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[AL] Arthur LOTT, Will, Barbour Cnty
Arthur Lott Will
data: In the Name of God Amen, I Arthur Lott of the County of Barbour and the State of Alabama, being of sound mind and memory and considering the uncertainty of this frail and transitory life do therefore make ordain publish and declare this to be my last will and testament, that is to say, first after all my lawful debts are paid and discharged the residue of my Estate real and personal I give bequeath and dispose of as follows:To my beloved wife Bidsey Lott ... and a certain negro woman named Sear and her two youngest children during her natural life and after her death he lands to be equally divided between my son Henry W. Lott and my daughter Matilda Lott, the negroes to be sold and equally divided among all my heirs at Law.2nd to my daughter Martha Beaty, my negro boy John valued at Eight hundred Dollars.3 To my Daughter Eliza Hardin, my negro girl Shade, valued at Eleven hundred Dollars.4th To my daughter Mary Sasser my negro man George, valued at one thousand dollars.5th to my Son Arthur Lott Negro woman Harriet and her child. valued at thirteen hundred Dollars.6th to my Son James T. Lott my negro boy bill valued at Eight hundred Dollars.7th to my daughter Narcissa Bounds, my negro boy Frank valued at Four hundred and fifty Dollars.8th to My daughter Artemissa Driggers my negro girl Mandy valued at three hundred and fifty Dollars.9th to my Daughter Catherine F. Johnson my negro boy Pemfy valued at Twelve hundred Dollars.10th To my Son Henry W. Lott my negro boy Peter valued at Seven hundred Dollars11th to My daughter Matilda my negro girl Jane valued at Seven hundred Dollars12th No slaves mentioned13th No slaves mentioned14th and if the property mentioned in thirteenth Item is not sufficient to make up the parts equal in the negro property heretofore named, then the accrued must be made equal of the proceeds of the sale of the negro woman Leah and the children that she may have at the time she is sold....Will written August 3, 1859. Probated August 23, 1859.A petition was filed by the children of Arthur Lott by his first two wives on September 5, 1859 for the will to be set aside and the estate to be equally divided among the eleven children and widow, Bidsey Lott. The petition for sale was submitted to court on October 7, 1859. The sale was held on November 10, 1859. The only mention of a slave was "We also return the sale of negro woman Clarissa sold by us by virtue of power in the will on 5th December 1859 to Mrs. Bidsey Lott for $206.00."
source: Barbour County, Alabama Courthouse