1837 Will of Richard Bohun Baker
Richard Bohun Baker (IV) died in 1837. HIs son, Richard Bohun Baker (V), inherited Archdale Hall Plantation. Below is a transcribed copy of the will.
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RICHARD BOHUN BAKER
In the Name of God Amen, I Richard
Bohun Baker of Sound health and Memory, do make and ordain
this my last Will and Testament in Manner and form following.
I Bequeath to my Son Richard Bohun Baker
my plantation on Ashley River named Archdale, the boundaries
of which have been accurately laid down in a Plat, made by
Mr. Joseph Purcell in December 1791, to him, his heirs and
I Bequeath to my Son Barnard Elliott Baker
the tract of land on New River I inherited from my Kinsman
Richard Pendarvis, which was restored to me by the Legis-
lature of this State, to him, his heirs and assigns forever:
but as Mr. Edward Neufville has pretentions to this land be-
queathed to my Son Barnard and the Laws may decree it to him,
notwithstanding my opinion of the right I have to it and my
son Barnard may [?] it: then in this case in lieu of the
land above named I leave him the tract of land on Ashley River
lately belonging to my brother William Bohun Baker, sold by
him and purchased by me from Doctor Air, which has been ac-
curately laid down in a Plat by Mr. Purcell in November 1791
to him, his heirs and assigns forever. But should Mr. Neu-
fville not succeed in recovering the land on the New River and my
Son Barnard remain in quiet and perfect possession of it, then
my Will is that the land on Ashley River I purchased from Dr.
Air be inherited by my Son Richard his heirs and assigns for-
ever, notwithstanding the Bequest of it to my Son Barnard, to
whom I have left it only condition of losing the land on New
River. I Bequeath the lots of land on Charleston neck and my
Plantation in the Back Parts of this State to be equally di-
vided between my Sons Richard & Barnard and Daughter Mary
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Butler Parker, I also bequeath my personal Estate, goods
and Chattels to be equally divided between my Beloved wife
and my above named Children Share and Share alike, and
that my wife be entitled to reside with my Daughter Mary
Butler Baker in my house on Archdale during her widowhood
and no longer and untill the Marriage of my Daughter Mary.
Lastly my Will is that no Division of my Property Shall take
place or be made untill the payment of my Funeral Ex-
pences and just debts and I appoint my Sons Richard and
Barnard Executors to this my last Will & Testament bearing
date this 17th day of May in the year of our Lord 1810, &
in the 34 year of American Independence.
RICH.d BOHUN BAKER (SEAL)
Witnesses Robert Bentham Tho.s Parker Jun.r W.m H. Parker
Proved before Thomas Lehre O.C.T.D. on
the first day of December 1837. At the Same time qualified
Richard Bohun Baker Executor.
RECORDED IN WILL BOOK H-1834-1839 PAGE 325