Will of Jane Boyd

Pettis County, Missouri
Will Book, Vol 1, pp 136-137
drawn Oct 22, 1857
proven Nov 7, 1859

In the Name of God Amen. I, Jane Boyd, late of the County of Floyd & state of Virginia do make and publish this my last Will and testament hereby revoking any former will or testament by me at anytime heretofore made.

First, It is my will and desire that my grandchildren Jane Ann, Sarah Hesther, Mary Frances, Elvira Ellen and James Alexander being the five children of my son Wm H Boyd shall have my negro girl Amandy, Slave for life aged about fourteen years & I do hereby bequeath & give them as part and equal owners the sd slave Amandy and all her future increase to be held by jointly by their father William H Boyd as a trustee for them until the said James Alexander, the youngest child of sd William H Boyd my son, shall attain the age of twenty one years and when the sd William H Boyd's aforementioned children be of the age of twenty one years then the said Amandy & her increase shall be divided amongst the children of William H Boyd equally.

Second, I further give and bequeath unto the sd five children of the sd William H Boyd in equal slaves to be held in like manner by my son William H Boyd trustee for them until the youngest of them, to wit, James Alexander shall attain the age of twenty one years, all the money, claims in action, or other property real, personal or mixed of which I may die, seized and possessed to be equally divided amongst them, when sd youngest child shall attain the age of twenty one years.

In the event any one or more of the sd children of my son William H Boyd should die before by death without issue, my will and desire that the interest and share of such child or children so dying shall go to the surviving of sd children equally.

Third, The object of this Will and my purpose to give all my property of every description whatsoever to my five grandchildren in equal shares and if any should die before my death without issue living at the time of my death that the shares of such child or children so dying shall vest in the survivor or survivors amongst sd children of sd William H and equal shares and that my son William H takes no beneficial interest in sd property but is authorized to act in reference thereto solely as trustee for the benefit of sd children.

In testimony whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal at Jonesborough in the County of Washington and State of Tennessee on this twenty second day of October in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and fifty seven.

Jane Boyd (seal)

Signed, sealed and published in our presence the day it been dated. Jas W Deadrick, Dan'l Kinney

State of Missouri, County of Pettis, SSH, State of Missouri to the mayor, any judicial officer or justice of the peace within the county of Washington, State of Tennessee, Greetings. Know ye that whereas confiding in your prudence and fidelity we do hereby authorize, commission and command you to cause to come before you James W Deadrick and Daniel Kinney witness to the last Will and Testament of Jane Boyd (hereto annexed) to take their attestation of the same according to law and that you return this commission with the will annexed to this court with all convenient speed, properly certified how you executed this commission witness Sam A Lowe, Clerk of our Pettis County Court aforesaid with the seal this of affixed at office in Georgetown in said County of Pettis this 6th of September 1859. Sam A Lowe, Clerk

State of Tennesse, Washington County, Personally appeared before me Henry Hoss an active J Peace and for said county Jas W Deadrick and Dan'l Kinney whose names appear as witnesses to the foregoing will and with whom I personally requested and who after being duly sworn, deposed and said that they were personally acquainted with Jane Boyd whose name appears to the foregoing will at the date of the same and she acknowledged that she executed the same on the day it bears date for the purposes therein exforesaid and further that they considered her in a sane state of mind. Witness my hand at office this 29th day of Sept 1859. Henry Hoss JP (seal)

State of Tennessee, Washington County. I Henry Hoss, Clerk of the County Court of said County do hereby certify that Henry Hoss Esq whose genuine official signature appears to the foregoing was at the date then an acting J Peace and for said County duly elected, commissioned and qualified according to Law. Witness my hand and seal of office at office in Jonesboro this 29th Sept 1859. Henry Hoss, Clerk (seal)

Which said will was as proved, presented to the County Court of Pettis County, Missouri, Nov 7, 1859, and probated and ordered for record. Attest. S A Lowe, Clk

Submitter: Transcribed by Cathy Warbritton as is and as a service. She is not researching these families and does not have further genealogical information on them.