Will of W. B. Selman
Will of W. B. Selman County of Drew State of Arkansas I, W. B. Selman, do hereby declare and make known this my last will and testament on relations to all my personal property and effect, and do hereby require my executor to be Soley (sic) governed thereby : I wish my wife to be appointed my executor----- I wish my negroes, Edmund, aged 32 years, Mary aged 17 and Hamet aged 16 years to be kept together, for the support of my wife and children, and by no means to be sold. I wish my wife to keep my place for the children and herself as a home, unless she should find it much to her interest to dispose of the same. I wish the perishable property to be kept or just so much thereof as my wife may think necessary to keep up the home place, the remainder to be sold. I wish the accounts and notes, I hold, against all persons to be collected, and with the money on hand, and the money arising from the sale of perishable property to be appropriated to the payment of all my just debts, the remainder to be kept for the support and education of my children. I wish my son, Henry to have my man Katy, to be his individual property. I wish him also to have the rifle and son Robert, to have my shot gun, which I hae carried during my service in the army, to keep as a memento of me; Signed W. B. Selman Witnesses: Robert S. Farish James Miles W. E. Payne State of Arkansas County of Bradley In the probate court of the county of Bradley, January term 1866. On this the 9th day of January 1866 came Robert S. Farish and James Miles, witnesses to the annexed and foregoing will, who being duly sworn, do make oath that W. B. Selman, the testator to the annexed and foregoing will, being of sound and disposing mind did sign publish and declare the same to be his last will and testament in the presence of us who, in his presence and in the presence of each other and at his request did sign our respective names thereto as witnesses. Robert S. Farish James Miles state of Arkansas County of Bradley Be it remembered that on this 9th day of January 1866, the annexed and foregoing instrument of W. B. Selman was presented to the court of Probate of Bradley County, by Rice, B. Green and at the same time and place came Robert S. Farish and James Miles witneses who swore and subscribed the foregoing affidavits, and being satisfied with the Proof of Said Will, the will and proof is admitted of Record In testimony whereof I, W. G. Wiess clerk of the circuit court and ex officio Clerk of Probate Court have hereunto set my hand and official seal this 9th January, 1866 signed W. G. Wiess, Clerk
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.