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WILL OF LEWIS L. GIBBES
SOUTH CAROLINA

In the name of god Amen I Lewis L. Gibbes of district and state aforeaid being weak in body but of sound mind do
make this my last will and Testament in maner and form following vis:    I give devise and bequeath to my Children all my property of what kind or sort Soever it may be to be eqully divided between them share and shear alike to them and there heirs forever
And I nominate Constitute and appoint John L North a Lewis R, Gibbes & Charles D Gibbes my executors and the two last guardians of their younger brotheres and sisters   And I herby revoke all and every other will by me at any time heretofore made.
In Witnefs wherof I have hereunto set my hand and seal this eleventh day of August in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and twenty eight
Signed Sealed and delivered
 in the presence of
James Stuart
Rodolphus Dichinson
Lewis L Gibbes (SEAL)
Anthony W Rofs
George Hall
Recorded in Will Book A, Page 411

SOUTH CAROLINA
I Lewis L. Gibbes of the District of and state aforsaid do make this Codicil to my last Will and testament Which bears
date the elventh day of August in the year of our Lord one Thousand Eight hundred and twenty eight

I herby give and bequeath to my Scoart Lucinda during each and every year of her natural life the sum of Ten Dollars Which which I direct my Executors to pay or Caused to be paid on Cluis tueasday of Each year

In witnefs where of I have hereunto set my hand and seal this fifteenth day of August in the year of our Lord aforsaid
Sined Sealed & delivered in presence of
James Stuart
George Hall

Lewis L Gibbs (SEAL)

Recorded in Will Book A, Page 411-413
Recorded December 3, 1830
Proved December 3, 1830
John Harris, O.R.D.
Roll No. 232
(Original will not in files of Probate Judge).

WILL OF JOHN L. NORTH
The State of South Carolina
In the name of God Amen — —
I John Laurens North of Pendleton planter being in health of body and of sound mind do make this my last Will & Testament in
manner and form following—viz I give devise and bequeath unto my beloved wife Eliza Elliot North all my real and personal
property of which I am now seized or pofsefsed or may hereafter be seized or pofsefsed — — To hold unto her her heirs
executora administrators & afaigna forever —   And I do nominate constitute & appoint my said wife sole executrix of this
my last will & Testament hereby revoking all and every other will or wills heretofore by me made — — —

In witnefs whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal this twentieth day of January in the Year of our Lord one
thousand eight hundred & twenty six

Signed sealed & published John L. North (SEAL)
by the above-named John L.
North as his last will and
Testament in the presence of us
who at his request At in his presence have subscribed our named as witnefses —
John E. Calhoun
Jno. G. North
Joseph N. Whitner

Recorded in Will Book B, Page 255
Recorded March 24, 1848
Proved March 24, 1848
Herbert Hammond, O.A.D.
Roll No. 1144


Source: Black Wills from Lowcountry Africana, US, South Carolina Wills & Miscellanous Probate Records 1671-1868




