Henry Ware Jr. Will, 1807, Georgia

State of Georgia - In the name of God amen, I Henry 
Ware, Sen’r. of the county of Lincoln and state afore-
said being at present in a low and feeble state of 
health, but of a perfect sound mind and memory do 
make and constitute this my last will and testament 
revolting and disannuling all others by me heretofore 
made. First it is my will and desire that all my just 
debts be first paid. Secondly that all the remaining 
part of my estate both real and personal I give wholly 
and solely to my dear and well beloved wife Winey Ware 
during her life, but at her death to be equally divided 
among my dear and well beloved children as follows: 
James, John, Sally, David, Lucy and Britton. But until 
the death of my dear and well beloved wife Winey Ware, 
it is my will and desire that she has the management 
and feesimple right to all my estate both real and
personal and if she wishes or feels disposed at any 
time, to give to any of my well beloved children any 
part of the estate she is at liberty to do so. But it 
is my will and desire that it be first valued by three 
disinterested persons and what ever they say to be the 
value of said property to be set down against such child 
or children that receives it as that much received out
of their part of the estate.  But no gift of this kind 
made to any of my children by my dear wife shall extend 
to in real value to more than what they are actually en-
titled to by an equal division of the estate.  And it is 
further my will and desire that my dear and well beloved  
wife Winey Ware and my beloved son James Ware and Shadrack 
Mims do act and serve as my lawful executors to my estate 
and for my dear children.  

In testimony whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal 
this sixteenth day of November in the year of our lord one 
thousand eight hundred and seven. 

 Signed sealed and acknowledged in the presence of us.  
Signed:  Henry Ware  
Witnesses: Robert Paul, William Fuqua, Henry Isham Kennon

In Lincoln County Georgia Will Book D. page 1 & 2 , of which 
I have a certified copy by the current Probate Court the
following appears at the bottom of page 2:

“Assigned (s?) and acknowledges the Original Will as(?) has 
been proven in Open Court. William Harper C.C.O
Recorded this 15th day of January 1808
W. Harper C. C. O.”

Note: Henry Ware Jr. Will
November 16, 1807
Ware researchers call this man Henry Ware Jr. but this Will clearly 
says “Senr”. I have an explanation for this as when the Sr. died,
the Jr. then referred to himself as Sr.  He probably did this also 
to keep from getting mixed up with the other Henry Ware in the area.
Shadrack Mims’ daughter was married to Henry Ware’s son James Ware.
Shadrack Mims died, I believe, in November or December of 1807 
because letters of administration of his estate were given to his 
wife, Elizabeth and his son, Seaborn Mims in May of 1808. Henry Ware’s 
son, James Ware, began the administration of his estate on February 4, 
1808 and completed  it in 1816. The last record shows him paying the 
1814 and 1815 taxes and also paying two different people for  “making 
part of the deceased wife’s coffin.” The deceased wife was Winnie Mims 
Ware, daughter of Drury Mims of Edgefield, SC.
By Betty Bivins, a descendant of  Henry Ware, Jr., James Ware and 
Shadrack Mims.

Source:  Will of Henry Ware Jr. 
November 16, 1807
Lincoln County Will Book D page 1 and 2
USGenWeb Archives by: Betty Bivins" <halbet@angus1841.com>

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