JAMES H. LEE -Will-1864
Halifax County Wills 1855-1865, Vol. 5, Pg. 120
Transcribed by Deloris Williams



In the name of God Amen I, JAS. H. LEE of the County of Halifax and State of North Carolina being of perfect sound mind and memory blessed be God doe make ordain and publish this 10th day of January A.D. Eighteen hundred and Sixty three my last will and testament in manner and form following: viz; revoking all wills or testaments made by me heretofore. Item 1st I is my will, wish and desire for all my funeral expenses to be paid and all my just debts to be paid out of the money that I have due me Item 2d I will and bequeath to my Servant SAMUEL Two thousand dollars in the hands of my Executor to be paid to him with interest when he becomes twenty one years old. Item 3rd I leave my servant SAMUEL in the hands of my brother JOHN W. LEE to be as free as the law will allow. Item 4th I will and bequeath to my brother JOHN W. LEE all my landsa and all my stock of cows, oxen, horses, mules, hogs, crop of corn, fodder, cotton, peas & household and kitchen furniture, carts wagons, &c and the following named Negroes EDNA, THENA, THOMAS, ELLIS, OLLIF, HARRIET, REBECAH, FEDERIC, & GEORGE. Item 5th I leave my servant AUGUSTUS in the hands of my Executors to be sold when they think best and the money arising from the sale and hire to be given to my sister LINREA CRAWLEY. I leave my brother JOHN W. LEE and my brother, JONES LEE, my Executors.

Signed, Sealed and acknowledged the day and date above written


in presents off

Court of Pleas & Quarter Sessions
November Term 1864

A paper writing purporting to be the last will and testament of James H. Lee, deceased is offered for probate in Open Court by Jones Lee one of the Executor therein named and the due Execution thereof is proved by the oath of examination of Jesse Herbert one of the witnesses thereto. And it appearing that James B. Bowers the other witness to said will is dead, John Watson maketh oath that he is well acquainted with the handwriting of the said James B. Bowers having often seen him write and that the name of James B. Bowers signed as a witness to said will is the proper writing of said James B. Bowers deceased and thereupon the Court doth declare the said paper writing and every part thereof to be the last will and testament of J. H. Lee deceased and orders the same to be recorded and filed as such and thereupon the said Jones Lee comes and is qualified according to law, and has leave to sell the perishable property of his testator not otherwise disposed of in said will.
Witness JAS. H. WHITAKER Clk.




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