John McLean Will
Georgia Fayette County,
In the name of God Amen, I John McLean of said State and County knowing
that I must shortly depart from this world deem it right and proper both
as respects myself and my family that I should make a distribution of of
the property with which a kind providence has blessed me I therefore make
this my last will and testament hereby revoking and annulling all others
heretofore made by me.
1st I Desire and direct that my body be buried in a decent
and Christian like manner suitable to my circumstances and condition My
soul I trust shall return to rest with God who gave it.
2nd I Desire and direct that all my just debts be paid
without delay by my Executors hereinafter named as I am unwilling that my
creditors should be delayed of their rights.
3rd I Give and bequeath to my beloved wife Martha E.
McLean fifty acres of land it lying and being on the south side of lot
number two hundred and nineteen in the fourth district of originally Henry
now Fayette County and including the residence where I now live also all
that part lot of land number one hundred and ninety eight which lies north
of a crop fence commencing at the line near Jesse Jones land running East
across said lot to the East line then due East through lot number one
hundred & ninety nine in the same district thirty rods thus a north corner
to the north line also two head of horses to be made choice of by her the
said Martha E. and two cows & calfs and choice sows & pigs and five year
old shoats and five fat or killing hogs & five head of sheep all of which
she is to keep & poses free from all charge off and during her natural
life or widowhood. If she should marry then the land
revert to and become the property of my beloved son William Francis McLean
and in order that she the said Martha E. may receive an equal portion of
my property in case she should Marry I request that she relinquish her
interest to said lands & that she then receive the sum of five hundred
dollars out of my estate.
4th I bequeath to my son William Francis McLean and
Allison Hurst McLean and a child yet unborned a negro woman Iseua? and her
child Stephen and all of her increase to be equally divided in the year
1870 but in case the land now bequeathed to my wife Martha E. should
revert to and become the property of my son William Francis then and in
that case he shall not receive any part of the negro woman Iseua and her
child Stephen & her increase but they be divided between my son Allison
Hurst & a child yet unborned.
5th I bequeath to my Daughter Miriam S. McLean a negro
girl Lithia? and two hundred dollars in money to be paid at her marriage
or when she comes of age.
6th I bequeath to my daughter Rachel R. McLean the first child that my
negro woman Salice may bring to life and and to hundd dollars in money to
be paid at her marriage or when she becomes of age but in case she should
not receive any negro as contemplated then in that case she is to receive
the sum of five hundred dollars as full compensation for the negro & two
hundred above mentioned.
7th I bequeath to my sons Oliver P. McLean & Joseph M.
McLean lot of land number one hundred and eighty seven in the fourth
district of originally Henry now Fayette County to be divided between them
by a line
running from north to south in case they cannot agree upon a division that
they draw for it after running the line.
8th I bequeath to my son Hiram H. McLean all of that part
of lot of land number one hundred & ninety eight (198) in the fourth
district of originally Henry now Fayette County which lies south of a line
to commence on the west side of said lot at a crop fence near Jesse Jones
land & running due East a long the line of the land bequeathed to Martha
E. McLean fifteen Rods past the center of said lot then due south to the
south line of said lot.
9th I bequeath to my son John M. McLean all that part of
lot of land number one hundred & ninety eight which lies south of a line
commencing at the crop fence fifteen rods east of the center of said lot
and running east to the east line of said lot also all that part of lot
n11umber one hundred & ninety nine which lies south west of a line to
run due east commencing at the termination of the line that runs through
lot number 198 and to run east thirty rods then due south to the south
line of said lot.
10th I bequeath to my son Juanfarranzer McLean all that
part of lot of land number one hundred and ninety nine which lies south of
a line to commence at the center of the east line of said lot & to run due
west until it runs within thirty rods of the west line of said lot then
south to the south line.
11th I bequeath to my son Hampton S. McLean all that part
of lot of land number one hundred & ninety nine which lies north of a line
to commence at the center of the east line of said lot & to run due west
until it passes within 30 rods of the west line of said lot then north to
the north line of said lot.
12th I request that my negro woman Salice & my negro boy
Roland remain on the plantation for the purpose of working & raising
support for my family until the year eighteen hundred & sixty five at
which time I request that they be equally divided among all of my heirs.
13th All the property bequeathed in the foregoing bequest
is to remain as it is and to be considered a part of my estate until such
heir shall become of age or marry then and in that case they will be
entitled to receive their bequest.
14th I request that all the rest of my property not herein
disposed of be equally divided between my (heirs) lawful heirs.
