In the name of God Amen. I FRANCIS JONES of Wilkinson County and
Mississippi Territory being weak in body but of perfect sound mind and memory.
Recollecting the certainty of
Death and the uncertainty of the time there of do make and ordain this my last
Will and Testament.
Imprimis: I recommend my soul to a merciful and Just God who gave it, in hopes
tho the merits of a blessed Saviour to meet Salvation--my body to be decently
Item: I request that all just debts due me may be collected as soon as
Possible after my dissolution, and all just claims against me to be paid,
saving a prefferance to the charges of my Physician and funeral expenses.
Item: There by appoint my beloved and trusty brother WILLIAM JONES and my
esteemed and worthy friend WILLIAM T. W. CORMICH both of Natchez in the
Mississippi Territory to be my Executors of this my last will and Testament;
to do act and transact in all my affairs recommending to do Justice to all my
and if there should be a surplus of Estate after the settlement of all debts,
I request that the same may be equally divided between my said beloved Brother
WILLIAM JONES and the heirs of my Brother RICHARD JONES, that is to say one
equal half to the use of the said WILLIAM JONES and the other half to the
heirs of the said RICHARD JONES- and should the said WILLIAM JONES die without
an Heir the half of the Estate
bequeathed him will be for the use and benefit of the heirs of said RICHARD
In witness where of I have hereunto set my hand and affixed my seal this the
sixth day of September in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and
three and in twenty eight year of the independence of the United States of
America. FRANCES JONES
Signed in the presence of us who at the request of the testator have hereunto
subscribed our names.
ANDR'W M. CLARY, DANIEL D. ELLIOTT, Dec. 30th 1809. Personally appeared
before me a Justice of the peace of
Adams county, Mississippi Territory DANIEL D. ELLIOTT who being duly sworn
deposeth and saith, that the saith,
that the name in the above instrument of writing signed DANIEL D. ELLIOTT is
his own proper hand writing and that he was present at the signature.
Sworn to and subscribed before me the day and year above mentioned. W.
Mississippi Territory Wilkinson County, To NATHANIEL EVANS Esquire
Whereas FRANCIS JONES late of said county died, but before his death made his
last will and Testament, and the Executors thereon named neglecting to
con---[writing ran into bound edge of page] and execute the same, the
said Deceased having whilst he lived and at the time of this death, divers
goods, rights and credits within the
county and Territory afore--- and we desiring that the goods rights and
credits of the said deceased may be will
and truly administered, converted and disposed of, Do hereby grant --- this
said NATHANIEL EVANS [in whose fidelity in this behalf we very much confide]
full power, by the tenor of these presents, to Administer the goods, rights
and credits of the said deceased, which to him in his life time and at the
time of his death did belong, and to ask, Levy, recover and reserve the same
and to pay the debts in which the deceased stood bound, so for forth as his
goods, rights and credits, lands Tenniments and Herd*******?, will extend---?
their rates and the order of Law; being first sworn to make a true and perfect
inventory of said goods chattles and credits, and to exhibit thee same
unto this registers office of the
orphans court of the county aforesaid at or before the expiration of three
calendar months from the date here of and
record a true and just account calculation and reconing of the said
Administration when there unto Legally required; and we do hereby ordain,
depute and constitute you the said NATHANIEL EVANS, Administrator of all
and Singular the goods, rights and credits of the said deceased, with the Will
Witness; JOHN COULTER Esquire, Chief Justice of the said Orphans Court the
second day of February in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and
ten. JO. JOHNSON Register.
NATHANIEL EVANS & ROBERT SEMPLE, bond of in Wilkinson county of
three thousand dollars. NATHANIEL EVANS, administrator for the estate of
FRANCIS JONES, deceased. 2 April 1810.