STEPHEN REAVES WILL
I, STEPHEN REAVES, being this day in my proper mind and judgement do make and declare this to be my last will and testament in which I constituted and appoint my wife, SARAH REAVES, my Executrix and LEONARD P. BREEDLOVE and John PRATT, Sen, muy Executors to this my last will and testament.
I will that my Estate both real and personal be disposed of in the following manner, namely:
Item. First, after paying my just debts, I give and bequeath unto my wife, Sarah Reaves, all my Estated beoth real and personal during her widowhood or lifetime, exclusion of the sum of twenty five dollars to be given to each of my children as they may arrive to the age of Twenty One Years or marry, except my son, HENRY REAVES, ASHER REAVES, and to my daughter, NANCY HUCKABY, LYDIA MACKINVALE, and SARAH MOORE, to whom I have already given the sum of Twenty Five Dollars each. Which estate both real and personal to be kept in the hands of my wife, SARAH REAVES, during her widowhood or lifetime for the support of herself and the maintaining of my children STEPHEN REAVES, SAMUEL J. REAVES, HARREL F. REAVES, AND ABNER L. REAVES.
Item Second. After the death or marriage of my wife, SARAH REAVES, I give and bequeath unto my sons, WILLIAM REAVES, STEPHEN REAVES, and SAMUEL J. REAVES, my lot of land known by (No 239) two hundred and thirty nice in the 15th districte of orginally Muscogee, now Talbot County to be divided in the following manner:
My son, WILLIAM REAVES, to have seventy five (75) acres of the west side fo said lot, the line to run North and South. My son, SETPHEN REAVES to have 75 acres adjoiing my son, William, the line to run the same direction. The balance which is 52 and a half acres being the East side fo said Lot, I give to my son, SAMUEL J. REAVES.
Third, I will that my lot of land known by (no 240) two hundred and forty in the 15th district of originally Muscogee now Talbot County be divided inot two equal parts by a line running East and west and the north half of said lot I give and bequeath unto my son, HARREL F. REAVES, the East half of said lot, I give and bequeath to my son, ABNER L. REAVES.
Fourth. I will that my Negroes be disposed of in the following manner to wit:
Toney, Esther, and her child, Edy, Harry and Nelly and their ____ to be equally divided among my children viz HENRY, NANCY, ASHER, LYDIA, WILLIAM, BETSY, STEPHEN, SARAH, SAMUEL J, HARREL F, ABNER L REAVES.
Fifth, after the death or marriage of my wife, SARAH REAVES, I will that the balance of my estate be sold by the Executors. This i my last will and testament and be equally divided among my children. In witness whereof, I have hereunto set my hand and seal this 26th day of October 1830.
Stephen (x) Reaves (his mark
Hamilton P.S. Snead
Samuel H. Davis
The will was proven in open court on 7 Marh 1831 and ordered to be recorded.
Personal note by transcriber:
I believe the wife, Sarah, was the daughter of William and Charity Harrell Flowers.
The parents of Stephen Reaves, was William and Elizabeth Reaves.
Stephen Reaves was born Mar 8, 1772 in Wayne Co, NC and died Nov 22, 1830 in Talbot County.