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  • John Cross' Will - 1783-1856

    Will of John Cross as follows:

    *** State of Mississippi: Lowndes County ***

    Know all men by these presents that I, John Cross of said County and State,being of sound and disposing mind, but feeble in body, knowing that it is appointed unto all men to die and being warned by the infirmities of age that I must soon go home, with gratitude to the Father of all mercies, that I have been spared so long and that now I am permitted the use of my reason so that I may make proper disposition of the property which the goodness of God has enabled me to accumulate, do make and ordain this my last will and testament hereby revoking any and all former wills by me made heretofore:

    FIRST: I give to my daughter Sarah Rebecca Huey, wife of Willis G. Huey a copy of Watson's sermons in two volumes.

    SECOND: I give to my daughter Susanah Lyon wife of Hartwell I Lyon one bed and bedding.

    THIRD: I give to my son John S. Cross the sum of five dollars in cash which sum is all I design for him to have out of my estate.

    FOURTH: I give to my daughter Eliza Matilda Platt wife of Robert B. Platt my new Bed Quilt called the Rising Sun.

    FIFTH: I give to my daughter Margaret Elizabeth Bean wife of Milton G. Bean one Bed and Bedding, my new Bible, and one set of Teaspoons.

    SIXTH: I give to my daughter Aletha Jane Shular wife of John Shular one Cover Lid.

    SEVENTH: I give to Milton G. Bean my Travelling Trunk, the canvass cover of which is marked "J.K.C."(sic)also two wagons and one mule.

    EIGHTH: I give to my son Henry C. Cross my Gold Watch and one hundred fifty dollars in cash to buy him a horse. also my old family Bible.

    NINTH: The remainder of all my estate both real and personal I require my Executer to sell and the proceeds thereof to be divided equally between my daughters Sarah Rebecca Huey, Mary Susanah Lyon, Eliza Matilda Platt, Margaret Elizabeth Bean, Aletha Jane Shular, and my son Henry C.Cross. I have made special Deeds of Gift to the six above named children which will be found enclosed in this instrument. My desire is that the children named shall at my death take possession of the negroes conveyed to them in said deeds and hold them according to the terms of the Deeds. then let the eight special Legacies made in this instrument be paid and then as required in the ninth article of this will let the remainder of all my estate be sold and the proceeds be divided equally between the six children therein named.

    TENTH: I nominate and appoint Milton G. Bean as the Executor of this my last will and testament believing that he will faithfully carry out my intentions as herein expressed.

    In testimony whereof I have hereunto set my hand and affixed my seal this 24th day of June 1856.

    signed: John Cross (seal)

    signed and sealed in our presence and we have hereto subscribed our names as Witnesses at the request of John Cross who declares it to be his last will and Testament.

    [webmaster's notes: Daniel L. McMichael was a physician in Columbus on the 1850 census, so I believe this is the S.L. McMichael below]
    S.L. McMichael    
    [webmaster's notes: I believe this to be Nathaniel S. Scales]
    Abm. Murdock [he was a merchant in Columbus on the 1850 census]

    (The inventory of the estate of John Cross shows a well read man. He was undoubtedly a member of the Methodist faith, since the inventory included many works, sermons of prominent Methodists of the time. Also, his last son's middle name, Capers, is the name of a famous Methodist minister of South Carolina.

    Item third above refers to son John Samuel Cross who left the Mississippi home abt. 1838-40. He is found in the Census for Cameron Co. TX. In the book “Indian Tales and Pioneers of Texas” by John Henry Brown, he is referred to as a planter and rancher. Further research proves that he owned vast properties in and around the twin cities of Brownsville,TX and Matamoros, Mexico. John Samuel died in 1900 leaving an estate in excess of $100,000.00.

    Submitted by his Great Grandaughter, Edith G. (Heflin) Smith May 2001.

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