Edwin Vickers, Pulaski Co., GA

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Edwin Vickers' Will, Pulaski County, GA 1818

In the name of God, Amen. I Edwin Vickers of the state of Georgia and County of Pulaski being very sick and weak in body but of perfect mind and memory, thanks be given to God, calling to mind the mortality of my body and knowing that it is appropriate for all men once to die do make and ordain this my last Will and Testament, that is to say principally and first of all I give and recommend my soul into the hands of almighty God that gave it and my body I recommend to the earth to be buried in a Christian manner at the discretion of my executors nothing doubting but at the general resurrection I shall receive the same again by the mighty power of God and as touching such worldly estate wherewith it has pleased God to bless me in this life. I give, devise and dispose of the same in the manner and form following.

First, I give and bequeath to my dearly beloved Joseph Vickers one negroe woman by the name of Silvie(?) and one small negroe by the name of Sam and my bay horse and hogs. Secondly, I give and bequeath to my beloved Mary Mercer one negroe child by the name of Matilda and the old negroe woman named Luse. Thirdly, I give to my beloved Nathaniel Mercer one hundred dollars it being the money I had cut(?) him before now. 4thly, I give to my beloved James Vickers Ten Dollars out of the money that is now in my brother Thomas Vickers' hands. 5thly, I give to my beloved sister Milly Gardner Ten dollars out of the money in Thomas Vickers' hands. 6thly, I give to my beloved Thomas Vickers one feather bed and furniture and bed stead, also after paying out ten dollars to James Vickers and Ten dollars to Milly Gardner, and Doctor's fees and all other just debts that may come against my estate all the balance of the money that is in his, the said Thomas Vickers' hands, I freely give to him the said Thomas Vickers.

I also make and ordain Joseph Vickers and Nathaniel Mercer the sole Executors to this my Last will and Testament. I do hereby utterly disallow, revoke, and disanull all and every former testament, will, legacy, bequeath, and Executors by me in any ways before named wills and bequeaths ratifying and confirming this and no other to be my last Will and Testament. In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal this the Twenty Third day of September in the year of our Lord Eighteen hundred and Eighteen.

Signed, Sealed and acknowledged By the Said Edwin Vickers as his last will and Testament in the presence of
Ephraim Philips}                                                                Edwin Vickers {Seale}his mark
 Tabitha Philips}

[Probate Court, Pulaski County, Georgia, Will A, 1818, p.28]

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Mentions the following people in his will:

1. My beloved Joseph Vickers (2 slaves, a horse and hogs)
2. My beloved Mary Mercer (2 slaves)
3.
My beloved Nathaniel Mercer ($100 previously loaned)
4. My beloved James Vickers ($10 out of the $ in Edwinís brother Thomasís hands)
5.
My beloved sister Milly Gardner ($10 out of $ in Thomasís hands)
6.
My beloved Thomas Vickers (balance of $ in his hands)

From this list we can at least tell that Milly Gardner and Thomas were Edwinís siblings. The others may also be his siblings, although the Joseph mentioned could possibly be Edwinís father. One gets the idea that Edwin is probably a young man that has not yet married and has no children, that has perhaps contracted a fatal sickness.

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There is a possibility that the James and Thomas mentioned here as his brothers could possibly be the James and Catherine Vickers, and the Thomas and Piety Vickers in Montgomery Co., AL.

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