Notes for Benjamin William Willis Jossey
(The lines below in red denote my 3rd great granddad - Benjamin William Willis Jossey's first and second wives. The passage #13 is referring to my 3rd great grandmother, Miriam Belk Jossey and the last two passages are from Benjamin Jossey's second wife, Sarah Boykin's family.)
Courtesy of Bud Josey
WILL OF JEREMIAH BELK
The State of South Carolina, Darlington District
Will Book 10 Page 145 July 14, 1848
1st Item: Jeremiah Belk of the District of Darlington and State of South Carolina do make and ordain this my last will and testament -- To Wit - First I positively order all my just debts to be promptly paid.
2nd Item: I give and bequeath to my son William Belk, the following Negros (to Wit) Dinah Easter & America - together with their future increase to him and his heirs forever-- In trust however as follows --
for the use of and benefit of my son Abijah Belk during the term of his natural life and immediately after the death of said Abijah Belk the said Negroes with their increases to be equally divided among the
children, of the said Abijah Belk that may be living at that time. If any of the children of said Abijah Belk should die in the life time of their father -- leaving a child or children living at the death of said
Abijah Belk in that case such child or children are to represent the parent and take such part in the division as the parent would have taken if alive -- at the death of Abijah Belk.
3rd Item: I give and bequeath to my grandson Jeremiah Belk, the son of Abijah Belk one Negro girl named Sabry -- to him and his heirs forever.
4th Item: I give and bequeath to my grandson Marrell Bright Belk, the son of Abijah Belk one Negro girl named Rachel to him and his heirs forever.
5th Item: I give and bequeath to my grandson Reubin S. Belk, the son of Abijah Belk one Negro girl named Leak to him and his heirs forever.
6th Item: I give and bequeath to my grandson Benjamin F. Belk the son of Abijah Belk one Negro boy named Griff -- to him and his heirs forever.
7th Item: I give and bequeath to my grandson Elijah King Belk, the son of Abijah Belk one Negro girl named Tilda-- with her future increase, except her three first living children which is to be disposed of in the following manner. The first if any to my granddaughter, Polina Ann Belk, the daughter of Abijah Belk to her and her heirs forever -- her second if any to my grandson Robert D. Belk, the son of Abijah Belk to him and his heirs forever -- her third if any, to my grandson Stephen T. Belk, the son of Abijah Belk to him and his heirs forever -- the said Elijah King Belk to take possession of the above Negro girl Tilda at my death.
8th Item: I give and bequeath to my son William Belk one Negro man by the name of Jim -- one Negro woman by the name of Rachel; one Negro woman by the name of Leak now in his possession, one Negro girl by the name of Aggy -- and one other Negro girl by the name of Hannah, together
with their increases from this time - to him and his heirs forever.
9th Item: I give and bequeath to my daughter Massy Alexander the following named Negroes together with their future increases -- To Wit) Nelly and her child Ira -- Tinah and her child Peter-Lewis-Stephen-
Mourning and Juda excepting her future increase - to her and heirs forever.
10th Item: I give and bequeath to my granddaughter, Jane Skinner (wife of Benjamin Skinner) one Negro girl named Wilet, to her and her heirs forever.
11th Item: I give and bequeath to my granddaughter Mary A.M. Alexander one Negro boy named Manson Judy's child, to her and her heirs forever.
12th Item: I dispose of the future increase of the above named Negro woman Juda, in the following manner: her first child to my grandson John S. Alexander and her second to my grandson Israel J. Alexander and so on alternately down to the youngest child of my daughter Massy Alexander and the balance of her increase should there be any to my daughter Massy Alexander to them and their heirs forever.
13th Item: I give and bequeath to Abner Alexander and his heirs forever - one Negro man named Manson. In trust however as follows for the use and benefit of Benjamin S. Josey, Massy, M. Saverence, Reese Josey, Jeremiah J. Josey, Elijah Josey, Anna Josey and Joseph Josey, the children of my daughter Miriam Josey deceased until the youngest child shall become to the age of twenty-one years, then the said negro to be sold -- and the proceeds to be equally divided among the said children of Miriam Josey deceased. If any of the said children should die before the period of division leaving no child or children -- then said proceeds of the sale to be divided equally among the survivors, but if any should die leaving a child or children to represent the parent - and take such portion as the parent if alive would have taken. This legacy is given to Abner Alexander so that he may act as trustee, and manage the property till the period of division.
14th Item: I give and bequeath to Abner Alexander and his heirs forever, one Negro man named Herod, and one Negro boy named Jonas - in trust however for the sole and separate use of Jincy A. Skinner, the wife of James Skinner. During the term of her natural life and after the death of said Jincy A. Skinner in trust for the children which she may leave living at her death to be equally divided among such children - when the youngest comes of age (twenty-one years) if any of the children of Jincy A. Skinner should die in the life time of their mother - leaving child enabling and who may be living at the period of division such children to represent their parent and take such part as the parent if alive at the time of division would have taken.
15th Item: I give and bequeath to Abner Alexander on e Negro boy name George to him and his heirs forever in trust however for the use of my grandson Acastus C.S.D. Belk, for and during the term of his natural life and at his death to be divided among such child or children as A.C.S.D. Belk may leave. If any of the children of A.C.S.D. Belk should die in their father's lifetime leaving child or children to represent the parent and take such part as the parent if alive would have taken.
