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Last Will and Testament of James Stuart Deceased. Copied from Jefferson Co., MS, Probate Record Book  B, page 209

I James Stuart make this my last will and testament. To wit, After my decease that my property all to be divided, that is to say my negro property in equal lots, then my wife to take her choice of lots, the rest to be drawn for as usual in such cases, and all the heirs that is of age to take his lot, the balance to remain with my wife and children. The children that is not of age till more of them become of age to marry then the property to be valued over again and so on till the last becomes of age. Always the balance to be left in my wife's hands until the last child becomes of age. It is to be understood that my wife does not come in again after she gets her lot. Whereas I had given to my oldest daughter Henrietta McClellen afterwards Henrietta Hopson three negroes a horse and some cattle-it is clearly to be understood that I do not leave anything to her heirs except her oldest daughter Eliza McClellen and bequeath to her a negro girl named Caroline, a daughter of big Polly's, at my decease. Should she die without an heir from her body, then in that case the said girl Caroline and increase shall revert back again to my heirs. I have also lent to Sarah Ferguson, my grand daughter, now Sarah Price, two Negro boys, Albert and Jack, and I design, provided she has heirs from her body and they live, then in that case I will and bequeath to Sarah Price the above named Albert and Jack at my decease to the said Sarah Price and the heirs of her body. And also to my granddaughter Jane Ferguson I will and bequeath two negroes to be equal to Albert and Jack or their value in cash, also two cows and calves, it is understood if Jane Ferguson dies without Heirs from her own body, the above negroes revert to my heirs again. I also will and bequeath to my grandson James Stuart Ferguson the same amount at my decease that I have bequeathed to Sarah and Jane Ferguson and on the same conditions. Whereas William Wade who married my daughter Huldah H. Stuart having given him three negroes, some horses and cattle, I wish it clearly understood that I don't leave to William Wade nor his heirs one single cent more, not for want of affection to my daughter nor Mr. Wade either, but merely because I think they have as much as any body ought to be plagued with; as to my stock of horses and cattle after my wife takes out of the stock as many horses, oxen and cows and calves as will support the family and supply the farm at her own discretion and such as she may choose, then the balance to be sold on a twelve months credit taking good bond and security for the payment. As to my land I own in Jefferson County I will and bequeath to my four youngest sons Moreau, Hinds, Blunt and William. As to my Chockchuma lands I wish equally divided amongst all my children except those I have excluded already, as to J. F. Stuart I think he has a plenty to support him as so I do not leave him any property whatever only his equal part of the Chockchuma lands that is to say with Betsy Gibson, Adeline Gibson, Moreau, Hinds, Blunt and William, as to Betsy Gibson and Adeline Gibson having given them about two thousand Dollars each in negroes and other property which property they are to keep at the above valuation as part of their dividend, the proceeds of the stock when sold to be equally divided amongst my children that is to say Betsy Gibson, J. F. Stuart, Adeline Gibson, Moreau Stuart, T. H. Stuart, Blunt Stuart and William Stuart.

Witness my hand this 21st October 1834.

James Stuart

The original of this will was written in his own hand.

Contributed by: Annette Bowen Webster, Texas

And the will of his wife: Leonly Stuart Will, Jefferson County Probate Book C, page 761, 1845

I, Leonly Stuart of the County of Jefferson and State of Mississippi, being of sound and disposing mind, do make and constitute and ordain this my last will and testament.

First, I desire that my executor herein after appointed shall as soon as may be after my decease pay and satisfy all just and legal demands against my estate.

Second, I devise and give to my son William L. Stuart and to his heirs and assigns forever all the
lands and real estate I have in the county of Jefferson except such as I may herein after designate being a part of the Mead tract lying on the left hand side of the now road to Fayette bounded by the lands of Jas. Clark Snr., Daniel Sillers, and the land devised by James Stuart to said William L Stuart containing one hundred and eighty acres more or less-I also give and bequeath to my said son William L. Stuart my four Negro slaves viz. Jerry, Rachel, and her child Jane, and William, and their future increase-but the foregoing devise and bequest to my son William L. Stuart are on the terms and with the restrictions and limitations hereinafter expressed.

Third, I give and bequeath to my daughter Roche L Stuart my five Negro slaves namely, Mary, Alice, Ella, Owens, and Dave and their future issue-but on the terms and limitations hereinafter expresses.

