Franklin County Wills:
Will of John Williams -1834
Book K, File 28
In the name of God Amen, I John Williams of the county of Franklin and State of North Carolina, being of sound mind and ? memory do make publish and ordain this my last will and testament in manner and form following, hereby revoking and disannulling all former wills by me made.
1st I lend to my wife Nelly Williams to have use and enjoy during her natural life the following property (to wit) one Negro boy named Jim one Negro boy named Cola and one Negro girl named Cynthia and her future increase Also two head of horses her choice out of my stock, all my stock of hogs , all my house hold & kitchen furniture and plantation utensils and working tools of every description. Also all my stock of cattle not herein after devised away and a support out of my crop now on hand, for the present year. Furthermore I give to my said wife to have and dispose of she may think proper, one Negro girl named Mary.
2nd I give and bequeath to my son Robert Williams one Negro boy named Jerry and one Negro boy named Handy one feather bed and furniture one cow and calf and one horse called Peter which said horse he has had and received.
3rd I give to my executors herein after named one feather bed and furniture and one Negro girl named Lucy and her increase if any, for the use and benefit of my daughter Elizabeth Hester during her life time and at the death of my said daughter Elizabeth it is my desire that the said Negro Lucy and increase if any be equally divided between her children.
4th I give and bequeath to my son Simmon Williams one Negro boy named George one cow & Calf one feather bed and furniture and one horse bridle and saddle, all of which he has had and received.
5th I give and bequeath to my son Kinchan Williams one Negro boy named Bryant one horse called Rock one cow & calf and one feather bed and furniture.
6th It is my will that my executors as soon as may be convenient after my decease collect the debts - and owing to me and sell the balance of my crop of cotton that may be unsold and also my wagon and team, for the purpose of paying the debts which I owe, and should that be insufficent it is my will that the balance be raised from the sale of the following Negros to wit, Dorcus, Henry, and Casandra, but my will in that particular, is, that no more of said Negros be sold than may be sufficient and the balance be and remain with my wife, the same as the other property that I have herein before loaned her.
7th At the death of my wife Nelly
Williams it is my desire that these Negros which I have loaned her be equally divided into five shares between my four children
Robert, Mariah, Simeon, and Kinchan and on share to be divided between the children of my daughter Elizabeth Hestor, and the
balance of the
In testimony whereof I have set my hand and affixed
my seal this 21st day of
Signed Sealed and acknowledged his
In presence of Witnesses
State of North Carolina Court of Pleas and (Quarter Sessions)
Hereby certify that the foregoing will was <presented?> in open court for probate
and the executors thereof duly proved by the oath of Tom Cook and Thomas Gallloway the subscribing witnesses thereto and was
ordered to be recorded & filed.