Alabama Probate Records

 

Bibb Co., AL Probate Records          Will of Ann Woodruff

08-04-1843

 

In the name of God Amen

I Ann Woodruff of the State of Alabama and County of Bibb being of sound and perfect mind and memory do hereby make ordain and establish this as my last will and testament touching such worldly goods as I have been favoured with in this life the whole of which I do give devise and dispose of in manner and form following

 

      1st    I do will and bequeath unto my Nephew James W. Crawford my Negro Woman Mary and all the children which she may have born after the date of this will to him and his heirs and assigns forever

      2nd   I do will and bequeath unto my Niece Eleanor M. A. Coleman a Negro Girl by the name of Eliza about ten years old to her and her heirs and assigns forever

      3rd   I do will and bequeath unto my Niece Margaret M. Bernhard a Negro Girl called Lucinda about eight years old to her heirs and assigns forever

      4th    I do will and bequeath unto my Nephew Thomas P. Crawford a Negro Girl called Melinda about six years old to him his heirs and assigns forever

      5th    I do will and bequeath unto my Niece Jane A. Crawford my Negroe Man July and a Negro Girl called Cecelia about four years old to her heirs and assigns forever

      6th    I do will and bequeath unto each of my three Nieces Eleanor M. A. Coleman, Margaret M. Bernhard and Jane A. Crawford one feather bed and bedstead.  Also all my bed clothing and bed furniture

                     of every kind to be equally divided between them share and share alike and their heirs and assigns forever

      7th    I do will all the balance of my Estate both real and personal to be sold upon a reasonable credit as provided by Law and out of the proceeds of such sale I do will all my Just debts and expences to be

                     paid and the balance of my Estate so remaining after the payment of my said debts. I do will and bequeath to be divided among my Nephews and Nieces already mentioned in such manner as

                     will make those who may have received the least valuable specified legacies equal among themselves and equal so far as my estate may extend to those which have received the most valuable

                     specific legacies taking the appraisement of my estate by the order of the Orphans Court as the standard of value.

      Lastly I do constitute and appoint James W. Crawford sole executor of this my last Will and testament

  

            In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and affixed my seal this 4th day of August A. D. 1843

                                                                                                                                                                 Ann

                                                                                                                                                             her  x   mark

                                                                                                                                                               Woodruff

 

             My Notes: Evidently she did not have any children that survived to adult since she left items to nephews and nieces.