This is a transcription of the will of Samuel Robison Sr of Washington County, GA. A few changes in spelling and capitalization have been made, and punctuation has been added to facilitate reading, but the grammar and syntax of the document are original.
Will Book A page 457|
Recorded November 30, 1833
Jefferson County, Florida
In the name of God, Amen.
I Samuel Robison of the county of Washington and state of Georgia being in low health but of sound mind and memory and knowing that it is appointed unto all men once to die do make and constitute this my last will and testament.
First I recommend my body to the dust and my soul to God who gave it. Secondly I wish all my just debts to be paid together with my funeral. I then give unto my beloved wife Nancy, during her natural life or widowhood, my negro girl Lear and her child Mary together with a comfortable support on my premises for her and my nine children that now live with me, viz; William, Neal, and Windfield Robison, being my three youngest sons by my first wife, and Thomas, Walter, Robert C., Martha Ann, Amanda, and Joseph Robison, being my children by my present wife, and after her death or marriage, I wish my certain negro girl Lear and her child Mary and their increase to be equally divided between my said youngest children, and whatever way that my executor may think best, I give unto my beloved sons William Robison, Neal Robison, and Windfield Robison one horse, saddle, and bridle apiece and one bed and furniture to be given them by my executor whenever they arrive to the years of twenty-one out of my estate and that they shall be raised and educated free from any charge out of my estate until they arrive of age. I further wish and give unto the children of my daughter Elizabeth Session my certain negro woman Judy that they have now in possession and her increase to be apportioned and divided at the death of their mother. I further give unto my beloved daughter Sarah Hardyman my certain negro girl Maria of which she has now in possession and I do further give unto and place in his possession of my beloved son Samuel Robison all the balance of my estate both real and personal to be disposed of by him in whatever manner he may think most advisable for the payment of my debts and to promote the interest of my family and I do further nominate, constitute, and appoint my said son Samuel Robison my sole and only executor to this my last will and testament and I do moreover declare all other will bequeaths gifts made by me in any way whatsoever to be of no effect and this be my last will and testament.
In witness whence I have heretofore set my hand and affixed my seal this ninth February 1826 interline before assigned.
Signed, sealed, and acknowledged in the presence of