Abstracted & compiled by: Lisa R. Franklin, RN, great-great-great granddaughter of Magilbry C. Findley, 1994.
NOTE: To view the any of the four pages of the will click on book for that
page that appears in the transribed text.
Covington County, AL probate records:
Will of McGilbie Finly:
The State of Alabama
In the name of God, Amen
I, McGilbie Finly, of the county of Covington and State of Alabama being advanced in life and knowing the certainty of death and being of sound body and mind do this day make and publish this as my last will and testament in revocation of all other wills made or signed by me.
1st. I hereby give and bequeath my soul to God who gave it.
2nd. It is my will and desire that for and in consideration of the love and
affection that I bear towards my beloved wife Sarah Finle I give and
bequeath unto her at my death the following described property as follows: a
certain tract or parcel of land known and distinguished as the Northeast quarter
of the North West quarter of section 30 Township 5 Range 15 containing forty
acres, more or less, lying on the west side of land above described and known
as the land purchased from Elbert Howard. The branch known as the line of said
land on the west, all of the land lying in the County of Covington, Alabama.
And I further bequeath unto my wife
Sarah Finle two cows and yearlings marked with a cross and hole in left ear, a swallowfork in the right ear together all their future increase. And I further give and bequeath unto my wife Sarah two sows and pigs marked in the same mark as the cows towit cross and hole in the left ear, swallowfork in the right ear together with all their future increase. And I further give and bequeath unto my wife Sarah one work steer and cart. The steer known as the steer I got from John A. Franklin. And I further give and bequeath unto my wife Sarah all the household and kitchen furniture that may belong to me at the time of my death, and I give unto my wife Sarah all the (page 165 starts here) peas, potatoes, rice, meat and all other provisions that may be on hand at the time of my decease.
3rd. It is my will and desire for the love and affection that I bear towards my daughter Mary Johnson I give unto her and the heirs of her body the following described property towit: The North East quarter of the South west quarter and South East quarter of the North west quarter section 36 T.5 R.14 in the County of Covington, Ala and I further give and bequeath unto Mary Johnson and the heirs of her body one mare colt now in my possession.
4th. I give and bequeath unto John Finle, William Finle, Martin Finle, Bluford Finle, George Finle, Mahala Craker, Sealy Franklin, Martha Harvill, and the heirs of Riley Finly , Deceased, all being my lawful heirs all the other property that I may be possessed of at the time of my death both real and personal except that above given to my wife Sarah Finle, and my daughter Mary Johnson. Said division being made equal between all of said heirs as above directed. In testimony whereof I have hereunto set my hand and affix my seal in the presence of C.S. Thomasson and James M.K. Little on the 22nd day of July 1870.
McGilbie Finle (his mark)
We the undersigned McGilbie Finle signed his name and at his request witnessed the same.
James M.K. Little
State of Alabama
I, J.M. Robinson Jr, Judge of Probate in and for said County do hereby certify that the written instrument of writing has this day in said Court and before me as the Judge thereof been duly proven to be the genuine last will and testament of McGilbie Finly, Deceased, and that said will together with the proof thereof has been recorded in my office in Book of Probate Minutes on page 164.
In witness thereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal of said Court.
This the 19th day of Feby. 1906.
J.M. Robinson Jr.
Judge of Probate
[Transcribed 19 OCT 1994, by Lisa R. Franklin, RN, descendant of Magilbry "McGilbie" Findley]
Click here to view the public announcement ad that appeared in the Dec. 21, 1905 edition of the newspaper regarding the probate of Magilbry's will.
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