Will of John Langston of Greenville Co, SC
In the name of God, Amen, I, John Langston of South Carolina an worth member of the church being through the abundant mercy and goodness of God tho weak in body yet of sound mind and perfect understanding and memory do constitute this my Last Will and Testament and desirest my be received by all as such.
Imprimis: I most humbly bequeath my soul to God, my maker, beseeching his most glorious acceptance of it through the all sufficient merits and mediation of my most compassionate redeemer, Jesus Christ, who gave gave himself to be an atonement of my sins, and is able to save to the uttermost, all that come unto God by him seeing he ever liveth to make intercession for them, and I trust will not reject me, a returning penitent sinner, when I come to him for mercy in this hope and confidence, I tender up my Soul with comfort humbly beseeching the most blessed and gracious Trinity, one God most Holy most Merciful and Glorious to prepare for me the time of my dissolution and then to take me to himself in that peace and rest and incomparable felinity which he has prepared for all that love his Holy Name, Amen.
Item: I give to my son James, one negro named Harry, to him and his heirs.
Item: I give to my son Solomon, one negro named Lamkin, to him and his heirs.
Item: I give to my grandson Asa, at marriage, if he lives until then, if not to his brother William; but my wife to have the use of him (during) her life, and after her decease, Jechonias, until such marriage aforesaid, one negro named Ben. I also give Jechonias that piece of land he lives on, to him and his heirs.
Item: I give to my daughter Molley Smith, one negro named Venus, but if Feb brings one more, for that to go to Molly and Venus to fall to her mistress.
Item: I give to my daughter Beckka Williams one negro girl named Ede, to her and her heirs, after my wife's decease.
Item: I give to my daughter Fanny my negro boy named Tim.
Item: I give to my daughter Salley Smith, one negro boy named Peter.
Item: I give to my son Samuel one negro man named Hippoh, after my wife's decease.
Item: I give to my daughter Elizabeth Spann, one cow and calf.
Item: I give to my two sons Joseph and Jesse ten shillings sterling each; also to my daughter Patta McVey, the same.
Item: I leave the remainder of my whole estate, land and mill and all the household goods and the use of all negroes but Lamkin and Harry during her life and after her (my wife's) decease to be sold at vendee, the land and mill and all the estate indow and all be divided amongst my children named as followeth and first, Samuel Langston, Molley Smith, Sally Smith, Fanny Langston, Jechonias Langston, and John, son of Jesse, my grandson equal, to be divided among them all and Bekka Williams.
I also constitute, ordain this to be my Last Will and Testament, revising and disallowing every will and wills made by me heretofore and I appoint my son Jechonias and my son-in-law Thos. Williams to be my full and sole Executors of this my Last Will and Testament.
I forgot Louisa Thompson; to give her two dollars silver, and
I hereunto set my hand and seal this first day of March in the year of our Lord, 1782.
Signed: John Langston (Seal)
Joshua (his mark) Smith
John (his mark) White
At a Court held for the County of Greenville, August Term, AD, the Last Will and Testament of John Langston, dec'd., was produced in open court, and proven by the oaths of Joshua Smith and John White, and ordered to be recorded.
Recorded Nov, 17, 1790