|Title||John Reynolds document set|
|Date||1755 October 31|
|Description||1 Item-two leaf pamphlet with manuscript letter|
Reynolds, John, 1700-1776
United States History Colonial period, ca. 1600-1775
|Scope & Content||
John Reynolds document set. 1 Item-two leaf pamphlet with manuscript letter
The manuscript letter reads as follows:
Know all Men by those Presents that I Amie Pruniere Wife of Joseph Pruniere of Savannah in the Province of Georgia Gentleman (also the [illegible of David Jones of the said Rovince Planter deceased, And before that the Widow, [illegible] of [illegible] heretofore of Savannah aforesaid Shopkeeper deceased) In Virtue of the Authority to me given and reserved in and by a Deed of Settlement made on my Marriage with the said Joseph Pruniere bearing Date on or about the seventeenth Day of January which was in the Year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred and fifty three and made between the said Jospeh Pruniere of the first Part, me the said Amie (by the Name of Amie Johnes Widow) of the second Part and Patrick Mackay of Savannah aforesaid Gentleman of the third Part Do hereby make and ordain my Last Will and Testament and this Writing purporting my Last Will and Testament And do hereby in Pursuance of the aforesaid Power order direct give limit and appoint in Manner following First as for and concerning all that Lott in the Town of Savannah and a Lott containing five Acres and another Lott contaiing forty four Acres and seven Eighths of an Acre near the said Town, in the whole fifty Acres of Land, in the said Deed of Settlement mentioned I give devise and appoint the same unto Thomas Jones my Son and his Heirs forever And as for and concerning the said Sum of one hundred Pounds in the Said Deed of Settlement also mentioned due on Bond from Gibson Mallot my Father I hereby give bequeth and appoint the same with the Interest thereof, and the Bond give for Payment unto Priscilla Jones my Daughter her Executors Administrators and Afsigns foreveer (that is to say) that the said Priscilla shall be paid the Interest due and to become due on the said Bond during the Life of the said Gibson Mallet in Case he shall survive me the said Amie And if the said Gibson Mallot shall depart this Life in the Life-time of my Mother then (the Interest aforesaid being duely paid to the said Priscilla my Daughter) my Intent and Meaning is that my said Mother shall, if desired, have two Years, to be computed from the Death of my Father, [illegible] to pay the said one hundred Pounds to my said Daughter Priscilla And as for and concerning the several household Goods and Furniture likewise mentioned in the said Deed of Settlement or intended so to be I give bequeath and appoint the same to be divided between my said Son Thomas and my Daughter Priscilla Share and Share alike And I do hereby constitute and appoint James Campbell of Savannah aforesaid Merchant and William Ewen of the same Place [illegible] Executors of this my Will In Witnefs whose of [illegible] Amie Pruniere have hereunto set my Hand and Seal this nineteenth Day of September in the Year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred and fifty five.
Signed sealed published and Declared
in the Presence of Us
The reverse side of the manuscript reads as follows:
"By his Excellency John Reynolds Esqr. Captain General and Governor in Cheif in and over His Majestys said Province and Ordinary of the same-
Personally appeared Catherine Mallet being one of the Subscribing Witneefses to the Last Will and Testament of Aimeie Pruniere Late Wife of Jospeh Pruniere of Savannah in the said province Gentleman and being duly sworn on the holy Evangelists made Oath that she was personally present and did see the [illegible] sign Seal publish pronounce and declare the same to be and contain her Last Will and Testament and that she was of sound and disposing Mind and Memor yto the best of her knowledge and Beleif and that she with William Johnson and Charles Watson signed their Names as Witnefses to the said Will at the Request and in the Presence of the [illegible] and in each others Presence-
At the same time James Campbell and William Ewen named Executors qualifyed as such before me
Given under my hand this thirty first day of October 1755
John Reynolds, a British naval officer, was born in England about 1700 and died there in January, 1776. He entered the navy at an early age, and rose through successive ranks to rear-admiral of the blue. While holding the rank of captain in the royal navy, he was appointed the first colonial governor of Georgia on 6 August, 1754, under the plan for the civil government of the province that had recently been framed by the commissioners for trade and plantations. He landed at Savannah on 29 October, 1754, and on 7 January, 1755, called together the first legislative assembly of the province. Captain Reynolds secured the friendship of the Indians, established courts of law, and set in operation the new charter, but resigned in February, 1757. on account of a disagreement with the council. He secured the friendship of the Indian tribes of the state, established courts of judicature, and on 8 January, 1755, called together the first legislature of Georgia.
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