Last Will & Testament of James Smith Sr.
(b. 1727 Maryland - d. 1790 North Carolina)
Submitted by Bennie Lou Altom
24 Nov 1790
In the Name of God, Amen,
I, JAMES SMITH, SR., being weak in body but in my perfect sense and memory do make and ordain this my Last
Will and Testament revoking all other will or wills heretofore by me made.
First - My will and desire is that all just debts be paid.
Item 2 - I leave to my beloved wife, SARAH SMITH, all the stock and household furniture to me belonging
during her life.
Item 3 - my will and desire is that MARY WARD, after the death of her mother, have one cow.
Item 4 - my desire is that my son, JOHN SMITH, after the death of his mother, have two cows and calves.
Item 5 - my desire is that my daughter SARAH SMITH have one cow and calf after the death of her mother.
Item 6 - my desire is that the balance of my estate be equally divided among ALL MY CHILDREN after the death
of their mother. In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal this 24th Day of Nov 1790.
Signed: JAMES SMITH. Wit: JAS. TURNER, JEMIMAH (X) BOGAN.
(James Smith Sr. ca 1727 MD - 1790 NC, Alias: JAMES RICHARD SMITH (Richmond County NC Will Book 1, Page 37)
[October 1999 -Transcribed from photocopy of original by Bennie Lou Hook Altom. For list of remaining
children of JAMES SMITH, SR., see will of MARY WARD, Will Book B-1, P. 26-27, Maury County TN written
January 1816. Children: JAMES "TURNER" SMITH [m/Constance Ford of Charles County MD]; JOHN SMITH;
CHARLES SMITH; BENJAMIN SMITH [m/JANE McCULLOUGH BAKER; MARY SMITH [m/JOHN WARD]; SARAH SMITH, [m/JOHN
Additional information on the SMITH Family of MD, VA, NC, TN, may be found in the History of the Life of
James N. Smith, Center for American History, University of Texas at Austin; Daughter's of the Republic
of Texas Library, San Antonio, TX; Daughters of the American Revolution Library, Washington, D.C. and
the University of Texas at Arlington. See also Early Families of Southern Maryland, Elise Greenup
Jourdan, 1998-1999, Vols.VII-VIII; Southerland Latham and Allied Families, Imogene Southerland Voorhees,
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