Last Will and Testament of William Alford Dated 31 July 1822.Probated 2 May 1825 in Hancock Co., GA(From xerox copy of original)
In the name of God Amen.I William Alford Sr. of the County of Hancock and State of Georgia being in perfect health and of sound and disposing mind and memory and calling to mind the frailty of life knowing that it is appointed for all men once to die do make ordain constitute and appoint this my last will and testament in manner and form following viz - First I bequeath my soul to God that gave it my body to be buried in decent Christian burial at the discretion of my executors. Item.As touching my worldly estate wherewith it hath pleased God to bless me in this life I give devise and dispose of the same in the following manner. Item.I give and bequeath unto my loving son Jacob Alford the land and Plantation whereon I now live two hundred acres in quantity. Item.The whole of the balance of my estate both real and personal to be equally divided between all of my beloved children seven in number viz, John Alford, Milly Reed, William Alford, Jr., Jane Ellis, Owen Alford, Jacob Alford, and Martha Newsom. Item.I give and bequeath unto Micajah Middlebrooks the sum of two dollars cash. I give and bequeath unto Joshua Grace the sum of two dollars cash. I give and bequeath unto Alford Middlebrooks two dollars cash. Item.I give and bequeath unto my loving grand daughter Elizabeth ?Drake the sum ofone hundred and fifty dollars cash. Item.I give and bequeath unto my loving grand daughter Ann Vinson the sum of one hundred and fifty dollars cash. Item.I give and bequeath unto my loving grandson Cannon Grace the sum of three hundred and fifty dollars cash. And I do hereby nominate and appoint my loving friends Joel D. Newsom and Hardy Jernigan executors of this my last will and testament and do hereby revoke and disannull all former wills by me made and publish and pronounce this my last will and testament In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal this 31st July in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and twenty two.