William Bailey 1787
In the name of God, Amen. I Wm Bailey of Laurens County, South Carolina being through the mercy of God in perfect mind and memory do make and ordain this my last will and testament. First of all I recommend my soul to God who gave it and my body to the earth to be buried with a decent Christian burial at the discretion of my executors. First of all I bequeath to my beloved wife Ann all my moveable property that is in or shall be in my possession at the time of my decease, with the plantation whereon I now live during her lifetime. I give and bequeath to my son Wm the lower half of the tract of land whereon he now lives. I give And bequeath to my son James the upper part of the tract whereon he now lives, after the decease of his mother. I give to my grandson Wm Bailey, son of David Bailey, £ 1 sterling and the residue of my estate after the decease of my wife and the payment of all my just debts to be equally divided amongst my children (viz) John, Zachariah, Marjary, Mary, William, James, Lucy and Leveicey. And I do constitute and appoint Zachariah Bailey, William Bailey and James Bailey, Executors of this my last will and testament. In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal, this twenty seventh day of January seventeen hundred and eighty seven.
Signed Wm. (Z his mark) Bailey (Seal)
Signed sealed and acknowledged in the presence of
A. Rodgers Junr.
Frances Terry Ingmire, compiler, Laurens County South Carolina Will Book A-C, 1777-1809 Vol. I (St. Louis, Missouri: no publisher, no date), 25. Compiler's note: recorded and proven date not available. Original will not in files of Probate Judge.
William Bailey will (1787), Laurens County Will Book A: 48, microfilm copy, Laurens County Library, Laurens, South Carolina. Appraisement includes account against Wm. Holdridge, by Wm. Boyce, Wm. Dendy, Tandy Walker.