Will of James M. Chadwick
In the name of Almighty God I James M. Chadwick of the County of Bradley and State of Arkansas being in sound and disposing mind do make and proclaim this to be my last will and testament, hereby revoking all former last wills and testaments or parts of last wills and testaments. I do hereby will and bequeath to my beloved wife Elizabeth Chadwick my plantation in which she now resides and all the stock of every description thereunto belonging (viz) cattle, horses, hogs, sheep, goats, waggons (sic) guns, ploughs, hoes, axes, household and kitchen furniture together with my negro man Dangerfield, his wife Milly and their five children, namely, Julia, Alabama, Abel, William, Barry and all their increase to have and to hold in fee simple her life. And I further will and bequeath to my blood son Jefferson Chadwick, all the residue of my estate after the payment of all my just debts, (said residue cosists principally of notes and accounts together with some lands not connected with the plantation above disposed of). I do hereby nominate and appoint Alfred A. Turner to be the guardian of my son Jefferson, and I do request that he on taking charge of my Estate as said Guardian, collect, and pay all my just debts, keeping all my notes regularly secured, renewed and compounded, and to collect from time to time a sufficient amount to defray all my son Jefferson's Expenses. Giving a good Education and at the age of twenty one pay him off. It is not intended that said A. A. Turner is to have anything to do with the property willed to my wife, that is hers, not to be troubled to pay my debts. To defray any part of my son's Expenses. Given under my hand and seal this 15th day of March A. D. 1862 James Chadwick (seal) Attest: B. W. Martin C. W. Martin October 18, 1802 Comes Benjamin W. Martin and John W. Martin Witnesses to the will of James M. Chadwick filed herein in Open Court and under oath, say that the said James M. Chadwick Testater did sign, seal, publish and declare the same to be his last will and testament in their presence, who in his presence and in the presence of each other and at his request did sign their respective names B. W. Martin C. W. Martin Sworn to and subscribed before me Oct. 18, 1862 E. F. McCammon, Clerk The court being satisfied with the proof of said will, the same is admitted and ordered of received (seal) In testimoney whereof I hereto set my hand and affix the seal of said court at office, day and date above E. F. McCammon clerk State of Arkansas County of Bradley I, E. F. McCammon Clerk of the Circuit Court and Ex-Officio Recorder in and for the County aforesaid do hereby ask that the annexed and foregoing will was filed in my office for Proof Probatim as Record on the 18th day of Oct. A. D. 1862 and that the same together with the artifacts thereto are now duly recorded in book Page 18 In testimony whereof I have hereunto set my hand and affixed the seal of said Court at Office this 21st day Oct A. D. 1862 E. F. McCammon Clerk by Wm Wiess D.
(Bradley County, Arkansas Will Book B, Page 23)
Transcribed for the Bradley County Wills page by Ann Ragsdale and made available by Peggy Bowman who went to the courthouse and copied it, and Jann Woodard who shared it.