Fourth, I give and bequeath to my daughter Sarah A. G. Humphreys my four Negro slaves namely, Sanford, Lucy, Albert, and Aron together with their future issue also on the terms and limitations hereinafter expressed.

Fifth, I give and bequeath to my daughter Caroline Ann Sillers my five Negro slaves namely Bill, Maryann, Martha, Ralph, and Van with their future issue. Also on the terms and limitations hereinafter expressed-to wit, the devise and bequests to my aforesaid four children William L. Stuart, Roche L. Stuart, Sarah A. G. Humphreys, and Caroline Ann Sillers are each of them on the conditions limitations and restrictions following, to wit, that if any one or more of them shall die without children shall go and revert in common property to the survivour or survivours as the case may be and to their heirs executors and assigns forever but such reverting share to be held on the terms and limitations and conditions aforesaid.

Sixth, I give and bequeath to my grandson Tulley B. Stuart, son of my son Wiley B. Stuart, my Negro slave named Edmund to have and to hold to him his heirs executors and assigns forever.

Seventh, I give and bequeath to my son Thomas H. Stuart five dollars in money.

Eighth, I give and bequeath to my son Victor M. Stuart my entire interest it being one half in a tract of land consisting of two hundred and fourteen acres bounded by the lands of Wm. L Stuart, William Harper, Stephen Terry, and Michael Trimble during the lifetime of my said son Victor M. Stuart but on the following condition, to wit, that should he not reside on it I then will and bequeath the said land to my son William L Stuart. At his death said interest in said land I will and bequeath said land to my son William L Stuart.

Ninth, I will and bequeath to my daughter Adaline M. Gibson my entire interest in the stock of sheep now on the place where I reside.

Tenth, I will and bequeath all my household furniture to William L. Stuart, Roche L. Stuart, Sarah A. G. Humphreys, and Caroline Ann Sillers, to be equally divided among them.

Eleventh, I will and bequeath to Leonly Stuart, daughter of Victor M. Stuart, my Negro slave Polly, to her and her heirs forever and desire that my hereinafter appointed executor shall deliver said slave to the guardian of said Leonly Stuart as soon as may be after my decease.

Twelfth, I will and desire that the property aforesaid bequeathed with the exception of the eleventh bequest shall continue and remain in the hands of my executors hereinafter appointed until those to whom it is bequeathed shall arrive at the age of twenty one years at which time he shall deliver to them respectively as they arrive at that age the share respectively allotted to them together with such increase and profits as may arise from them.

Thirteenth, I do hereby constitute and appoint my son Wiley B. Stuart executor of this my last will and testament. I give, devise and bequeath whatever shall remain of my estate real or personal after the payments of my debts and the aforesaid legacies to my four children William L Stuart, Roche L. Stuart, Sarah A. G. Humphreys, and Caroline Ann Sillers and in my hand and subscribed my name this 17th day of March anno Domino one thousand eight hundred and forty five.

Attest W. A. Fogle Philip O Hughs Jno. H Duncan Jr.

Leonly x Stuart her mark.

Contributed by: Annette Bowen Webster, Texas



Estate of  Middleton Kelly dec'd

     The estate of Middleton Kelly, deceased, in account with John G. Faris, Administrator thereof, Said Administrator charges himself with the moneys of said estate, on his hands as follows, to wit;

     With the balance of money remaining on his hands on the settlement of the last annual administration account of said estate.                                                                                    $93.05

Said Administrator asks credit and allowance for the following moneys paid out of disbursed for and on account of said estate as shown by the vouchers to wit;

No            Name                              Vouchers Amt.                              

 1            Wm. B. Johnson                    Tax Receipt                                    $7.31

 2             S. Roses & Brothers             Receipt on Acct.                           $ 20.35


                                                                                     Bal. due Est.          $65.39           

Sworn to and subscribed in open court this 5th day of June AD 1855

                                               J M. Ellis, Judge            John G. Faris

                                            Examined, approved, confirmed and ordered to be

                                            Recorded, July 5, 1855

                                                                                  J M. Ellis, Judge

Contributed by Jane Combs


Estate of Elizabeth Kelly, Deceased                                                                                          

First annual account of Abram K. Vause, Administrator of the estate of Elizabeth Kelly, deceased.

