The State of Mississippi
In the name of God, Amen, I, John Shields, being weak in body, but of sound
mind and perfect memory knowing the uncertainty of life and certainty of death
do make and ordain this my last will and testament in the words and form as
follows to wit:
Item l. I resign my body to the grave and my soul to the care and protection
of Almighty God who gave it.
Item 2. It is my desire that all my just debts be paid.
Item 3. I do give and bequeath unto my beloved wife, Mary Shields, all the
farm on which I now reside after paying my son, Francis Marion Shields, three
hundred and fifty dollars out of said lands to wit: 32 acres off the north end
of the west half of the NE of Section 9, 127 1/4 acres off the south end of the
east half of the SW 1/4 and the west half of the SE 1/4 of Section 4, and 65
1/4 acres off the south end of the west half of SW l/40f Section 4, and the
east half of the SE 1/4 of Section 5, and the SE 1/4 of SW 1/4 and NW 1/4 of
Section 4, also a strip off the west side of the east half of SW 1/4 of Section
4 extending the full length of said 8th north and south by eight chains west
and east making said strip to contain about 32 acres, also about 5 and 74/100
acres off the northwest end of the east 1/4 of the SW 1/4 of Section 4 in
Township 13 Range 14 East, and the following negro slaves to wit: Charles,
Mariah, and George, also two girls Harriet, and Winney, the said Harriet and
Winney at her death go to my son, Francis Marion Shields, also all of my stock
consisting of horses, mules, cows, hogs, and sheep together with my household
and kitchen furniture, one horse excepted namely, Center, to be equally divided
at her death among all of my children.
Item 4. I do give and bequeath unto my beloved son, Francis Marion Shields,
the following negro slaves to wit: Kitty, Caroline, Mirna, and Roxey also
Harriet and Winney at his mother's death, also three hundred and fifty dollars
to be paid out of my lands as before mentioned, one horse, Center, bridle and
saddle, also one double barrel shotgun which is now on the premises.
Item 5. I do appoint, constitute, and ordain my son, Andrew J. Shields, and
my wife, Mary Shields, my executors with full power to act in this my last will
and testament, June 10th, A.D., 1852.
Elijah Lloyd, M.D.
State of Mississippi Winston County I, Shelby Woodward, Clerk of the
Chancery Court in and for the above named county and state do hereby certify
that the foregoing will is a true and correct copy as appears on record in my
office in Probate Court 1851 - 1853, Page 257-258 Given under my hand and
official seal of office, this the 29 day of April 1963 (Signed) Shelby
Woodward, Chancery Clerk By Emma Lea Clark, D.C.
This document was transcribed from Winston Co Probate Records 1851 -1853
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