford thirteen years of age, a negro girl about nine years years of age by the name of Charity, a negro boy about six years of age by the name of Peter, a negro boy about four years of age by the name of Nat, a negro child about seven months of age by the name of Mariah, a negro girl about five years of age by the name of Ollive, a negro boy about twenty years of age by the name of Harry, a negro boy about twelve years of age by the name of Jo, a negro man by the name of Peter about thirty years of age and a negro boy about two years of age by the name of Jim, a negro woman about thirty eight years of age by the name of Peggy, also all my stock of horses, cattle and hogs which it may be necessary to sell to pay my debts and funeral expensesand all my stock of every description not above mentioned and I also give unti her Winifred C. Jamison who was wife aforesaid during her natural life all tracks and parcel of land by me held either in possession or in right of possession and also all the plantation and farming tools and utensils and after ge decease I give and bequeath all and singular the above mentioned property tot he heirs of the body of her the said Winifred C. Jamison if there be but if she should die not leaving heirs of her own body there all the above mentioned property to remain to her nearest of kin. I do also give unto her Winifred C. Jamison all of this present crop now on hand. It is my will and desire after the death of Winifred C. Jamison should she leave heirs of her own body that the property mentioned in this my last will and testament should be equally divided betweent he heirs of the body of her the said Winifred C. Jamison and would she, he or they be under the age of twenty one years that John Watkins and Leonidas Ratcliff and Benjamin Devan to be and act as his her or their guardians until they becoem of age but should Winifred C. Jamison die not having heirs of her own body or should the heirs of her own body die before they become of full age then all the property herein contained is to return back tot he nearest of kin. Also I give unto Winifred C. Jamison who was wife as aforesaid during her natural life all my house hold and kitchen furniture and after her death to to remain tot he heirs of her body if any there be at the time of her death if not, to remain to the nearest of kin. I also give to my son John Ratcliff five dollars and I give to my son Isham Ratcliff five dollars. I likewise give to my daughter Sarah Watkins five dollars and I do hereby appoint Winifred C. Jamison, John Watkins, Leonidas Ratcliff and Benjamin Devan executors of this my last will and testament this the eighth day of September in the year of Our Lord one thousand eight hundred and forty and of the Independence of the United States of America.

Attest:
H.T Brantly }
James West }
R.D. Price }

Mary Ratcliff {SEAL}

The State of Alabama}
Wilcox County }

Personally appeared in open court Haywood T. Brantley and James West the subscribing witnesses to the above and foregoing will who having been duly sworn deposed and say that they saw Mary Ratcliff the testratix sign seal and publish and declare the same as her last will and testament that they these affiants together with Richardson D. Price the other subscribing witness thereto signed the same as witnesses in the presence of each other and of the testatrix and also that they believe the testatrix to have been of sound and disposing mind and memory at the time of signing the same and that the publication took place on the day of the date there of sworn & subscribed in
open court this 20th }
March 1841. Wm F. Gee }

Ned Brantley
James West

Filed 20th March 1841
E. Fairly [*]
 

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