Wilkinson County, Mississippi

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WREN, Frances

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I FRANCIS WREN of  Mississippi Territory and county of Wilkinson being very sick and weak of body and of perfect mind and memory thanks unto God, calling unto mind the mortality of my body and knowing that is appointed for all men once to die.  Do make and ordain this my last Will and Testament that is to say principally and first of all I give and recommend my soul into the hands of Almighty God, that gave it and my body I recommend to the earth to be buried in a decent Christian burial at the discretion of my Executors nothing doubting but at the general resurrection  I shall receive the same again by the mighty powers of God, and as touching such worldly estate where with I hath pleased God to be bless me in this life, I give devise and dispose of the same in the following manner and form-

First, I give and bequeath to REBECKAH my dearly beloved wife two Negroes to wit a Negro man named BURREL, and a woman named RODE, also if she is pregnant I give and bequeath the offspring of her body two Negroes named as follows HUTSON and TOM, and if not pregnant the said Negroes to be sold and equally divided among the Legatees, Also my stock and the remainder of the house hold furniture to be left to her to distribute at her disease equally among the children.

Also I give to my beloved son JOHN REN three Negroes named as follows NED, GINNEY, and CHARLES and one feather bed, 

And likewise to my beloved daughter ELIZABETH REN I give and bequeath three Negroes named as follows OLIVE, RANDAL, and ANNY likewise of feather bed--

I also give and bequeath to my beloved son FRANCIS REN three Negroes named as follows, YORK, GRACE, and BOB.  Likewise one feather bed, 

And likewise I bequeath and give to my beloved son GEORGE GATIN REN three Negroes named as follows HANNAH, BRISTOL and SIPPES, likewise one feather bed.  

I likewise give and bequeath to my dutiful stepdaughter HENY? LEE a Negro girl named SILLAR  and likewise one feather bed--

SAMUEL ROSS and KADESBY GATON whom I likewise constitute to make and ordain the sole executors of this my last will and Testament and I do hereby utterly disallow, revoke and do annul all and every other former Testament, Wills and Legacies , request and Executors by me in any way before named Wills and bequeathed, satisfying and confirming this and *****? to be my last will and Testament, In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and Sale, this 21st day of March in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and four. 
Sighed Sealed, published and declared by the said FRANCIS WREN, as his last will and Testament in the presents of us who in his presence and in the presents of each other have hereunto prescribed our names.

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Mississippi Territory Wilkinson county
By order of the orphans court of the County aforesaid

Sept 25, 1808
FRANCES WREN, inventory
15 cows and calves, 1 cow and yearling, 1 cow and yearling, 2 steers, 1 bull, 7 years old [on a line by it's self, not referring to the bull above], 7 yearlings, 1 cow and calf, 1 dry cow, 1 grey horse, 1 Bay horse, 1 Bay filly, 1 sorrel Colt, 1 bay stud called Rattle the Cash, 1 waggon & three pair gears & Jack Screw, I whip saw, 3 plow clevisess, lot of old iron, 1 pair steelyards, 1 iron wedge, 4 augurs & 1one chisel, 1 drawing knife, 1 old ax, 1 pair hand mill stones, 2 spinning wheels, 1 pair fire dogs, 2 pewter dishes & 3 plates, 2 pewter basons, 1 pewter soup spoons, 2 trunks, 1 rifle gun, 1 desk, 8 chairs, 1 set of tables, 1 tea tray, 1 candle stick, 3 candle molds, 2 looking glasses, 5 books, 1 canister, 5 feather bedsteads & furniture, 1 large iron pot, 2 dutch ovens, 1 skillet, 1 shovel plow, 1 Negro girl, SILLER, GRACE, FINNE, OLLIE, HANNER, JUDAH, RODY, CHANEY, ANN Negro boy, GLASSGO, RANDAL, BRISTOL, SIPEN/SIPES?, CHARLES, BOB, TOM, HUDSON, BURREL, NED, YORK, 1 small pot, 1 riding chair and harness.

appraisers have this day been duly sworn to value the property of FRANCIS
WREN dec'd which we have done. Agreeable to the within inventory amounting in the whole to eight thousand two hundred and twenty four dollars and sixty seven cents under out hand the twenty third day of September 1808.

Wilkinson County, MS Territory, Inventory and Accounts,
Volume one.  1808-1816
Microfilm #0877094

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