Here's Jane McClukin's will as transcribed from LDS files of Lois C. Meyer:
WILL of Jane McClurken (McClerkin) Jefferson County, Ala 12/5 1821
Probated 5/25 1822
In the name of God, Amen, I Jane McClerkin, of the State of Alabama, Jefferson County, do make and declare this my last will and testament in manner and form following:
First, I resign my soul unto the hands of the Almighty God, hoping and believing in a remission of my sins by the merit and mediation of Jesus Christ, and my body I commit to the earth to be buried at the discretion of my executor hereinafter named, and my Worldly estate I give and devise as following:
First, I give and devise to my elder daughter, Elizabeth Lindsey, five dollars ($5) to have and to hold, to my second daughter, Nancy Waldrop, five dollars ($5) to have and to hold also, to my daughter, Esther (Hester?) Waldrop, five dollars ($5) to have and to hold for their heirs and assigns forever.Also I give and devise to my two daughters, Jane and Vesta McClerkin, all and singular the remainder of my estate, vis: The plantation whereon I now live, together with the house and household furniture and also the stock, vis: horses, cows and hogs, and I further bequeath unto the said Jane and Vesta McClerkin, all the money now in my possession together with the bonds and notes after paying my just debts and to have and to hold during the time of their lives without impeachment of waste, and from and immediately after their decease.I give and devise the same unto my above named daughters, Elizabeth Lindsey, Nancy Waldrop and Esther Waldrop, their heirs and assigns forever that is provided that the said Jane and Vesta McClerkin should remain single during life and provided that said Jane and Vesta McClerkin should at their decease be in possession of an heir or heirs, the above named estate to be equally divided amongst them to have and to hold forever and I do hereby appoint my trusty friend, Isham Harrison, and Jane McClerkin, executors of this my last will and testament, and do give unto them the sum of in consideration of the pains and trouble they have and do give unto the execution of this my will.In witness whereof, I now have hereunto set my hand and seal, December 5th, in the year of our Lord, eighteen hundred and twenty-one.
Jane X McClerkin
Signed, sealed and published and declared by the said testatrix as an and for her last Will and Testament, in the presence of us who at her request, in her presence, and in the presence of each other, have subscribed our names as witnesses thereunto.
Robert D. Paulling
State of Alabama)
Jefferson County)Personally appeared before me the undersigned Justice of the Peace in and for said County, John Paulling, Robert Paulling, and Thomas Carrol, and made oath in due form that they saw Jane McClerkin sign the foregoing instrument, as her last will and testament.Sworn to and subscribed before me this 25th day of May 1822.
Robert D. Paulling
The State of Alabama, County Court of Jefferson.
Whereas the last Will and Testament of Jane McClerkin, duely proved at a County Court held for said County at the court house in the town of Elyton on the first Monday in February 1823, in the will appoint Joshua Harrison and Miss Vesta McClerkin, and the said Joshua Harrison andMiss Vesta McClerkin having given bond and securities and taken the oath required by law therefore that the will of said testator may be well and duely performed, we by these presence grant and commit to said Joshua Harrison and Miss Vesta McClerkin the administration of all and singular goods and chattles, rights and credits, whatsoever belonging to said Joshua Harrison and Miss Vesta McClerkin at the time of her death.According to the true and intent and meaning of said will, hereby requiring saidJoshua Harrison and Miss Vesta McClerkin to file in the Clerk's Office of said court with three months from this date a true and full inventory of said goods and chattles, rights and credits, and to render a true and full account of administration when thereto legally required.
Witness: James Dodds, Esqr. Clerk of said Court at office the first Monday in February 1823
Test: James Dodds, Clerk C.C.
Issued: Third day of February 1823
John Brown, Judge of C. Court
Will Record 1818-40 Page 29 Jefferson County, Alabama.