The State of Mississippi in the name of God
I Paris Hickman Neshoba County of the state and County of the state and Country aforesaid and being presently in my right mind and proper senses but weak in body and calling to mind the mortality of the human body and that is appointed to all men once to die do make and ordain this my last will and testament as follows.
First of all I commend my soul to God who gave it and my body to be buried with a Christian burial at the decisions of my executors as for the worldly goods that God has been pleased to bless me with it is my will to dispose of them in the following manner.
In the first place I will that all my just debts be paid and the next place I bequeath to my beloved wife Mary Hickman all my goods and chattels to have and to hold during her life and at her death to be divided amongst my children as follows and in the next place I give to my son Samuel Hickman one Negro boy named Carolina and to my sons Joshua and Robert Hickman one Negro boy named Titus, and to my daughter Lettice Ann a Negro girl named Matilda and to my two sons Ladson L. and Elias E. F. one Negro woman with her increase from and after this date to be divided equally and to my daughter Tabitha Donald I give the sum of fifty dollars and to my daughter Jane Ellis’ heirs I leave the like sum of fifty dollars and to my son John Hickman and my granddaughter I leave one Negro girl Raney to be equally divided and for the purpose of executing and attending to and to transact this business of my last will I appoint my sons William A. and Samuel Hickman my executors of this my last will and testament revoking all other wills or deeds by me made previous to this date.
Signed sealed and acknowledged 12 December 1837.
In presence of
John G. West
Will recorded May 28, 1838
by Wm R.B._______, Clerk
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