WILL OF SAMUEL BONNER
Wilcox County Will Book, Vol. 1, p. 104-106

Transcribed by B.J. Smothers, bjsmothers@prairiebluff.com


State of Alabama }
Wilcox County }

I Samuel Bonner of the State and County aforesaid being at this time of sound Mind and memory & believing that death is certain do make and constitute this my last will and testament viz

In the first place it is my wish and desire that my property both land and negroes should be kept together and worked except the negroes to be named Thereafter

Secondly It is my wish that my wife Sarah Bonner should keep possession of my property for her own use and the use of my children until my oldest child comes of age or as long as she remains unmarried.

Thirdly It is my wish that as soon as my oldest child comes of age my property both land and personal shall be equally divided between my wife and children and each is to receive and enjoy the possesion and use of his or her own part.

Fourthly it is my wish that my daughter Jane Pressly Bonners portion of my property should be held subject to her own use and the use of her children and in the event of her dying without children it is my wish that the portion of my property she may receive from my estate is to be equally divided between the rest of my children then living or their natural issue.

Fifthly It is my wish that if either of my sons should dye without children then in that event the portion of my Estate as * of them may receive should be rqually divided between the rest of my children or their natural issue. It is furthermore my wish that if my daughter Jane Pressly Bonner should receive any portion from this fifth provision of my will that it should ne held subject only to her own use and the use of her issue and in the event of her having at her death no children it is to be divided equally between the rest of my children or their issue.

Sixthly It is my wish that my Executors should sell either at private or public sale the following named negroes viz Ada and her child Jerry and any of my other negroes who may be ungovernable on the plantation.

Seventhly it is my wish that my Executors should * out the funds arising from the sale of negroes as well as the funds arising from the plantation either in purchasing other negroes or lend it out on interest as they may think best for the interest of my Estate.

Eighthly and lastly it is my wish that my wife Sarah Bomnner should act as my Executrix and that William Bonner James Bonner and John Bonner should act with her as my Executors.

Samuel Bonner {SEAL}

Signed sealed and )
delivered in the presence of us )
this 29th September 1831 )
Joseph Jones senior )
Robert Jones )
James P. Pressly )


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