I, R. D. Carty, being of sound mind and disposing memory, do make and publish this my last Will and Testament.
I bequeath unto my wife Nancy Carty, all of my lands and personal property, during her natural life.
At the death of my wife Nancy Carty, I give and devise to my son Robert Carty, the place upon which he now lives, known as the W. Smith Gilmer Tract, beginning on a spur in the old W. Smith Gilmer line and running with said ridge to a locust on top of Main ridge thence turning S. West and running to a locust a corner in Robert Cross line. Containing fifty (50) acres. And at his death said land to go to his children.
At the death of my wife Nancy Carty, I give and devise to my daughter Serena Carty, the house in which I now live and all the land west of the Branch, beginning at the mouth of said branch in Robert and Alice Meade's line and running with said branch Johnson Wyatt's line. And also the household and kitchen furniture including sewing machine, saddle and one cow.
At the death of my wife Nancy Carty, I give and devise to my son Joseph Carty, all the remainder of my lands.
At the death of my wife Nancy Carty, I give and devise to my two daughters Sallie Meade, Dony Biggs, all of the personal property that may be on hand at the death of my wife, except that which I have otherwise disposed of.
Lastly, I do hereby appoint my son Joseph Carty, as my Executor. In witness whereof I hereunto set my hand this the 30th day of July, Eighteen Hundred and Ninety Seven.
R. C. E. Honaker
J. H. Candler
At a County Court continued and held for Russell County at the Court house thereof on Tuesday the 7th day of Sept. 1897.
The last Will and Testament of Robt. D. Carty, deceased, was this day produced in Court……….. R. C. E. Honaker and J. H. Candler, who testified that they witnessed said Will, at the request of the Testator, and in his presence, and in the presence of each other, and that the Testator acknowledged said writing to be his last Will and Testament, in their presence. Whereupon said Will was admitted to probate, and ordered to be recorded as provided by law. Teste: B. Fogleman, D.C.