Oglethorpe County, Georgia, USA
Will Book B, Pages 96-97
6 Apr 1813
“In the name of God amen --- I, Jonathan Ragan of the State of Georgia & County of Oglethorpe, being of sound & diposing mind & memory and knowing that I must shortly depart this life, do make & ordain this my last Last will & Testament, in manner & form following, (Viz)
“Item 1st. I give to my daughter Polley Phillips five dollars, also I lend her my negro girl Creasey, now is her possession during her natural life & at her death I give the aforesaid negro girl & her increase to my two grand daughters, say, Nancy D. & Cynthia Phillips to them & their heirs for ever.
“Item 2d. I give to my son Nathaniel Ragan Ten dollars.
“Item 3d. I give to my son John Ragan one feather bed & furntiure.
“Item 4th. I give to my daughter Nancy Callaway one negro girl Zenah now in her possession also Ten dollars which she is to reeive at my death
“Item 5th. I give to my daughter Rebecca Callaway one negro boy Will, now in her possession also Ten dollars which she is to receive at my death
“Item 6th. I give to my daughter Winney Callaway one negro girl Hanna now in her possession also Ten dollars which she is to receive at my death
“Item 7th. I give to my daughter Abi Haynes two negroes now in her possession named Patience and Cealea to her & her heirs for ever
“Item 8th. I give to my daughter Elizabeth Lumpkin one negro girl Chany now in her possession also Ten dollars which she is to receive at my death
“Item 9th. I give to my son Asa Ragan seven hundred & fifty dollars which he has received as a part of coto of my estate
“Item 10th. I give to my son Jonathan Ragan six hundred dollars which he has received as part of his coto of my estate
“Item 11th. I give to my son David Ragan two hundred dollars which he has received in a negro boy as a part of his coto of my estate
“Iten 12th. I give to my son Jehu Ragan my negro man Jack which is to be appraised to him at my death as a part of coto of my estate
“Item 13th. I give to my six youngest sons namely, Asa, Jonathan, David, Jeremiah, Marcus B. & John Ragan, all the balance of my personal Estate, including my nineteen negroes Tobe, Cupit, Hal, Luis, Lotte, Melle, Jordan, Delpha, Mosses, Mary, Silvah, Rhoda, Jared, Sinah, Judah, Hartwell, Sopha, Greenvill, Vinah & their increases, together my stock, housthold furniture & plantation tools --- all of the last named property to be sold & after paying all demands against the estate, be so divided as to form an equal division between my six last named children including the several sums before mentioned that they have received & are to receive to them & their heirs forever
“Item 14th. I give to my two sons Marcus B. & John Ragan all that Tract of Land whereon I now live (containing five hundred & fourteen acres) to be enjoyed in union or sold & the amount of the sale equally divided between them as they & my executors may think proper also the crop at my death --- to them & theirs heirs for ever.
Item 15th. Lastly I do make ordain & appoint Jonathan Ragan & Thomas Rhodes my true and lawful executors to execute this my last will and testament made. In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand & affixed my seal April the 6th 1813 ---”
Jas Rhodes ) Jonathan X Ragan (Seal)
Wm. Adams ) mark
Richd. Rhodes )
Probate of the Will of Jonathan Ragan
“You, Richard Rhodes & William Adams, do solemnly swear that you saw the within named Jonathan Ragan dec. sign seal publish & declare the within instrument of writing to be his last will & testament & at the time of his so doing he was of sound mind & memory to the best of your knowledge & belief
So help you God ---”
Richd Rhodes Senr
Jas. Rhodes by interrogatories
“Sworn to & subscribed in open Court by two of the witness & the other by Interrogatories & ordered to be recorded March Term 1814---Mat Rainey, C.C.O.”