Buzbee, Edgefield District, SC, 1815

Busby Slave given Freedom in 1815
The Last Will and Testament of Benjamin Buzbee
4 October 1815

Be it remembered that I, Benjamin Buzbee of Edgefield District in the state of South Carolina, being weak in body, but of perfect mind and memory.

Blessed be All Mighty God for the chance to make and publish, this my last will and testament in manner and form following (here?):

First, I desire that my Negro man slave named Ned, be set free and do hereby give and bequeath unto the said Negro man Ned, his freedom to be freely emancipated or set free, immediately after my decease.

Secondly, I give and bequeath to my beloved wife, Susannah Buzbee, one bay mare, called the old mare, all my stock of (??) cattle and fifty bushels of corn.

Thirdly, I give my beloved son, Benjamin Buzbee, all my plantation and tract of land where on I now live on both sides of the creek, soposed (supposed) to be, one hundred and nine acres, on his paying my son, Reese Buzbee, four hundred dollars, which four hundred dollars, I give and bequeath to (Son ?) Reese Busbee.

Fourthly, I give and bequeath my beloved son Miles Buzbee, one hundred bushels of corn and do hereby constitute and appoint, Nathan Norris and Ansil Sawyer the sole Executors of this my last will and testament, hereby revoking all other wills and testaments in witness whereof, I here unto, set my hand and seal, this fourth day of October, one thousand, eight hundred and fifteen and 40th year of American Independence.

Benjamin (his B mark) Buzbee

Sign(ed) and delivered by (Mr. P. ??) Benjamin Buzbee to his last will and testament in presents of us who at his request, here unto, subscribe our names.

Jacob Dominick
Catherine (her X mark) Dominick
Elbert H. Norris

I am not sure why Ned was freed, but in the estate records it listed his worth as $350.
" One negro man Ned emancipated or set free - $350"

Busby, Buzbee, Busbee are all family spellings of the name. I don't know if Ned took this name or another in 1815 or if he would have been able to stay in South Carolina. Good luck, with your research, Gaila Merrington

Contributed by: merring@nsw.bigpond.net.au (Gaila & Jim Merrington)


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