Gideon Richardson, 1875


GIDEON RICHARDSON – Will, November 1875

Will Book 5, Page 108

(Gideon Richardson, b. 1794,  was the son of Pherobe Richardson; he was married 1st to Peggy, 2nd to Elizabeth Taborn)

State of North Carolina

Nash County

In the Probate Court

A paper purporting to be the Last Will and Testament of GIDEON  RICHARDSON deceased, is exhibited before me, the undersigned, Judge of Probate Court for said County, by WM. G. WHELESS, the Executor thereon named, and the due execution thereof by the said GIDEON RICHARDSON  by the oath and examination of the subscribing witnesses thereto; who being duly sworn, do depose and say, and each for himself deposeth and saith, that he is a subscribing witness to the paper writing now shown him purporting to be last will and testament of GIDEON RICHARDSON.

That the said GIDEON RICHARDSON in the presence of these deponents subscribed ___ name at the end of said paper writing, which is now shown as aforesaid, and bears date of the 6th day of Nov. 1875.

And the deponents, further saith, that the said GIDEON RICHARDSON, the testator aforesaid, did, at the time of subscribing their name as aforesaid, declare the said paper writing so subscribed by them and exhibited to be his last Will and Testament, and these deponents did thereupon subscribe their names at the end of said Will as  attesting witnesses thereto, and at the request, and in the presence of the said Testator.  And these deponents, further saith, that at the said time when the said Testator subscribed their names to the said last Will as aforesaid, and at the time of deponents subscribing their names, as attesting witnesses thereto as aforesaid, the said GIDEON RICHARDSON was of sound mind and memory, of full age to execute a Will, and was not under any restraint to the knowledge, information or belief of these deponents, and further these deponents say not.



Severally sworn and subscribed this 11 day of October 1880 before me,


Probate Judge

In the name of God, Amen, I GIDEON RICHARDSON of the county of Nash, and State of North Carolina being of sound mind and memory, but considering the uncertainty of my earthly existence do make and declare this my last Will and Testament. In manner and form following that is to Say:

First – That my executor, herein after named, shall provide for my body a decent burial, suitable to the wishes of my relatives and friends, and pay all funeral expenses, together with my just debts, howsoever and to whomsoever owing, out of the moneys that may first come into his hands as a part or parcel of my estate.

Item:  I lend to my beloved wife ELIZABETH RICHARDSON, all of my tract of land on which I now live and known as my home tract, together with my mansion house, all out houses and other improvements, to have and to hold to her the said ELIZABETH RICHARDSON for and during the term of her natural life, or widowhood.

Item-  I give and devise to my beloved wife, and grandaughter MARGRET VICK all the remaining parting of my personal property after deducting the amount of twenty dollars from it, which amount I give and devise to OLIVE RICHARDSON, the personal property conveyed here includes all the horses, catle, Hogs, Sheep, House hold & Kitchen furniture farming implements, provisions on hand and growing crop, money on hand, notes, accounts &c.  the expenses of settling my estate is first to be paid out of said property, and then the remainder is to be equally divided between my beloved wife ELIZABETH RICHARDSON and my Grandaughter MARGRET VICK.   My wife and MARGRET VICK has Some property of their own which is not included here.  ELIZABETH RICHARDSON’s property consist of two Bedsteads, one Bed & furniture, one chest & one table, and MARGRET VICK’s property consist of two Bedsteads, one Bed  eight chairs  two pans, one spider, one skillet, and all other little articles that was brought here by her farther.

Item –  I lend to my Son BALDY RICHARDSON fifty acres of land during his natural life, the place which he now lives at.

Item:  I lend to my Son ROBERT RICHARDSON fifty acres of land the place he now resides on during his natural life.

Item:  I lend to my Son PRESLEY RICHARDSON fifty acres of land during his natural life, the place on which he now resides.

Item:  I lend to my Son PETER RICHARDSON fifty acres of land during his natural life the place he now resides on and I also give to PETER my brandy still and fixtures.

Item:  After the death of my beloved wife, all of my land including that which I have loaned my Sons, is to be the thrown together, and to be equally divided among my four Sons herein named and my Grandaughter MARGARETT VICK all of said land herein mentioned, I lend my four Sons and Grandaughter during their natural lives, bodily heirs, and in case any of my Sons or Grandaughter, dies leaving no bodily heirs then their part of my land goes back to the bodily heirs of the others herein named.

And lastly, I do hereby constitute and appoint my trusty friend WM. G. WHELESS my lawful executor to all intents and purposes, to execute this my last will and testament, according to the true intent and meaning of the same, and every part and clause thereof, hereby revoking and declaring utterly void, all other wills and testaments by me heretofore made.

In witness whereof, I, the said GIDEON RICHARDSON do hereunto set my hand and Seal this the 6th day of November A.D. 1875


Signed, Sealed, published and declared by me the Said GIDEON RICHARDSON to be his last will and testament, in the presence of us, who at his request and in his presence do Subscribe our names as witnesses.




(transcribed by Deloris Williams)