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Last Will and Testament
Hozias L. Davis

Last Will and Testament
Hozias L. Davis


Note from transcriber: this will is very faded and hard to read. Parts of it have been written over by someone years ago. I have tried to figure out what was written to the best of my ability. I apologize if mistakes are made.


State of Georgia

Wilcox County


In the name of God amen, I Hozias Davis of said County & State, being of advanced age but of sound & disposing & memory knowing that I must shortly depart this life; deem it right & proper both as respects my family & myself that hereby make a disposition of the property which a kind Providence has blessed me, I do therefore make this my Last Will & Testament hereby revoking & annulling all others by me heretofore made.


1st I desire that my body be buried in decent & christianlike manner suitable to my circumstances & condition in life & my soul I trust to rest with God who gave it. I hope for salvation through the (illegible word) and atonement of the Lord & Saviour Jesus Christ.


2nd I desire that all my just debts be paid without delay by my executor hereinafter named and appointed.


3rd Item I give and bequeath & devise to my beloved daughter Roda (illegible words) lot of land no. 202 contain fifty more or less, part of lot no. 212 contain fifty acres more or less both of said (illegible) lying and being in the first district of originally Irwin, but now Wilcox County with  all members and appurtenances thereunto belong free from all charge and encumbrance & belonging free from all charge & limitation whatever (illegible words) use benefit & behoof forever with full (illegible words) or otherwise as she may deem proper, I also give & bequeath to my beloved daughter in same unreserved manner the farming utensils of kinds & sorts that I have & possess & all my household and kitchen furniture & all of my cattle & sheep & hogs & of my books of every description & any of my provisions that I may have on hand at my death.


4th Item I have hereto now given to my son Zain (?) L. Davis & my daughter Sophia E. Regans  & my daughter Margaret M. Regan their full distribution share & portion of my property which property is not named in this my last Will and Testament as they know have I have given them in their possession (illegible) & no residue of all my property both real & personal, whereon or whatever is may be I also give & bequeath & devise to my said Roda A. Jones in fee simple full & forever; & I hereby appoint my beloved daughter Roda A.P. Jones & my friend Stephen Bowen executor of this my last will & testament.

Signed Hozias L. Davis (L.S.)

Signed sealed & declared & published by Hozias L. Davis as his last Will & Testament in the presence of us the undersigned who subscribe names in the presence of said Testator at his special instance & request & in the presence of each other this Dec. 24th 1866.

E.B. Mixon Wilcox Co.

John Statham

N.J. Statham

H.J. Bowen



Georgia Wilcox Co.

Before me D. C. Mann Ordinary of said county came Stephen Bowen executor & Roda A. P. Jones executrix of the last Will & Testament of H. L. Davis deceased, late of said County & also E. B. Mixon one of the witnesses who being duly sworn depose & says that he saw the said H. L. Davis sign, seal, Publish & declare the instrument as his last will & testament voluntarily & freely without compulsion & then he signed said will as a witness in the presence of H. L. Davis & the other witnesses.

E.B. Mixon


Sworn to & subscribed before me

This April 7th 1869

D.C. Hamm Ordinary.


Source: Will Book 1858-1957

Film No. 271348

transcribed by Janet Moore
to provide free research
to Wilcox County families.

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