Wills & Probate
Philip J. Bishop
State of Georgia
In the name of God
Amen, I Philip J. Bishop of said State and County feeling life is
very uncertain and knowing I shall shortly have to depart this life
deem it right and proper both by respect to myself and family that I
shall make a disposition of the property with which a kind
Providence has Blessed me. I therefore make this my last will and
testament hereby Revoking all others heretofore made by me.
1 Item. I desire
and direct that my Body be Buried in a decent and Christian like
manner just as my family may think best. My soul I trust will
return to God who gave it as I hope for External Salvation through
the merits and atonement of the Blessed Lord and Saviour Jesus
2 Item. I desire
all of my just debts be paid by Executor hereafter appointed.
3 Item. I give
devise and bequeath to my beloved wife Francis with whom I have
lived in the strictest quiet for a number of years all of my
property both real & personal for and during her natural life time
or widowhood. But in case she should marry again I then wish a
division of my entire estate given to my wife one third during her
natural life time another to be equally devised my children
4 Item. In case my
wife should marry again I then wish a devision give to all of my
children an equal share within the two thirds of my estate after my
wife gets her third as mentioned in 3 Item.
5 Item. I leave it
discretionary with my wife to give the balance of my children as
they may marry or become of age the amount as I gave to my daughter
Mary A. E. when she married taking a receipt for the same that they
may be equal in the end.
6 Item. The names
of my children are as follows: Willis M., Mary A. E., Martha A.
Francis, Jane Letha P, Sarah P. Lavonia, Amerlie S. J., Phroenicia
7 Item. I appoint
my son Willis M. Bishop my lawful executor to this my last will &
Signed sealed and
delivered and published by Philip J. Bishop as his last will and
testament in the presence of us the subscribers who subscribed our
names hereto in the presence of said testator at his special
instance and request and of each other this 18th March
Edward F. Knott
John A. Dunn
In person appeared
before me James H. Mangham, Ordinary in and for said County, James
Lavender and Edward F. Knott who being duly sworn depose and say
that this paper contains the Last Will and Testament of Philip J.
Bishop, Late of said County deceased. The (deceased) was of sound
mind and memory at the time of the making of said will and testament
and that it is just and true in all its parts. Sworn to and
subscribed before me this 5th day May 1856.
J. H. Mangham
I Willis M. Bishop
do solemnly swear that this writing contains the last will and
testament of the within named Philip J. Bishop deceased so far as I
know or believe and that I will well and truly execute the same by
paying for it the debt and then the Legacies contained in said will
as far as his Goods & Chattles thereunto extend and the Law charges
me and that I will make a true and perfect inventory of all such
goods and chattels, so help me God. Sworn to and subscribed in Open
Court this 5 day May 1856.
J. H. Mangham
Willis M. Bishop
GA Archives Dr.
164/ Box 63
Wills Book A, P. 22-23
Transcribed by Bob & Linda Ellis
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