Franklin County Wills

 

Franklin County Wills, Inventories 1785-1797, Vol. A, Page 33-35
PATEWELL MILNER- 1788

In the Name of God Amen, I PATE WELL MILNER of Franklin County, State of North Carolina being through the abundant Mercy of God tho weak in body yet sound in mind and memory do constitute this my Last Will and Testament and desire it may by all be received as such First I must humbly bequeath my Soul to God my Maker; beseechin his most gracious Exceptance of it Amen.
As to my worldly estate Imprimises, I do give and bequeath unto my Loving Son JOHN MILNER my bay horse named Jack to him and his heirs forever ---
Item- I also give unto my son ALLEN MILNER my sorril filly to have and to hold the same forever, except the first colt the said filly may have which I give unto my son WILSON MILNER; anything to the contrary notwithstanding the sd colt to the sd WILSON and his heirs forever.
Item- I do also give and bequeath unto my loving son JAMES MILNER the fold of the Festola mare (so called) with fold by Mark Anthony the said fold to the said JAMES and his heirs forever --
Item- I do also give unto my loving daughter MARTHY MILNER one feather bed and furniture - also one cow and calf to her and her heirs forever --
Item- I do likewise give unto my daughter MARY MILNER one bed and furniture, to her and her heirs forever --
Item- I do give unto my daugher BATHSHEBA MILNER two cows and calves to her and her heirs forever --
Item- Also I do give unto JENNETT MILNER two cows and calves to her (my daughter) and her heirs forever
Item- My will and desire is that all my land be run out by the County Surveyor, and then divided into five equal partsItem- I do give and bequeath in form and manner following, the manor plantation I give unto my son BENJAMIN WELLS MILNER provided that the said Manor shall be conndred only in value to one fifth part of the said land to him and his heirs forever also my writing desk as above to him his heirs forever --
Item- My will and desire is that the other four parts be divided by lot, between my other four sons JOHN MILNER,ALLEN MILNER, JAMES MILNER, and WILSON MILNER. Also my three lots to be among for divided between the said JOHN, ALLEN, and JAMES MILNER the said lots laying and being in the Town of Lewisburg for the use of the said JOHN MILNER, ALLEN MILNER and JAMES MILNER they and their heirs forever --
Item- I lend unto my beloved wife (JACOBINA) all the residue of my Estate, comprehending Negroes, stock of all kinds, household furniture, and plantation utensils during natural life or widowhood, intermarriage, or death, that the said Negroes and stock with their increase, also household and Kitchen furniture with the plantation utensils be equally divided between my six daughters which drawn for by lot which lot shall be laid off by three sufficient men, to be chosen by the Executors hereafter mentioned to & for the use of my beloved daughters MARTHA MILNER, MARY MILNER, BATHSHEBY MILNER, GENNET MILNER, CHARITY MILNER, PRISILLAR MILNER to them and their heirs forever --
Item- My will and desire is that fire wood, and timber for the use of the manor plantation be taken from any part of the said land, so that it doth not comprehend the lot or part, which shall belong to my eldest JOHN MILNER, provided never the less that it shall be understood that such fire wood and rail timber is not to be taken from the lot of any after he has arrived to the age of Twenty one --
Item- And it is my will and desire that all my children who may stand in want of educations be provided with the same from the general stock of the Estate.
Item- I do constitute and appoint as Executors to this my Last Will and Testament, my beloved wife (JACOBINA MILNER) JOHN MILNER and ALLEN MILNER. As witness my hand and seal this Twenty fifth day of July one Thousand Seven Hundred and Eighty Eight--

PATEWELL MILNER

Test, Seal'd and delivered in the presence of
NATH'L WELLS
HENRY HUNT Jurat
JESSE MABRY ("X" his mark) Jurat