Ranson Cason, Sr., Will, 12 Nov 1853

The handwriting of this will is difficult for me to read, so bear with the blanks and question marks. You will note that the slaves are divided into lots of 4. There is a also a separate accounting sheet listing the names in each lot, and where the names were spelled differently or otherwise appeared different to me on the accounting sheet, I put those names in parenthesis behind the corresponding names in the will.

The will was executed in Alachua County, Florida, on or about 12 Nov 1853.

Excerpts:

"Second I give and and bequeath to my beloved daughter Martha Halbrook Lot No. 1 of negrose vis Jane (woman) and her three children named as follows: Temperance, Emaline and George(?) . . ."

"Third I give and bequeath to my son John Cason Lot No. 6 negrose named as follows viz Sampson, Catherine, Sid, and Mary Jane . . ."

"Fourth I give and bequeathe to my daughter Phorba(?) Cason, wife of John R. Cason Lot No. 4 of negroes named as follows viz B(errian(?)), Jacob, Cundsay (Candance?) and Anna . . ."

"Fifth I give and bequeath to my son Moses Cason Lot No. 5 of negroes named as follows viz Simon, Little Simon, Ester and little Dolly . . ."

"Sixth I give and bequeath to my son James Cason Lot No. 2 of negrose named as follows viz Haguar, woman, and her three children vix Sivil (Civil), Polly & Jim . . ."

"Seventh I give and bequeath unto my son William C. Lot No. 3 of negroes named as follows viz Margaret a woman and her child Shartolly and Archable and Susan(?) . . ."

"Eighth I give and bequeath unto my daughter Clementine Douglas Lot No. 7 of Negroes named as follows viz Adam, Clarisse, Clementine and Randall . . ."

Contributor: Kate English, kenglish@kedesign.net


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