This is a transcription of the will of John Gaspar Philip Byerly of Newberry County, SC. 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 E; page 59
In the name of God Amen. I Casper Byerly Senr of the State of South Carolina and Newberry District being very sick and weak of body but of perfect mind and memory thanks be given to God calling to mind the mortality of my body and knowing that it is appointed for all men once to die make and ordain this my last Will and Testament that is to say - Principally and first of all - I do hereby recommend my Soul into the hands of the almighty God that gave it and my body I recommend to the earth, to be buried in decent Christian manner at the discretion of my executors, nothing doubting but at the general Resurrection I shall receive the same again by the mighty power of God and so touching such worldly estate as it has pleased God to bless me in this life I give, demise, and dispose of the same in the following manner and form.
First, I give and bequeath to my well beloved daughter Elisabeth Byerly one negro wench named Sall - two cows and calves to be hers and her heirs.
Secondly, I give to my beloved son John Byerly a negro boy named Peter, one sorrel horse called Prussia to be his and his heirs.
Thirdly, I give to my son Frederick Byerly, one negro child of the increase of the above named Sall, if any there should be. Also one horse, a note of hand from John Hipp. Also one hundred acres of land to be divided between him and his brother John Byerley each 50 acres.
Fourthly, I give to my beloved daughter Margretta one negro girl named Milly, one cow and calf.
Fifthly, I give and bequeath to my beloved wife Mary Byerly one negro woman named Doll and if said woman should have any more increase she to give one child to my daughter Magdelena.
Sixthly, I give to my beloved daughter Magdelena one cow and calf and one negro child if so be the above named Doll increases hereafter.
Seventhly, I give to my son Martin five shilling sterling so also a negro girl named Pegg on provision he gives to my son namely Sibert and Gasper Byerly one child to each of the increase of said negro girl named Pegg.
Also I give to my son Gasper Byerly five shillings sterling to also I give to my son Sibert Byerly five shillings sterling to his portion out of my estate. Also I give to my beloved son John Byerly one negro boy named Cato, as also he himself John Byerly and Frederick Byerly to have equal share in the wagon. Gaspur Byerly to live in my present dwelling house as long as he sees cause.
Lastly I constitute, make and ordain John Moretz Hartman and John Hipp the sole executors of this my last will and testament and I do hereby utterly disallow, revoke, and disanull all and every other former testament, wills, legacies, bequests, and executors by me in any wise here to fore named, willed, bequeathed, testifying & confirming this and no other to be my last will and testament. In witness where of I have here unto set my hand and seal this twelth day of January in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and four. Signed sealed published pronounced and declared by the said Casper Byerly as his last will and testament in the presence of us who in his presence and in the presence of each other have hereunto subscribed our name.
Signed by Peter Dickert, Henry Furr, Ulrich Kuhn, Casper Byerly, recorded in will book E page 59, proved March 12, 1804.