WILL OF WILLIAM HULL
IN THE NAME OF GOD AMEN, I William Hull of
Prince George Parish, Craven County & Province of South
Carolina being in perfect Health & having the full exercise
of all my reasonable faculties do hereby make & Ordain this
my Last Will & Testament.
First: I give and Bequeath unto my beloved daughter Martha Calhoun these four Negroes Viz: Phillis, Neptune, Jacky, & Ben already in her professions One feather Bed & furniture & One Negroe fellow named Brandy which Brandy is not to be delivered unto her until all my just debts that may at my decease be by me due is fully discharged the aforesaid Bequests to be the property of the said Martha during her natural life then to descend the one half to Ann Bonny Monk, daughter of the said Martha , the other half to the lawfull heirs of her Body, failing of lawfull heirs of her Body then to be equally divided among her three Sisters hereafter named during their natural lives then to descend to their lawfull issue Respectively And I do hereby charge the said Martha with the Education & Maintenance of her said Daughter Ann Bonny Monk during her natural life or until the said Martha's death out of the profits arising from the Work of said negroes.
Second: I Give and Bequeath unto my beloved Daughter Hannah Brown, these following Negroes Viz: Pompey, Cutilla & her two Children named Hetta & now in her possession & one feather Bed & furniture these Bequests to be the property of said Hannah during her natural life then to Descend with the increase to the lawfull heirs of her Body failing of lawfull issue then to be divided in equal shares amongst her three sisters Martha, Judith & Elizabeth in the same Manner & form that Martha's Requests failing lawfull issue is to descend.
Thirdly: I Give & Bequeath unto my Beloved Daughter Judith Brown, One Negro Wench named Cecelia, the younger, One Negroe fellow named Pompey now in her possession & one feather bed & furniture these Bequests to be the property of said Judith during the term of her natural life then to descend with their increase to the lawfull heirs of her body failing of lawfull issue then to be divided in equal shares amongst her three sister Martha, Hannah & Elizabeth in the same manner & form that Martha's & Hannah's bequests failing lawfull issue is to descend.
Fourthly: I Give & Bequeath unto my beloved Daughter Elizabeth Hull One Negro fellow named Harry, One Negro Wench named Charlotte with a female Child named Bincky, three cows & Calves, One Mare out of my stock & feather Bed & furniture these Bequests to be delivered when she arrives at the Age of Eighteen Years or on the day of Marriage & to be her property as well as to descend in manner & form as the several bequests made to her three sisters above mentioned without any let or hindrance whatsoever only this must be observed that if the said Elizabeth depart this life before Marriage the above named Negro Child Bincky is to descend to my Grand Daughter Ann Bonny Monk & her heirs.
Fifthly: I Give & Bequeath unto my well beloved wife Sarah Hull one Negro Wench named Elviolet & one Negro Boy named Argyle to her during the term of her natural life & after her decease to my four daughters above mentioned in the same manner & upon the same terms as above I likewise give my said Wife Sarah a feather bed & furniture my riding chair & two horses upon the same conditions as the above two Negroes.Sixthly: I Give & bequeath to my Grand Daughter Ann Bonny Monk, One Negroe girl with her increase for ever the Negro girl to be purchased at the discretion of my Executors hereafter named in twelve Months after my decease.
Sevently: I Give & Bequeath unto my beloved Nephew Joseph Hull, Two Hundred & Sixty pounds current money of said Province to be by my Hereafter named Executors paid to him two years after my decease if of the Age of twenty one years, if not then the said sum is not to be by my Executors accounted for until he arrives at said age in either case my Executors hereafter named are hereby required to purchase a young Negroe Wench or Girl with said sum which wench or girl together with two cows & calves & one young mare with the whole increase is to be his property two years after my decease or when he arrives at the age of twenty one years during his natural life then to descend to the lawfull heirs of his body yet so as not to be liable to be by him in any manner whatsoever sold or conveyed away to any nor to be liable to be seized for any debt or debts he may owe when these bequests are given to him nor for any debt or debts he may afterwards contract if he dies leaving no lawfull issue the said Wench or girl two cows & calves with one young mare & the whole increase is in such case to descend to Elizabeth Hull sister to said Joseph during her natural life then to be the property of the lawfull heirs of her body nevertheless the said wench or girl two cows & calves with one young mare & the whole of the increase are in no wise liable to be sold or seized for any debts & lastly if the said Joseph & Elizabeth dies without leaving lawfull issue then the said wench or girl two cows & calves with the young mare & the whole of the increase is to revert to the surviving heirs above named to be equally divided & to descend as the bequests to my four daughters aforesaid,
Eighthly: The remainder of my Estate Real & Personal of what kind soever except perishing articles or commodities shall & is to be kept together entire untill all my lawfull debts are fully discharged.
Ninthly: I Give & Bequeath to my Nephew William Hull Brother to the above Joseph Hull my wearing Watch to him & his heirs.
Tenthly: Whereas I am by bond dated the 19th day of this instant bound & obliged in the penalty of three Hundred pounds current money of the province aforesaid to make good & sufficient titles to my beloved daughter Hannah Brown for that plantation or tract of land situate in Craven County containing five hundred & fifty acres more or less if she the said Hannah & her husband Robert shall move up & settle the same before the first day of June next. Now in case the said Robert shall move up & settle the said land as aforesaid It is my Will & desire that she the said Hannah shall have no other part or parcell of my real estate besides the said tract of five hundred & fifty acres in such Case I do hereby give, devise, & bequeath the remainder of my Real Estate unto my daughters Martha, Judith & Elizabeth upon the same terms of my other Bequests to such respectively But in case the said Robert Brown shall not come & settle the aforesaid tract of five hundred & fifty acres of land & that the aforesaid bond becomes void & of no effect then & in such Case I do hereby give devise & Bequeath unto my four daughters Martha Hannah Judith & Elizabeth all my Real Estate to be equally divided between them subject nevertheless to the residence of my Wife Sarah Hull during the term of her natural life.
Eleventhly. It is my will & desire that all the Rest Residue & Remainder of my personal Estate whatsoever it may be found shall be equally divided between my well beloved wife Sarah Hull & my four daughters Viz: Martha, Hannah, Judith & Elizabeth upon the same terms of my former bequests to each respectively.
Lastly: I do hereby Nominate, Constitute & appoint George Evans of Dorchester, James Coachman, Captain John Postell & James Calhoun all of Prince George Parish to be executors of this my will hereby revoking & disannulling all former wills & testaments by me heretofore published pronounced confirmed or declared by me the said William Hull to be my Last Will & Testament this 20th day of October One Thousand Seven Hundred & Seventy Two & in the twelfth year of his Majestys Reign. Signed: William Hull (LS)
(The words Bonny Bequeath & Pounds were interlined before signing)
Signed Sealed Published Pronounced & Declared by the said William Hull to be his Last Will & Testament in presence of: John Crawford, Thomas Donnam, Saml Fisher
Proved by virtue of a dedimus from the Honble Wm Bull Esq Lieut Govr directed to Joseph Dubourdieu Esq the 26 June 1773. At same time qualified George Evans Exor to said will August 16, 1773 Qualified James Calhoun in pres Court of Ordinary as Exor to the above Will.
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