Young Vickers' Will

The State of Alabama}
           Henry County }Know all men by these presents that I Younge Vickers of the county and state aforesaid do hereby give, grant, bargain, and sell, and do by these presents give grant, bargain and sell unto Jacob Vickers of said county in Trust for my son Willey Vickers for and in consideration of the sum of one dollar to me in hand paid the receipt whereof is hereby acknowledged as well as for the natural affection that I bear for my son, the following named property to wit one negro boy or fellow called Isaac about twenty-five (25) years of age, one negro woman named Cloe about nineteen years of age, also one boy named Pimp about three years old, also one eighth of land known as the East half of the North West quarter of Section No. thirty one (31) in Township No. Eight (8) of Range No. twenty-eight (28), all of which said property I hereby relinquish all right and title unto him the said Jacob Vickers in trust as aforesaid. To have and to hold the negroes and land herein before named and described unto him the said Jacob Vickers in truth as aforesaid and I the said Younge Vickers for myself my heirs, executors, administrators or assigns will warrant and forever defend the right and title to said property unto the said Jacob Vickers in trust as aforesaid. In testimony whereof I the said Younge Vickers have hereunto set my hand and affixed my seal this 22nd day of June A.D. 1835.
                                                                                        Younge Vickers {his mark}
In the presence of  J. Buford}
            George W. Williams}

The State of Alabama} Before me Moses K. Speight Clerk of the Circuit Court in and
           Henry County } for said county personally appeared Younge Vickers who acknowledged that he signed, sealed and delivered the within deed for the uses and purposes therein contained. Given under my hand and private seal there being no seal of office this 22nd day of June A.D. 1835.                                                                                Moses K. Speight, Clerk {seal}

Recorded 30th June 1835. M.K. Speight, Clk.

[Henry County, Alabama, Probate Court, DEEDS A-B 1822-1840, page 163 or 16?


In the above will, Younge puts his entire estate into the hands of Jacob Vickers, his brother, to be held in trust for his minor son Wiley. The following letter written in 1845 mentions that “Uncle Younge had the misfortune of losing both of his children”. In the 1830 Henry Co., AL Census there is one female 10/15 and one male 5/10 years of age. These would apparently be the two children he lost, Wiley being the younger male in the census. A question that remains is that Younge’s will is dated 1835, so one would have expected him not to have lived long after this. Yet in 1845, 10 years later, he is mentioned in his nephew’s letter as having lost his two children. Perhaps after losing the older daughter prior to 1835, he felt the need to make the will for his younger son. He may have been experiencing severe sickness and not expected to live, but from which he recovered and then outlived his son Wiley as well??? Or perhaps Younge had did die shortley after his will and the 1845 letter was just referencing the fact that “Uncle Young (who is since dead) had the misfortune to lose both his children” i.e. in the sense that “It’s too bad there is no one to carry on Uncle Young’s line.” Young is not noted in the 1840 Alabama Census index.

Harris refers in the letter to “Uncle Drew’s widow” so apparently Drew had died by this time. (This would then not be the Drew & Sarah in Lowndes Co., GA in the 1850 Census, although they would be approximately the same age--probably cousins.

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