Last Will and Testament of William Belk, 1814.
William Belk's will is recorded in Camden, Kershaw Co, SC. It is dated
15 Dec, 1814 and the final settlement was 12 Jan 1819 by Joseph Belk.
In the Names of God Amen I William Belk farmer of Kershaw District
being poorly and weak in body but perfect mind and memory
thanks be unto God cauling to mind the mortality of my body and
knowing that it is appointed for all men to die do make and ordain
this my last will and testament, principally and first of all I recommend
my soul unto the hand of almighty God that gave it an My Body I
recommend to the Earth to be buried in a decent Christian burial at
the descretion of my executors, touching sutch worldy estate
whearwith it heith pleased God to bless me in this life I give devise
and dispose of the same in the following manner and from, I will and
positefly order that all my just debs be paid first.
Item 1. I lend to my bloved wife Hannah Belk during her life or
widow hood one Negro Man named Charls and one Negro Woman
named Dice and they plantation and hous whear I now live the
Smiths tools and Sorrel Mare saddle & bridle, one feather bid, bedsted
and furniture and as mutch kitching furniture as will suffise as
many plantation tools & gears as will be suffisent for plantation use
three cows & calves. Two tow year old steers, ten killable hogs, three
breeding sows and ten year olde two ewes and a ram and as mutch
houshold furniture as she will think sufficunt to keep hous with.
Item 2. I give to my son Jeremiah Belk one Negro Boy named Andire
to him and his heirs forever.
Item 3. I give and Bequeathe to my daughter Ann Skinner one Negro
girl named Tener to her and her heirs forever.
Item 4. I give and Bequeathe to my son Rigdon Belk one Negro man
named Hardy to him and his heirs forever.
Item 5. I give and Bequeathe to my daughter Nice Skinner one Negro
girl named Pat to her and her heirs forever.
Item 6. I give and Bequeathe to my daughter Gatce Mixon one Negro
girl named Rose to her and her heirs forever.