Will of Amiel Camp
Final Record Book 1845 - 56, p. 306
Abstracted by Dorothy Taylor,
originally published in DeSoto Descendants Vol. 12, No. 2, p. 111
The State of Mississippi
DeSoto CountyI, Amiel Camp, being of sound and disposing mind and memory do make and constitute this my last will and testament.
1st I give my body to the earth from whence it came and my soul to GOD who gave it, trusting alone in the merits of CHRIST, that all of my just [debts] to be paid.
2nd I give and bequeath to my wife Martha R. Camp, all of my property both real and personal, consisting of the following Negroes (viz:) James, a man; Judy, a woman; George, a man; Susan, a woman; Harry, a man; John, a boy; Caroline, a girl; Margaret, a girl; Tom, a boy, to have and to hold during her widowhood or natural life. Should she marry before my children become of age, or marry, then a division of my property above named shall take place, then she with my children shall draw a equal portion of the property to have and to hold during her natural life, and at her death be equally divided between my children, George Camp, Elizabeth Camp, Charles W. Camp.
3rd It is also my will that my wife Martha R. Camp shall have the Guardianship of the children and control the property and move it to any state she may wish.
4th It is my wish that my friend G. E. Williams to assist my wife in the settlement of her business.
Given under my hand and seal this 8th day of December in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and forty five.
Amiel Camp (Seal)
Wm. K. Love
A. L. (S.) Bailey
THE STATE OF MISSISSIPPI
In the Probate Court of said County at January Term 1846. Thereof: In the matter of a certain instrument of writing purporting to be the last Will and Testament of Amiel Camp, deceased. Be it remembered that at a Term of the Probate Court of the County of DeSoto and State aforesaid began and held at the Courthouse in and for said County on the first Monday in January 1846, personally appeared in open court William K. Love, Levine Wheeler, and A. L. (S.) Bailey subscribing witnesses to a certain instrument of writing purporting to be the last Will and Testament in the presence of these deponents on the day of the date thereof that said Testator was there of sound disposing mind and memory and more than twenty-one years of age and that these deponents, subscribed said instrucment as witnesses thereto in the presence of said Testator and also in the presence of each other on the day and year aforesaid.
Sworn & Subscribed in open Court the 6th day of Janry 1846 before me.
George Foote, Clerk
William K. Love
A. L. (S.) Bailey
Probate Court January Term 1846
This day the within last Will and Testament of Amiel Camp was presented in open Court and being proven by the subscribing witnesses thereto is ordered to be recorded.
Given under my hand and seal this 6th day of Jany 1846
John C. Pryor (Seal) Judge of Probate
DeSoto County Coordinator: Tim Harrison
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