Location: Clairborne, Mississippi
Partial Text of Will
I Willis Breazeale of the county of Clairborne and the State of Mississippi being of sound and disposing mind, memory, and … Considering the uncertainty of Life and the certainty of death and disease to settle my worldly affairs do make and ordain this my last will and testament in manner and form as follows. First I surrender my soul unto the hands of my creator who gave it me. Trusting in his mercy and my body to the earth to be buried by my executors, hereinafter named in a Christian like manner and to the worldly estate it has please God to bless me with I will and dispose of it as follows. Second it is my will and desire that my executors sell the crop that may be on the Plantation or farm my death and all the perishable goods and articles and effects that may not be necessary for keeping up the farm, out of the proceeds of such sales, I wish my executor to pay all my just debts. The over plus if any there should be I wish to be appropriated as a part there of low and the maintenance as easing and noticing (?) Dan Allen a little boy now with me which said boy Dan Allen was by me liberated and set free on the twenty seventh day of February 1824. as by deed now in my pofsepion (sp?) will appear which said dead is Redusasded (sp?) in the court of common law. Please no and for the county of Hamilton in the state of Ohio and also accorded in the county court of lela (?) form, State of Mississippi.
Third, it is my will and desire that my executor act as guardian for the said Dan Allen until he arrives to the age of twenty one years, and I also wish my executors to see that by so decently raised and improved with habits of industry. To be learned some suitable trade such as Black Smith, Wagon maker, or saddles, or else instructed in the benefits of farming. I further, especially jesie (sp?) that the said Law here having a good English education.
Fourth I will and desire what the land where on I now live with all the Negros not otherwise herein dispose of shall not be sold if possible to avoid the same as I interred the ? Land and slaves for the said Dan Allen. Provish (sp?) my executors to keep up the farm with the slaves thereon till the said Dan Allen shall come to the age of twenty-one years by employing overseers, but if my executors shall find that the farm cannot be kept up so as to pay expenses in that case I with Hum them to sell the perishable property except slaves and all effects and here act the slaves yearly and sent the Land until the said Dan Allen shall arrive in the age of twenty one years at which time I wish my executors to deliver to the said Dan Allen all the property both real and personal in suiting all money made from said Estate by the here of negroes on wants of Land or from any part of my estate whatsoever, either by sale or otherwise that by this will and testament is advised to him.
Fifth I give and bequeath my beloved Sisters Mary Breazeale one mulatto slave named Sarah Hill, my Jerinple (sp?) house, servant together with all her increased if any the shall have and for reasons best known to my negro ? I do, hereby in a special manner give and bequeath to the said Sarah Allen one mulatto woman ? Names Mary Ann (which said Mary Ann is his mother) and also, her, thrise children the name of the eldest son also Ann the names of the others unknown to me together with their, increase if any there should be whose slaves it is my will and desire shall be and Em sinal the Plantation or farm with the said Dan Allen and not to be put under any overseer to work in the field and it is my further will and desire that the said Dan Allen so hemhe shal have come to the age of one and twenty years liberate and set free the said mulatto woman Mary Ann.
Sixth I give and bequeath to the said little boy Dan Allen all the lands thereness here do tament and slaves mentioned in article fourth in this my last will and testament as intended for him fog others with all my estate of whatsoever find not otherwise disposed of log others with all stock house hold and kitchen furniture, goods, chattels, monies, interests, eights of claims whatever that I now have or may hereafter have or which may accr to my estate during the minority of the said Dan Allen with the following conditions and restrictions, that if the said Dan Allen should die before he shall be twenty and one years of age or if he should live beyond the age of twenty and one years and die without having legal or acknowledged heirs, there in that case I give and bequeth to the heirs of my beloved and deceased brother Elijah Breazeale and also to my beloved sisters Mary Breazeale, Sarah Breazeale, and Martha Geason if they should them be living all and every part of the said seal and personal proprerty hereaftor willed and devised to the said San Allen and if any of my said sisters as al of them should be dead at the time of the death of Dan Allen before the are of twenty one years or after the death of the said Dan Allen having arrived at the age of twenty one years and dying without having legal or acknowledged heirs. Then will and bequeath to the heirs of Elijah Breazeale and the heirs of my sister Mary Breazeale if the dead and if not to my sister Mary Breazeale and to the heirs of my sisters Sarah Breazeale, if she be dead and if not to my suster Sarah Breazlea and to the heirs of my sister Martha Geason if she be dead and if not to Martha Geason all on that part of my estate both seal and personal that by this my will is given and bequeathed to Dan Allen which said seal and personal propoerty so bequeathed is to be divided into four equal parts and one fourth part I hereby will and be
John Hays James Ervin Isaac W Clout John H Clark
People named in Will
- Dan Allen: Presumed son of Willis Breazeale
- Mary Ann: Mulatto woman, mother of Dan Allen
- Elijah Breazeale: Brother, deceased at time of will
- Mary Breazeale: Sister
- Sarah Breazeale: Sister
- Martha Geason: Sister
Notes: Will Index, 1802-1969; Will Records, Vol A, 1802-1837 Source Information Ancestry.com. Mississippi, U.S., Wills and Probate Records, 1780-1982 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2015. Original data:Mississippi County, District and Probate Courts.
Name Willis Breazeale Probate Date 8 Jan 1832 Probate Place Claiborne, Mississippi, USA Inferred Death Year Abt 1832 Inferred Death Place Mississippi, USA Add Additional Information