HEARD-GA-1808

THE WILL OF THOMAS HEARD

THE WILL OF THOMAS HEARD
Greene County Georgia
Will Book E, page 44
Written 3 June 1807
Filed 1 June 1808 at Greensboro, Greene Co. GA

In the Name of God Amen, I, Thomas Heard, being of weak body
but in perfect mind and memory do make this my Last Will and
Testament in manner and form as followeth, (viz) I desire
all my lawful debts to be paid,

... I then give to my beloved wife, Mary Heard, that part or
portion of property willed to her by her Father, James
Veasy, also her two beds and furniture together with all
other household furniture and that to be made as good as it
was when she came into my family, also her bridle and saddle
and a good horse at my decease.  Also a likely country born
negro boy between the age of twelve and twenty years, the
negro to be purchased out of that part of my estate willed
to my two youngest sons, George and Faulkner, within two
years of my Decease, also she is to have a good hand put in
her possession until the other is purchased and delivered
unto her. I also give her two cows. I lend her the two east
rooms of my dwelling house with a small house near it,
Together with that part of my plantation lying Eastwardly
from the house above the lane during her life or widowhood
-- Otherwise if she should choose to give possession of the
house and plantation, she is to have thirty dollars paid her
annually by my two youngest sons, George and Faulkner, for
the above time mentioned.
... I give my daughter, Caty Watts, formerly Caty Stocks,
and her children by said Stocks, a negro woman named AGGEY
and her children, and also a negro woman named CHELSEA and
her increase and five Shillings Sterling it being the whole
of her Legacy.
... I give to my son, Abraham Heard, a negro woman named
JUDY now in his possession and her children 
... I give to the children of my daughter, Mary Cook, eight
negros namely JUDY, BILLY, LYDIA, SELAH, ANDREW, GEORGE,
BOSON, & TOM and their increase, and if my daughter, Mary
Cook becomes a widow, she is to have one equal part of said
negroes with her children, the negroes to go into the
possession of my two youngest sons George and Faulkner and
to remain there till the coming of age of the eldest of said
children, then the negroes are to go into the possession of
my Executors and all the profits thence arising from said
negroes is to be distributed among the children at the
discression of my Executors at the coming of (age of) the
Eldest of said chidren. They are to have such negroes as my
Executors may think proper and so at the coming of age of
all said children till the youngest one that she has or may
have hereafter and then my will is that there be an equal
division of said Negroes agreeable to the value of them when
they received them.
... I give my daughter, Betsy Whatley, formerly Betsy
Peeples, a negro woman named RACHEL and her increase and
five Shillings Sterling it being the whole of her Legacy.
... I give to my daughter, Sally Whatley, one negro boy
named FRANK and one negro woman named JENNY and her child.
... I give to my son, Joseph Heard, a negro boy named JO,
and one negro girl named NELL and her increase, also one
hundred and twenty-acres of land including whereon he now
lives already laid out.
... I give my son, Thomas Heard, one negro woman named LUCY
and her two children JOHN and FANNY.
... I give to my son, Woodson Heard, a negro woman named
SARAH and her two children GRABIEL and DAVY, also one
hundred acres of land adjoining Joseph Heard as already laid
out.
... I give my son George Heard, one hundred acres of land as
already laid out. I give my son, Faulkner Heard the whole of
my my land including where I now live but not to be
possession of that part allotted to my wife until the afore
mentioned term expires.
... I give to my four sons, Joseph Heard, Thomas Heard,
George Heard and Faulkner Heard all of my State Troop
Bounties and other land warrants to be equally divided
according to quality.
... I also give to my two youngest sons, George and Faulkner
Heard all of my Estate not heretofore willed, to be equally
divided at my Decrease or at the coming of age of my
youngest son Faulkner Heard.
... I do hereby appoint Abraham Heard, Joseph Heard and
Woodson Heard my lawful Executors of this my last Will and
Testament -- Witness Whereof -- I have hereunto set my hand
and seal this third Day of June Eighteen hundred and Seven.

THOMAS HEARD (SEAL)

Signed and Sealed in the Presence of us:

Thos. Stocks
Ben Rhodes
Elizabeth Rhodes
C, D, Joarden


RECORDED this 1st June 1808

A. B. Fannin for Thomas Carleton, D. C. O.

(Above from Certified Copy)

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