Record of Special Bequeathal by a Grandfather

Academy of Korean Studies

Academy of Korean Studies
Seongnam-si, South Korea

This document records a special bequeathal of farmland
and slaves by a grandfather to the Lady Song, who was
the wife of his grandson, in celebration of her marriage
on the twenty fifth day of the twelfth month, 1739.
The grandfather-in-law specially distributed some
assets to his granddaughter-in-law, Song, saying, “I’m
now eighty years old and my days are numbered. I have
only one grandson, who has just been married. The
bride is wise and intelligent enough to assume ancestral
service responsibilities and take care of me in my
remaining years, which makes me pleased and relieved.
To express my appreciation, I permanently bequeath
her slaves and farmlands that I inherited from my late
father. Enjoy the service of the slaves and food from
the farmland for a long time, and be mindful that any disputes among my descendants over this bequeathal
in the future will be deemed as unfilial behavior toward
me.” The bequeathed estate included twenty three
slaves dwelling in Yangju, Bonghwa, and Incheon, as
well as field registered under the serialized character
chuk and rice paddy under the serialized character
myeon in Gwangjeom-myeon, Yangju.
The scribe of this document was his son-in-law, Yi
Jeongtaek. The writing on the back of the document
states that five majigi of rice paddy under the serialized
character (myeon ) was sold to Kim Samgeon, a
privately-owned slave, on the twenty third day of the
second month, 1742, and named the scribe of this
record with the expression “Witnessed, authored, and
signed by a person whose surname was U.”


  • Title: Record of Special Bequeathal by a Grandfather
  • Date Created: 1739
  • Physical Dimensions: Single sheet
  • Original Language: Chinese

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