In the name of God amen. I Zaccheus Wilson, and of the County of Oglethorpe and state of Georgia, furthermore being sick and weak in body, but of perfect mind and memory thanks be to God, calling to mind the mortality of my body and knowing that it's appointed for all mankind to die. Do make and ordain this my last will and testament that is to say principally and first of all I give my soul to God that gave it to me and my body I commend to the earth to be buried in a decent Christian burial at the discretion of my executors. Nothing doubting but at the general resurrection I shall receive the same by the mighty hand of God, and as touching such worldly state where with it has pleased God to bless me with in this life. I give and demise and dispose of in the following manner and form.
First: I will that all my lawful debts be paid.
Secondly: give to my son Zaccheus Wilson the land where on I now live by him freely holded and enjoyed with the advantages passing from it and he, the said son is to have my Negro boy named Gay and the boy named Daniel and the Negro woman named Nell and the wagon and horses that I am now possessing of is all to be his and two cows and one feathered bed and furniture and one half of the household and kitchen furniture.
Thirdly: I give and bequeath to my now wise beloved wife Francis my Negro woman named Dinah to be hers whilst she lives and if the child that the said Dinah is now with lives it is to be at my wife's own disposal. But at her death the said Dinah and all her other increase is to be my sons Zaccheus and my wife is to have two cows and they are to be at her own disposal and my son Zaccheus is to find his mother bread and meat while she chooses to live with him, but if at any time she should see fit to remove her living to any other place, he is then not obligated to find her the said provisions any longer and my wife is to have two feather beds and furniture to them and the then half of the household furniture and they are to be at her own disposal.
Fourthly: I give my daughter Anney and my son Joseph and daughter Margaret and my son James and my son Isaac and my son William, each one five shillings.
Fifthly: My son Zaccheus is to furnish his mother with a good quiet horse to ride to meeting and any other place that she may be called to go, while she chooses to live with him and if at any time she should see fit to remove her living to any other place he is to give her a good horse with and at her death said horse is to be my son Zaccheus',
Sixthly: My hogs and remaining of my cattle is to be for the use of my family that is now living with my and I hereby constitute make and ordain my now well beloved son Zaccheus Wilson and my true and trustworthy friend Wm Brosser executors of this my last will and testament in witness here of I have here unto set my hand and seal this 20th day of October in the year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred and ninety five in the twentieth year of American independence.
Zaccheus Wilson [Seal]
Signed and sealed in the presence of
and recorded in Record Book A the 3rd of June 1796
!DEATH: Oglethorpe County, Georgia; Will book A; FHL Film 0158727
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