WILL OF SAMUEL GRIER
In the Name of God Amen I SAMUEL GRIER of Craven County in the province of South Carolina, Planter being in good bodily health & of Sound & disposing mind do make & Ordain this to be my last will & testament resigning my soul to God & desiring that after my decease my body be decently Interred by my Executrix & Executors herein after named & with the Respect to the worldly Estate of which I may die possessed, I will as follows. In the first place, I order that my whole Estate wheresoever a whatsoever be kept together & improved untill all my Just debts shall be paid, after which I give unto my SON JOHN GRIER the six following Negroes vizt: Ben, Bob, Glasgow, Lydia, Silvia & Nero. Also one fourth part of my Negroe Slaves not particularly named in this will One third part of my household Goods & Kitchen utensils, my riding horse & watch & one half of my Stocks of Cattle Horses Hogs & Sheep. I also give devise & bequeath unto my said SON JOHN & to his heirs & assigns forever. Two thirds of that my Plantation or four tracts of Land, situate on Great Pedee River whereon I now reside containing in the whole nineteen hundred & fifty acres of Land more or less to be divided as is herein after directed, also all that my plantation or Tract of Land on Little Pedee containing be estimation three hundred & fifty acres originally laid out to William Romsey. And likewise all that my plantation or tract of land in Waccamaw containing two hundred & fifty acres more or less. Item: I give unto MARY RIDGILL, JOB ROTHMAHLER & WILLIAM RIDGILL in trust for the use of my daughter ELIZABETH these my six Negroes named Dick, Prince, Peter, Hannah, Kate & Sawney, also one fourth part of my negroe Slaves, not particularly named in this my will, one third part of my household Goods & Kitchen Utensills & one half of my Stock of Cattle Horses, Hogs, & Sheep. Item, I give devise & bequeath unto my Daughter AGNES McDOUGALL, wife of Mr. JOHN McDOUGALL all that my Plantation or tract of Land on Hunting Swamp containing by estimation Seven hundred & Seventy five acres more or less & to her heirs & assigns forever, also one fourth part of my Negroe Slaves not particularly named in this my will, & likewise One third part of my household Goods & Kitchen Utensils. Item I give devise & bequeath unto my GRANDSON SAMUEL GRIER, son of WILLIAM GRIER, deceased one third of that my plantation or four tracts of land situate on Great Peedee River whereon I now reside containing in the whole nineteen hundred & fifty acres more or less & to his heirs & assigns for ever to be divided as is herein after directed, Also one fourth part of my Negroe Slaves not particularly named in this my will. Item I give devise & bequeath unto AGNES JORDAN, widow of JOSEPH JORDAN, decd & to her heirs & assigns for ever all that my plantation or tract of land containing by estimation three hundred acres joining the seven hundred & seventy five acres of land on Hunting Swamp given to my Daughter AGNES McDOUGAL as abovementioned. Also one Negroe Girl named Dibby & one Negroe Boy named Sambo. Item my will is & I do order that my sister MARY RIDGILL with her husband shall have free liberty to reside on my Peedee Plantation where I now dwell with Land to plant thereon as long as she lives & shall have the use & Compation of the Dwelling house & conveniences thereunto belonging untill my Son JOHN shall arrive to his age of twenty one years. Item, I do order that all the Divisions directed or Intended by this my will, as well of my Real as of my personal Estate, shall be made by my executrix & Executors hereinafter named or by three or more indifferent Persons nominated by them or by the survivor or survivors of them for that purposes which Division certifyed under their hands & shall be for ever conclusive & binding upon every person whatever claiming or that may claim by from or under me by virtue of this my Last Will & Testament or otherways. Lastly I do hereby nominate Constitute & appoint my sister MARY RIDGILL, Executrix & my friends JOB ROTHMAHLER & WILLIAM RIDGILL, Executors of this my Last Will & Testament hereby revoking all former wills by me made & declaring this only to be my Last Will & Testament. In witness whereof I the said SAMUEL GRIER have hereunto set my hand & Seal this Eleventh day of June Ammo Domini One Thousand Seven Hundred & Sixty Nine.
Signed, Sealed, Published & Declared By the above named Samuel Grier as & for his Last Will & Testament in the presence of us,Who in his sight & in the sight of each other, Have at his request subscribed our names as Witnesses.
ALEXR WILSON, SUSANNA GRIER, AGNES JORDAN
PROVED by virtue of a Dedimus from his Excellency the Governor directed to Paul Trapier Esq 27 April 1772 at same time Qualified Job Rothmahler Esq, one of the Executors to the above will.
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