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26 November 2012

Needham Smith's Will, Part I (Amanuensis Monday)

Needham Smith's Will.
In the name of God Amen, I Needham Smith of the County of Houston and State of Georgia being of sound and disposing mind and memory, and being desirous to settle my worldly affairs while I have strength to do so, make and publish this my last will and testament hereby revoking all wills by me at any time heretofore made, And first I commit my soul to the God who gave it and my body I desire to be buried in a Christian like manner, And my worldly estate I dispose of as follows.
Needham
Smith
(1796-1854)
First I desire and direct that all my just debts be paid without delay by my Executor hereinafter named.
Second I desire and will that my Daughter Deborah Ann Roquemore Wife of James A. Roquemore receive Five hundred Dollars in addition to what I have already given her (and will make her equal with what I gave her sister Harriet Walker) to be free from the disposition of her present or any future husband, but to be to her and children by her present or any future husband forever, and I appoint my friend [___blank space___] trustee for the money herein bequeathed to my daughter Deborah Ann and her children together with what she may receive at the final division of my estate.
Third I desire and direct that my daughter Mary Ann Burney wife of Milton L. Burney receive Five hundred Dollars in addition to what I have already given her and make her equal with what I have given her elder Sisters.

Needham Smith and family are buried at their family cemetery in what is now Bonaire, Houston County, Georgia. Of the names found in this first part of Needham's will, that includes his daughters Harriet Walker (1821-1854) and Mary Ann Burney (1831-1857).

Source for will -
"George Probate Records, 1742-1975." Images. FamilySearch. https://familysearch.org : accessed 23 November 2012.

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