|I, John English of said state and county do
make, declare and publish the following to be and certain my
last will and testament.
Item 1st. To the earth in decent Christian burial
I commit my body and my soul in trust and hope will return
unto God through the merits of his son Christ Jesus.
Item 2. I give my daughter Martha Johnson to
be paid to her next Christmas $600.
Item 3. The balance of my estate, both real and
personal, I wish kept together and as my children may marry
or arrive at full age I give them each $600 and when the youngest
arrives at full age I wish all of my property then of every
kind sold, and to each of my children excepting my son Capel
I give $2000 each. Also I give my wife the same amount. After
which I wish the balance equally divided between my children
and wife, share and share alike. And if my wife should marry
before said time it is then my wish that my property should
be then distributed in the manner as above directed.
Item 4. It is also my wish and will and I do
hereby invest my executor and executrix with full power and
authority to sell and dispose of my Negroes that may at any
time become unmanageable and the proceeds kept at interest
or invested in other property as they may think best.
Item 5. The proceeds and increase of my property
of every kind I wish to go to the support of my wife and support
and education of my children and the surplus invested in other
property or put at interest. This I give full power without
any order or returns to the court being made of the same.
Yet I request that a book be kept by my executor and executrix
fully showing what and how they manage the same.
Item 6. I give to my grandson, Russell Johnson,
son of William Johnson, $1000 when he arrives at full age,
and if he dies before that time the same shall be distributed
as before directed.
Item 7. I do hereby nominate, constitute and
appoint my beloved wife, Lucy English, and son Capel English,
executrix and executor of this my will.
Signed, sealed and declared to be published this
8th day of August, 1854.
Witnesses: William Gibson, Matthew Shields, John
Warren County Georgia. In the Court of
Ordinary of said County, Sept term, 1854. Personally appeared
in open court William Gibson, Matthew Shields and John S.
Johnson who on oath said that they saw John English sign,
seal and declare to publish to be in certain his will that
they signed in his presence at his request and that in the
presence each other and at that time he was of a sound disposing
mind and memory and that he did freely of his own accord without
any compulsion whatever
.sworn to and subscribed in open
court. September 4, 1854. Recorded Sept 8, 1854 by Arden R.