Contributed by M.D. Lehr
Holmes Co., MS
LDS Reel 90440
THE STATE OF MISSISSIPPI
I, William Clower of the County of Holmes and
State aforesaid, being of sound mind and disposing memory and knowing the
uncertainty of life, and the certainty of death, and being desirous prior to
the dissolution of soul and body, to make a disposition of all my earthly
estate both real and personal doth make and declare this to be my last will
and testament, revoking all others.
Item 1st I direct that all my just
debts, funeral and testamentary expenses be paid by my
Executors herein after named with all
convenient speed after my decease, and I do hereby subject charge and make
liable to the payment of the same all my estate both real and personal, except
for that portion bequeathed to my beloved wife and the monetary legacies
herein after named.
Item 2nd I give devise and bequeath unto
my beloved wife the South West Quarter of Section No. Thirty-Two, and S.E.
1/4 section 31, Township Sixteen of Range Three East in said County of Holmes,
upon which I now reside together with all and singular the appurtenances and
improvements thereto belonging or in anywise appertaining to have and hold the
same for the during the term of her natural life only.
Item 3rd I give devise and bequeath unto my
beloved wife for and during the term of her natural life, in addition to Item
second, the following negro slaves and other personal property, to wit: the
men, Phill, Peter, Henry, & Rass, also Charity, Julia, Becca and Mary the
child of said woman Becca, and also one horse, six mules, one wagon, six cows
and calves, together with all my stock of hogs, household and kitchen
furniture and farming tools sufficient for the laboring of the negros above
named, and out of the stock of provisions on hand at my deceased, a
sufficiency to supply her and them for the years ensuing next after my death.
Item 4th I further will and direct that the
property herein given to my beloved wife, be under the control and management
of Powell Harvey and my son Benjamin R. Clower during her natural life. The[y]
are to keep said property together and apply the proceeds thereof to the
support of my beloved wife and the surplus of said proceeds (if any is left
paying her all her expenses and expenses of keeping up the place upon which
she shall reside), shall be equally and annually divided and paid over in
equal shares to my three sons John, Benjamin R. and Green R [sic]. Clower.
Item 5th I further give, direct and bequeath
that upon the death of my beloved wife, that all of the property and estate,
both real and personal herein given to her, for her natural life, together
with the increase and profits airising therefrom shall be equally divided
between my three sons, John, Benj R. And Green B. Clower, each to share and
share alike in the same and in the increase and profits thereof.
Item 6th I give and bequeath to my grand
children, Thomas, Mason [Manson], Daniel, Pettus and Pinckney [Pinkney] Lehr,
and give to their sister Lavinia Cole wife of Thos H. Cole and to their sole
and separate use the sum of five hundred dollars each, to be paid to them out
of my estate by my executors hereinafter named.
Item 7th I give devise and bequeath to my
grand children William Webster and Jackson Millsap the sum of twenty five
dollars each to be paid in like manner as in Item sixth.
Item 8th I give devise and bequeath to my
grand children Lavinia and Eliza Millsap and to Mrs. Rebecca Bowen, and to my
grand son Franklin Millsap each the sum of eight hundred dollars to be paid as
above, to their sole and separate use.
Item 9th I give devise and bequeath to my
three beloved sons, John, Benjamin R. And Green B. Clower, all the rest,
residue and remainder of my estate, both real and personal and _____, shares
in action and all sum or sums of money due or to become due of every
description and whereover located to be equally divided between them, them and
each of them to share and share alike
Signed 29 Dec