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Will of Jacob CLEVELAND

Will Elbert County }
Jacob Cleveland Will Proved In My Office April the 29, 1791 }
May the 16th 1791 } Record the above Will

IN THE NAME OF GOD AMEN, I Jacob Cleveland of the State of Georgia, Wilkes County, and now the County of Elbert, Being through the abundant Mercy and goodness of God though weak in body yet of a sound and perfect understanding and memory do Constitute this my Last Will and Testament and desire it may be received by all as such Imprimise I most Humbly Bequeath my Soul to God my maker beseeching His most Gracious acceptance of it through the all sufficient Merit and Meditations of my Most Compassionate redeemer Jesus Christ who gave Himself to be an atonement for my Sins and is able to save to the utmost all that come Unto God by Him seeing He ever Liveth to make intercession for them and Who I trust will not reject me a returning Penitent Sinner when I come to Him for Mercy in the Hope and Confidence. I render up my Soul with Comport Humbly Beseeching the most Blessed and Glorious trinity one God most Holy most Mercifull and Gracious to Prepare Me for the time of my Dissolution and then to take Me to Himself unto that Peace and blest and Incomparrable felicity which He has prepared for all that Love and fear His Holy Name Amen. Blessed be God Imprimis I give my Body to the Earth from whence it was taken in full assurance of its resurrection. From thence at that last Day as for my burial I desire it may be Decently without Pomp or State at the Discretion of my Dear Wife and my Executors hereafter named who I doubt now but will manage it with all requisite prudence as to my Worldly Estate I Will and Positively order that all my Debts be paid. Item-I give to my Dear and Loving Wife for term of life or widowhood this house wherein I now dwell with all the furniture and the Lands and a negro named Chain [Chany] and Tom and Aaron and all other tenements that lie about it and if the above mentioned Wench named Chain has another child after this date I give it to my daughter Elizabeth during her life and then to her Heirs if any and if she dies without an heir then for it to fall to my two youngest sons and to be equally divided between them Reuben Cleveland and Daniel Cleveland, and Item-I give unto my son Jeremiah Cleveland a bond that I have on John Slayton to be his own right and title besides and equal part of my Estate with the rest of my children and after my dear wifes Death or Widowhood and all my children raised till come of age and then what is left to be divided Equally between them all, and I do Constitute these my Dear Wife and Webb Kidd and Jeremiah Cleveland Executors of this my Last Will and Testament and trustee for my children. In witness whereof I have set my Hand and Seal the fourth Day of April in the year of our Lord One Thousand Seven Hundred and Ninety-One.
Reuben White SEAL Jacob Cleveland
John White

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