Will of Benjamin Cleveland (1785-1830) and abstract of
various estate records, Pickens District (now Oconee County), South Carolina
The South Carolina Magazine of Ancestral Research, Vol
XIII, Number 3, Summer, 1985 - "Some Early Pickens District Wills"
Last Will and Testament of Benjamin Cleveland
In the Name of God, Amen:
I, Benjamin Cleveland, in the District of Pickens and
State of South Carolina, being weak in body but in perfect health in mind and
memory and calling to mind the uncertainty of life and being desirous to
dispose of all such worldly estate as it hath pleased God to bless me with, do
make and ordain this my last will in manner following,
First, I give, demise, bequeath and dispose of the
same in the following manner and form - first I give and bequeath unto my wife
Peggy Cleveland all my estate real and personal rites (sic) whatsoever during
her life or widowhood and at her decease or marriage if seasing (sic) to be my
widow then my estate real and personal to be sould (sic) by my Executors to the
best advantage for a division amongst my lawful ayres (sic), giving one-third
part of the money arising from said property to my beloved wife Peggy Cleveland
and the rest after paying all just debts to be equally divided between children
as they may arrive of age or days of marriage.
I do hereby authorize and appoint my deart wife Peggy
Cleveland and Robert Holland and Jacob Holland my Executors to carry into
effect the intent and meaning of this my last will and testament or testaments,
wills legacy or legacies, bequeath or bequeaths Executor or Executors by me in
any wise before named or appointed willed or bequeathed, ratifying and
confirming this and (no?) other to be my last will and testament.
Signed, sealed, published and pronounced and delivered
by the s'd Benjamin Cleveland as and for his last will and testament in the
presence of us who in his presence and in the presence of each other hath
hereunto subscribed our names:
Kenneth McKenzie, William (X, his mark) Miles, and
James (X, his mark) Jones
Signed: Benjamin Cleveland
Abstract of various estate records, Pickens County,
Cleveland, Benjamin - Box 3 No 30 - will dated 1830:
heirs: wife, Peggy Cleveland, children (not named). Exrs: Robert & Jacob
Holland. Wit. Kenneth McKenzie, William Miles, James Jones.
Inventory made 13 Oct 1831 by Jonathan Reeder, Kenneth
McKenzie, Wm Mills.
Est also admr 12 Oct 1857 by Jeremiah Cleveland, A.J.
Looney, Martin L. Looney bound to W.J. Parsons, Ordy. for $15,000. Heirs out of
this state are Thomas Cleveland, Gibson Hix & wife Nancy, Martin L Looney
& wife Mariam. Heirs in this state are A.J. Looney & wife Margaret,
Sarah C. Abbott, Wm. B Dickson & wife Elizabeth, and the heirs of B. Milton
Cleveland, deceased, viz. Adaaline Keese, formerly Adaline Cleveland, and widow
of deceased and her two children Lewis and Margaret Cleveland, both minors.
Dated 15 Dec 1859.
25 Dec 1858, amt. of sale in GA, $20.51. Owned 8
U.S. Southern Claims Commission, Disallowed and Barred Claims, 1871-1880 [data base on-line on Ancestry.com from original record microfilms in the National Archives]
No. of Images in Packet:5 Abstracted by Teresa McVeigh 8 Jan 2013
12348 Mar 15/72
Petition of Pendleton Isbell by William L Isbell To the Commissioners of Claims Resident of Claimant: Polk Nature of Claim: Property taken by the U.S. Forces Amount Claimed: $300.00 Filed by Saml V Niles Washington City March 15, 1872
The Petiton of Pendleton Isbell represeted by his son William L Isbell
respectfully presents that he is a rcitizen of the United States and reside at present at or near Cedartown Polk Co. Geo. and that he resided when this claim acreued at or near Polk Co. Geo. That he has a claim against the United States for property taken for the use of the army of the United States during the late rbellion at or near Cedartown, in the County of Polk, and the state of Georgia. August 1864 2 head of mules ea $150.00 total value $300.00
The property in question was taken or furnished for the use of a portion of the army of
the United States, known as Gen Sherman's Army and commanded by Gen William Vandiver and that the persons who took or received the property, or who authorized or directed it to be taken or furnished, were the following: Gen William Vandiver Brig. Gen. Stationed at Rome, Floyd Co. Geo.
The property was removed to Rome and used for or by Gen. William Vandiver's command
all this on or about the ___ day of August, in the year 1864. That no voucher, receipt, or other writing was given for the property.
Your petitioner remained loyally adherent to the cause of the Government of the United
States during the was and was so loyal before and at the time of the taking of the property for which this claim is made, and he solemnly declare that. from the beginning of hostilities against the United States to the end thereof, his sympathies were constantly with the cause of the United States; that he never, of his own free will and accord, did anything, or offered, or sought, or attempted to do anything, by word or deed, to injure said cause or retard its success, and that he were at all times ready and willing, when called upon, or if called upon, to aid and assist the cause of the Union, or its supporters, so far as his means and power, and the circumstances of the case, permitted.
That Samuel V Niles of Washington D.C. hereby authorized and empowered to act as Attorney
for the procecution of this claim. [Signed by]
Pendleton Isbell by William L Isbell
Witnesses: Benjamin F Cleveland Milton G Isbell State of Georgia County of Floyd 12 Jan 1872
Names of witnesses who will be relied upon to prove loyalty: