In the name of God Amen.
I John Drury of the State of N. Carolina & Mechlenburg County being of sound mind & memory do make this my last will & testament revoking all others.
1 Item This my will that all my just debts be punctually paid.
2 Item This my will that my wife Holly Drury shall have her life estate in a tract of land belonging to her in the State of South Carolina & Chester Divided to keep my family of children upon it during her natural life or pleasure & that all my perishable property of every kind be reserved for the purposes of raising & maintaining my children (I order) thou that are now under age.
3 Item After the decease of my wife I give & bequeath to my two sons Presley and Littleton Drury the above married tract of land, provided they by their labour or any other way pay the remainder of money due from me for said tract of land, be it understood that the two boys have liberty to work said land from the time of my decease as they can agree between themselves.
4 Item I give and bequeath at the death of my wife all the residue of my property to be equally divided between the remainder of my children or such as may be alive at the time of her death.
In witness whereof I have here unto set my hand and affixed my seal this 21st of May A.D. 1816.
Chester County South Carolina Probate Bond
Know all men by these presents that we Presley Drury, Charles Drury & Jno. Thompson are holden and firmly bound unto E. Lyles Ordinary for Chester District in the full and just sum of one thousand dollars to be paid to the said E. Lyles or his successor ordinarys of this District or their Certain attorney or assigns which payment will and truly to be made we bind ourselves and every of us - our and every of our heirs executors and Administrators for the whole as in the whole familys and severally firmly by these presents seald with our seals and dated this third day of September in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and sixteen and of American independence the forty first year.
The condition of this obligation is such that of the within (County) Presley Drury, Administrator of the good chattels and credits of John Drury - Deceased do make a true and perfect inventory of all and singularly the good chattels and credits of the said deceased which have or shall come to the hands possession of any other person or persons for him and the same so made do include into the said court of ordinary when he shall be thereunto required and such goods chattels and credits do well and truly administer according to law and do make a just and true account of his (abling) and doing therein when required by the said court and all the rest of the said goods chattels and credits which shall be found remaining upon the account of the said administration (the same being first allowed by the said court) shall deliver and pay and unto such persons respectively as are entitled to the same by law and if it shall hereafter (a sentence may be missing) and the same be proved in court and the executors obtain a certificate of the probate thereof and the said Presley Drury & witnesses to will (authorized) Doe in such case if required rendered and deliver unto the said letters of administration then this obligation to be void or else to remain in full force.
Petition To Chester County Court October 15, 1816
So. Carolina By E. Lyles Ordinary of Chester Dt.
(????) Presley Drewry Ext. Of the last will & testament of John Drury Dcd hath petitioned me for leave to sell part of the personal estate of S. John Drury these are to permit the S. Ext. to sell a part of S. estate at publick ventrure or a (Coedenrt) of twelve months (first D doctrine - inf) according to law.
Given under my had & seal the fifteenth day of October Anno Domini 1816 and the forty first year of American Independence