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Last Will and Testament
William Player

Last Will and Testament of William Player


State of Georgia

Wilcox County


In the name of God amen, I William Player of the state of Georgia & county of Wilcox being of advanced age but of sound & disposing mind 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 with which a kind Providence has blessed me, I do therefore make this my last Will & Testament hereby revoking & annulling all other wills made by me heretofore.


Item 1st I desire & direct that my body be buried in a decent & christianlike manner suitable to my circumstances & conditions in life, my soul I  trust shall return to rest with God who gave it, as I hope for salvation through the mercies & atonements of the blessed Lord & Savior, Jesus Christ.


(2.) Secondly I will & direct that all of my just debts be paid without delay by my executor hereinafter named & appointed.


(3) Thirdly I give & bequeath to my sons Henry E. Player &  (written above line Zachariah, letter B marked through)  T. Player part of the lot of land no. two hundred & thirty six in the third district of Wilcox County containing four hundred acres more or less, with all the rights, members & appurtenances of said land in my (illegible words) forever in fee simple.


4th Fourthly I give, bequeath & devise to John Player colored one horse & mule saddle bridle, one cow & calf & ewe & lamb & my violin. Robert Player one horse, saddle & bridle, one cow & calf & one ewe with lamb, my double barrel shotgun.

I give & bequeath to John Player colored & Robert Player colored part of lot of land no. two hundred & thirty six in the third district of Wilcox County, the part of the south-east side of the mill-creek, containing one hundred acres more or less, with the rights, members & appurtenances to my use being forever in fee simple. Hester Player colored one mattress & covering, one cow & calf, one ewe & lamb.


5th Fifthly I give to my daughters Eliza Player & May A. Player one hog & cow & calf, one ewe & lamb for each one and one buggy & harness between the two.


6th Sixthly I give & bequeath to my daughter Martha Lewis, one bell, one cow & calf, or the worth of them.


(7) Seventhly I give & bequeath to my daughter Margaret S. Taylor $5.00 five dollars


(8) Eighthly I give & bequeath to my daughter Sarah Hardy $20.00 twenty dollars.


No ninth


(10)Tenthly I give & bequeath to my daughter Lucy Tomberlin $5.00 five dollars

(11) Eleventhly I give & bequeath to my daughter Frances L. Luke $5.00 five dollars

(12) Twelfthly I give & bequeath to my son Thomas G. Player $5.00 five dollars

(13) Thirteenthly I give & bequeath to the heirs of my son G.W. Clay $5.00 five dollars

(14) Fourteenthly I give & bequeath to my son Ruben N. Clay $5.00 five dollars

(15) Fifteenthly The sheep to be divided equally between H. E. Player & Eliza Player, May A. Player, & Son Player and Robert Player; the beef steers is to be divided between Fannie L. Otis, her survivors. Son E. Player May A. Player, Julia Player, John Player & Robert Player & Mary J. Player.


16th Sixteenthly The rest of my property both real & personal whatever & whenever it may be I give & bequeath to my sons, Henry Player & Zachariah Player after they support their mother & the rest of the family that now belongs to her in feel simple and forever. I hereby appoint my sons Henry E. Player & Zachariah Player guardians of the personal property of the named minors John Player & Robert Player, Hester Player, Julia Player & Mary J. Player.


17th  Seventeenthly I hereby appoint my sons H. E. Player, B.T. Player executors of this my last will & testament. This July 23rd 1877.

William Player


Johnathan Fountain

John S. Fountain

W.S. Stone


Georgia Wilcox Co.

In person appears before me James C. Luke Ordinary of said County Johnathan Fountain, J. S. Fountain & W. S. Stone who being duly sworn says that the foregoing writing contains the last remarks and Will & Testament of the property of the late William A. Player, deceased of said County & is just & true in all its parts.


Johnathan Fountain

J.S. Fountain

W.S. Stone


Sworn to & subscribed

Before me this 1st of July 1878

J.C. Luke

Ordy W.C.



Source: Will Book 1858-1957 Page 20-21

Film No. 271348

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

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