In the name
God, amen, I John Barnes of County & State aforesaid being of advanced
age knowing that I must shortly depart life deem it right 7 proper both
as respects myself & family that I should make a disposition of the
property of which a kind Providence has blessed me, I do therefore make
this my last Will & Testament, hereby revoking & annulling all others
heretofore made by me.
I desire & direct that my body be buried in a decent & christianlike
manner suitable to my circumstances & conditions in life, my soul I
trust to God who gave it as I hope for eternal salvation through the
blessed Lord & Savior Jesus Christ, whose religion I have professed &
enjoyed for a long while, I humbly trust.
I desire &
direct that all my just debts be paid without delay by my executors
hereinafter mentioned & named as I am unwilling my creditors should be
delayed of their rights especially as there is no cause for delay.
I Give &
bequeath to my beloved wife Lucretia Barnes, with whom I have lived in
the strictest quiet & love for eleven years, lot of land no. 91 in the
first district of originally Irwin now Wilcox County containing one
hundred acres more or less also one half of the lot of land no 92 of the
first district of originally Irwin now Wilcox County, containing two
hundred & forty five acres, more or less, also one horse & buggy & one
Jersey wagon one cart & stears four cows & calves all my sock, hogs,
household & kitchen furniture farming tools of my place.
I devise to
my son James H. Barnes parts of lots of land nos. one hundred & thirteen
& one hundred & fourteen all in the fourth district of originally Dooly
now Pulaski County, also lot or part of lot No. 8 in the fifth district
of originally Dooly now Pulaski County containing in the agregate one
hundred & sixty seven & one half acres, more or less with all the rights
members & appurtenances to said lots & parts of lots of land in anywise
appertaining & belonging forever, also lot of land no. one hundred &
thirty one in the first district of originally Irwin now Wilcox county,
containing four hundred & ninety acres more or less with all the rights
members & appurtenances to said lot of land in any ise appertaining &
belonging forever, also cow & calf, one heifer & one bull.
to my two step grandchildren William A. Ball & Martha J. Ball one heifer
apiece to their proper use & benefit.
to my four stepchildren Mary E. Wilson, twenty-five dollars; Nimrod
Renfroe, twenty-five dollars, John W. Renfroe, twenty-five dollars,
William A. Ball, Mary L.J. Ball twenty-five dollars all to be given or
paid by my executors at the death of my wife Lucretia Barnes for their
proper use & benefit.
I give &
bequeath to my own son William H. Barnes twenty-five dollars to be paid
at the time of the above specified in the sixth item of this will for
his own proper use & benefit.
I give &
bequeath to the Methodist Church that is to be built five hundred
dollars & the preacher that attends said church $10.00 to by paid by my
executor after my death if said amount is left in his hands after a
final settlement of my estate.
executor hereinafter named I give & bequeath one hundred dollars besides
his commission for his trouble & expenses, to have paid him at the death
of my wife Lucretia Barnes to have for his own proper use & benefit.
I will that
all the property of whatever kind at the death of my wife Lucretia
Barnes shall be given to my son James H. Barnes free of incumbrances in
any way whatever to have & to hold in his own right benefit & behoof
constitute & appoint _____ (note: Item 11 was not finished, a line was
sealed & delivered declared & published by John Barnes as his last Will
& Testament in the presence of us the subscribers, who subscribed our
names hereto in the presence of said Testator & of each other.
This May 12th
term court of Ordinary 1880.
came H. L. Barron, one of the subscribing witnesses to the Will of John
Barnes deceased & say on oath that he signed said Will & that he saw
John Barnes sign said Will as his Last Will & Testament.
Sworn to &
subscribed before me
December 1st 1880