Will of William Walker
25 Mar 1814

Will Book "D", page 196; recopied in Will Book "A.B.", page 158
Oglethorpe Co., GA., Ordinary's Office

Contributed by
Robert N. Hale, Sr.

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IN THE NAME OF GOD AMEN.  I, William Walker of the count of Oglethorpe & State of Georgia, being through the mercy of God spared, though weak in body yet of perfect mind & memory, do make & ordain this my last Will & Testament & first of all, I recommend my soul into the hands of Almighty God that gave it  & my body to be buried in a decent Christian like manner, & I give & dispose of my worldly goods in the following manner & form after my just debts are all paid.
ITEM.  I give & bequeath unto my beloved wife Sarah Walker the tract or parcel of land whereon I now live with all its appurtenances, containing two hundred acres, be the same more or less, together with all my household & kitchen furniture together with all my plantation tools & all my stock of every kind by her free will to dispose of property & enjoy for the use of my family, together with all debts , due to me either by notes, judgements or accounts which I have standing against my debtors.  All the above named property I leave to her discretion so long as she remains my widow, & I do hereby make her my sole Executrix of this my last will & testament & privilege her to select any person in whom she can most confide to assist her in critical affairs, but provided the said Sarah should marry, she then cease to be my Executrix, & only to have such a part of my estate as the law allows.  In such case & in the case that said Sarah should marry, it is my wish that the court appoint some other proper person to succeed her that place & it is my wish also, that when my younger daughters that are now single should marry, that my said wife Sarah should make shares equal with those of my daughters that are married.  Also my will & desire is that the balance of my estate be kept together for the use of my younger children until my son William Walker comes of age & after the death of my said wife Sarah, my will is that my son William Walker shall have the tract of land whereon I now live, containing two hundred acres, more or less, to him & his heirs forever.

And, should my wife Sarah die before my son William becomes of age, my will is that my personal property then remaining after her death be kept together & the plantation whereon I live for the use of my loving children that may remain unmarried, until my son William becomes of age, then the balance to be equally divided among my nine daughters (to-wit) Elizabeth; Rachel; Sally; Jamina; Nancy; Polly; Abby: Patsy; and Margaret, and my son William excluded.

In witness whereof I have here unto set my hand & seal the 25th day of March 1814.  
William Walker (Seal)

OGLETHORPE COUNTY, GEORGIA

Appeared in open court, Hail Maxey and John Townsend, two of the within witnesses to the will & after being sworn say That they saw the with named William Walker, sign, seal, publish, & declare the within instrument of writing to be   his last will & testament & at the time of his so doing, he was of sound mind & memory to the best of our knowledge & belief, so help me God."

Signed:  John Townsend & Hail Maxey

Sworn to & subscribed in open court, March Term, 1822.  Recorded 5th day of March, 1822.  Matthew Rainey-C.C.C.


 

 

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