When John Ragin died, in his Will dated 13th of June 1803 in Will Book A page 28, he left July to his son Charles C. Ragin. Two other slaves, Joe and Chloe were also left to Charles C. Ragin.
In the will of Charles C. Ragin it reads: "It is my will and desire that all my lands stock of horses, mules, cattle, hogs, provisions, household and kitchen furniture together with the following slaves (to wit) Charlotte, Maddison, Rufus, Washington, Emma, Preston, Harminne, Martha, Amanda, Charles, Richard, John, Little Harriett, Old Harriett, Abram, Mary, Aaron, and Alister, shall constitute a parcel and part of my estate for the purposes herein after expressed. That is to say my exec. are hereby expressly enjoined to keep up my plantation continue to cultivate my lands by the work and labor of the above named slaves in the same manner as has heretofore been done by me for the space of one hundred years from and after my decease. The proceeds arising there from to be appropriated in the following manner. First ten per antum out of the nett proceeds annually to be reserved by my Executors as a compensation for their services: second so much as may be necessary to be applied to the payment of the ordinary expenses of the plantation: Third the balance to be expended for the benefit of my slaves above named in such manner as my Executors may think best to promote their interest. Third I give devise and bequeath unto my brother Richard Ragin my negro man July together with one third of the remainder of my negro property to him and his heirs forever. Fourth I give devise and bequeath unto my brother David Ragin one third part of the residue of my negro property to him and his heirs forever. Fifth I give and devise unto my brother Richard Ragin one fourth of the remaining one third of my negro property in trust for the sole and exclusive benefit of my brother James Ragin during the term of his natural life and at his death to be equally divided between my brother James Ragins children. Sixth the remaining three fourths of the one third part of my negroe property I give and bequeath unto the children of my deceased brother John H. Ragin: the children of my deceased sister Sarah King and the children of my deceased sister Mary Gayle share and share alike, to their heirs forever. Lastly I hereby nominate, constitute and appoint my brother Richard Ragin and my nephew John R. King Executors to this my last will and testimate. Signed sealed and declared by the said testator to be his last will and testament on the thirty first day of May A.D. 1846
Codicil to will of Charles C. Ragin
Whereas I Charles C. Ragin of South Carolina Sumter District, have made my last will and testament in writing, bearing date Thirty first day of May 1846. Now I do by this my writing, which I hereby declare to be a codicil to my said will, to be taken as a part thereof give and bequeath to my nephew John R. King one negro boy named Moses, to be taken into his profession as soon as my debts are paid, to him and his heirs forever--I also give and devise unto my nephew David L. Ragin a negro boy named Warren to be taken into his profession as soon as my debts are paid to him and his heirs forever. Thirty first day May A.D. 1846. And lastly it is my desire that this my present codicil be annexed to and made a part of my last will and Testament to all intents and purposes.
In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal this twentieth day of May 1848.
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