Date: 11 August 1768
To all people to whom these presents shall come, be seen or made known, I Mary Elizabeth Pawley (late Mary Elizabeth Miller) wife of George Pawley of Craven County, in the said province of South Carolina, planter, send greeting and so forth, Whereas by my marriage – settlement and agreement made before my inter-marriage with my present Husband the said George Pawley it was (among other things) agreed and settled, that I the said Mary Elizabeth should have the disposal of the lands and tenaments goods and chattels hereinafter mentioned in such manner as I should by my last Will and Testament or other instrument of writing under my hand and Seal to be duly executed in the presence of and attested by competent, notwithstanding my Coverture (see fit, as in and by the said marriage settlement and agreement recorded in the Secretary’s Office of this Province relation being thereunto had, doth and may more fully and at large appear) now know ye that I the said Mary Elizabeth Pawley in consideration of the tender love and affection which I have and bear unto my said husband George Pawley and two children, that is to say Elias Vanderhorst and Elizabeth Moore the wife of John Moore Esqr. respectively and to the respective children and issue begotten or which shall hereafter be lawfully begotten of the respective bodies of my son the said Elias Vanderhorst and my daughter the said Elizabeth Moore, do make and delare this my last Will and Testament and do hereby revoke and annul all former and other last Wills and Testaments by me made or declared either by word or writing and confirm and allow this and no other, to be and remain as and for my only last Will and Testament and more over do nominate constitute and appoint my said son Elias Vanderhorst, and son-in-law, the said John Moore, to be executors in trust of this my said last Will and Testament and accordingly do hereby give bequeath and devise unto them, my said Executors and the survivors of them and the Executors and Administrators of such survivor forever all and singluar my lands tenements goods, chattels and monies hereinafter particularly specified, ennumerated and described, upon the special trusts and confidence nevertheless and to and for the several and respective uses ends intents and purposes herein after respectively mentioned expressed and declared of, for and concerning the same and every part and parcel thereof, and to, for and upon no other use trust end intent or purpose whatsoever, that is to say, as for and concerning my horse chair, and the harness thereto belonging, one feather bed, bolster and two pillows two blankets one mattress, one silk conterpain, one cotton counterpain, one mahogony dressing table, two large mahogony tables, one dressing glass, one suit of bed curtains four window curtains six silver tea spoons a pair silver tea tongs eight lanaskip pictures, twelve life pictures, six pictures with cedar frames, of the Royal family, four large maps, one portmantle trunk, one black trunk, one painted tin box and a pair of bellows, to and for the sole use and behoof of my loving husband the said George Pawley for and during the term of his natural life, and no longer and at his decease to the only proper use and behoof of my said loving daughter Elizabeth Moore forever, or in case of her decease before that of my said husband, then at his decease to be equally shared and divided between such of the children and issue of her body, as shall happen to survive him my said husband George Pawley, and as for and concerning the respective pictures of him my loving son Elias Vanderhorst and of his wife and the moiety or one half part of all my cash or ready money which I shall happen to have by me, or shall be due unto me, at my decease, to and for the sole use and behoof of him my said son Elias Vanderhorst forever, or in case of his decease before mine then and no otherwise to be equally shared and divided between such of the children and issue of his body lawfully begotten as shall happen to survive me and as for and concerning all my wearing apparel and the other moiety or one half part of my cash or ready money which I shall happen to have by me at my decease, to and for the sole use and behoof of her my said daughter Elizabeth Moore for ever, or in case of her decease before mine then and not otherwise to be equally shared and divided between such of the children and issue of her body as shall happen to survive me, and as for and concerning all these my five town lots of land situate lying and being at and in George-Town Wineau in this Province, distinguished in the plan of the same Town, by the several numbers 110, 298, 299, 300 and 301, and also all that parcel of land bought of the Executors of the last Will and Testament of Thomas Hasell Esqr. late deceased situate and being and adjoining to the old plan of George Town aforesaid together with all and singular the houses buildings improvements and appurtenances thereon or to either of the said Town lots or parcel of land belonging or in any wise appertaining, to and for the personal use support and yearly maintenance of him my said son Elias Vanderhorst to go and be delivered to and among such of the children and issue of his body begotten or hereafter to be lawfully begotten, and in such shares or parts and to and for such several uses and behoofs and with and under such limitations and for such estate or estates respectively as he my said son Elias Vanderhorst shall