James Griffith Will, 1845, Georgia

James Griffith  1 Jul 1845
To my wife Sarah Griffith, the following Negroes; 
Reuben, Martin, Stephen, Fanny, Lear, and John. 
Also the use & occupation of the house I now live 
in, and all the outhouses such as stables, cribs, 
machine house and kitchen house.  Also household 
and kitchen furniture, and the tract of land I now 
live on, the north side of South Broad River included 
in the Johnson Survey and the Gordon Survey.  Also 
four horses that she may choose, my Rod Waggon, our 
yoke of oxen, & our four cows & calves, and what hogs 
and sheep I may die possessed of.  This during her 
natural life, and at her death to be disposed of as 
follows. Also to my wife Sarah, my negro Nancy and 
her child Pass as her absolute property.  To my son 
James B. Griffith, the tract of land whereon he now 
lives, known as the Whitrut H. Adam Tract;  also the 
negro boy John named above, at the death of my wife.  
To my son Robert L. Griffith, the tract of land which
he now cultivates, commencing on Lemuel Hopkins spring 
branch, down to the river to Young's line, including 
the thirty acres that I run myself.  To my son Walton 
H. Griffith, the tract of land that my house is on, at 
the death of my wife.  Plus all the land I own on the 
south side of Broad River, including the McLeroy place 
and the thirty acres I run myself adjoining the McLeroy
place.  Also that part of the Barnett survey that lies 
on the south side of South Broad River. Also two negroes; 
Charles Lewis and Manerva.  And one Bed & Furniture and 
one Cow & Calf.  To my son Oliver P. Griffith, a parcel 
of land adj. Lemuel Hopkins, including the Strickland 
tract.  To my sons Robert P. Griffith and Walton H. 
Griffith, in trust for the benefit of my son John H. 
Griffith,  $500.00, to be given to John at such times as 
the trustees deem best.  Should he die without children 
lawfully begotten or without a wife, the remainder of the 
$500.00 to be divided equally between my children;  should 
he die with a wife or children, the remainder of the $500.00 
to given to them.  To my daughter Elizabeth Mirony, formerly 
Elizabeth Griffith, at my death the notes I now hold on her 
husband William Mirony and that the said notes be her part 
of my estate, the total amount due at this time is $634.40. 
At my death, my daughters Susan Sorrells, formerly Susan 
Griffith, Jane Eberhart, formerly Jane Griffith, Martha Ware, 
formerly Martha Giffith, and Adaline Eberhart, formerly Adaline 
Griffith - if living, and if not, their children - and the 
children of my deceased daughters Anny Colly, formerly Anny 
Griffith, and Mary H. Bullock, formerly Mary H. Griffith, 
$100.00 each over and above an equal share with my sons of 
the remainder of my estate.  The remainder to be equally 
divided between all my children, except my blacksmith tools, 
which I wish my two sons Walton H. Girffith and Oliver P. 
Griffith to have between them.  
Executors:  My sons Robert P. Griffith and Walton H. Griffith.  
Signed:  James Griffith.  
Witness:  Isaac N. Culbertson, Allen C. David, John Hopkins, 
J.P.  Rec'd 8 Jul 1847.

Source:  Page 22, Madison County, GA, Will Book B 1841-1865 
(Part 1) 
Submitted by Jeanne Arguelles - ejarguelles@msn.com 1 October 
2001 - updated 18 September 2002

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