Franklin County Wills:
Will of Happy Stone - 1850
Happy Stone of Franklin County, North Carolina
Last Will and Testament
19 March 1850
In the name of God Amen. I happy Stone of the State of North Carolina and County of Franklin considering the uncertainty of my earthly existence, but being of sound mind and memory, do make publish and declare this to be my last will and testament in manner and form following; (To Wit).
Item 1. It is my will and desire that this body of mine be decently interred and that all of my just debts be paid after my death
Item 2. It is my will and desire that after my death that all the property of every description that I may be posed of at the time of my death be sold and it equally divided, as follows; (To Wit).
I give one sixth part after paying all expenses to my son, William Stone. I give to my son, McCullar Stone one sixth part. I give to my son, Washington Stone one sixth part. I give to my son, Elias Stone one sixth part. I give to my daughter, Mary Ann Howell, one sixth part. I give to my grand son, John Axum Jenkins one sixth part, but should he die before he arrives at age of twenty one, it is my will that this part left to him be equally divided between William, McCullar, Washington, Elias Stone and Mary Ann Howell and there heirs.
Lastly I nominate and appoint my son William Stone my sole Executor to this my last will and testament. In testimony of which I have here unto set my hand and affixed my seal this 19 March A.D. 1850.
Signed Sealed and Acknowledge
Note: She was born Kerenhappuch (Happy) Stallings,
the daughter of Elias and Nancy Ann (Reddick) Stallings. Named after the third daughter of Job, from The Book of Job in The Old
Testament of the Bible she was the wife of Merritt Stone.
(Submitted by Callie J. Stallings)