I, JOHN DENDY of the State and District aforesaid being old and in full health but of disposing mind, do make this my last Will and Testament. I Will that as early after my decease as it can be done legally that all my estate, real and personal be sold by my Executors, hereinafter named upon the usual credits and after paying all my just debts and funeral expenses. I dispose of the balance of my estate as follows:
To my children equally, Viz: I give one share to my daughter, Elizabeth Tinsley, wife of Sherrod Tinsley, upon her accounting for Three Hundred dollars heretofore advanced to her. One share to my son, Youngset Dendy upon his accounting for Six Hundred dollars heretofore advanced to him. One share to my daughter Nancy, the wife of Branch Ligon upon her accounting for Three Hundred dollars heretofore adanced to her. One share to W.D. Watts, in trust, for the use of my daughter, Pancy Dendy, the wife of Sam Powell to be managed by the said trustee in the way he may think best for her comfort during her life and at her death, I give the same or the remainder thereof equally between her children, the child or children of a deceased child taking among them the share the parent would be entitled to if living, upon her accounting for the sum of Three Hundred dollars heretofore advanced to her. Having heretofore advanced to my daughter, Sallie, the wife of David Craddock, the sum of Three Hundred dollars and afterward deeded to Thomas N. Dendy in Trust for my said daughter, a negro woman, LUCY and her children, Jim; Peggy; and Elliott and her future increase. She is to receive no more of my estate.
The other share I give to my son Daniel C. Dendy in Trust for the use of my son, Thomas N. Dendy, during his life and at his death I give the same equally to his children, the child or children of a deceased child, taking among them the share their parent would have been entitled to if living. Upon the Trustee accounting for the negro woman, MARY and her child, MARTHA, and her future increase at valuation as so much of the share of his certified Trust, which negroes and increase I have heretofore deeded to the said Daniel C. Dendy for the purpose above set forth, which said Trusts and limitations I hereby republish. I further direct that the shares willed in Trust to Thomas N. Dendy be liable for my liabilities as his security.
One other share I give to Daniel C. Dendy in his own right to him and his heirs forever together with one bedstead and furniture extra of his distributive share, and I hereby appoint the said Daniel C. Dendy executor of this my last Will and Testament.
In testimony whereof, I have hereunto set my hand and seal this the 24th day of September 1847. (signed) JOHN DENDY
Witness: Charles Williams
Lem G. Williams
James A.B. Hood
Personally came before me Charles Williams, and upon being sworn made oath that he saw JOHN DENDY execute the within instrument as his last Will and that he together with L.G. Williams and James A.B. Hood in the presence of each other and in the presence of the Testator subscribed as witnesses to the same. Sworn to before me this 29th day of December A.D.1847. Charles Williams
W.D. Watts, Ordinary
*note: I typed this exactly as it is written on the copy I have. I hope I made no mistakes.
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