1854 to 55

     Said accountant charges himself as follows to wit:

With cash left by said intestate at her decease                                                    $175.00

With cash rec'd from Jas. W. Kelly                                                                32.50

With cash rec'd from Wm. Shaw                                                                     90.00

With cash rec'd from W. J. Orr                                                                    109.75

With cash rec'd from Norman Frisby                                                               50.50

With cash rec'd from Wm. F. Scott                                                                 41.10


Said accountant clains credit for the following disbursements made by him on account of

Said estate viz:

Cash paid A. J. Tibbs                Voucher  1                                    40.00

Cash paid Burch & Agle             Voucher  2                                    18.30

Cash paid  Weis & Eusenan         Voucher  3                                     6.50

Cash paid John F. West             Voucher  4                                     2.65

Cash paid E. H. Hicks              Voucher  5                                    10.00

Cash paid W. M. Hickey           Voucher  6                                  180.00

Cash paid L. Wade                   Voucher  7                                     5.00

Cash paid Gno. H. Wilcox          Voucher  8                                    50.00

Cash paid J. A. Graves               Voucher  9                                     5.00

Cash paid Taxes &c,                  Voucher  10                                   6.55

Cash paid Thomas Harper           Voucher  11                                  33.75


Cash paid Office of Court             Voucher  12                                  91.85

                                         Balance came down to my debit             $49.15          $498.75

                                         Balance down to debit admin.  $49.15

State of Mississippe

Jefferson County

                                     Personally appeared before the undersigned a Judge of the Probate

                                     Court of said County…..       (copy ends here)

Contributed by Jane Combs



Will of Martha Smith Truly

Jefferson County Ms.

Number 54

Dated this 5th Day of November 1855

A. K. Ford Clerk

Recorded Book F

Pages 413 and 414

The Last Will and Testament of Martha Truly of Jefferson County in the State of Mississippi.

I, Martha Truly Considering the Uncertainty of Human Life and Being Now of Sound Mind and Disposing Memory, Do Make, Publish Ordain and Declare this My Last Will and Testament, Hereby Revoking and Annulling All Other Wills by Me Hereto Before Made.

Item First; it Is My Will and Desire That My Executors Herein after Named, Shall Keep My Slaves, Stock, Furniture, Farming Utensils on My Plantation in Said County of Jefferson to Be Employed and Used to the Best Advantage in Raising Crops and That the Sum of Two Thousand Dollars Now at Interest in the Hands of Dr. B. F. Fox Daniel Smith and Mrs. Adeline Dangerfield, Remain at Interest until All My Debts Are Paid and That the Interest Be Collected When Due and Applied with the Proceeds of the Crop on Said Plantation, to the Payment of My Debts.

Item Second; I Will and Direct That after the Payment of My Debts, the Said Sum of Two Thousand Dollars at Interest in the Hands of Dr. B. F. Fox, Daniel Smith and Mrs. Adeline Daingerfield, Be Collected, and Equally Divided among My Children, Henkle I. Truly, D. Bradford Truly, Philip H. Truly, Sarah A. Fox, and John H. Collier

Item Third; after the Payment of All My Debts as Aforesaid, I Will and Direct That All the Horses, Mules, Oxen, Stock of Cattle, Sheep, Hogs, , Corn , Fodder, Wagons, Ploughs, and All the Farming Utensils, Household, Kitchen Furniture, Except the Bedding and Bed Clothes Be Sold on Such Terms and Credits as My Executers May Deem Best and the Proceeds of Thereof to Be Equally Divided Among, Henkle I. Truly, D. Bradford Truly, Philip H. Truly, Sarah A. Fox, and Richard H. Truly.

Item Fourth; I Will and Direct unto My Two Sons, Henkle I. Truly and Philip H. Truly My Plantation in Said County of Jefferson , Known as and Called "Wantmore", Containing Three Hundred and Twenty Acres More or Less, to Them as Tenants in Common with the Privileges and Appintinancet Hereunto Belong .

Item Fifth; I Give and Devise to My Son Henkle I. Trulymy Negro Slaves, Samson and Lilly.

Item Sixth; I Give and Devise to My Son H. Bradford Truly My Negro Man Slave Rodman.

Item Seventh; I Give and Devise to My Son Philip H. Truly My Negro Woman Slave Cynthia and Her Child Emma.

