State of Georgia
In the name of God amen, I, James Lacy of said State and
County being advanced in age and knowing that I must shortly depart from this
world deem it right and proper both as respects myself and my family that I
should make a disposition of the property with which a kind Providence has
blessed me, I therefore make this my last Will and Testament hereby revoking
and annulling all others heretofore made by me.
Item 1st I desire and direct that my body be buried in a decent and
Christianlike manner suitable to my circumstances and condition, my soul I
trust shall return to rest with God who gave it as I hope for eternal
salvation through the blessed Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ whose religion I
have professed and as I humbly trust enjoyed for fifty years.
Item 2nd I desire and direct that all my just debts be paid without delay by
my executor hereinafter named as I am unwilling my creditors should be delayed
of the rights especially as there is no necessity for delay.
Item 3rd I have already given my first set of children an equal part of my
property which they have received. I furthermore give to each and every one of
my first set of children five dollars, to each one of them, therefore I give
and devise to my beloved wife Winny and her ten children during her widowhood,
with whom I have lived in the strictest quiet and love for twenty-seven years
lot of land No. seventy-nine in the twelth district of Wilcox County,
originally Dooly, containing two hundred and two and one-half acres with all
the rights, members and appertanances to said lot of land in anywise
appertaining or belonging free from all charges or limitation whatever to
their own proper use, benefit and behoof forever, I also give and bequeath to
my wife and her ten children in the same unreserved manner all of my horses,
cattle and stock of all kind without reserve or limitations.
Item 4th I constitute and appoint my son James R. Lacey executor to this my
last Will and Testament.
This July 19th, 1880. James Lacy
Signed, sealed, declared and published by James Lacy as his last Will and
Testament in the presence of us the subscribers who subscribe our names
hereunto in the presence of said Testator and of each other
This July 19, 1880 Charles S. McCall
Attest George H. Windam (sp)
James W. Smith William Lacey
N. P. & ex officio, J.P. John L. Fountain
(X his mark)
State of Georgia Court of Ordinary
Wilcox County March term 1883
Before me came James W. Smith and George Windam named as witnesses to the
within writing purporting to be James Lacy's last
Will and Testament, being duly sworn, saith
with Charles S.H. McCall, William Lacy, & John L. Fountain at the request of
James Lacy & in his presence did attest as witnesses the within writing as
his, James Lacy’s
will: that the same was signed &
published by James Lacy in their presences as his last Will; that he was at
the time of said attention & signing by himself of sound & disposing mind &
memory; he executed the within paper voluntarily.
to & subscribed before James W. Smith
Me this March 5th
1883 Geo H.
M.M. Gibbs Ordinary
(Note that James Lacey has spelled his name as "Lacy" and "Lacey." He even
signed his will as "James Lacy." The spelling of "Lacey" was used by all of
his descendants beginning during the generation of his children.)