Hannah Thompson Will


In the name of God, Amen.

I, Hannah Thompson, of the County of Jackson and State of Ohio, being far advanced in years and aware of the uncertainty of life and certainty of death, and being in my right mind and understanding, blessed be God for the same, do make, constitute and ordain this, my last will and testament, in manner and form following:

In the first place, commit my body to the grave and my soul to God, who gave it.

And as to what property I may be in possession of at the time of my decease, it is my will and desire that all my just debts be speedily and punctually paid, and

That my Negro man, Stephen, as a just reward for his faithful service to me and his late master, be emancipated, and

All the balance of my property, both real and personal, I will to my said Negro, Stephen, except only so much as will pay my funeral expenses and physicians, if any, and it is my desire and will that my executors dispose of it to the best advantage, and appropriate the proceeds thereof to my Negro man, Stephen.

I do hereby appoint Hugh Poor my sole executor of this, my last will and testament.

In witness whereof, I have hereunto set my hand and seal, revoking all former will and testaments by me made, and declare this to be my last will and testament, this 9th day of July, 1827.

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Source: A History of Jackson County, Ohio by D. W. Williams, Volume I, Jackson, Ohio, 1900.

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