Last Will and
Testament of Anderson Rochelle, Decd.
STATE OF ALABAMA } February 28, 1842
PERRY COUNTY } In the name of God amen, I Anderson Rochelle of
the State and County aforesaid, farmer, being weak in body, but
sound in mind and memory, do make and detail this my last Will
and Testament, in manner and form following..
1st - I commend
my spirit to the God who gave it, and body to be buried in a
Christian manner -
2nd - I give and
bequeathe unto my affectionate wife Nancy Rochelle the following
negro servants, viz, Phil and his wife Philis, their children
Rachel Siras, Derry, George, Peter, Phil, Alfonso, Alonzo. negro
James Pleasant and his wife Mary, their children. Anderson Rachel
- Delah, Tom, Wanson, Peter, Charlotte, and Jesse - Saul and
Mose Emeline & children Ester & Alexis, Mary & Child,
Duncan, also six of my Choice mules, & one third of all my
stock of Cows, hogs & plantation tools, also all my household
& kitchen furniture.
3rd - I Loan unto
my daughter Sarah E. Ross during her natural life and give unto
the heirs of her body forever - the following named slaves and
their future increase, viz, David & his wife Betsy, their
children Harry, Becky, Lucy, Simon, Anderson, Martha, Francis
Miles, Judy & wife, Amritta their children Bill, Dafney,
Nicholas, Isaac, Harriette Eboned - Amy.
4th - I loan unto
my daughter Mary Ann Briant, during her natural life, and give
unto the heirs of her body forever, the following named Slaves,
and their future increase, lla, their children, Eliza, Penney,
Serena, Amy, Charles, Stephen Jacob and wife Susan their children
John George AI. E. Stephens & wife Gimanda & child Willis,
Siller & children, Rosetta, Louiser, Amelia, Mack Sidney,
5th - I wish all
my servants & other personal property to remain in ossession
of my Executors, until all my Just debts are paid. I authorize
my Executors to sell my landed Estate, if they find it necessary
for the payment of my debts. If necessity should require that
personal property should be sold for the liquidation of my debts,
I hereby direct that an equal portion of the slaves which I have,
in third and fourth classes of this my will, loaned to my two
daughters, be sold, so that the portion given to my wife Nancy
Rochelle shall not be interfered with until all other means fail.
6th - I appoint
my affectionate wife Nancy Rochelle and my son-in-law James W.
Ross my lawful representatives to execute this my last Will &
Given under my hand & seal this Twenty-eighth day of February
in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred & forty-two.
In presence of
A. G. McGraw