Last Will and
Testament of J. L. Bruce
Georgia Wilcox County
I James Lafayette Bruce of said State and County being of
sound and disposing mind and memory make this my last will and testament and by
this act revoking all others.
1st I direct that my body be buried in
accordance with the circumstances of my estate and the faith of my church.
2nd I direct that all my just debts be paid as
early as possible.
3rd I direct that all of my property and Estate
both real and personal be liquidated in such a manner and at such a time after
my death as serves expedient to my Executors hereinafter named.
4th I bequeath devise and give unto my beloved
wife Sarah one Ninth part of all my estate after it is liquidated so hereinafter
5th I devise give and bequeath to my Children
Henry L. Bruce, John W. Bruce, McDuffie B. Bruce, Edward C. Bruce, Mrs. Ada
Raines, Mrs. Ida DeLoach, Laura Bruce and Bessie Bruce an equal part with each
other share and share alike of all the remainder of my estate after the legacy
hereinbefore made has been paid, should any of said children not be living at my
death I direct that they be not counted in this distribution However if they
should leave heirs of their body I direct that such heirs share in the estate
receiving the part herein bequeathed to their parent.
6th I hereby Constitute and appoint my son
Henry L. Bruce and Bessie Bruce sole Executors of this my last will and
testament Let them comply with the law made and provided. In Witness whereof I
have hereunto Set my hand this 20th day of August 1912.
Signed declared and published by James Lafayette Bruce as
his last will and testament in the presence of us the Subscribers who subscribe
our names hereto in the presence of said testator at his special instance and
request and in the presence of each other he signed in our presence and we
signed in his presence.
Homer E. Oxford
Source: Will Book 1858-1957
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