Will of Mary Hicks
contributed by Billy Mayo

Mary Hicks was the mother of Louisa Mariah Hicks, Edwin Mayo’s first wife. She and Edwin had three children prior to her death in Americus, Georgia soon after the birth of Mary L. Mayo. The children were Nathan E., b. 1836, Roxie L., b. 1839, and Mary L., b. 1842. Edwin, with his three children moved to Henry County, Alabama.

Sumter County, Georgia
    In the name of God, Amen.  I Mary Hicks of said state and county, being of advanced age, 
but of sound and despairing mind and memory, knowing that I must shortly depart this life, 
deem it right and proper to make a disposition of the property with which a kind providence 
has helped me.  I do therefore make this my last will and testament hereby revoking and 
annulling all others by me heretofore made.
    I desire and direct that my body be buried in a decent and Christian like manner suitable 
to my circumstances in life. My soul I trust shall return to God who gave it. As hope for my 
salvation through the merits and atonement of the Lord and Savoir Jesus Christ.
    I desire and direct that my executor herein after appointed shall have laid off and set 
apart an acre of land where on my family burial ground is situated for the purpose of a 
burial ground the same to be laid off on the western side  of the Jareblic Road and I hereby 
give and bequeath Samuel B. Gilbert the sum of three hundred dollars which amount shall be 
used by the said Samuel B. Gilbert in securing the said burial ground with a good substantial 
fence or railings and in placing the necessary repairs thereon from time as may become 
necessary in protecting said burial ground from stock and in keeping said burial ground 
cleaned up and in good condition.
    I give and bequeath my beloved grand children  Roxie Laura Mayo and Mary Louisa Mayo the 
sum of one hundred dollars each.
    I give and bequeath to my daughters Mary B. Brown, and Clarrissa Caroline Gilbert, one 
feather bed each. The remainder of my bedding and bed clothing I desire and direct to be 
divided equally between my three daughter to wit; Mary B. Brown, Clarrissa Caroline Gilbert, 
and Susannah Perence Hudson.
    I desire and direct that the remainder of my property both real and personal be sold by 
my executor and after the payment of all debts if any existing, That the proceeds thereof 
together with all money, notes, and closes in action left by me on my death be equally 
divided by my executor between my three children to wit; Mary B. Brown, Clarrissa Caroline 
Gilbert, Susannah Perence Hudson, and the children of my deceased daughter Prity Elefour 
Beall; to wit; Mary Harriett, Frederick D. Beall, Nancy J. Beall, Harriett Beall, and Arthur 
Beall.  The said children take the share of their deceased mother , share and share alike 
except caroline Gilbert who shall account for three hundred dollars in the distribution 
which amount has been advanced to her heretofore by me.
    I desire and direct that such part of my estate as I have bequeathed to Arthur Beall in 
item Sixth shall be held by Franklin Chambers in trust for the said Arthur until arrive at 
the age of twenty one years and that the income thereof together with such part of the 
corpus thereof as may be absolutely necessary be expended in the support and education of 
the said Arthur and the remainder turned over to him upon his arrival at twenty one years 
of age.
    I herby constitute and appoint my friend Franklin Chambers executor of this my last will 
and testament this March 6th 1872.
                                                          Signed: Mary Hicks
Witness: James G. Shinholster
               E. J. Holland
               J. T. Jones
Signed, sealed and declared published by Mary Hicks her last will and testament in the 
presence of us the undersigned who subscribed our names hereto in the presence of testator at 
her special instance and request and in the presence of each other this March 6th, 1872.
J. G. Shinholster, E. J. Holland, J. T. Jones