John Sligh

WILL BOOK A, Pages, pages 264-267
!WILL of John Sligh: State of Georgia in Macon County -

In the name of God, Amen.

I, John Sligh, of the State and County aforesaid being of sound and disposing mind and memory, but of advanced age and feeble health and knowing that I must shortly depart the life, deem it right and proper, both as respects 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 other wills heretofore made by me.

Item 1st- I desire and direct that my body be buried in a decent and Christian-like manner suitable to my circumstances and condition in life. My soul I trust shall return to rest with God who gave it.

Item 2nd- I give, bequeath and devise to my beloved wife, Mary Sligh, for and during her natural life the following described property, to wit, the lot of land now which my dwelling house now stands, and which I believe is No. 94 in the first district of originally Muscogee now Macon County and also the part of lot on which my gin house now stands and which I believe is No. 106 in the first district and County aforesaid. Also three mules named respectively Beck, Nelly, and Asa, and one cream colored horse named Fox, all my cattle and hogs, wagons, buggies and harness of every description - all my farming tools of every kind and description, all my cotton, corn, fodder, wheat, oats, meat, lard, flour, syrup and every other article of provisions that I may own at the time of my death and also all crops then planted, growing or matured and ungathered in the field and all my household and kitchen furniture. Also all my money whether it be currency, gold or silver, and all my promissary notes, stocks, bonds, mortgages, judgements and all other evidences of debt of every kind whatever owned by me at the time of my death. And at the death of said wife, Mary Sligh, all of the above described property, real and personal together with all said money and evidences of debt is to go to and be the property and effects of my youngest daughter, Lavinia Sligh. Provided however that of the money and effects bequeathed to my said wife as aforesaid, it is my will and desire that she shall pay my funeral expenses, and other necessary expenses, if any - and provided further that my said wife may, if she think proper so to do, give to my four daughters, viz, Lavinia Sligh, Jane H. Hogg, Elizabeth Maffett and Martha C. Rodgers each one hundred dollars after my death, but I leave that matter entirely to her discretion to do as she may think proper.

Item 3rd- It is my will and desire that in the event that my said daughter Lavinia Sligh, should die leaving no child or children surviving her that then the property and effects bequeathed to her at the death of her mother shall be equally divided between her three sisters, viz: Jane H. Hogg, Elizabeth Maffett, and Mary C. Rodgers, share and share alike.

Item 4th - I give, bequeath and devise to my daughter, Jane H. Hogg, lot of land No. 14 (known as the "Gore place") containing 202-1/2 acres more or less, also eighty acres more or less in the Northeast end of lot No. 13, all in the second district of originally Muscogee now Macon County - also the North half of lot No. 93 in the first district of said County containing one hundred and ten acres more or less.

Item 5th- I give, bequeath and devise to my daughter Elizabeth Maffett lot of land No. 107, the lot on which D.T. Maffett now resides in the first district of originally Muscogee now Macon County, and also one bay mule name Jule.

Item 6th- I give, bequeath and devise to my daughter Martha C. Rodgers, lots of land No. (60 & 61) Sixty and sixty one, and the South end of lot No. 93, ninety three; said South end said lot being the portion of said lot that I last purchased from J.T. Gardner, all in the first district of orginally Muscogee now Macon County.

Item 7th- I give and bequeath to my son-in-law John C. Rodgers, one black horse named Charley Black.

Item 8th- I give and bequeath to my son-in-law, John C. Hogg, one black mule named Morgan.

Item 9th- It is my will and desire and I hereby expressly declare, that all the property, both real and personal that I have bequeathed to my four daughters respectively named in the foregoing items of this my will is intended to be given to them as their own separate estates for and during their respective natural lives, and then after their deaths to go to their children should they leave child or children surviving them, but in the event that either of my said four daughters should die leaving no child or children, or representative of child or children surviving her then said property is to go to and be equally divided among my other daughters, if living, or their children, if they or either of them be dead, in such event the children to be entitled to the share of their deceased mother.

Item 10th- I hereby constitute and appoint my beloved wife Mary Sligh Executrix and my friend William H. Robinson Executor of this my last will and testament. This 20th day of April 1881.

(signed) John Sligh L.S.
Signed, sealed declared published by John Sligh as his last will and testament in the presence of us, the subscribers who subscribed our names hereto in the presence of said testator at his request, and in the presence of each other. This the 20th day of April 1881.

A.H. Greer

C.A. Greer

Jno. M. Greer

Georgia in Macon County

I, John Sligh of said County, being of desirous of changing my foregoing will in one particular only- do hereby change the tenth item of my said will by appointing my son-in-law John C. Hogg as my Executor in the place and stead of my friend William H. Robinson.
Signed, sealed and published as a codicil to my foregoing will - This Decr ___ 1883

J. Sligh
Signed, published and declared as a codicil the last will & testament of John Sligh in our presence, who sign the same as witness at his request & in his presence.
This ____day of Dec 1883.

Isaac Jessup L.S.

E.J . Frederick

O.F. Dixon

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