State of Georgia
In the name of God Amen. I John Whelchel of said State and County being of advanced age and knowing that I must shortly depart this life deem it right and proper both as respects my family and myself that I should make a disposition of the property with which a kind providence has blessed me, do therefor make this my last will and testament.
I desire and direct that my body be buried in a decent and christianlike manner suitable to my circumstances and condition in lief.
I desire and direct that all my just debts be paid that I have contracted since the war between the States without delay, by my Exors hereinafter appointed, as I am unwilling my creditors should be delayed in their rights. 3 Item I give, bequeath and devise to my beloved wife Mary Ann, with whom I have lived with eleven years, Fifty acres of ? lot No (153) one hundred fifty three more or less in the 11th Distict of Hall County north half of said lot of land including the buildings that we now occupy.
Ten acres above my spring on lot of land No 152 11th District of Lumpkin County cut off from South East of said Lot No 152.
I give bequeath and devise to my two sons W.A. and J.D. Whelchel Four acres on Lots of land one hundred fifty two in Lumpkin County and an hundred fifty three in Hall County including my grist mill on said four acres and all other buildings on said four acres except the John Jays house and lot.
I give to my said sons W.A. & J.D. Whelchel one hundred acres more or less of lot No. one hundred & fifty two 11th District Lumpkin County
I give, bequeath and devise to my son Jordan Whelchel Fifty acres of land of Lot land no. one hundred & thirty six more or less commencing at the East corner of the South line running due North to the original line joining Nathaniel Skinner [unreadable] due West on the original two hundred and twenty yards then due South to the original line.
I give, bequeath and devise to my four daughters to wit Nancy Pierce Sarah Skinner Amanda Brocket & Martha Crenshaw the remaining portion of lot of land No one hundred & thirty six in the 11th Dst Hall County, containing two hundred acres more or less to be equally divided between them.
I give and bequeath to my sons A S. Whelchel [sic] fifty acres of land more or les off South end of lot on lot no one hundred & fifty three in the 11th Dst of Hall County my sons A.S. and [page cut off] Whelchel.
It is my will & desire that my coper mine lot No. one hundred & one first District in Lumpkin County shall not be sold under twenty years unless my executors can sell it for as much as Five Thousand Dollars for said mine or more at the sale of said mine unless my Executors think best to dispose of it otherwise.
I give and bequeath to the children of my dec'd son James Whelchel Two hundred and fifty dollars out of the proceeds of said sale to wit the coper mine the remainder of said sale to be equally divided between my wife Mary Ann and all my children.
I have given and deeded to my two sons A.B. and Francis Whelchel their part of my Real Estate.
I hereby constitute and appoint my two sons A.B. and W.A. Whelchel Executors of my last will and testament, this February 21st 1884
John Whelchel (Seal)
Signed sealed declared & published by John Whelchel as his last will and testament in the presence of us the subscribers who subscribe our names hereto in the presence of said testator and of each other, this February 21st 1884
A.S. Whelchel N.P. & J.P.
Codicil to John Whelchel will I order and direct my Executors A.B. Whelchel & W.A. Whelchel to deliver to each of my children & wife the deeds which I have made to each of them and is now in my possession at my death. this Jany 3rd 1888 John Whelchel (L.S.)
A.S. Whelchel N.P. & J.P.
Georgia Hall County
I, W.A. Whelchel and I A.B. Whelchel do solemnly swear that the within attached writing contains the true las will of the within named John Whelchel deceased, so far as I know or belive, and that I will well and truly execute the same in accordance with the laws of this State So help me God.
Sworn to and subscribed before me, Aug 1 - 1892
A. Rudolph Ordy
Source: Hall County, Georgia Probate Court Wills Book A-1 1890-1907, viewed on microfilm at the Georgia Archives in Morrow, Georgia, drawer 146, box 68.
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