Transcription of the Will of James Fletcher
Know all men by these presents that I, James Fletcher, of Lafayette County in the State of Missouri,
do make, publish and declare this my last will and testament. After the payment of my just debts and
funeral expenses, I dispose of all my estate, real, personal and mixed as follows--
Item 1st, to my wife, Nancy Fletcher, I give and bequeath for and during the period of her natural life
only the farm on which I now reside--to wit: The Northwest Quarter of Section number Five (5) in Township
Fifty (50) of Range Twenty-Six (26). The Southeast Quarter of the Northeast Quarter of Section Six (6) in
said Township and Range--the Southeast Quarter of Section Six (60 in the same Township and Range, except a
small strip which I sold to Barnes--The Northwest Quarter of the Southwest Quarter of Section Five (5) in
said Township and Range--and all I own in the Southwest Quarter of the Southwest Quarter of Section Five (5)
in said Township and Range, and also the following negro slaves for life with their future increase
(Names and description of slaves here)
Item 2nd--I give and bequeath to my said wife absolutely my buggy and one buggy horse--Ten shares of Stock in
the Farmers Bank now in her name--All the household and kitchen furniture of every kind--one wagon and harness
and such of the other farming utensils and implements as she may select. Three yoke of cattle, fifteen head
of other cattle. Such as she may select of my sheep. one hundred head of hogs of her selection, all
domestic fowls, all my wearing apparel, as much of my present crop of hemp now on the ground as she may select
--as much corn and hay as she may select--as much wheat and hemp seed as she may select--Two hundred Dollars
in cash--also the bacon and other provisions on hand, and six head of horses of her own selection.
Item 3rd--I give and bequeath unto my son James the remainder in the said tract of land specified in Item 1st
from and after the death of my wife, to have and to hold unto him and his heirs forever--I also give and
bequeath unto my said son my gold watch, five shares of stock in the Farmers Bank of Missouri, one negro slave
boy named Wesley and five head of horses, one mule and one cow and calf which he now claims as his own--
all my books and my interest in the Lexington Library Association.
Item 4th--I give and bequeath to my daughter, Emerine, a sum of money sufficient to purchase a good buggy,
one filley that she now calls her own--a negro slave girl named Mrin aged thirteen of fourteen years--
Two Hundred Dollars in cash-One Dulcimer and one saddle and bridle that she now claims as her own.
Item 5th--I give and bequeath to my daughter, Ellen, a sum of money sufficient to purchase a saddle and bridle
and a good buggy--one filley that she now claims as her own--a negro slave girl named Betty--Two Hundred Dollars
in cash and one Piano Forte.
Item 6th--Upon the death of my wife I direct and require that the said slaves I have bequeathed to my wife
during her life, or such as shall remain unsold by her under her power above given to her, shall be sold by
my executors, or divided in accordance with the wishes of the majority of those interested--And if divided
such division shall be made between all of my children and their descendants, the descendants of the deceased
child taking the share their parents would have been intitled to if living, except that my son James shall
not have any interest in said slaves--And if said slaves shall be sold the proceeds together with the amount
for which my wife may have sold any of the said slaves under said power, shall in like manner be divided
between all of my said children and their descendants in case of the death of any, except that my son James
shall not be intitled to receive any portion thereof.
Item 7th--All the remainder of my property of every nature and description, real, personal, and mixed, I
require my executors to sell and convert into money and the proceeds shall be divided among all my children
and their descendants. In case of the death of any leaving descendants, in equal portions, the descendants
of a deceased child being entitled to the share the parent would have been intitled to if living, except
that my son James shall not be intitled to receive any portion of the proceeds thereof, the bequest to him
in the third item of this will being intended by me to be in full of his interest in my estate--I nominate
and appoint Linn B. Gordon and John D. Robbinson Executors of this my last will and testament.
In witness whereof I hereto set my hand and seal this 11th day of February, A.D. 1860.
(Signed) James Fletcher. (Seal)
Sam'l L. Sawyer