by Philip Monroe Grace
|June 21, 2003
The transcription of the of the will of Thomas Grace of Hancock County, GA was found by me in the mid-1990s in the Texas section of the National DAR Library in Washington, DC. The source book is entitled “Texas Society DAR Genealogical Records Contributed by Texas DAR members 1970" by Mrs. Charles R. Perkins, State Chairman, Genealogical Records. The following is my transcription of the transcribed document in its entirety, contributors’ notes included in brackets.
Charles Chris Grace
3912 Taney Avenue
Alexandria, VA 22304
THE WILL OF THOMAS GRACE, HANCOCK CO., GA.
From Will Book C. (1803-1816), Ga. Dept. Of Archives
Last Will of Thomas Grace, Dec’d. In the name of God Amen, I, Thomas Grace of the County of Hancock, State of Georgia, being very weak of body but sound of mind and memory and calling to mind that all men are born once to die, do make and ordain this my last will and testament. In manner and form following (that is to say) First of all I recommend my Sole to almighty God who gave it to me and my body to be buried in a decent Christian like manner.
Item, I give an bequeath to my well beloved wife, Sally Grace all singular, real and personal estate, tho to pay each legatee their portion which I leave to them as is here under mentioned as they come of age and at her death all the balance of the estate to be sold and equally divided among the whole of my children and to give my three younger children schooling as far as the double rule of three.
Item I give and bequeath to my beloved son, John Grace five shillings.
Item I give and bequeath to my beloved daughter, Polly Melson, five shillings.
Item I give and bequeath to my beloved daughter Patsey Atkinson, five shillings.
Item I give and bequeath to my beloved daughter Betsy Whaley, five shillings.
Item: I give and bequeath to my beloved daughter, Tabitha Alford [or Alforce] five shillings.
Item I give and bequeath to my beloved son, Joshua five shillings.
Item, I give and bequeath to my beloved son, Dolby Grace, one good horse saddle and bridle, twenty five dollars cash and one cow and calf.
Item, I give an bequeath to my beloved daughter Peggy Grace, one good bedstead, bed and furniture, one cow and calf, and one two year old heifer, one pewter dish and six pewter plates, one spinning wheel and two smoothing irons, one iron pot, one trunk, and three head of sheep.
Item, I give and bequeath to my beloved son, Thomas Grace, two hundred dollars in cash.
Item, I give and bequeath to my beloved sons, Silas Grace and Jeptha Grace, one horse, saddle, and bridle a piece and all and singular the tract of land wherein I now live containing two hundred acres and they the said Silas and Jeptha to maintain their brother Thomas during his lifetime.
Item, I give and bequeath to my beloved daughter, Comfort Grace one good bed, bedstead, and furniture, one cow and calf, one two year old heifer, one pewter dish, six pewter plates, one trunk, one spinning wheel, two smoothing irons, one iron pot, & three head of sheep.
Item, I nominate and appoint my beloved wife, Sally Grace and my beloved son-in-law, Agrippa Atkinson sole executors of my last will and testament. I witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and affixed my seal the first day of November, one thousand eight hundred and six.
Signed, Sealed and acknowledged in presence of:
[?] Hawkins [Hard to read]
Thomas Grace [Seal]
Inventory and appraisement of this estate recorded on page 334.
Contributed by Mrs. John C. Robbins, Capt. Wm. Young DAR.
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