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Joseph Stiggins

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Husband of Nancy Haw Gray / Muscoke

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Southern Anthology (Dickinson): Joseph Stiggins

Baldwin County Mississippi Territory August 1, 1811

To Honorable Legislator of Mississippi Teritory, Governor and Council:

The Humble petition of Joseph Stiggins Showeth that having formerly Resided in the Creek Nation amongst the Indians and marrying an Inddian woman by whom I had Children, that I moved to the Country and Edicated and brought up to the Cristian Religion, and finding it Disagreeable that by the law of our Teritory that they can't have their oath though borne of a free woman.

Your petitioner prayeth that they may be Released from that Disability the same that their oldest Brother, Geo. Stiggins, was by his own petition. Viz: Mary Stiggins, Susannah Stiggins, Nancy Stiggins and Robert G. Stiggins their poserity this Indulgence your petitioner thinks he justly Intitled to whilst he is forever Bound to pray.

/s/ Joh Stiggins

August 1, 1811[2]

Subscription of Last Will and Testament of Joseph Stiggins. In the name of God, amen. Decr 27th 1812__

I Joseph Stiggins of the County of Baldwin Mississippi Territory being weak of body but of perfect mind and memory. Thanks be given to the Almighty God. Therefore calling to mind the mortality of my body & knowing that its appointed for all men once to die; do make and ordain this my last will and testament, that is to [say?] principally and first of all I recommend my soul into the hands of God that gave it my body. I recommend to the earth to be buried in decent christian burial at the discretion of my Executor nothing doubting but at the general resurrection I shall receive the same again by the Almighty [power?] of God and as touching such worldly Estate [wherewith?] it hath pleased God to bless me in this life, I give devise and dispose of it in the following [manner?] and form____

It is my will and desire that two Hundred acres of the upland tract laying on [Laurance?] Creek and the adjoining exchanged for [with?] Reubin Dyer shall belong to my Son George Stiggins the remaining two [?] to be reserved for the five children [hereafter named?] and their mother Haw during her natural life and after her dec to be equally divided amongst [?] at the discretion of my Executor and it is further my [will?] and desire that my son George Stiggins shall [?] of the Swamp tract from the [?] likewise negroes [S__?] and [P__?] and all my [stocks?] accounts and outstanding debts [?] horses being his private property _ the Horses and 6 cattle of my property to be retained in the family to their use at the discretion of my Executors.

Further it is my will that my Daughter Mary Stiggins shall have negroes [L___?] and Betty and my Daughter Susannah [Hataway?] Nancy and Elizabeth it is further my will that my Daughter Nancy shall have and possess negroes Harry and [?] it is my will that the follow negroes Pegg, [C__?], Andrew and Peter shall remain with my wife Haw during her natural life and after her death_ Peg, Harry and Andrew to belong to my son Robert Stiggins if my just debts can be paid without selling Andrew_ Peter to belong to my Daughter Nancy Stiggins at her mothers decease. all the hogs of my property to be retained on the family I strictly forbid that any [part or portn?] of my personal property [end of first page] shall be sold or disposed of in any way or means whatever I strictly forbid that in any partitions [or lawsuits?] ensue but to be settled amongst themselves.

Further my son Robert Stiggins shall have the [?] of the swamp tract.

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