Will of Gideon Couturier, Craven County SC, 22 Apr 1756

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In the Name of God Amen the Twenty Second Day of April, in the Year of our Lord One Thousand Seven hundred fifty & Six [22 Apr 1756] I Gideon Couturier of St. Stephens Parish Planter being Sick in Body but of good health and Perfect mind & Memory thanks be to Almighty God therefore and calling to remembrance the uncertain State of this Transitory Life and that all flesh must Yield unto Death when it shall please God to Call Do make Constitute Ordain & declare this my last Will & Testament in manner and form following Revoking and Annulling by these Presents all and every Testament & Testaments will and Wills heretofore by me made & declare either by word or writing and this to be taken only for my last Will and Testament 

And first being Sorry from my heart for all my Sins most humbly desiring of Almighty God forgiveness of the Same, I give and committ [sic] my Soul unto Almighty God my Creator Saviour and Redeemer in whom and by the merits of Jesus Christ I trust and believe Assuredly to be Saved and to have Remission and forgiveness of all my Sins and that my Soul with my body at the General day of Resurection shall be returned when my body shall rise again with Joy, and through the merits of Christs death and Passion Possess and Inherit the Kingdom of Heaven prepared for his Elect & Chosen and my body is to be burried [sic] in such Place and manner as it shall Please my Executors hereafter named to Order and Appoint And as for the Settling and disposing of my Temporal Estate and such Goods Chattels and Debts as it hath Pleased God to bestow upon me.  I do Order give bequeath and dispose of the same in manner and form following that is to Say

First I will and my Will is that all the Debts and Duties which I owe in Justice Right to any Person or Persons whatsoever shall be paid & fully Satisfied within Convenient time after my decease by my Executers hereafter named

Item I do Order that my two Tracts of Land in St. Stephens Parish one Tract containing two hundred [200] Acres the other one hundred [100] in the River Swamp be purchased in my Name that is to say my Executors hereafter Named shall get out Grants for the said two Tracts of Land Afore mentioned, and then shall dispose of the said two Tracts of Land to Sale in the best manner as my Executor shall See fit

Item I give leave and bequeath unto Mary Paul Marang my Gray horse called by Name Pleasant to be her own Property forever,

Item I give and bequeath unto Rebecca Couturier one Mare called by Name Pleasant to be her own Property forever

Item I give and bequeath to my Sister Bearmin all the wearing Apparel that formerly was belonging to my Wife deceast [sic: deceased]

Item I give Leave and bequeath unto Mary Bearmin my Sister my Gold Ring to be for her own Proper use for ever

Item I give Leave and bequeath unto Elias Couturier my brother all my wearing Apparel or Cloaths [sic].

Item I give leave & bequeath unto Jonathan Dubose one of the Executors hereafter Named my Pistols and furniture 

Item I Will and my will is the Remainder part of my Estate both real and Personal be Sold at Vendue and my Debts to be paid the Remainder of the Money if any to be let at Interest Arising from the Vendue

Item the Money at Interest shall be for my daughter Ester and for the maintaining & Schooling of her

Item when my daughter Ester Shall Attain the years of twenty one Or Marriage if afore Twenty one She shall Receive her Money at Inter. if any there be from my Executors hereafter Named 

I do Nominate & Appoint my worthy friends Philip Williams and Jonathan Dubose Executors of this my last will and Testament

In Witness whereof I hereunto Set my hand and Seal the day and date afore written

Gideon Couturirier (Seal)

Signed Seald & delivered in the Presence of Us

Geo. King
Isaac Couturier
Judith Couturier

This Will was proved by Virtue of a Dedimus before John Pamor Esq. [Esquire] the 22d May 1756 [22 May 1756] at the same time qualified Philip Williams and Jonathan Dubose Executors

Recorded from Will Book No. 1752-1756 Page #528

  • South Carolina Department of Archives and History. Microfilm ST0514. Wills (WPA transcripts). Series S213216, Volume 8, Pages 564-565.
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