Will of Eli Rowland

written April 24, 1870

I Eli Rowland being of sound mind, but weak in boddy do make and publish this my last will and testament hereby making void and revoking all other wills by me at any time made.

First I bequeath to my beloved wife Elizabeth Rowland all my slaves and property of every decription during her natural life time after giving those of my children one horse, bridle and sadle that has not had one

2nd, My will and desire is that after the death of my said wife Elizabeth Rowland, I want all of my land that is bequeathed to her during her life time in connection with all the personal property and every that may be on hand to be equally divided between my children, to wit, James D Rowland, Martha L Rowland, Marcus C Rowland, Julia A Rowland & William G Rowland. I further direct after my death that my boddy be decently burried and after paying all my just debts and funeral expenses I further direct that my executor & executrix here after named collect all my debts and take charge of all the money on hand and after the collection of said debts in course time with said money on hand that equal distribution be made of the same among all of my aforesaid children.

Lastly I do hereby nominate and appoint my son James D Rowland & my wife Elizabeth Rowland my executor and executrix to this my last will and testament in witness whereof I have here unto set my hand and seal this the 24th day of April 1870.

Eli Rowland (seal)

Signed sealed and published in our presence and we have subscribed our names here to in the presence of the testator this April 24th day 1870.

A B Hicks
David Griffith
Wm J Givan