Hancock County, Georgia
20 Aug 1805

In the name of God Amen. I Jesse Battle of the county of Hancock and State aforesaid being in perfect Sound Mind and Memory; and Calling to Mind the Mortality of the Body and Knowing that it is appointed for all Men since to Die, do make and ordain this my last Will and Testament, in the Manner and form following (to wit) principally and first of all, I give and recommend my Soul unto the Hands of Almighty God who gave it me, my Body I recommend to the Earth to be Decently buried at the discretion of my Executors, nothing Doubted but that it will be raised again at the General resurrection by the power of God. And as for the Worldly Goods wherewith it has pleased God to Bless me with in this life. I give And dispose of them in the Form and Manner follow Viz.

First. My Will and desire is that all my lawful Debts should be paid. —

Secondly. I lend unto Susannah my Dearly beloved wife the Dwelling house and plantation whereon I now live with all and Singular the premises and appendages during her natural life at her Death I give and Bequeath unto my Son Reuben Battle the plantation and everything acertaining the estate to his Heirs & assigns forever. —

Thirdly. I lend unto my Beloved wife Susannah Six Negroes to wit. Dick, Lancaster, Bob, Wingfield, Betty, and Penny during her natural life. Then it is my will and desire that they be equally divided among my seven children to wit, Benj Battle, William Battle, Lazarus Battle, Isaac Battle, Rhuben Battle, Susannah Ragan, and Polly Ragan, to them and their Heirs and assigns forever. —

Fourthly. I give and Bequeath unto Benjamin Battle one Negro boy named Andrew, to him and his Heirs and assigns forever. —

Fifthly, I give and Bequeath unto my Son William Battle one negro Boy named Candy to him and his Heirs forever. —

Sixthly. I give and Bequeath unto my Son Lazarus Battle one Negro Boy named Miles Which he now has in possession to him & his Heirs forever.---

Seventhly. I give unto my Son Isaac Battle Four Negroes to wit, Alexander, Jack, Isabel and Ede which he has now in possession to him and his Heirs forever.

Eightly. I give unto Rhubin Battle my Son four Negroes to wit, Stafford, Dick, Salinda, and Tensey which he has in possession to hime His Heirs forever. —

Ninthly. I Give unto my Beloved Wife Susannah one Sorrel Horse named Tom one Gray mare named Pegg, the one half of my Stock of cattle, Hogs and Sheep all my furniture and Kitchen furniture and one half of the crop that now is on the ground or may hereafter be at the time of my Death, to hold to her and to her assigns during her natural Life, and after her Death what remains to be Equally Divided among my Children, likewise I give unto my Beloved Wife Susanna one Hundred Dollars in Specia likewise one half of the Farming utensils to her and to her Heirs forever. —

Tenthly. I give unto James B. Cain my beloved Grandson one Negro Named Simon to hold to him and his Heirs forever. —

Lastly. My Will and Desire is that the residue of my Estate both real and personal Should be Equally divided among my seven Children, to wit: Benjamin, William, Susanna Ragan, Polly Ragan, Lazarus, Isaac & Rhuben To them and to their Heirs and assigns foreveer. — I also nominate constitute and Ordain that my beloved Son William Battle and my Beloved Son-in-law William Rabun be Sole Executors of this my last will and Testament hereby revoking all other or former Wills by me made ratifying and confirming This only

In Witness Whereof I have hereunto Set my hand and Seal this the 20th day of August in the year of our Lord one thousand Eight Hundred and five. —

Signed Sealed pronounced and Delivered the last Will & Testament Of the Testator in the presence of all Who in his presence and the presence of each other have subscribed our names as Witnesses. —

Jesse Battle (Seal)

Levin Ballard
William Macbellans
John Veazey


 Revised 22 Sep 2020.