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Will Book "W" 1821-1839
Columbia County, Georgia
RICHARD HARRISON Will
Recorded 14th December 1822.
In the name of God Amen.
I, Richard B. Harrison of the State of Georgia and the County of Columbia being sick and weak but of perfect and disposing mind and memory do make and ordain this instrument to be my last will and testament and touching and concerning such worldly goods with which it has pleased God to bless me in this life, I divise and dispose of them in the manner and form following, that is to say First I give and bequeath my negro woman named Sylvia and her three children named Law a negro boy, Arry, a negro girl and Caty a negro girl and their issue to my friend John Embree and his heirs forever.
Secondly I give and bequeath to my friend Berryman H. Embree one negro man named Arthur to him and his heirs forever.
Third I give and bequeath to my brother Berryman S. Harrison one negro man named Cain to him and his heirs forever.
Fourth I give and bequeath to my brother Tyrel C. Harrison one negro woman named sussy also one negro man named Hopewell and one negro woman named Jenny and her issue to him and his hairs forever. Fifth I give and bequeath to my beloved mother Betsy Harrison one negro woman named Suckey and her issue to her and her heirs forever.
Sixth I give and bequeath to my beloved nephew Sullivan Harrison one negro boy named Henry to him and his heirs forever.
Seventh I give and bequeath to my nephew Tyrel Harrison, son of Berryman S. Harrison and my nephew Richard H. Jones the tract of land whereon I now reside containing two hundred and nineteen acres be the same more or less.
Eighth I give and bequeath to my beloved niece Nancy Martin my part or portion of the Estate of my deceased brother Dinwiddie R. Harrison supposed to be six or seven hundred dollars to her and heirs forever.
Ninth. I give and bequeath to my young friend Charles Wilkinson one of the best horses I possess, also a good saddle and bridle and one hundred dollars in cash and also one tenth part of the crop of the present year.
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Tenth. I give and bequeath to my old friend Thomas White one feather bed that __________ the one whereon I now lie to him and to his heirs.
Eleventh. My will and desire is that after paying the one tenth of the crop to Charles Wilkinson the balance to be then disposed of also my tracts of every description, household and kitchen furniture and everything also not already bequeathed for the express purpose discharging all my just debts.
Lastly. I nominate, constitute and appoint my nephew Berryman H. Embree and my nephew Richard H. Jones Executors for carrying into effect this my last will and testament.
Signed, sealed, pronounced
Columbia County Jeremiah Rees, Thomas White and Cooper, the three sub_____ being witnesses to the written will of Richard Harrison after being duly sworn deposeth and saith that they saw the testator sign seal and acknowledge the same as his last will and testament and that the testator of soung mind and memory at the time of signing the same and that they subscribed as witnesses to the same by the request and in the presence of the testator and in the presence of each other.
Sworn to open court
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By the Court of Ordinary for said county,
To all to whom these presents shall come, greeting. Know ye that on the 4th day of November in the year of our Lord eighteen hundred and twenty-two the last will and testament of Richard Harrison late of said county deceased was exhibited in open court and in common form of law proved and admitted to record a copy of which is hereinto annexed and administration of all and singular the goods chattels and credits of said deceased was granted to Berryman H. Embree and Richard H. Jones the Executors in and by said will named and appointed, they having first taken the oath and performed all other requisites required by law is by order of said court and by virtue of these presents legally authorized to administer the goods chattels and credits of the said deceased according to the terms and effect of the said will and testament and according to law. And it is hereby required to render a true and perfect inventory of all and singular, the goods chattels and credits of the said deceased and appraised and returned to this court according to law and to render a true and correct account to the said court of all actings and doings yearly and every year until the administration is fully completed. Witness the Honorable Billington M. Saunders one of the judges of the said court of ordinary this the fourth day of November in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and twenty two.
HARRISON HERITAGE (ISSN 0740-9001) was a family genealogical quarterly.
Many thanks to Melody Deocampo for transcribing this issue.