Will Book B, pages 203-205, Talbot Co., Georgia, (Courthouse in Talbotton, GA)
Will of William Holt (1792-1874) of Talbot Co., Ga.
State of Georgia
I William Holt of said state and county, being of sound and disposing mind, but of advanced age and weak in physical strenght (sic) and being desirous, to settle any wordly (sic) affairs, do make and publish this my last will and Testament, hereby revoking all wills by me at any time made heretofore. I desire my body to be buried in my family burial place, adjacent to the yard of my present residence in said state and couny. My estate I dispose of as follows.
I hereby reserve from the operation of this wil a space of ten yards square as the burial place refered (sic) to. The title of which I desire to rest in the Executors of this will, and to be reserved from sale or division, and I desire that my Executors, do have the graves in said burial place marked with appropriate head and foot boards of stone, and that the whole be enclosed with a substantial rock wall and that the expense of the same be paid from the body of my estate.
I desire and direct that my entire estate be sold by my Executor in a manner best suited to the interest of the estate and after the same shall have been converted into money that the same be converted into eleven equal shares.
I do hereby direct give and devise, each of said eleven shares as follows.
One of said shares to my daughter Martha A. Little.
One of said shares to my daughter Harriet Hill.
One of said shares to W.A. Little in Trust for my daughter Mary Castlen, said Trustee to hold said share, for the exclusive use and benefit of my said daughter and her children, and to invest and manage the same for the best interest of my said daughter and her children.
One of said shares to Isaac Hill of the State of Alabama in Trust for my daughter Francis Bufford, said Trustee to hold said share for the exclusive use and benefit of my said daughter and her children and to invest and manage the same for the best interest of my said daughter and her children.
One of said shares to my daughter Lou L. Ray.
One of said shares to Peyton R. Holt in Trust for my daughter Ann E. McMurray, said Trustee to hold said share for the exclusive use and benefit of my said daughter and her children.
One of said shares to my son Peyton R. Holt.
One of said shares to my son David S. Holt.
One of said shares to my son Cary C. Holt.
One of said shares to the children of my deceased son William
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H. Holt formerly of Stewart County, and
I direct my Executors to pay over said share to the lawful guardian of
One of said shares to the children of my deceased son Willis C. Holt, and I direct my Executors to pay over said share to the lawful guardian of said children.
Having thus disposed of my entire estate, I do nominate and appoint W.A. Little and Peyton R. Holt the Executors of this my last will and Testament.
In Witness whereof I said William
Holt to this my last will have set my hand and seal this May 10th, 1872.
Signed sealed published and declared by the above named William Holt as his last will and Testament in presence of us who at his request and in presence of each other have subscribed our names as attesting witnesses hereto
W. J. Weekes
Whereas I William Holt did on the tenth day of May, 1872 sign seal declare and publish my last will and Testament in presence of Jno. S. Searcy, S.W. Thornton, and W. J. Weekes, who signed said will and Testament as witnesses, and whereas I am desirous of altering and changing a bequest and devise in said will. I therefore make and publish this codicil to said will.
I do not owe either of my children any money or other thing except a small amount to my son P.R. Holt and my daughter Lou L. Ray.
If either of my children after my decease shall present to or claim from my estate as due to them by me, any demand for any sum of money or other thing and value, then I hereby declare that I do revoke the devise and bequest contained in my will to that child or children, and I do direct that said share of my estate, given in my said will to that child or children shall go to the payment of said claim presented by said child or children, provided the same be allowed, and the disposition of the one share to the child or children presenting a claim other than as aforesaid, be and the same is hereby revoked, This May 10, 1872
Signed sealed declared and published by William Holt as the codicil to his will and Testament of this date in the presence of us the subscribers, who subscribed our names hereto in the (end of page 204)
presence of said Testator at his request, and in the presence of each other this May 10, 1872.
Recorded 8th of October, 1874
W.N. Forbes, Ordinary
I do solemnly swear that this writing contains the true last will of the within named William Holt deceased so far as I know or believe, and that I will well and Truly execute the same in accordance with the laws of this State, so help me God.
Oct 23, 1874 Wm
W.N. Forbes, Ordinary P.R. Holt