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Henry Sikes Will


Transcribed by Harold A. Lloyd


The following original will is in the North Carolina Archives in Raleigh, N.C.


I  Henry Sikes of the county of Granville & State of N. Carolina being of sound mind and memory but considering the uncertinty of my earthly existance do make and declare this my last will and testament in manner and form following that is to say first that all my just debts be paid.

Item I loan to my wife Francis Sikes during her life or widowhood the tract of land wheron we now live and improvements containing about one hundred & forty acres all my stock of horses cattle sheep, hogs, all the household and kitchen furniture all the working tools all the produce that may be on hand.


Item 2nd  I give to Eliza Emery & her children fifty eight &  ¼ acres land Lying & adjoining the lands of Susan long & others.


Item 3rd  I give to washing Sikes about Eighty acres of land whereon he now lives called the fletcher land it is to run from the upper corner of the same tract of land south course to a dog wood Ralear? pettyford line line (sic) the land that I have loaned my wife at her death or marriage I give to Harriett Grissom? & Mary Ann Thornton.  Willie Thornton is to have the house on where he lives.  My son Washing Sikes gave me a bond for fifteen hundred  dollars some credit on said bond.  The bond was made for old money & confederate money  my desire is for the bond to be sealed properly at what it is worth and the Ballance of my children to have enough to make them equal with him in said bond

My desire is for an equal division among my children living of all my cash on hand & all Bonds & accounts

If my wife has more stock than she can manage she has the power to sell stock and divide equally between her & my children

in witness whereof I the said Henry Sikes do herewith set my and seal this 14th January 1869


                                                                                                     Henry Sikes (seal)



William Laws

Francis Dent




The will was probated in August 1872, with Frances Sikes renouncing on August 20, 1872 her right to qualify as administrator and recommending A.W. Sikes who was then appointed.


Henry’s wife Francis was Francis H. York, daughter of Thomas York and Mary Finch.


Eliza Emery was Eliza Ellen Sikes, widow of Wyatt Emory who had died at their home in New Light, Wake County January 28, 1865.  Eliza and Wyatt’s children included: Francis Elizabeth Emory (b. ca. 1845),  Armissa Hellen Emory (b. ca. 1847 & wife of Green Jackson),  Lucy Emory (b. ca. 1849),  Mary Emory (b. ca. 1851),  Virginia Emory (b. ca. 1855 & wife of  Elijah Evans),  Franklin Pierce Emory (b. ca. 1856),  Louella Emory (b. ca. 1858) and Lenora Wyatt Emory (b. before 19 Jan 1864 & wife of James Lloyd).


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