Submitted by: R. W. Hughes
Source:  Kershaw District Will Book C, page #159.  This will was recorded 20 May 1814, Ord. Wm Langley, Apt. 65 Pkg. 2326:

                        WILL OF RICHARD STRATFORD

In the Name of Good Amen  I Richard Stratford senr of the District of Kershaw In the State of South Carolina, Being of Sound mind & memory; calling to mind the Mortality of my Body, & knowing that it is appointed for all men to once to die, I do make constitute & ordain this my last Will & Testament, in the maner & form as followeth, Imprimis - I Bequeath to my Daughter, Ruth Nelson, one Negro man, by the name of Frank, one woman called old cate, one girl by the Name of  Charlotte; Secondly, I bequeath to my Daughter Sarah Thomas, one Negro girl by the name of Susannah, & one girl by the name of cate; Thirdly I give & bequeath to my Son George Stratford, one Negro bouy by the Name of Abe, Fourthly, I bequeath to my Daughter Mary Barnes, one negro bouy by the name of Harry, one girl by the name of Mariah.  Fifthly I give & bequeath to my Son Stratford, one Negro bouy by the name of James, & one bay Horse by the name of pompy - Sixthly I give & bequeath to my Son Richard Stratford one hundred Acres of land on the waters of granes-quarter Creek, at the upper end of a Tract of five hundred Acres purchased from John Chesnut Esq. Joining the Dry Branch on Durens land, and one Negro Man by the name of Ned, To his heirs & assigns & Seventhly, I give & bequeath to my Daughter Elizabeth Stratford one Negro bouy by the name of Toby; one girl by the name of Sudy, one Sorrel Mare, one fourth part of my Stock of cattle, & half of my household furniture, Eighthly I bequeath to my wife Barbary Stratford, one hundred Acres of land of the above mentioned Tract whereon my improvements is, one negro man by the name of Daniel, one negro woman by the name of Penny & her increase one fourthe part of Stock of cattle, one Dark bay horse by the name of Flake, and the half of my household furniture, my waggon, gears, hogs & plantation tools of every kind,

During her natural life - and nothing to be mov'd, from Said primises while She lives - Ninthly, I give & bequeath to my two Sons, coleman & Ephraim Stratford, The balance of my above mentioned Tract of land, containing three hundred Acres more or les also the hundred Acres left to my wife, & the negroes Daniel & penny & their increase, the Stock & household furniture & every article of the balance of my property at her Decease - To them & their heirs and asigns & Tenthly & lastly I constitute and appoint James Chesnut Esqr & my Son John Stratford the Executors to this My last will & testament; disanuling & revoking all other testaments will codicils of wills by me Made ratifying this to be my last will & testament - in Witnes Whereof I have hereunto set my hand & Seal - This the 17th of October In the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred & thirteen - And in the thirty eighth of the Independence of the united States of America -

John Riddle             RICHARD STRATFORD
Thos. Gardner senr
Thos. White


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