North Carolina, Warren County
I COFIELD RICHARDSON SR. of the aforesaid County being of sound mind, but considering the uncertainty of my earthly existence, do make and
declare this my last will and testament.
First, my executor, hereinafter named, please give my body a decent burial, suitable to the wishes of my friends and relations, and pay all
funeral expenses, together with all my just debts, and of the first moneys which may come into his hands belonging to my estate.
Second, I give and devise to my beloved wife, JANE RICHARDSON, the tract of land on which I now reside containing sixty six acres for her
Third, I give and devise to my son DANIEL and his heirs in fee simple, a tract of land in Fishing Creek Township, Warren County, adjoining the
land of MRS. IDA DUKE, and W. G. EGERTON, containing fifteen acres being the tract of land which I purchased from my Aunt NANCY RICHARDSON
provided that said DANIEL pays me ten dollars annually as rent on this land on which he now lives, as long as I live, and same to his Mother
should I die first. Also the bay horse which he now works.
Fourth I give to my daughter SALLY, twenty acres of the land on which I now live, including all buildings subject to the life estate of my said
wife as devised in a form item, of this my last will to have and to hold to her and her heirs in fee simple, provided said SALLIE and her
husband, HAWKINS CARTER, take care of me and my wife so long as we shall live.
Fifth I leave my horse, Billy, sixteen to my daughter SALLY, or to my daughter MATTIE provided that the one who takes care the horse, pay to the
other half the value of the horse.
Sixth I leave to my wife all my cattle and sheep.
Seventh I leave to my wife JANE all my household and kitchen furniture except one feather bed which is to go to my daughter SALLY, also my wagon
buggies, and farming implements.
Eighth I give to my son MANUEL the sum of one dollar.
Ninth the remaining forty six acres of my home tract I give to my four sons JAKE, RICHARD, BEN and COFIELD JR., subject to the life estate of my
said wife, as devised in a form item in this my last will and to the payment of $15 to my daughter MARTHA.
Tenth I give to my daughter SUSAN, wife of TOM RICHARDSON the sum of two dollars which with the eighteen dollars already owed to me by said TOM
RICHARDSON will make these a just share of my estate.
Eleventh, said COFIELD JR. is to pay to my estate the sum of ten dollars which he now owes me before he can come into possession of his share of
the forty six acres mentioned above.
Twelfth, I leave to my daughter MARTHA, the sum of fifteen dollars to be paid by the four above mentioned sons who get the forty six acres of
the home tract of land.
All other property not herein before mentioned is to be equally divided among my children BEN, JOHN, RICHARD, COFIELD JR., SUSAN, MARTHA,
MATTIE, SALLIE & DANIEL at my wife’s death.
Thirteenth I hereby constitute and appoint my son-in-law HAWKINS CARTER, 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 every clause there, hereby revoking declaring and
calling void all other wills and testament by me heretofore made. In witness whereof I the said COFIELD RICHARDSON SR.
do hereby set my hand and seal this 4th day of May 1910
COFIELD RICHARDSON (“X” his mark) (Seal)
Signed, sealed published and declared by the said COFIELD RICHARDSON, to be his last will and testament, in the presence of us, who at his
request, and in his presence, and in the presence of each other do subscribe our names as witnesses herein
State of North Carolina
S.S. in the Superior Court
A paper writing purporting to be the last will and testament of COFIELD RICHARDSON, deceased, is exhibited before me the undersigned Clerk of
the Superior Court for said County, by W. T. DAVIS, one of the witnesses thereto, and the due executor thereof by the said COFIELD RICHARDSON is
proved by the oath and examination of W. T. DAVIS and E. W. CORN(?), the subscribing witnesses thereto, who being duly sworn, doth depose and
say, and each for himself deposeth and saith, that he is a subscribing witness to the paper writing now shown purporting to be the last will and
testament of COFIELD RICHARDSON; that the said COFIELD RICHARDSON in the presence of this deponent, subscribed his name at the end of said paper
writing, now shown in aforesaid, and which has date of the 4th day of May 1910.
And the deponent further saith that the said COFIELD RICHARDSON, deceased, did at the time of subscribe his name <next phrase illegible> on
said paper writing as witnessed by him and exhibited with his last will <rest of phrase is illegible>
(transcribed by Deloris Williams August 2007)