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Robert Lanier

January 23, 1833

Will Book 13, Pg. 339

(Transcribed David C Dorsey)

In the name of God Amen.      I Robert Lanier of the County of Granville and State of North Carolina being of sound and perfect mind and memory thanks to Almighty God calling to mind that all men have to die and that it is right that we should make a distribution of our worldly estate before that time do this 23rd day of January in the year of our Lord 1833 make and ordain this my last will and testament in manner and form following. Viz. 

Item 1st   I lend to my daughter Sally Giles and John Giles as long as they may live a Negro woman by the name of Milissa and her increase which said Negroes they now have in possession and after their deaths I give and bequeath the said Negroes to the lawful heirs of Polly Hester my Granddaughter to be equally divided amongst them.  

Item 2nd   I give John Giles six Dollars, to him and his heirs forever. 

Item 3rd I give and bequeath to my daughter Elizabeth Landis and John Landis one Negro woman by the name of Jenny and her increase to them and their heirs forever. 

Item 4th  I give and bequeath to my daughter Polly Lanier, Jack andMary and her increase.  I also give my daughter Polly Lanier one man called Wort, 2 cows and calves, one sow and pigs, 4 head of sheep half the flock of geese, two beds and furniture and all the furniture marked with the two first letters of her name one chest, one loom and spinning wheel, six sitting chairs, one pot and one  oven, one spider half dozen knives and forks, her choice half dozen rasthese  plates and one dish a side saddle and bridle.  

Item 5th   I have in the hands of my executor Two hundred and fifty Dollars the interest of which sum to be paid annually to my daughter Nancy Jenkins and as long as her youngest child becomes of age the principal shall be equally divided amongst her children.

Item 6th  I give and bequeath to Zackaraih and John Lyon, my grandsons all the property I purchased at the sale of Zackariah Lyon deceased now in the hands of Walter and Nancy Jenkins to them and their heirs forever

Item 7th   I give to my daughter Wilmonth Adams three negroes viz. Smith, Puty and Tab and their increase to her and her heirs forever.

Item 8th   I give to my grand son John Pinkney Adams one colt.

Item 9th    I lend to my loving wife during her life time the following property  Viz. one Negro man Brandon, Negro woman Col Roy Antoney Pheroby two feather beds and furniture one of them to dispose of as she pleases, two cows and calves two head of horses, 4 head of sheep, two sows and pigs, one years provisions, one corner cupboard  and all the earthenware, except what my daughter Polly is to have, one folding Table, one clock, two chest one of them to dispose of as she pleases.   The balance of the chairs that Polly dont have one case of knives and forks one dutch oven ____   the balance of the base two young yoke of oxen and cart her choice, one side saddle to  dispose of as she pleases and one loom, and after her death to be equally divided amongst my children and grand children as follows, one fifth part to Wilmoth Adams to Elizabeth Landis one fifth part to the children of my son Benjamin Landis deceased one fifth part to Jennitt and Barsheba Cash,  one fifth part between them, to the children of Nancy Jenkins one fifth part, now this fifth part that is to go to the children of Nancy Jenkins is to remain in the hands of my executor untill they shall arrive to the age of twenty one and as they come of age to draw their ratiable parts.  

Item 10th    I give to my son in law William Cash one dollar to him and his heirs forever.

Item 11th   I give to my grand daughter Jennett C. Cash and Barthsheba one negro girl named Margaret to be sold and equally divided between them two at my death. 

Item 12th I further give to Elizabeth Landis and John Landis Negro women Betty to them and their heirs forever.  

 Item 13th   I dispose of my land in the following manner Viz. to Wilmonth Adams and Isaac Adams one third part including the part he now lives on.    To my wife one third part embracing the northern part of the tract including the building + dwelling house and to Polly Lanier the other third part being the southern part of the tract But should Polly Lanier survive my wife the part of the land herein bequeathed to my wife shall be Polly Lanierís at the death of my wife. 

Item 14th    All my property not herein disposed of otherwise shall at my death be sold and after all my just debts are paid shall be distributed amongst my children and grandchildren as follows;    One fifth part to Wilmonth Adams One fifth part to Elizabeth Landis, One fifth part to the children of my deceased son Benjamin A. Lanier one fifth part to Jennett and Barthsheba Cash and one fifth part to the children of  Nancy Jenkins, now this fifth part that is to go to the children of Nancy Jenkins is to remain in the hands of my executors until they shall arrive to the age of twenty one years and as they come of age to draw ratiable parts.

Item 15th   After making a distributive of my worldly estate that is a please God to bless one with, I recommend my immortal soul to God and my body to be decently interned by my surviving friends 

Item 16th  I appoint my son in law Isaac Adams my executor to execute this my last will and testament now if my executors should stand in need of counsel the expense of employing council is to be defrayed out of the residue part of my estate.  In testimony whereof I Robert Lanier have herein to set my hand and seal the day and year first written Signed sealed and acknowledge in present of 

these witnesses who witnesses in present of each other 
 
James A  Burchett,    Allen Wilkins

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