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Will of GLADIN. Meriwether Cnty GA
transcriber: Steve Hatchett
data: [transcriber's notes: James Gladin was a white farmer, born about 1812, and married to Anne B. Brown. They had no children of their own. Clarey (or Clara) M. Gladin, born about 1855 was married to Joseph Carter. Feriba (or Fereba) W. Gladin, born April 1856, was married to Harry Huff. Although it's hard to tell for sure because names were not included, I think Clara and Feriba are listed in the 1860 Census Slave Schedules as slaves of James Gladin, and may have been sisters.]
Meriwether County, GeorgiaWill Book B, pg. 332-333State of Georgia Meriwether CountyI James Gladin of said County and State being of sound mind and knowing that in a short time I must depart this life, do make, ordain and publish this my last Will and Testament.Item 1st. I commend my Soul to God who gave it, hoping that He will receive it into His Kingdom through the Merits of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, whom I hope I serve and believe.Item 2nd. I desire and direct that after my decease, that my body be decently interred by the side of my beloved wife, in a Christian like manner.Item 3rd. I desire that after my death, that all my just debts be paid by my Executor without unnecessary delay.Item 4th. I will and give to Clary M. Carter, a colored woman whom I raised, and to the heirs of her body, to have and to hold for their own use and benefit after my death Fifty (50) acres of land, it being the Fifty acres lying in the North East Corner of lot of land No. Eighty-Six (86), being in the first District of originally Troup, but now Meriwether County Ga. Except one (1) acre in the South-west corner, embracing the Horse-lot and improvements as it now stands.Item 5th. I will and give after my death to Feriba W. Gladin col'd, and to the heirs of her body Forty-Eight (48) acres, including my residence and horse-lot, it lying in the South-East Corner of the same lot of land before described, that is to say, lot No. Eighty-Six of said State and County; Also Fifty acres off of lot of land No. One hundred and Seven (107) in said District and County. It being and lying in the South West Corner of said lot, it being undivided, but I desire to be equally divided between the above described parties, to wit: Clary M. Carter, and the heirs of her body. And Feriba W. Gladin and the heirs of her body.Item 6th. It is my Will that my Executor sell all my personal property and after paying all my debts and burial expenses, and expenses of grave fixtures of the graves of myself, my deceased wife. That Clary M. Carter and Feriba W. Gladin each receive and be paid the sum of Fifty dollars in Cash, of Money arising from the sale of my personal property. I also Will and bequeath to my relative Williamson Brown and his wife Rebecca, the entire cash realized from the sale of my personal property, after all expenses, and the fifty dollars each to Clary M. Carter and Feriba W. Gladin are paid. I do hereby appoint my friend George A. Wright my Executor, to Execute and carry out this my last Will and Testament, which is hereby acknowledged to be such, by subscribing my name in the presence of the witnesses whose names are herewith subscribed. James GladinWe do certify that we saw James Gladin sign his name to this document, which he acknowledged to be his last Will and Testament, and that we signed the same as witnesses in the presence of each other. This the 10th day of January 1882. John B. Roper James W. Wall Robert A. CheneyGeorgiaMeriwether County Ordinary's Office April Term 1883.The within last Will and Testament of James Gladin dec'd having been offered for Probate at this regular term of the Court, in Common form, and satisfactorily proven upon the testimony of Robert A. Cheney, one of the subscribing witnesses who testified to all the facts necessary to prove the same, -Ordered- that the same be admitted to record as the last Will and Testament of said James Gladin dec'd as proven in Common form, And that the nominated Executor George A. Wright be and he is hereby allowed to qualify, and upon his so doing, that letters testamentary issue to him.
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