RECORDED IN BOOK 16 FOLIO 124
FRANKLIN COUNTY MARCH SESSIONS 1826
I TRULY CERTIFY THAT THE NAMED WILL WAS SCHEDULED IN OPEN COURT FOR PROBATE AND THE MEMBERS THEREOF, DULY SWORN, BY THE OATHS OF TITUS EDWARDS, BARD EDWARDS, THE SOUL'S ENDURING WIFE FOR THIS, SO, IT WAS ON MOTION ORDERED TO BE RECORDED.
HON. S. PATTERSON CLK.
FRANKLIN COUNTY MARCH SEVENTH 1826
IN THE NAME OF GOD AMEN, I, JAMES SOLOMON ESQ. OF THE COUNTY OF FRANKLIN, AND STATE OF NORTH CAROLINA, BEING OF SOUND MIND AND MEMORY, BLESSED TO GOD FOR IT, THIS 7TH DAY OF SEPTEMBER, IN THE YEAR OF OUR LORD, EIGHTEEN HUNDRED AND TWENTY TWO, MAKE AND PUBLISH THIS MY LAST WILL AND TESTAMENT IN MANNER AS FOLLOWETH, THAT IS TO SAY,
ITEM I LEND TO MY BELOVED WIFE ELIZABETH SOLOMON ALL MY ESTATE, BOTH REAL AND PERSONAL, DURING HER LIFE OF WIDOWHOOD, AND IF THE SHOCK BE MORE THEN MY WIFE CAN SUPPORT, THE EXECUTORS TO SELL THE SAME, AND FOR MY WIFE TO HAVE THE MONEY
ITEM AFTER THE DEATH OR WIDOWHOOD OF MY WIFE, I GIVE AND BEQUEATH UNTO MY SON JAMES SOLOMON, ONE NEGRO WOMAN BY THE NAME OF DICE, AND ONE NEGRO GIRL BY THE NAME OF FENEBY, AND THEIR INCREASE. IF WE OR ONE OF US IS LONGER LIVING THAN JAMES SOLOMON, THESE NEGROES AND THEIR INCREASE, IS TO RETURN BACK WITH THE REST OF THE PROPERTY. IF JAMES SOLOMON SHOULD DIE, I WANT THE HEIRS OF THE BEGOTTEN OF HIS BODY TO HAVE THE LAND WHERE WE NOW LIVE. IF SAID JAMES SOLOMON SHOULD BE ALIVE WHEN WE DIE, THE LAND IS TO RETURN BACK WITH THE REST OF MY PROPERTY, AND HE KEEP THE NEGROES.
ITEM I GIVE AND BEQUEATH TO MY DAUGHTER REBECCA, ONE FEATHER BED AND FURNISHINGS.
NOW AT OUR DEATHS I WANT ALL MY PROPERTY SOLD AND EQUALLY DEVIDED, IF JAMES SOLOMON IS DEC'D., THE HEIRS OF HIS BODY IS TO HAVE THE LAND. IF, HE BE NOT DEC'D. WHEN WE DIE, HE KEEPS THE NEGROES, AND HIS HEIRS NOT THE LAND, IF SAID JAMES SOLOMON SHOULD BE DEC'D, HIS HEIRS OF HIS BODY, IS TO HAVE THE LAND, AND A EQUAL SHARE. THENST AT OUR DEATHS, I WANT IT ALL SOLD AND EQUALLY DIVIDED BETWEEN LEWCEEY (LUCY), ELIJAH, REBECOR (REBECCA), LEWIS, BETSEY, EATHA(Torn Page), AND AMOS SOLOMON, IF HE IS ALIVE AT THE SEPERATION. THIS BE THE NAMES OF MY CHILDREN.
I DESIRE TO HAVE JAMES SOLOMON AND ELIZABETH, WIFE, EXECUTORS TO MY WILL. I HAVE HER SEAL MY HAND AND AFFIXED MY SEAL TO THIS, MY LAST WILL AND TESTAMENT, IN THE YEAR FIRST ABOVE MENTIONED, SEPTEMBER THE 7TH, 1822.
INSEALED IN THE PRESENSE OF US.
TITUS EDWARDS JAMES X SOLOMON
BARD EDWARDS MARK
(submitted by Harold Solomon)
Last Will and Testament
In the name of God Amen. I William Solomon of the County of Franklin
and the State of North Carolina, do make and constitute this my last Will and
Impremis. My wish and desire is that my Negroe man Will shall remain
with my wife for her use during her life, and after her death, I wish him to be
the property of any one of my children to whom he may choose.
Item - I wish a sufficiency of my crop to be alloted off by my
executors for the support of Wife and family, (Sally and Jeremiah included) ,
for one year.
Item - I lend unto my beloved wife Diana during her natural life, the
following Negroes (to wit) Lucy, Jack, Rachal, Annaky, Cham, Patty, Silvia and
Mary and their increase. I likewise wish my two negro men Sam and Robbin to be
hired out by my Executors, until they think proper to call them in, and the
money arising from the hire of said negroes, to go to the discharge of my just
debts. I also lend to my wife during her natural life the Land and Plantation
whereon I now live, together with all my plantation utensils, three work horses,
six cows and calves, one yoke of oxen, and cart and wheels, and three sows and
pigs, and my stock of sheep. I lend to my wife all my household and kitchen
furniture, except two beds and furniture, which I intend for my daughter Sally
Solomon and my son Jeremiah Solomon, together with as much of my other household
and kitchen furniture as will make them equal to those who have married and gone
Item - I wish my daughter Sally Solomon and my son Jeremiah Solomon
(if they think proper) to live with my wife so long as they remain single, and
to be supported, and when they or either of them marry or go off, I give them
one horse, one cow and calf a piece.
Item - I wish at the death of my wife the land to be equally divided
between my two sons William Solomon and Jeremiah Solomon to them and their Heirs
Item - My will and desire is that my Negroes heretofore mentioned and
their increase after the death of my wife, be divided by Lot after valuation by
two or more disinterested persons, and to be equally divided between my children
as follows, Goodwynne Solomon, Luke Solomon, Bennit Solomon, Eliza Jud, Dica
Hale, Sally Solomon, William Solomon, Jinny Lewis, and Jeremiah Solomon, to them
and their Heirs forever.
Item - I give to my son Jordan Solomon Negroe boy now in his
possession named Dick to him and his Heirs forever.
Item - I wish for my present crop and that part of stock, which I have
not left my wife after she takes her support as before mentioned, to be sold at
the expiration of the year or twelve months credit, ant the money arising
there from to go to the discharge of my just debts.
Item - It is my will and desire at the death of my wife for all my
stock of every kind, household and kitchen furniture and plantation utensils to
be sold on twelve months credit and the money arising there from to be equally
divided between the whole of my children to them and their Heirs forever.
Item - I appoint my beloved wife and my two sons Luke Solomon and
Jeremiah Solomon my Executors to this my last Will and Testament.
Lastly - Its my will that if either my children should descend from
this my last Will and Testament (or in other words bring on a lawsuit) they
shall have be cut off with five Shillings. 16th of April 1814
Signed Sealed and Acknowledged William
Solomon - seal
in presence of John Perry, Charles
Debuam - Jurat, J. Denson - Jurat Returned June 6,1814
[Franklin County, N.C. Will Book 11, pages 142-143]
NOTE: William Solomon of Franklin Co. was the son of William and Ruth
Hay(es) Solomon of Edgecomb Co., NC. Diana was the sister of Isaac Gordon, and
daughter of John Gordon of NC. Harold Solomon is one of their descendants.
This Will contributed by Harold