WILL OF ANDREW GRIER
South Carolina, Craven County
IN THE NAME OF GOD AMEN, this 8th day of April Anno domini, 1765, I ANDREW GRIER, of Kingstown in the Aforesaid County and Province Planter, being at this present time Sick in Body, but in perfect sense and Memory thanks be to God for the same and Calling to mind the mortality of the Body and the Certainty of death and uncertainty of Life in this transitory Life, think it proper to make and Ordain this my last Will and Testament in manner and form following Vizt, first and principally I recommend my Soul to the handle of Almighty God, that gave it and my Body to the Earth to be buried in a decent and Christian like Manner, at the discretion of my Executors herein by me Nominated and appointed and as touching and concerning what Worldly Estate it hath pleased God to Bless and Endow me in within this life, I give Bequeath and dispose of the same as Followsth, IMPRIMIS, My will is that all my Just debts be fully and Justly paid and discharged then I give grant demise and bequeath unto my TWO SONS JOSEPH GRIER and SAMUEL GRIER the Tract of Land and plantation containing 250 Acres in Kingstown aforesaid, whereon I live and occupied that is to say, when JOSEPH shall come of age if he thinks proper to take the Land to have it justly Valued and to pay the one third of the Value to his brother SAMUEL but in Case JOSEPH should not chuse to take the Land upon the Conditions aforementioned then shall it be put to his Brother SAMUEL 'S Choice whether he will take the land on the Same Condition if not to have it Sold, two third to SAMUEL and farther my Will is that my dearly beloved WIFE shall hold possess and occupy the said Land and plantation with the Appurtenances thereunto belonging peaceably and Quietly to possess and Enjoy the same until such time as my Son JOSEPH be of age and then my said WIFE MARGARET GRIER is to Surrender and deliver up the Land and premises with the Appurtenance whatsoever unto belonging to be set Apart to the Only and proper use of my two Sons JOSEPH GRIER and SAMUEL GRIER, further my will is and I do hereby Order that the whole of my personal Estate and Neve_bies together with what ever, Improvements is made thereto whatever unto me belong that is After my Just debts be paid and discharged may equally be divided Share and Share alike between my Wife and three Children Namely JEAN, JOSEPH, and SAMUEL But further my Will is that those Children may be Educated when they come to be of age fit in the Inglish tongue to read and write as far as is Necessary for Country business the Cost thereof to be paid out of the whole of my Estate before any division be made thereof and further my will is in Case my Executors shall think proper when the two Boys JOSEPH GRIER and SAMUEL GRIER when they come to the age of fifteen should it please God for them to Live so long and they seemed thriving and promising it is my desire that they should be bound to a good Trade and further my will is incase my Wife Should alter her Conditionby marriage and should chuse to have her part from the Childrens that she may have her desire only should it be before the Children Be Educated that she shall pay her equal part towards educating the Children furthur my will is that their shall be no division in the Childrens part of the Estate untill my son JOSEPH Arives to age, further my will is that my Mother may receive Yearly to the Value of ten pounds Currency during her life if she demands it, AND LATLY my will is and do hereby Constitute Nominate and appoint my Trusty and Will beloved WIFE MARGARET GRIER my trusty and well beloved UNCLE SAMUEL GRIER and my Trusty and well beloved BROTHER JOSEPH GRIER to be my Only true and Sole Executor of this my last Will and Testament disallowing Annulling and Revoking all Other former Wills and Testaments ever made be me Ratifying and Confirming this and no Other to be my Last Will and Testament. IN TESTIMONY Whereof I have hereunto put my hand and fixed my Seal the day and Year first within written... Signed: Andrew Grier Senr (Seal)
Signed, Sealed pronounced and published and delivered by the within Named Andrew Grier as his Last Will and Testament. In presence of us the Subscribers....
Proved by a Didimus directed to John McDougal Esq by the Honble Wm Bull Esq. Lieut. Govr. 27th September 1766. October 3d 1766, Qualified Margaret Grier, Saml Grier, & Joseph Grier Exors,
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