Will of Jacob Stampley
Born in Zurich, Switzerland, Died in Claiborne County, MS
(Brother of my 3-g-grandmother, Mary "Polly" Stampley Baldridge)
In the name of God, Amen:  I, Jacob Stampley, of the County of Claiborne and State of
Mississippi, being of sound mind, but weak and feeble of body and knowing that it is
appointed for all men to die and being desirous of disposing of such worldly goods as
I possess do make my last will and testament as follows, to wit; Imprimis:

I give and bequeath to my beloved wife Elizabeth Stampley, one horse, and in
consequence of an article of agreement made and entered into between myself and
Elizabeth Black (who is now my wife, Elizabeth Stampley) previous to our marriage in
which is specified that each of our heirs which we had by a former marriage, should
enjoy all the property we respectively held or owned or should be made from our
respective property as may be more fully seen by a reference to said articles.  I give
her no more in her own right.

Item 2nd: I give and bequeath to Napoleon Alexander Black (the son of my wife
Elizabeth) one negro girl named Milly to be by him held and owned during his natural
life and to his heirs forever.  Except the said Napoleon A. Black should die without a
lawful heir from his body and in that case the said Milly and her increase (if any) shall
be returned or revert to my heirs James H., William C. and Solomon B. Stampley to be
equally divided amongst them.

Item 3rd: In consequence of the property which I have heretofore given to my sons,
John I., Jacob E., William C., and Solomon B. Stampley and to my daughters, Martha,
Rhoda, and Susanna, I leave them no part of the property which I may die possessed
of as they have already received a fair proportion of my estate except that to my
daughter Martha R., I give and bequeath my large family bible.

Item 4: I give and bequeath to my son James H. Stampley my negro man Jack and a
negro girl, Siliva, also, one yoke of oxen which he has at present in his possession
and two cows with their calves.

Item 5: I give and bequeath to my daughter, Mary Ursula, one negro girl named Celia
and one other negro girl named Lucy.

Item 6: I give and bequeath to my daughter, Nancy Caroline, one negro woman named
Dinah and one negro girl named Nancy.

Item 7: I give and bequeath to the lawful heirs of the body of my daughter Sarah M.
and for her use during her natural life one negro woman named Linda and her child,
Sarah, and a negro girl named Rhoda and I do hereby appoint my son, John I.
Stampley, a guardian to said heirs to apply the aforesaid property agreeable to the
true interest and meaning of this my will.

Item 8: I give and bequeath to my sons and minor heirs David I., Isaac S., and Samuel
P. Stampley, one negro man named Dick, one woman named Sarah and her children,
Letty, Charlotte, Charles and Susey, and one negro boy named Jim and one negro
woman named Suckey, also, all my stock of horses, cattle and hogs (not otherwise
disposed of) and my household and kitchen furniture, I give and bequeath to my
minor heirs above named, my tract of land lying on James Creek, in the County of
Claiborne on which I at present reside, which shall be optional with my executor
hereinafter named to sell at any time after the first day of January One Thousand eight
hundred and twenty nine, and to lay out the proceeds of such sale in any other
property that in his opinion may be to the interest of said minor heirs, or to sell any
part or portion of said land at any time before the date above specified if it might be
required for the payment of my debts.  The present crop on the ground it is my desire,
shall be appointed to the payment of my debts, and if there should be anything
remaining of the proceeds of the present crop after paying my debts, it is my will that
it should be equally divided amongst my heirs excepting the minor heirs above
named.  It is further my will and desire that if one of the minor heirs above named
should die without a lawful heir, the other two should divide this portion equally
between the survivors, and if two of them should die without lawful heirs, it is my will
and desire that the surviving heir shall take the portion of one of them and the
portion of the other that should die shall be equally divided amongst the rest of my

Item 9: I do hereby appoint my son, Soloman B. Stampley, the executor of this my last
will and testament, and I do also appoint him guardian of my minor heirs, David I.,
Isaac S., and Samuel P. Stampley.

Given under my hand and seal this 2nd day of June One thousand eight hundred and
twenty six.

Jacob Stampley       (Seal)

Signed and sealed in presence of
Thomas Grafton      (Seal)
John I. Stampley
A. Penquite
Abram Maberry

Truly recorded, Wm. Davis, Regr.


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