Will of William Whaley

Record of the last will and testament of William Whaley, dec’d In the name of God Amen I, William Whaley of the state of Georgia and Greene County, being sick and weak of body, but of sound perfect and disposing mind and memory, blessed be God: Do this twenty second day of June in the year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred and ninety five, make and ordain this my last will and testament in manner and form following, viz.

Imprime. I give and recommend my soul to Almighty God who gave it, and my body I wish to be buried in the earth at the discretion of my executors hereafter to be named. And my worldly goods I give, devise, and dispose of in the following manner.

Item. My will and desire is that all my just debts be paid by my executors out of my estate.

Item. I give and devise to my son Daniel Whaley one feather bed, which I bought from Benjamin Vinson, to belong to him and his heirs forever.

Item. All the rest and residue of my property of every nature and kind consisting of three feather beds + furniture, one mare, one horse, one cow + whatever money may be left from and after my just debts are paid, I give, devise and bequeath (in trust) to my loving wife Hannah Whaley, and my son Eli Whaley to belong to them jointly for the sole purpose of raising and educating my small children. And I do hereby nominate, constitute and appoint the aforesaid Hannah Whaley and Eli Whaley jointly executrix and executor of this my last will and testament, ratifying and confirming this and this only to be my last will and nullifying all other will or testaments by me heretofore made.

Witness my hand and seal the date above written.

William Whaley {seal}

Signed, sealed and acknowledged in the presence of us.
Averet Smith
Wm. Phillips
Nathaniel Whaley

A true copy of the original
Registered the 8th August 1795

by Wm. Phillips, J.P.

Source: Will Book, volume A-B, pages 168-169, Greene County, Georgia

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