I Delana (sic) Bowlin of the County of Platte and State of Missouri being of sound and disposing memory and calling to mind the uncertainty of life and the certainty of death, do make and publish this my last will and testament hereby revoking all former wills by me made.
First. It is my will and request that my body be buried in accordance with the circumstances in life by my Executor hereinafter named.
Second. It is my will and wish that my funeral expenses and all my just debts by fully paid out of the proceeds of my personal estate.
Third. I give and bequeath to my beloved wife Elizabeth the farm on which we now live and my negro girl HARRIETT for and during her natural life or as long as she remains my widow, but is my said wife should marry then the said land and negro shall descend in the manner herein after mentioned.
Fourth. I give and bequeath to my wife Elizabeth one horse, two cows, and all my hogs and sheep together with one plow, hoe and other farming tools sufficient for the farm aforesaid, together with all my household and kitchen furniture which to be hers to do with as she pleases during her natural life.
Fifth. It is my will and desire that my black boy named GEORGE stay with and serve my wife Elizabeth two years after my death at which time I do by this presents set free and authorize my executor at the expiration of said two years service to give him his free papers of emancipation.
Sixth. It is my will and bequest that my daughter Elizabeth McGee have my negro girl AMANDA JANE as her own legal and lawful property forever.
Seventh. It is my will and desire that after my funeral expenses and all my just debts be fully paid and the specific legacies herein before named be complied with, all the residue of my property real and personal together with the tract of land, and the girl HARRIETT herein devised to my wife at her death of marriage as aforesaid all descend to and be divided equally between my daughter Elizabeth McGee and my son Benjamin Bowlin and if either of them should die before my decease, then said property to descend to the children of the one that have died. And to my other child or children I have don for them heretofore as much as I ought to have done and more than I am now able to do for Elizabeth and Benjamin as aforesaid, by this my last will I therefore leave this to the balance of my children nothing more than what they have already got.
Eighth. I will and bequeath to Thomas and Lydia Biggs, the youngest children of my wife, all the personal estate that I have bequeathed to my wife to be theres in equal portions at the death of my said wife, except the negro girl HARRIETT.
And lastly I appoint my friend James Kuykendall to be the Executor of this my last will and testament. In witness whereof I do hereunto sign my name and affix my seal. This the 16th day of July in the year AD 1852.
Delaney Bowlin (signed with an X)
Signed sealed and published by the testator as his last will in the presence of the undersigned who have signed as witnesses in the presence of the testator.
James Kuykendall, Thomas Herndon.
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Codicil to the above and foregoing last will and testament.
I Delaney Bowlin do make and or claim the following codicil as a part of my last will and testament as follows:
I give and bequeath to my daughter Elizabeth McGee (in addition to what I have in said will given her) my black woman ELVIRA and her two children, WILLIAM and FRANK, to be hers at my death.
It is further my will that at the death of marriage of my wife Elizabeth that the tract of land that I have willed her be the property of my son Benjamin Bowlin together with all the appurtenances thereunto belonging.
And the rest and residue of my property I wish to be disposed of as directed in my will to which this is a Codicil hereby ratyfy my and conform the same except as changed by this Codicil. In Testimony whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal This 2nd day of December A D 1852.
Delaney Bowlin (signed with an X)
Signed sealed and published in the presence of the undersigned who signed their names as witnesses in the presence of the testator. James Kuykendall, Elizabeth Bowling, Washington Ratliff.
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