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Will of William Atkins

William Atkins

Georgia Wilcox Co.

In the name of God, amen, I William Atkins of said State & County being in ill health & knowing that I must shortly depart this life deem it right & proper both as respects myself & my family that I should make a disposition of the property which a kind Providence here with, do therefore make this my last Will & Testament hereby revoking all others heretofore made by me. 

1st Item I desire & direct that my body be buried in a decent & christainlike manner wherefore I commit to God who gave it. 

2nd Item I desire & direct that all my just debts be paid without delay by my executor herewithin appointed executrix. 

3rd Item I give, bequeath & devise to my beloved wife Sarah with whom I have lived in the strictest quiet for many years all of my Real Estate with all the right members, appurtenances therefore belong for from all change or initiative whatever to her own proper use, benefit to her. However with full power to dispose of the same at any time previous as by will or deed to her death as she may think proper, I also give to my beloved wife in the same unreserved manner all of my personal property of my Estate every & all kinds whatsoever no matter of what name & nature. I also appoint & constitute my beloved wife Guardian of my beloved children which we now have or may have during their minority until legally discharged & it is my desire that one should have a suitable School education so they may fill their station in life with credit to themselves & to their parents. 

4th Item I hereby constitute & appoint my friend Simon Stanley Executor & my beloved wife Sarah Executrix of my Last Will & Testament so long as she shall remain a widow. 

This Feby 15th 1863

William Atkins 

Signed, sealed, delivered & published by William Atkins as my last Will & Testament in the presence of us the subscribers who subscribed our names hereto in the presence of the said Testator, at his special instance & request, & of each other this Feby 15th 1863.

J.H. Dunn
James Atkins (his mark)
Nancy Stanley

Georgia Wilcox Co.
Wilcox County Court of the Ordinary Feby term 1864

Before me James W. Mashburn Ordinary of said county came in person Sarah Atkins executrix of the last Will & Testament of William Atkins deceased & also the witnesses of said will E. J. H. Dunn & Nancy Stanley & being duly sworn, depose & say that they saw William Atkins sign & publish the foregoing as his last Will & Testament while of sound & disposing mind. That they witnessed the same for him at his request & in his presence & of each other & that the same was executed voluntarily by him on the day it purports to have been presented.

E. J. H. Dunn
Nancy Stanley
James Atkins (his mark)

Sworn to and subscribed before me this Feby 6th 1864

James M. Mashburn


Source: Will Book 1858-1957

Film No. 271348


transcribed by Janet Moore
to provide free research
to Wilcox County families.



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