Last Will and Testament of William Lesly
In the name of God. Amen. I William Lesly of the district of Abbeville and
State of South Carolina being in good health and of perfect mind and memory do
make and ordain this my last will and testament in manner and form following.
In the first place it is my will that all my just debts be paid. I bequeath
to my grand daughter Francis Caroline Lesly (When of age) five dollars to
purchase a book and remember her grandfather. I bequeath to my son John H. Lesly
a Shorter Catechism to be bought by my Executors and should he study it well
particularly the 80 and 85 questions it may do him more good at the day of
Judgement than all my estate. It is also my Will and desire that my Executors
pay the Reverend Robert Wilson one hundred dollars for my son John aforesaid:
also that they purchase Scotts Family Bible and lend them to my daughter in-law
Polly Lesley during her life and after her death I bequeath them to her oldest
And further I desire all notes or accounts I may have against my son
aforesaid be destroyed. I bequeath to my son Robert Hall Lesly Leatts family
Bible and his choice of my surveying compasses forever. I bequeath to my
daughter Ann Lesley one bed furniture and bedstead, all her clothing, one half
of the kitchen furniture, one cow and calf, six hundred acres of land which I
bought from William Man and One horse or Mare at the discretion of my Executors,
Scotts family Bible to be bought for her and one hundred dollars in money for
ever. I also bequeath to her (during the time she remains unmarried) the east
half of my dwelling house and that part of my plantation lying west of the road
from Abbeville to Pendleton and also the labour of Negro Pomp, which she is to
pay taxes for and to clothe.
I bequeath to my son William Lesly the whole of the plantation I now live on
including thirty acres joining McAlister's old tract of land his clothes, and
one bed and furniture, one cow and calf, one horse or mare at the discretion of
my executors a saddle and bridle, one ploy and gears, an axe a hoe and mattock;
and at the death or marriage of my daughter Ann he is to have the half of the
house and that part of my plantation west of Abbeville road forever.
I bequeath to Upper Long Cane Society fifty dollars (to be paid three years
after my decease) sincerely desiring its success. I bequeath to my Executors
hereafter to be named (and to be survivor of them) all the remainder of my
estate real and personal in trust for the benefit of my three youngest sons,
Thomas, David and Samuel forever. And I give them power to sell any part of my
estate real or personal (not above bequeathed) as they may think best and when
they think most proper and to make such a division and distribution of money or
property to each of my three sons aforesaid, as they in there wisdom shall think
best taking into consideration what each of my three sons aforesaid has already
received in schooling and otherwise. Lastly I hereby make and ordain Robert H.
Lesly, Rev. William H. Bar, Samuel L. Watt, Robert Wilson, and Patrick Noble
Esqr. , Alexander Bower Esq. And Cole, William H. Calwell executors of this my
last will and testament.
In witness I have hereunto set my hand and seal this twenty sixth day of
September in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and seventeen.
Signed sealed published and delivered by the above named William Lesly as and
for his last will and testament in the presence of us who at his request and in
his presence have subscribed our name or witnesses thereto the day and year
The above will was proven by the oath of R. Cunningham on of the witnesses on
the 24th January 1822. Before Moses Taggart Senior. O. A. D.
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