WILL OF ANDREW PICKENS SENIOR
Contributed by Carl R. Garrison

I Andrew Pickens Sen’r, being of sound and perfet mind and Memory and knowing that it is appointed for all men once to die, doe on this twenty second day of June one thousand eight hundred and nine make and ordain this my last Will and Testament, in manner and form following, _____ desire that my body be decently buried, as conveniences may offer, to those about me at the time, and that my funeral expences be paid. With regard to my estate or worldly matters of which I may die possessed, I desire them to be disposed of in the following manner, that is to say all my just debts to be paid. to my wife Rebecca, I leave and bequeath Five Hundred Dollars, with a negro Girl named Lucy with two Feather beds with their furniture, and to live in and have the free use of the house I now live in, with the use of as much of the furniture in the house as may be necessary for her use dureing her residence here and at all times while here to be supplyed out of the produce of the plantation with what provition is necessary for her comfortable support with a horse and chair kept for her with anything else that my executors after named may think necessary for her comfort. and as my children which are gone from under my care and have got their proportion of the property which God in his providence has given me the remainder of the property which I now have I leave and bequeath to my son Joseph Pickens which consists of the tract of land I now live on with the tracts adjoining with the netroes which I now have with the stock of horses, cattle, hoogs, and sheep, with all the money I may have or which may be due me on Bond, notes, or otherwies except as above to his Mother, with the Household furniture and the plantation utensials such as waggons, plows hoes axes [etc] and that their shall be paid out of the part comeing to my son thirty five Dollars yearly to the support of the Gosple in this congregation untill he arrives at full age to act for himself. and that my wife Rebecca may be more freed from care and trouble I would recommend that a careful indissterous man should be got as an overseer that will be humain and careful and have plenty raised or procured for the women to spin, that comfortable warm clothing may be had at all times for the negroes. as they have been a means under Providence to procure many of the comforts of life which myself and others have enjoyed I request that they maybe used with justice and humanity. I would recommend that all property which is thought unnessaery or unproductive that it should be sold as my executors may see proper. work horses suffitient for the plantation with two or three breeding mares fifteen cows and calves with a few young cattle might be as many as would be profitable. my sword which was given me by congress I give to my son Andrew. but if my son Joseph should die before he comes of age or without makeing a will before he is Married without any legal heirs of his own, then and in that case _____ . my negroes Dick, old Pompey with his wife Fillis, Jame and his wife Seala, Bob and his wife Clarase I _____ and ________ to be free from slavery and that one hundred and fifty acres of Land be reserved for them to live upon and to cultivate for their support the land laid of for them on the north east side of Little river beginning on the river at the indian boundary and along that boundary and down the river so as to include the cleared land and houses on that side the river where Bob now lives to live on dureing their lives. my executors are hereby Directed to give them two young work horses with two plows with gears and tackling each of them to be given a good weeding hoe. the men each and ax with a pair of iron wedges. the wemen each a cotton wheel and cards likewies to be given them five good young cows and calves, six head of sheep and four breeding sows and to be supplyed with provition for themselves and creatures out of the provition from the provition on the plantation and likewies with three bushels of salt for the first year. and I doe appoint and nominate William Beatty John McWhorter who lives near Mr Beatty and Alexander Keison to be Guardians for the above mentioned negroes and have justice done them and to give directions as to their work and conduct but if Joseph Mother should live longer than him, then Jame and his wife Seala to live with her to doe what may be for her comfort or support provided she lives at this place and at her death to live with the others as before directed and have the same benefits of what they have got as the others and all the other property not before reserved with the land to be sold at the Discretion of my executors and equally divided amongst my other children or their children.

And I doe hereby constitute and appoint my sons Ezekiel and Andrew Pickens, George Bowie executors to execute this my last will and Testament. in witness hereof I have set my hand and seal the day and year first above written.

In presence of –
James H(?)ood And’w Pickens (seal)
Gideon Horton
Oliver Woods
(Note from contributor: Gen Andrew Pickens; b. 1739 in PA, d. 1817, (buried in Old Stone Church Cemetery, Pendleton)).

WILL OF CAPT. ROBERT PICKENS

In the name of God Amen.

I Robert Pickens of the State of South Carolina in the District of Pendleton being in health of body and of perfect mind & memory thanks be given to God calling to mind the mortality of my body and knowing that it is appointed for all men once to die, do make and ordain this my last will and testament.

That is to say principally and first of all, I give and recommend my soul into the hands of Almighty God that gave it and my body I recommend to the Earth to be buried in a decent Christian like Manner. And as touching such worldly estate as it hath pleased God to bless me with in this life, I give devise and dispose of the same in the following manner and form.

Item first. My two old negro women Rachel and Mima I give and bequeath to my beloved wife Dorcas Pickens and to be disposed of by her at her death as she may think proper.

Item second I give and bequeath to my son Robert Pickens all the land and plantation on which I now live at the death of my wife Dorcas Pickens. And it must be understood to be my will & I do desire that my son Robert Pickens shall have the use of and be allowed to cultivate the land during the natural life of his mother, and that she shall have a support on the land & have that exclusive right to the house in which I now live and the orchard about it during her life. And at her death if it shall be the pleasure of my two daughters Margaret & Elizabeth who now live with her to live single and live together, they shall have the use of the house and orchard above mentioned, during their lives if they choose to stay on the place.

