Will of Moses Graves, Colleton County SC, 24 Apr 1735

In the Name of God amen, the Twenty fourth day of april 1735 [24 Apr 1735] I Moses Graves of South Carolina Planter being Sick and Weak in Body but of perfect mind and memory thanks be given unto God, therefore Calling unto mind the mortality of my Body and Knowing that it is appointed for all men Once to dye [sic], do make and Ordain this my Last Will and Testament that is to Say

Principally and first of all, I give and Recommend my Soule [sic] into the hands of God that gave it, and my Body I Recommend to the Earth to be Buried in decent Christian burial at the Discretion of my Executors, Nothing Doubting but at the general Resurrection I shall Receive the same again by the might power of God, and as touching such Worldly Estate Wherewith it hath pleased god [sic] to Bless me in this Life I give Demise and dispose of the same in the Following manner and form:--------

Imprimis, my Will is that after all my Lawfull Debts be paid and discharged---

Item I give and Bequeath to my well beloved Son Thomas graves [sic], one track [sic] of Land Containing Too [sic] hundred and twelve [212] acres Which I bought of Mr. Thomas Sulavant Lying and being in Colleton County, and Likewise the third part of all my personal Estate, to him and his heirs for ever, to be Delivered to him at the at the [sic: repeated] age of twenty Years-------

Item I give and Bequeath to my Wellbeloved son John graves [sic] One tract of Land Containing Three hundred and thirty Six Acres Which I Bought of Mr. Job Chamberline Lying and being part in Colleton and part in Berkley County and Likewise the third part of all my personal Estate to him and his heirs for Ever to be delivered to him at the age of twenty years-------

Item I give and Bequeath to My Welbeloved [sic] Son William graves [sic], One Tract of Land Containing One hundred acres Which I Bought of Mr. Samuel Sumner Lying and being in Colleton County, and Likewise the third part of all my personal Estate to him and his heirs for Ever, to be Delivered to him at the age of twenty years--------

Item My Will is that my Estate Be kept together until my Eldest Son Come of age and that all my Children be Brought up and have Sufficient Schooling at the Charges of my Whole Estate------

Item my Will is that if any of my Children dye [sic] without heir from their Body that then these Real Estate shall be Equally divided Between the Surviveing [sic] Sons and Likewise that Each of my Sons be Bound prentice at the age of Sixteen years,--

Item I Nominate Constitute ordain and appoint my trusty and well beloved Friends Mr. Samuel Stiels Mr. Richard Bedon Junr. and Mr. Samuel Stevens Executors of this my Last Will and Testament and I do hereby utterly Disalow [sic] Revoak [sic] and disanul [sic] all and Every Other former Testaments, Wills Legacies and Bequests and Executors by me in any ways Before Named, Willed and Bequeathed, Ratifieing [sic] and Confirming this and no Other to Be my Last Will and Testament,

In Witness Whereof I have Hereunto Set my hand and Seal the day and year above Written:--------

{signed} Moses Graves (Seal)

Signed Sealed published pronounced and declared by the said Moses graves [sic] as his Last Will and Testament in presents [sic: presence] of us the Subscribers------

Thomas Burnley
Willm. [William] BurnLey Junr.
Thomas Simmons

Recorded the 3d February 1735/6 [03 Feb 1735/6]
J: Hammerton

Recorded in Original Will Book 1732-1737
Recorded on Page 290

  • South Carolina Department of Archives and History. Microfilm ST0511. Wills (WPA transcripts). Series S213216, Volume 3 (1732), Pages 229-230.
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