Estate Record of Sally Abercrombie
The State of Alabama
In the name of God. Amen.
I Sally Abercrombie being of sound and disposing mind and memory, but weak in bodily health and strength and knowing that is appointed once for all to die, deem it proper to make this my last will and testament hereby revoking all other wills which I have here before made.
First. I give and bequeath to John C. Abercrombie in trust for the use of my oldest son Charles A. Abercrombie and his wife Malinda, during their lifetime, two Negro fellow, to wit, Job a yellow complected fellow about thirty years of age and Fun a dark complected fellow about twenty-five years old, each of the value of eight Hundred Dollars. And at the death of the said Charles A. Abercrombie and his wife Malinda, it is my will and desire that said trust estate shall cease and be determined and said two Negroes shall belong absolutely to my Grand Children then in life.
Secondly. I give and bequeath to my son, Milo B. Abercrombie, four Negroes to wit, Jim a boy about twenty years old of dark complection of the value of eight hundred dollars and Lucy a woman about eighteen years old and her child Anika, both dark complected, of the value of seven hundred dollars and Susan a girl about thirteen years old of the value of five hundred dollars.
Thirdly. I give and bequeath to Charles A. Abercrombie in trust for my son, John C. Abercrombie and his wife I. Manerva Abercrombie for their sole use and benefit during their natural lives, ten Negroes, to wit Sopha and her two youngest children Britan a girl and George a boy, and a boy called Frank and Reese a fellow and Normone a fellow and Odom a fellow and Hardtimes a fellow and Horton a boy and Antony a boy all of the value of seven thousand dollars, to be held in trust as aforesaid, for the use of the said John and his wife I. Manerva during their live times and at the death of the said John C. and I. Manerva, if there are none of the said children of said John C. Abercrombie living, it is my will and desire that said trust estate shall cease and determine and said Negroes shall belong to my Grand Children then in life.
It is my will and desire that in as much as I have left the larger portion of my estate for the use of my son John C. Abercrombie during his life time, all the Negroes herein bequeathed to each of my sons and for their use shall be valued by disinterested persons, except for the four named Negroes left for the use of John C. Abercrombie and that John shall make Charles and Milos parts equal to his own except the four Negroes given for the use of John as aforesaid to stand in the condition of each mans bequest as specified in the separate clauses of this my will and also except the value of the boy Antony which I will and desire shall be valued at my death and the value of said boy Antony, I hereby give and bequeath to my Grand Son, Leonard Anderson Abercrombie, which sum shall be paid to him by my son John C. Abercrombie at the time Leonard Andersons arriving at lawful age, with interest from the time of my death.
Fourthly. It is my will and desire that the balance of my estate both real and personal be valued and equally divided between my three sons; my son John to have the right to keep the summer place where I now reside, at valuation if he desires so to do.
Fifthly. I constitute and appoint my three sons herein before named my lawful executors to execute and carry effect this my last will and testament.
Signed, sealed as acknowledged and published this 9th day of February 1848 in presence of
William J. Howard
Maria L. Norwell