Item third I do devise that my wife Dorcas shall choose two negroes from among all my negroes, one of which I give and bequeath to her, and to be disposed of be her at her death as she may choose and the other to belong to my estate at her death. And after my wife Dorcas shall have chosen two negroes as above devised, my son Andrew Pickens shall choose one & the negro that he shall choose, I give and bequeath to him and his heirs forever. And after my son Andrew Pickens shall have chosen one negro my son Robert Pickens shall choose one and the negro that he shall choose I give and bequeath to him and his heirs forever. And after the above mentioned choices, the balance of my negroes, shall as valued by three good men chosen by my executors here in after be for that purpose and after such valuation shall be divided by lot among the balance of my children viz John Pickens, John Smith, Margaret Pickens, Elizabeth Pickens, Mary Bowman, Dorcas Paris & Anne Bolding. Each one of them to take the negro that may fall to them by lot at the valuation there of, and the average amount of the valuation be equally divided among them all. Those of them who by lot get the most valuable negroes to pay up to them who get negroes that are less valuable until all are made equal.

Item fourth. I do devise that if it is the wish of my son Robert Pickens at the death of his mother to take the negro that she may choose at my death, that will at her death belong to my estate and give up the one that he may first choose, he shall be allowed so to do and the negro belonging to my estate be sold and equally divided among all my children.

Item fifth.. I do devise, that if any of my negro women has issue after the date of this my last will and testament as herein devised that such issue be sold & divided among all my children. Nevertheless

and I do so devise that if any of the negroes die so that there is not one for every one of my children, where a division shall take place as herein devised that such discrepancy be supplied out of the price either of the negro that shall belong to my estate at the death of my wife or those that may be here in after born according to the average amount of the valuation of those that are valued.

Item sixth I do devise that my waggon, gear, plantation and carpenters tools shall remain on the plantation for the use of my wife Dorcas Pickens and my son Robert Pickens, and at the death of my wife Dorcas shall be the property of my son Robert Pickens.

Item seventh. All my stock of every description with all my household and kitchen furniture, I give and bequeath to my wife Dorcas Pickens to be disposed of by her as she may think proper among all or any of my children at her death or in her life time if she chooses so to do.

Item eighth I do also devise that any crop that may be on the plantation, or grain ready made shall be for that use of my wife Dorcas. And if any crop unfinished be on the plantation at my death, all the negroes shall remain on the plantation until such crop shall be saved.

And I do here by appoint my wife Dorcas and my two sons Andrew Pickens, and Robert Pickens, executors of this my last will and testament. And I do hereby disallow revoke and disanul all and every other former wills, testaments legacies, Bequests and executors by me in any way before named,

Willed and bequeathed, ratifying and confirming this and no other to be my last will and testament. In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal this third day of January in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and twenty three.

Robt Pickens (seal)
Signed sealed pronounced and declared by the said Robert Pickens as his last will & testament in the presents of us who in his presents & in the presents of each have here unto subscribed our names

I Douthit
Jas Oliver
James Smith
(Note from contributor: Capt Robert Pickens; b. 1747 in MD, d. 1830, (buried in Pickens Cemetery)).

WILL OF ELEURA SITTON PICKENS

STATE OF SOUTH CAROLINA
ANDERSON COUNTY

I, Eleura Sitton Pickens, of the County and State above written, being of sound mind and memory, but being well aware of the uncertainty of life, and being desirous of disposing of my property, do make this my last will and testament:

After the payment of my funeral expenses and my just debts it is my desire that my estate be disposed of as follows:

If a suitable marker has not been placed at the grave of my late husband, W. Clarence Pickens, it is my desire that one be placed at his grave. It is also my desire that a marker be placed at my grave; the two to be placed together, if practical.

It is my desire, and I do so will, that the sum of Five Hundred Dollars ($500.00) be given to my youngest daughter, Addis Juanita Pickens. She is only one that did not go to college.

After the settling of my last expenses and debts, the placing of the markers above mentioned, and the payment of the Five hundred Dollars ($500.00) to my daughter Juanita Pickens, it is my wish, and I do will, that the remainder of my estate, both real and personal, be equally divided between all my children, my land and other property to be sold, if the heirs think best, and the proceeds divided equally between them. The following are my children who are to share in this division: Wesley Andrew Pickens, William Clarence Pickens, Mary Istalena Pickens Holmes, Sarah Lucretia Pickens Hering, and Addis Juanita Pickens.

I do hereby appoint my brother, Andrew Sitton, as executor of this will, which I do declare in the presence of the three witnesses whose names are signed hereto, to be my last will and testament.

In testamony whereof, I hereunto set my hand and seal this 27 day of February A. D. 1932

ELEURA SITTON PICKENS (seal)

On this 27 day of February AD 1932, Eleura Sitton Pickens of Anderson County, South Carolina, signed the foregoing instrument in our presence and declared it to be her last will, and as witnesses thereof we three do now, at her request, and in her presence and in the presence of each other, hereunto subscribe our names.

