Will of William Lipscomb (1731-1810)

He was one of the first settlers in the original county of Spartanburg, South Carolina, moving there in 1784 from Louisa County, Virginia. He obtained large grants of land on Thickety and Goucher Creeks. He was a member of the Committee of Safety of Louisa County, Virginia in 1775. His will was filed in Spartenburgh District, South Carolina, and a copy is also recorded in Will Book A, p. 577, Madison County, Kentucky.
In the name of God, Amen. I, William Lipscomb of Spartenburgh District, State of South Carolina, being in my sound mind and memory, make this my last Will and Testament this seventh day of July in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and eight, and in the thirty-fourth year of American Independence.

My son John Lipscomb to deduct out of his equal part four hundred dollars for the land deeded from me to him, unless he chooses to have the equal part, the negroes, household furniture, and stock that my wife don't take choice of to be equally divided among my children so that the negroes remain in the family, and at my wife's death all that part of the negroes, household furniture, and stock and their increase and tools that my wife had be equally divided as all my other property.

My will and desire is that my wife should live with my son Smith Lipscomb, they having the liberty of cropping together.

If my children die leaving no child, their brothers and sisters shall receive their equal parts and if any should die leaving a child or children, then my grandchild or children shall receive their father's or mother's equal part.

My will and desire is that my son David Lipscomb, John Lipscomb, Nathan Lipscomb, and Smith Lipscomb be my executors and that my executors do perform as above. In witness I have hereunto set my hand and seal the day and date above written.

William Lipscomb

Signed and sealed in the presence of William Bostick, Joshua Richards, John Herron

His will was proven in Spartenburgh District, South Carolina, on April 11, 1810 by William Bostick and Joshua Richards. John, Smith, and Nathan Lipscomb qualified as executors.