B. Burnham of said State and County being of sound mind and without any
influence or dictation I make this my last will and testament In the
name of God. First I will that my body be buried decent. Second I want
my just debts paid out of any money I may have on hand or out of the
cotton one & half bale now in my possession.
give to my beloved wife Fifty acres of land being the South east corner
of the lot I reside on and will includes my residence and all the
improvements thereon. Also my boy mare and buggy and enough corn and
fodder & such Peas potatoes as may be on the place to make years support
for her and my boy Lewis also one cow and calf also one black sow &
give to Perry my same Fifty acres in the North west corner of the same
described lot of land also one sow pig and one cow and calf it is be
left after paying my debts.
give to my son Charlie Fifty acres of land in the North East Corner of
the same described lot of land also one sow pig and one cow & calf if it
is left after my debts is paid.
give and bequeath to my other children not already named all my right
title & claim in and to one hundred acres of lot of land No (no number
given) being the North side of said lot and to which I hold bond for
title to from S. P. Mitchell & I have paid about $160.00 and am due
about $140.00 equally between my son George my Daughter Millie my
Daughter Gallie my Daughter Sallie and to my Grand Daughter Lola and
also my daughter Mary Jane provided they pay up my obligation for said
land to said Mitchell all such things as is necessary to sum and keep my
place that has not been bequeathed already I will that it remain on the
place and be controlled and managed by my wife during her widowhood or
until her death and then to go to my son Lewis and also all that I have
bequeathed and given to my wife the fifty acres of land cow and calf and
hogs shall be his without reserve at the marriage or death of my wife.
will that all the things in my house be equally divided among all my
children and wife that will accept and care for them at or soon after my
will that J.E. Bowen be my Executor and this may last will and testament
be carried out according to his suggestions & dictation of Without bond
and that he attend to it instantly after my death as much as possible. I
sign this my last will in the presents of God and these Witnesses. This
December 7th 1907.
Burnham (his mark)
Hamilton (his mark)
J. E. Bowen
N.P Exofficia J.P.
Court of Ordinary February Term 1908
Probate of will of R.B. Burnham late of said County deceased. It
appearing to the Court that service on the non resident heirs of R.B.
Burnham deceased has not been perfected. It is ordered that said case be
continued until the March Term 1908 of this Court and that in the
meantime ( illegible word) be perfected on said non resident heirs to
wit: Gallie Ashland, Millie Jackson, & Lola Bond by publication as the
hand and official signature this Feby 3rd 1908.
Court of Ordinary March Term 1908.
petition of J. E. Bowen for probate in solemn form of the Will of R.B.
Burnham the above stated petition coming on regularly to be heard and it
appearing that he parties at interest – resident in this State were
personally served with notice of the petition for probate at least ten
days before the term of this Court at which said notice required
appearance and that the parties at interest not residing in this state
were duly served by publication of a citation once a week for four weeks
in the Abbeville Chronicle the Official Newspaper published in Abbeville
Wilcox County Georgia and it appearing to the satisfaction of this Court
by the testimony of all he subscribing Witnesses that the instrument
offered for probate is the last will and testament of Richard B. Burnham
as alleged by the propounder in his petition and no legal and sufficient
reason appearing why said will should not be admitted to record as
prayed. Ordered that said will be and the same is hereby established in
solemn form as the last will and testament of R.B. Burnham and the same
be admitted to record. Ordered further that letters testamentary to
issue to the Executor name in said will to wit the said J.E. Bowen upon
his taking the usual oath of office this March 2nd 1908.
solemnly swear that the within writing Contains the true last will and
testament of the with named Richard B. Burnham deceased as far as I know
or believe and that I will well and truly execute the same in accordance
with the law of the state so help me God
and subscribed before me this March 2nd 1908