Will of Thomas Bracey
The State of South Carolina
I Thomas Bracey of Sumter District In the State aforesaid, do hereby make publish and declare my Last Will and Testament as follows. First I give and bequeath to my wife Eugenia P. Bracey all that tract of land known as Ketchall Containing forty five acres with the buildings thereon, situate on the Road leading to Bradford Springs to her and her heirs forever in lieu of dower and all other claims against my Estate except the following Bequeaths Item In case my said Wife Shall accept the said bequest in lieu of dower then I bequeath to my said Wife, the Sum of one thousand dollars to be paid to her by my Executors either three years after my decease. Item, I give and bequeath to my uncle Julius P. Waties, my Plantation in Sumpter District Known as “James Hill” containing about Seventeen hundred acres with the buildings and other improvements thereon to him and his heirs forever. Item I bequeath to my Said Uncle all the Slaves derived from my grandfather Judge Waties Estate namely, Caroline Samuel, Ellen, Solomon, Benjamin, Ned (brother of Flora) Robertson Elsey Hector Yaniky Sylla Andrew Minda Isaac old May Sarah, Young May, Israel, Jenny Lewis Judy, Hariet Manson, Little John, Babet, Rose Monday Emly Mitty Molly Little Dick, Richard Lavinia David Dick Babit (old) Lydia Hetty Robert Mary Betty March Edgar, Titia Ben, Bob, Patty Prince Phillis Stephney Nanny Sarah Rose James Leith Bob, Hagar Cesar, Thomas Die Elridge Charles Amy---Flora Phoebe, Young George Ned James and three Children not named (of Flora, Die and of Patty) together with the future issue of the females to him and his heirs forever. Item, I give and bequeath
To my four Aunts, Miss Anna Waties, Mistress E. Anderson, Mrs Catherine Rees and Miss Mary Waties the residue of my slave being those derived from the Estate of My Grand‑father William Bracy the Said Slaves being seventeen in number with the future issue of the females to them and their heirs share and share alike, Item I give and bequeath to my said Wife, (also in lieu of dower, all my Plantation in the State of Mississippi on the Pearl River Known as White Lands to her and her heirs forever, Item I give and bequeath all the rest and residue of my Estate real and personal not above bequeathed to my Cousin Miss Mary B Waties to be paid or transferred to her in two years after my decease and after payment of my debts(if any) and necessary expenses. Lastly I nominate and appoint, Major W.E. Richardson, Col John Moore and the said Julius P. Waties Executors of this my last Will and Testament, hereby revoking and annulling all former Wills by me at any time heretofore made. Witness my hand and seal as below attested.
Thos. Bracey (SEAL)
Signed sealed published and declared by the above named Testator Thomas Bracey as and for his last Will and Testament. done at Charleston on the twenty-fourth day of January A.D. one thousand eight hundred and forty eight, in presence of us who in presence of each other, in his presence and at his request signed our names as witnesses thereto (the name of “Judge Waties” being inserted in the Margin opposite the 24th line from top of first page.)
Edward Elfe. M.D.
Tho W. Malone
The State of South Carolina
I Thomas Bracey of Sumpter District do hereby make publish and declare the following Codicil to my Last Will and Testament by me published And declared on The twenty fourth day of January last and by me this Twenty ninth day of Feby A .D. one thousand eight hundred and forty eight opened for the purpose of adding said Codicil.
First. I hereby ratify and Confirm W.B. Murray his heirs executors administrators and Afsigns the title and titles of, all and singular the negro slaves (and the issue of the females) by Me Conveyed to him on the first day of November last.
Item In the bequests to My Uncle Julius P. Waties in Case the said Julius P. Waties should depart this life before my decease then and in such case I will and bequeath the land and slaves intended to be bequeathed to him to the lawful heirs of his body Share and Share alike In testimony whereof I have hereunto Set my band And affixed my seal the twenty ninth day of February A.D. One Thousand eight hundred and forty eight.
Thos. Bracey (SEAL)
Signed sealed published and declared by the above named Testator Thomas Bracey in the presence of us who in the presence of each other, in the presence of the said Testator and at his request signed our names an Witnesses to the above Codicil, to his last Will and Testament and as a part of the same
Thos. W. Malone
Recorded Will Book D-2, Page 299
Recorded Dec 28th, 1848
W. Lewis, Ordy
Bundle 163, Package 19