I, ABSALOM YANCEY, of the State and county aforesaid being in a low state of health but of sound and disposing mind and being fully persuaded of the certainty of death am moved to make this my last will and testament.
Item 1st. I give my soul to God who gave it, my body to be buried at the discretion of my friends.
Item 2nd. I will and bequeath unto my two sons MILTON P. S. YANCEY and ULYSSES Z. M. YANCEY and my daughter MARY A. T. YANCEY the settlement of land whereon I now live. It being the east half of section number twenty three in township number nineteen in Range number twenty eight containing three hundred and twenty acres more or less; also all my landed Estate which I hold in the state of Georgia.
Item 3rd. I will and bequeath unto my three children above named all my negroes, thirteen in number together with all their increase named as follows, viz. Sarah, Candis, Alfred, Eliza, George, Tony, Robert, Louisa, Evaline, Elvira, Loyd, James, Arminda, together with all my stock of horses, mules, cattle, sheep, and hogs, and all my household and kitchen furniture and tools of every description including my gin and thrashing machine.
Item 4th. It is further my will and desire that my three children above named shall inherit the crop that may be made or growing on the place at my death, together with all the money or notes that may belong to my estate after paying all my just debts.
Item 5th. To my daughter PELONEY ANN ELIZABETH MCCALL I have not given anything in this my Last Will and Testament, my reason for not giving is not for the want of affection for she feels near to me, but my reasons are the following - when she married I gave her a negro and some property and at the death of my father-in-law [H____all?] he willed to her my wife's share of his estate which in justice ought to have been willed to all my children and was much more than a share of my estate.
Item 6th. I hereby nominate my two sons MILTON P. S. YANCEY and ULYSSES Z. M. YANCEY executors to this my Last Will and Testament.
In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal this second day of September in the year of our Lord One Thousand Eight Hundred and Forty One.
In presence of:
THOMAS S. SEVERENCE
Regular Probate Court held this 11th day of November A.D. 1850 - personally appeared in open court WILLIAM DAVIS, HIRAM HELMS, and THOMAS S. SEVERENCE the subscribing witnesses to the above and foregoing will, the same being the Last Will and Testament of ABSALOM YANCEY, late of said county deceased and after being duly sworn deposeth and saith that they saw ABSALOM YANCEY whose name is subscribed thereto, signed, sealed, published and declared the same to be and contain his Last Will Testament that they subscribed their names thereto as witnesses in the presence of the said ABSALOM YANCEY and in the presence of each other and that the said ABSALOM YANCEY was of sound mind and disposing memory that he executed the same without compulsion so far as they know or believe. Sworn to and subscribed in open court this 11th day of November A.D. 1850
THOMAS S. SEVERENCE
THOMAS S. TATE
Judge of Probate