Will of Benjamin B Rowell
Brunswick County, North Carolina
In the name of God, Amen.
I, Benjamin B Rowell of the county of
Brunswick North Carolina do make, order, and devise this as my last
will and testament.
I give and bequeath to my wife such part of
my household and kitchen furniture as may be thought necessary by my
executors for the use of herself and children. Also the choice of three
cows and calves, with one two year and items for a (?) and as much
corn, potatoes, and pork as will be sufficient for one year provision
for herself and children, the residue of my perishable property with
the exception of such part as I have heretofore given away to be sold
on the usual terms.
I give and bequeath to my children two
little Negroes for their sole use and benefit, and not to be divided
until the youngest becomes of age.
I desire that my four tracts of land of one
hundred acres each on the east side of the long Bay shall be sold on a
credit of twelve months with full power to my executors to make title,
which title my children when they become of age shall confirm and in
case of failure or refusal on their part to make a warranty title of
said land then and in that case they are required to refund the
It is my will that the plantation on which I
now reside shall be sold if anything like a fair value can be got for
it, leaving it discretional with my executors to fix its value together
with the length of credit on which it shall be sold, the money arising
from said sale shall be (?) out at interest for the benefit of my wife
during her widowhood or life and the maintenance of my children. Should
it not be sold then I leave it for my wife to reside on during her life
or widowhood, after her death or marriage said place to go to my
It is my desire that the money arising from
the sale of my perishable property with what other money that shall be
coming from time to time to my estate shall go to the educating and
maintenance of my children, seeing that my wife gets her due and just
proportion and the residue of any shall be left after their maintenance
together with my land shall go to my children and be equally divided
between them as they become of age.
I appoint my brother Samuel Rowell and John
G Hall executors of this my will and testament.
In witness of all which I hence subscribed
my name and affixed my seal this the 20th day of July 1842.
Published and decreed to be the last will
and testament of Benjamin Rowell in our presence and in the presence of
each other this 20th day of July in the year of our Lord one thousand
eight hundred and forty two (1842).
State of North Carolina
Brunswick County March Term 1843
The due execution of the last will and
testament of Benjamin B Rowell was proved in open court by the oath of
James Hilburn and ordered to be registered.
Nathl Potter, Clk
The will is recorded in Book B pages 41