JUDITH SELLERS will OCT 14, 1847
Tom Sellars [firstname.lastname@example.org]
Please find below a transcript of the last will and testament of Judith
Sellers. This will was recorded in Hall County Georgia. It was
provided to me by Carl Sellars. The Young Sellers referred to is Young
County Alabama. She list her age as 100 years on the 1850 Hall County
Census and birthplace as North Carolina and is a widow.
State of Georgia
In the name of God, Amen.
I Judith Sellers of said county and State being of advanced age and
knowing that it is ordained that we must all die, I therefore deem it
right and proper both as to respects myself and children that I should
make a disposition of the property and other effects with which a kind
providence has blessed me.
I therefore make and ordain this my last will and testament hereby
revoking and annulling all others heretofore made by me.
Item first - I desire that my body be buried in a decent and Christian
like manner suitable to my circumstances and conditions. My soul I
trust will return to rest with God who gave it as I hope for eternal
Salvation through the blessed Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
Item 2nd - I desire and direct that all my just debts be paid without
Item 3rd - I give and bequeath to my son, Young Sellers, one dollar only
to him & his heirs it being in addition to the five hundred Dollars
given some years ago & for which I hold his receipt.
Item 4th - I give and bequeath to my son in law, William D. Reed (alias)
William D. Cockram the sum of one dollar only to him and his heirs in
addition to the sum of five hundred dollars already given him and for
which I hold his receipt and my will is that William D. and Young
Sellers nor any of their heirs have anything more from my estate.
Item 5th - I give and bequeath to my daughter Catherine Green of South
Carolina and her children the one seventh part of all my estate to them
and their own separate and sole use and benefit and in the event that
said Catherine Green should depart this life before I do then the said
one seventh part of my estate I give and bequeath to her children
Item 6th - I give and bequeath to my grand daughter Mary Floyd the sum
of one hundred dollars in addition to what she has already received.
Item 7th - I give and bequeath to the children of Mary Biford, Happy
Hanes, Cynthia Flynn and David Sellers, viz to each set of children the
one seventh part of my estate deducting from the part going to the
children of Happy Hanes the sum of three hundred dollars above already
paid & for I have a receipt, viz to Judith Hanes one hundred dollars to
Andrew Hanes one hundred dollars to Catherine Hanes one hundred dollars.
Item 8th - I give and bequeath to my son James Sellers or in the event
of his death & having legal heirs the one seventh part of my estate.
Item 9th - I give and bequeath to my son Hiram Sellers or in the even of
his death and having legal heirs the one seventh part of my estate and
in the event that there be no legal heirs of the aforesaid Hiram and
James Sellers and they or either of them be dead and or person clothed
with legal authority comes forward to claim their interest within four
years after my decease my will in that event is that such portion of my
estate not claimed for them or their heirs be equally distributed
amongst my other children and grand children in terms of law providing
for such division.
Item 10 - My desire and will is that my executors hereinafter named
shall proceed to dispose of all my property at public sale and proceed
to collect the money for the same together with all other debts due my
estate with least delay and proceed to distribute thereof in terms of
this my will.
Item 11 - My will is that no interest shall be required by any of the
legatees from my executor until after a legal demand is made for their
distributive share of said estate.
Item 12 - I hereby constitute and appoint Minor W. Brown and James Law
my executors to this my last will and testament this 14th day of October
Judith (her x mark) Sellers
Signed Sealed declared and published by Judith Sellers as her last will
and testament in presence of us this 14th October 1847.
State of Georgia
Whereas I did on the fourteen day of October eighteen hundred forty
seven signed sealed declared and published my last will and testament in
presence of Richard Wilson, Michael Whitmire and B. Whitmire which I
appointed Minor W. Brown and James Law my executors and whereas the said
James Law has since the time of his appointment departed this life I now
therefore appoint and constitute Ralph S. Law my executor in place of
the said James deceased hereby ratifying and confirming all the
provisions of my said will witness my hand and seal the 5th day of May
Judith (her x mark) Sellers
Signed sealed declared and published by Judith Sellers as her last will
and testament in presence of us the 5th day of May 1851.