IN THE NAME OF GOD AMEN: I William Sims of the Parrish of Saint Andrew in the County of Brunswick do make this my last Will and Testament in manner and form following. IMPREMIS I lend unto my loving wife during her life one third part of the lands I now live on including the houses on the plantation whereon I now live. I also lend unto my said wife until my son Robert Sims comes to the age of twenty one years all my negroes, cattle, horses, hogs, sheep, household and kitchen furniture of what kind or nature soever. ITEM, my will and desire is that as soon as my said son Robert shall arrive to the age of twenty one years that then all the estate lent my said wife except my land together with all my negroes be equally divided between my said wife, my sons Robert and William, and my daughters Lucy and Sally, which proportions I give to them and their heirs forever except my wifes part which I lend to her during her life and after her death to be equally divided among all my children aforesaid. ITEM, I give and bequeath unto my son Robert Sims one third part of the lands I now live on to him and his heirs forever. ITEM, I give and bequeath unto my son William Sims one third part of the lands I now live on to him and his heirs forever. ITEM, My will and desire is that after my wifes death the lands lent my said wife be equally divided between my sons Robert and William to them and their heirs forever. I do hereby appoint my beloved wife Elizabeth Sims and my friends Peter Pelham Junior and Benjamin Wall Executors of this my last Will and Testament. IN WITNESS whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal this twelfth day of May 1780. William Sims (Seal). Signed sealed and published in the presence of Rebecca Sims and Peter Pelham Junior.
Source: Jane Morrison, Adam Symes and His Descendants (1938), pages 83-84, digital images, Hathitrust Digital Library (http://www.hathitrust.org : accessed 15 May 2020).