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Andrew Bay



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Last will and testament of Andrew Bay, which includes information on an enslaved man named Dick, who attends Bay but is owned by Bay's brother Elihu Hall Bay of South Carolina, and following Bay's death is to be kept in the possession of Col. Anthony Hulehims (?).


Page 1 In the name of God amen this 2 day of November in the year of our Lord 1801. I Andrew Bay of Adam County in the Mississippi Territory being weak in body but of a sound mind & memory do make & ordain this my last Will & Testament in manner and form following that is to say I recommend my soul to God, & my body to the Earth in burial as my Executor shall direct, And that my property of whatever kind or nature may be sold to pay necessary expenses and just debts; And I acknowledge that the Negro Man Dick who attends me to be the property of my brother Elihu Hall Bay Esq of South Carolina, which Negroes at my death to be kept in the possession of Col. Anthony Hulehims (?) where he now is for the use of my said brother [3 words crossed out] And I do hereby Nominate constitute & appoint my friend John Hutchins my true & lawful Executor to this my last will and Testament and I hereby revoke all other Wills & Testaments by me here before Made In writings whereof I have hereunto set my hand & seal the day & age as for? is above writing. Signed sealed published pronounced. and declared by Andrew Bay to be his last Will & testament in presence His Daniel + Ryan Mark James Sanders A.Bay Mississippi Territory Adams County Js. By Samuel Brooks Judge of Probate November 10th 1801 Personally appeared James Saunders who being sworn doth make Oath and say that he saw Andrew Bay sign seal publish and declare the above instrument dated the 2d day of November 1801 to be and contain his last Will & Testament, That the said Andrew Bay was then of sound & disposing mind, memory & understanding to the best of the deponents knowledge and belief, and that the said Deponent did sign his name as a Witness hereto at the request of the testator, in his presence and that he and Daniel Ryan subscribed also as witnesses _ Before me Samuel Brooks Judge of Probate 10th Nov proven Adams

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Slaveholders ; Slavery -- Mississippi ; Slavery -- Mississippi -- History -- Sources ; Slaveholders


slavery; enslaved persons; Mississippi; estate files; probate files; Adams County; Andrew Bay; Will


African American Studies | Cultural History | United States History

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Adams County (Miss.)

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Andrew Bay Estate File, Box 6, Probate and Estate Files Collection, Historic Natchez Foundation, Mississippi

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HNF_Box6_BayAndrew_111801_b_1_u; HNF_Box6_BayAndrew_111801_b_2_u; and HNF_Box6_BayAndrew_111801_b_3_u


Andrew Bay Estate File, Box 6, Probate and Estate Files Collection, Historic Natchez Foundation, Mississippi


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Historic Natchez Foundation

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Mississippi State University Libraries


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Bay, Andrew - Last Will and Testament of Andrew Bay