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Last Will and testament of Joshua Johnson
I, Joshua Johnson of Roanoke Island, Dare County and State of North Carolina, being of sound mind and memory, do make publish and declare this my last will and testament in the following manner namely:
First: I give and bequeath to my three daughters, Emma Frances, Lulia May & Lilly Lee, the plantation I now live on containing fifty acres.
Second: I give and bequeath to my daughter, Emma Frances, one bed & contents, one large table, loom & Spinning wheel.
Third: I give and bequeath to my daughter, Lulia May, one bed and contents, one sideboard and looking glass, all pitchers, glasses &c. that usually set on the said sideboard, and one large washstand and one young cow.
Fourth: I give to my daughter, Lillie Lee, one bed and contents.
Fifth: I give to my son, Martin Louis, one tract of land containing twenty acres known as the Cobb land also my carts & wheels & hand mill.
Sixth: I give to my son, Samuel J. Johnson, my tool chest and tools and one bureau.
Seventh: all property not herein named to be sold for the benefit of my four small children, Martin, Emma, Lulia & Lilly.
And lastly: I hereby appoint my wife, Ellen, executrix, and O.M. Dough, executor, of this my last will and testament hereby revoking all former wills made by me. In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand & seal this 27th day of Dec. in the year of our lord one thousand eight-hundred & seventy nine.
/s/ Joshua [his x mark] Johnson
Wit: C.J. Dough, B.D. Etheridge
NOTE: Joshua Johnson was first married to Winnie Dowdy by whom he had at least one child, Samuel D. Johnson (1833-1901). He married Ellen M. Midgett in 1871 and they had four children: Martin Louis (1872-1959), Emma Frances (1874-1945), Lulia May (c1876-1896 of typhoid fever) and Lillie Lee (1878-1977)
This will was transcribed by Kay Midgett Sheppard. No part of this document may be used for any commercial purposes. However, please feel free to copy any of this material for your own personal use and family research. If you find anything in these records that pertains to your families, it is strongly suggested that you look at the original record on your own to check for errors or possibly other additional and helpful information.