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James C. Reach, Sr.

Will of James C. Reach, Sr.

Administrator Account Record L, 1858-65, Bibb County, Alabama, p. 237-238

The State of Alabama
Bibb County

Know all men by these presents that I James C. Reach Sr. of the county of Bibb in the State of Alabama being in failing health but of sound mind do make and publish this my last will and testament; as to my worldly estate, and all the real, and personal property, of which I shall die seized and possessed, or to which I shall be entitled at the time of my decease--

I devise, bequeath, and dispose thereof in the following (To-wit)

1st I desire that my funeral expenses shall be paid by my executors hereinafter named, and after paying said expenses, I desire my executors, to sell all of my personal property and apply the proceeds of said sale first to my burial expenses, and to enclose my first wife's grave and my own which I desire to be in our enclosure.

2nd I desire my executor to sell all my real estate together in that may that they [sic] think best, and after paying themselves for all trouble and expense I desire the proceeds of said sale shall be equally divided between my second wife Rebecca Reach and my nine children.

3rd I nominate and appoint my two sons James Reach Jr. and Charles H. Reach to be the executors of this my last will and testament and that these executors shall be authorized to act and without any bond.

In testimony whereof, I the said James C. Reach, Sr. have to this my last will and testament subscribed my name and affixed my seal this 15 day of July 1891.

James C Reach, Sr.

Signed, sealed and delivered by the said James C. Reach Sr. as his last will and testament in the presence of us who at his request and in his presence and in the presence of each other have subscribed our names as witnesses thereto.

?. C. Wallace
J. H. Strickland

Filed November 8, 1895. Recorded June 5, 1896.

N. H. Thompson, Judge of Probate


p. 239 - Petition to probate will, 28 Oct. 1895
Next of kin: Salena E. Edwards, Caroline White, Mary McCulley, Jackson Reach reside at Blocton.

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Bibb Co., AL, Deed Book C-1, p. 510 - 512

State of Alabama, Bibb County

Know all men by these presents that we James C. Reach and his wife Thursday M. Reach and Andrew J. Reach and his wife Mary F. Reach and Franklin M. Edmonds and his wife Salina M. E. Edmonds and Thomas S. White and his wife Emily C. White and Ephram L. McCulley and his wife [name marked through but appears to be Polly] J. McCulley and Charles H. Reach and his wife Nancy J. Reach and Pleasant J. Reach and his wife Nancy E Reach and J. J. Johnson and his wife Salley [middle initial unreadable] Johnson and Henry B. Reach and his wife Mandy M. Reach for and in consideration of Forty four dollars to us in hand paid by Rebeka A. McElroy the receipt whereof we do hereby acknowledge do hereby grant and sell enf?? and confirm and convey unto the said Rebeka A. McElroy her heirs and assigns forever the following described real estate ly! ing in the County of Bibb State of Alabama to wit: Lot No. 3 as described on a map made and surveyed by the County Surveyor and more particularly described as a part of the South East quarter of the South West Quarter of Section 14 Township 22 South of Range 6 West containing 3 77/100 acres to have and to hold the foregranted previous to the said Rebecka A. McElroy his heirs and assigns forever and we do convenant with the said Rebeka A. McElroy his heirs and assigns that we are lawfully seized in fee of the aforegranted premises that they are free from incumbrances that we have a good right to sell and convey the same to the said Rebecka A. McElroy her heirs and assigns and that we will warrant and defend the premises to the said Rebecka A. McElroy his heirs and assigns forever against the harmful claims and demands of all persons in witness wherefore the said James A. Reach and his wife Thursday M. Reach and Andrew J. Reach and his wife Mary F. Reach and Franklin M. Edmond! s and his wife Salena M. E. Edmonds and Thomas S. White and his wife Emily C. White and Ephram L. McCulley and his wife Polly J. McCulley and Charles H. Reach and his wife Nancy J. Reach and Pleasant J. Reach and his wife Nancy E. Reach and J. J. Johnson and his wife Salley T. B. Johnson and Henry B. Reach and his wife Manda M. Reach have hereunto set in hands and seals this the 12 day April in the year of our Lord One thousand Eight hundred and ninety.

