WILL OF JOSEPH ADAIR, SR.
In the name of God, Amen. I JOSEPH ADAIR of the State of South Carolina and County of Laurens Cooper: being through the abundant mercy of God, though weak in body yet of a sound and perfect understanding and memory; Do constitute this my last will and Testament and desire it may be received as such. First I most humbly bequeath my soul to God, my maker, beseeching his most gracious exceptance of it. Through the all sufficient merits and meditations of my most compassionate redeemer Jesus Christ who gave himself to be and attonement for my sins and is able to save to the uttermost all that come to God by him seeing he ever liveth to make the intersession for them and who I trust will not reject me a returning penetant sinner when I come to him for mercy. In this hope and confidance I render up my soul with comfort, humbly beseeching the most Glorious and blessed Trinity, one God most Holy most mercifull and gratious to prepare me for my desolution and then to take me to himself into that plan of rest a incomparable felicity which he hath prepared for all that love his holy name Amen.
Blessed be God I give my body to the earth from whence it was taken in full assurance of its resurrection from thence at the last day. As for my burial I desire it to be decent without Pomp or state at the discretion of my dear wife who I doubt not will manage it with all pre???????.
As to my worldly estate I will and possitively order that all my debts be paid, and next I give and bequeath to SUSANNA my dearly beloved wife all my stock of black cattle and hogs with all the pewter of my dresser; and one hundred and Sixty(cannot be read) dollars which is in the hands of my son JOSEPH ADAIR and all the store of my grain that may be mine at the time of my death for her support also all the farming tools that belong to me at my death. Also my beads and bed furniture to(illegeable) the same during her life, and at her decease to go to my son JAMES ADAIR; also to my son JOSEPH ADAIR I give and bequeath the remainder of the continental money that remains in the estate. Also one long posted bedstead and my armed chair, also I give and bequeath unto my son JAMES ADAIR the one half of my Coopers Tools; and other utensils belonging to my trade with the whole of my wearing apparel, as also my chest at the decease of my wife; Also to my son BENJAMIN ADAIR, I give and bequeath the other half of my Coopers Tools, and utensils belonging to my trade; as also the half of that twenty pounds old currency which he had of me for which he was to have pailled a grave hard, which he never performed; also to my daughter JEAN RAMMAGE, I give and bequeath my bracs scales; Also to my daughter SARAH ADAIR, I give and bequeath that other half of that twenty pound old currency which is in the hands of my son, BENJAMIN ADAIR; Also I give her at the death of my wife that Iron Pot that was her mothers with my iron crook; also I give and bequeath to my daughter MARY OWINS my biggest iron pot, and my coarse flax hackle at the decease of her mother and to her husband JOHN OWINS the one half of the sawed plank of my loft and floor; and if it shall please God to call me home by this present disease, it is my will that the money he owes me should go to defray my funeral charges. Also to ROBERT LONG my son-in-law I give and bequeath the other half of the plank of my loft and floor. And I do by these presents nominate constitute and appointand ordain as the Executors of this my last will and testament; my truly and well beloved sons JOSEPH and JAMES ADAIR; and I do hereby Revoke and disallow and make null and void every former will by me made, ratifying and confirming this and no other to be my last will and testament. In witness thereof I have hereunto set my hand and affixed my seal this Ninth day of January in the year of our Lord One Thousand Seven Hundred and Eighty Eight. Signed and sealed in the presence of
James Montgomery Joseph Adair (Seal)
James (I) GREEK
Recorded in Book A. page 19. Proven date not available.
Original Will not in files of Probate Judge Office.
WILL OF JOSEPH ADAIR, JR
State of South Carolina Laurens District. In the name of God, Amen. Know all men by these presents that I, JOSEPH ADAIR, of the same State and District are now in good health and in my natural senses at this date and time make this my last will and testament. At my death, I bequeath my body to the tomb, my soul to the almighty God, me maker and cratar and Jesus Christ my redemer.
