28 November 2012

Needham Smith's Will, Part III (Amanuensis Monday Wednesday)

Needham Smith's Will [continued]
...Im Seventh And should my Wife Ardilla marry before the youngest child arrives at the age of twenty one I desire and will that she receive out of my Estate the same as one of my three daughters, mentioned in the fifth item and when my daughter Martha arrives at the age of twenty one years or marries, my Wife Ardilla if single shall receive the same as she would have receive had she married.
Im Eighth I desire that the residue of my estate then be divided equally between my Wife Ardilla Smith, and the children of my Deceased daughter Harriet Walker, Deborah Ann Roquemoses, Mary Ann Burney, Drupina Smith, Elizabeth Smith, Martha Smith and William Thomas Speight.
Alexander Smith
Im Ninth I constitute and appoint my Son in law Milton L. Burney, Garratte Smith and Alexander Smith executors to this my last Will and testament this 7th day of July 1854.
interlined before assigned          Needham Smith     {L.S.}
     Signed sealed declared and published by Needham Smith as his last will and testament in the presence of us the Subscribing Witnesses who subscribed our names hereto in the presence of said testator and each other, July 7th 1854.
· Robert B. Lester
· Barnett Holliman
· George M. Feagin
· Joseph his X mark Blout
· John T. Cushing

Needham Smith and family are buried at their family cemetery in what is now Bonaire, Houston County, Georgia. Of the names found in this third part of Needham's will, that includes his brothers-in-law Garrett (1821-1884) and Alexander (pictured above).

Nancy Smith
According to information found on FindAGrave, Needham's wife Ardella was the daughter of William Smith, Jr. and his wife Nancy. This couple originally settled the homeplace and set aside the land for the cemetery. William (1773-1851) and Nancy (pictured) are also buried there.

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

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