The Will of Isham Sheffield

State of Georgia

Early County

Know all men by these presents that I, Isham Sheffield of the State and County aforesaid being weak of body and knowing that it is affirmed for all men to die, do constitute this my last Will and Testament.
The manner herein after as presented is therefore the manner which I desire and direct my property to be disposed of, to wit.

Item 1 I resign my Soul to Him who gave it.

Item 2 After my funeral expenses and Just debts are paid I wish the following distributions to take place between my wife Elizabeth and our children to wit. To my said wife I give a tract of land containing two hundred fifty acres lying on Spring Creek in the twenty eighth District of the County aforesaid Number Twenty two, or the tract of land on which I am now living as my best suit her. Also a Negro woman named Patience and her child named Tom likewise. One hundred head of cattle and fifty head of good choice hogs out of my stock, also one sorrel mare called Nell. The above named property my said wife is only to enjoy during widowhood and good behavior or in case she does not marry, then during life and good behavior. And immediately after her death or marriage or misbehavior, I give and bequeath the said named property with the exception thereof to my son West and my daughter Chloe Sheffield thru her executors administrative and assigns in fee simple.
Item 3 I wish and direct that all stock of cattle except such as my said Wife take to be collected together and also all my stock of hogs except such as I have given to my wife and after the hogs and cattle are collected and brought to the house where I am now living I wish them sold at Twelve months. But should my children choose to have the cattle and hogs divided off among them I wish my Executor hereafter named to divide them instead of selling them as aforesaid. I wish all my notes that I have now on hand collected as soon as can be. I also wish my horses to be sold in the same manner my hogs and cattle are directed to be. I likewise wish all my land sold by my said Executor on the same terms that my cattle are directed to be sold any except they can sell it for cash on good terms or rather on reasonable terms. I wish my Executors to call on the Receiver of tax returns to be informed of the quantity and numbers of my tracts of land after the property and aforesaid to wit. Cattle, hogs, notes and land in converted into money I wish it put with what money I have now on hand and equally divided among my children to wit. Nancy, John, Robert W.W., Arthur, Drew Elizabeth, Isham and Mary Sheffield, also West and Cloa Sheffield; I wish  however that such of my children as have had land from me to reserve as much ____than the rest as the land which they have now is worth, or rather was worth at the time I gave it to them. I wish also my stock of sheep and my yoke of oxen to be disposed of in the same way of my cattle and the hogs and thereof to be put with the proceeds of my cattle and etc. I wish the sale which I have herein above spoken of to be at public outcry. I appoint Richard Spann and Julius Weaver of the County and State aforesaid my Executors to carry this Will into effect. I also wish my household furniture and farming utensils except a good bed and bedding therefore to be sold with the rest of my property. The bed
and bedding which I have just excepted and give and bequeath to my said wife and my son West and daughter Cloa in the same manner that they receive the other property which I have given them. I likewise wish all the residue of my  property to be disposed of in the same manner and with my cattle, hogs, etc.
In witness whereof I have hereunto______ my hand and affixed my Seal this 22nd day of January in the year of Christ One Thousand Eight hundred and Twenty Seven 1827.
  Isham Sheffield (Seal)  
James Miller    
Neill Shaw    
Wm E. Marsh    
Transcribed from abstract of original document by Iva Rutledge [] September 1999
































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