In the name of God Amen, I John Allston of the Parish of Prince George in Craven County in the Province of South Carolina Planter being of sound and perfect mind and memory do make my last Will & Testament in the following manner that is to say
First I will that all my just debts and funeral charges be paid off and discharged. Also I give & bequeath to my loving wife Sarah Allston for & during the term of her natural life if she continues so long my Widow the use of the Chamber in my dwelling house where I used to lie & the closet adjoyning the same with the chest of drawers table and glass belonging to the said chamber and also one negro boy named Stepney four stears six cows with calves & one good riding horse to her only proper use for and during the term above mentioned & after her decease I will and bequeath the same to my sons Josias Samuel & William.
Also I will that my said wife shall be found such provisions of the plantation produce as shall be necessary for herself and her three slaves during the time she shall live or remain upon my said plantation.
Also I give & bequeath to my said Wife the bed & furniture belonging to the same in my lodging room aforementioned and three pair of sheets as she shall choose belonging to my house also in full for any right of dower or thirds my Wife might have to my estate. I do in lieu thereof confirm certain articles of agreement made between my said wife and myself about the time of our marriage and the one hundred pounds sterling therein mentioned or the value thereof in current money of this province be paid to my said wife immediately after my debts.
Also I give devise and bequeath unto my eldest son John and his heirs forever the tract of land whereon I now live and which I purchased of Joseph Allen containing four hundred and ninety acres bounding Northeasterly on lands of John Allston (son of William) & to the Southwesterly in a certain line of division markt between the said tract and lands I purchased of Wm. Branford, also the lands on the front of the said four hundred & ninety acres which lies between the same & Waccamaw River & is part of seven hundred acres for which I have his Majesty’s Grant and also one other tract of land containing one hundred & thiry-seven acres situate on the west side of Waccamaw River & lies opposite to the lands above mentioned to him my said son John and his heirs forever provided nevertheless that he my said son John doth within twelve months next after my decease or after the probate of my Will make good sale and perfect conveyance to my son Josias and to his heirs forever of all these three tracts of land on or near Pedee River containing in the whole six hundred & seventy acres the same which I lately conveyed to my said son John by certain indentures of Lease and Release and in case my said son John doth refuse or neglect to comply with the above proviso then and in that case only I give devise and bequeath to my said son Josias and to his heirs forever all those three tracts of land on or near Pedee River containing ______hundred & seventy acres all those several parcels or tracts of land ___ rec____onally devised to my son John as afore mentioned.
Also I give & bequeath to my son Josias one Negro boy named Bob and my watch. Also I give and devise to my son Samuel and his heirs forever one tract of land situate on the east side of Waccamaw River containing six hundred and forty acres which I purchased of William Branford also the lands situate between the same Waccamaw River & is also a part of the seven hundred acres above mentioned. Also I give and bequeath unto my said son Samuel one Negro boy named Natt. Also I give and bequeath to my son William and his heirs forever one tract of land situate on the westside of Pedee River containing three hundred acres which I purchased of my brother Peter Allston. Also one other tract of land situate on the east side of Pedee River containing one hundred fifty acres which I purchased of Abraham Warnock and also ninety four acres of land situate between Pedee & Waccamaw River being the northeast part of two hundred and fifty six acres which I purchased of William Waties. Also I give to my said son William one Negro boy named Abner.
Also I give devise and bequeath to my son John & to his heirs forever one moiety or half part of a lot on George Town No. 84 by the platt of the said Town being the southwest Corner lot made by Broad Street and Prince Street. Also I give to him my said son John three slaves vizt. Old Bodford, Diana and Marda and also the clock in my dwelling house. Also I give devise and bequeath to my son Josias and his heirs forever the other moity or half part of the Lot (no. 84) in George Town and that part bounds on Lot no. 108. Also I give devise and bequeath to my son Samuel and William and their respective heirs forever one other lot in George Town (no. 94) to be equally divided between them. Also I give devise and bequeath to my son-in-law Benjamin Marion and to his heirs forever one tract of land situate on the east side of Waccamaw River containing three hundred and twenty acres which I purchased of John Lupton and also the lands lying between the same and Waccamaw River which is also a part of the seven hundred acres which lies between his lands and Waccamaw River. Also I give the use of three slaves viz. Buff, Maria & Sarah to my daughter Martha wife of Benjamin Marion for and during the term of her life and after her decease I bequeath the said slaves to the heirs of her body but in default of issue I then give the said slaves to be equally divided amongst my four children after named share and share alike. Also I will that the several tracts of land following and which I have not before mentioned be sold by my Executors hereafter named Viz: one tract containing four hundred and twenty eight acres situate on _______one other tract _______in hundred and fifty acres situate ______Saucasta Creek and also one ____containing seven hundred acres situate near Saucasta and the mon___by the sale of the said lands to be equally divided among my five children above mentioned share & share alike and also I give and bequeath to them my books and to be divided equally.
I also give and bequeath to my sons Josias Samuel & William & to their respective heirs all the residue & remainder of my personal estate among my said sons to be equally divided share and share alike and that four Negroes vizt. Charlow Cyprus Neptune and Cloe whom I intend to put my son Josias in possession to be deemed and taken as part of his share. Also I will that my two youngest sons Samuel & William shall have their respective shares of my estate delivered up to them respectively by Executors as they shall arrive each to the age of eighteen years. Also my will and meaning is that no Legacy or any Division be made of my estate till all the debts be paid that was owing at the time of my decease.
Lastly I nominate and appoint my sons John Allston & Josias Allston to be Executors to this my Will and Testament & do hereby revoke all former Wills by me heretofore made acknowledging this and no other to be my Will and Testament. In testimony whereof I have set my hand to each of this two pages and also fixed my seal to this last this 24th day of March Anno Dom. 1749/50
Signed Sealed Published &
declared by the said Testator
for his last Will & Testament
in his presence we sign our
names as Witness thereunto
the words being first interlined
in the 13th line of the second page
& do hereby
This Will was proved by virtue of a Didimus directed to John Oldfield Esq. by the Oath of Jno. DuPre Archd. Johnson & Thos. Waties the 11th May 1750 at the same time qualified John & Josias Alston Exors. named.
Recorded in Will Book 1747 – 52 pg. 283
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