Georgia Wilcox Co.
In the name of God, Amen I Stephen Doster of
the County of Wilcox and the State of Georgia being of sound & disposing mind &
memory & being desired to settle my worldly affairs while I have strength to do
so, do make & publish this my last Will & Testament, hereby revoking all other
will by me at any time made theretofore.
Item first – I commit my soul to God who gave
it & my body I desire to be buried in a decent manner & my worldly estate I
dispose of as follows
First, I desire all my just debts paid as
early as possible.
Second, I give & bequeath unto my beloved wife
Susan Doster during her life time Jenny & Henny two women, my sorrel horse,
buggy & harness & all the household & kitchen furniture she may want or need
about the premises and one years provisions also five hundred dollars of the
first money collected from the sale of my property not disposed of.
Third, I give & bequeath unto my son Philitus
Doster my negro man Dick also two hundred dollars of the proceeds of my
Fourth, I give & bequeath to my three
grandchildren, heirs of Wilson Doster lot of land No (184) one hundred & eighty
four in the eight district originally of Dooly County now of Wilcox, containing
(202 ½) two hundred & two and one half Acres
Fifth, I give & bequeath unto my daughter
Elizabeth E. Smith during her natural life & after her death to the heirs of her
body the following – A boy by the name of Henry & a girl (Martha) & I hereby
constitute the & appoint Horace H. Smith trustee for said Elizabeth E. Smith.
Sixth, I give & bequeath to my daughter
Avarilla M. Fitgerald during her natural life & after her death to the heirs of
her body (Louis & Tom) & I do hereby appoint James Fitzgerald trustee for said
Avarilla M. Fitzgerald.
Seventh, I give & bequeath to my daughter Mary
Ann McLeod during her natural life & after her death to their heirs of her body
(Lucy) a woman & her child (Ella) & I do hereby constitute & appoint Daniel A.
McLeod trustee for said Mary Ann McLeod.
Eighth, I give & bequeath to my daughter Susan
Futch during her natural life & after her death to the heirs of her body the
following two boys Sam & Austin and appoint John Futch trustee for said Susan
All the above mentioned property given to my
wife Susan is to remain in her possession during her life, then to be equally
divided between my five living children above named as my heirs and should
either of my daughters herein mentioned depart this life without having received
her property & increase given in this will to be queally divided amongst my
This in purpose of carrying out my last will &
testament into effect I Hereby constitute and appoint Philitis Doster & James
Fitzgerald my executors.
In witness wherein I the said Stephen Doster
in this my will consisting of these three sheets of paper have set my hand on
signed this the 21st day of February 1859.
Georgia Wilcox Co
Before me James W. Mashburn, Ordinary of said
County came in person Philitus Doster & James Fitzgerald executors of the last
will & Testament of Stephen Doster deceased late of said county & as the
witnesses to said will James E. Coney, G.M. Graham, Norman M. McDuffie, who
being duly sworn depose & say that they saw the said Stephen Doster sign, seal
publish and declare the said instrument his last Will & Testament voluntarily
freely with compulsion & that they signed the Will as witnesses in the presence
of said Stephen Doster & each other.
G. M. Graham
Sworn to & subscribed before me this 2nd
day of May 1959
James M. Mashburn
Signed sealed & declared by the above name
Stephen Doster as his last Will & Testament in presence of us, who at his
request in presence of each other have subscribed our names as witnesses
James E. Coney Wilcox County
G. M. Graham “
Norman McDuffie “