Toliver Towles, born January 7, 1800, died 1873.
Sarah Ann Robinson Towles (second wife; first wife was Eleanor Clark), born 1813, died January 16, 1899.
Both are buried in unmarked graves on the Towles Plantation lands.
Toliver Towles served in the State Legislature representing Chambers County in 1839-40, 1847-1848, and 1855-56.
1850 Chambers County, AL Census
Toliver Towles 50M, Farmer, 46 slaves, R$4,000, Born SC
Sarah 37F, SC
John 18M, SC
Isham 16M, Student, SC
William 14M, AL
Mary 12F, AL
Albert 10M, AL
Sarah 8F, AL
Eleanor 6F, AL
Bethlehem(?) 4M, AL
Stokely 1M, AL
Chambers County, AL
Will Book 3, Pages 402 - 404
The State of Alabama
I, Toliver Towles of the county and state aforesaid, calling to mind the uncertainty of life and the
certainty of death, and being of sound mind and disposing memory, and being possessed of some worldly
property, do make, publish and declare the following to be my last Will & Testament.
Item 1. I commit my soul to God who gave it.
Item 2. I will that all my just debts be paid.
Item 3. The remainder of my property, after the payment of my just debts, I give to my beloved wife
Sarah Ann Towles, both real and personal during her natural lifetime, to be used, controlled and
disposed of by her in any manner she may think proper. I hereby invest her with full power to sell
the same or any part thereof, and to make good and sufficient deeds of conveyance thereto. And also
to invest the money arising from any sale she may make, in any way she may think fit and proper so
to do. Should there be any property remaining at the time of her death, it is my will that it be
equally divided among my four children, to wit:
Elander Combs, wife of John S. Combs
Having given to my other children such portion of my estate as I allow them, I give them nothing more.
Item 4. In regard to my household furniture, it is my will that my said wife may dispose of it either
in her lifetime or at her death, as she pleases.
Item 5. I hereby appoint my said wife to be the executrix of this my last Will & Testament, and exempt
her from giving bond in order to the obtaining of letters testamentary on this my Will. It is also my
will that she shall not be required to make any settlements with any persons, or with any Court, or to
account to any person or to any Court, for the execution of the trust herein inferred upon her as my
executrix. It is my will that she shall only be required to have this my Will probated, but she shall
not be required to have my estate inventoried or appraised unless required by law to do so. My object
being to put her to as little trouble after my death as possible.
In witness whereof I have hereunto subscribed my name, and affixed my seal this first day of May, in
the year of our Lord one thousand-eight hundred and seventy one (May 1st, 1871).
Toliver Towles L.S.
Signed and sealed on the day above written in presence of:
James K. Appleby
S. C. Hearn
This instrument filed in office of Judge of Probate, Chambers County, AL, June 19, 1873, and proven by
the proper testimony July 21, 1873.
John Appleby, Judge of Probate
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