Will of Jonah Collins
State of South Carolina
In the name of God amen, I Jonah Collins of the Parish of St. James Santee, planter, being perfectly in my senses, and disposed to regulate my temporal concerns, whilst I have strength of mind, sufficient for that purpose, do make and declare this to be my last Will and Testament;
First I do desire that my executors herein after named, will keep my estate together, until all my just debts and funeral charges be fully paid; which I request they will do, with all convenient expedition.
Item I give unto Daniel McGregor my silver mounted gun, and all my wearing apparel, they to be delivered to him by my executors, without their being appraised.
Item I give and bequeath to Mrs. Mary Hallom, the following negores, vixt. Dolly and child Nancy, little Betty and child Florah, Sam, Tobe and Adam, and their increase, during the life of the said Mary Hallom, and that of her husband Henry Hallom, should the said Mary Hallom, have heirs of her body, then to said heirs, or heir, but in case of no heir or heirs, I then give the said above mentioned negro slaves and their increase unto the eldest son of Daniel McGregor, and the eldest son of Alexander McGregor, in case there be no sons, then to the daughters.
Item I give unto Mrs. Elizabeth Bell two negroes by name, Abraham and Handy, to her and her heirs, executors, administrators and assigns for ever.
Item I give to my grand daughter Mary Woodbery, the following negroes, vizt. Big Jack, Daphney and child Maryan, To, Longhed Phillis and George, and one thousand pounds sterling, which money to be made by my said negro slaves, before they shall be divided; but, should my grand daughter Mary Woodberry depart this life before she arrives to the age of twenty one years, and shall leave no lawful issue, then and in that case, my will is that the said six negroes, Big Jack, Daphney and child Maryan, To, Longhead Phillis, and George, and the one thousand pounds sterling, shall be equally divided between the following persons, vizt. Daniel McGregor, Daniel Sullivan, Richard Woodbery the son of Richard Woodbery, and Jonah Woodbery the son of Jonah Woodbery, to them their heirs and assigns for ever.
Item I give and bequeath unto my loving daughter Elizabeth Collins, all the remainder of my estate, both real and personal, to her and the heirs of her body for ever; provided nevertheless, that should my said daughter Elizabeth Collins depart this life leaving no lawful heir or heirs of her body, then my will is, that the said above mentioned remainder of my estate, both real and personal, I give unto my grand daughter Mary Woodbery's eldest son (that shall be named Jonah Collins) or my said daughter Elizabeth Collins's eldest son (that shall be named Jonah Collins). But if in case my said daughter Collins should die, without lawful issue of her body as aforesaid, then and in that case, my will is that the remainder of my estate both real and personal, I give unto Daniel McGregor, Daniel Sullivan, Richard Woodbery the son of Richard Woodbery, and Jonah Woodbery, the son of Jonah Woodbery, to them their heirs, executors, admors. and assigns for ever, and should any of them die, and shall have left a child, or children, he, she, or they, shall represent his or their father, and draw his or their share.
Lastly I constitute and appoint my Friends Thomas Horry, John Barnett Senior and John Buchanan executors of this my last will and testament, contained on three sheets of paper. Witness my hand and seal this first day of August in the year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred and eighty six.
JONAH COLLINS (LS)
Signed Sealed Published and Declared by the said Testator, as and for his last Will and Testament, in the presence of us, who in his presence, and in that of each other have subscribed our names as witnesses thereto Thomas Frazer, John Peter Bochet, Henry Hallom.
Proved (by Virtue of a Dedimus from Charles Lining, Esquire O.C.T.D.) before John Wells Esquire April 1, 1789 - at same time qualified John Buchanan Executor
Recorded in original will book "B" 1786-93, page 282
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