(Harriet Richardson, b. 1840, was the daughter Mason
Richardson & Mary Dales of Halifax Co.,NC. She was married 1st to James (John) Richardson, son of Absalom & Rhoda Richardson, and 2nd to Solomon
Mills, son of Nathan & Bettie Mills of Halifax Co.,NC)
(Transcribed by Deloris Williams, August 2007)
I HARRIET RICHARDSON, of Warren County, N.C. of sound mind
and of my own accord do make my last will and testament, as follows
I bequeath to my daughter LUCETTIE RUDD, and to her heirs after her death and to their heirs after their death Thirty one acres of land (31) in
Halifax County the part she has built on where she lives adjoining the lands of J. L. ALSTON, on Northeast & East,
I bequeath to my grandchildren, the children of my daughter HARRIET EVINS, the ballance of the tract in Halifax County, thirty one acres more
I bequeath to my sone JAMES ELLIS RICHARDSON one half of the tract I now live on containing the Dwelling House I now live in, to live his life
and after his death to his sone STERLING RICHARDSON and after his death to his children if any and if no heirs to the rest of the legatees
above named, or their heirs. I bequeath to my sone GOOD M. RICHARDSON the ballance of said tract of land in Warren County, to him his life and
to his children and their heirs, these bequeaths are subject to the following, whereas, I bequeath to the children of my sone ARCHABLE
RICHARDSON, namely ABERNATHY RICHARDSON, NESS (NEP?) RICHARDSON, and JOHN IRVIN RICHARDSON Fifty dollars in money, to be paid by the heirs
above named in the body of this will, each to pay the same, and they shall pay the said Fifty Dollars within six months from the date of the
recording of this Instrument, and should they all fail to pay the said Fifty Dollars to ABERNATHY RICHARDSON, NESS (NEP?) RICHARDSON and JOHN
IRVIN RICHARDSON, then the first witness to this Instrument shall cut ten acres of land from the extreme North side of the whole tract and
satisfy the fifth bequeth of this will, provided that any of the heirs hereafter may desire to exchange or buy each others share may do so, but
nothing in this Instrument empowers any heir to dispose of any land to anyone not an heir mentioned in this will.
I bequeath to my grandson PERCY EVANS, one feather bed, one half of an acre exempted for graveyard , first witness to execute this will.
Witness my hand and seal this 30th day of July 1909.
HARRIET RICHARDSON (“X” her mark)
Witness …N. L. KEEN
Witness …J. A. GREEN
State of North Carolina
In Superior Court
In Re Estate of HARRIET RICHARDSON, deceased
Order for Probate of Will
A paper writing purporting to be the Last Will and Testament of HARRIET RICHARDSON, dec’d, is exhibited in open Court for probate by N. L. KEEN,
executor therein named; and the due execution thereof by the said HARRIET RICHARDSON, dec’d, is duly proven by the oath and examination of N.
L. KEEN and J. A. GREEN subscribing witnesses thereto and it is further shown to the satisfaction of the Court by said witnesses that the said
HARRIET RICHARDSON was, at the time of making said will of sound mind and memory, of full age to execute a will and under no restraint to their
knowledge information or belief: It is thereupon considered, adjudged and decreed that said proof is sufficient and according to law.