Will of Ambrose Chapman
State of Georgia }
Marion County }
In the name of God Amen
I Ambrose Chapman of said County and State being of advanced age and knowing that I must shortly depart this life deem it right and proper both as respects my family and myself that I should make a disposition of the property with which a kind Providence has blessed me, do therefor make this my last Will and Testament.
1 Item I desire and direct that my body be buried in a decent and christian like manner suitable to my circumstances and condition in life. My Soul I trust shall return to God who gave it whom I have and shall hope for eternal salvation.
2 Item I desire and direct that all my just debts be paid without delay by my Executor hereinafter appointed as I am unwilling my creditors should be delayed in their rights especially as there is no necessity for delay.
3 Item Feeling for the support and comfort of my beloved wife Elizabeth in her declining years I therefore desire and direct that my entire property consisting of lands mules horses cattle, farming emplements of various kinds wagon Buggy com fodder etc shall be kept and remain together for the benefit and comfort of my beloved wife Elizabeth for and during her natural life at her death said property to be equally divided among the heirs of her body.
4 Item I hereby constitute and appoint my beloved sons David C. and Wm W. Chapman Executors of this my last Will and Testament. This Dec. 17, 1869
his mark (Signed) Ambrose X Chapman LS
Signed sealed declared and published by Ambrose Chapman as his last Will and Testament in the presence of us the subscribers who subscribed our names hereto in the presence of said Testator at his special instance and request and of each other This Dec 17 1867
L. W. Wall
Georgia Marion County Court of Ordinary May Term 1871
Whereas David C. Chapman and William W. Chapman have produced in open Court for Probate in Common form of law a paper purporting to be the last Will of Ambrose Chapman dec. upon the testimony of L.W. Wall and O.S. Trussell who being duly sworn say that Ambrose Chapman signed said paper as his last Will in the presence of each of them and the other subscribing witnesses and that they regarded him at the time as being of sound mine and discretion and also that they signed the same in the presence of said Testator and of each other. It is therefor adjudged by the Court that said paper be declared to be the last Will and testament of said Testator and be admitted to record as such.
Jas M. Lowe Recorded July 14 1870
Transcribed from Will Book 1846-1915 Marion County, Georgia.
Transcribers note: The Testator, Ambrose Chapman, was born 1805 Darlington South Carolina, died Apr 1870 Marion County, Georgia. His first wife was from the Charleston area of South Carolina, her name is presently unknown. Married 2nd Elizabeth Griggs 1828 Marion County, Georgia. David C. and Wm W. Chapman were children of the 2nd marriage.
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