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James Titus Will 1842

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Date: 11 Nov 1842 [unknown]
Location: Red River County, Texasmap
Surname/tag: Titus
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NOVEMBER 11, 1842

Know all men by these present that I James Titus of Red River and Republic of Texas being now of sound mind and knowing man must die and being solicitous for the welfare of my family and wanting them to know what disposition that I wish to make of my property after my dissolution do hereby constitute and make this my last will and testament.

First I give and bequeath to my wife Titus the plantation when on I now live. Beginning at the southeast corner of the tract thence north so far that a due west line will pass immediately along the north side of the farm to a stake one mile from where we start. West from that stake run due south to the line between my son Andrew Jackson and myself. Thence due east to the beginning. I also give to her my wife Rebeekah the following named Negroes: Aron, Alford, George, Ben, Sarah, Emmily, Patsy, and Julia. I also give her five choice mules, my carriage and carriage horses, ten cows, the wagon and team, the household furniture, and the farming utensils. All the above named property both real and personal I give to her my wife Rebeekah during her life. I also wish her sister Isabella to live with her on the same terms she has always done. At the death of my wife Rebeckah I give and bequeath to my son Andrew Jackson the plantation herein described for her to him and to his heirs forever. I also give to him my son Andrew Jackson at my wife's death my Negro woman Sarah above named. The balance of the above described property at the death of my wife I allow to be equally divided amongst my six children: Frazior Titus, Isabella Kimbrough, Andrew Jackson Titus, Robert Edmondson Titus, Thomas Feam Titus, and Mariah Louisa Graham. Secondly I give to my son Frazior Titus a Negro boy between the age of twelve and fifteen to be bought for him and of the money comeing to me from the State of Tennessee. I give to my son Andrew Jackson Titus my Negro man Ned.I give to my son Robert Edmondson Titus my Negro boy Jim. I give to my son Thomas Fearn Titus my Negro boy Green. I give to my daughter Isabella Kimbrough my Negro girl Silviel to them and to their heirs forever. I give to my daughter Mariah Louisa Graham my Negro woman Rachel and her child, my Negro woman Adeline and her children, and my Negro girl Chaney those Negroes I give to my daughter Mariah Louisa Graham during natural life but should she die without a child from her own body said Negroes is to fall back into my estate and to be equally divided amongst the balance of my children. I also give to my son Thomas Fearn Titus three hundred and twenty acres of land on the north side of the tract herein described for the use of his mother. I also give him my son Thomas Fearn Titus one thousand dollars out of the money coming to me in the State of Tennessee when collected. I wish my widowed daughters to remain with their mother until they marry or otherwise dispose of themselves. All the rest of my property both real and personal after paying my just debts I allow to be equally divided amongst my six children and I do hereby appoint my sons Andrew Jackson and Thomas Fearn Titus my executor to settle all my business and carry this my last will into effect and further it is my will that they shall not be bound to give security having full confidence in their honesty and integrity and I recommend to their care particularly their aged mother and Aunt Isabella. In testimony where of I hereunto set my hand and seal this 21th day of November 1842.

James Titus {seal}
In presence of Augustus M. King and James Gilliam
Filed for record February 1844. J. C. Hart, clerk

The Republic of Texas, County of Red River
Probate Court February Term 1844.
This day came James Gilliam into open court and after being duly sworn saith that the above and foregoing is the last will and testament of James Titus, that said James Titus apyned the same and he believes wrote it and that he the said James Gilliam at the request of the said James Titus did apyen the same as a witness in witness whereof I have hereunto set my official signature in open court at the court house in the town of Clarksville this the 26th day of February 1844.

W. B. Slant? Chief Justice and _____ Judge of Probate
Registered April 10th, 1844 J. C. Hart., clerk

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