North Carolina County Court
New Hanover County September 1829
The within Will & Testament of Samuel Herring was exhibited to
court & duly proved by all the subscribing witnesses and ordered to
be recorded at said time Samuel & William Herring qualified as
Witness: Thomas Davis, Clerk
In the Name of God Amen. I Samuel Herring, Sr. of the State of North
Carolina and County of New Hanover Being of sound and perfect mind
& memory Blessed be God, do this Twenty second day of April in the
year of our Lord one Thousand Eight Hundred and twenty nine made and
Declare this to be my Last Will and
Testament in manner following that is to say
Firstly, I give and Bequeath to my well Beloved wife Elizabeth the
tract of land whereon I now reside containing three hundred and twenty
acres together with all the improvements thereon with all my household
and kitchen furniture also all my Stock Horses Cattle and Hogs, also
four negroes namely Nanny Libberty Cooper & Nannys Child Ama.
During my wifes natural Life it is my Desire that at the Decease of my
said wife the negro woman Nanny should have her time & Live with
such of my children as she may Desire.
Secondly I Give & Bequeath to my Son John J. Herring three Hundred
and twenty acres of Land the Survey on which he now resides also two
negroes Namly Libberty & Sandy Liberty to remain with my wife
Elizabeth as above mentioned During her Natural Life.
Thirdly I Give and Bequeath to my Son William Herring the three Hundred
and twenty acres of Land I have above Bequeathed to my wife Elizabeth
at her Decease the Said Land to be the property of my Son William
Herring I also Give to my said son William two negroes namely John
Forthly I Give and Bequeath to my son James Herring on negro man namly
Cooper at the Decease of my wife Elizabeth It is my request &
Desire at the Decease of my said wife my two sons William & Samuel
Herring should take the management of said negro man Copper to the best
advantage for the support & Comfort of my
said son James.
Fifthly Give and Bequeath to my Daughter Dicey Bourdeaux and the heirs
of her Body Lawfully Begotten three negros namely Lucky & her two
Children Dolly & George
Sixthly I give and Bequeath to my Daughter Martha Browning two hundred
and thirty acres of Land Lying and being on the Blanchrs Branch so
Called whereon William Herring formerly resided also two negroes namely
Sarah & Betty. The land and negroes is to the sole use of my said
Daughter Martha & the Heirs of her Body Lawfully Begotten.
Seventhly I give and Bequeath to my Daughter Ann Rogers and the Heirs
of her body Lawfully Begotten one negro Girl Namely Mary one other
namely Anne I have made a right to my Said Daughter previous to this
time which completes the Legacy I intend for her now it is my will and
Desire Should my Said Daughter Ann Decease with out the negro girl Mary
to be her Equally Divided among the rest of my Children
Eightly I Give & Bequeath to my Son Samuel Herring ... three
negroes namely Allick, Fred & Lotty..
Ninethly I have already give to my Daughter Sarah Bell the Legacy I
intended for her near about as I think Equal to the rest of my
And I do hereby made and appoint my two much Beloved Sons William and
Samuel Herring my Executors to this my last will & Testament.
Signed Sealed and Delivered the year & day above written
Samuel (X) Herring
Signed Sealed & Declared by Samuel Herring & the Testator in
presence of us who were present at the time.
Samuel J. Browning