Estate of Thomas J. Hickson of Sumter District SC - Deborah Byrd
Subject: Estate of Thomas J. Hickson of Sumter District SC
From: Deborah Byrd
Date: October 25, 1998


South Carolina Sumter District: In the name of God Amen.  I Thomas J. Hickson of the State and District aforesaid being feeble in health and of sound and disposing mind and memory do make and publish this my last Will and Testament.  I will and dispose that my body be interned in a decent and christian like manner

Item 1st    I will and bequeath to my beloved wife Elizabeth Hickson all my estate both real and personal for her use and benefit during her natural lifetime in widowhood and at her death or marriage for my said estate to be equally divided amongst my five children viz: Mary Elizabeth, Wm, Lewis Thomas, Henry, and Alexander to share and share alike.  But in the event of the death of my said children before attaining to the age of twenty-one years, leaving no heirs then their portins of my said estae to be equally divided amongst my said surviving children.  But if either of my said children shall marry or attain to the age of twenty-one year then they are to receive their portion of my said estate.

Item 2nd    I request that my executors which are to be herein after named shall keep up my plantation and manage my holdings to the best of their judgement and app______ into the proceeds thereof to the use and benefit of my wife and children as above named.  
And third and lastly I do hereby appoint my esteemed friends Iames Lowry and Cyrus a. Rupert my executors to this my last will and Testament

In Witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal this the 4th day of September AD 1846
Witness David Cole, Sarah Lowry

Codicil  I will and bequeath to my afflicted son Thomas as his proportion of my said estate my Negro woman Fan. and her three children viz: Jummy, Amelia, and Washington and their future increase and in the event of his death they the said Negros to return to my estate and be equally divided amongst my said remaining children as above named.

Witness Elizabeth Hickson

The Petition of Elizabeth Hickson and James Lowry sheweth that Thomas J. Hickson departed this life on the 11th day of September 1846 intestate leaving a personal estate worth about four thousand dollars in Sumter District aforesaid and no person having as yet made application for administration on the said Estate, nor (in the opinion of your petitioner) will any such application be made.
In Order therefore, that the property belonging to said Estate may be taken care of and administered, converted and disposed of according to your Petitioner prays that the administration of all singular the Goods and Chattles, Rights, and Credits of the said Thomas J. Hickson deceased, my be granted to them and your Petitioner will ever pray, &c.
Dated this           day of                         1846
Elizabeth Hickson, James Lowry

Negros owned by T.J. Hickson estate
one Negro man Lenon
one Negro man Ned
one Negro woman Fan and three children
one Negro woman named Mill and1 child
one Negro woman named Sarah and 1 child
one Negro woman named Sibby

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