MONROE PICKENS
EMMA M. PICKENS
SUE W. SITTON
(Note from contributor: Eleura Istalena Sitton Pickens, wife of William Clarence Pickens; b. 1871, d. 1933, (also buried in Pickens Cemetery)).


WILL OF WILLIAM CLARENCE PICKENS

I, W. Clarence Pickens am in my right mind and possessed with all my right facultys.

I do here by will and bequeath to my wife Eleura Sitton Pickens to have and to hold unconditionally and to do with as she see’s best – all my worldly goods.

In case I, W. Clarence Pickens should out live the said Eleura Sitton Pickens the property shall be equally divided among my five children with the proviso that William C. Pickens who has received more than any the others, so far, should do something to recompense Juanita for what she has failed to receive in the way of an education.

I here in appoint Eleura Sitton Pickens as my exicutrix as first proviso. In the later case I ask A. G. Sitton and Istalena Pickens Holmes as Exicutors.

W. Clarence Pickens
And we at the request of W. Clarence Pickens sign our names to his last will and Testament which contains two pages.

Sue W. Sitton
H. A. Foster
Nannie Foster
(Note from contributor: William Clarence Pickens, son of Israel Wesley & Sarah Ann Sitton Pickens, son of Robert and Martha Smith Pickens, son of Capt Robert and Dorcas Hallum Pickens; b. 1867, d. 1929. (All buried in Pickens Cemetery)).


WILL OF WILLIAM SMITH PICKENS

STATE OF SOUTH CAROLINA
COUNTY OF ANDERSON

In the Name of God Amen.

I, W. S. Pickens of Anderson County in the State of South Carolina, being of sound mind and memory, do make, ordain, publish, and declare this my last Will and Testament, hereby revoking all former wills, by me made, that is to say:

First. I will and direct that all my just debts and my funeral expenses be first paid by my Executors, as soon as practicable after my decease.

Second. I have, with the consent of my beloved wife, Martha Louise Pickens, used and invested in my name about Two Thousand Dollars of her money; I expect soon to repay a part or all of said sum. In case the same or any part thereof remains unpaid to her at my death it is my will that such sum or balance should be aid to her, together with the additional sum of One Thousand Dollars, which I hereby bequeath unto her, before the distribution of m estate as directed in the residuary clause of this will. I further will, devise, and bequeath to my said wife my home place, upon which we now reside for and during the term of her natural life. The property herein willed to my wife is to be in lien of dower and in full of all her interest in my estate. In case she should predecease me, the property so willed to her shall be distributed as provided in the residuary clause of this will.

Third. I have already made various gifts and advancements to my several children and I now direct as to them as follows: (a). To my son R. W. Pickens, I will, devise, and bequeath seventy-one (71) acres of land to be surveyed off the Eastern portion of the tract known as tract No. 4 in the partition of the estate of Robert Pickens, deceased, said seventy-one acres to be divided from the remainder of the tract by a line running as nearly north and South as practicable, having regard to proper division of the said tract. My said son is already in possession of the Eastern portion of said seventy-one acres consisting of Thirty-three acres, more or less, and it is my purpose to Execute to him a deed thereto in a few days, in which event it is my will that he shall have the remaining Thirty-eight acres at my death, accounting for the value of the whole seventy-one acres as hereinafter provided. (b). My son W. H. Pickens has already received from me gifts and advancements, which, together with the notes and accounts I hold against him, I regard as his full share in my estate. It is my will, therefore, that all notes and accounts which I hold against my son should be cancelled and that my executors should not require him to account for any of the rents collected for me for my hotel and store-room property at Easley, S. C. , prior to the time of my death, but that he shall thereupon deliver to them the said hotel and store-room property which he now has in charge for me, and that the rents which he is herein allowed to retain together with the notes and accounts I hold against him be in full of his interest in my estate, except in case of the death of one of my children without issue when he shall share with the others as hereinafter provided. (c). To my son A. W. Pickens, I will, devise, and bequeath my Pat Boggs place, consisting of Seventy-three (73) acres, more or less, which has already been surveyed and plotted. (d). To my oldest daughter Nancy A. E. Smith, I will, devise, and bequeath the western portion of my Pisgah or McKinney place to the amount of one Hundred and Ten acres, more or less, which said tract has already been surveyed and platted. (e). To my daughter Mary Eugenia Cely, I will, devise, and bequeath One hundred acres, more or less, to be surveyed from the eastern part of my Oliver place the line to be run as nearly north and South as practicable to leave the tract in good shape. (f). To my daughter Ida Lee Elrod, I will, devise and bequeath the Eastern portion of my Pisgah or McKinney tract to the amount of One Hundred acres, more or less, which has already been surveyed and plotted. (g). To my daughter Virginia Irene Whitaker I will, devise and bequeath One Hundred acres, more or less, to be cut off from the western portion of the tract known as No. 4 in the partition of the lands of Robert Pickens. (h). To my son J. O. Pickens, I will, devise and bequeath the western portion, to-wit, One Hundred and Eighty (180) acres, more or less, of the Oliver place, the line to be run between this and the portion willed to Mrs. Cely as hereinafter directed. I regard this together with what I have already advanced my said son as his full share in my estate and therefore direct that he shall not participate in the division directed in the residuary clause of this will, except in case of the death of one of my children without issue when he shall take as hereinafter directed.

