Will of Robert Sandford, Jr.
Made Oct 18, 1858
NC Dept, of Archives Wills - Box CR 078.508.59
In the name of God Amen. The 18 of October in the year of
our Lord one thousand eight hundred and fifty eight I,
Robert Sanford of the county of Granville State of North
Carolina, being of sound mind and memory, but yet mindful of
the uncertainty of life do make and ordain this my last will
and testament. That is to say, I give, bequeath and dispose
of it in the manner following.
Viz, First I give to my beloved wife Martha the control
and management of all my lands and negros together with my
live stock of every discription likewise my house hold and
kitchen furniture and plantation tools of every sort to have
and to hold for her own and her childrens benefit during her
natural life or widowhood, or so long as they may make a
handsome support, but otherwise to be sold and the proceeds
the aforesaid property to be equally divid (sic) among my
children, but allowing her to retain enough for her own
Secondly, I will that my lands and money be equally
divided among my children each to have his or her equitable
part as they marry or become of lawful age and in the event
that any one of them should die with out heirs, his or her
proportion of said lands or money to be equally divided
among the surviving children.
Item I will and desire my friends Reuben M. Royster and
James L. Sanford, shall execute this will but in the event
of noncompliance, or incapacity so to do, the execution is
left with the county court and succesors in office of the
county of Granville and State of North Carolina.
Item in conclusion I will my debts all paid, my soul to
God who gave it and my body to the dust from whence it came.
Robert Sanford (his mark)
Signed sealed and executed this the 18th of october in
the year of our Lord Eighteen hundred and fifty eight, and
in the presence of us
R. D. Jones and R. M. Royster