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Will of John Harris,
1821, Oglethorpe Co. GA.

Submitted by: Anna Worley <[email protected]>
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Will of John Harris

Oglethorpe County Will Book B  #82  1808-?, pg 190-191
LOCATION: Oglethorpe County Courthouse, Lexington, GA, Probate Office


I(,) John Harris(,) of the County and state aforesaid do make ordain & consti___e this my last will and testament.  Item the 1st I will and bequeath to my five children Charles W. Harris (,) James Harris (,) Sally Thompson, Nancy Kilgore & Polly Smith. Two negro men Billy & Jessee to be sold and the money they may bring to be equally divided amongst them. 

Item 2nd I will and bequeath the balance of my estate both real & personal consisting of the land where on I live containing three hundred and fifty seven acres and twelve negroes namely Pompey, Easter, Liah, Lilley, Sam, Peggy, Aron, George, Mary, Mariah, Sarah & Jerry and my other ____ies of property I possess to my wife Milley Harris & her & my Ten children Viz_ Elizabeth B. Harris, John D. Harris, Lewis Harris(,) Patsey Harris, Clary Harris. Thomas Harris. Susanah Harris. William Harris. Gerdine Harris, Jessee M. Harris The property to be kept together for the support & raising & Educating of my said last named Ten children until the 1st comes of age or marries
at which time or period they are to draw an equal share or one eleventh part if my wife thinks or concludes to spare as much and so on through the said Ten children as they arive [sic] of age or marrie [sic] & ally said wife Milley Harris is to keep said land & plantation & property in her possession provided she remains my widow. But if she should change her situation by marriage she is to be entitled only to her one eleventh part of said property or estate and the ballance to be used for my children as above stated or married above and distributed and it is further my will that my Just Debts be paid out of the proceeds of the present growing crop.

(page 191)
Item 3rd I do hereby ordain nominate my son Charles W Harris and Eli R Callaway my Executors to this my last will & Testament as witness
my hand and seal this 2nd day of June 1821.
John Harris (his mark) 

Witnessed by Wm Lumpkin, Eli R. Callaway, William Smith Etc.
Recorded July 4th, 1821


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