WILL OF NICHOLAS B. DREWRY
July 28, 1919
In the name of God Amen, I, Nicholas B. Drewry, of the County of Spalding, State of Georgia, on the date above written, do make this my last will and testament, disposing of all the property that I may be in possession of at my death, setting aside all former wills that I may have made.
First. I will that my Body be Buried in my lot in Oakhill Cemetery in a simple, but neat walled and cemented vault, and that my resting place be marked by a marble stone, selected by my wife and children, and that the expense of my Burial be paid out of my money, or other available stocks or bonds that I may possess at the time of my death.
Second. I will that my Dear Wife, Julie M. Drewry, have the following property for own use and benefit during her natural life, she caring for the upkeep of said property, and at her death, or if she desires to abandon said houses, that the said houses and lands revert to my estate and be equally divided between my three children or the heirs of their bodies.
(The Following Property for my wife) The Home place where we now live with all of its belongings, (If she wants to distribute any of the furniture or library to my children she has the right to do so,) also the house and lot on the North side of West Solomon St., Nos. 1 & 3 known as the Ison lot, also the house on North 12th St., where Westly Cochran now lives, 60 ft. fronting on 12 St. running east to the line of my son’s lot (J. H. Drewry) bounded north by Slaton Avenue, East by J. H. Drewry’s lot, South other lands of mine west by 12th St. Also one house and lot on West College St. No. ___ bounded south by West College St., East by McDowell, north by J. H. Mathews lot, west by L. P. Blanton. Also that she have two thousand Dollars (1/4) one fourth out of my life Insurance. This latter item to be used as she pleases for her own comfort and pleasure.
Third. I will that my Daughter, Mrs. Blanch Westbrook shall have the store house and lot on the north side of West Solomon Street, No. ___ now occupied by E. W. Doe. Also my 1/6 interest in the building known as the Kincaid building lying on East Solomon St. bounded on the north by East Solomon St., east by Mills Printing Co.’s building, west by Masonic Building, south by Methodist Church Building and grounds, also one house and lot on West College St., No. bounded on the North by West College St., west by a negro family by the name of Prothro, to the Southern R.R., south and east by the Southern R.R. Also Two Houses and lots on West Poplar St., Nos. 723 & 725, now occupied as tenants Mr. M. Galloway, and Mrs. Ja. A. Driver. Also Two Houses on West Solomon St., Nos. ______, one now occupied by Gilbert and the other by Sank McKoy, Jr., bounded south by West Solomon St., east by J. H. Drewry, west by the two story house that is my property running north one hundred and five feet to my other property. Also my stock in the Griffin Banking Co., also one half of my stock in the Griffin Manufacturing Company.
Fourth. I will that my son, T. Ellis Drewry, have the building no. 108 North Hill St. known as the Drug Store, also my stock in the Merchants & Planters Banking Co., also the Two Story house on West Solomon St. at the corner of West Solomon and 12th St. Also my entire stock in the Rushton Cotton Mills (650) shares and 207 acres of land in Pike Co., GA, near Vager on the R.R. to Columbus, GA.
Fifth. I will to my son, J. H. Drewry to have the following part of my estate. My one half interest in Buildings and vacant lands of what is known as the old ware house property, bounded as follows: on the north by Slaton Avenue, on the east by the ally running between this property and the stores fronting on Hill St. and the store house occupied by E. W. Dorr that I now own, on the south by West Solomon St., on the west by the U. S. Post Office Building and lot and including all of the buildings, sheds and vacant lots on the lot described. Also one half of my stock in Griffin Manufacturing Co. Also my stock in the Savings Bank of Griffin, GA.
Sixth. I will that all other values that I may be possessed with at my death including the balance of my life insurance, Kincaid stock and my notes and accounts to be used for my Burial Expenses or pay any debt that I may owe, and after all obligations have been settled be equally divided between my three children; if any of them are not living then that the heirs of their bodies shall receive their parents’ share.
Seventh. It is my will that all claims in my possession at my death against either one of my children; either in note or on my account book, be cancelled, and not chargeable to them. I have to the best of my judgment equalized the above named claims in the distribution of my estate so as to make them as near equal as I could. In providing for my Beloved wife, after considering her present personal possessions, to leave to her, for her use during her lifetime such property as she may be able to use with the least worry and responsibility.
Eighth. It is my will that T. Ellis Drewry and J. H. Drewry be the Executors to this my last will.
I have signed this my last will in the presence of the undersigned citizens of Spalding Co., GA.
N. B. Drewry
Witnessed by: R. J. Deane
W. A. Mintz
H. M. Amos
STATE OF GEORGIA, COUNTY OF SPALDING
Before me came H. M. Amoss, named as a witness to the within writing, purporting to be Nicholas B. Drewry’s last will and being duly sworn saith that he with R. J. Deane and W. A. Mintz at the request of Nicholas B. Drewry and in his presence, and in presence of each other, did attest as witnesses the within writing as Nicholas B. Drewry’s Will; that the same was signed and published by Nicholas B. Drewry in their presence as his last Will, that he was at the time of said attestation and signing by him of sound and disposing mind and memory; that he executed the will voluntarily.
Sworn to and subscribed before me,
This the 7th day of July, 1920. H. M. Amoss
J. A. Drewry, Ordinary
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STATE OF GEORGIA, SPALDING COUNTY.
To wit: I do solemnly swear that this writing contains the true last will of the within named Nicholas B. Drewry, deceased, so far as I know or believe; and that I will well and truly execute the same in accordance with the laws of this State. So help me God.
T. Ellis Drewry
J. H. Drewry
Sworn to and subscribed before me.
July 7, 1920
J. A. Drewry, Ordinary
Spalding County Will Book B, P. 405-407
GA ARCHIVES M/F Dr. 164, Box 63
Transcribed by Linda and Bob Ellis
Gwinnett County, GA
NOTE: Dr. Nicholas B. Drewry, son-in-law of Dr. James Thomas Ellis.
submitted by Bob and Linda Ellis, Duluth, Georgia, October 4, 2005
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