IN THE NAME
OF GOD AMEN. I Joshua HARRISON of Fairfield District in the State
of South Carolina, Planter, being weak of Body but of Sound and
perfect memory (blessed be to God) do this 14th day of July in
the year of our Lord one thousand Eight Hundred and three, and
in the 28th year of American Independence, 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 who gave it nothing doubting but at the General
Resurrection I Shall receive again by the mighty power of God:
and my body to be buried in a decent and Christian manner at
the descretion of My Executors, And as for any Worldly Estate
that God Hath Intrusted me With the desposal of. I give and Bequeath
it in the following manner.
First I allow all my just debts to be paid out of my personal
2dly I Give and
Bequeath to my beloved wife~ MARY HARRISON The profits Arising
from my Plantation And her living on the same during her natural
life also one third part of all my Stock and Household Furniture
after my debts are paid Excepting what is hereafter Bequeathed.
and at her Decease I do hereby Authorize my Executors hereinafter
mentioned to Sell my Plantation Whereon GEORGE HARRISON now lives
to the Highest bidder and the Nett proceeds of the Money arising
from the Sale of the Land to be equally divided between my Sons,
GEORGE BENJAMIN, FRANCIS, SAMUEL, and my Daughter MOLLY the wife
of THOMAS FARRELE.
3rd give unto
My son THOMAS ELZY HARRISON one dollar.
4th. I give to My Son JOHN HARRISON one Dollar.
5th. I Give to My Son WILLIAM HARRISON one Dollar, and my razor-hone.
6th. I Give to my Son JOSHUA HARRISON all my Wearing Apparel.
7th. I Give to my Son DANIEL HARRISON one Dollar.
8th. I Give to
My Sons GEORGE BENJAMIN & FRANCIS & SAMUEL HARRISON and
my daughter MOLLY an Equal divide of the price of the Land as
above mentioned, and also an equal part of my personal property
(VIZ) Stock Plantation Tools, and Household Furniture after my
debts are paid, and my said wife MARY HARRISON receive her Bed,
and her third part thereof, only reserving to my said Daughter
MOLLY the Cupboard and its Furniture and her Loom she now Weaves
on and all the Stock of Geese, and I also Give to my said son
SAMUEL one Feather Bed and Furniture and half of the present
Crop of Corn and Fodder, before the Said Devide Shall take place,
and Whereas, there is a quantity of what is commonly called Lord
Fairfax's office, I also Give the Same to my Sons GEORGE BENJAMIN
FRANCES SAMUEL, and Daughter MOLLY HARRISON if they will go and
can recover the Same, If the personal property should not be
in order for Sale, immediately after my decease, I do hereby
Impower the Executors to Mortgage my land to raise Sixteen pounds
which I owe of the price of the said land untill the Said Stock
Should but in Order for Sale.
And I do Authorize
constitute and Appoint my Said Wife MARY HARRISON and my sons
JOHN and FRANCIS HARRISON and WILLIAM ROBERTSON Esquire Executors
of this my Will in trust for the intent and purposes in this
my Will contained And to take care and see the Same performed
according to my true Intent. And Meaning ~~~~
In Witness whereof
I the said JOSHUA HARRISON have to this my last Will and Testament
set my hand and Seal the day and yeare above written. In presence
of Us Who were personally present at the Signing and delivery
Proved 10 Oct 1805, Recorded in Book 5, pp. 51-53
of Doug Bedinger