From Edgefield County South Carolina-Old Wills 1787-1806 Vol 1 by Frances Terry Ingmire
WILL OF MATHEW STOKER
South Carolina, Edgefield County, In the Name of God, Amen, I, MATHEW STOKER of the state and county aforesaid, planter, being in perfect health, and of perfect mind and memory, thanks be given unto God, calling unto mind the mortality of my body, knowing that it is appointed once for all men to die, do make and ordain this my Last Will and Testament, (that is to say) Principally and first of all I gave and recommend my soul into the hand of almighty God that gave it, and my body I recomend to the earth to be buried in decent christian burial, at the discreation of my executors, nothing doubting but at the general resurection, I shall receive the same, again, by the mighty power of God, and as touching such worldly estate wherewith, it has pleased God to bless me in this life, I give, demise, and dispose of the same in the following manner and form;---
First I gave and bequeath unto my loving wife ELIZABETH STOKER during her natural life time or widowhood the plantation, whereon I now live with all the household furniture, with all the stock of horses, hogs, sheep and cattle except, such as I shall here after mention------
Item: I give and bequeath unto my loving daughter SARAH MINOR twenty shillings sterling to be paid her at her mothers decease out of the movable estate.
Item: I give and bequeath unto my loving son ROBERT STOKER one hundred acres of land that I surveyed, joining my old survey and likewise twenty five acres of the old survey joining the above mentioned new survey to him, his heirs and assigns forever.
Item: I give and bequeath unto my loving daughter ELIZABETH STOKER at the marriage, one feather bed and likewise one cow and calf to her and her heirs and assigns forever.
Item: I give and bequeath unto my loving son MATHEW STOKER the remainder of the old survey that is left after the twenty five acres that is bequeathed to my son ROBERT STOKER, he my said son MATHEW STOKER to have full possesion of said land including the plantation whereon I now live, that is after his mothers decease or marriage and likewise he is to have one half of the remainder of the movable estate after the other before mentioned legacies is paid out of it to him and his heirs, and if he my said son MATHEW STOKER should die without a lawful heir then the above legacies and bequeaths so left to him shall be equally divided betwixt his sisters ELIZABETH STOKER and SUSANER STOKER and it is further my will and desire that my son NEAL STOKER is to live on the plantation with his mother and his brother MATHEW STOKER and to have his maintence during his life.
Item: I give and bequeath unto my loving son NEAL STOKER twenty shillings sterling to be paid to him by his brother MATHEW STOKER at his mothers decease
Item: I give and bequeath to my loving daughter SUSANER STOKER the other half of the movable estate that her brother MATHEW STOKER and she is to have at their mothers decease as before mentioned to her and her heirs forever.
And lastly, I do nomiate, constitutre and appoint my loving wife ELIZABETH STOKER executrix and CHARLES BUFSEY executor to this my Last Will and Testament and I do hereby utterly disallow, revoke and disannul all and every other former testaments, wills, legacies, bequests and executors by me heretofore in any ways named willed and bequeathed. Ratifying and confirming this and no other to be my Last Will and Testament, in witness whereof I have here unto set my hand and seal this _____ day of ____ in the year of our Lord Christ one thousand Seven hundred and Ninety one and fifteenth year of our American Independency.
Signed, sealed, published, pronounced and declared by me the said MATHEW STOKER as my Last Will and Testament in the precence of us.
WM. WATSON Senr. MATHEW STOKER (SEAL)
Recorded in Will Book "A" pages 50 to 52. Recorded Sept Term 1793
R. TUTT C.E.C
Box 45 Pkg 1930
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