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Last Will and Testament of William Eliott

William Eliott

The State of Missouri: Cole County

I William Eliott of Cole County State of Missouri Being weak in body but strong in mind in the name of God do make this my last will and testament. First I give and bequeth to my beloved wife Mary Eliott all my land and other property that is not named or given to some other heir, also a black girl by the name of Gata for the purpose of supporting herself and children and for the purpose of educating said children. Secondly I give and bequeth to my son John one negro boy named Robert aged Eleven years. Third I give and bequeth to my daughter Samanda Ann one negro girl named Mary aged 4 years old to be kept by her mother until she becomes of age or her mother sees cause to deliver her to the said Samanda Ann. My boy Ben is to be sold according to law at my sale to the highest bidder being his choice. Fourth I also give and bequeth to my Daughter Mahala and Susan each one bed and furniture and one cow and calf. Fifth I also give and bequeth to Ausaburn Fulcher my step-son a brown mare commonly known as his and when my estate is divided fifty dollars. Sixth I also give and bequeth to my son Peter one yellow mare commonly called his. Seventh I also give and bequeth to my three grand children Jackson, Sarah, and Margaret Lawless twenty five dollars each as their full share of my estate. The two negros that is given to John and Samanda is to be valued when they receive them and deducted out of their part of the estate. John is to receive his when of age. My executors is to collect all my debts and loan all the money collected with what I have on hand until my youngest child becomes of age and then equally divided. I furthermore will at the death of my wife Mary all my property sold and equally divided among my said children. After my death my wife is to keep on hand sufficient corn, Bacon and wheat to support her and my children for twelve months. The ballance to be sold also my Bay mare and colt, waggon and one yoke of oxen and twenty head of hogs also ten head of cattle besides the oxen. It is to be destinctly understood that their is to be no division made amongst my children untill my youngest child becomes of age. My executors is hereby appointed by me (viz) James Inglish living in the forks of the Moniteau Creek and Jonathan I Martin I hereby revoke all other wills made by me at any other time signed and sealed with my hand and Seal in the presence of the Subscribing witnesses ... It is further understood that I have give some of my children heretofore money which I have charged against them and it is to be counted in their parts when there is a division made. As will appear charged to them on my papers.

signed William Elliott

August 5, 1839
James (his mark) Redman
Lewis Elliott
Jonathan I. Martin

Submitted by: Rhodene Frederick

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