WILL OF JOHN R.M. CANNON
The State of South Carolina
County of Oconee
Admitted to Probate May 28, 1888
Recorded in Will Book Pages 232 & 233
By Richard Lewis, Judge of Probate
In the name of God, Amen! I, John R.M. Cannon of Oconee County in the State of South Carolina, being of sound and disposing mind, but considering the uncertainty of life do make, ordain and publish my last will and testament, as follows to wit.
1. I desire my executrix henceinafter named as soon as practicable to pay all of my just debts, and to that end I hereby authorize and empower her to sell such personal property as may be necessary therefore and if that be not sufficient there to sell enough real estate to pay them.
2. I will and bequeath all of the balance of my estate, real, personal and mixed, legal and equitable to my wife Naomi Elizabeth for and during the term of her natural life, with power to advance any of the remainderemen hereinafter mentioned to an amount not to exceed the shares to which they will be respectively entitled under this will.
3. I will and bequeath to my children of my said wife to wit, Miles Norton Cannon, Sarah Elizabeth Brucke, Ruth Caroline Golden, Emily Cannon, William David Cannon, Nancy Adeline Cannon and Thomas Franklin Cannon, from and after the death of their mother the estate willed to her, to have and to hold the same in fee, share and share alike.
4. The issue of any one or more of the said remaindermen who may be dead at the time when they would otherwise take under this will to represent their respective parents as if they took from them under the statue of distributions.
5. I hereby nominate constitute and appoint my said wife, Naomi Elizabeth Cannon executrix of this my last will and testament.
6. I have already advanced my children by my former wife each more than any of the remaindermen under this will, will receive, therefore, I have not given them anything herein.
7. Witness my hand and seal this 31st day of March A.D. 1882.
John R. M. Cannon (Seal)
We, J. W. Stribling, R. H. Robins and J. J. Norton, at the request of John R. M. Cannon have hereunto at this request subscribed our names in his presence and in the presence of each other to the foregoing instrument, which the said John R. M. Cannon subscribed in our presence and at the same time published the same as and for his last will and testament on the day and year above written.
J. W. Stribling
J. H. Robins
J. J. Norton
I was not sure of one word in this document: remaindermen.
Transcribed by H. Carmine.