Will & Related Paperwork
of Thomas Baskin
(see below for notes and other information)
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State of SC Sumter County
In the name of God Amen
I, Thomas Baskin, of said County and State, being of sound a disposing mind,
memory and understanding, but remembering my advancing years, and the
uncertainty of life, do hereby make and ordain this instrument of writing to be
and cantina my last Will and Testament, herby revoking all former Wills by me at
any time heretofore made.
FIRST: I give devise and bequeath unto my friends Dr. R. E. Dennis and O. C.
Scarborough[a], as Trustees, my entire estate owned by me at the time of my death,
in trust however, to, for and upon the following uses, trusts, and limitations,
that is to say: In trust to collect the rents, income issues and profits of the
same annually, and after paying the taxes thereon and any necessary repairs
thereto then to pay over annually unto my wife Fanny S. Baskin, [b] one half of the
net residue thereof , for and during the period of her natural life or widowhood
and no longer; and that they do apply the other half thereof to the education,
maintenance and support of my son John S. B. Baskin. [c]
SECOND: Immediately upon the death or remarriage of my said wife, I give
devise and bequeath my entire estate unto my said son, John S. B. Baskin for and
during the term of his natural life and no longer, and upon his death leaving
issue, then I give and devise the same to such issue in the proportions they
would take under the Statutes of said State for the distribution of intestate’s
estates. But in the event that my said son should die leaving no issue alive,
then I direct that my said estate be equally divided amongst the children of my
friends Dr. R. E. Dennis and O. C. Scarborough per stirpes and not
THIRD: Should my said son predecease me then I direct that my said Trustees
shall annually pay the entire net income rents and profits of my said estate
unto my said wife Fanny S. Baskin, during her natural life or widowhood and no
longer; and upon her death or remarriage then I direct that my said estate shall
be equally divided amongst the children of my friends Dr. R. E. Dennis and O. C.
Scarborough per stirpes and not per capita.
FOURTH: I hereby nominate and appoint Dr. R. E. Dennis and O. C. Scarborough
executors of this my last Will and Testament.
IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I the said THOMAS BASKIN have hereunto set my hand and
affixed my seal this the twentieth day of February, in the year of one [sic]
Lord one thousand eight hundred and ninety nine.
Thos Baskin [signature]
Signed, sealed, published and declared by the testator Thomas Baskin to be
his last Will and Testament, in our presence who in his presence and in the
presence of each other and at his request have hereunto subscribed our names as
[Maj] Marion Moise [Col] R. E. Lee I. C. Straus
a. These are friends of Thomas: Dr. Robert E Dennis and
Orlando Calhoun Scarborough.
b. Thomas' third wife, Fanny S. Burns. From
the legal documents, we know she was married to Thomas (when he was 78 and she
was 35) after an engagement of 3-4 days. I have not yet found the record
of this marriage, but it obviously occurred shortly after Harriet's death in
February of 1898. Clearly, Fanny was to receive half of the proceeds of
the farm, with the other half going to his son John. Unmentioned in the
will, and clearly cut out of the will, are the wives and grandchildren married
to and descending from his two sons (who had both already died before the
drafting of Thomas' will in 1899) from his prior marriage. See
Thomas' page for more details.
c. This (along with the
resultant legal contest of the will)
is the primary evidence we have supporting the fact that John's name was
initially John Stuckey Bradley Baskin, which he would later change to John
Undated note written by Thomas as instructions to his executors.
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Papers as Evidence for my Exrs, to sue in case any of my
grand children or their mothers put in claims against me after my death. I owe
them nothing at all whatever.
1st, Sallie A. Baskin claims or did say that I
owed her 6 or $700 dollars, that is false. My eldest, W. P. Baskin loaned me
cash $400 on March 25, 1867 and on Feby 9th I paid said son through
David E. Durant $100.00 and on Oct 29 I paid him by Henry D. Crosswell
$300.00 these credits is [sic] upon the Back of the note, the inst I paid in
advance, I have always made it a rule when I pay a debt to take my name off the
note but the word Thos can be seen upon the note.
2nd. My first
Maria wife, Maria owned 100 acres
land in Sumter County Entailed upon or to
her and her children by her father W. H. Peebles, and some time before
the sivil [sic. I assume this is meant to be “civil” as in “Civil Court?”]
she Maria Baskin, my wife, filed a Bill in Equity by Frasier and Harpsworth to
sell said 100 acres land and comt [?] Harpworth by order of court did sell said
land and H. E. L Peebles
was the purchaser of said land, see comt-Harpswoth letter enclosed which will
explain everything that will satisfy any court and Jury, the last enstallment
was collected since the warr [sic] and to the best of my knowledge my son
Joseph E. Baskin borrowed it from his mother and paid her the interest some 7 or
eight Dollars, up to her death or the year that he Joseph did.
I purchased the land I now
live upon from my son Joseph.