Sumpter County, Alabama 1839
In the name of God Amen. I William Holditch in the County of Sumpter and State of Alabama yeoman being mindful of my mortality do this 2nd day of September in the year of our Lord 1839 make and publish this my last will and testament in manner following: First I desire to be decently and privately buried in the grave yard without any funeral pomp and with as little expense as may be to do this.
Also I give and bequeath unto my son Joseph the sum of five hundred dollars. Also I give and bequeath unto my daughter Polly the sum of five hundred dollars which sums of money I desire to be paid to them in twelve months after my decease. Also I give and bequeath unto my son Isiah Berton the sum of three hundred dollars to be laid out in schooling of him by my Executer. Also I desire my beloved wife to have the following slaves viz Abraham, Kiziah, and their six children viz Sailsbury, Suzy, Abraham, Frances, John and Peter Quiler and Fairy theese I give to her for her own use and use and benefit of my other children that is not provided for during her natural life but in case my beloved wife should intermarry with another man it is my lawful will and desire that of all property that I leave with her for the benefit and support of her and my children shall be divided with her an my children in equal. I desire in case of the death of my wife that all property remaining will be equally divided with my children excepting to Joseph and Polly the sums of money that I know give them. I desire the balance of my slaves to be sold and a sufficiency of my other property also to be sold to pay all my just debts except my land which I desire my wife to have to hold during her natural life but in case of her intermarrying or her death I desire the land to be sold and an equal division made with my children and wife as is made with all other property that is not sold to pay my just debts. I also leave it to the choice of my wife and my executors at any time if the place be unhealthy to exchange the land or sell as to procure another situation more suitable to there health or condition all other property not necessary to be sold to pay my just debts I desire to remain on the premises for the benefit of my wife and children that is with her.
Signed sealed and published and declared by the testator as and for his last will and testament in our presants who at his request in his presants have subscribed our names as witnesses thereto.
Nathan A Halsell
The State of Alabama}
Personally came William Smith this day into the court and being first duly sworn deposeth and sayeth that William Holditch did on the 2nd day of September 1839 while in sound and disposing mind and memory sign seal publish and declare the forgoing as his last will and testament as well in the presence of Nathan A Halsell as in the presence of this deponeth and that he this deponeth and said Halsell signed the same as witness in the presence and at the request of William Holditch and in the presence of each other.
In testimony whereof I hereunto set my hand and subscribe my name this 20th day of January AD 1840.
Price Williams clk
[Written on the outside of the will]
Last Will and Testament
Recorded in Record of Wills, 20th January 1840, folio 8 & 9
Price Williams clk
NOTE: This William Holditch of Sumpter County is the son of William4 Houlditch of Laurens County. Mary, daughter of William Holditch of Sumpter County, married Nathan Halsell.