1819 Last Will & Testament of Benjamin Jones

State of North Carolina Richmond County. In the name of God amen. I Benjamin Jones — being weak in body but of sound and perfect mind and memory Blessed by God, on this 15th day of February in the year 1819 make and publish this my last will and testament in manner following.

That is to say, first I give and bequeath unto my son Atlas Jones all my land whereon I live containing 340 acres, one horse 15 years old, one feather bed and furniture, one hundred and fifty dollars to be applied to the use of the education of the children. Second, I give and bequeath unto my dearly beloved wife Elizabeth Jones one feather bed and furniture.

Then I give and bequeath unto her and the rest of the children the use of the land together with one horse saddle and bridle, three head of grown cows, four yearlings, one four year old steer, two head of sheep, thirteen head of hogs with other household and kitchen furniture for the use and support of all the family during my wife Elizabeth's widowhood.

Then I give and bequeath all the last mentioned property, except the feather bed which I bequeathed to my wife Elizabeth, unto my daughter Sally Jones.

Then after this in case my son Atlas should die before he arrives to the age of twenty one or without an heir I give and bequeath 240 acres of the land which has been bequeathed unto my son Atlas Jones, the upper part of the tract unto my daughter Sally.

The following of the land I give to be equally divided between my two brothers William Jones and Silas Jones — In witness whereof I set my hand and seal the day and year above written signed sealed published and declared in the presence of John Graham, Esq., John Graham Sen. and Nazareth Norton.
Admitted to Probate April Session 1819 and recorded by M. D. Crawford
October Session 1822. John Gilchrist, Atty.
Estate Recs. C.R.082.508.26

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