Henry P. Duncan was the son of Dr. Stephen Duncan of Natchez. The Duncans were large plantation owners of the lower Mississippi Valley region and held considerable interests in Issaquena County. The following will was copied from Will Book C, Page 224 in the Issaquena County Chancery Clerk's office by James Newman. For a brief history of the Ducan family, consult the Dr. Stephen Duncan biography on this site.
I, Henry P. Duncan of the County of Adams and State of Mississippi declare this to be my Last Will and Testament, hereby revoking all former wills by me made.
Item First: -- I give and bequeath to my wife Mary Duncan absolutely all her paraphernalia, wearing apparel and linen and the watches, rings, trinkets, jewels and personal ornaments usually worn by her reputed to belong to her.
Item Second: -- I give and devise all my real estate of what nature or kind ... and all my bonds, stocks and mortgages and all my personal property of whatsoever nature and kind not embraced in the first item hereof to my said wife to be used and enjoyed by her during the term of her natural life and from and immediately after her decease I give and devise the same to my brother Stephen Duncan, his heirs and assigns forever.
Item Third: -- Should my said wife not survive me then I give and devise all my real and personal property of whatsoever nature and kind to my said brother Stephen Duncan, his heirs and assigns forever.
Item Four: -- I hereby appoint my said wife Mary Duncan the sole executrix of this my last will and testament and in the event of her death before my decease, I hereby appoint my said brother Stephen Duncan the sole executor of this my last will and testament.
In witness hereof I have here unto set my hand and seal this the
17th day of March AD 1879.
Signed, sealed, published and declared by the said Henry P. Duncan as and for his Last Will and Testament in the presence of us, who, in his presence, and at his request and in the presense of each other have hereunto set and subscribed our names as witnesses hereunto to this the 17th day of March A.D. Eighteen Hundred and Seventy Nine.
T. Atio Baker
Filed in my office for probate this 22nd day of April 1880
Allison H. Foster, Clerk
Written in the margin of the page is the following:
Henry P. Duncan died in December 1879