THE LAST WILL AND TESTAMENT OF JOHN SHIELDS DECEASED


The State of Mississippi
Winston County

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.

John Shields

Test
Elijah Lloyd, M.D.
A. Reed

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.

Research Notes

This document was transcribed from Winston Co Probate Records 1851 -1853 Page 257 by Susan Bulla.

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