This is a transcript (by me) of the WPA transcript of the will of Richard NEELEY.
My particular interest here is the daughter, Jane. Does anyone know who and when she married?
Of the NEELEYs listed in the will, only John and Ann are in the 1800 census. What happened to the rest of the family? Victor, for instance. Apparently he was of age when the will was written.
In the name of God Amen
The twenty fourth day of July in the year of our Lord 1793 I RICHARD NEELEY of the State of South Carolina, in the county of Fairfield, being very weak in body; but of perfect mind and memory, thanks be given unto God for the same, and 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 God that gave it, [interlined: and for my body] I recommend it to the earth to be buried in a Christian like and decent manner, at the discretion of my executors nothing doubting but at the general Resurrection, I shall receive the same again by the mighty power of God; and as touching [interlined] Such] – worldly estate wherewith it hath pleased God to bless me in this life, I give devise and dispose of the same in the manner and form following; that is to say,---
In the first place, I give and bequeath to ANN my dearly beloved wife, during her widowhood, fifty acres of Land whereon I now live, together with all my Household goods and Plantation tools and stock of Horses and Cattle except such as shall hereafter be bequeathed; also I give to my well beloved Son VICTOR NEELEY my rifle gun and, whipsaw,---also I give to my well---beloved Daughters MARY and JANE Each one shilling, --- Also I give to my beloved son JOHN NEELEY the tract of land whereon he now lives containing forty eight acres and a Sett of smiths tools now in possession of Samll Clampet, Also I give to my RICHARD NEELEY---fifty acres of Land being the one half of the Tract whereon as soon as he shall arrive at the age of Twenty one years and the remainder of the Said tract devised to my beloved wife after her decease, ------- Also I give to my beloved daughters ANN, ABIGAIL----SUSANNAH & SARAH Each One cow and Calf; ---Also I give to my well beloved Sons CLEMENT and ALEXANDER alertain [a certain] tract of land Bounding on JOHN BRENT—SAMLL CLAMPELL BARTH JONES of the land I now live [interlined: upon}; I also give to my son CLEMENT all my Turning Tools;--- I constitute make and ordain my only beloved wife ANN my sole Executrix and VICTOR NEELEY my sole Executor of this my last will and Testament, I do here by --- utterly disallow revoke and disannul every other former testaments wills & Legacees ---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 sealed the day and the day and date above written.
Richard Neeley (seal)
Signed, Sealed published pronounced proclaimed
And declared by the Said RICHARD NEELEY
As his Last Will and Testament in the Presence of us---
Thomas X Smith
John X Brant
It was proved by Col. John Pearson on 20th Oct 1798 and entered into the record.
Mildred "Mickey" Fournier
1730 SE County Rd 252
Lake City, FL 32025-1703
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