Location: Abbeville County, South Carolina
Text of Will
In the name of God Amen. Willis Breazeale Serv. Of the State of south Carolina in the county of Abbeville being in perfect health of body and of perfect mind and memory thanks be given unto God, calling unto mind the morality of my body and the knowing that it is appointed for all men to die do make and ordain this my last will and testament that is to say principally and first of all I give and commemorate my soul into the hands of Almighty God that gave I and my body I recommend to the earth to be buried in decent Christian burial at the decision of my executors nothing doubting but at the funeral testament/final resurrection I shall receive the same by the mighty power of God. And as touching such worldly estate in the following manner and form. First I give and bequeath to my wife Sarah the sum of twenty five pounds sterling money during her widowhood and prudent behavior and as my negro girl to wait upon her during her (prudent, president) behavior the negroes name is Cizzoe (?) Also to my beloved son Elisha Breazeale I give and bequeath my negro woman named Late (?) and also her daughter named Cizzoe by him and the heirs of his body freely to be for helped and enjoyed forever but if she said Elisha Breazeale should decease leaving no such heir as above mentioned that then she said negroes shall revert to any belong property to Benjamin Franklin Breazeale my son. But if said Benjamin Franklin Breazeale should decease before named negro shall revert and belong to Kinsman of bail of land were on I now dwell containing two hundred acres for him and his heirs freely to prophered (?) that is to say the heirs of his body faithfully begotten but if he decease without an heir lawfully begotten that then said land shall enter unto his younger brother Kinsman Breazeale and Archibald Breazeale with all singular the houses, fencing water and water courses (?).
Also to my three sons Drury, Willis, and Elijah Breazeale I give to each one of them the sum of one shilling sterling if the same shall be lawfully demanded as also to my three daughters, Mary, Sarah, and Patty Breazeale I give to each of them the sum of one shilling if the same shall be lawfully demanded to their due and remainder of my estate if any there should be after my lawful debts paid I give and bequeath to my sons George Washington, Benjamin Franklin, Kinsman, and Archibald Breazeale that is to say the remainder of my funds, livestock, household furniture, plantation tools, books and book debts bonds bills notes of hand money. To be equally divided among them. Also to my old negro woman named Seivcors (?) I give and bequeath her freedom to be no longer a servant after my decease also my Will is that my executors do not let said old Negro suffer either for food or nourishment (??) whilst my estate is sufficient to support her, also the money bequeathed to Sarah my wife if she should behave imprudent or keep a disorderly house after my decease is to be taken from her and equally divided between my four youngest sons by her begotten and I do hereby constitute make and ordain my beloved Mother Dous/Doury (?) Breazeale and my son Elisha Breazeale and Sarah Breazeale my wife the whole and sole executors and executrix of this my last will and testament and I do hereby allerly disallow revoke and dismiss all and every former testaments will legaines bequests and executors or executrix by one in any wise before named willed and bequeathed. With where I have hereunto set my hand and seal this sixth day of November in the year of our lord one thousand seven hundred and ninety four. Signed sealed published pronounced and declared by the said Willis Breazeale as his last will and testament in the presents of each other have hereunto subserviced our names.
Alexander Clark Thomas McKeely Robert Clark State of South Carolina Abbeville County In open court this twenty fifth day of March one thousand seven hundred and ninety five personally came Alexander Clark and Thomas McKeely two of the witness to the foregoing will and made oath that they saw Willis Breazeale serv deceased sign, seal, publish, pronounce and declare the same to be his last will and testament and that he was then of sound and perfect mind, memory, and understanding to the best of their the deponents knowledge and belief, and that Robert Clark together with them the deponents did subscribe their names thereto us witness in the presence of certified by the order of about the day and date above written. Sarah Breazeale the Executrix and Drury Breazeale serv one of the Executor named in the foregoing will took the oath of execution thereof in open court of Abbeville County the twenty fifth day of March Anno Domini 1795.
People named in Will
- Sarah Breazeale: Wife and executor
- Drury Breazeale: Son and executor
- Cizzoe: Negro given in will
- Elisha Breazeale: Son
- Late: Negro given in will
- Cizzoe: Negro given in will, daughter of Late and Elisha Breazeale
- Benjamin Franklin Breazeale: Son
- Kinsman Breazeale: Son (unclear)
- Archibald Breazeale: Son
- Drury Breazeale: Son
- Willis Breazeale: Son
- Elijah Breazeale: Son (seems to be separate person from Elisha)
- Mary Breazeale: Daughter
- Sarah Breazeale: Daughter
- Patty Breazeale: Daughter
- George Washington Breazeale
- Seivcors (sp?): Negro given in will
- Doury (sp?) Breazeale: mother