I will and direct that as soon as practicable after my death, my executors shall select three disinterested men who shall appraise said lands and that said children account at the appraised value for the lands severally received by them in the distribution hereinafter provided for.

Fourth. It is my will that all the residue of my property whether real, personal, or mixed, be sold or collected in by my executors in such manner and at such time as they deem for the best interest of my estate, allowing them full power to sell and convey any of said property real or personal, at public or private sale, with or without advertisement upon such terms as may seem to them best. They shall also have power to compromise claims for and against my estate.

My children, R. W. Pickens, A. W. Pickens, Mrs. Nancy A. E. Smith, Mrs. Mary E. Cely, Mrs. Ida Lee Elrod, and Mrs. Virginia Irene Whitaker shall be charged by my executors with the appraised value of the lands willed them as aforesaid, and also with any notes I may hold against them by way of debt or advancement in a book kept for the purpose whether such notes or accounts be out of date or not. Out of the funds arising from the sales and collections provided for in this paragraph said children shall be made equal by paying in cash to those charged with the smaller amounts a sum sufficient to make them each equal with the one charged with the largest amounts. Then I direct my executors to pay to R. W. Pickens, A. W. Pickens, Mrs. Nancy A. E. Smith, Mrs. Mary E. Cely, each the sum of Two Hundred Dollars. Then I direct that all the rest and residue of my property as arising out of the sales and collections herein in this paragraph provided for shall be equally divided among my six children A. W. Pickens, R. W. Pickens, Nancy A. E. Smith, Mary E. Cely, Ida Lee Elrod, and Virginia Irene Whitaker share and share alike.

Fifth. In case any one of my eight children above named should predecease me leaving a child or children, such child or children shall take among them the share the parent would have been entitled to if living; and in case one or more of said eight children should predecease me leaving no child or children, or issue of their bodies then the survivors of my said children shall take among them the share which would have fallen to such deceased child if living.

Sixth. I charge my children as they respect my memory to have no litigation over my property or the provisions of this will.

Seventh. I nominate, constitute and appoint my sons R. W. Pickens, and A. W. Pickens to be the executors of this my will.

In testimony whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal this seventh day of June 1901 at Anderson, S. C.

W. S. Pickens. (Seal).

Signed, sealed, published and declared to be the last Will and Testament of said W. S. Pickens by him in the presence of each of us who in his presence, at hisrequest, and in the presence of each other have hereunto subscribed our name as witnesses the date last above written.

E. G. McAdams.
C. Eugene Tribble.
H. H. Watkins

[FIRST CODICIL]

STATE OF SOUTH CAROLINA
COUNTY OF ANDERSON

In the Name of God Amen:

I, W. S. Pickens of said State and County, being of sound mind and disposing memory do make, ordain, publish and declare this as and for a codicil to my last Will and Testament, which bears date and was executed on June 7th, 1901.

Whereas by said Will I devised to my daughter Mrs. Virginia Irene Whitaker and my son R. W. Pickens the one hundred and thirty-eight acre tract known as the Woodland tract, equally between them: And whereas, I have since conveyed said tract of One hundred and thirty-eight acres to my son J. O. Pickens. Now, I modify that portion of said will by directing that my Executors named in said will pay to my said daughter Mrs. Virginia Irene Whitaker and my son R. W. Pickens in equal shares the amount of the piece of said One Hundred and Thirty-Eight acres at the piece at which said J. O. Pickens is to account for the share to my Estate. Viz. Sixteen Dollars an acre. And my said will shall in all respects remain of force except as modified in this codicil.

