In the name
of God amen. I William A. Rodgers of said State and County being of
sound and disposing mind and memory do make declare and publish this my
last will and testament.
my immortal spirit to god who gave it and bequeath my body to the grave
to be buried by my executors in a befitting manner according to the
established customs of the Christian religion.
my worldly affairs it is my will and desire First that my just and
lawful debts shall be paid by my executors in the order of priority
prescribed by the laws of Georgia.
It is my
will and desire that all the property of every kind of which I shall die
seized and possessed shall be sold by my executors at public or private
sale as they may deem best and the proceeds of such sale to be applied
by them to the payment of my debts as herein before provided. But this
shall apply to my Shingle Mill and all land and timber teams and
appliances used in operating the same in the description and judgment of
my said executors who may operate said shingle mill as long as it is
profitable to do so selling the same and all property used therewith at
such time and in such manner as they may deem best.
should (illegible word) from the sale of said property after the payment
of any debts and the charges of administration it is my will and desire
that the same shall be divided share and share alike among my children
Maggie H. Rodgers, Virgie Mae Rodgers, Ida Lou Rodgers and Hugh Dennard
to my life insurance two thousand dollars of which is payable to all of
my children and the other policies to my said children Maggie H., Virgie
Mae, Ida Lou and Hugh Dennard it is my will and desire that my daughter
Fannie McDuffie and such other of my children that may be 21 years old
or married at the time of my death or the payment of said insurance
shall receive their potions of said insurance at once and I request and
admonish them to use the same in a provident and business like manner.
For each and all of them who may not be of lawful age or married at my
death I hereby name and appoint my beloved friend and brother in law
Henry J. Brown Guardian and I request and direct him to receive and hold
said life insurance and any residue of property or money from my estate
in trust for my said children Maggie H., Virgie Mae, Ida Lou and Hugh
Dennard each to receive his or her portion at majority or marriage not
using any of the principal for support and maintenance unless necessary
and then by Order of Court of Ordinary of Wilcox County. It is my
further will and desire that said Henry J. Brown shall qualify as such
Guardian in the Court of Ordinary of Wilcox Count y and that his said
guardianship shall be administered under the legal supervision of said
Court he to receive legal compensation for his services.
name and appoint my daughter Maggie H. Rodgers and the said Henry J.
Brown Co executors of this my last will and testament with full power
and authority to execute and enforce all the provisions of the same
provided they shall qualify as such executors in the Court of Ordinary
of Wilcox County and shall conduct said executorship under the legal
supervision of said Court and I desire that they shall receive the usual
compensation for this service.
I name and
appoint my esteemed friend D.B. Nicholson attorney at law legal adviser
for Henry J. Brown as guardian and for Maggie H. Rodgers and Henry J.
Brown as executors under this will and direct that he shall receive such
reasonable compensation for his services as may be approved by the Court
of Ordinary of Wilcox County.
testimony of all which I have hereunto set my hand this 5th
day of April 1905.
published by Wm. A. Rodgers as his last will and testament in the
presence of the undersigned who subscribe our names hereto as Witnesses
at the instance and request of said testator and in his presence and in
the presence of each other This the 5th ay of April 1905.
solemnly swear that his writing contains the true last will and
testament of the within named William A. Rodgers deceased so far as I
know or believe and that I will well and truly execute the same in
accordance with the laws of Georgia so help me god.
and subscribed before me
This June 4th
Ordinary Wilcox County