In the name of God, Amen, I THOMAS YANCEY, being afflicted in body but possessing a reasonable mind to consider the uncertainty of life and the uncertainty of death do make the following in my last will and testament. My decease I commit my soul to God who gave it to me, after which I wish my body decently buried -- then should there be any just debts, I wish them to be paid. After which I wish the following disposition to be made of all my property, both real and personal ---
Item 1 - - I give one equal part to each of my children or their lawful representatives -- To DAVID YANCEY, CATHERINE BROOKS, PERRY D. YANCEY, ELIZA PAULK, SARAH WRIGHT, THOMAS YANCEY (H.), ARRINA BARNETT and for an equal distribution to be made, ---
Item 2 - - I desire five disinterested persons to be appointed and proportion all my negroes into seven equal parts by valuation giving to each above named his part by lot or otherwise and for speedy settlement to be made ---
Item 3 - - I desire all my land with all my perishable property to be sold on a credit of twelve months and amount of sale to be taken into small notes for settling any disproportion made in the above named lots of Negroes and an equal division to be made among my above named children or their legal or lawful representatives.
Item 4 - - I publish ,declare and constitute the above and foregoing my last will and testament and to execute the same I appoint JAMES O'KELLY, GEORGE LUMPKIN, BENJAMIN H. BARNETT, WILLIAM BARNETT.
In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal this the thirty first day of July 1845.
THOMAS X YANCEY
Court of Ordinary, May 7, 1847. The within Last will and testament of THOMAS YANCEY, deceased, having been exhibited in open court and duly proven at this regular term of the court upon the oaths of JAMES O'KELLY, JOHN F. KIRK and ROBERT TUCK, all subscribing witnesses to the same, ordered that the same be admitted to record. Recorded 7th May, 1847.
1847, Estate Appraisal, Oglethorpe Co., GA