Franklin County Wills:
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 Testament.
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 off.
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 forever.
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
[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 Solomon