The Will of Edmund J. Talbot

The Will of Edmund J. Talbot
Born:  March 28, 1767 - Bedford County, Virginia -- Died:  February 18, 1854 - Henry County, Alabama

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The State of Alabama        In the name of God, Amen, I , Edmund Talbot, of the County and State aforesaid, being of perfect sound mind but          
Henry County                   being apprised from my age and infirmities that my natural existence must soon end, I, therefore, have thought proper
                                        to constitute the following items as my last will and testament.


First, I bequeath to Almighty God who gave me my existence my soul and unto the dust my body from which it originated.

Secondly, I give and bequeath unto my beloved daughter, Eliza Cason, my Negro woman, Clarisa, and her three children, Clark, George, and Willis and her increase forever.  And my Negro man, Lewis, and his wife, Penny, also my Negro man, Prince, and my Negro man, Austin, to be hers and her heirs forever.

Thirdly, I give unto my Grand son, Edmund Williston Talbot Thompson, my two Negro boys, Sim and Ephraim, and my library of books to be his and his heirs forever.

Fourthly, I give and bequeath to my beloved daughter, Amelia Porter, my Negro woman, Hetty, and her three children, Anderson, Sally, and Louisa, and her increase and their increase, my Negro man, Guilford, and my young Negro woman, Hetty and her child, and her increase.  And be it known, that as it relates to the said Negro woman Hetty and child, there is a lawsuit pending against me for the said Negro woman, Hetty, and her child and if the Negro woman and child is lost by said lawsuit and there can be nothing account out of Greene B. Stringer and his security who sold her to me, then my daughter, Amelia Porter, is to have that amount out of my estate.

Fifthly, I give and bequeath to my beloved daughter, Amanda Robinson, and to the lawful heirs of her body, my Negro man, Ned, and his wife, Mary, and her child, my Negro man, Nathan, and my Negro boy, Henderson, and five hundred dollars to be raised out of my estate if not in hand to be hers and to the lawful heirs of her body forever.

Sixthly, It is my will that my Negro woman, Betty, have her choice to live with whom of my children she wishes.

Seventhly, It is my will that my son, William H. Talbot, have out of my estate, three hundred dollars, if not handed to him before my deceased.

Eighthly, I give and bequeath unto the children of my deceased daughter, Sarah Davis, two hundred dollars if not given to them or either of them before my death just as the case may be.

Ninthly, It is my will and desire that all the remaining property I now have or hereafter may have at my death both real and personal after my just debts are paid to be equally divided between my three last mentioned daughters, (To Wit), Eliza Cason, Amelia Porter, and Amanda Robinson and the lawful heirs of her body.

Tenthly, I give and bequeath to my beloved daughter, Amelia Porter, my four wheel carriage.

Eleventhly, I give and bequeath to my grandson, Williston Talbot, son of John Talbot, the judgment I obtained against Daniel McDonald of South Carolina at Tallahassee which is sent to an attorney which is at Chester Court House, South Carolina.

Twelfthly, The reason why I exclude my former children is that I have upon a former occasion given them the amount of property I intended for them.

Thirteenthly, I give and bequeath unto the Columbia Baptist Church my Town lot on which the Baptist meeting House is Erected and the Lott the graveyard to have and to hold to them and their successors forever.

Fourteenthly, For the time and faithful execution of this my last will and testament, I do hereby nominate and appoint my son in law, John Cason, and my son in law, Frederick Porter, Executors thereto with full power and authority to carry into effect the various trust reposed in them as such.

Signed sealed and acknowledged by the Testator in our presents as and for his last will and testament this tenth day of September AD 1846 and of American Independence the 70th.

/s/William C. Wilson                                                                                                       /s/ Edmund Talbot{Seal}
/s/John Jones
/s/John F. Koonce