Will of Arthur Sheffield

 

State of Georgia
Miller County
       
 

In the name of God, Amen. I Arthur Sheffield of the State and County of aforesaid
being of advanced age, and knowing that I must shortly depart this life, deeming it
right and proper, as respect for my family and myself that I should make a disposition
of the property with which a kind providence has blessed me, do therefore make this
my last will and testament hereby revoking all others heretofore made by me.

 

1st      I desire and direct that my body be buried in a Christian like manner suitable to my
circumstances and condition in life. My soul I trust shall return to God who gave it, as
I hope for eternal salvation through the merits and atonements of the blessed Lord and
Savior Jesus Christ.

 

2nd     I desire and direct that all my just debts be paid without delay by my Executors
hereinafter appointed by me, as I am unwilling my creditors should be delayed in their
rights.

 

3rd      Hence, I  will and bequeath and devise to my beloved wife, Elizabeth Caroline,
with whom I have lived in the strictest guise for eight years, and the Rise, the East half
of lot land number one hundred (196 ) and ninety-six in the Thirteenth District of the
County of Miller and also the west half of the lot of land one hundred and
sixty-five (165 ). Also, Three beds, bedsteads and furniture, three head of horses or
mules as she may choose, and one years provisions, and also twenty - five head of stock
cattle, and thirty head of hogs, and at her death or marriage, I wish the above
lands to be equally divided between some of my children- viz- James M. Sheffield
William G. Sheffield, Wright Sheffield, Elizabeth Holder, West Sheffield, John C.
Sheffield, and Julia Susan Mathis, and the estate above in turn to be equally divived
between my two youngest children (viz) Andrew Jackson, and Rachel Sheffield and
their heirs forever.

 

4th Item - I will and bequeath to my son Bryant A. Sheffield, Eliza Weaver, Permelia
Smith, Arcansas Sheffield five dollars each to them and their heirs forever.

 

5th Item - I will and desire that the property in deed of gift before made to me son,
Andrew J. Sheffield and my daughter Rachel Sheffield and Grandson Daniel Sheffield
be their full share if the Remaining portion if my estate

 

6th Item -   All the rest of my property that may be in possession of at my death I
desire to be equally divided among the seven children herein before named including
the first seven.

 

7th Item -     I constitute and appoint my beloved son Wm G. Sheffield and his friend
William B. Daniel Executors of this my last Will and Testament this Eleventh day of
May 1863.

Arthur X Sheffield
(his mark)
 

Signed and sealed and declared and published this Will and Testament in the
presents of us as subscribers to the subscribed s....of unto in the presence of said
 Testator at his Special instance and request and others, THis Eleventh day of May
1863.

 

Georgia           )
Miller County )

Ordinary office
of Said County

I. William B. Daniel Ordinary of Miller County do certify that the foregoing is a true
copy of the last Will and Testament of Arthur Sheffield is filed in this office.
 Given under my hand and seal of office This 25th day of August 1871


 

Wm. B. Daniel
Ordinary of Miller County

 
Transcribed by Iva Rutledge from the original document September 18, 1999
 
The Handwritten document , Filed and Recorded in Colquitt, Miller County, Georgia
 
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