WILL OF PETER SIMONS

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WILL OF PETER SIMONS

IN THE NAME OF GOD AMEN, I Peter Simons of Waccamaw in Craven County in the State of South Carolina Planter being of sound Mind & memory do hereby make & ordain this to be my Last Will & Testament in manner in form following. I command my Soul into the handle of Almighty God in hopes of mercy through the intercession of my blessed Redeemer Jesus Christ, my Body I desire may be decently interred at the discretion of my Executors, and as to the Worldly goods, which it has pleased God of his bounty to be stow on me (after all my just debts & funeral expenses are paid, I give & bequeath as fellows, Imprimis: I give unto my beloved Wife Eleanor during the time she shall remain my widow, & no longer the use of the dwelling house, where in I now live, together with the necessary out buildings & garden, & the liberty of planting with her negroes on shares with my children under the direction of my executors, during, her widowhood as aforesaid, I also give unto my said wife Eleanor & to her heirs & assigns for ever one fourth part of a Lott of Land in George Town, which I purchased some time past of Benjamin Young & his wife and for which they are to make titles, & it is my desire that the conveyances for the same may be made to her my said wife an to her heirs and assigns forever, and I do hereby give my Executors full power and authority, when ever they shall judge it convenient for my Estate to build at the Expense thereof & convenient dwelling house, with necessary out buildings & fences on the said Lott for my said wife, I also give, & bequeath unto my said wife Eleanor, & to her heirs & assigns two negro women which she is at liberty to chose out of all the Slaves, that I may die possessed of as also her choice of either of the negro lads called Balam, which choice she is hereby enjoyed to make within one month after my decease, I also give and bequeath unto my said wife & her heirs all my House Hold & Kitchen furniture Except a candle cup & six table spoons, which I had of my Brother Edward) as also all my House Stores, my Chaise two young Black Horse & a bay Horse called Con Troller all these bequeathed together with an equal share with my children, of all the remainder of my personal Estate as herein after mentioned are in Lieu of her jointure, Dower & all claim, or demand whatever which she may have to any other part of my Estate either real or personal, Item: I give and bequeath unto my son John & to his heirs and assigns two negro boys named Sam & Guy as also my silver candle cup & six table spoons, which I had of my brother Edward & a long gun. Item: I give & bequeath unto the child my wife is now pregnant with and to his or her heirs and assigns two boys called Charley and James. Item: I give and bequeath unto my daughter Elizabeth and to her heirs and assign two negro girls called Fanny, and Venus. Item: I give and bequeath unto my daughter Martha two negro girls called Molly and Rose to her and to her heirs and assigns. Item: I give and bequeath unto my Executors herein after named or to such of them as shall take on them the probate of this my Last Will & Testament, full power & authority ( If they shall think it necessary) to dispose of my Sea Shore Plantation together with the pine land adjoining thereto so far as the Old Cape Fear road, and to make good and sufficient titles for the same, and the monies arising there from to be applied towards, payment of my debts, but in case my said Executors should not think it Expedient to dispose of the same, I then give and bequeath the said plantation to my son, and the To the child my wife is now pregnant with. If the same shall be a son, to be equally divided between them, and their respective heirs and assigns, and in case the child, my wife is now pregnant with shall be a daughter, then I give the whole of my said Sea Shore Plantation unto my, said Son John & to his heirs and assigns for ever. Item: It is my will and desire, and I do hereby enpower my Executors ( in case the child my wife is now pregnant with should be a Son) to make such division, of my two Plantations, on Waccamaw River as they shall judge most convenient for two Settlements, and the part where I now live, I give and bequeath unto my son John, and to his heirs and assigns for ever, and the other part, (in which is included the Plantation I bought of the Executors to my Brother Edwards Estate) I give and bequeath unto the child my wife is now pregnant with, If the same child be a son, and to his heirs and assigns for ever but in case the same shall be a daughter than I give & bequeath the whole of my lands on Waccamaw Neck except the Sea Shore Tract should be sold) unto my Son John & to his heirs and assigns for ever, subject to my wife's dwelling and planting thereon, during her widowhood as before mentioned. Item: I give and bequeath the whole of the remainder of my personal estate to equally divided between wife Eleanor and my children including the one my wife is now pregnant with and to their respective heirs and assigns, my Sons parts of my Estate to be delivered to them, when they shall respectively arrive at the age of twenty one years and my daughter at the age of eighteen years or day of marriage, which shall first happen, and in case any of my children, shall happen to die, under the respective ages, before mentioned and without issue (and my daughters unmarried) then it is my will that such childs' share - dying be divided equally between the survivors of them and my wife share and share alike, and is case all my children shall to die as aforesaid under age without issue and my and my daughters unmarried then I give the whole of my estate both real and personal unto my said wife Eleanor, and to her heirs and assigns forever and it is my will, that my estate be kept together and improved in common for the benefit of all my children, until they shall arrive to the respective periods above mentioned, and it is my will that my children be mentioned and liberally educated out of the income of my said estate. Lastly, I do hereby nominated and appoint my friends Benjamin Young, Thomas (Young ?), Thomas Mitchell and Edward Mitchell when he attains to the age of twenty one years to be the Executors of this my last Will and Testament, giving them full and ample powers to carry in to Execution the several matters herein contained, to sell or purchase slaves, set moneys at interest, or in any other manner improve my estate in such manner as they shall judge most beneficial thereto in witness thereof I have here unto set my hand and Seal this 28th day of February in the year of our Lord one Thousand Seven Hundred and Seventy Seven.
Signed: Peter Simons (LS)

Signed, sealed, published and declared by the Testator to be his last Will and Testament in presence of us, the words or demand whatsoever which in the 34th line of the first page and the word plantation in the 16th line being first interlined of second page.
James Mackie, Mary Taly, Robt Simons

Feby. 16, 1785, Qualified Edward Mitchell, Exor. Before Daniel Dwight, Esquire by virtue of a Dedimus.


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