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Last Will and Testament

Christopher Beckham

 

Last Will and Testament

Christopher Beckham

 

State of Georgia Wilcox County

I, Christopher Beckham of said County and State being of sound and disposing mind and memory do make this my last will and testament hereby revoking and annulling all others by me heretofore made.

First I desire and direct that my body be buried in a decent and Christian like manner suitable to my conditions and circumstances in life.

Second I desire and direct that all my just debts be paid without unnecessary delay by my executor hereinafter named and appointed.

Third I give bequeath and devise to my wife Minnie Louisa Beckham for and during her natural life or widowhood all of the following described to wit: All that tract on lot of land lying and being in the City of Abbeville County of Wilcox State of Georgia known as the Palace Hotel property bounded as follows North by lands of Connor Bros East by Bowen Street South by Right of way of S.A.L. Ry. And west by Church Street together with all improvements thereon except it is subject to a lease Contract now held by Mary E. Beckham to the artificial stone building in which Beckham Bakery is now be operated a written Contract for this lease is now held by me and duplicate held by the said Mary E. Beckham I also give and bequeath to my said wife Minnie Louisa Beckham for and during her natural life or widowhood all that tract or lot of land lying in west side of Church Street in said City of Abbeville except that portion bought by me from one Priceles on which property there is a building now occupied by Eady Brady as a dwelling and in which she runs a restaurant which lot I hereinafter give to Mrs. Florry Newman. The property hereby bequeathed to my said wife is the land now used by me for a lot for my cows and hogs and for truck patches. I further direct that if my said wife Marry again then her right title and interest- in all the above described property shall cease and that same shall revert back to my estate and be equally divided between my four Children hereinafter named I further direct that my said wife have full possession and control of all the above described property and shall have the profits thereof for the full period of her natural life provided she does not marry again provided that she shall not have authority to sell of otherwise dispose of said property in any way whatever and at her death or remarriage to revert to my estate and be equally divided between my four children hereinafter named or their heirs.

Fourth I give bequeath and devise to my daughter Mrs. Florry Newman all of the following described property to wit all that tract or parcel of land lying and being in the City of Abbeville said County and State which property is fully described in a deed to me and executed by Priceles which deed is now on record in the Office of the Clerk of the Superior Court of Wilcox County Georgia and being the property in which the house now occupied by Eady Brady for a dwelling and restaurant is now located this being in addition to other bequeath hereinafter made to the said Mrs. Florry Newman.

Fifty I give bequeath and devise to my four children Mrs. Florry Newman, Otto F. Beckham, John M. Beckham and Odessa Beckham all property not heretofore mentioned both real and personal and of whatever nature to equally divide among them Share and share alike and direct that if possible the division be make in kind but in the event this cannot be done then I direct my executor hereinafter named to make said division by sale as early as possible. If either of my said children herein mentioned shall die before this will takes effect leaving no wife and no child or children then his or her part of the estate shall be equally divided among the surviving children as is also the estate in remainder herby created and if either one of them be dead leaving a wife child or children such wife child or children are to take for strips in lieu of this deceased parents wife or husband.

Sixth I hereby Constitute and appoint my daughter Mrs. Florry Newman the sole executrix of this my last will and testament and I expressly confer upon her the power as such to administer my estate excusing from giving any bond of make any returns to the Ordinary and in the event it shall appear that a satisfactory division of my estate cannot be made between my said children in kind I expressly confer upon her the power and full authority to sell all or any part of my estate not herein before specially devised at public or private sale with or without notice at public or private sale as she may deem best and without any order of the Court making good and sufficient Conveyances to the purchasers and holding the proceeds of the said sale to the same uses and trust as hereinafter declared in the several items of my will This 14th day of May 1910.

Christopher Beckham

 

Singed Sealed and declared and published by Christopher Beckham as his last will and testament in the presence of us the undersigned who subscribe our names hereto in presence of said testator after he had signed his name hereto at his special instance and request and in the presence of each other This 14th day of May 1910.

C.F. Chapman

J.G. Girandeau

Omar L. Little

 

Georgia Wilcox

I J.B. Girandeau do swear that I as well as C.F. Chapman and Omar L. Little saw the within named Christopher Beckham sign and publish the within attached paper as his last will and testament that I subscribed the same as Witness thereto at the special instance and request of the said Christopher Beckham and in his presence as did also C.F. Chapman and Omar L. Little in the presence of testator and of each other that the said Christopher Beckham signed the same freely and voluntarily and was at the time of such signing of sound and disposing mind and memory.

J.B. Girandeau

Sworn to and subscribed before me

This 30 day of November 1910

J.M. Warren Ordinary

 

 

Source: Will Book 1858-1957

Film No. 271348

transcribed by Janet Moore
to provide free research
to Wilcox County families.
 
 

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