In testimony whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal this Third day of November A. D. 1904.

W. S. Pickens. (Seal).

Signed, sealed, published and declared as and for a codicil to the last Will of the same testator by him in the presence of each of us who severally in his presence and at his request and in the presence of each other have hereunto subscribed our names are witnesses thereto.

J. P. Carey
J. L. Sherard
M. L. Bonham
(Note from contributor: William Smith Pickens, b. 1823, d. 1907, son of Robert and Martha Smith Pickens, Son of Capt Robert and Dorcas Hallum Pickens, (all buried in Pickens Cemetery). William Smith Pickens had 3 wives: Julia Ann Welborn (from whom I come), Prudence Emeline Oliver, Martha Louisa Rush.  He had large families with the first two, no children with last one.  The last one vanished.  The first two are buried in Pickens cemetery.  He acted as a "banker" for northern Anderson/southern Pickens counties.  There are a lot of private mortgages, notes, etc, that show he was a real "wheeler dealer" in his time.  He was referred to as Colonel.  He was a notary public, back when that was a big deal and took an act of the legislature.  I have the certificate.  He probably needed it to do a lot of those banking type deals he did.  He did not participate in the Civil War...being almost 40 yrs old.  Several of his children were vets including my great grandfather, who was the last Confederate vet in upstate, and maybe all of SC.  He died Feb 19, 1948, over 100 years old, with a very sharp mind and vision at the end, but his hearing was poor for the last 10-15 years.  He was a celebrity in the area, of course, being the last veteran and all.)


WILL OF ANDREW PICKENS

In the name of God Amane I Andrew Pickens of Pendleton District and State of South Carolina Farmer Being very sick and weke in Body but of perfect mind and memory Thanks be given to God, calling to mind the mortality of my Body and knowing that it is appointed for all men to die do make & ordain this my last will & testament that is to say, principaly & first of all I give & recomend my soul into the hand of almighty God that give it and my body I recomend to the earth to be buried in desint Christen burial. Nothing but at the general resurrection I shall receive the same again by the mighty power of God. And as touching such worldly estate wherewith it has pleased God to bliss me in this life, I give devise, & dispose in the following manner, & form. After paying all Inst debts

First I give and bequeath to Margaret my well beloved Wife all my Household goods and moveable effects except one young Horse. During her widdowhood & if she marrys then each of my three daughters to receive two cows if the be there for them and if not what is to be divided betwixt my wife & three daughters ___(unable to read)___ District & State Aforesaid, with one young horse as soon as he comes of age. The plantation to be rented if my wife marrys from that time to my son comes of age & the rent applyd to the schooling of my childern at the Decration of my Executirs. Also I appoint my wife Margrat Pickens – Robert Dowdle & John Warnock my Executors of this my last will and testament comfirming this and no other to be my last will & testament. In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal this eighteenth day October in the year of our Lord one Thousand Eight Hundred & one.

Andw Pickens (seal)
Signed sealed and delivered by the said Andrew Pickens as his last will and testament in the presence of us the subscribing witnisses

John George
Israel Pickens
Robert Dowdle Junr
(Note from contributor: Andrew Pickens (older brother of Capt Robert Pickens, b. 1736 in PA, m. Elizabeth Griffin, d. 1821, lived on 18 Mile Creek, burial unknown)




Will of Rachel M. Pressley
Anderson District
June 20,1838

 I Rachel M Pressley of the District of Anderson and the State of South Carolina being weak in body , But of sound and disposing mind and memory. Calling to mind the uncertainty of life do make this my last will and Testament. In the Manner and form following.

1ST To my sister Elizabeth Porter of Alabama, I give and bequeath a note of hand for one hundred and four dollars which I hold on the Legatees of my father’s estate.

2nd To my mother Ann Pressley . I give and bequeath the use and services of my negro boy Cornelius aged nine years, should belong unreservedly & forever. To my sister Jane M Pressley and I do hereby give and bequeath him accordingly.

3RD To my Brother-in-law Elijah Wilbanks I give & bequeath a mare and colt my bed and bed clothes, my loom and appurtenances and my side saddle,

Having made arrange for the settlement of what debts I owe I deem it unnecessary to say any thing further upon that subject in this will.