16th Item: I give and bequeath to my grandaughter, Massy M. Saverance one feather bed and furniture -- which bed and furniture is already in her possession.
17th Item: I give and bequeath to my grandson Abijah E. Alexander, to him and his heir=s forever one Negro girl called Rose with her future increase.
18th Item: I give and bequeath to my granddaughter Martha Skinner the wife of Francis Skinner one Negro girl called Linda with her future increase which said girl is now in her possession to her and her heirs forever.
19th Item: I will & desire unto my grandson John S. Alexander one tract of land lying in Lynches Creek Swamp containing forth acres (more or less) immediately on the Creek adjoining Zackariah Bells land on the lower part & on the North or upper side by Ervins land to him and his heirs forever.
20th Item: I give and devise to my grandson Hartwell C. Alexander one tract of land lying in Lynches Creek Swamp call the Parnell tract, containing sixty nine acres (more or Less) adjoining John Fields land to him and his heirs forever.
21st Item: It is my will and desire and hereby direct and authorize my executors hereinafter named - to sell all my lands and other property. Not heretofore given away after my death -- and the money arising therefrom together with all the cash, which I may have on hand and all moneys due me at my death, are to be disposed of in the following manner: (to Wit) to be divided into six equal parts and given as in the following manner - one part to my son William Belk, one other sixth part to my son Abijah Belk, one other sixth part to my daughter Elizabeth King, one other sixth part to my daughter Massy Alexander, one other sixth part to A.C.S.C. Belk and Jincy Ann Skinner the wife of J. Skinner, my grandchildren -- equally between them and the other sixth part to my grandchild Benjamin S. Josey, Massy, M. Saverance, Reese Josey, Jeremiah J. Josey, Elijah Josey, Anna Josey and Joseph Josey, the children of my daughter Miriam Josey deceased to be equally divided among them - lastly I do hereby constitute and appoint William Belk, my son and Abner Alexander, my son-in-law and my grandson Abijah E. Alexander, my executors of this my last will and testament in witness whereof I have here unto set my hand and seal this the Sixth day of July in the Year of our Lord One Thousand eight hundred and forty four.
Jeremiah Belk (Seal)
Signed, published and delivered
by the said Jeremiah Belk to be
his last will & testament in the
presence of us who have hereunto
subscribed our names as witness in
the presence of the testator and of
WILL OF DRURY BOYKIN
South Carolina Sumter District
Know all Men by these presents that I Drury Boykin Sen. being feeble of Body but Strong of Mind Make and Record this as my last Will and testament; First it is my desire or will that all my lawful debts be paid and I hereby appoint Drury Boykin Jun; as My Administrator andMy Wife Sarah Boykin, My adminstratrix to attend to my affairs if it please God for me to be taken from them. It is My Will that My Son Drury and my Wife Sarah have and I do hereby for the affection I have for them give them all My Crop of Corn, Cotton fodder, also My grey Mare and all my hogs and Sheep, I do also give and bequeath unto My Daughter Sarah Josseys heirs - two Cows and one Yearling also I give to my Wife Sarah and Son Drury all My household and Kitchen furniture. I do also give to My Son Burwell Boykin, Ten dollars. also My Son John Boykin, Ten dollars, also My daughter Mary Dority, Ten dollars also to my Son Jonathan Boykin, Ten dollars, all of which I wish my administrator to punctually observe. In witness Whereof I have hereunto Set my hand and Seal This 28 December 1835.
Drury X Boykin' Sen.
Wm Crosswell Hardy Stuckey mark Thos. Fraser
WILL OF JONATHAN BOYKINIn the name of God amen - I Jonathan Boykin of the State of Alabama, Montgomery County - being of Sound mind & memory, but weak in body and knowing that it is appointed unto all men once to die, do make this my last Will and testament. I, Command my Soul to god who gave it and my body to be buried in a decent Christian manner - and my worldly goods I, dispose of as followsB (Viz)
I. give unto John Dority (sister Mary's husband) one Negro man named Anthony (now, in the possession of E.R. Morse of Alabama, Montgomery Co) and all my bedding & furniture medicine chest and one hundred dollars to pay all my burying expenses (the Bedding is in the possession of Wm. Montgomery of Ala Montgomery Co).
I give unto my Mother Sarah Boykin the Hire of Anthony this year the amount being one hundred dollars - It is my will that my Exrs. collect all that is due me from the firm of Murphy & Brack and out of the Same I give unto my Brother John (of South Carolina) one hundred dollars, and also to my Brother Baswell (of Mississippi) one hundred dollars, the residue if any I. give unto John Doroty -
I give unto my Brother Drewry Boykin my watch my wearing apparel my walking cane and all the money in hand (after taking out the hundred dollars for burying expenses as above mentioned) -
I give unto my Sister Sarah Jossey all the money due me from Seaborn S. Westmoreland, Almond Freeman & Thos. M Parker -lastly I nominate & fully constitute John Doroty & William Montgomery to Execute this my last will & testament Witness my hand & Seal this 25th day of May A.D. 1839 -
Jonathan Boykin (SEAL)
A ScarboroughWm. CrosswellHardy Stuckey
Recorded Will Book M, Page 234 Recorded May 29th, 1839 William Lewis - Ordy. S.D. Bundle 113 - Package 14
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