HARDY RICHARDSON -Will
Halifax County, North Carolina
(2 different transcriptions)
May Court 1855, 20 Dec 1854.
Will of Hardy Richardson
In the name of God, Amen. I, HARDY RICHARDSON, being of sound mind and memory, do make this my last will and testament, revoking all others, heretofore, made by me. First want all my burial expenses paid, after that I give to my beloved wife, DORCAS RICHARDSON, my tract of land beginning at WILEY QUALLS line that I bought of him, including the MARSHALL tract, DEAN tract and the CHARLES MARSHALL tract and the EVANS tract together with my household and kitchen furniture, my stock of horses, hogs, cows and sheep and all my many lands and accounts, during her life or widowhood, at her death or marriage I want half the stock sold and the proceeds given to my daughters, to my daughter, FRANCES $50, and to JANE $25, my daughter, EMILY $5. my daughter ELIZABETH, $5. Should all stock fail to bring enough, my sons ABNER and EDWARD RICHARDSON must pay it to them out of the proceeds at the death of my beloved wife.
I give to my son EDWARD the tract of land known by the name of EVANS tract, the STEPHEN MARSHALL tract and the DEAN tract together with my household and kitchen furniture and all the stock of horses, hogs, cows and sheep left at the sale if EDWARD wishes he may pay to my daughters the amount left them and have all the stock left at the death of my wife.
I give to my son ABNER RICHARDSON all my land lying north of the DEAN tract and the land on Falling Creek adjoining the land he now owns containing of 60 acres together with the stock now in his possession.
I give to my son ALFRED RICHARDSON, the land on which he now lives 100 acres beginning at the WILLIAM KEARNEY line and running to MASON's line together With the stock in his possession.
I loan to my son MASON RICHARDSON 50 acres of land beginning where ALFRED's stops and running down the buckskin together with the stock in his possession during his life and at his death to be equally divided between his two daughters, DORCAS and HARRIET. the balance of the land lying on the buckskin I give to my daughter LUCRETIA's children each to share and share alike.
I give to my daughter LOUISA the tract of land where on she now lives.
I give to my daughter, MARY 73 acres of land adjoining the land of JESSE RICHARDSON lying on Falling Creek together with the tract now in her possession.
I give to my granddaughter REBECCA, daughter of EMILY RICHARDSON, 10 acres of land lying between ASA RICHARDSON and ABNER RICHARDSON on Falling Creek.
This day of September 1854 I leave JESSE MARSHALL my executor as witness my hand and seal.
Wit: EDWARD KING, JESSE MARSHALL, WILLIE QUALLS.
Filed May Court 1855.
November court, 1856, Halifax co., WILLIAM WILLIAMS, LEWIS SHEARIN and MILLS EVANS gave an accounting as to the division of HARDY RICHARDSON's estate among his heirs.
( I have 2 different versions of the same will, both are slightly different in wording, this transcription was received from a family researcher, have not seen the original from which this one was transcribed. DW)
HARDY RICHARDSON -Will
Halifax County Court May Term A.D. 1855
In the Name of God amen. I HARDY RICHARDSON being of sound mind and memory, do make this my last will and
testament, revoking all others, heretofore made by me.
HARDY RICHARDSON (seal)
Then the foregoing paper writing purporting to be the last will and testament of HARDY RICHARDSON decd, is exhibited for probate in Open Court by JESSE MARSHALL the executor therein named and the execution thereof by the said HARDY MARSHALL (sic) is proved by the examination of EDWARD KING and WILLE QUALLS the subscribing witnesses there. It is therefore considered by the Court that the paper writing and every part thereof is the last will and testament of the said HARDY RICHARDSON and the same is ordered to be recorded and filed. And thereupon the said JESSE MARSHALL, executor as aforesaid, duly qualifies as such, by taking the oath required by Law.
Witness - W. W. DANIEL, Clk.
(This version of the will is transcribed by me, Deloris Williams, from the copy in
the above listed will book. It appears to be slightly different from the one transcribed by another researcher. The names of 2 daughters were apparently
mis-written by the clerk: Louisa, who was alive, and Lucretia, who was deceased, since other records indicate that land was deeded to the children of
Lucretia & Henry Richardson, who were living in Warren Co. in 1850, but were apparently deceased by Sept. 1854).
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