Will of Frances "Fanney" Staples
Elbert Co. GA
In the name of Almighty God, Amen. I, Fanney Staples, widow and relect of David Staples late of said county and state aforesaid deceased, being weak in body but of sound and reflecting mind and memory, knowing that it is appointed for all men to die, wishing to dispose of what property that it has pleased God to help me with in my widowhood I do make this my last will and testament in following manner, to wit; I wish to be buried in Christian order at the discression of my surviving friends and the expense paid out of my Estate.
I wish all my just debts to be paid out of estate by my Executors.
I give unto my son, John F. Staples, or his children one equal share.
I give unto my daughter, Elizabeth Stovall, one equal share.
I give into my daughter, Barbary Denney, one equal share.
I give unto my daughter, Martha Tucker, one equal share.
I give unto my daughter, Lucy Brown, one equal share.
I give unto my daughter, Melita Denney, one hundred dollars.
I give unto my daughter, Mary Ann Moon, one equal share.
I give unto my son, Thomas Staples, one equal share.
I give unto Charles W. Christian Senior three equal shares in trust, one equal share for the sole use and benefit of my daughter Christian S. Phelps, one other equal share for the use and benefit of my daughter Prudence Smith, and one other equal share for the use and benefit of my daughter Tabitha S, Moon to be used in that manner which the said C.W. Christian in trust may ____ it best to their and each of their interest, and his, the said C.W. Christian, failing or refusing to act in the trust for the three last named daughters, then and in that case I authorize any court having competent jurisdiction to appoint another trustee or trustees in his place.
I give unto Charles W. Christian Senior, one Negro girl named Milly in trust for the sole use and benefit of my daughter Tabitha S. Moon.
My will and wish is that the balance of my Negroes, to wit; Charity, Benjamin, and Ansel, have the right of choosing their masters either in or out of my family to go at the valuation of three good men and the proceeds applied as above provided.
I do hereby appoint Charles W. Christian Senior and my son Thomas Staples Executors to this my last will and Testament. In testimony whereof I have herunto set my hand and seal this Seventeenth day of October in the year of our Lord Eight Hundred and Thirty Seven.
Signed sealed and acknowledged in the presence of
Charles G. Moon
Her Mark "X"
Recorded by clerk of court 1847
Will Book 1835-1860 Elbert County Ga.