Item Eight; I Give and Devise to My Daughter Sarah A. Fox My Negro Girl Slave Hannah.

Item Ninth; I Give and Devise to My Son Richard H. Truly My Negro Woman Slave Cinda and Her Four Children, Levi, Wesley, Daniel and Caleb.

Item Tenth; I Give and Devise to My Granddaughter Sarah H. Collier, My Negro Girl Slave Bet and Her Increase.

Item Eleventh; to My Daughter Cora Collier, I Give and Bequeath the Sum of Twenty Dollars, to Be Paid Whenever She Applies for the Same to My Executors.

Item Twelfth; I Give and Bequeath to My Son Richard H. Truly the Sum of Fifteen Hundred Dollars out of the Sum of Two Thousand Dollars Which I Loaned Him, the Remaining Five Hundred Dollars Appropriated by Him to the Creation of a Tombstone or Monument over My Grave, and an Enclosment Around the Same.

Item Thirteenth; I Give Ot My Son Henkel I. Truly My Spectacles.

Item Fourteenth; to My Daughter Sarah A. Fox I Give My Own Portrait, and the Picture of My Little Son.

Item Fifteenth; to My Son D. Bradford Truly I Give the Portrait of His Father.

Item Sixteenth; to My Granddaughter Sarah H. Collier I Give a Small Gold Locket Containing a Miniature Likeness of My Deceased Son Hardin Truly. Also a Set of Table Silver Spoons, with the Letters "M.t." Engraved on Them and Also All My Little Articles.

Item Seventeenth; to My Daughter Sarah A. Fox I Give One Set of Table Silver Spoons, and a Set of Silver Tea Spoons with the Letters "M. T." Engraved on Them.

Item Eighteenth; in the Vent of the Death of Either of My Children Without Issue, I Will and Direct That the Share or Portion Devised to Such Deceased Child, Shall Revert to My Estate and Be Equally Divided among the Remaining Except Cora Collier. And I Further Will and Desire That If Any Children or Others Interested in My Estate Have Any Regard for My Emory, and Any Respect for My Last Wishes, They Will Not Attempt to Set Aside this Will, but Be Satisfied with the Disposition I Have Made of My Little Property.

Item nineteenth; I Hereby Constitute and Appoint My Sons Henkle I Truly and Richard H. Truly Executors of this My Last Will and Testament and Desire That the Court Will Not Require Them to Give Security for the Performance of Their Duties as Such.

In Witness Whereof I the Said Martha Truly Have Hereunto Subscribed My Name, and Affixed My Seal, in Fayette in Said County of Jefferson this the 12th Day of October A. D. 1855

Her Signature'

Signed Sealed Published and Declared by the above Named Martha Truly to Be Her Last Will and Testament on this 12th October 1855 in the Presence of Us Who Have Hereunto Subscribed Our Names as Witnesses in the Presence and at the Request of the Testator and in the Presence of Each Other.

Signed Jas. B. Wigginton

G. a Guilmont


Contributed by Barbara Celotto


Allen Grafton's Will

Jefferson Co., Mississippi

Chancery Clerk's Office

Book A, Page 131.

Copied by James H. Dempsey

January 30, 1995


In the name of God Amen this Twenty sixth Day of April one thousand Eight hundred and Nine

I , Allen Grafton of Jefferson County and Territory of the Mississippi Being frail of Body But of Perfect Mind and Memory thanks Be to Almighty God and Calling to Remembrance the uncertain State of this transitory Life and that all flesh must apeit(?) unto Death when it shall please God to Call I do

Make Constitute ordain and Declare this My Last will and Testament in Manners and form following Revoking and annulling By these presents all and Every Testament and testaments will and wills Heretofore Made by me or Declared Either by word or writing and this is to be taken only for My Last will and Testament first of all I give up My Soul to God who give it Secondly I order My Body to be Decently Buried all funeral Charges paid and all Other Just Debts and Demands and I Do hereby
Nominate Constitute ordain and appoint Israel Coalman & James Jones to be any __?__ in full power and authority as law will allow to order act and proceed in all my affairs as my Self Could or Might Do when in being Now for the Settling of My Temporal affairs I now do leave and bequeath to my best Beloved Augnis Grafton an equal share with my Children of all my property both personal and real and my Children to have an equal share one with another My Will is that my property shall be kept together until my youngest Child comes of Age.

