Book A, page 190
submitted March 24, 2004. (Will of Abraham Geren--father of A. Adelaide Geren, husband of Sarah
Ann (Geren) Lucas.)
State of Mississippi
In the name of God, Amen.
I, Abraham Geren, of the County and State aforesaid being
of Sound and disposing mind and memory, do make and publish this
my last will and testament as follows, to wit:
I will and bequeath unto my beloved wife, Sarah Ann Geren,
during her natural life all my estate, both real and personal,
and after her death, then to be equally divided between my four
children, Eliza C. Bethel, Mary E. Gibson, Hetty E. Davis and
Sarah A. McLemore, or to their children in case they or either
or them should be dead at the time of my decease.
I do hereby constitute and appoint John D. McLemore and
John H. Davis Executors of this my last will and Testament, and
do hereby direct that they shall not be required to give any
bond and security as such.
Lastly. I do
hereby revoke all former wills by me made.
In testimony whereof I have hereunto subscribed my name
and affixed my seal this 3rd day of May, A. D. 1857.
Signed, sealed and published
in the presence of
Filed Nov. 7th 1859 A. M. Nelson, Clerk
State of Mississippi
Probate Court, November Term, 1859.
Personally appeared in open Court Dr. H. A.
Reynolds, who being duly sworn says that he was called on by the
Testator to subscribe the paper (here produced to the Court as
the last will of A. Geren) as a witness, which he did; the same
being in the presence of the Said Testator, and also in the
presence of the other witnesses.
He is not Certain that the Testator spoke (?) of the
document and called it his will, but that such was the
impression left on his mind.
Said Testator was of sound and (?) dispositive mind and
memory at the time, and the said will is subscribed (?) in his
proper handwriting. Also
appeared Ansley McCarroll another subscribing witness who being
duly sworn, testified (smeared ink) as Dr. Reynolds, above
written and hereby adopts same as his testimony in substance +
detail, except as to the will being signed in the proper hand
write of the Testator, being unacquainted with the hand write +
signature of the Testator.
Sworn to + subscribed before me in
H. A. Reynolds
Open Court Nov. 7th 1859
A. M. Nelson, Clk )