15th I constitute and appoint my beloved wife Martha E.
McLean my Executrix and my sons Joseph M. McLean & Oliver P. McLean
Executors to this my last will & testament this the tenth day of October
eighteen hundred & fifty. John McLean
Signed, Sealed declared and published by John McLean as his last will and
testament in the presence of us the subscribers who subscribed our names
hereto in the presence of said testator and of each other this the tenth
day of October eighteen hundred & fifty.
State of Georgia}
Nowitis? Ajouned This Court of Ordinary 1850
Before us Jesse L. Blalock Elijah Glass & Thomas M. Jones Justices of the
Inferior Court of said County while sitting as a Court of Ordinary
personally came Martha E. McLean Executrix of the last will and testament
of said John McLean deceased and the witnesses of said will "Towit" Eli
Edmondson Andrew McBride & Harrison Jones which witnesses being duly sworn
depose and say that they saw John McLean the testator sign seal declare
and publish the instrument now presented as his last will and testament
freely voluntarily and of his own accord and without any compulsion or
influence whatever that at the time of the Execution of the said will said
testator was of sound and disposing mind and memory that deponants signed
said will as witnesses in the presence of
the testator and at his special instance and request and in the presence
of each other.
Sworn and subscribed
in open court before us}
Jesse B. Blalock J I C Eli
T. M. Jones J I C
Elijah Glass J I C
Recorded Nov 12th 1850
William J. Russell Clerk
In account current with Joseph McLean one of the executors of the last
will and testament of John McLean late of Fayette County deceased from
the 1st of January 1856 to the 31st Dec 1856 also showing the condition
of the estate from the death of the testator to 31st Dec 1856.
To cash paid out by Martha E. McLean as executrix before her ?????? was
revoked as per voucher No. 1 48.02
To cash paid Richman Dorman as per voucher no. 2 12.68
To cash paid taxes in 1851 as per voucher no. 3 7.07
To cash paid D M Williams as per voucher no. 4 45.27
To cash paid James M. Pate as per voucher no. 5 200.00
in right of his wife as distribution
To cash paid R K Holliday no. 6 15.15
To cash paid Bosworth & Brassell no. 7 9.29
To cash paid Richard F. Archer no. 8 72.50
To cash paid James Floyd no. 9 3.00
To cash paid W M C Dodson no.10 4.35
To cash paid C. Butler no.11 13.68
To cash paid John I Whitaker no.12 5.77
To cash paid Harrison Jones no.13 61.70
To cash paid Bosworth & Brassell no.14 4.65
To cash paid C C Ordinary no.15 6.57
To cash paid Eli Edmondson no.16 6.25
To cash paid Cover? & Stone no.17 30.00
To cash paid R F Archer work done on grave no.18 18.00
To cash paid Brassell & May apr? 1852 no. 19 17.25
To cash paid A A Parker for Tuition no. 20 8.99
To cash paid tax for 1852 no. 21 11.85
This amount paid out by Martha E McLean
Before her letters? was revoked $620.00
Cash paid J M McLain Executor from 1st January 1856
To cash paid Holliday & Ware April 1856 as per voucher no. 22 6.60
To cash paid Brassell & May Apr 1855 as per voucher no. 23 51.15
To cash paid Tax for 1855 as per voucher no. 24 8.58
To cash paid M. L. Heath Tuition as per voucher no. 25 10.75
To cash paid W & C E Bennett apr 1856 as per voucher no. 26 7.60
To cash paid W P Byington? Tuition as per voucher no. 27 15.15
To cash paid Brassell & Rodgers apr 1857 as per voucher No. 28 54.25
To commission on $1269 paid out in this return at 5 per cent 6.68
To division according to the will of Lot No 187.4 of Fayette County
Between J M & O P McLean appraised to No 29-30 1000.00
To 1 note on William Rou???? contained in apprais bill 10.50
To cash paid H??? & C???? for professional services No. 3 30.00
The will requires the personal property to be kept for the use
and benefit of the family. The following articles ma???os? and
contained in the apprais bill have been cust????? by and
used for the benefit of the family from January 1852 to January 1857
1 Bay mare appraised per apprais bill Page 284 to 80.00
1 Ro?? Mea? colt ???? per apprais bill page 284 to 30.00
1 Dark Brown? colt ???? per apprais bill page 284 to 40.00
40 Head of hogs all use of & ????? per apprais b8ll page 284 to 50.00
Transcribed & Submitted by Linda Blum-Barton
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