and Testament of Jesse Pugh
Pike County, Alabama
by Gail Luker Allred, BGAllred@aol.com,
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
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
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
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