CHARLES LIVINGSTON - 1838
Transcribed and shared by Myrtle Bridges
Posted September 22, 2009
In the name of God Amen. I, Charles Livingston of the County of Richmond and State of North Carolina
being of perfect mind and memory, blessed be God, do this 1st day of June in the year of our Lord one
thousand eight hundred and thirty five make and publish this my last will and testament in manner and
form following, viz.
It is my desire that all my legal debts should be paid out of my personal estate after my decease.
I give to my beloved wife Mary Livingston my Negro girl named Nelly and her issue during the natural
lifetime of my said wife Mary Livingston, and after her death the said Negro girl Nelly and her increase
(if any) to be equally divided amongst my children by her. Also, my lands whatever interest I may have in
them I give to my wife Mary Livingston her lifetime and to my children by her after her decease.
I give to my daughter Susan Livingston my Negro girl Mary and her increase, also two hundred dollars in
money to be paid to her by the hereafter named executors out of my personal estate.
I give and bequeath to my daughter Catharine Livingston my Negro girl Malle and her increase, if any.
I give and bequeath to my son Daniel Livingston my Negro boy Nelson. I also give and bequeath to my son
Daniel my horse colt named Jackson, also my shot gun and apparatus.
I give to my daughter Sarah Livingston my Negro girl Morice and her increase, if any.
I give to my daughter Ann Eliza Livingston my Negro girl Minerva and her increase, if any.
I give to my daughter Euphemia Livingston my Negro girl Pleasant and her increase, if any.
It is also my desire that immediately, or as soon as may be after my decease, that my Negro boy Collin
and all the tools, benches, frames etc. together with all materials of what ever kind, and the finished
and unfinished work in or about my wood shop and
, be sold upon a credit of twelve months by my executors
hereafter to be named, and that the proceeds of this sale after paying my debts and also the monies willed
to my daughter Susan be put out at interest together with all the monies on hand, as well as my outstanding
debts whether by note or acts, be collected and united to the proceeds of the foresaid sale, and the whole
put out at interest as above stated, this forming a fund one half of the interest arising there from shall
be put to the purpose of educating all my children. The remaining half of interest arising from foresaid
fund shall be kept in reserve and furnished to accumulate for the further extending of my son Daniel's education.
I desire that the foresaid monies or fund the principal only shall become the property of my son Daniel when
of age, but giving discretionary powers to the then guardian of my son Daniel to spend as far as an half of
the above or foresaid principal in yet extending the education of my son Daniel, or according as it is thought
his ability and talents for literature will justify.
It is my will and desire that all my stock of every kind, my blacksmiths tools, household and kitchen furniture,
farming implements, thrashing mill, grindstone, cart, family gig, etc., and the services of my Negro man Nelson
(divided to my son Daniel) together with all the property of every kind not mentioned, be left and continue on
the plantation for the purposes of maintaining the family and assisting in their education until the youngest of
my children arrive at age, or until an alteration is made by marri-age in the family by any of its members. At
which period or periods it is my will that all the property, viz., stock, tools, farming implements, household
furniture, etc., be equally divided amongst all my children & beloved wife Mary, in this bequest Susan my daughter
is not included.
Lastly, I appoint and constitute my beloved wife Mary Livingston executrix & my friend Archibald McEachin, executor
of this my last will and testament, day & date as first mentioned. Chas. Livingston. Wit: Archibald Graham. Proved Jan.1838.
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