Will of Richard Bedon, Colleton County SC, 03 Oct 1738

South Carolina٪

IN THE NAME OF GOD AMEN the third Day of October Anno Dom [Domini] One thousand Seven hundred and thirty Eight [03 Oct 1738] I Richard Bedon of Colleton County being Sick and Weak but of Sound Mind & memory (all praise be Given to God) Do Make and Ordain this my Last Will and Testament in Manner and form following, that is to Say

first & principally I Commend my Soul into the hands of Almighty God my Mercifull [sic] Creator and to Jesus Christ my Only Loveing [sic] Saviour and Redeemer by whose Merits I hope for Life Everlasting My Body I Commit to the Earth to be Decently buried at the Discretion of my Executor's [sic] hereafter Named in Sure and Certain hope of a joyfull [sic] Resurrection at the Last Day.

My Worldly goods which it hath pleased God to Bless me with I Order and dispose of in Manner & form following vizt:

first it is my Exprest [sic] Will & Desire that all my Just Debts & funeral Charges be Duly Paid and Satisfyed [sic] as soon as possible

ITEM I Give and Bequeath unto my Loveing Daughter Mary Hiett [Heyward gives Hewett] One Negro Girl named Lucy and a Riding Horse Named Frolick to her and the Heirs of her Body for Ever & Not to be disposed of by her Husband by any Manner of Ways or Means whatsoever

ITEM I Give and Bequeath unto my Loveing Daughter Ann Barnett One Negro Girl Name [sic] Rose & a Bed and furniture to her & her heirs for Ever and it is my Will that my Son in Law George Barnett have the use of thirty [30] Acres of Land During Six Years to be allotted to him Out of the Tract I Now Live on (he paying an [sic] Yearly acknowledgement [sic] of Twenty shillings [20s] to my Loveing Wife for the same[)] Where My Executors Shall think most Proper

ITEM I Give and Bequeath unto my Loveing Son Richd [Richard] Bedon my Sword & Caine [sic] a Stone Ring and a pair of Silver Shoe Buckles to him & his Heirs for Ever

ITEM It is my Exprest [sic] Will and I do hereby Give full power and order my Executors to Sell & Dispose of a Tract of land at Pon Pon River Containing Eighteen Hundred [1800] Acres & to ratifye [sic] make & Confirm good and Sufficient Title or titles thereunto to Such person or persons that Shall Purchase the Same

ITEM Whereas I have already given unto my Other Children a Sufficient part Out of my Estate therefore I now Give and bequeath unto my Loveing Wife Eliza [Elizabeth] Bedon all the Rest and residue of my personal Estate and the free [use] & improvement of my house & all the Lands belonging to it not already disposed of During her Natural Life & after her decease Then I Give and Bequeath the said House & Lands to my Loveing Son Richard Bedon & to his Heirs for Ever

LASTLY I Do Make & ordain my Loveing Wife Elizabeth Bedon Executrix & my Loveing Son Richard Bedon and Son in Law John Norman Executors of this my Last Will and Testament and I do utterly revoke & dissallow [sic] all former Wills by me heretofore made & declared.

IN WITNESS whereof I have hereunto Set my hand & seal the Day and Year above Mentioned

Richd [Richard] Bedon (Seal)

Signed Sealed publish'd & Declared in the presence of us

Thos [Thomas] Waring
John Prentice
Samuel Bacon

BY THE HONble [Honorable] William Bull Esqr. Lieutenant Governour and Commander in Chief in and Over his Majesty's province of South Carolina and Ordinary of the Same.


I REPOSEING [sic] Especial Trust and Confidence in the Integrity Care and Circumspection of you the said Thomas Waring HAVE & by the presents Do give unto you full power and authority to Examine the Several Witnesses to the Last Will and Testament of Richard Bedon Late of this province Planter deced [deceased] as shall be brought before you Upon their Several Corporal Oaths on the holy Evangelist of Almighty God Touching the Due Execution of the said Will According to the form of the Statute in that Case made and provided And also to Administer the Usual Oath to the Exors [Executors] therein Named And you are to Return your Doing herein under your hand and Seal for my Approbation and alowance [sic].

GIVEN under my hand and Seal this Twenty Sixth Day of October Anno Dom 1739 [26 Oct 1739]

Wm [William] Bull


Pursuant to the Within Dedimus to me Directed personally appeared before me John prentice and Saml. [Samuel] Bacon and Made Oath that they Saw Majr. [Major] Richard Bedon duly Execute his Last Will and Testament bearing Date the Third Day of October 1738 [03 Oct 1738] and that they with myself did Sign as Witnesses to the said Will at the Request of the Testator, And I have also administred [sic] the Usual Oath of an Executor to Richd. [Richard] Bedon and John Norman the Only Two Executors to the said Will that are now Liveing [sic].

GIVEN under My hand & Sal this 29th day of Octobr. 1739 [29 Oct 1739]

Tho [Thomas] Waring

Recorded this 9th day of Novbr 1739 [09 Nov 1739]

Recorded in Will book 1736-40, Page 410

In his book, James Barnwell Heyward takes some liberties with his transcriptions. He introduces punctuation that doesn't exist, corrects misspellings, and removes capitalization based on more modern syntax rules. Therefore, there are some discrepancies between the text in the images below and the transcription on this page. Heyward's book, published in 1905 as cited below, is now public domain.

  • South Carolina Department of Archives and History.
    • Microfilm ST0469. Wills (WPA transcripts). Series S213216, Volume 70, Pages 337-339.
    • Microfilm ST0511. Wills (WPA transcripts). Series S213216, Volume 4 (1736), Pages 209-210.
  • James Barnwell Heyward, compiler, The Genealogy of the Pendarvis-Bedon Families of South Carolina, 1670-1900: Together With Lineal Ancestry of Husbands and Wives Who Intermarried With Them; Also References to Many Associated Southern Families (Atlanta, Georgia: Foote & Davies Company, 1905), 62–63.
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