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                      Will of JOHN FORD
                      Greenville Co, SC
                      
  The following last will & testament of John Ford decd was presented
in open court February term 1796 & proven by the oaths of John Mollow
& Elisabeth Salmon & ordered to be recorded. This was done this 29th
day of April AD 1796.
  
   In the name of God Amen I John Ford of Greenville County and state 
of South Carolina being sick and weak of body but of perfect sound 
mind and memory and calling to mind the mortality of mankind and that 
it is appointed for all men once to die, have thought proper to
dispose of all the property that it has been please God to bestor me 
in this world, do make this my last will & testament in the manner &
form following that is to say,

First I resign my sole to almighty God who gave it, and my body to be
      decently buried by my executors who are who are here after to be
      appointed.
      
Item  I give and bequeeath to my beloved wife Ann Ford the tract of 
      land and platation whereon I now live, also one negro man named
      Tony, also one negro women named Beth, and my plantation tools
      on my home plantation, also one bay horse called Cragger & one
      sorrel horse called Chunky sorrel also one young bay mare called
      young pups, also one bay horse called Hackney also five cows and
      calves her choise of my stock and cattle, together with all my
      stock of hogs and sheep and all my household kitchen furniture
      except such part thereof that may be hereafter otherwise
      disposed of during her life, and after death the tracts of land
      and plantation tools to descend to my beloved son Isaac Ford,
      the negro woman Bett with her increase together all the stock of
      horses cattle hogs & sheep with their increase that may remain
      after my said wife's death, likewise all the household and
      kitchen furniture to be sold at public sale giving twelve months
      credit, and the money arising from such sale to be equally
      divided between my son Isaac Ford, my son William Ford, my
      daughter Leah Ford, and my daughter Linna Ford, and the negro
      man Tony after the death of my said wife to be free to act for
      himself in all cases as much so, as if he had been born free
      provided my said wife should live eleven years from this date,
      but if she should die before the eleven years are expired he is
      to serve eleven years and then to be free as above mentioned,
      provided the said negro man conducts himself as an honest
      careful industrous slave ought to do during the above term, but
      if it appears during the above term or at time within said term
      that he be found stealing of disposing of property not his own,
      or conducts himself disorderly then and in that case he is to be
      sold for a slave for life time and the money arising from such
      sale to be equally divided between my son Isaac Ford my son
      William Ford, my daughter Leah Ford an daughter Linna Ford.
      
Item  I give and bequeath unto my beloved daughter Polley Ford one
      negro woman named Hannah, also one young bay horse called
      called Polleys horse, also one feather bed and furniture now 
      claimed by her, also one tract of land joining Thomas Rowlands
      land alapsed from William Flippo.
      
Item  I give and bequeath unto my beloved daughter Tressia Ford one
      negro woman named Suke, also one young black mare called the
      Robinson Black, also one feather bed and furniture now claimed
      by her, also one tract of land lying in Spartan County on the
      waters of Fair Forrestcontaining seventy acres purchased by me
      at sheriffs late the property of James White adjoining Jame
      Lusks land.
      
Item  I give and bequeath unto my beloved daughter Leah Ford one negro
      girl named Dine.
      
Item  I give and bequeath unto my beloved daughter Linna Ford one 
      negro girl named Fillis.  
      
Item  I give and bequeath unto my beloved son Arasmus and beloved son
      Levi Ford on tract of land on both sides of Terry's Creek waters
      of Green River containing one hundred and fifty acres granted to
      Joseph Terry, also one other tract of land containing nine 
      hundred and seventy nine acres lying both sides of Terrys Creek, 
      also my wearing apparrel to be equally divided between them.

Item  I give and bequeath unto my beloved son William Ford one tract 
      of land lying in Union County on the north side of Enoree river 
      and on both sides of Lishas creek a branch of Enoree containing
      one hundred and fifty acres, also one other tract of land 
      containing one hundred and twenty acres lying in Union County
      nearly joining the other, the tract of one hundred & fifty acres
      surveyed for & granted to myself, also one other tract of one
      hundred & eighty nine acres of land lying in Greenville County
      on both sides of Hensons Creek waters of Terrys creek.
      
Item  I give and bequeath unto my beloved wife Ann Ford my still 
      together with all the utensels & vessels thereunto belonging
      during her widowhood but in case she should marry the still to 
      be sold together with the vessels, and the money arising such
      such sale to be equally divided between my four sons, I will 
      give that one tract of land lying on the waggon leading from
      Merrits mill to Butlars on Green river that I alapsed from James
      Leak together with a tract of land joining the last mentioned
      which I alapsed from Southerland together with all my stock not
      otherwise disposed of and one rifle gun & one rifle barrel 
      moulds & wipers be sold at public or private sale by my  
      executors for cash or property at their discression and the 
      money or property arising from such sale together with the money
      arising from the sale of my present crop of brandy together with
      the money that may be collected for the debts due me to be 
      applied to the use of paying my debts andschooling my children 
      and the remainder if any to be equally divided between all my 
      children.
      
Item  I give and bequeath unto Stacy Sibley for a compensation for 
      ten years past services one young sorrel mare called the Adams 
      young mare, also the uninterrupted use of the house and garden
      where she now lives, together with provisions for herself and
      child & corn & forage for five head of cattle and one horse 
      beast for fivew years to be taken out of the crops or rents my
      cove plantation also the priviledge of fire wood and five acres
      of land in any part of the corn plantation that she may make 
      choice of and during the time of my hands contining on the cove
      plantation they are to provide with her as much fire wood as her
      need may require I will that the two negro women willed to my 
      two eldest daughters the sorrel horse and bay horse called 
      Hackney willed to my wife be exempted from the claim of the 
      persons they are willed to, for the term of two years from this 
      date for the purpose of carrying on and cultivating my corn 
      plantation and when the two years are expired the corn 
      plantation to rented out and the rents on the proceeds of the
      rents after taking out the allowance for Stacy Sibley as above
      mentioned to be kept for the use of the owners of the lands
      until they arrive to the years of descreation, I do hereby 
      ordain and appoint my beloved wife Ann Ford my executrix and
      George Salmon executor of this my last will & testament revoking
      and making void all and every other will or wills by me 
      heretofore made. Given under my hand & seal the fifteenth day of
      October one thousand seven hundred and ninety five.
      
      Sign'd sealed and ackowledged             John Ford   (L.S.)
      in the presence of ------------
      
      John Motlow
      Elizabeth Salmon
      Armond Gipson
      
      Recorded in Will Book A
      Page 74 - apt 3 file # 158
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