|State of Florida|
County of Gadsden
In the name of the State of Florida the 12th day of May in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and fifty one.
I, Bryant Vickers of the County and State aforesaid being through the blessings of God in sound state of mind and memory but calling to mind the frail tenure of this life and that it is appointed to all men once to die, do make and ordain this my last will and testament that is to say I give, bequeath and dispose of it in the following manner and proportion herein following:
lst: I give and bequeath to my beloved wife Frances Vickers one negro girl named Adeline 15 years old during her widowhood, and also one gray mare and colt, also my entire stock of hogs, also two cows and three calves, such as she may chuse herself, also my land whereon we now reside, and all the farming utensils belonging thereto, also all my own household and kitchen furniture that there is no other legal claim on, also one third of the present growing crop.
2nd: I give and bequeath to my grand son Bryant Welch one soril mare colt.
3rd: Also there is certain cattle of my stock and mark known and distinguished as belonging to my two daughters Lucy and Frances to wit twelve hed.
4th: Also, I will that at my deth all of my stock of cattle and one bay mare be sold and out of the proceeds thereof together with all my reddy money and notes or affects, shall be paid all of my just debts and the balance if any there be to be equally divided among my several heirs.
5th: Also, I wil that at the deth of my wife Frances Vickers my entire estate shall be sold and the proceeds thereof equally divided between my lawful heirs with exception of seventy dollars to be paid to my daughter Frances for a horse that I sold of hers and sixty dollars to my daughter Lucy for a horse that I sold of hers, the same to have interest from my deth until paid.
6th: Finally I give and bequeath unto my much beloved sons Jourden and Drewry Vickers who I make my sole executors of this my will and testament all and singular my lands, tenaments and fund property with the exception above made in favour of my dearly beloved wife and daughters and grandson, all of whom I recommend unto this special notice in whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal the day and the year first above written.
(His "X" mark)
Witnesses: James H. Reeves, J. W. Reeves, Seth Hardison, Justice of the Peace
Admitted to probate upon the oath of J. W. Reeves and said executor duly qualified.
Note: Bryant Vickers died on May 20, 1858 . This date has been determined from doctor bills in the probate file/Barbara Boynton.