Will of Jonathan Shelby Jones
Submitted by Melissa J. Hogan
From AdmR Book D Pages 116-117
The State of Alabama
In the name of god Amen I Jonathan Jones of the county and State aforesaid being mindful of my mortality do this third day of July and the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and thirty three make and publish this my last will and testament in manner following viz I desire to be decently and privatly buried on my own land without any funeral pomp and with as little expence as may be Also I give and bequeath unto my Eldest son John William Jones one bay horse worth seventy dollars Also I give and bequeath unto my second son Augustus Washington Jones on bay horse colt worth forty dollars also I give and bequeath unto my third son Jonathan Shelby Jones one mare colt worth twenty dollars also one shot gun Also I give unto my wife Epsa Dilla Jones during her life or until the end of her widowhood the use of all my house hold good beadsteads beding and other furniture and after her decease or end of end of widowhood then for all the property belonging to said estate to be equally distributed between my said wife Epsa Dilla Jones and my legal heirs which names are as follows viz John William Jones Augustus Washington Jones Jonathan Shelby Jones Martha Susan Jones David Jasper Jones Bailer Pickens Jones Epsa Elizabeth Lucretia Jones all the rest and residue of my personal and real estate that whatsoever and wheresoever of what nature kind and quality soever the same may be and herein before given and disposed of after my debts Legacies and funeral expenses I do give and bequeath unto my wife Epsa Dilla Jones her executors Administrators and assigns to and for their own use and benefit Absolutely and I do hereby constitute and appoint my said wife Epsa Dilla Jones and Jesse Potter my sole Executrix and executor of this my last will and Testament in witness whereof I have hereunto sets my hand and seal the day and year first above written.
Jonathan Jones (seal)
Signed sealed published and declared by the said Testator and for his last will and Testament in our presence who at his request in his presence have subscribed our names as Witnesses thereto
Thos. H? Abney
S W Apperson
Note (1): In same Book, pages 117-118, bond was filed for Epsa Dilla Jones & Jesse Potter in amount of $2500.00. Epsa Dilla Jones, Jesse Potter, Thomas H Abney and Aaron Campbell bound on 6 August 1833 to Thomas W Crawford Judge of the County Court for Bibb County.
Note (2): I attempted to keep the spelling and punctuation as it was written.