In Witness of this being my last will and Testament There unto set my hand and Seal in presence of

Hugh Matthews Allen Grafton
Stewart Grafton

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Allen Grafton's Will Proved

Fees $ recvd $5

p 2$ to Chief Justice

Contributed by James H. Dempsey


The Last Will of James Cook,

dec., of date 11th November 1812.

Recorded Book A, Page 8.

In the name of God Amen, I James Cook, of Jefferson County in the Mississippi Territory. sick and weak in body, but of Sound and disposing mind, memory and understanding. considering the Certainity of Death, and the uncertainty of the time thereof , and being disirous to settle my worldly affairs, and thereby be the better prepard to leave this world when it Shalt please God to call me hence, do therefore make and publish this my last Will and Testament, in manner and form following, that is to say.


First and principally, I commit my Soul into the Hands of Almighty God, and my body to the Earth, to be buried decently at the discretion of my Executors herin after named and after all my just debts and general expences are paid, I devise and bequeath as follows: -

1st. I give and bequeath to my eldest Daughter Nancy Boazman wife of Howel Boazman, a certain tract of land situated in the county of Effinham in the State of Georgia, Containing, One hundred and fifty acres be the same more or less, to her the said Nancy Boazman, her heirs and assigns forever: - Also the sum of one dollar to be paid to the Said Nancy or her heirs at the expiration of Six months after my decease. ---

2ly. I devise and bequeath to my second Daughter Elizabeth Willson wife of Jessie Willson, Eight head of horn Cattle heretofore delivered to the said Elizabeth in the county and State aforesaid to her and her hiers forever: -- Also the Sum of one dollar to be paid to the Said Elizabeth or her heirs at the expiration

of Six months after my decease.

3ly. I devise and bequeath to my third Daughter Ellender Nichols, wife of Henry Nichols a certain tract of land Situated in the county and State aforesaid, Containing One hundred Acres the same more or less, to her the said Ellender or her heirs and assigns forever: -- also the Sum of one dollar to be paid to the Said Ellender or her heirs at the expiration of Six months after my Decease. --

4ly. I devise and bequeath to my Fourth Daughter Margaret Hawthorne wife of Peter Hawthorne to be paid to the said Margaret or her heirs after the Decease of my Wife: --- the Sum of Fifty Dollars.

5ly. I devise and bequeath to my Grand Daughter Ritty Willit the Sum of Thirty dollars to be paid to the Said Ritty Willitt whenever She may Call for the Same: --

6ly. I give and bequeath the whole of the rest and residue of my Estate of what names or nature soever the same may be to my beloved wife Margaret Cook during her natural life, and at her Death the same to be quually divided Share and Share alike between my Three Sons, towit, Able cook, David Cook & Henry Cook, to them and their heirs forever: Nevertheless Should my Said beloved Wife Margaret during her widowhood marry again, then in that case She Shall be intitle to a lawful Dower only out of my Said Estate and the rest and residue thereof to be equally Divided amongest my Three Sons as above mentioned.

And Lastly I do hereby Constitute and appoint my Beloved wife Margaret Cook, Able Cook and William Curbey, all of the county and Territory afoesaid to be Executrix and Executors of this my last will and Testament revoking and annulling all former Wills by me heretofore made, Ratifying and Confirming this and none other to be my last will and Testament. In Testimony whereof I have hereunto Set my hand and Seal this Eleventh day of November in the Year of our Lord One thousand eight hundred and twelve.

Signed, Sealed published and declared by James cook the above named testator. As and for his last will and Testament in the presence of us who at his request in the his presence, and in the presence of each other, have Subscribed our names as witnesses thereto.------------- Archibald Sillers, Archibald Baker, Walter Sillers: ---- Signed: James Cook

Transcribed, as written, word for word; Photo copy of original document, in my possession was supplied by Diana Williams;

Recorded by Elnora Frances Cook-Wyrick.


