Last Will and Testament of Balthasar Reiser
I, Baldasar Rieser, in Ebenezer, of the Parish of St. Matthew, and Providence of Georgia, Planter, being very sick and weak in Body, but in perfect Mind and Memory: Thanks be given unto God; calling unto Mind the Mortality of my Body, and knowinng that it is appointed for all Man once to die, do therefore make and ordain, this my last Will and Testament. And [as] touching such Worldly Estate wherewith it has pleased God to bless me in this World: I give, demise, and dispose of the same in the following Manner and Form.
First it is my Will and desire that all my just Debts shall be paid and satisfied out of my Horses, Cattles, and Hogs.
Secondly, I give and bequeath to my beloved Wife Mary, the fifty Acres Tract of Land, where I now live together with the Houses and Household Furniture [Ecc] [Ecc]: during her Widowhood and no longer.
Thirdly I give, demise, and bequeath to my oldest Son Benjamin, the above said Tract of Land, containing Fifty Acres where I now reside, after my Wife's Widowhood to him and his Heirs for ever.
Fourthly I give, demise, and bequeath to my second son John Godhilf my Fifty Acres Tract joining the above mentioned fifty Acres of Land to him and his Heirs for ever. Only with condition that my oldest Son Benjamin sh[all] have Liberty to use as much Wood, as he shall want sufficient for Buildings.
Fifthly I give, demise, and bequeath to my Third Son Michael, my hundred acres Tract pine barren called the two Pines [?] to him and his Heirs for ever.
Sixthly it is my Will and I desire, that all my movable Effects shall be equally divided amongst my Children after my Wife's Widowhood.
And I do Constitute appoint and ordain my oldest Son Benjamin my Executor of this my Last Will and Testament.
And I do hereby utterly, disallow, Revoke, and disannul, all and every other former Testaments, Wills, Lag[???], bequeaths, and Executors, by me in any ways before mentioned, Willed and bequeathed: Ratifying and confirming this to be my Last Will and Testament. In Witness whereof I have hereunto set my Hand and Seal, this thirdtenth Day of May in the Year of our Lord one thousand, seven hundred and seventy five.
Signed, Sealed [with his hand & seal ????] pronounced and declared by the said Baldasar Rieser as his Last Will and Testament who in his presence and the presence of each other, have hereto subscribed our Names.
Timothy Lemke Johann [Freyermuth] Jacob Buhler[?]
Georgia Before his excellence Sir James Wright Cornet Captain General Governor & Commander in Chief of His[?] Majestys[?] said[?] Rangers of [?] Georgia and [??????] of the same.
Personally appeared John Freyermuth - one of the subscribing witnesses to the [???????] written Will and Testament of Baldasar Rieser, of the Parish of St. Matthew Planter Deceased who being solemnly Sworn on the Holy Evangelism of Almighty GoGoGod made Oath that he was present and did see the said Baldasar Rieser sign seal publish pronounce and declare the same to be and contain his last Will and Testament and that he was of sound and disposing mind and memory to the best knowledge and belief. And that he Subscribes their names as witness to the last Will at the request and in the presence of the said testator and in each others Presence.
At the same time Benjamin Rieser Sole Executor Qualified as such.
Given under my hand the 9th day of January 1776