in and by his last Will and Testament to be duly made and executed in his life time think fit to give devise limit and dispose of the same or for want of such disposition, then to go and be equally shared and divided to and between all the children and issue of his body begotten or to be lawfully begotten, which shall happen to survive him and me to have and to hold to each of them respectively, for ever, and as for and concerning, all that my Town lot of land situate lying and being in George-Town aforesaid and distinguished in the Plan thereof by the Number 61 and fronting on Broad Street in the said Town together with the Blue house and all and singular other the buildings improvements and appurtenances thereon or there unto belonging and also seventeen other Town lots of land situate lying and being at and in the said Town and severally distinguished in the Plan of the same by the resepective Numbers 167, 274, 275, 276, 277, 278, 279, 280, 281, 281, 283, 284 and 285, 286, 287, 288, and 289, which were purchased of Archibald Baird and William Simpson Esqr. Executors of the last Will and Testament of the late John Cleveland Esqr. also deceased together with all and singular the houses buildings improvements and appurtenances thereon, or on either and every of them standing or thereunto belonging, and also my two Negroe wenches respectively Dinah and Nanny with their and each of their future issue and increase, my said daughter Elizabeth Moore’s picture and one bed quilt, to and for the sole use and behoof of her my said daughter Elizabeth Moore for and during the term of her natural life only and no longer, without impeachment of waste in respect of the said lands and buildings, and at her decease to go and be and remain to the uses and behoofs of such of the children and issue of the body of her my said daughter Elizabeth Moore in such proportion to and for such uses and behoofs and with and under such limitations and for such estate and estates respectively, as she my said daughter Elizabeth shall in and by her last Will and Testament to be duly made, in writing, and executed in her life time, whether she shall be under coverture, or sole think fit to declare give devise bequeath limit or dispose of the same, or for want of such disposition, then shall go to and be equally shared and divided between all and such children and issue of the body of my said daughter Elizabeth Moore as shall survive her and me, to have and to hold to each of them respectively for ever, provided always nevertheless that until such division or divisions of the said trust estate shall be respectively made, if my said executors or trustees or the survivors of them shall judge it most condusive to the advantage and for the interest of my said children or child, grand-children or grand-child respectively to sell and dispose of all or any part or parts, or parcel of my said Town lots or other lands herein before given or devised to my said Executors, in trust with the hereditaments and appurtenances thereunto severally belonging then and in such case it shall and may be lawful to and for and I do hereby authorize and impower them my said executors and trustees, and the survivior of them his executors administrators to bargain and agree for, absolutely sell and dispose of, for the most profit and emolument of my said children, child grand children or grand child, respectively and to convey and assure, in due manner and form or law to such person or persons as shall be the highest bidder and bidders and at the highest prices that can be gotten for the same, and to his, her and their heirs and assigns for ever, all or any of the herein before given or devised Town lots, lot or parcel of land and premises together with the hereditaments and appurtenances to them, any or either of them severally and respectively belonging or in any wise appertaining as he or they my said Executor or Executors Trustee or Trustees and the survivor of them, his Executors or Adminstrators shall think fit and proper and in every such case I hereby futher will and order give and bequeath the neat proceeds of the respective lands and premises so to be sold and disposed of to be improved applied and finally paid over from time to time to and for such uses and behoofs respectively, as is herein before directed and appointed of, for and concerning the respective lots, lot, lands and premises so given or devised as aforesaid, and to and for no other use, intent or purpose whatsoever, anything herein contained to the contrary thereof in any wise notwithstanding in witness whereof I the said Mary Elizabeth Pawley have to this my last Will and Testament set my hand and seal the eleventh day of August in the eighth year of the reign of his Majesty King George the Third, and in the year of our Lord Christ, one thousand seven hundred and sixty eight.
Mary Elizabeth Pawley (seal)
Sealed Published and declared by Mrs. Mary Elizabeth Pawley as and for her last Will and Testament in the presence of us, who in the presence and at the request of the Testatrix and in the view of each other, have hereunto severally set our respective names as witnesses.
Proved before the Honorable William Bull Esqr. Lieut. Govr. 5th October 1770, at the same time qualified Elias Vanderhorst Executor to the said will. In the Court of Ordinary Novr. 30th 1770. Qualified John Moore Executor.
Recorded in Will Book 1767 – 1771
Recorded on Page 497
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