Will of William Faulk, 1856
Submitted by Marceline Beem
Columbus County, NC
In the Name of God Amen

I, William Faulk, of Columbus County North Carolina, being of sound and perfect mind (blessed be God), do this tenth day of June Anno Domini one thousand eight hundred and fifty six make and publish this my last will and testament, in manner following, that is to say, First I give and bequeath to my beloved wife Ann during her life time, one negro slave George, after her decease I devise that he be sold and equally divided (the proceeds) between my two daughters Lucy Ann and Margarett Faulk, also the household and kitchen furniture except a bed & furniture for Henry, Isaac, Coleman, Lucy Ann and Margaret. I also give and bequeath to my wife Ann one hundred
acres land laid off of the east end of a two hundred and fifty acres tract including the buildings where I now reside.

I give and bequeath to my sons Henry & Coleman in addition to that already conveyed to them, the remainder of the said two hundred & fifty acres (together with the one hundred allotted to their mother after her death) to be equally divided between them.

And lastly I do hereby constitute and appoint my trusty sons James & Henry Faulk my lawful executors to all intents and purposes, to execute this my last will and testament, according to the true intent and meaning of the same and every part and clause thereof hereby revoking and declaring utterly void all other wills & testaments by me heretofore made.

In witness whereof I the said William Faulk do here unto set my hand and seal
signed, sealed, published and declared by the said William Faulk to be his last will and testament in the presence of us, who at his request and in his presence do subscribe our names as witnesses thereto.

(Interlined before assigneds)
William Faulk
Jno C Powell
Dempsey Coleman

A proper writing purporting to be the last will and testament of William Faulk
deceased late of Columbus County in exhibit for probate in open court by James Faulk and Henry Faulk the executors therein named and the due execution thereof by the said William Faulk is proved by the oath and examination of John A Powell and Dempsey Coleman the subscribing witnesses thereto and it appearing to the satisfaction of the court that all the heirs legatees and next of kin of the said William Faulk have been lawfully notified more than ten days prior to the term of the court of the intention of said executors to offer said paper writing for probate and whereas no person comes into court and objects thereto it is thereupon considered and adjudged by the court that the said paper writing and every part thereof which is in words and figures following to wit (here copy the will), is the last will and testament of the **** William Faulk and the same is ordered to be recorded and filed. And thereupon the said Henry Faulk and James Faulk executors as aforesaid duly qualify as si** by taking the Oath prescribed by Law.