Henry Stampley Will,

Natchez Court Records,

Book B, Page 212, 1780 (d.1789)

Will of Henry Stampley, of Natchez District, planter, very sick; Son Jacob, to take care of William, my youngest son, till he comes of age of 21, that he should see and take care that my son William be brought in the fear of God, and as soon as he is fit, send him to school and let him continue there until he has learning sufficient; my wife, Margaret Stampley, should live and continue on my plantation as long as she should see fit. To my son Jacob Stampley my plantation, adjoining Mr. Dibdall Holt, containing 300 acres. also one cow and her increase and all the hogs on the plantation except one sow; to my son Peter Stampley two cows and their increase and one small rifle gun. 10 Oct. 1780.

Signed Henry Stampley. Wit: Samuel Henry, David Holt.

I, Jacob Stampley, do hereby promise and engage to take care of my father and maintain him during his life as well as I am able. Oct. 19, 1780.

Signed Jacob Stampley. Wit: Samuel Henry.

// 10 Jany.1789. Don Carlos de Grand-Pre, Commandant, etc., received notice from Jacob Stampley of the death of his father, Henry Stampley, and repaired to his plantation on Cole's Creek, abt. 8 miles from this Fort, for inventory and appraisement of estate. Francisco Pavana and James Truly appointed appraisers and accepted. Both signed with Antonio Soler, Margaret(X)Stampley, Jacob Stampley, Carlos De Grand-Pre. Inventory small, signed by the above

Contributed by Stuart House

(Webmaster's note:  At the time of this will, Jefferson County was part of the Natchez District)



Book 1, Transcript Original Spanish Records,

1777-1802, Adams County, Mississippi - Page 169

In the name of God, Amen, I,

RICHARD CURTICE, SENIOR of the Natchez being very sick and weak in body but of perfect mind and memory thanks be given unto God, and calling unto mind the mortality of my body knowing that it is appointed for all men once to die, do make and ordain this my Last Will and Testament that is to say principly and first of all, I give recommend my soul into the hands of God that gave it and my body I recommend to the earth to be buried in desent Christian burial at the discretion of my Executors, nothing doubting, but at the general resurrection I shall receive the same again by the Mighty Power of God and as touching such worly Estate as it has pleased God to Bless me with in this life, I give demise and dispose of the same in the following manner and form. First, it is my will and desire that all my Just Debts be paid. Secondly, it is my Desire that all and singular my Estate shall be equally Divided between Jonothan Curtice and Jemmima Curtice, my dearly beloved children; likewise, it is my desire that the plantation that Eustace Humphreys lives on, shall be sold when the children shall be of age and the money equally divided between them and I do hereby utterly disallow, revoke, and disannul all and every other former testament, will, legacaes, bequests, and Executors by me in any wise before mentioned, willed, bequeathed, ratifying and confirming this and no other to be my Last Will and Testament and I do Constitute and appoint Eustice Humphreys and WILLIAM CURTICE Executors of this my Last Will and Testament, and Trustees of the above mentioned Estate in Witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal this 6 day of November One Thousand Seven Hundred and Eighty-four.




Signed Sealed

In Presents of us

John Still Lee

John Martin


A plantation of 100 Acres 100.00

200 bushels of Corn 100.00

1 Horse 100.00

2 Cows & their Calves & two young bulls 60.00

Forty head of hogs 100.00

One bedstead complete 50.00

One marble fountain, five dishes and one

salad dish of the same, five spoons, one

knife, three forks 6.00

Two axes, one hoe, three augers, one hand

saw, a drawing knife and a plough complete 32.02

Two pairs stripped small clothes, two jackets

of the same, three linen vests, and three

shirts-half worn 15.00

Fifteen bushels of potatoes 7.04

A saddle and bridle in good shape 25.00


$595 & (six reals)

R.D. Harrison

Antonio Solere


Juan Joseph Rodriquez

John Lum

William Curtice

John Martin

John Still Lee

Phillip Trevino


Contributed by Stuart House

(Webmaster's note:  At the time of this will, Jefferson County was part of the Natchez District)




The Last Will and Testament of Drucilla J. Chambliss of the County of Jefferson in the State of Mississippi.

