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Will of James Lacey
Contributed by Rod Lacey

State of Georgia
Wilcox County  

In the name of God amen, I, James Lacy of said State and County being advanced in age and knowing that I must shortly depart from this world deem it right and proper both as respects myself and my family that I should make a disposition of the property with which a kind Providence has blessed me, I therefore make this my last Will and Testament hereby revoking and annulling all others heretofore made by me.

Item 1st I desire and direct that my body be buried in a decent and Christianlike manner suitable to my circumstances and condition, my soul I trust shall return to rest with God who gave it as I hope for eternal salvation through the blessed Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ whose religion I have professed and as I humbly trust enjoyed for fifty years.
Item 2nd I desire and direct that all my just debts be paid without delay by my executor hereinafter named as I am unwilling my creditors should be delayed of the rights especially as there is no necessity for delay.
Item 3rd I have already given my first set of children an equal part of my property which they have received. I furthermore give to each and every one of my first set of children five dollars, to each one of them, therefore I give and devise to my beloved wife Winny and her ten children during her widowhood, with whom I have lived in the strictest quiet and love for twenty-seven years lot of land No. seventy-nine in the twelth district of Wilcox County, originally Dooly, containing two hundred and two and one-half acres with all the rights, members and appertanances to said lot of land in anywise appertaining or belonging free from all charges or limitation whatever to their own proper use, benefit and behoof forever, I also give and bequeath to my wife and her ten children in the same unreserved manner all of my horses, cattle and stock of all kind without reserve or limitations.
Item 4th I constitute and appoint my son James R. Lacey executor to this my last Will and Testament.
 This July 19th, 1880. James Lacy
Signed, sealed, declared and published by James Lacy as his last Will and Testament in the presence of us the subscribers who subscribe our names hereunto in the presence of said Testator and of each other
 This July 19, 1880 Charles S. McCall
 Attest George H. Windam (sp)
 James W. Smith William Lacey
 N. P. & ex officio, J.P. John L. Fountain
(X his mark)
State of Georgia Court of Ordinary
Wilcox County March term 1883
Before me came James W. Smith and George Windam named as witnesses to the within writing purporting to be James Lacy's last
Will and Testament, being duly sworn, saith they with Charles S.H. McCall, William Lacy, & John L. Fountain at the request of James Lacy & in his presence did attest as witnesses the within writing as his, James Lacy’s will: that the same was signed & published by James Lacy in their presences as his last Will; that he was at the time of said attention & signing by himself of sound & disposing mind & memory; he executed the within paper voluntarily.

 Sworn to & subscribed before                                 James W. Smith

Me this March 5th 1883                                             Geo H. Winham

M.M. Gibbs Ordinary


(Note that James Lacey has spelled his name as "Lacy" and "Lacey." He even signed his will as "James Lacy." The spelling of "Lacey" was used by all of his descendants beginning during the generation of his children.)





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