Will of Clayton Stribling
The Will of Clayton Stribling
State of South Carolina, Union District
I Clayton Stribling of the State and District aforesaid, being in health, and of sound mind and memory, do declare the following to be my last will and testament revoking all others.
First. I commit my soul to God who made it (with a full assurance that I shall join with the blessed Lord in felicity)
Second - I will that all the debts that I may owe at my decease, may be paid off as soon as possible and all debts due me collected in the same manner
Third - I will and bequeath unto my dear wife, Mary Stribling during her natural life or widow hood all that I may die possessed of, except what shall be hereafter otherwise disposed of
Fourth, I will and bequeath unto my Sons. Thomas John, Samiel, and Clayton, at the death or marriage of my wife all te lands I may die possessed of to be equally divided among them according to its value and for Samuel to have the place he has now in possession and has had in cultivation
Fifth - I will and bequeath unto my daughter Frances at the death or marriage of my wife my Negro woman Clary, during the afflection that she now labours under which complaint is termed fits, and should Frances be restored to health the sd Clary is to be disposed of as the other negroes to be hereafter mentioned
Sixth, I will and bequeath, unto my Children Thomas, John, Elizabeth, Samuel, Lucy, Mary, Nancy and Clayton, at the death or marriage of my wife my Negroes, Cerry, Moses, and Simeon and the Issue of Clary and all other Negroes I may die possessed of. Also unto the same children all the horses, hogs, and cattle and all other stock of all description and all other property I may die possessed of except that is hereafter otherwise disposed to be equally divided among them the beforementioned property to be realized, and should any of the children wish to take their part at this valuation they shall do so by paying the surplus if any to the other children - should Frances be restored to health she is to have an equal part with the other girls.
Seventh, I will and bequeath that my daughters Frances, Mary, and Nancy have at their marriage each a horse saddle and Bridle a cow and calf a feather bed sted and furniture, and such other furniture as the other Girls had at their marriage. Frances and Marys horse to be valued at Fifty dollars each and Nancy's horse to be valued at Ninety Dollars, as I have made use of a colt her Aunt Martin gave her.
Eighth, I will and bequeath that my son Clayton have at his marriage such stock and furniture as my other boys had at their marriage, he is to have no horse given him as I have already given him one
Ninth, I leave it discretionary with my wife to sell off at public sale such surplus stock and plunder as she may not stand in need of
Lastly, I do appoint and nominate my sons Thomas and Samuel, Executors of this my last will and testament, with this injunction to them that they shall set in their office with honesty and punctuality, and I do expressly enjoin upon all my children to act towards each other with Christian meekness and brotherly love - In testimony whereof I set my hand a seal this 1st June 1830
In the presence of
Tst Hezekiah McDougal
Clayton Stribling (seal)
Recorded in Will Book B, Page 178.
Box 19, Package 23.
Recorded 14th day of March, 1831.
J.I. Pratt, Ordy.