And Lastly, I do hereby constitute and appoint my friend, Elijah Wilbanks Executor of this my last will and testament, Hereby revoking all former Wills which may have been done by me hereto fore made.

Signed Sealed and Acknowledged before the subscribing witnesses, who at my request and in my presence have witnessed the same ,on this day the twentieth of June ,in the year of our Lord One thousand eight Hundred and twenty eight.

Rachel M Pressley (L.S)
Hugh Porter
Nancy Crawford

Jane L (her mark) Brownlee Recorded in Will book B Page 89
Recorded April 22,1839--
proved April 22 1839 --John Martin O.A.D Roll no,544
Source; Anderson County ,South Carolina
Record of Wills Vol,2 Book B Page 73
Researched and contributed by Doris Wilson O’Shields, (August 2010)





Copied by Mrs. Virginia Reyes                                                 
September 24, 1941
Columbia, South Carolina                                                
transcribed for South Carolina Genealogy Trails by Mary Gilliam

Will  bk  2,  pg.  199     Bk  B        
WILL OF RICHARD M. LEWIS

"The State of Alabama, Cherokee County . . . . Be it known that I,   Richard M. Lewis of County and State above written . . . . for the support of my wife and education of my child . . . . And I also direct that if at any future day my wife or daughter should Marry or depart this life in that case my executors shall dispose of my Estate . . . . my dear Miss  Sarah B. Lewis and my friend Jonathan B. Lewis of Anderson District in the State of South Carolina with full power and control of all The Books of Accounts and Notes . . . . this 20th day of September 1843.

Waddy Thompson
James M. Gambrell                                                      
Richard Barry, son of R.      
Proven March 4, 1844

Will  bk  2,  pg.  112                   
WILL OF SARAH LEWIS

"In the name of God, Amen.  I,  Sarah Lewis of the District of Pickens and State of South Carolina . . . . to the Methodist Episcopal Church in the Village of Pendleton . . . . to Joseph Black of Rutherford County, North Carolina . . . . my daughter Mary A. Mc Dowell and their Heirs of her body excepting her daughter Nancy . . . . my daughter Anne E. Shanklin . . . . my daughter Sarah Anne Reese . . . . my son James O. Lewis . . . . my son Andrew F. Lewis . . . . appointing Joseph Van Shanklin of Pendleton and John McDowell of Rutherford County,
North Carolina executors.
Jesse P. Lewis
William I. Knauff                                                     
Susan M. Lewis                            
Proven Nov. 2, 1841

Will  bk  2,  pg. 82                          
WILL OF ELEANOR LEWIS

"I,  Eleanor Lewis of Anderson District and State of South Carolina . . . . To my daughter Julia Hannah . . . . to my children, Julia Hannah, Henry Tallioferro, Samuel Wilds, Thomas Harrison and Benjamin Franklin Lewis, Their hiers and assigns . . . . this September 27, 1839.
William Golden
James J. Wilson                                                  
George G. Elrod             
Proven March 24, 1840

Will  bk 1,  pg.  264                                  
WILL OF DAVID LEWIS

"Know all men by these Presents that, I David Lewis of the State Of South Carolina and Pendleton District being in my proper health of body and mind . . . . my son Isaiah Lewis . . . . my daughter Priscilla, Which married Thomas Field . . . . my son Neriah Lewis . . . . my son Benjamin Lewis . . . . my daughter Elizabeth which married Micajah Alexander . . . . My daughter Cozby which married John Wooddall . . . . my son Tarleton Lewis . . . . my daughter Hannah which married to Ezekiel Narton . . . . . My wife Penelopy Lewis and to my son David Lewis and to my daughter Rosannah Lewis all my personal property . . . . . my wife Penelopy Lewis To have full power to act as Whole Executor . . . . . this 19th day of
January 1822 . . . . . .

Gabriel Barron
Samuel Barron                                                               
George W. Liddell                             
Proven September 2, 1822

Will  bk  1,  pg.  144                       
WILL OF JOHN MORROW

"This is my last Will and Testament.   I,  John Morrow of Pendleton District, farmer . . . . do hereby nominated and appoint my wife Mary Morrow as Executrix and Thomas Walker as Executor to this . . . . my three Sons Samuel, John and Archabald . . . . my 4 children, Betsey, Nancy, Jane And Mary . . . . September 14, 1812.

Samuel Maverick                                                       
William Walker                                           
Proven October 26, 1812





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