|In the name of God,
Amen. I, John Shearmon Senr. of the County of Granville and State of
North Carolina, being weak of body but of perfect mind and memory,
but calling to mind the mortality of my body and knowing that it is
appointed for all men once to die, do make, ordain, constitute and
appoint this my last will and testament revoking all other wills
heretofore made -
That is to say, first of all I recommend my soul into the Hands of
God that gave it and my body to the Earth to be buried at the
descression of my Exctr. hereafter named and as Touching my worldly
estate that it has pleased God to bless one with, I give and
Bequeath in the following manner, To Wit:
I Give to my Beloved Wife, Catherine Shearmon, to be her own
property and to be by her given to whom she pleaseth, one negro girl
named Debey, about two years old, three feather Beds & furniture and
all my Earthenware & likewise, I lend to my said wife, during her
natural life or widdowhood the residue of my whole Estate.
(paraphrasing from here out)
To my son, Mishael Shearmon, after the death or marriage of my said
wife, the land on the SE side of Little Creek, a fork of Stoney
Creek, whereon I now live, including my dwelling house and
plantation, also 4 negroes, to wit: Joe, Dorcas, George and Sue,
also my house cloak, and two work horses, which he may choose out of
stock, and 1 case of bottle, firedogs and my large iron pot, 1
pewter dish, 1 basin, 1 cart, together with all my working tools and
books, 2 books excepted, and 1 iron pot rack.
To my son, John Shearmon, 1 silver watch and two books of Bunyon's
works, 1 being large and the other small.
Daughter, Ellender Meadows, my riding chair and all the gear thereto
Son in-law, Phillip Lewis, 1 negro woman named, Bet, with her
increase if any, he paying 2/3 of her value to my sons, John &
Mishael SHEARMON (viz) 1/3 part to each of them after the wench is
valued by 2 honest men.
Son in-law, John Cash, 1 negro girl named, Nan, which is now in his
Granddaughter, Mercey Lewis, wife of Thos. Lewis, 1 negro girl
Granddaughtter, Sarah Lewis, daughter of Phillip Lewis, 1 negro
I give after the death or marriage of my said wife, Catherine
Shearmon, all the rest of my stock, household goods and estate
whatever, that has not been given away, to my sons, John & Mishael
Shearmon, equally divided between them.
Lastly, I do nominate and appoint my son in-law, Phillip Lewis and
Mishael Shearmon, Executors of my Will.
Dated 24 Mar 1784
signed John his V mark Shearmon
Witnesses: William Gill, Jurat; Presiller her x mark Baggett,
Jurat; Elizabeth PARKER, Jurat; James his x mark Brinkly
Whereas I, John Shearmon Senr. of Granville County and State of
North Carolina made the above Will on the 24th day of March 1784 and
therein did not leave nor give anything to my son in-law, Thomas
GOSS and am not fully satisfied with that part of my Will and it is
my desire that the Before mentioned and former will as far as it
respects (those other persons named) to remain in full force, but I
do give and bequeath to the above said Thos. GOSS, 5 shillings
current money. And it is my desire that this be esteemed a codicil
or an amendment to the former Will.
Dated 4 Apr 1784
May Court 1784, proven by the same witnesses and ordered to be
recorded, Phillip Lewis and Mishael Shearmon qualified as Executors