Jane Adair Holland – 1830

will of jane adair holland
Laurens county, sc 1830

In the name of God, Amen I Jane Holland of Laurens District & Carolina being sick low condition, but in full Excuse of my Reason do make and Declare this to be my last will and testament — that is to say I do first give and Bequeath to my son Thomas Holland all the lands lying between the Branches betwixt where I live & Henry Shells land and Henery Dunkens and all the Lands Lying on the other side said Branches to be sold and equally diveded amounghest my other Children and grand children, Thomas Excepted. And likewise all my clothing to be equally Divided amounghst my three daughters and the balance of my household furniture to be Equally Divided amounghst my children I likewise that one negro man name Will to be sold to pay for my funeral Expenses & my lawful debts I may owe & the rest of my servants to wit Anney, Pheby, Danniel, Louesa, Morten, Edmond, Anderson, Alfred, Charles, Marey Ann, and Sarah to be put into five lots and my children to choose men to appraise them and then draw lots for the, and then lot with each other according to the value se ton each this Devishion amounghest my Children and should there be any Debts or increase among the servants they are to be Disposed of in the same way as above Directed & all of the rest of my property including horses, cattle, hogs, wagon and spinning utensils to be sold and equally divided amounghst my children and grand children equally & this my last will and testament may be duly executed. I do hereby constitute and appoint my loving son in law John Leek and my son Thomas Holland executors to this my last will and testament & I do hereby declare this to by my last will and testament and sign seal and declare it as such in the presence of the following witnesses, August 23rd, 1830

Jane (X) Holland (Seal)

John B Kennedy
Thomas Wier
John Littel

Recorded in Book F, Page 287. Proven date November 9, 1830
Recorded date not available. Original will not in files of Probate Judge


In accordance with Jane’s will, 5 appraisers determined the value of her 11 Enslaved People, and then her son and sons-in-laws drew lots to determine which they would receive. According to this document, John Bryan drew the first lot, Thomas Holland drew the second lot, John Leak (?) drew the third lot, Charles Blakely drew the fourth lot and a fifth lot was drawn for the grandchildren.