Signed:

Pleasant J. Reach L.S.

Nancy E. Reach L. S.

Charles H. Reach L.S.

Nancy J. (her mark) Reach L.S.

Henry B. (his mark) Reach L.S.

Manda M/W? (her mark) Reach L.S.

Franklin M. Edmonds L.S.

Salena M. E. (her mark) Edmonds L.S.

Andrew J. Reach L.S.

Mary F.? (her mark) Reach

Thomas S. (his mark) White L.S.

Emily C. (her mark) White L.S.

J. J. Johnson L.S.

Salley T? Johnson L.L.

Ephram S. McCulley L.S.

Polly (her mark) J. McCulley L.S.

Thursday M. (her mark) Reach L.S.

James C. Reach L. S.

Witness: J. H. Strickland, T. W. ??

Witness Statements

Filed April 1 and recorded April 17, 1897. ?? Thompson, Probate Judge

p. 512 - 514

State of Alabama Bibb County

Know all men by these presents that we Andrew J. Reach and his wife Mary F. Reach and Franklin M. Edmonds and his wife Salena M. E. Edmonds and Thomas S. White and his wife Emily C. White and Ephraim L. McCulley and his wife Polly J. McCulley and Charles H. Reach and his wife Nancy J. Reach and Henry B. Reach and his wife Manda M. and Pleasant J. Reach and his wife Nancy E. Reach and J. J. Johnson and his wife Sally ? Johnson and Jacob C. McElroy and his wife Rebeka McElroy for and in consideration of Sixty dollars to us in hand paid by James C. Reach the receipt whereof we do hereby acknowledge do hereby grant, bargain and sell ?---? And confirm and convey unto the said James C. Reach his heirs and assigns forever the following described real estate lying in the County of Bibb and State of Alabama to wit. Lot No. 4 as described on a map made and surveyed by the County Surveyor and more particularly described as a part of the SouthEast Quarter of the Sou! thWest Quarter of Section 14 Township 22 South of Range 6 West containing 3 acres 77/100. To have and to hold the foregranted premises to the said James C. Reach his heirs and assigns forever and we do covenant with the said James C. Reach his heirs and assigns that we are lawfully seized in fee of the aforegranted premises that they are free from all incumbrances that we have a good right to sell and convey the same to the said James C. Reach his heirs and assigns and tha we will warrant and defend the premises to the said James C. Reach his heirs and assigns forever against the lawful claims and demands of all persons in witness whereof we the said Andrew J. Reach and his wife Mary F. Reach and Franklin M. Edmonds and his wife Salena M. E. Edmonds and Thomas S. White and his wife Emily C. White and Ephriam L. McCulley and his wife Polly J. McCulley and Charles H. Reach and his wife Nancy J. Reach and Pleasant J. Reach and his wife Nancy E. Reach and J. J. Johnson and his w! ife Salley T/F? Johnson and Jacob C. McElroy and his wife Rebeka McElroy and Henry B. Reach and his wife Manda M. Reach have hereunto set our hand and seal this the 12th day April in the year of our Lord one thousand Eight hundred and ninety Seven.

Signed

Pleasant Reach L.S.

Nancy E. Reach L.S.

Charles H. Reach L.S.

Nancy J. (her mark) Reach L.S.

Henry B. Reach L.S.

Manda M. (her mark) Reach L.S.

Jacob C. McElroy L.S.

Rebeka A. (her mark) McElroy L.S.

Franklin M. (his mark) Edmonds L. S.

Salena M. E. (her mark) Edmonds L.S.

Andrew J. Reach L.S.

Mary F. (her mark) Reach L.S.

Thomas S. (his mark) White L.S.

Emily C. (her mark) White L.S.

J. J. Johnson L.S.

Sally T. Johnson L.S.

Ephraim L. McCulley L.S.

Polly (her mark) McCulley L.S.

Witness: J. H. Strickland, T. W. Hohmes?

Other deeds concerning this family and the transfer of land to various members are recorded in Deed Book C-1 p. 515-533

 

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