Columbia County, Georgia
Book H, 1803-1821
17 February 1816
I, Richard Harrison, the elder, being sick & weak in body but of sound mind & memory.
First I give unto my beloved wife, Betty Harrison, the sum of $600 & a negro woman named Sarah to wait on her, also two feather beds & furniture, one horse, saddle & bridle, her choice of the horse and to remain on the plantation while she is my widow.
I also give unto my wife one trunk,one chest & her choice of a table, if the negro woman, Sarah should outlive my wife, said negro to belong to my son-in-law John Embree, and the remainder of the property given to my wife, at her death to be divided equally between my sons, Richard & James Harrison.
I give to my son-in-law, Adam Jones, one negro named Patience & one named Jin, also one bay filly three years old in trust for his son Richard Jones. I give to my son Perryman Shepherd Harrison one negro man named Surry & one woman named Amy, also one girl named Vilet, in trust for his son Dick Franklin Harrison, also 202-1/2 acres of land in Old Wilkerson of Little Sandy Creek.
I give to my son Tyrrel Cook Harrison, one negro man named Joe & a girl named Harrot, also one negro named Franky in trust for his son Dick Harrison.
I also give to my Grandson, Sullivan Harrison, one negro named George & one boy named Nathan in trust for Mat Richard Tyrrel Harrison until he shall be able to act for himself.
I give to my son, Gadwell Reines Harrison, 287-1/2 acres in Washington County white ponds joining Sandersville, one feather bed & furniture he now has, one young sorrel horse, one negro man named Daniel & negro woman named Mariah, one cow & calf, one sow & 7 pigs.
I give to my son, Richard Harrison, one half the land where I now reside containing 347 acres, also one negro named Suckey & one negro boy named Arthur, also half of the stock of horses, cattle, sheep & hogs.
I give unto my son, James Harrison, the other half of the land whereon I now reside,one negro woman named Sylvia & child Sam also Peg & her child Sopley, one waggon & gear,one still. I give unto my son-in-law, John Embree, one negro named John. Should it please God to take me hence that division of my estate both real & personal be made on the first day Jan. 1817.
I appoint my son Terrel Cook Harrison and John Embree my son-in-law executors. Having omitted in the proper place, My son Dinwiddie Harrison I give him a negro man named Peter.
Wit: Aquilla Howard, E. Short & Thomas White.
Signed, Richard Harrison.
Proved on oath of Aquilla Howard & Thomas White this 2 Sept. 1816.
This day Tyrrel Cook Harrison & John Embree was qualified as executors, to make a true inventory of the goods & chattels and exhibit the same before a Clerk of Court within three months. Signed. John Foster.
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