In the name of God Amen, I Thomas Compton of the state of South Carolina and district of Spartanburg being weak in body but sound in mind and memory and knowing that it is appointed once for all men to die, do complete this my last will and Testament and desire it may be received as such.In primus I must humbly begin and recommend my soul into the hands of Almighty God beseeching his most gracious acceptance of it and my body to be buried in decent Christian burial at the discretion of my executor here after named as to worldly estate.I will and positively order that all my just debts be paid.
Item-I give and bequeath unto my beloved wife Rachel Compton my house and all my land together with the _______ (ultimately ?) thereunto belonging during her natural life or widowhood at her death or marriage.
Item-I give unto my beloved sons Thomas Compton and Matthew Compton my house and all my land to be equally divided between them upon their paying James Compton and William Compton my sons fifty dollars each after the decease of their mother.
Item-I give unto my son James Compton a saddle.
Item-I give unto my daughter Delilah Compton my bay colt.
Item-It is will and desire after the death of my beloved wife that the balance of my personal property be sold and that the money arising from such sale should be equally divided between my beloved children namely William and James and Delilah Compton and Mary House.
Lastly I nominate ordain and appoint my beloved wife and son Thomas Compton executrix and executor to this my last will and Testament hereby revoking all others-
In testimony where of I have unto set my hand and seal this 8th day of March eighteen hundred and seventeen.Signed sealed and acknowledged in the presence of
ATTESTWilliam Bearden James Ham Sen. (S) Thomas Compton
South CarolinaSpartanburg Dist By William Lancaster, esq., ordinary of said district- Personally appeared before me William and John Beardan who being duly sworn on the Holy evangalest of Almighty God doth make oath and say that they saw Thomas Compton sign seal, publish pronounce and declare the same to be and contain his last will and testament that he the said Thomas Compton was then of sound and disposing mind memory and understanding to the best of the deponents knowledge and belief and that they the William and John did sign their names as witnesses thereto at the request of the testator in his presence.At the same time ___(qualified) Thomas Compton Executor to Rachel Compton referring to her ability in writing. Given under my hand the 24th of October Wm. Lancaster O.S.D.H