Will of Barak Norman, Colleton County SC, 27 Jul 1770

Note: He died after his son (also named Barak Norman). The younger Barak Norman died five years earlier in 1765.


In the Name of God, Amen, I Barak Norman of St. Pauls Parish Colleton County Black Smith by Trade, being very weak and infirm in Body but of a Sound disposing mind and memory, Thanks be to Almighty God for the same, and calling to mind the Frailty of Human Nature and knowing that it is appointed unto all men once to die, do make ordain and Ratify this to be my last Will and Testament Truly revoking and disannuling [sic] all others whatsoever and hope it will be received by all Christian People as such,

Imprimis, I Give and Bequeath my Soul to Almighty God that gave it, and my Body I Recommend to the Earth to be interred in a plain manner without any pomp at the discretion of my Executors after mentioned, and in regard to the little Worldly Estate wherewith it hath pleased God to bless me in this life, I give demise and dispose of in the following manner and form, it is my desire that my Lawful Debts and funeral Charge shall all be paid and discharged,

Item it is my desire that all my Lot or Lots of of [sic] Land in Georgia in Sunberry [sic: Sunbury] Township, with the rest of my whole Estate both Real and Personal in South Carolina shall be sold and the Money arising [sic] therefrom to be put out at Interest by my Executors and kept at Interest till my Three Grand Children shall respectively arrive to age by Law named as followeth, Elizabeth Norman Daughter of my Son Barak in Georgia Elizabeth Sillavant Daughter of my Daughter Elizabeth and the Eldest and only Son[1] of my said Daughter Elizabeth Just Born[2] in South Carolina then as they arrive to age by Law it is my desire that they shall share and share alike equally,

Item it is my desire that my Daughter Elizabeth Sillavant shall have a Pr. [Pair] of Gold Buttons now in my Possession as her Portion,

And Lastly I Constitute and appoint my Nephews Samuel Stevens and William Norman Executors to this my last Will and Testament and do positively revoke and disannul all other former Will or Wills Legacies Bequests or Testaments and do acknowledge this to be my last Will and Testament,

In Witness whereto I have set my hand and Seal this 27th day of July one thousand seven Hundred and Seventy [27 Jul 1770].

Barak Norman (Seal)

Signed Sealed published pronounced and Delivered by the Testator as his last Will and Testament at the Request of and in who's [sic: whose] presence we have hereunto Signed our Named [sic: Names] as Witnesses.

Isham Andrews
John Bacon
Sarah Norman

Proved before The Honble [Honorable] William Bull Esqr. Lieut. Govr. [Esquire Lieutenant Governor] 14th December 1770 [14 Dec 1770]. at the same time Qualified William Norman Executor to the said Will.

Recorded in Will Book 1767 - 1771.
Recorded on Page 537.

  • South Carolina Department of Archives and History. Microfilm ST0516. Wills (WPA transcripts). Series S213216, Volume 13, Pages 949-950.

[1] Unnamed.
[2] Assumed to have been born in 1770, the year this will was written.
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