Likewise I give and bequeath unto JOHN ADAIR, my son, all the land that I layed of for him, that RICHARD HOLLEN and JOHN PRIER now lives on and one negro woman named JUKE. Likewise, I give and bequeath unto my son JAMES ADAIR all that part of a tract of land he now lives on lying on the South Side of Littel Dunkins Creek bounded on land of THOMAS MCCRARYES, ALEXANDER WILKERSONS, ELISHA ADAIR and one negro man named DUKE. Likewise, I give and bequeath unto my son ROBERT ADAIR the money that he did receive from ALEXANDER WILKERSON for a tract of land made over by me and my son ELISHA ADAIR to said WILKERSON and one negro girl named TAMER.
Likewise, I give and bequeath to my son ELISHA ADAIR all that part of land I now live on containing three hundred and seventy five acres more or less, resurvayed by JOHN A. ELMORE, one negro boy named MORRIS, one new waggon and all her harness.
Likewise, I give and bequeath unto JOSEPH ADAIR, son of ELISHA ADAIR, one set of silver coat buttons, and one set of silver breaches buttons to my son ROBERT ADAIR. I likewise, give and bequeath unto my daughter ELIZABETH and her husband JOHN HUTRON one negro girl named CHAVIS to be tharne during there natural life, and at their death to be equally divided among all ELIZABETH HUTRON'S children of her natural body.
Likewise, I give and bequeath unto my daughter JANE, wife of THOMAS HOLLAND, one negro girl named Dice. Likewise, I give and bequeath unto my daughter CASEY, wife of THOMAS MCCRAREY one negro woman named SID. Likewise, I give and bequeath unto CHARTY, wife of DAVID LITTEL, one negro woman named SARAH and all the rest of my perishable property to be equally divided among my eight children of my natural body. I hereby set my hand and seal this 20th of January, 1812. It being in the thirty sixth and thirty seventh year of American Independency. And I do here appoint ELISHA ADAIR and JOHN ADAIR my Executors. Witness present
Richard Holland Joseph Adair(Seal)
Recorded in Will Book D-1, Page 105. Recorded date not available.
Proven Jan. 15, 1813. David Anderson Ordy.
WILL OF JANE (ADAIR) HOLLAND
In the name of God, Amen. I Jane HOLLAND of Laurens District and Carolina, being sick low condition, but in full excuse of my reason, do make and declare this to be my last will and testament, that is to say.
I do first give and bequeath to my son Thomas HOLLAND all the lands lying between the branches betwist where I live and Henry SHELLS land and Henery DUNKENS and all the lands lying on the other side said branches to be sold and equally divided amounghest my other children and grand children, Thomas excepted. And likewise all my clothing to be equally divided amounghst my three daughters and the balance of my household furniture to be equally divided amounghst my children.
I likewise that one negro man named Will to be sold to pay for my funeral expenses and my lawful debts I may owe and the rest of my servants to wit; Anney, Pheby, Danniel, Louesa, Morten, Edmond, Anderson, Alfred, Charles, Marey, Ann, and Sarah to be put into five lots, and my children to choose men to appraise them and then draw lots for them, and then lot with each other according to the value set on each this devishion amounghest my children. And should there be any debts or increase among the servant, they are to be disposed of in the same way as above directed and all of the rest of my property including horses, cattle, hogs, wagon and spinning utensials to be sold and equally divided amoughst my children and grand children equally.
And this my last will and testament may be duly executed. I do hereby constitute and appoint my loving son in law John LEEK and my son Thomas HOLLAND executors to this my last will and testament. And I do hereby declare tis to be my last will and testament. And sign seal and declare it as such in the presence of the following witnesses. August 23th, 1830.
Jane (X) Holland (SEAL)
John B. Kennedy
Recorded in Book F, Page 287. Proven date November 9, 1830. Recorded date not available. Original will not in files of Probate Judge.
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