Carroll County Mississippi
Will Book A, page 4
submitted March 24, 2004.
( Francis Beasley Will--this is recorded in Carroll County MS. I know
nothing of this family. It is a transcription that I made while pursuing
what has turned out to be a "dead end" on matters that I was working on.)
In the Name of God, Amen. Know
all persons that I, Francis Beasley, of the County of Carroll
and the State of Mississippi being of sound mind + memory and
knowing the uncertainty of life do make the following as my Last
Will + Testament to wit: 1st
Let my crop farming utensils, Negro Girls Mary + Lucinda
and every description of my personal property except that
hereinafter mentioned as Specific Legacies be sold and out of
the proceeds thereof let my debts, funeral expenses + c by first
paid and the Balance disposed of as hereinafter specified. Item. I give +
bequeath to my beloved Daughter Sarah Green the following named
Negroes, to wit: Dick,
Hannah + Sophia and one other good strong field hand to be
hereinafter purchased for her by my executor and also the tract
of Land known as My Reserve which land + negroes my will is to
belong exclusively to my said Daughter + to the heirs of her
body forever and not to be changed or otherwise disposed of by
her or by any person for her; And I hereby appoint David O.
Shattuck a Trustee to the above Specified property and if my
said Daughter or any other person for her should dispose of any
part of the above property then my will is that the title
thereto vest in my said Trustee to recover the same and hold it
in trust for my said Daughter giving to her + to her heirs the
exclusive use and benefit thereof forever.
I give and bequeath to my beloved Daughter Catharine
Taylor the two following named Negroes, to wit, Maria and Lewis.
Item. I give
and bequeath to my beloved Grand Daughter Francis Taylor the
tract of land on which I now live, A negro Girl named Caroline,
two Cows + Calves, a Yoke of Steers and a Horse saddle + bridle.
I give and bequeath unto my beloved Niece Eliza Williams
a negro woman named Jenny and my will is that each of the above
named Legacies should be governed by the same conditions in
every respect and managed by the same Trustee as the above named
Legacy to my Daughter Sarah Green.
Item. I give
and bequeath to my beloved Grandson Robert Green one tract of
land known and designated as the ____ half of the ____ quarter
of Section no. two of Township No. 19 North of Range No. 4 East. Item. I give and
bequeath to that part of the Baptist Church of Christ of which I
am a member the sum of five hundred dollars for the purpose of
erecting a Church or House of Worship at such place as the said
Church may designate with my sincere prayer to my bated (?)
breath that it may be a place which the Lord God shall delight
to dwell in. Item.
To the Treasurer of the Burmah Mission I give + bequeath
the sum of one hundred dollars to be expended as the Board may
think proper for the advancement of said Mission with my earnest
prayer that this mite may be acceptable to God + blessed by Him
to the advancement of his Kingdom.
will is that my household + kitchen furnishings of every
description be divided and one half be given to My Daughter
above named Sarah Green and the other half be divided
between my Grand Daughter Francis Taylor and my niece
Eliza Williams above named.
very faithful + meritorious service of my negro boy Jim I cannot
consent to pass unrewarded.
My will therefore is for said meritorious services The
said Jim shall be forever set free + I hereby charge My Executor
to set forth the said meritorious services of the said Jim with
this part of my will in a petition to the Legislature of this
State and procure an Act for the emancipation of the said Jim
with the least possible delay + further that my said Executor
take charge of the said Boy Jim + give him the ___________
benefit of his own labor until he can procure the passing of the
said Act. And
finally all the Balance of my property of every description I
give + bequeath to my said Daughter Sarah Green, my Grand
Daughter Francis Taylor + niece Eliza Williams as follows
Sarah Green one-half + the others each one-fourth.
I hereby appoint David O. Shattuck Executor of this my
last Will + Testament
hereby revoking all other wills by me
heretofore made. In witness of all of
which I have hereunto set my hand and seal this 5th
day of August A. D. 1836.
Signed, sealed published and declared
In the presence of
Jacob Miller mark