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The Will of Mary “Polly” Marston Pearson Densler

January 8, 2020

I first learned about Aunt Polly Densler from Leslie’s family Bible. If you were reading the blog back in 2014, you’d have learned about her, too. She married Frederick Densler, and that was about all we knew about her, except that she was Leslie’s 3xgreat-grandmother’s sister.

Recently after blogging about the new/old marker at Laurel Grove North by the Densler crypt, I started researching this family again.

I found Aunt Polly’s will and the 1850 slave schedule showing that she had 5 slaves. She was enumerated next to her son-in-law Carroll Cloud.

Take a look at the will and see what you think.

State of Georgia

Chatham County

In the name of God, Amen. I Mary M. Densler, widow, of the City of Savannah, in the County of Chatham and State of Georgia, being of sound and disposing mind and memory, do make and declare this to be my last will and testament, hereby revoking and annulling all other wills heretofore by me at any time made.

First. I direct that all my just debts be paid

secondly. I give, devise and bequeath unto my Executors hereinafter to be named my lot of land in the City of Savannah, in the County of Chatham and State of Georgia aforesaid upon which I now reside, and known as Lot Number (6) Six, Frederick Tything Derby Ward, together with all the improvements thereon; also, the following Slaves, viz: Selina, Martha and Eugenia, Dick and Dennis, and the future issue and increase of the female Slaves; In Trust Nevertheless, for the sole separate and exclusive use of my daughter, Rebecca Ann Bealle, for and during the term of her natural life and not subject to the debts, contracts or engagements of her present, or of any future husband, with whom she may intermarry and from and after the death of my said daughter, Rebecca Ann, then in further trust for the sole separate and exclusive use of my daughter, Mary W. Cloud for and during the term of her natural life, — if she should survive the said Rebecca Ann –, and not subject to the debts, contracts or engagements of her present, or of any future husband, with whom she may intermarry; and from and after the death of the survivor of my daughters then in further trust for my grandchildren, Tallulah and Frederick, the children of the said Rebecca Ann and of any and every other child or children of the said Rebecca Ann, and Mary W. that may hereafter be born to them and each of them, and who may be living at the time of the death of the survivor of the said Rebecca Ann and Mary W. to each of all my said grandchildren – if more than one – share and share alike, to them, their heirs, executors administrators, and assigns forever; But if at the time of the death of the survivor of my said daughters, neither of them shall have any children or lineal representatives of children then living, — which lineal representatives, I direct, shall stand in the place and stead of their immediate ancestor or parent per capita – then, I give devise and bequeath the above property and the issue and increase of the female slaves, unto my neices Mrs. Jane S. Bassinger and Miss Adeline R. Starr, share and share alike, as tenants in common and not in joint tenants, to them, their heirs, executors, administrators and assigns forever. Thirdly, I give and bequeath to my niece Adeline R. Starr the sum of Five hundred dollars, and to Mrs Sarah Starr the Wife of Charles H. Starr, for her sole separate and exclusive use the sum of Three hundred Dollars. Fourthly, I give and bequeath to William S. Basinger the sum of Three hundred dollars, to hold the same in trust for my negro woman Selina, as a reward for her care and attention to me in seasons of sickness, the interest thereof to be paid to her in monthly installments, or as the said trustee shall find most convenient, and no further trust for her children after her death. Fifthly I give and bequeath all my plate to my daughters, Rebecca Ann and Mary W. to be divided equally between them, and I desire that they select such articles of my other household furniture as they may prefer, leaving the residue to be sold to assist in the payment of the legacies above given and bequeathed. Sixthly. I give, devise and bequeath all the rest and residue of my property that I may died seized, possessed of or entitled to, to my daughters Mary W. Cloud, and Rebecca Ann Bealle share and share alike for the sole separate and exclusive use of each of them, to them, to their heirs executors, administrators, and assigns forever.

And lastly, I nominate and appoint Israel K. Tefft and William H Cuyler M D the executors of this my last will and testament

In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal, at Savannah aforesaid, this second day of August in the year of our Lord One thousand eight hundred and fifty two.

Mary M. Densler  L S

Signed, sealed, published and declared by the above testatrix on the day and year and at the place above mentioned, as and for her last will and testament, in the presence of us, who,at her request, in her presence and in the presence of each other, have hereunto set our hands as witnesses.

Wm. W. Lincoln, Homer W. Denslow, R. H. Howell

State of Georgia

Chatham County

Court of Ordinary

Present – John Bilbo Esq, Ordinary for the County of Chatham, Personally appeared William W. Lincoln and Richard H. Howell, two of the subscribing witnesses to the annexed instrument of writing, purporting to be the last Will and Testament of Mary M. Densler, late of Chatham County deceased, who being duly sworn, deposeth and saith that they were present and did see the said instrument of writing duly executed by the said Mary M. Densler, And deponent

 

further saith that the said Mary M. Densler at the time of executing the said instrument of writing was to the best of deponents knowledge and belief, of sound and disposing mind, memory, and understand; and that they William W. Lincoln and Richard H. Howell (the deponents) and Homer W. Denslow in the presence of each other and of the said Mary W. Densler and at her request, signed their names as witnesses to the due execution of the same.

Sworn to before me this sixth day of April 1857

John Bilbo  O. C. C.

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W. W. Lincoln

R. H. Howell

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We Isreal K. Tefft and William H. Cuyler do solemnly swear that this writing contains the true last Will of the within named Mary M. Densler deceased, so for as we know or believe; and that we will well and truly execute the same, by paying first the debts, and then the legacies contained in the said will, as far as her goods and chattels will thereunto extend and the law charge us; and that we will make a true and perfect inventory of all such good and chattels — So Help me God.

Sworn to before me this Sixth day of April 1857

John Bilbo O. C. C.

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J. K. Tefft

Wm. H. Cuyler

 

1850 Slave Schedule for Savannah, Chatham County, Georgia shows the following:

50-year-old female black

25-year-old female mulatto

2-year-old female black

22-year-old male mulatto

4-year-old male black

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Inventory? I wonder where that is…