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Michael & Candie Witherspoon

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Michael Witherspoon

Candie Witherspoon

Notes for Edward Good

COPYRIGHT 1984. Transcribed & Reprinted by The TXGenWeb Project with permission
The University of Texas Institute of Texan Cultures at San Antonio,
801 South Bowie Street, San Antonio, Texas 78205
Library of Congress Catalog Card No. 84-080376, ISBN: 0-911317-33-3
Census of Jasper, Municipality of Bevil, May 1, 1835.
Nacogdoches Archives, Vol. 85, pp. 247-300.
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Edward GOOD, Married House Joiner 54
Nancy DAUGHITY, " 48
Harriet C. GOOD, 17
Louisa C. GOOD, 15
Joseph W. GOOD, 13
Minor P. GOOD, 9
Negroes, 4
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Written 17 June 1859,
Recorded 30 January 1860
Jasper County, TX
Probate Records Book C pg. 282-284


And now comes Joseph W. Good and Louisa D. C. Good and offers the last will and testament of Edward Good deceased.

And it appearing to the satisfaction of the court that the notice required by law had been given and there being no objection made to the probate of the said will, and the same having been proven as the law directs by the oath of Hardy Pace one of the subscribing witnesses to said will and testament.

It was therefore ordered adjuged and decreed by the court that the said last will and testament of Edward Good deceased be and is hereby admitted to probate and it is further ordered by the court that the same be recorded.

STATE OF TEXAS ) June the 17th 1859

In the name of God Amen. I Edward Good being of sound mind under standing, and being also impressed with the great uncertainty of life and the certainty of death, and being desirous to dispose of my temporal affairs so that after my death no contention may arise relative to the same.

First: I bequeath my soul to God who gave and my body to the dust from whence it was taken, hoping for a happy immortality through the atonement of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. My desire is that I be buried by the side of my dear departed wife in our family grave yard.

Secondly: that all my just debts be paid out of my personal estate, by my executors herein after named.

Thirdly: In consideration of the long and faithful service of my negro man Jess and his wife Aggy if they should be alive at my decease it is my desire and will that they never be separated and I do give and grant to them the privilege of choosing which one of my children they may desire to live with, and that they are not be accounted for in the partition by the child they select, but he or she to take care of and provide for them in their old age.

Fourthly: I desire that the balance of my negros be as equally divided as can be between my children that has helped me to raise them to wit: Hannibal Good, James D. Good, Harriet C. Stephenson, Louisa D. C. Good, Joseph W. Good and Minor P. Good share and share alike, and to the heirs of my deceased daughter Rebecca Brown I give and bequeath one seventh part of the appraised value of the negros divided as above provided for, to be paid to them out of my estate in cash to be paid to them in one year from my decease, and my reason for not giving to them one of my negros is that some of them is now of age and the negro would have to be sold for partition among and leaving to them the full worth or theirs mothers part in money they should not think I have neglected them, and I direct my executor hereafter named to retain in their hands sufficient of my estate to pay the above bequest.

Fifthly: I desire that the balance of my property be equally divided in seven parts one for each of my children and one for the heirs of my deceased daughter Rebecca Brown.

Sixthly: It is my earnest desire and wish that all the above partition and distribution of my property to be made by my children themselves, they certainly being as capable of doing so as other people.

Seventhly: I appoint my son Joseph W. Good and my daughter Louisa D. C. Good executor of this my last will and testament and that no security or bond shall be requested of them for the faithful execution of the trust herein reposed in them, and it is my desire that there shall be no administration of my estate and that my exectors be only required to settle with the minor heirs of my deceased daughter Rebecca Brown, but shall not in any manner be required to report any of their proceeding to any court whatever (the words "More than the probate" in the above line erased before signed). In testimony whereof I have
on this 17th day of June one thousand eight hundred and fifty nine, set my hand and affix my seal using a scrawl for a seal, hereby revoking all wills heretofore made by me in presence of these subscribing witnessess.

H. Good Edward Good Seal
Samuel Good
Minor P. Good
Hardy Pace


Before me Gideon J. Good Chief Justice in and for said County personally appeared Hardy Pace to me well known and being by me duly sworn upon his aoth says that Edward Good acknowledged the within and foregoing instrument of writing to be his last will and testament and that he signed the same as a witness at the request of the said Edward Good and that he believes that the said Edward Good was of sound mind and memory at the time he made the declaration to him that the same was his last will and testament.

Hardy Pace

Sworn to and subscribed before me
on this January 30th 1860 test
my hand and official seal
(L.S.) G. J. Goode Chief Justice J. C.

I do hereby certify that the foregoing is a true copy of the original will of Edward Good and also of the affidavit of Hardy Pace and certificate of G. J. Goode Chief Justice of Jasper County there unto appended given under my hand this 30th day of January A. D. 1860.

H. Good Clerk Co. Court J. C

Film number 1005133: Jasper County Probate Records Volumes A-C
Viewed at the Beaverton Stake Family History Center in Beaverton, OR on November 10, 1996.
Trudy Lusk

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