First:  I do by this instrument of writing revoke all former wills by me.
Second:  I desire all my just debts to be paid.
Third:  I give and devise to my grandson, Leonard H. Wilkinson, one Negro boy named Chesterfield, one Negro girl named Rosalla, one Negro girl named Patsy, one Negro girl named Millie.
Fourth:  I give and devise to my daughter, Mary D. Richardson, one Negro girl named Frances, one Negro man named Ned, one Negro girl named Jeede.
Fifth:  I give and devise to my daughter Lucinda S. Berry, one Negro man named Jim.
Sixth:  I give and devise to Susan Elizabeth Chambliss, my youngest daughter one woman named Lucy and her daughter Melinda, and all the natural increase of said Lucy.
Seventh:  I give and devise to my said daughter Susan Elizabeth Chambliss one half of all my household and kitchen furniture, and to my son Jackson Chambliss and my grandson Leonard H. Wilkinson the other half of my household and kitchen furniture.
Eighth:  I give and devise to my sons, Calvin and Cortez Chambliss, my daughter Martha Gaston, all the remainder of my estate not herein devised equally.
In testimony, I have here unto set my hand and seal this 4th day of April A. D. 1859
Signed: Drucilla J. Chambliss
Signed, sealed, published, and declared by Drucilla J. Chambliss as an or her last Will and Testament in the presence of us, who in her presence and at her request and in the presence of each other have hereunto set our names as witnessed this 4th day April A. D. 1859.
Robert Duncan, R. C. Trimble, G. A. Clerk

Codicil:  Whereas I, Drucilla J. Chambliss of the County of Jefferson, the State of Mississippi have made and duly executed my last Will and Testament in writing bearing date 4 April 1859.  Now I do hereby declare this present writing to be a codicil to my said Will and direct the same to be annexed thereto and taken as a part thereof.  I will and direct that my son-in-law, Dr. Robert E. Richardson, be my executor under my will.
In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand an seal this 8th day November 1861.
Signed:  Drucilla J. Chambliss
Signed, sealed, published, and declared by said Drucilla J. Chambliss as for a codicil to her last Will and Testament in the presence of us who in her presence and in the presence of each other have hereunto set and subscribed our names as witnesses hereto this 8th day of November A. D. 1861.
G. A. Guilminat, A. N. Ford, Theo. Reed

Estate of Drucilla J. Chambliss - Petition for Probate of Will - Drucilla Chambliss

State of Mississippi Probate Court
Jefferson County May Term A. D. 1864

To the Honorable G. W. Shackleford, Jury of Probate in Jefferson County

The petition of Robert E. Richardson would expressed that Mr. Drusilla J. Chambliss, late of said County departed this life on or about the first day of April last, leaving an instrument of writing purporting to be her last will and testimony which is herewith annexed and prayed to be taken as a part of this petition marked A.  Your petitioner would also represent by a codicil to said will which is attached thereto and marked B.  Your petitioner is made Executor of decedent, which trust he hereby accepts.
Your petition would further represent that said decendent left personal property to the amount of $4000.00 consisting of horses, mules, cattle, sheep, farming utensils, some corn, and a growing crop of corn.  Your petitioner would therefore pray that said last Will and Testament and Codicil thereto may be probated and letters of executorship may issue to as Executor thereunder upon complying with statute in such case as made and provided and he would suggest that the following named persons as suitable appraisers said estate to wit:  G. G. Whitney, D. C. Griffing, and D. S. Patterson ans as in duty bound he will ever pray.  L. C.

Sworn to and subscribed before me the 2 May A. D. 1864
G. A. Guilminat, Clerk
Signed:  Robert E. Richardson
Contributed by: Leland Chambliss




Last Will of Philip MAY

State of Mississippi, Jefferson County

I, Philip MAY of the county and state aforesaid being in perfect sound mind do ordain and constitute this my last will and testament this 6th day ofSeptember A. D. one thousand and eight hundred and thirty three vis;

I lend unto my beloved wife Sarah MAY all the property I am possessed of at present both real and personal as long as she lives and after her death I give unto my son James MAY a certain negro boy by the name of Simon and the tract of land including the plantation I now reside on and also a feather bed. 

I give unto my sons William, David, Benjamin and Philip MAY and also unto my daughters Nancy SHAW, Lucy DUCHER, Martha MOBLEY and Elizabeth FULLER an equal division of the balance of my property except one dollar I give unto my daughter Catharine GUICE (that is after the aforesaid death of their mother Sarah MAY) that is all the property that I am now possessed of after James MAY part is taken out or set apart. 

In conclusion I appoint my wife Sarah MAY and my son James MAY my executors.

Phillip + MAY (his mark)

Witnesses: ?A. CAMERON and David MAY

Contributed by: Imogene Boswell

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