Will of John S. Braddock, 1857

Found within Southern Claims Commission File #13525 is a copy of the will of John S. Braddock, written in 1857. In order for Sarah Braddock to file for the claim in 1872, she needed to prove she had legal authority over her husband, John S. Braddock’s property, since he was deceased. The commissioner labeled the will Exhibit B. This will is important for it’s identity of the 15 children of John and Sarah, their birth order, and for the identity of the 23 slaves by name and their approximate ages and sex. I found a copy of John’s will in Nassau County’s Land records too. There were noticeable differences in names of some members of the Exhibit B State of FloridaNassau CountyIn the name of God amen — I John S. Braddock of the State and County aforesaid, planter, being of sound mind and in reasonal [sic] body health, do make, constitute and publish this my last will and testament hereby revoking and making void all former wills by me at any time heretofore made. ~ And first I direct that my body be decently interred in some fit and proper place, and that my funeral be conducted in a manner corresponding with my situation in life ~ and as to such worldly goods and estate as it has pleased God to entrust me with, I dispose of the same as follows ~ First, I direct that all my just debts be paid — — I give and bequeath to…

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