Transcribed from a copy of the original by Catherine McNeill
Posted August 20, 2005 by Myrtle Bridges

In the name of God Amen
I John Patterson of the County of Richmond and State of North Carolina being of sound mind and 
memory and knowing  that it is allotted for all men  once to die do make and ordain this my last 
Will and Testament in manner and form following viz., To my eldest son James A. Patterson I give 
and bequeath the plantation I now live on including all my lands on the East side of Gumswamp 
with a privilege of timber on the West side of sd. swamp and Negroes as follows viz Sam Charley 
and Henry and said James Patterson is to have charge of the family and to my son Gilbert McM. 
Patterson I give the old plantation and all the lands belonging to the Poley  Bridge plantation 
that are on the West side of Gumswamp and also the Negroes herein named viz Jack Simeon and Alexander
I give and bequeath to my daughter Margaret Ann Murphy Patterson the following Negroes Eliza and 
Mary Jane and to my daughter Mary Patterson I give the Negroes Ann and Christian.

I give and bequeath to my sons James and Gilbert my two Negro women Vicy and Dinah and also the 
two first issue to belong to my son James and afterwards these two Negroes Vicy and Dinah and 
their issue to be equally divided between my two sons James and Gilbert at any time.
I also give to my son James a clay bank colored filly called Lib and to my son Gilbert one sorrel 
horse called Tom and the balance of my stock of horses cattle hogs and sheep together with my wagon 
and farming utensils for the benefit of the Family while they continue together or to live with my 
son James  also the crop and provision now on hand  and each of my children as they settle themselves 
or marry is to have his or her  share as is herein named set apart by my executors to each and every 
one of them.

I nominate and appoint Hector McMillan  James A Patterson and Gilbert McMillan Patterson my executors 
to carry the foregoing my last will and testament into effect.

Finally I commit my soul to Almighty God and my body to the dust to be buried in a decent Christian 
burial hoping at the final resurrection to be received in the Redeemers Kingdom in witness whereof 
I hereunto set my hand and affix my seal revoking and disannulling all former Wills Legacies and 
Bequests heretofore by me made pronouncing this my last will and  testament this eighth day of 
November AD 1848
                                                   John Patterson   Seal
James Patterson
William B. McMillan

North Carolina
Richmond County              Court of Pleas and Quarter Sessions January Term1849 
                                      The above will was exhibited in open Court and duly proven                
                                       by James Patterson and William B McMillan Subscribing         
                                      witnesses thereto. Ordered to be recorded.
                                                                                   R. --  McDonald CCC

Notice :  The subscribers having qualified as Executors to the last  will and testament of 
John Patterson Decd.at January term 1849 of the court of pleas and quarter sessions of Richmond 
County Hereby notifies all persons indebted to the Estate to make immediate payment and those 
to whom the estate may be indebted to present the same properly authenticated within the time 
prescribed by law or this notice will be pleaded in bar of their recovery.
                                                                              Hector McMillan
                                                                              James A. Patterson

There are two sworn statements with the notice. One from Charles Malloy before Duncan 
McLaurin, J.P. saying he saw the notice posted at Laurel Hill and at Matthew W. McNair's 
store. The other by Alexr. C. McKinnon before John C. McLaurin, J.P. saying that he saw the 
notice posted at the court House at Rockingham.

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