Will of Greenwood Leflore-Carroll County
Tranlated
 
I, Greenwood Leflore of the County of Carroll and State of
Mississippi, in view and being of sound mind and memory, do
make and publish this my last will and testament, thereby
revoking all wills as have at any time by
me made 

1st is my will that my executors hereafter named shall pay
all my just debts.

2nd I divide and bequeath to my beloved wife Pricilla tract
of land on which I now reside, and all the land I own
in township 19. Range 3 East.  All the Negroes belonging to
this "home place"(Except such as are Hereinafter
specifically bequested, all the) stock, crop, furniture, and
every tithable belonging to said place to her and her 
heirs forever.

3rd The deeds of gift (henceforth executed to my son John D.
and my daughter Rebecca Harris, I hereby ratify
and confirm.

4th In order to raise funds for the payment of my debts and
for other purposes hereinafter expressed, it is my will that
Plantation known as the "Big Sand place" with all the
Negroes? presently on it be kept up and conducted by
my Executors for ten years.

5th The expiration of said ten years it is my will that the
Negroes on and Belonging to the Big Sand Plantation"
shall be divided into two equal parts, one part or one half
of which Negroes I give and bequeath to my two grandsons
Greenwood B & John B. Halsey at the end of said ten years. I
further give and bequeath to my said 
two grandsons the tract of land known as the "Big Sands
Place" including all the lands in the township 19 2 East
North of a new road. Just out by the stack farming utensils,
The crop there on (except the crop) cotton and all
the appurtenances thereunto belonging, as it the event that
each of my said grand sons should divide with girl this
is my will, and I hereby direct that the land and negroes
herein (devised) and bequeathed to them together with all
the chattel or bequests? herein devised or made to them,
sent to my son John D and my daughter Rebecca Harris,
equally to be divided between them excepting that which
shall be deemed to(go to the surviving grandson,and in 
the event that both of them die without heirs, surviving,
then it is my will that the land and Negroes hereon 
devised and bequeathed to them, together with all I bequeath
herein after to them, I give to my son John D. and
my daughter Rebecca Harris, equally to be divided between
them.

6th I give and bequeath to my son John D. in trust for my
daughter, (her name possibly Rebecca or Becky the 
sum of Five Hundred Dollars annually for ten years to be
appropriated by him to her support and maintenance,
 and at the end of ten years and upon the division of the
Negroes and the "Big Sands Plantation" before 
mentioned, out of the half of said Negroes not herein before
devised or bequeathed? ?. I further give and bequeath SIX
NEGROES (THOSE BOYS AND GIRLS FROM 12 TO 20 YEARS OF AGE
EACH) to my son John D, in trust for my daughter,her name
Rebecca or Becky to be managed by him as he may think best
for her support and maintenance during her life, and at her
death, I give the said Negroes and their increase to my son
John D. forever.

7th At the end of said ten years. I give and bequeath the
remaining Negores belong to "Big Sands Plantation" not
herein before spoken of to my son John D and my daughter
Rebecca Harris, equally to divide between them.

8th " All my land in Township 19 Range 2, East South of the
New Road ( ?) by I.L. Harris, and herein before mentioned, I
give and bequeath to my daughter Rebecca to her and her
heirs forever.

9th All my lands on the Talahatchie, Yolabasha, & Yazoo
Basin contiguous to Point Leflore including said Point
Leflore ? ? 20. R.1 East and one eighth (?) To 211, R. 2
East. I give and bequeath to my son John D to him and his
heirs forever.

10th I give and bequeath to my son John D in trust for my
granddaughter Martha Davis the sum of Ten Thousand Dollars,
the interest upon which sum I hereby direct to be paid her
annually. This said payment of interest to commence one year
after my death. 

11th It is my will and I hereby direct that the sum of one
thousand Dollars be paid over annually for ten years by
executors to my beloved wife Pricilla.

12th I give and bequeath to each of my two grand sons
Greenwood L & John B. Halsey, the sum of one thousand
Dollars annually for ten years for their support and
education.

13th I give and bequeath to Greenwood Watkins the sum of one
Thousand Dollars to be paid over to him when he shall attain
the age of twenty-one years.

14th I give and bequeath to Daniel ? the sum of one thousand
dollars to be paid over to him when he shall attain
the age of twenty-one years. 

15th I give and bequeath to Edward Yarbrough Negro woman
(AMIG) with her present and future increase.

16th Igive and bequeath to my grandson Louis Leflore Negro
boy HAMPTON.

17th Igive and bequeath to my grandson Greenwood Leflore
Negro boy WILLIAM. 

18th I give and bequeath to my granddaughter Florence
Harris, Negro girl LIZZIE. 

19th I give and bequeath to my grandson Lewis Harris Negro
boy WILLIS.

20th It is my desire and will that my executors see that
there be erected a suitable monument in my memory and I here
by appropriate to that purpose the sum of four Thousand
Dollars.

21st All of my interest in lands in Texas whatever that ? my
stack (stock) in the Valley Rail Road and all the ? 
of my estate if what ever kind and all monies to come into
my estate, not herein before disposed of, I devise and
bequeath as follows one third to my son John D one third to
my daughter Rebecca Harris and one third to my
grand son Greenwood L. & John B. Halsey.

22nd Having full confidence in my son John D and my
son-in-law John D. Harris, I hereby appoint them 
Executors to this my will and I direct that they do not
relinquish to girl in uncertainty for the execution of this 
same, and that they,do not ---------------------nor be
allowed any -----? as --?--?---? therein I --? in executing
my will.(1)(See my note below)

23rd I give and bequeath to Samuel I. Donly Negro girl
HATTIE
and her increase Said girl being one of the Negroes
belonging to the "Big Sands Place"and 
now reserved for Samuel I. Donly which Negro is not intended
to go into division I? in 
clause? 

   5th. Signed Sealed and published May the 30th 1860 
in the presence of Et. H. MrCain Sam L" Host 
His mark Wm" A. Mvcain
 Greenwood (X) Leflore his mark 

(I cannot interpret this section without seeing the original
will, however I think he is simply saying that his
executors have no power to alter the will or its
intentions.) I hope this will  help.

Contributed by: "Betteye" bbolden@tir.com


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