Last Will and Testament of Jesse Pugh
Pike County, Alabama

Contributed by Gail Luker Allred, BGAllred@aol.com, SEP 2001

In the name of God, Amen

I, Jesse Pugh, of the County of Pike in the state of Alabama, being of

sound mind and disposing memory, and in good health, but having attained an

age, when I feel that it is wise to arrange may affairs in this world, when I

cannot in the order of nature continue to live a great while longer, do make

and ordain this my last will and testament hereby revoking all other wills

which I have at any time made.

First, I give and bequeath to my beloved wife Lydia the following Negroes,

Rueben, George and Huldah, also two hundred acres of land being the east 1/2

of the NW1/4 and the West 1/2 of the NE1/4 and the S. East 1/4 of the NE1/2

of Section 14, T. 10 and R. 20 in the County of Pike aforesaid, also all my

household and kitchen furniture, Plantation tools, two mules and one horse,

five cows and calves, four sows and pigs and ten head of stock cattle besides

five ewes and lambs, twelve hundred pounds of pork, four hundred bushels of

corn, and one thousand weights of fodder to be the property of my wife during

her life

subject to her absolute control, and upon her death to be sold and the

proceeds divided equally among by heirs, named in this will.

Second, I give and bequeath to my son Mastin B. a Negro Girl Charity and a

Negro Boy Nelson.

Third, I give and bequeath to my Daughter Malinda Stinson, now a widow, Lucy

a Negro Woman and her child Silas said Negroes to be the property of my

Daughter Malinda during her life, and after her decease to descend to her

children: and I hereby direct that in case Malinda should marry again, the

same property is to be kept for her sole and separate use during her life and

immediately become the property of her children upon her death.

Fourth, I give and bequeath to my son Burrell, Laner a Negro Woman and her

increase.

Fifth, I give and bequeath to the children of my deceased daughter Elizabeth,

to wit, Jesse, Louis, John, Emeline, Rebecca, Lydia, Albert Dowering, and

Betsy, a sum of money out of my Estate, equal in amount to the value of the

property which my children take under this will; that is they are to have in

money a share of my Estate equal too the share which their mother would have

received as one of my Heirs, had she survived me.

Sixth, I give and bequeath to the children of my deceased daughter Polly Ann

Wiggins, to wit, Lydia, Jane, Rhoda, Margaret, Martha, Jesse Harrison, and

Mastin the same amount of money as I have directed to be paid to the children

of my deceased daughter Elizabeth that is they shall be paid a sum of money

equal in amount to the share which my other children are to receive in

property and which their mother my daughter Polly Ann, would have received

had she survived me.

Seventh, I give and bequeath to my son Ira the Negroes, Betsy, a woman, and

Rose, a girl, and their increases.

Eighth, I give and bequeath to my son Albert a Negro Woman Letty and a Negro

boy Isaac with the further increase of Letty.

Ninth, I give and bequeath to my son Louis a Negro Boy Henry and a Negro girl

Cynthia with her further increase.

Tenth, I give and bequeath to my daughter Adeline wife of Stephen Blackburn a

Negro woman Easter and a Negro boy Fortune to be the property of my daughter

Adaline for her sole and separate use fee from the control of her husband and

not in any way liable for his debts - to be her own property during her life

and after her decease to descend to her children.

Eleventh, I hereby will and direct that at my death my Negroes named Bill and

Dolly shall be sold, and also that my land not here in named and bequeath and

all other property not mentioned in this my will shall be sold; and that the

money so raised shall be employed to make up the sum to be paid to the

children of my deceased daughters as I have above described and if there

should be any overplus after paying over to My Grand Children the money there

described to be paid to them, then said overplus shall be divided out among

all my children so as to make the share they receive of my Estate as merle

equal as possible. My wish being that each of my Heirs should receive as

nearly as may be an equal portion of my property that is my children living

at the time of my death are to take the property which I have hereby

bequeathed to them, and if they should die before I depart this life then

the property which I have bequeathed to them to descend to their children an

amount of money equal to said property to be paid to them as I have directed

in the case of the children of my deceased daughters.

Lastly, I hereby appoint Mastin B. Pugh, Louis Pugh, my sons, Executors of

this my last will and Testament and hereby desire and direct that no security

or their Bond as Executors shall be required as I have full confidence in

their integrity - In testimony whereof I have hereunto set my hand seal this

24 day of March A. D. 1852. This the last Will and Testament of Jesse Pugh

was signed in our presence by said Testator and we have signed this 24 day of

March A. D. 1852.

A. P. Love

John Key

Cornelius Smart

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